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JAMES'S WWE SUPERSTARS REPORT 3/29: Kidd-Gabriel main event, Slater beats Riley, plenty of WM28 video packages

Mar 29, 2012 - 11:21:27 PM
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WWE Superstars Report
March 29, 2012
Taped 3/26 in Atlanta, Ga.
Report by Justin James, PWTorch Contributor

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1 - ALEX RILEY vs. HEATH SLATER

Matt Striker and Scott Stanford are in the booth on this one. I am curious how it works out, because this is a pairing that I've thought for some time would be a good team. Back-and-forth action to start. Slater does a nice job at portraying his character with in-ring mannerisms, and is constantly growing with it. Slater dominates for a stretch as Stanford and Striker talk up Riley as a nice guy, including taking his mother to the Hall of Fame ceremony even though women throw themselves at him.

Slater with a leaping neckbreaker for a close two count, and Slater argues at the ref. Riley draws Tim Tebow comparisons, in no small part because he has a Biblical reference written on his wristtape. Riley dodges an elbow in the corner to turn the tide. Riley with his usual comeback, including the big spinebuster. Riley with the A-Bomb faceplant in the corner for a nearfall. Slater then elbows out of the Final Score and he fires back with this running neckbreaker for the win.

WINNER: Heath Slater at 5:40. Fun match with lots of back-and-forth. Heath Slater continues to impress with his growth as a wrestler, both in terms of technical ability and his ability to portray a character. Alex Riley is someone I continue to want to see more of.

WrestleMania ad, Punk vs. Jericho video package, Triple H vs. Undertaker video package, video on Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos vs. Eve Torres & Beth Phoenix, "Bending the Rules" trailer, and another Rock-Cena ad.

2 - TYSON KIDD vs. JUSTIN GABRIEL

This is set to be a top-flight match. Too bad there's well under ten minutes left in the video feed for the match.

Lightning-quick chain wrestling to start the match. They crank up the intensity and start combining luchador speed and martial arts counters and throws. They head to the outside and Kidd hits a side Russian legsweep into the barrier. Kidd rolls Gabriel into the ring and follows with a springboard dropkick for two. Gabriel turns it around by outwitting Kidd in the corner, then moves to attack. Gabriel counters a snap huracanrana with a powerbomb for two. Yikes.

Kidd rolls under a huge springboard moonsault and lands a dropkick for a nearfall. Kidd wants the Sharpshooter, but Gabriel counters, then reverses into a roll-through for two. Kidd tries his reverse slingshot sunset flip, but Gabriel has it scouted and turns it around and stacks Kidd up on the shoulders for the pin. Post-match, the shake hands and Kidd raises Gabriel's hand.

WINNER: Justin Gabriel in 5:00. Someone please go back in time and give these two an extra ten minutes from those video packages! There was more action here in five minutes than on a two-hour Raw. It looks like they may be slotting Justin Gabriel into a tag team with Tyson Kidd, instead of the injured Trent Barreta.


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