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WWE Superstars Review for 2/19/16

Welcome back to my weekly review of WWE Superstars. This week’s show comes to us from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Last week, The Ascension defeated Fandango and Damien Sandow in tag team action. In the main event, Zack Ryder rekindled his rivalry with the eccentric Stardust. We open with the first women’s match on this program since Brie Bella vs. Naomi on November 20, 2015.

Natalya vs. Alicia Fox**

Both competitors hit their signature moves; Nattie with her wrist locks, sharpshooter, and running dropkick, Alicia with her ever-gorgeous northern lights suplex. There was some stalling early on. Natalya went for a Sharpshooter, but Fox made it to the ropes.  Alicia hit a bridging northern lights suplex for a near-fall before attempting a leg drop. Natalya rolled out of the way and locked Fox in a Sharpshooter for the victory. Solid enough, but far too short to get going.

Jack Swagger vs. Fandango***

The not-so-heated rivalry between Swagger and Fandango dates back to the December 1, 2014, edition of Monday Night Raw, where Fandango defeated Swagger via Forfeit. Despite defeating Fandango numerous times at live events, Swagger boasts a record of one win and three losses in their televised singles matches. Fandango and Swagger have always gelled well together and this match should be no different.  Fandango is sporting the words “Let’s get weird” on his jacket, which leads me to believe that we may see the return of his Johnny Curtis gimmick at some point.  Both competitors exchanged counters and near-falls for awhile before Fandango was able to gain the advantage with a springboard leg drop, which is enough for a two-count. Fandango attempts to steal a victory by using the ropes for leverage, but comes up short. Swagger applies a Patriot Lock, forcing Fandango to submit.

A good show this week capped off by a quality main event from the best that WWE Superstars has to offer. Once again, the crowd was very much behind Swagger. If anything, he would be much better off as a mid-card guy than main eventing Superstars, but that’s just this reviewer’s humble opinion. In the meantime, we have the pleasure of seeing these talented athletes continue to diversify their movesets and breathe new life into a show that was overly repetitive not too long ago. Although the cards for these shows may not look spectacular from the outside, they’re almost always entertaining.


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