By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Curtis Axel def. Adam Rose
When it comes to Superstars, I appreciate anything that's out of the ordinary, and I liked how Rose's open challenge to anyone in the back was something new. The Minneapolis crowd popped big for their hometown boy Curtis Axel accepting the offer and this was the most motivated I've seen him in a long while. Then again, this was the first time I've seen him at all because he's hardly been on programming these past few months. He's grown his beard back out as well as his hair, so he switched up his look a bit. The match was decent, but what made it fun was the crowd showing love for Axel and then eating up everything he did. Maybe turning him babyface is the key to having him show the charisma that he's been lacking.
The Ascension def. Fandango and R-Truth
Scratch what I said last week, it looks like the team of Fandango and Jack Swagger won't be a permanent thing going forward. Rather, Fandango will be picking random teammates each week and although it's well-documented I'm no fan of his, R-Truth was a good choice for his partner given their similar dancing gimmicks. The match was fine for what it was, but it had me thinking: why aren't The Ascension in the tag title match at SummerSlam instead of Los Matadores? They aren't the most exciting team, either, but they're much more tolerable than the atrocious Matadores.
Superstars was an easy hour (or 15 minutes if you skip over all the Raw recaps) this week with an enjoyable appearance from Minneapolis' own Curtis Axel and a passable tag team match. Then again, none of the wrestlers featured on this show will be involved with SummerSlam in any way, so I'd suggest checking out this episode solely for the pop Axel received and then tune out because the rest was a whole bunch of nothing.