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Here are the quick results for last night’s Superstars. Look for a more in-depth look at tonight’s Smackdown this weekend.

Chavo Guerrero defeated JTG

Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer defeated local competitors

The Bella Twins defeated Maryse & Jillian Hall

Chris Jericho defeated Yoshi Tatsu


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Yoshi Tatsu & Gail Kim defeated Primo & Jillian Hall

Zack Ryder defeated Goldust

Chris Masters defeated Caylen Croft in a “Masterlock Challenge”

WWE Co-Women’s Champions LayCool defeated Kelly Kelly & Tiffany

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I don’t have much to say about tonight’s Superstars, so I am going to just give quick results. I will, however, have my normal comprehensive recap of Smackdown on Saturday. Be sure to check back frequently for new content.

Zack Ryder & Primo defeated Goldust & Yoshi Tatsu

Nikki Bella defeated Jillian Hall

Christian defeated Curt Hawkins

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After a nice weekend away, I am back to go over last Thursday’s Superstars. It was nothing out of the ordinary. Let’s take a quick look.

JTG v. Caylen Croft (with Trent Baretta)

JTG has been busting up the Dudebusters for quite some time. After Baretta had a decent showing against IC Champion Kofi Kingston last week, Croft came up way short this week. This was a glorified squash. JTG has his way with Croft, who got in some assorted shots, but ultimately lost in quick fashion. JTG even called his own shot, hitting the Shout Out with relative ease. The Dudebusters (I am definitely beating a dead horse here) are a waste. Croft and Baretta are talented workers, but are being booked the wrong way. They are like a more annoying Hawkins & Ryder, but at least those two won the WWE Tag Team Championship. Hopefully, they will be straightened up or they will be flown right out.

Luke Gallows (with Serena) v. Chris Masters

In a spoiler report I read last week, someone said that TV doesn’t do Serena justice and that he was surprised she didn’t fall forward when she walked. Awesome. Anyways, Gallows and Masters put on an entertaining mid-card match. Each man had his chance to dictate the pace. but Gallows was more impressive. His big boot out of nowhere looked brutal. Gallows wins when Serena distracts Masters, perched on the top rope, which allows Gallows to stun him with a nice kick and lock on the Gallows Pole from the top rope. I thought this was innovative considering Masters is almost the same size as Gallows. Those of you who read this blog know how high (no pun intended) I am on Gallows and the Straight Edge Society in general. Only good things will come to C.M. Punk and his followers.

Jillian Hall v. Brie Bella (with Nikki Bella)

All I will say about this match was that watching referee John Cone tell the Bellas, “You are not going to do this to me” and deciding which Bella was which by noticing that Brie was “all sweaty” made me laugh. Yet, the Bellas found a way to make the switch and Nikki gets the pinfall victory over Jillian. Moving on.

R-Truth v. William Regal

This was a solid main event match. Truth played the face-in-peril while Regal worked over his left knee after Truth landed awkwardly onto it early in the match. I liked the spot where Regal caught Truth’s leg in the rope and pushed him into it, trapping him the process. Truth wins with the Lie Detector out of nowhere for the victory. Truth should find a place in Raw’s Money In The Bank match at the pay-per-view of the same name. I would consider him a wild card in the match, but can’t see him winning. I will discuss that further later this month.

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WWE Superstars, as I have said time and time again, is hit or miss. Last night was a marginal hit. We got to see the in-ring debut of a intriguing tag team, a solid singles match, and a monumental victory. Expect everything? I guess that means both good and bad. Let’s take a look.

WWE Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston (with Michael McGillicutty) v. Trent Baretta (with Caylen Croft)

The Dudebusters haven’t been turning heads as a team, so why not give them a shot to show what they can do individually? Baretta and Croft are both very talented workers; perhaps a singles run for each would be better suited. Anyways, Baretta held his own against Kingston and matched him spot for spot. I especially like the ending. Baretta goes for the crossbody, but Kofi ducks and Baretta bounces off the rope. Kingston hits the Boom Drop and sets up for Trouble In Paradise and the victory. Usually, the first attempt to hit TIP is avoided and reversed, but having Baretta take it on the chin makes sense. It shows Baretta’s lack of experience and unfamiliarity with Kingston not to duck out of the way. Storytelling is a huge plus whenever it goes right. This match had it in bunches and I hope to see these two fight again soon.

Yoshi Tatsu v. Primo

Oh. My. Goodness. PRIMO WON?!?! WOW!!!!! Moving on.

Goldust & Mark Henry v. The Usos (with Tamina)

It if Goldust and Tatsu are the “Golden Yoshi,” are Henry and Goldust “The World’s Strongest Gold?” That was lame, but I can’t be on all the time. Also, if Goldust ever formed a team with Ted DiBiase, I have the perfect name: “Cash 4 Gold.” But I digress. This was the Usos’ in-ring debut and they definitely impressed. Jey and Jimmy have the skills to pay the bills and will make waves in the WWE. Goldust and Henry are two of the WWE’s best enhancement talents and did their jobs adequately. I am afraid that the Usos will go the way of Deuce & Domino. Let me explain. They make a huge impact, win the titles, hold them for a bit, lose them, struggle to get them back, and then disappear. It’s funny considering Deuce is related to the Usos (Tamina is his sister). Stay tuned.

