WWE Saturday Morning Slam Report
By: David Parker
The Big News: It’s feeding time for Ryback, plus Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel defeat the Prime Time Players and JBL talks about Tribute to the Troops.
The show opened with the host announcing that Ryback is hungry and needs to be fed, so he’ll be in action later today. But first, we’re going to the show’s opening contest.
Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel defeated the Prime Time Players. Josh Matthews and R-Truth did commentary for this match, as well as the rest of the show. The Prime Time Players once again used “Move (Get It In)” because of the length of time between the taping and the actual airing. Kidd and Darren Young began the match. Kidd was able to get the upper hand before he tagged in Gabriel. The PTP briefly took control after Young was able to tag in O’Neil while Gabriel wasn’t looking at him, but Gabriel hit a suicide dive and Kidd hit a hurricarana outside the ring on both men to remain dominant heading into the commercial break.
After the commercial break, a “Do Not Try This at Home” promo featuring Booker T was shown. After that, Kidd still had the upper hand, but the momentum swung in the PTP’s favor when O’Neil tripped him on the apron while the referee wasn’t looking. O’Neil Irish whipping Kidd into the corner was cut. Kidd had an opening when he avoided O’Neil’s 3 point charge into the corner. Young grabbed Kidd’s foot to try to prevent him from tagging in Gabriel, but he was able to do so, and the PTP never came back. For the finish, Kidd held on to the rope when O’Neil charged at him, causing him to fall out of the ring and land on his hip, and Gabriel and Kidd hit a springboard moonsault and springboard elbow drop respectively to get the pinfall. Good match.
After the commercial break, John “Bradshaw” Layfield talked about the origin of Tribute to the Troops. He said he got the idea after taking two trips to Afghanistan after the war there started. The video appeared to be at least a few years old, since it wasn’t filmed in widescreen, though it did have some more recent clips.
This week’s “Saturday Morning Spotlight” focused on the Ryback. The video emphasized his dominance over his opponents.
Ryback defeated Robbie Mathews and Yanni Greeco. I have no idea if the names were supposed to be a joke (like in the past). Ryback was very over during his entrance and the match. The match was done under Texas Tornado rules. Greeco tried to hit him multiple times coming off the ropes, but none of them fazed Ryback, who delivered a backdrop after his last attempt. Mathews tried to attack him from behind, but he received a swinging side slam for his troubles. He then gave Greeco a backpack stunner, Mathews a body slam, and both men a splash off the middle rope. Both men left the ring, though Greeco threw Mathews threw him back inside. After Ryback hit the Meat Hook on Mathews, he left the ring and hit another one on Greeco onto the protective mats (the move was cut). Ryback then got the pin after hitting the Shellshock on both men simultaneously. It was essentially every Ryback jobber squash match that we’ve seen in the past.
Afterwards, Ryback led a “Feed Me More!” chant as Matthews signed off.
This was a good show. There was nothing that I thought was bad, though none of it was memorable.
As for the ratings, the December 8 show’s kids 6-11 rating (courtesy of cynopsis.com) was a 1.2, which I believe is the highest ever for the show. I guess that shows the benefits of putting your top star on the show and giving it plenty of hype.