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CALDWELL'S WWE SATURDAY SLAM REPORT 2/16: Sheamus vs. The Mustache main event, Corre Explodes

Feb 16, 2013 - 11:00:39 AM
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WWE Saturday Morning Slam Results
February 16, 2013
Aired on CW - Episode #26
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor


This week's Slam started with the voice-over man advertising Sheamus in the main event against Cody Rhodes. But, first, the opening contest of Justin Gabriel vs. Heath Slater in a battle of NXT and Corre.

Video Package: WWE actually documented both the NXT and Corre backgrounds for Gabriel and Slater, focusing on them becoming WWE tag champions until they broke up. Now, Slater is with a new crew and Gabriel is on his own.

Last Week: Gabriel and Slater nearly came to blows, setting up this morning's opening match.

In-ring: Josh Mathews on commentary as 3MB was introduced to the ring. For some reason, Drew McIntyre sold disinterest during ring introductions. Apparently it was a ruse to set him up for running down the stage with Jinder Mahal. In any event, Dolph Ziggler joined Mathews on commentary for today's show. Ringside, Ziggler was shown sporting a leather jacket over his Show-Off t-shirt to fit in with Mathews. Gabriel was then introduced as Slater's foe.

1 -- JUSTIN GABRIEL vs. HEATH SLATER (w/Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre)

After the bell sounded, 3MB wanted to perform in the ring, but the referee gave Mac and Mahal the boot, angering Slater's band-mates. Ziggler quipped about Elvis leaving the building as Slater threw a fit in the ring.

Slater decided to focus on wrestling Gabriel, but Gabriel quickly dropped him before performing a dance move, which Mathews identified as pop & lock. Slater, angered, tried charging Gabriel, but Gabriel dropped him to the mat again. Suddenly, Gabriel crashed to the floor after Slater reversed momentum near the ropes. Gabriel sold a shoulder injury heading to break.

[Commercial Break]

Heading back to Slam, Heath Slater provided this week's Don't Try This At Home message, encouraging the kids to focus on their air-guitar work.

Back in the ring, Slater was in control working on Gabriel's shoulder mid-ring. Slater followed with an abdominal stretch to continue slowing down Gabriel. But, Gabriel broke free, howled like a werewolf, and went to the ring apron to springboard into a cross-body block for a close two count. Sit-out slam followed, then Gabriel climbed to the top turnbuckle. The crowd roared in anticipation before Gabriel came off the top with his 450 Splash finisher for the pin and the win. Ziggler said he impressed him again.

WINNER: Gabriel at 8:51. You have to think WWE can find a main TV role for Gabriel, who already has a good connection with the younger demographic that could be built upon. Very under-utilized.

Up Next: Sheamus vs. Cody Rhodes in this morning's main event.

[Commercial Break]

Replay: Slater took a loss to Justin Gabriel, who nailed the 450 Splash from multiple angles. The voice-over man noted Gabriel won on Slam in back-to-back weeks.

In-ring: Sheamus's music played back in the arena to bring out the Celtic Warrior. Nifty camera work to make it seem like the arena was packed as Sheamus came out on-stage to play to the crowd. Mathews and Ziggler talked about Ziggler's jacket on-camera before Cody Rhodes's music played to bring out Rhodes and his mustache.

2 -- SHEAMUS vs. CODY RHODES

After the bell sounded, the crowd gave Rhodes a hard time, so he dipped to the outside to collect himself and avoid Sheamus. Back in the ring, Rhodes ducked Sheamus for a waistlock, but Sheamus over-powered Rhodes into a toss. Shoot to the ropes, leapfrog, drop-down, and Rhodes finished the exchange with a textbook dropkick. Moments later, Cody found himself trapped in the ropes, but managed to avoid The Forearms To The Chest by falling down to the floor. Rhodes collected himself on the outside while encouraging everyone in the arena to just calm down. Great delivery heading to break.

[Commercial Break]

Back from break, Sheamus missed with a corner charge and ate the ringpost shoulder-first. Rhodes, excited by this turn of events, targeted Sheamus's shoulder from multiple angles, including slowing things down with a mathold.

Rhodes suddenly lost control, allowing Sheamus to catch a breather before starting to build momentum. Sheamus delivered a "signature Finlay Roll," according to Ziggler, who expanded on Fit Finlay passing down the move to Sheamus. Sheamus then clutched Rhodes for White Noise and connected center-ring. Sheamus covered, and it was good for the win. After a replay of the finish, Mathews signed off as Sheamus was shown celebrating with the crowd.

WINNER: Sheamus at 9:20. Solid singles match, and Ziggler sounded more comfortable on commentary compared to previous cameos on the air. A fine episode of Slam this week.


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