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This week’s WWE Superstars episode featured two singles matches – Jack Swagger vs. Adam Rose and Fandango vs. Cody Rhodes – plus several video reviews.
WWE Superstars Report
October 16, 2015
Taped 10/12 in Chicago, Ill.
Aired on WWE Network
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
This week’s episode opened with Jack Swagger coming to the ring for the opening match. Rich Brennan and Xavier Woods are on commentary. Swagger’s music was cut off for Adam Rose to emerge to no music. Rose, now wearing glasses with biker shorts and a vest, did a weird bit singing his name. Apparently this is his new way of trying to get a reaction by singing show-tunes.
1 – JACK SWAGGER vs. ADAM ROSE
Rose did not seem to want to wrestle early on, so Swagger forced him to fight. Rose cheated to take advantage, though, and went to work on Swagger’s face with knee drops. Swagger, with a very shaggy look, came back with a Swagger Bomb. But, Rose cut him off with a kick to the knee. Did Rose just do Honma’s “Kokeshi” top-rope headbutt? Swagger kicked out of Honma’s finish, then slapped on the Patriot Lock for a quick tap-out.
WINNER: Swagger via submission in 5:00. Swagger looks like a guy content to be on Superstars with his look, while Rose will probably be back to party-pooping next week. The singing gimmick is so NXT two years ago.
Video Review: Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton’s show-opening promo exchange from Raw. They face the Wyatts at Hell in a Cell next Sunday.
Raw Replay: Xavier gladly fed to a video review from Raw of New Day looking more aggressive against Orton & Ambrose. Notably, the graphic promoted this match as the pre-show match before the PPV.
Raw Replay: Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman. Pre-show promo bomb not included.
Video Review: Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker feud.
Back in the arena, Stardust made his ring entrance for the main event of the show. Fandango was out next to his Fandango’ing theme music. He’s missing a dance partner. Do they eventually go back to Fandango and Summer Rae?
2 — STARDUST vs. FANDANGO
Back-and-forth early on until Stardust posted Fandango shoulder-first. Fandango sold the effects on the floor heading to break. [CB] Back from break, Stardust continued to work on the shoulder. The work actually led to the finish, as Fandango was unable to use his arm to block Stardust’s springboard kick. Stardust followed with Cross Rhodes on a weakened Fandango for the pin and the win.
WINNER: Stardust in 10:00. Refreshing to see the heel’s work actually lead to the finish, not just be five minutes of filler to set up the babyface’s comeback.
Raw Rebound: Kane(s) tormented WWE World Hvt. champion Seth Rollins on Monday. And then pinned Rollins in a non-title lumberjack match two weeks before their title match at Hell in a Cell. Superstars wrapped on Kane standing tall over Rollins.