WWE TV Shows - Other CALDWELL'S WWE SUPERSTARS REPORT 3/3: Complete coverage of Rock replay in "main event" slot, Santino & Kozlov, Regal vs. Truth
Mar 3, 2011 - 9:03:30 PM
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WWE Superstars TV Results
March 3, 2011 - Year 2, Week 47
Taped the Week of Feb. 28
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
This week's WWE Superstars episode opened with Scott Stanford introducing the show and promoting a "main event" segment of The Rock responding to John Cena from Monday's Raw.
In-ring: R-Truth rapped his way to the ring for the opening match, then paused to make sure he had the correct city and asked Buffalo what's up. William Regal made his TV return after a month absence to face Truth.
1 -- R-TRUTH vs. WILLIAM REGAL
Things viewers learned from Scott Stanford early on: Regal hates humans, so has a pet collection and "Getting Jiggy With It" is still relevant in 2011. Regal slowed down the pace of the match trying to wear down Truth, who made a comeback at 4:00 before missing with a spinning Lie Detector. Regal tried to follow with a butterfly suplex, but Truth countered with the What's Up (formerly known as Paydirt) for the pin and the win. After a replay of the finish, Truth was shown dancing and celebrating in the ring.
WINNER: R-Truth at 4:24. Basic five-minute TV match spotlighting R-Truth.
Still to come: Santino & Kozlov vs. Zack Ryder & Primo in a re-match from two weeks ago.
2 -- SANTINO (w/Tamina) & KOZLOV vs. ZACK RYDER & PRIMO
Stanford noted Santino and Kozlov's quest to regain the Tag Titles from The Corre, then said Ryder & Primo have been "trying to get in each other's heads" to form a cohesive unit to challenge for the Tag Titles. Santino and Primo exchanged arm drags early on, then Santino teased the Cobra, prompting Primo to bail to the floor. Kozlov and Santino then cleared the heels to the outside leading to break.
[Commercial Break. Raw plug - "Stone Cold" Steve Austin returns to Raw. They aired various clips of classic Austin moments on Raw during the Attitude Era.]
Back from break, the heels were in control working over Kozlov while Stanford shared a story about Tamina and Santino from a conversation he claimed to have had with Tamina. Santino took a hot tag at 9:00 and landed offense on Ryder before the action broke down. Bodies started flying to the outside, then Santino avoided the Rough Ryder, warmed up the Cobra, and dropped Ryder for the pin and the win.
WINNERS: Santino & Kozlov at 9:55. Basic, formula TV tag match designed to get over the characteristics of the wrestlers involved in the match. If you've seen one, you've seen them all, but it fit WWE's objective for anyone watching the show to be able to "pick up the book" and easily understand the stories.
WrestleMania: 31 days away. ... Smackdown announcers Jack Korpela and Matt Striker fed to a video package from Raw of Shawn Michaels discussing his conflict over the Triple H vs. Undertaker match at this year's WrestleMania.
Mexico City video: Korpela fed to a video package on last week's official signing of Mistico (Sin Cara) and his imminent debut.
In-ring: Already in the ring following the video was Curt Hawkins acting annoyed with some ringside fans. Chris Masters's music hit to bring out Masters as Korpela recapped Masters having a one-up on Tyler Reks recently.
3 -- CHRIS MASTERS vs. CURT HAWKINS
Striker noted that Undertaker will address Triple H on Friday's Smackdown episode. The announcers were focused on hyping WrestleMania while Hawkins tried to wear down Masters, who responded with a catapult into the top turnbuckle. Masters then mounted a comeback, shook off a clothesline attempt, and slapped on the Masterlock. Hawkins put up a mild fight, but eventually tapped out to give Masters the win. Post-match: Tyler Reks stormed the ring and blindsided Masters before dropping him with the Burning Hammer.
WINNER: Masters via submission at 3:21. Decisive victory for Masters setting up the next Superstars chapter in Masters-Reks. It at least gives the involved wrestlers something consistent to work with on TV.
Rock Replay: Korpela and Striker fed to the "main event segment" replaying The Rock's return promo on John Cena from Monday's Raw. The real-time video replay clocked in at just over nine minutes to conclude the show.
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