By Graham "GSM" Matthews
The Ascension def. Fandango and Damien Sandow
We see so little of Sandow these days (I couldn't tell you the last time he was on WWE TV before the Royal Rumble Kickoff show) that it's always a pleasure whenever he pops up. He and Fandango were a random pairing on paper, but they ended up finding fun chemistry together and the crowd was into everything Sandow did. You would assume they would have thought he was released by now, but he garners a reaction every time he appears. That said, what the hell was the point in having him loss to The Ascension, a team who rarely wins and most fans don't take seriously? That was a weird move. I'm convinced someone in the back has it out for Sandow because the way he has been utilized (or not utilized, rather) has been criminal.
Zack Ryder def. Stardust
I read nothing but positive things about this bout earlier in the week and it ultimately met my expectations. Granted, it's a match we have seen no less than a thousand times in the past (didn't they face off on Superstars or Main Event just last week?), but they work so well together that it's hard to complain. This encounter, for whatever reason, was better than what we usually get from them, as there never seemed to be a dull moment and the in-ring action was entertaining. To top it all off, Ryder scored the surprise victory, so that was a nice change of pace. How long before Cody Rhodes finally makes his return?
Being in a good mood when I watched this might have contributed to my enjoyment of it, but I thought it was an above-average episode by Superstars standards. You can never go wrong with an appearance from Sandow (despite the fact he lost) and the tag match was solid. Meanwhile, Ryder vs. Stardust was an unexpected treat. Throw in the full replay of Daniel Bryan's amazing speech from Monday's Raw and this is a show worth checking out.
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