Friday, August 10, 2012

8/9/12 Superstars

Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel vs. Curt Hawkins & Tyler Reks: ***

Santino Marella vs. Michael McGillicutty: *3/4

Zack Ryder vs. Tensai: **1/4

Again, Kidd and Gabriel start the show off in tag team action. Great way to utilize them, since it looks like they won't be pushed in singles action anytime soon. I'm glad Striker still hates Hawkins and Reks for what the team did to the teacher on NXT (although NXT is never referenced). Kidd endures a bunch of punishment here. Good tag team heel tactics from Hawkins/Reks. Nice elevated flatliner move from Reks after Gabriel got the hot tag. Interesting that Hawkins and Kidd stayed down for a bit after that hot tag. I love the tag finisher from Kidd and Gabriel. Really good match here.

Santino is still the U.S. champ, but he's really still champ because he doesn't defend the belt often. He's been losing his fair share of matches. I still facepalm at people backing away when Santino motions for the cobra. And who shakes hands with the left know there's something devious going down if that occurs. MM ironically taking a Bret Hart move with the second-rope elbow. Pretty slow match. Saito suplex really making a comeback thanks to MM and now Santino. Cobra wins it for Santino.

Tensai and Ryder in the main event this week. Obviously, Zack needs to do the ol' stick-and-move routine. Tensai with the methodical and power moves. Nerve holds may be effective, but man it's boring. Sakamoto now getting pushed around by Ryder. Tensai gets the win this week, so hey, WWE management is not totally frowning upon his abilities. Still though, to be brought in with all those vignettes and to really go nowhere is disappointing, to say the least. See Sin Cara and Kharma (the latter now released) for more examples.

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