Noteworthy: Summer Rae and Emma made returns to the show, as did Sin Cara. Tyson Kidd made it two consecutive weeks on Superstars and once again was the best in-ring thing about WWE programming this week.
Summer Rae (w/ Layla) beat Emma in 4:06
I’m sorry but my heart always sinks when the show starts up and its Divas action. This week it happened. But, I was delighted the see that it wasn’t Rosa Mendes. I’m not hugely entertained by Emma’s gimmick, but I do like her move-set. Summer Rae is a good heel, but can be a little clumsy at times.
The two lock up and Emma hits Summer with a shoulder barge and then does the Emma dance before trying a victory roll. Then she tries a backslide but both attempts only get her one counts. She then gets thrust into the turn buckle and Summer hits her with a round house kick and punches and the uses her foot to choke her out. This is one of Rae’s best moves – the way that she uses her long legs in the ring is something she should exploit more.
Summer then takes over and applies a cobra clutch for a long time. As she does so, and throughout the match, there’s lots of focus on Layla. It’s actually kind of Mizdow-esque in the way that the camera seems to cut to her to provide something of interest.
Eventually, Emma breaks the clutch and hits one of the messiest cross body’s I’ve ever seen and a few clotheslines followed by the Dil-Emma, the Emma-mite sandwich (thank you, Wikipedia) and the Emma Lock gets interrupted when Layla jumps up on to the apron to talk distract her. Summer is able to grab the win with a schoolgirl.
Tyson Kidd (w/ Natalya) beat Sin Cara in 9:19
Great to see Tyson Kidd on the show again this week. He and Natty seem to still be doing this gimmick where he is the chicken shit heel and she is the unquestioning, doting babyface femme fatale.
After an early arm drag exchange, Sin Cara applies a rare Gory Special. He slides Kidd down on to the mat and tries to get the win but both times Kidd is able to get his shoulders up. Both then try to pin each other with a series of roll ups and then they stare each other down and the crowd take enjoyment in the breather.
Sin Cara jumps off the top rope into a hip toss and then while Kidd slides outside the ring to take a breather, Sin Cara hits him with a baseball slide, rolls him back in and covers him for a one count. Sin Cara then tries to leap frog Kidd at the corner but eats an enzuigiri to back of the head as we head to a break.
Tyson is using the ropes to choke out Sin Cara as we return and is using fierce kicks and a running elbow to floor Sin Cara who is just able to kick out at two. Kidd then applies a headlock and, in the funniest spot I’ve seen in ages, while he has him on the mat, glares at the ref and petulantly yells, “ask him… in Spanish!” Why is Tyson Kidd not on Raw on SmackDown every single week?
Kidd then aggressively stomps and strikes Sin Cara some more, covers him, gets a two count and then uses a leg drop on him before returning to the headlock. Sin Cara eventually breaks the hold by powering into a side suplex and they both go down, momentarily.
Sin Cara then gets the heat, using two springboard cross bodies, a headscissors takedown followed by a reverse elbow for two. Sin Cara then runs into an elbow and Kidd uses a fisherman’s suplex but can only get two. Kidd then uses a drop kick to side of the head, only gets a two count and so goes looking for the Sharpshooter, which is kicked off at the first attempt.
Sin Cara uses a roll up into powerbomb and goes to the top rope but Tyson rolls out. As he’s on the apron, Kidd sweeps Sin Cara’s legs and then slides back in and uses a diving neckbreaker for the win.
A great little match on Superstars, yet again. It’s been a run of very good shows of late. Ryder, Cesaro, Kingston and Kidd may not be the most glamorous of Superstars but they’re tremendous athletes and know their way around a WWE ring.