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CALDWELL'S WWE SUPERSTARS REPORT 5/12: Masterlock vs. Future Shock main event, Hayes debuts as Kidd's manager, Broskis reunite

May 12, 2011 - 6:41:33 PM
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WWE Superstars TV Results
May 12, 2011 - Week 5 on WWE's website (episode #109 overall)
Taped the Week of May 9
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor


This week's Superstars episode on WWE's website began with Smackdown announcer Jack Korpela introducing the show with a plug for Over the Limit in ten days. Out first was Trent Barreta as a new female ring announcer introduced him. She sounded professional. Tyson Kidd was out next, flanked by Michael Hayes. Barreta seemed stunned, as did Korpela. Hayes, who looked a bit more round than the last time he appeared on TV, slowly made his way into the ring and took the mic.

Hayes, sporting a blue dress shirt, blue tie, and blue shoes, said this business needs him. He said the coach needs players and players need coaches. Hayes said guys like Barreta lack the killer instinct whereas someone like Kidd is not afraid to step on someone. Hayes told "the world" and Barreta to get ready for Kidd. "Because he's about to get to steppin,'" he said.

1 -- TRENT BARRETA vs. TYSON KIDD (w/Michael P.S. Hayes)

Basic mat wrestling to start as Hayes leaned against the apron surveying the start of the match. Kidd then rolled out of the ring and received some instructions from Hayes. Matt Striker noted Hayes's background as a heel before Korpela broke down Hayes's wrestling background. Barreta scored with a dropkick, then a double clothesline put both men on the mat. Ref Nunzio administered a ten count, then Kidd landed a corner attack drawing a smile from Hayes.

[Break]

Back from break, Kidd maintained control on Barreta as Hayes continued to look on. Kidd then hung Barreta upside down in the corner and they went to a unique camera shot right behind Barreta to show him hung upside down. Barreta escaped, then flipped up top and scored with a moonsault splash for a two count. Hayes shook his head, then Barreta followed with a corner elbow smash on Kidd. Barreta then found himself in the ropes, where Kidd executed an overhead release suplex for another nearfall.

Barreta escaped the Sharpshooter and rolled up Kidd for a close two count. Kidd came right back with a leg whip, then wanted a springboard elbow smash, but Barreta got his knees up. Barreta with a flying leg kick, and it was good for a two count only. Barreta tried to follow with his Dudebuster DDT, but Kidd countered into the Sharpshooter for the submission win.

Post-match: Hayes smirked and walked into the ring to congratulate Kidd on the hard-fought win. After a replay of the high points in the match, Hayes gave Kidd some post-match wisdom before they called it a night.

WINNER: Kidd via submission at 9:44. Very good nearfalls at the end of this one. Hayes didn't look comfortable in his role at times and the chemistry between Kidd and Hayes needs some time to develop, assuming this lasts longer than one week as McMahon's Flavor of the Week idea. (**1/2)

[Break]

In-ring: To kick off the Raw portion of the show, Zack Ryder's music hit to bring out Ryder. The new ring announcer also introduced Ryder. As Scott Stanford and Josh Mathews introduced Raw's contribution to the show, the camera picked up on various Ryder signs in the building. Kozlov then came out as Ryder's opponent.

2 -- KOZLOV vs. ZACK RYDER

After the opening bell, Kozlov stalked his prey, prompting Ryder to back away to the corner. Mathews plugged Ryder's YouTube show, but said he doesn't like that Stanford is on the show. Stanford said Mathews should come up with a hidden talent to be featured on the program. Ryder started getting frustrated with Kozlov's attack and shouted in his face, "You serious?!" Kozlov responded with serious head butts to the chest, followed by a clothesline over the top rope to the floor.

On the floor, Kozlov tried to run Ryder into the ringpost, but Ryder slipped out and rammed Kozlov forehead-first into the post. Back in the ring, Ryder quickly seized an opening to inflict more pain on Kozlov. After some stomps and kicks, Ryder scored with a neckbreaker for a nearfall before locking in a rear naked choke. Kozlov escaped, but fought some knees to the face in the corner. Ryder tried ten punches, but Kozlov shoved him away, then flipped him over the top rope to the floor.

On the floor, Kozlov quickly threw Ryder back inside the ring. Suddenly, Curt Hawkins ran down to ringside and grabbed Kozlov's foot. Kozlov threw him away, but turned his back to Ryder. Ryder took advantage with the Rough Ryder and it was good for the win. Post-match: Hawkins and Ryder celebrated ringside as Stanford quickly revisited their tag team background. Ryder taunted Kozlov from the floor, saying the "Broskis are back."

WINNER: Ryder at 5:00. Better-than-expected for a potentially awkward match-up. It will be interesting to see if the Broskis can get some TV time on Raw or if they'll simply do tag work on Superstars going forward. It's definitely a step forward for Hawkins, but it could be a step back for Ryder if WWE doesn't do something with the reunited tandem. (*)

[Break]

Smackdown Rebound: Christian's journey to become World champ ended by Randy Orton last Friday on Smackdown.

In-ring: Drew McIntyre came out first for the main event before they cut to a break.

[Break]

3 -- CHRIS MASTERS vs. DREW MCINTYRE

Stanford noted both men were drafted over from Smackdown and are looking to make a mark on Raw. Stanford also revisited the time when McIntyre was relevant as the "chosen one." He also relayed a storyline from McIntyre's view that he felt he was ruined on Smackdown by the blue brand's politics. Masters teased the Masterlock early on, and McIntyre quickly scampered to the corner to avoid the hold. Masters then followed with a big atomic drop that could have ended McIntyre's family line for a nearfall.

Mac rolled to the outside for a breather. Back in the ring, Mac took out Masters's left knee and began working the joints. McIntyre then wrapped Masters's leg around the ringpost with a figure-four leglock. McIntyre flashed his new evil smile toward the crowd as they cut to break.

[Break. "I'll go to the papers if I have to."]

Back from break, Stanford said this is a main event compared to Saturday's boxing fight. Let's not push it, Scott. Mac continued to focus his attack on Masters's left knee, but he couldn't put him away. Masters then tried a scoop slam, but he couldn't get any lift on the bad wheel and Mac slammed him to the mat. More damage to the left knee and Mac flashed a smile to the less-than-appreciative crowd.

Mac teased a figure-four, but Masters booted him to the floor. Mac, upset, ran back into the ring to take a spinebuster from Masters. Masters followed with chops, then a sky-high bomb on one leg for a two count. Masters nearly found himself in the Future Shock DDT moments later, but Masters escaped. The two big men then traded backslide attempts, Mac teased the Future Shock again, and Mac eventually ran shoulder-first into the ringpost. Masters slowly followed up with the Masterlock and Mac was forced to give it up. Masters with the win.

Post-match: Stanford claimed Masters got himself noticed with the win here. They replayed Mac's big mistake at the end that allowed Masters to lock in the Masterlock for the win. Back in the ring, Masters admired his work and played to the crowd as Mac recovered on the floor to conclude the show.

WINNER: Masters via submission at 10:36. Exactly what you would expect from Masters and McIntyre. Masters has certainly put in the time on Superstars lately to get a look on the main Raw show, while McIntyre is just filling a slot right now until WWE figures out what to do with him. Good main event, overall. (*3/4)

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