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JAMES'S WWE SUPERSTARS REPORT 11/17: Main Event cut short by Raw Replay, Usos, McIntyre vs. Riley

Nov 18, 2011 - 10:53:33 AM
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WWE Superstars report
November 17, 2011
Taped in Boston & Bridgeport, Conn.
Report by Justin James, PWTorch contributor

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1 - ALEX RILEY vs. DREW MCINTYRE

McIntyre wins an early lock-up, but Riley wins a second, then forces Mac to the ground. This is being paced like a marathon match. McIntyre back to offense, but Alex comes back with Ten Punches in the corner. Drew outwits Riley on the outside, sending him to ringside selling a leg injury. A false commercial break, and Drew is still working the knee. Drew catches Alex when he tries to get his boots up on the corner charge, and uses it to hurt the leg some more.

The ref asks Riley if he's okay; he says yes, so McIntyre continues the leg work. Stanford questions the decision to continue at McIntyre puts on the Figure Four around the ringpost. McIntyre pulls Riley's kneepad down and continues various attacks on the leg. Riley finally kicks Drew off, who lands shoulder-first into the ringpost. Riley with big right bombs but Drew kicks his knew out. Riley hits clotheslines, a corner splash, and a spinebuster gets two

Drew comes back and gets a big boot for two, then with a corner attack until the ref pulls him out. He sits A-Ry on the turnbuckle, slaps him, and moves for a superplex, but Riley knocks him off and surprises him with a tornado DDT. McIntyre sends him back to the corner and tries a splash, but Riley ducks. Drew lands on the ropes, and Riley picks him up ona fireman's carry and hits his finisher (that Stanford calls "The Final Score") for the win.

WINNER: Alex Riley in 9:00. Riley looked good in the win and Drew McIntyre was his usual reliable self in putting on a very watchable match.

[ c - Survivor Series ad, Cena and Rock vs. Awesome Truth ]

2 - THE USOS vs. EPICO & PRIMO

Interestingly enough, the heel team came out to Epico's music, not Primo's.

Quick takedown by Jimmy on Epico, and Jey tags in. Primo tags in and Jey blocks an arm drag to send Primo to the corner. Primo tries to shuck and jive but Jey keeps up. Jey whiffs a superkick but gets a back body drop when Primo tries to capitalize. Jey gets dumped to the outside, and there is a false commercial break.

Back on the show, it's Epico and Jimmy in the ring. The heels tag team inthe corner, and they do a unique double team spot where Primo suplexes Epico over the rope to drop him onto Jimmy. Primo slows it down while Jey begs for a tag. Quick Samoan Drop by Jimmy and both men tags out. Jey runs over Epico with a mix of blows and a stinkface. The action falls apart and Primo hits a codebreaker, sending Jimmy outside, then Epico gets the backstabber on Jey for the win.

WINNERS: Epico and Primo in 7:00. Very nice match - both teams have speed and skillful execution. Last year, WWE offered a lot of good matches between The Usos and the Hart Dynasty; I could watch The Usos and the Epico/Primo/Hunico stable go at it on a regular basis.

[ c - "The Reunion" DVD ad ]

3 - TRENT BARRRETA vs. TYSON KIDD

I'm looking forwards to this, as these two always put on a good show. Lots of time in the show to give them a good match.

Lock-ups give neither man an advantage, even though at one point Kidd bends Trent all the way to the mat. Quick back and forth. Super-slick spot where Kidd is laying on the apron, Trent tries a baseball slide, but Kidd lifts his torso enough for Trent to slide underneath him to ringside. Kidd takes advantage then rolls Barreta into the ring. Meanwhile, the announcers totally ignore the action to give Matt Striker a lesson in social media. Even my beloved Superstars is being ruined by Twitter!

Trent finally gets some space with a running neckbreaker. Springboard legdrop by Trent as Kidd hangs through the ropes, then he gets his corkscrew moonsault for two. Tyson avvoid the Dudebuster DDT but Trent follows up with an enziguri and the Gobstopper Knee for two. The moonsault finally gets Striker and Matthews back on track. Kidd repeats the funky catch and toss (like a mid-air catch plus a flapjack of sorts) that he did last week, this time sending Barreta onto the turnbuckle face first. Kidd with a sick brainbuster for the win.

WINNER: Tyson Kidd in 5:00. What? There were 20 minutes left in the show when the match started; this should have been 15-20 minutes. Instead, the show ended with a 15-minute replay of Raw's final talking segment from Monday. Frankly, Tyson Kidd and Trent Barreta put on a great match and I thought Monday's talking segment was boring. This match was outstanding for the time it had. I'm not too keen on Tyson Kidd's brainbuster as a regular move, though, as it looks very dangerous when done to someone light like Trent Barreta. I'd hate to see what happens if he tries it on someone bigger or heavier.

- Replay of Raw's ending segment; end show.


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