On last week's edition of Superstars we watched a shocking match where Heath Slater defeated Kofi Kingston! We also watched several various promos on the road to WrestleMania XXX.
We are joined this evening by commentators Byron Saxton and Tom Phillips.
MATCH: Dolph Ziggler vs. Ryback
Sidebar, Dolph Ziggler's theme music was added to my iTunes library this week, and has been on repeat since. I hope Ziggler beats Ryback tonight! Ryback's new monicker is "the Big Guy" who approaches the ring accompanied by Curtis Axel. The crowd chants, "let's go Zigg-ler!" First knockdown tonight goes to Ryback. Ziggler counters and slides outside of the ring and takes his time. Ziggler has Ryback in a twisting armbar upon re-entry to the ring. The two competitors share a few irish whips and Ziggler connects with a dropkick. Ryback get's up to counter by tossing Ziggler into the top turnbuckle head first. Ryback in control of the match, try's to pin Ziggler-kick out!
Please DON"T try this at home.
We come back to the match and still see the Big Guy in charge plus interference from Curtis Axel. The crowd chants, "Cur-tis Ax-el!" Ryback connects with a painful spear to Ziggler into the turnbuckle. He attempts to pin Ziggler-kick out! Now the crowd chants, "let's go Zigg-ler!" Ziggler finally counters Ryback's momentum by dodging another corner spear which sends Ryback outside of the ring. Ziggler connects with a cross-body slam once Ryback returns into the ring, covers Ryback-kick out! He seems to have gained control of the match for the first time! He connects with 8 fists to Ryback on the turnbuckel as the crowd counts him tee-ing off. Ziggler hits a neck-breaker on Ryback. Ziggler attempts a Famouser but Ryback counters with a crushing Spine Buster. Ziggler somehow kicks out of Ryback's pin. The Big Guy goes to the top rope, Ziggler sneaks up and grabs Ryback by the head then brings him down face first to the mat! Ziggler cover's Ryback-kick out! What a high risk maneuver! the crowd chants, "let's go Zigg-ler!" Ziggler attempts a sleeper hold on Ryback, and the Big Guy drops backwards to crush Ziggler with his massive back attack. Ziggler out of nowhere gets the energy to hit a dropkick onto Ryback immediately followed up by an elevated DDT. He covers Ryback-kick out! Ziggler gets distracted by Curtis Axel and Ryback capitalizes with a Power Bomb! Ryback states to the crowd, "finish-it!" He then scoops Ziggler over his neck and marches with his opponent in a condescending manor to show his strength to a booing crowd. Ryback Shell Shock to Ziggler! Pin-1.2.3.
WINNER: Ryback via pin-fall
Paul Heyman addresses a disappointed crowd on Monday Night Raw for conquering the Undertaker's Streak. Himself and his client, Brock Lesnar were vehemently jeered by boo's from the crowd!
"BOLIEVE" in a new upcoming Superstar.
6-man tag team match update from Raw: John Cena, Big E. Langston & Sheamus vs. The Wyatt Family. Bray Wyatt wins for his family by pinning Big E. Langston.
MATCH: Kofi Kingston vs. Titus O'Neil
"S.O.S." Kofi Kingston's theme music is my second favorite WWE entrance song of the week. I am rooting for Kingston to win this match! The match ensues and seems fairly equal with back and forth action from both Superstars. O'Neil connects with a huge boot to Kingston, pin attempt by O'Neil-kick out! Kingston connects with several viscous chops to O'Neil upon recovery. The two competitors share an irish whip only for O'Neil to regain control of the match. O'Neil scoops Kingston and delivers three stunning knee to rib slams and tosses Kingston like yesterday's laundry. O'Neil taunts the crowd as they boo him. Kingston counters with a drop kick. Kingston connects with more chops and another dropkick. Kingston now taunts a floored O'Neil as the crowd begins to roar in excitement. Kingston hit's a signature Boom Drop on O'Neil! He continues to feel the energy from the crowd and calls for a Trouble in Paradise. O'Neil counters but Kingston evades him and connects with a spinning cross-body from the top turnbuckle. Kingston appears to have injured his knee on this move but attempts a pin-kick out! From out of nowhere O'Neil hit's Kingston with a Clash of the Titus. He pins Kingston for the 1.2.3.
Winner: Titus O'Neil via pin-fall
WWE Superstar "Adam" coming soon...
More WrestleMania XXX still picture re-caps. Daniel Bryan our new WWE Heavyweight Champion addressed Raw until The Authority interrupted as per usual. Triple H challenged Bryan to a match. Batista plus Randy Orton and Corporate Kane interfered before the match could start. The Shield interfered in aid to Daniel Bryan. All hell broke loose when Roman Reigns hit a spear on Triple H. Michael Cole referred to the Shield as "the Hounds of Justice." Daniel Bryan defeated Triple H (and retained the WWE Championship) on Raw via count out.
I am thoroughly impressed with the match creations in tonight's episode of Superstars. Although my favorite Superstars didn't win their matches, the performances that were put on tonight were first-class. Winner of Superstar of the night certainly goes to Dolph Ziggler for his ability to fight Ryback and withstand his punishment for as long as he did. Regarding WrestleMania XXX I shockingly was not too disappointed by the Undertaker's streak being ended. Wait, hear me out. COO Triple H announced the beginning of the WWE "Reality Era" a few weeks ago on Raw. The Undertaker put up a hell of a fight against Lesnar but grew weary as the match went on at WrestleMania XXX. The reality is, Brock Lesnar is truly a former UFC World Heavyweight Champion. I watched him at UFC 100 - 103 live on PPV as he defeated each opponent in the first round of each match in the octagon. The guy is an athletic freak of nature and reality check the Undertaker is 49 years of age. All I am saying is if WWE is pushing the business in direction of the "Reality Era" it makes sense (according to plot and story) that his retirement be in a fashion along these lines. However I digess and I am a huge Undertaker fan (more so than I am of Lesnar), and Paul Bearer is my favorite ring manager of all-time. I would have loved to have seen the Undertaker's Steak not being broken. I love the business for the shock factor, and this turn of events at WrestleMania XXX did just that. It shocked the hell out of me. Moreover than that I am still devastated by the loss of the new recently appointed Ambassador to the WWE; the Ultimate Warrior. It cheered me up to see that tonight's episode of Superstars was dedicated to him in his honor, memory and legacy. I hope YOU enjoyed live coverage of WWE Superstars tonight! Please tune in next week for perhaps even more of an electrifying episode?
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