WWE Saturday Morning Slam Report
By: David Parker
The Big News: Natalya defeats AJ Lee and Daniel Bryan defeats Wade Barrett as Teddy Long and Booker T continue to look for a general manager for Saturday Morning Slam.
This week’s show began with a video that hyped the chaos among the wrestlers on the WWE roster and asked if a leader will rise. After the intro, the host talked about people on Saturday Morning Slam are jockeying for the position of general manager of SMS.
A backstage segment featuring Teddy Long, Natalya, and AJ Lee was shown. Long praised Natalya’s work as a backstage interviewer and said she was being considered for the position. AJ Lee then appeared and made her case for the position being given to her and Dolph Ziggler. Long said the position won’t be decided today and made a match between the two.
Before the opening contest started, the host announced Daniel Bryan and Wade Barrett will face each other in the main event.
Natalya defeated AJ Lee. Josh Matthews and Dolph Ziggler did commentary for this match. For some reason, AJ didn’t wrestle in her ring gear. Natalya took control at the beginning of the match. She also mocked her while doing so. AJ eventually took control, focusing her offense on Natalya’s left arm. Her comeback was short-lived, though Natalya continued to sell the arm, which was neat. For the rest of the match, Natalya mostly made pinfall attempts, which was a bit weird.
Anyway, for the finish of the match, Natalya Irish whipped AJ into a turnbuckle and charged at her, though AJ managed to stop her with a kick to the chest. AJ then hit a crossbody, but Natalya was able to roll her over and get the pinfall.
After the commercial break, highlights from the match were replayed. The host then turned his attention to the GM situation, claiming that virtually every WWE Superstar has thrown their hat into the ring. He also talked about past authority figures; Roddy Piper, Steve Austin, Stephanie McMahon, Teddy Long, Vickie Guerrero, Shawn Michaels, John Laurinaitis, and Vince McMahon were shown in brief clips.
The host then turned his attention to the main event. After Barrett’s victory over Yoshi Tatsu a few weeks ago was highlighted, this week’s “Saturday Morning Slam,” featuring Daniel Bryan, was shown. Some of his past comedic moments were shown, and he was referred to as the “Dazzler.”
Bryan was then interviewed backstage by the host of SMS, Tony Dawson. Bryan claimed he should be the show’s GM because the person in charge needs to be intelligent, even-tempered, well groomed, and decisive (he’ll only respond with a “Yes!” or “No!” and never with “maybe). Barrett then appeared; he claimed he’ll defeat Daniel Bryan with his Bull Hammer, and maybe he’ll never be the same again. After Barrett left, Bryan claimed he needs a hug.
Daniel Bryan defeated Wade Barrett. Kane served as the color commentator for this match. He talked like “Glenn the Libertarian” (as Dave might say) and responded to Matthew’s questions as if he thought he was stupid. Anyway, Barrett took control at the beginning of the match, though Bryan quickly recovered. However, after kicking Barrett in the chest (which was cut), Bryan experienced the Winds of Change when he charged at his opponent.
After the commercial break, a “Do Not Try This at Home” ad featuring Cody Rhodes was shown; he talked about his recent shoulder injury and concussion. When the match returned, Barrett was still in control. Bryan made his comeback after escaping a submission. However, it appeared Barrett was able to recover; this was short-lived, as Bryan escaped a pumphandle slam, reversed a Winds of Change, and rolled up Barrett for the win. Bryan hugged Kane afterwards, though Kane didn’t show any emotion.
After the match, Josh Matthews revealed Booker T made his decision on who will be GM and said it will be announced next week. After he signed off, an ad promoted next week’s show and asked viewers to talk about it on the Vortexx website.
On this week’s show, most of the stage was darkened during the matches. I don’t know if it was intentional, but I thought it looked pretty cool.