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CALDWELL'S SATURDAY SLAM RESULTS 11/3: Clay vs. Rhodes main event, WCW Nitro flashback, Mike Tenay, El Local, more

Nov 3, 2012 - 11:00:08 AM
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WWE Saturday Morning Slam Results
November 3, 2012
Aired on CW - Episode #11
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

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This week's Saturday morning show started with an arena shot followed by a plug for Brodus Clay vs. Cody Rhodes in the main event. Suddenly, Juventud Guerrera was on the screen. The voice-over man said they will re-visit Lucha Libre action later in the show as clips from WCW's Cruiserweight division were shown.

In-ring: Segue to Sin Cara making his entrance for the opening match as Josh Mathews and Santino introduced the show. Santino said he is so impressed by Sin Cara, then new music played to bring out El Local, who is Ricardo Rodriguez under a mask. Of note, the announcers are not acknowledging Ricardo nor questioning who could be under the mask and full body suit.

1 -- SIN CARA vs. RICARDO RODRIGUEZ AS EL LOCAL

Sin Cara delivered early offense before Local started acting like Ricardo running away from a fight. Cara then delivered a twisted plancha on the outside. Back in the ring, Cara waited for Local to return to the ring, where Local blocked a head-scissors into a sidewalk slam. Cara quickly came back with a head scissors to send Local to the floor, leading to break.

[Commercial Break]

Back from break, El Local was in control as Mathews described him as "the masked individual in red." Meanwhile, Santino noted that Cara appears to be in much better shape than Local. Ricardo continued to slow down the action by holding on tight to a waistlock, then Cara finally got to his feet and sprang on Local with high-flying offense. For his final move, Cara went to the ring apron and delivered a springboard Swanton Bomb to the mid-section for the pin and the win.

WINNER: Cara at 7:32. A fine use of comparison to make Cara look good by defeating an obviously over-matched opponent.

Video Feature: Lucha Libre feature. This looks like one of Mike Tenay's WCW Nitro specials reviewing the history of masks in Mexico. WWE focused on La Parka, which led to a Video Vault segment. And, there's Mike Tenay's voice from old WCW clips. The voice-over man said Parka was a staple of WCW programming in the late '90s, then the Video Vault shifted to Juventud Guerrera. Rey Mysterio was next, focusing on his career in WWE and WCW. The voice-over man said Rey is the smallest wrestler to ever win the World Title.

Video Feature: Rey talked about his collection of masks. WWE showed footage from his first match on Smackdown, then Rey talked about masks representing San Diego, the 619, and San Diego Chargers. Next was a mask dedicated to the troops.

Up next: Brodus Clay vs. Cody Rhodes, who was described with the "American Nightmare" moniker by the voice-over man. This needs to be stressed on main television.

[Commercial Break]

Back from break, the disco ball was down, which meant Brodus Clay, Cameron, and Naomi out for the main event. As the trio made their way to the ring, Mathews introduced Dolph Ziggler as his co-host for the match. Silence. Cody Rhodes's music then played. More silence from the announcers. Mathews then talked up Rhodes being similar to Ziggler, who said he is close, but not there.

2 -- "AMERICAN NIGHTMARE" CODY RHODES vs. BRODUS CLAY

Clay played around with Rhodes early on, shoving him down to the mat before dancing. Clay then scoop-slammed Rhodes before tossing him over the top rope, but Rhodes skinned the cat. Upon re-entering the ring, Rhodes over-confidently charged Clay, who landed a big shoulderblock for another knock down. Rhodes decided to take it to the outside to re-think his strategy as Slam cut to break 1:25 in.

[Commercial Break]

Back from break, Heath Slater - while strumming an air guitar - provided this week's Don't Try This At Home message. Back in the ring, Rhodes airballed a slingshot splash attempt. Rhodes begged off, so Clay asked the crowd what he should do. Clay then gave Rhodes center-stage, and Rhodes proceeded to do a terrible Carlton dance from Fresh-Prince. Clay said it was eh, the crowd booed, and Clay prepared to do his own center-stage dance, but Rhodes charged at him, so Clay intercepted with a bodyslam.

Rhodes finally found an opening to cut off Clay at the knees and begin working on the big-man's legs. Meanwhile, Ziggler talked himself up on commentary. Rhodes lost control of the action on the ground, which allowed Clay to deliver a big bodyslam from his feet. Clay then nailed the Big Splash for the pin and the win. Post-match: Cue up the in-ring celebration before Mathews and Ziggler signed off from the announce table. The final image was Clay and kids dancing in the ring.

WINNER: Clay at 7:22. Such odd booking with Clay. One week he's losing to lower-lower-card talent, then another week, he's beating one of Smackdown's top heels.


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