Superstars is a hard show to reckon. It’s two matches filmed the same evening as Raw, then a near-complete summation of Raw. Not much meat on the bone. But! The good news is we get two free matches from often underutilized wrestlers, which in light of the Injury Plague at WWE is a great thing. Let’s break down the action…
Wells Fargo Arena, Philadelphia, PA.
Match 1: Jack Swagger vs. Tyler Breeze
Tyler Breeze is acclimatizing the WWE audience to his gimmick on a larger scale than the previously snug confines of Full Sail University. Despite claims he is just a sub-Ziggler clone, he displays a cunning brutality that differentiates him from Dolph’s frenetic slickness. Despite Swagger quickly dispatching Breeze with a Patriot Lock, the former World Heavyweight Champion feels adrift amongst the roster unlike Breeze who (in spite the clean loss) seems to maintain forward momentum.
Match 2: Kalisto vs. Konnor
While there has been muted buzz (to put it kindly) surrounding the upcoming Kalisto/Ryback United States Championship match at WrestleMania, it’s important that the United States Championship remain a premier belt considering its heritage and recent runs by John Cena and Seth Rollins.
Kalisto is so solid and impressive in this match, delivering an excellent flying corkscrew shoulder block and springboard Salida Del Sol for the clean victory. Konnor is, like his Ascension partner Viktor, an underutilized asset. Despite being on the short end of the booking stick, hopefully either singles or team gold will come The Ascension’s way.