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WWE Superstars – December 22, 2011

Coming off a surprisingly good PPV, it’s time for Superstars. First I have to say, never thought we’d see the day when all the titles are held by guys with talent. Right now we have CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Zack Ryder, Cody Rhodes, Beth Phoenix and Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne, what a great group of young talent. Could this be a sign that 2012 is going to be the year of the young up and comers? I can only hope, Orton and Cena have held the title enough times and are better off as a special appearance now, instead of always being in the main event. Maybe this means some of the guys on Superstars, Drew McIntyre especially, will be promoted to the top shows and we can get some new talent on here. In the meantime let’s see if WWE left us goodies or coal for Christmas.

1. Justin Gabriel v. Heath Slater

We start with a battle of former tag team champions, which Matt Striker at least mentions. One is slowly going up and one is going down, so I think the outcome is pretty obvious. Justin controls his former partner with an armbar, but Slater fights free and rams Justin in the buckle. Justin comes back with a nice dropkick but the slam is countered into a reverse lariat. Slater slows it down with a rear chinlock, but Justin powers free and kicks Slater in the face. Slater catches Justin with a neckbreaker and gets a near fall, followed up with a side suplex for another near fall. Slater again slows it down with the chinlock, well there goes the rating for this match. Gabriel sends Slater to the outside and quickly dives out after him, saving the match rating. Gabriel sends Slater in and follows with a springboard lariat for a near fall of his own. Gabriel connects with the foot sweep and goes for 450 but Slater up, and Gabriel lands on his feet but eats a boot. Slater off the top and gets caught, then dropped over the top rope. Gabriel quickly climbs up and hits the 450 Splash for the win. A much better match then expected, figured we were getting a squash but Slater got some offense, a pretty good opener but to much time with chinlocks.

1. Justin Gabriel pinned Heath Slater with the 450 Splash 6.5/10

2. Hunico v. Ezekiel Jackson

A classic battle of speed versus power, wait, Jackson has hair? Since when? Wow, does he look like Ernie Ladd now, what is with all the guys growing hair suddenly? Zeke quickly overpowers Hunico but Hunico connects with a enziguiri to take down the big man. Hunico hammers Zeke but to no effect, as Zeke press slams Hunico before dropping him hard. Zeke follows with the vicious corner clothesline and Camacho finally gets involved, but Hunico gets tossed to the corner. Zeke gets caught in a drop toe hold into the buckle and Hunico quickly hits the Senton Bomb for the win? Really, what the hell was that? One move leads to the win, that was lame. I like Zeke, but this was a bad match.

2. Hunico pinned Ezekiel Jackson with the Senton Bomb 2/10

3. Alex Riley v. Michael McGillicutty

Great, an Alex Riley match, have I said I hate this guy? Can we stop the sham and just call Michael, Joe Hennig? The announcers are so bored they’re talking about Riley’s shoes, has it really come to this? So far this match has sucked, as expected, but at least it’s been all Michael. Michael hits a perfect dropkick, shades of his dad, and maintains the offense. Riley gets tossed out and when Michael goes to pull him back in Alex hits a big boot. Alex quickly follows up with the Spinebuster into the TKO for the win. Whatever, another one sided match where the wrong guy wins, sucked.

3. Alex Riley beat Michael McGillicutty with the TKO 2/10

4. Air Boom v. Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks

It’s time for the main event, and it’s going to be a good one. Hawkins taunts Bourne and Bourne quickly unloads on him with kicks and a head scissor take down. Kofi tagged in and they double team Hawkins, who makes the tag and Kofi takes down Reks. Reks uses his power to take over on Kofi and starts to hammer one half of the tag champions. Reks and Hawkins use double teaming to work over Kofi, but Kofi makes the tag to Bourne who double stomps Reks’ stomach. Kofi goes for Trouble In Paradise and Reks wisely dives out of the ring, Hawkins tossed out right beside him and Air Boom dive on to the challengers. After the commercial Reks back to hammering Evan, who gets to play face in peril now. Evan quickly hits the spin kick and climbs the ropes, but Curt cuts him off allowing Reks to hit a big boot. Reks and Hawkins continue to double team Evan as Reks hits a nice gut buster type move for the near fall. Tyler takes too long taunting Evan and eats a big knee to the face, this allows Evan to make the hot tag. Kofi quickly in and takes down both men and almost wins with the springboard cross body. Kofi hits the Boom Drop on Hawkins and goes for Trouble In Paradise, but Reks holds the ankle. Hawkins misses the corner splash and Kofi hits the SOS, Reks tossed out and Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise. Evan tagged in and hits the Shooting Star Press for the win. A great fast paced match, a good way to end the show.

4. Air Boom beat Curt Hawkins & Tyler Reks 7/10

MATCH RECAP:

1. Justin Gabriel pinned Heath Slater with the 450 Splash 6.5/10

2. Hunico pinned Ezekiel Jackson with the Senton Bomb 2/10

3. Alex Riley beat Michael McGillicutty with the TKO 2/10

4. Air Boom beat Curt Hawkins & Tyler Reks 7/10

A good start and end, but the middle was pretty bad. One more Superstars to finish the year, but first we have last weekends ROH TV and then the big PPV, Final Battle.

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