The Big News: Sin Cara defeats “El Local” and Brodus Clay defeats Cody Rhodes as Saturday Morning Slam takes a special look at luchadors.Show Analysis:
This week’s show began with the host announcing that the main event of today’s show will be Brodus Clay vs. Cody Rhodes, but before that, Saturday Morning Slam highlight Mexican luchadors in honor of El Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
Sin Cara defeated El Local. Josh Matthews and Santino Marella did commentary for this match. El Local was Ricardo Rodriguez under a mask. Since this was a singles match, Sin Cara's lights returned. The story of the match was Sin Cara’s speed and agility vs. El Local’s superior strength. Sin Cara was in control for the early part of the match, throwing across both sides of the ring (and a couple times outside of it).
At one point, Local fell out the ring, and Sin Cara hit him with a corkscrew plancha. Local was briefly able to take control after a sidewalk slam and a submission, but Sin Cara recovered and threw him out of the ring. After the break, Local was in control again, though Sin Cara was able to make a big comeback. Local tried to win the match by squeezing the life out of Sin Cara’s abdomen, rather than attack the legs like Santino recommended. Sin Cara eventually recovered and won the match after hitting a plancha off the middle rope, a tilt-a-whirl headscissors, a corkscrew plancha into the ring, and a senton bomb. A fine match.
After calling him “‘The Mistico’ Sin Cara,” the host explained that Sin Cara and Local represent luchadors from Lucha Libre in Mexico. He also noted that the show would pay tribute to El Dia de Los Muertos, and he gave a brief explanation of it.
This week’s Video Vault featured a look at one luchador who appeared to have been inspired by the holiday (at least according to the host), La Parka, as well as shorter looks at Juventud Guerrera and Rey Mysterio. The host noted that Mysterio started wrestling at the age of 14, and he called him the greatest high-flying luchador of all time.
The next segment took a look at some of Mysterio’s favorite masks. The first was the red, black, and white mask he wore for his first match on Smackdown (he also likes it because he dove off a steel cage on that same show), a black, yellow, and silver mask that is supposed to represent his hometown, San Diego, and his favorite team (he never actually mentioned the Chargers by name), and a camouflage and gold mask (with the WWE logo on the back of it) that he wore for Tribute to the Troops.
Brodus Clay defeated Cody Rhodes
Dolph Ziggler did color commentary for this match instead of Santino. Unlike last week, Brodus Clay did his full entrance. Before the break, Brodus was in control, keeping Rhodes on the mat with a couple shoulder blocks, a body slam, and a hip toss. Rhodes tried to regroup outside the ring as the show went to a break. After the commercial break, a “Do Not Try This At Home” segment featuring Heath Slater was shown. After the break, Brodus was still dominating Rhodes, and the two eventually decided to have a dance contest. Rhodes’ dancing was bad, but at least he didn’t jiggle like his father. Josh Matthews compared him to Carlton from the Fresh Prince (I wonder how many kids in the target demo got that reference).
Rhodes was then able to make a comeback with a couple dropkicks. After a bodyslam failed, he was able to trip him, and he tried to damage Brodus’ legs. After an attempt at a figure four leglock failed (you could hear a few people in the crowd yell “WOO!”), Brodus was able to recover, and he eventually hit the big splash for the win. Afterwards, Brodus, the Funkadactyls, and a few kids danced in the ring (one kid wearing a Zack Ryder headband was paralyzed with fear and didn’t do anything, though I probably would’ve done the same thing if I was his age).
Another fine show. The history lesson was nice and the wrestling was solid. No ratings this week, unfortunately.