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Alicia Fox v. Gail KIm

If Primo is “Mr. Thursday Night,” then Gail Kim is the Mrs. I have this conversation every week, so I will spare you this time. Unfortunately for the Divas in the ring, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler spent the entire time talking about the NXT mugging from this Monday. I guess they were as bored as I was. Anyways, there were some impressive spots in this match, including Gail’s scoop slam and Fox’s tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Fox wins with a unique scissor kick while Kim was draped over the top rope. These Divas are floating. Excluding those on the injured list (Melina, Beth Phoenix), the only Divas that are ever really pushed are Michelle McCool, Maryse, and to a lesser extent, Kelly Kelly, Eve Torres, and Layla El. The Diva division is mocked more than respected and with such limited resources and too much filler (i.e. The Bella Twins), the WWE isn’t doing much to change that.

Zack Ryder & Primo v. Yoshi Tatsu & Goldust

Wasn’t it a month ago that Zack Ryder was calling Primo out? Now they are buddies? I haven’t had to take the continuity soapbox (patent pending) out lately, but I might have to dust it off. And by the way, where is Titus O’Neil? Well, if I was Ryder, I wouldn’t want him out there either. He might bark like a dog and make nonsensical promos, but I digress. The Golden Yoshi (also patent pending) brought the band back together from ECW and were definitely fan favorites. I don’t have much to say about this match. Ryder and Primo win when Ryder hits the Rough Ryder on Goldust. I gave my thoughts on Tatsu in a recent Superstars report, so be sure to check that out. Ryder will get more exposure from NXT, while Goldust will continue to be the veteran enhancement talent in the WWE. And Primo? He, um, well, he can do a cartwheel.

In case you didn’t see the NXT Invasion, they made sure to show the whole thing and with better camera angles. For my analysis, read my Raw Report from Tuesday.

Luke Gallows (with Serena) v. WWE Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston (with Michael McGillicutty)

I was glad to see McGillicutty accompany Kingston to the ring. I am, however, a bit surprised that McGillicutty is not a heel. Only time will tell.

A few weeks ago, I made mention that if the WWE had a “Player of the Week” Award, Christian would have earned for his work. To continue on that thought, if the WWE had a “Most Improved Player” Award, it would go to Gallows. Since his return to WWE television last winter, he has been very impressive. Every week, he seems to step his game up. There isn’t much to say about this match either. Kingston wins with the S.O.S. I like that Kingston has two finishers now that can be executed out of nowhere; it adds an element to his character. I would love to see these two feud over the IC Title in the future.

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Think of this week of WWE programming as a highway. Raw was a 0-60 MPH straight drag that got the week off to a fast start. Tuesday’s NXT finale added in some curves for suspense. Tonight’s WWE Superstars? A speed bump (Yes, I know most highways don’t have speed bumps, but just go with it). Superstars wasn’t a bad effort; it just slowed things down after a week of high momentum. Let’s look at it.

Mark Henry v. Primo

Primo has officially taken the “Mr. Thursday Night” title from his brother (Too soon?). Anyways, the only thing that made this match interesting was the reversal of the “David v. Goliath” angle. Usually, the face is the tiny one going up against the heel monster. Other than that, the outcome of this match was decided before it even began for two reasons: 1) Primo never wins and 2) Mark Henry needs some sort of momentum going into his Pro assignment on NXT Season Two, which starts Tuesday. At least Henry has been given something to do.

Gail Kim v. Jillian Hall

I saw this match live before the Raw Draft Special about a month ago and I didn’t see a difference between that match and tonight’s match. Gail Kim does some roll-ups, Jillian takes control, Gail Kim tries to fight back, gets stifled, and kicks out at 2 1/2 a few times, then hits her finisher out of nowhere. Much like the match above, Gail wins because Jillian never does. Remember, she won the Diva’s Championship and lost it in less than a minute. Gail is on the winning side quite a bit, so once Eve loses the title, maybe she could be the next face to challenge for it? Maybe she can turn heel? Stay tuned.

Tiffany v. WWE Co-Women’s Champion Michelle McCool (with WWE Co-Women’s Champion Layla El)

Taking a closer look at LayCool’s championship belts, Michelle’s is more “toy-like.” You can tell that Layla’s is the actual title. I stare too much. Anyways, Tiffany is impressive for someone with not much ring exposure. She is very athletic and can take some bumps. Michelle’s running knee using the announce table looked brutal. The match ends with Michelle utilizing a unique counter to put Tiffany in the Styles Clash for the victory. I am surprised that NXT has not been mentioned at all yet considering three Pros have been on the show already.

We then get another golden promo with Vickie Guerrero fawning all over Dolph Ziggler. Chavo’s facial expression afterwards was a nice touch. If this is how Ziggler will get his push, I guess I’ll go along with it. If Kofi Kingston is going to move on from Drew McIntyre, Ziggler would fit nicely as his next opponent (Sorry, Cody Rhodes).

There’s an Evan Bourne video package after the commercial. If you haven’t seen the main event from last week’s Raw, I implore you to check it out. I hope this is the beginning of a sustained push for Bourne.

Finally, a mention of NXT. SHAMELESS PLUG: Check out my Season Two preview below!

Christian v. Chavo Guerrero (& Dolph Ziggler)

The story of this match is the furthering of the storyline between Ziggler and Christian. I like how the WWE has started to use Superstars as a stage for setting up mid-card feuds that wouldn’t get adequate time on Raw or Smackdown. Long story short, Ziggler wins with the Zig Zag after a blind tag. Christian has been on the losing end over the last two weeks so I was surprised not to see him go over. Ziggler has looked great and as I said before, any way he can get a push is fine by me.