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CALDWELL'S WWE SUPERSTARS REPORT 6/16: Ryder in his hometown, Kane vs. Kidd main event & new manager, Great American Nightmare debuts

Jun 16, 2011 - 9:50:23 PM
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WWE Superstars TV Results
June 16, 2011 - Week 10 on WWE's website (episode #114 overall)
Taped the Week of June 13
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor




This week's WWE Superstars episode on WWE's website began with Raw announcer Scott Stanford introducing the show and plugging Smackdown's forthcoming main event of Kane vs. Tyson Kidd with Kidd's latest manager.

In-ring: Zack Ryder's music hit to a big reaction in Ryder's hometown. Ryder strutted out on-stage soaking in the moment. In the ring, Ryder noted everyone is here to see Zack Ryder, which drew a reaction. Ryder pointed to his family in the crowd before pointing out all the Ryder signs in the crowd. He polled the crowd on who wants to be Broski of the Week. Ryder gave them instructions on how to apply before the camera picked up some more Ryder signs in the crowd. Primo then came out to boos to face his former tag partner. Stanford noted Ryder and Primo's split and suggested Primo is envious of Ryder's new-found fame on the Internet.

1 -- ZACK RYDER vs. PRIMO

Ryder dominated early on as the crowd continued to react for Ryder. "Let's Go Ryder" chant after they came to a standstill. Primo then slapped Ryder around, drawing a series of clotheslines from Ryder. Ryder followed with a high back-body drop before clotheslining Primo over the top rope to the floor. Ryder followed with a plancha before playing to the crowd. Back in the ring, Primo cut off Ryder, but missed with a corner attack and Ryder assaulted the mid-section. Ryder was admonished by the ref in the corner, allowing Primo to ram him into the ringpost. Ryder fell to the floor and they cut to break.

[Break]

Back from break, Primo was working over Ryder as the crowd continued to chant for Ryder. Very odd seeing Ryder working face and trying to mount a comeback here. Before Ryder made his comeback, they had a double knock-down center ring. Ryder was first to his feet and landed successive offense before he called for the end. Ryder dropped a leg, but Primo kicked out in time. Ryder followed with the Broski Boot in the corner and made a cover, but Primo kicked out again, drawing an exasperated sigh from the crowd. Primo then tried the backstabber, but Ryder held onto the ropes and hit the Rough Ryder. Pin and the win for Ryder, who received another strong reaction from the crowd. After a replay of the finish, they stayed with Ryder's post-match celebration for a bit before the announcers fed to a fake Obama press conference.

WINNER: Ryder at 9:13. Nice TV match. It came across like one-time heavy focus on Ryder, but it makes you wonder if his act could play elsewhere besides Long Island. He's likely back to the same lower-card heel after this, but it would be worth a shot giving him a chance to sink or swim in a higher-profile role. (**)

Still to come: Kane vs. Kidd. Stanford said Kidd will need a miracle tonight up against Kane.

[Break]

In-ring: Drew McIntyre's elaborate entrance brought the show back from break. Mac had a mic in hand and asked for his music to be cut off so he could speak. McIntyre said he has a question for Long Island. "How many of you were chosen by your boss to be the future of their company?" Mac asked before looking at a scruffy-looking man and accusing him of being a liar. Mac said he's the only chosen one in the entire arena. McIntyre said the truth is that for him to pursue his WWE dream, he has to live in the United States of Laziness & Lies. Mac vowed to do some choosing of his own by becoming the monster he created. McIntyre told everyone to call him to the Great American Nightmare. Cue up Kozlov's music with an interruption. Yes, the Cold War is over with Kozlov getting cheers in the Nassau Coliseum.

2 -- DREW MCINTYRE vs. KOZLOV

Josh Mathews noted Kozlov was born in Moscow, Russia, but he recently became an American citizen. Kozlov quickly tried to defend the honor of the U.S., but Mac cut him off and landed a swift kick strike. McIntyre followed with multiple strikes in the corner before wrapping Kozlov's shoulder around the ringpost. Mathews referenced Vince McMahon labeling McIntyre the chosen one oh so many moons ago as Mac continued to work on Kozlov. Kozlov never made a comeback, as Mac eventually hit the Future Shock DDT for the pin and the win.

WINNER: McIntyre at 3:53. Surprisingly decisive victory for McIntyre, who dominated for three-and-a-half minutes. He hasn't made it on Raw in weeks, but this was a good start for a potential reset. (*)

[Break]

In-ring: After a video package on R-Truth's craziness, Yoshi Tatsu came out for the first Smackdown match of the show. Chavo Guerrero was out next as Smackdown announcers Jack Korpela and Matt Striker set the stage for the Smackdown portion of the show.

3 -- YOSHI TATSU vs. CHAVO GUERRERO

Korpela noted it's a virtual re-match from NXT two nights ago when Chavo's Rookie, Darren Young, defeated Yoshi (thanks to interference from Chavo). Basic exchange to start as Korpela recapped the origins of the Guerrero Family in pro wrestling. Korpela even slipped in a few "wrestling" references. After Chavo scored some close nearfalls, Yoshi landed successive offense before missing with a top rope move. Chavo then did an Eddie shake and set up for the Three Amigos suplexes, but Yoshi blocked #3. Yoshi then avoided a corner attack and nailed his lightning kick to the head. Chavo tipped over like a tree in the woods and Yoshi scored the pin for the win.

WINNER: Yoshi at 4:13. Solid four-minute match with some good athleticism. (*1/2)

[Break]

Back from break, Striker plugged the Capitol Punishment PPV before the commentators were shown on-camera to plug the individual matches on the card.

In-ring: Prior to the main event, JTG walked out on-stage sporting a suit jacket. JTG addressed the "city of haters" that he's out here to teach the audience about hunger. He said he's hungry for success, which brought him to WWE and made him the flyest WWE Superstar today. JTG said that same hunger is going to make him the flyest manager WWE has ever seen. JTG claimed Blassie and Heenan have nothing on him. He vowed to bring his success to the "greatest technical athlete in sports entertainment today" - Tyson Kidd. JTG told Kane that "if he's around, he's going down." Out came Kidd and Korpela wondered why JTG signed up Kidd for a match like a monster like Kane. Once Kidd hit the ring, Kane's pyro blasted in the arena to frighten Kidd. More pyro from Kane in the ring as they cut to break.

[Break]

4 -- KANE vs. TYSON KIDD (w/JTG)

Kane quickly threw Kidd to the corner, prompting JTG to shout some instructions to Kidd. Korpela noted Del Rio took apart Kane's arm on Raw, which is something Kidd should exploit. Kidd found himself on the floor, but yanked Kane's injured shoulder across the top rope. Kidd tried to slow things down working on Kane's shoulder, which gave him some room to operate and cut off Kane's comebacks. Kane eventually built some momentum and nailed a top-rope clothesline. Kane then called for the chokeslam and delivered it center-ring. Kane with the pin as JTG could only look on.

Post-match: Kane watched as Kidd rolled out of the ring and the announcers noted JTG's managerial efforts proved futile. Kane had a good laugh watching JTG slowly walk behind Kidd after the loss. Korpela signed off with a final look at Kane in the ring.

WINNER: Kane at 4:21. A mild advancement of Kidd's managerial search storyline, but this was essentially a chance for Kane to pick up a decisive victory and make JTG's character look foolish outside of Tuesday nights on NXT. (*)

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