- Welcome to a new year (NEW YEAR!) of WWE Superstars. Yes, technically January 1st was the first episode of Superstars, but also as a technicality, it was taped in 2014, so this is the true first TAPING from 2015 for 2015. How do you like that kind of effort into making an opening statement seem important? Like I mentioned in this week's recap of WWE Main Event, I’m going back to the heart of the WWE, the undercard, to find some decent, no-strings attached wrestling while Monday Night Raw keeps pushing me further and further away.
- Taped wherever the hell Monday Night Raw was broadcast from, with Renee Young and her cute lisp and Tom Phillips. WWE should give us the real montage of Superstars appearing in action for Superstars. We’re in luck… this is the 300th episode of WWE Superstars, modern version.
- Courtesy of Monday Night Raw: The Authority returned to power, mocked John Cena, abused their… authority (har har), and basically wiped their ass with the Survivor Series stipulations less than two months later. I’m not too upset, but I find it funny that so many people were surprised by how quickly they came back. Seriously, “loser leaves” stipulations… not holding up? FOR SHAME! WWE always has enforced those.
- Highlight package for Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt… wait… FIRST EVER AMBULANCE MATCH ON MONDAY NIGHT RAW? Are you serious? I can automatically name one, between Kane and Edge, from 2005. I sure as shit know they’ve done more. I guess their Ambulance Match will be the final Chapter in their program that has dragged on a little too long, including that retarded finish from TLC where Dean Ambrose did his best Wile E. Coyote impression.
- We get a replay of the closing minutess of said Ambulance Match. The work was fine, but again, this angle really didn’t have much legs to stand on, had some ridiculous moments (the magic hologram lantern, the exploding TV), and just felt like it did more to hurt Dean Ambrose than help either man. Wyatt going over as clean as can be in this kind of match wouldn’t be such a bad thing except that it probably won’t lead to anything important. There’s rumors of a possible match at WrestleMania between Wyatt and the UNDERTAKER, but please, for the love of God… No. Undertaker lost, he’s done. Wyatt is NOT the opponent to get one last classic match out of him. Nowhere close to it.
- Courtesy of Monday Night Raw: It’s John Cena Appreciation Night! The Authority did their best to mock John Cena before firing Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, and Ryback for their allegiance with Cena at the Survivor Series. Jeez, you don’t think that stipulation will hold for longer than a week, will you? Again, here’s the hypocritical nature of the smart audience… no one will REALLY complain about when they return from being terminated, but were quick to bitching about the return of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
Final Thoughts: I don’t know if it’s because of the WWE Roster being a little thinner than usual, but it’s weird to see them feature the same undercard match on their Network Exclusive Shows in the same week. The wrestling was decent for both the Swagger/O’Neil and Matadores/Dust Brothers matches, but the total time of actual wrestling was barely 10-minutes on a episode running over 50-minutes. We got decent recaps from Monday Night Raw, but I feel like they could easily add a third match, probably a squash of some kind with “local” talent, to pad things out. It used to work for Heat and Velocity when “unknowns” were used in the form of Bryan Danielson, CM Punk, A.J. Styles, and others. Why not do it now? Or use an NXT act or two. It’ll keep things fresh.