WWE Saturday Morning Slam Report
By: David Parker
The Big News: On today’s show, Justin Gabriel defeats Heath Slater and Sheamus defeats Cody Rhodes.
At the beginning of the show, the host hyped the main event, Sheamus vs. Cody Rhodes, as well as the opening contest, Justin Gabriel vs. Heath Slater.
The show then took a look back at Gabriel’s and Slater’s history, noting their time together in Nexus and the Corre, as well as their tag title victories. Their confrontation on last week’s show was also shown (during his match last week, Gabriel had some words with Slater at the announcer’s table, and Gabriel pointed at him after he was victorious over Curt Hawkins).
Justin Gabriel defeated Heath Slater. Josh Matthews and Dolph Ziggler did commentary on today’s show. At the beginning of the match, 3MB tried to give a “performance,” but the referee ejected Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre. Gabriel had the advantage in the early part of the match, but Slater recovered after escaping an armbar. As the show went to a break, Gabriel leaped over the ropes to avoid Slater when he charged at him in the corner, but Slater slammed his shoulder into the ringpost, causing him to fall out of the ring. After the break, a “Do Not Try This at Home” promo featuring Slater was shown.
When the match returned, Slater had Gabriel in a submission hold in the center of the ring. Gabriel managed to escape, but Slater managed to apply another submission hold to his arm. When he was about to escape, Slater gave him a bodyslam. Gabriel had an opening when he avoided a kneedrop, but the recovery was short-lived. Slater briefly applied an abdominal stretch before Gabriel escaped and made his big comeback. He managed to hit a standing moonsault, a crossbody that only resulted in a 2 count, a sitout powerbomb, and his trademark 450 Splash, which scored the pin.
After the break, highlights from the match were shown. The host noted Gabriel has won on back-to-back shows. The host briefly hyped Sheamus vs. Rhodes before the show returned to the ring.
Sheamus defeated Cody Rhodes. At the beginning of the match, when it appeared Sheamus was going to take the early advantage, Cody escaped to the outside of the ring. When returned, Sheamus quickly took control. At one point, Cody managed to hit a dropkick, but he wasn’t able to sustain the momentum. Later, Sheamus had an opportunity to hit a powerslam, but Cody escaped it and tried to leave the ring. Sheamus grabbed him and attempted to do the forearms to the chest, but Cody managed to escape him again and ran behind the security railing as the show went to a break.
When the match returned, Cody was in the ring, and Sheamus launched himself over the ropes to nail the grandson of a plumber with a shoulder tackle. There was a comedy spot later as Sheamus tried to rip off Cody’s mustache before nailing him with a clothesline. After that, Cody had a good opening when he moved out the way when Sheamus charged at him in the corner, causing the Celtic Warrior’s shoulder to hit the ringpost. Cody pushed Sheamus out of the ring in an attempt to win by countout, but he returned to the ring after a count of five. Cody went after Sheamus’s left arm, including applying two submission holds. Sheamus made his comeback after escaping the second submission hold. During his comeback, he did what Ziggler described as a “Finlay roll” (a rolling fireman’s carry slam). Cody did manage to recover and hit a Disaster Kick, but when he tried to do the Cross Rhodes, Sheamus escaped and hit the White Noise to score the pinfall.
After replays of the highlights of the match were shown, Josh Matthews signed off. No match was announced for next week.
Today’s episode was rated TV-Y7 FV instead of TV-G, though it didn’t seem to make a difference, since the Brogue Kicks that were shown in the Sheamus-Rhodes hype video were cut before he made contact.
It was fun to watch Justin Gabriel. Hopefully he’ll be on this show more often in the future.