Championship’s roll call: WWE Champion: CM Punk… World Champion: Alberto Del Rio… Intercontinental Champion: Wade Barrett… United States Champion: Antonio Cesaro… Tag Team Champions: Team Hell No… NXT Champion: Big E Langston… Diva’s Champion: Kaitlyn
Kofi Kingston vs. Michael McGillicutty: The commentary is in Italian, I think, so I’m reviewing without the broadcasters on. I note that Tony Dawson (from NXT) is on commentary this week, replacing Scott Stanford. McGillicutty is the heel here, but on NXT, he’s a babyface; he’s also got powder blue trunks, which is the first time since Season 2 of NXT (Kofi was his pro actually) that he’s not wearing black. They look very latter career Dino Bravo. Kofi opens with a side headlock; McGillicutty tries the hair to counter but eventually utilizes the head scissors. Kingston reverses back to his headlock, maintaining the advantage. McGillicutty pounds back and manages to best Kofi in a rope run, completing with a dropkick. McGillicutty applies his own chinlock as heel Michael is far more boring than babyface Michael; similar to Alberto Del Rio, he works better as a babyface (at this stage of his career). Kofi frees himself but meets a shoulderblock. McGillicutty runs the ropes again but this time he gets hit with the dropkick; Kingston counters a hiplock with a monkey flip and clotheslines him to the floor. Kofi follows up with a somersault plancha. Back in the ring, Kofi gets two; he riles up into a Trouble in Paradise but McGillicutty runs away. Kofi gives chase and gets hit with a clothesline off the apron. Back from commercial, the English commentary has returned and Kofi is trapped in a chinlock. Kingston fires back but gets caught with a reverse lariat. McGillicutty stomps away; Kofi punches his way back but gets nailed with a reverse hammer-toss. He slams Kofi and drops a second-rope Hitman Elbow. Michael rakes at his face and slams him again but misses the elbow this time. Kingston fires up with double chops, dropkick, Superman punch and Boom Drop. There’s the Trouble in Paradise but McGillicutty escapes again; Kingston comes back with a pendulum kick in the corner (called as such by Matt Striker, probably the first time I’ve heard someone on a WWE broadcast call it that) and nails the top rope frog-crossbody, for two. McGillicutty counters a clothesline to the floor, backdropping Kofi onto the apron; he tries a springboard move buy McGillicutty meets him in midair with a dropkick. This match was really slow in the outset but has surely picked up now. Kingston avoids the McGillicutter and goes for the Trouble in Paradise again, but McGillicutty avoids it again for the third time and tries a back suplex, so Kofi flips out, and FINALLY hits the Paradise kick for three. 6/10 Pretty entertaining encounter here the beginning was slow but it picked up towards the end. McGillicutty got a good showing here counter/avoiding the TIP kick THREE times before eventually felling to it on the fourth attempt. Poor Kofi, he was the IC champ and then lost the title, jobbed to Big Show in ten seconds, lost to Antonio Cesaro recently and now is on WWE Superstars battling McGillicutty. I wonder if they have abandoned the Kofi push again. That would be probably five or six times that’s happened to him.
Here is your winner… Kofi Kingston via Trouble in Paradise pinfall
We see the conclusion of the cage match from Raw this past week where John Cena overcame unbelievable odds to beat Dolph Ziggler, for my full review of that show click here. After that, we see MizTV where The Miz and Ric Flair abused Antonio Cesaro. The best part of that was Flair dropping knees and elbows onto his suit jacket.
Zack Ryder vs. JTG: I thought JTG was a babyface? This is sort of a Battle of the Boroughs: Brooklyn versus Long Island (I know the LI isn’t a borough but its close enough). Matt Striker adds fuel to the fire saying that he’s from Queens, and along with Brooklyn and the Bronx, feels that the Long Islanders are pussies. JTG opens with stomps and tosses his dew rag at him. Ryder fights back but gets a whip reversed; he tries an inverted float-over type move but gets caught and planted on his face. JTG applies a chinlock and yells at the crowd. Ryder fights back but JTG nails him in the gut; Ryder counters a telegraphed backdrop with a faceplant. Zack gets the double knees up in the corner to block a charge and hits a second-rope missile dropkick. The lunging forearm sets up the Broski Boot and NAILS it (square in the face), for two. The Rough Ryder is countered and JTG goes for the Mug Shot; Zack counters that and finally nails the Rough Ryder for three. 4/10 Wow, a Zack Ryder squash match, I remember when that was rare back in 2010 and then a regular in 2011 and it is back to a rarity (on WWE Superstars nonetheless) in 2012. JTG I heard is a candidate for release, he’s not bad in the ring and save for a rumored explosion in the backstage area a few months ago, I don’t understand why he never got a real shot, the Cryme Tyme gimmick, albeit a tad racist (but so were Los Guerreros) was sure over until they decided to break them up and now with the influx of tag teams again, could have used them.
Here is your winner… Zack Ryder via Rough Ryder pinfall
The show ends with, what else, the “Rock Concert.”
OVERALL 5.5/10 Both matches, despite being obvious conclusion matches, were both very entertaining this week; probably one of the better shows in months (since Main Event neutered this show).
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