WWE Saturday Morning Slam Report
By: David Parker
The Big News: It’s a one match show as Kofi Kingston defeats Justin Gabriel and a six-man tag is set up for next week.
At the beginning of this week’s show, the host revealed that Saturday Morning Slam GM Mick Foley is going to make a big announcement that will take the show to new heights. The show then went to Foley’s office, where he was talking to Kofi Kingston and Justin Gabriel. He said they’re the best high-flyers in the WWE. He claimed Kofi’s match last week gave him an idea. The two wrestlers thought they were going to be in a tag team match, but Foley said he actually wanted them to face each other in the ring for the first time. Both men claimed they will win the match; Gabriel said he will because of three numbers (“4-5-0”), but Kofi had three words for him (“Trouble in Paradise”). Foley told them they should “air” out their differences in the ring. Heh.
The host then talked about both wrestlers while a lengthy video played. He claimed Kofi’s energy and enthusiasm makes him one of the most entertaining Superstars in WWE, and said Gabriel has captivated audiences with his 450 Splash. During the video, whenever Kofi was shown doing the Trouble in Paradise, the actual contact was edited out, so you could only see what happened before and after. Clever editing.
Kofi Kingston defeated Justin Gabriel. Josh Matthews and Dolph Ziggler did commentary for this match. Ziggler was not acknowledged as the World Champion, but this match was taped before the go-home Raw for WrestleMania, so it makes sense. For the first part of the match, both men mainly used submissions. When they move on to regular moves, the match turned into a stalemate. At one point, Kofi tried to hit a Trouble in Paradise, but Gabriel was able to dodge it and knock down Kofi. Gabriel then climbed to the top rope to try to hit a 450 Splash, but Kofi was able to roll out of the way, and the show went to a break. Before the break, a “Do Not Try This at Home” ad featuring Gabriel was shown. They reused the promo from last year where Gabriel said he tore every ligament in his arm “at this year’s WrestleMania.”
After the break, a “be a STAR” promo featuring Big Show, David Otunga, and Stephanie McMahon was shown. Sheamus, Rey Mysterio, and Miz were shown in older footage.
When the match returned, Gabriel managed to take control and apply a submission. Kofi was able to escape, and this led to a series where both men applied and escaped from each other’s finishers. Kofi eventually escaped a headlock and took control of the match. He was able to hit a Boom Drop, but Gabriel avoided the Trouble in Paradise again. After hitting a Russian leg sweep, Kofi hit what I would describe as a 180 splash off the middle rope, but Gabriel blocked it with his knees. Gabriel took the opportunity to hit a springboard crossbody, but Kofi escaped his pin attempt. He then did a leg sweep and hit a standing moonsault, but he could only get a 2 count. After reversing each other’s moves again, Kofi was able to hit a crossbody off the top turnbuckle, but Gabriel was also able to reverse the pin attempt. Kofi then hit the SOS to get the pinfall. Ziggler hoped there was bad blood between the two, but they shook hands after the match.
After the break, highlights of the match were shown before the show went backstage to Natalya, who was interviewing Primo, Epico, and Rosa Mendes. The Colons claimed they’ve been disrespected since Foley came into power, since they’ve either been completely ignored or put into matches with “clumsy giants” like The Great Khali. Natalya gave them a funny look, which ticked off Rosa; she then claimed she is the true diva of SMS. Natalya challenged the trio to a six-person tag team match, with her partners being Khali and Hornswoggle. She guaranteed the match will be made, since Foley owes her a favor.
After that segment, this week’s “Saturday Morning Spotlight” took a look at Khali. His size, world title reign, and popularity in India were highlighted. The host then hyped the six man tag before signing off.
This came out a lot later than I had hoped. Thankfully, starting this weekend, I’ll have more time to write this, so the next report should come out on Sunday.
While I was watching the show, I was surprised by the fact that so much time was spent on the backstage segment and the “be a STAR” video, since I figured there were would still be two matches, but the choice ended up making more sense than I had figured. With only one match, nothing on the show had to be rushed.
The March 13th episode had 1.055 million viewers and a 0.36 adults 18-49 rating. The adult demo was actually higher than the number for last week’s episode of Main Event, which got a 0.32.