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Superstars: The funny, the gigantic and the balling star on Thursday night
By MATT JOHNSON - SLAM! Wrestling


With Smackdown moving in to Syfy and NXT moving out, it is rumored that WWE is looking for a new home for NXT. Could WGN add another hour of WWE programming? I am hoping that if WGN sticks with one hour, they continue to air Superstars. While some episodes of Superstars can be very skipable, there is always a chance of decent wrestling.

Assuming for a moment that wrestling fans actually enjoy wrestling, Superstars has value. After a long day of work, wrestling fans can sit back, grab a snack, and enjoy an hour of wrestling. It is not stressful and there are not tons of angles. It is just solid in-ring action.

NXT does not compare to Superstars. The concept of NXT may interest some people initially, but the show gets old almost immediately. There is almost zero chance the show will still be on in five years, while the Superstars format can work in any year. Now to the show.

Match #1 Ė The Usos vs. Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov

The Usos are both wearing the same shorts. Michael Cole points out that they normally donít both wear shots. Apparently my attention to detail is not what I thought it was. I had never noticed that. The Usos double team Kozlov in the corner early. Lawler questions Cole getting so much face time on account of the general manager. Is this a hint? Santino tags in, but his offense is short lived. We are off to commercial.

Santino is still getting beat down. Neither announcer has called the Usos by name, leading me to believe they cannot tell them apart. I know I canít! After both men tag out, Kozlov hits his normal offense and gets a pin after a chokeslam.

Winner via pinfall: Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov

After the match, Santino shows Tamina how to do the Cobra. Snake charmer music plays in the background. Santino starts licking her fingers and she looks grossed out.

The NXT recap airs. The female contestants tell jokes. It is very lame.

Match #2 Ė The Great Khali vs. Primo

This has squash written all over it. Khali beats on Primo for a while and Primo escapes the ring. Primo mounts a little offense when he returns to the ring, but is clubbed by the giant forearm of Khali. Khali hits a chop to the head and hits the Punjabi Plunge before getting the pin.

Winner via pinfall: The Great Khali

After the match, Khali does a little dancing in the ring. After the break, videos air on Randy Orton and then on the Undertaker-Kane feud.

Match #3 - MVP vs. Luke Gallows

Gallows and MVP do some mic work before the match. After some early action, MVP hits a big boot, knocking Gallows outside the ring. Stryker refers to it as a Chono kick. Nice. A reference to the first Japanese member of the New World Order! Commercial.

Gallows takes control and throws MVP into the barricade outside the ring. Inside the ring, Gallows hits some elbows. Gallows hits a big splash and gets a two count. After the kickout, Gallows throws MVP into the corner and charges him. Gallows tries to wear MVP down with a submission move, but MVP fights out. Gallows catches MVP and hits a slam. Gallows tries for Balling, but misses. MVP strikes back and hits the Play Maker for the win.

Winner via pinfall: MVP

After the match, MVP offers to shake Gallows hand. Gallows tries to attack MVP, but MVP strikes first and hits Balling on Gallows. Just a decent main event. But I will definitely take this episode of Superstars over an episode of NXT. Rest in peace Mike Shaw.


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