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CALDWELL'S WWE SATURDAY SLAM RESULTS 4/6: Kane vs. Rhodes, Ryback vs. Sandow, is WM29 tomorrow?

Apr 6, 2013 - 11:00:43 AM
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WWE Saturday Morning Slam Results
April 6, 2013
Aired on CW - Episode #33
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor


The morning before WrestleMania 29, this week's Saturday Slam episode started with the voice-over announcer promoting Ryback vs. Damien Sandow in singles action tonight.

Ryback was introduced first to the ring for the opening match. "Wake up!" Ryback shouted to the home viewer as he marched to the ring before Josh Mathews and Brad Maddox introduced themselves as today's announcers. Damien Sandow was then introduced, along with Cody Rhodes. No promo from Sandow this morning.

1 -- RYBACK vs. DAMIEN SANDOW (w/Brad Maddox)

Ryback dominated early on, then Sandow tried to run away, but Ryback dragged him back to middle ring. Ryback then lifted Sandow in the air for a very long delayed vertical suplex. On commentary, Maddox quipped that with all the blood rushing to Sandow's brain hanging upside-down in the air for that long, it should make him even more intelligent. But, the impact of the suplex was too much for Sandow, who scampered to the corner for a breather as Slam cut to break.

[Commercial Break]

Sandow had momentary control back from break, then WWE cut to one of those awkward camera shots where Mathews and Maddox were looking down at the announce desk. Sure, they're looking at their monitors, but it looks odd when they're five feet away from the ring where the action is happening right in front of them. Ryback teased a comeback, but Rhodes got involved to try to distract Ryback. The kids freaked when Sandow tried to sneak-attack Ryback, but Ryback saw it (or heard it) coming and discarded Sandow to the mat. This led to Shell-Shock for the pin and the win.

WINNER: Ryback at 7:37. If Ryback wants to replace Cena as the top face, he has to work from underneath more regularly, but the mystique to his character is that he's a monster who's unstoppable. WWE and Ryback would have to find a way to make Ryback look vulnerable (to get the sympathy response from the crowd before his comebacks), but not take away from who Ryback is - an unstoppable monster.

Saturday Morning Spotlight: Slam GM Mick Foley.

Backstage: Cody Rhodes complained to Foley about the Sandow-Ryback match being unfair. Foley replied that Rhodes got involved in the match, so he has nothing to complain about. He then booked Rhodes in a match tonight and said Sandow is banned from ringside. Rhodes said he's being unfair not telling him who his opponent is. So, in the interest of fairness, Foley told Rhodes he will face...Kane. Rhodes made a fist and held back tears of fear as Sandow consoled him.

[Commercial Break]

2 -- WWE tag champion KANE vs. CODY RHODES

As Kane made his way to the ring, Mathews noted that Maddox is a "figure of authority" in WWE, then asked what he thinks of Foley's booking. Maddox replied that Slam is Foley's jurisdiction, so he will not weigh in, but he thinks Rhodes should have at least been allowed to comb his mustache before facing Kane this morning.

The match started with Rhodes trying to come up with a strategy to attack Kane, but Kane thwarted him before press-slamming Rhodes into the air. Rhodes desperately went after Kane's legs to take him down, but Kane dragged him to the top rope before shoving Rhodes off the top turnbuckle to the floor. On the floor, Rhodes screamed at a kid on the front row that he did not ask for this match. Rhodes stomped around the floor before re-entering the ring and begging off.

[Commercial Break]

Heading back from break, Brodus Clay provided this week's Don't Try This At Home message.

Back in the ring, Rhodes created an opening during the break. Kane shook him off, but Rhodes came back with the Disaster Kick for a close two count. Rhodes screamed at the ref that it was three, which Maddox agreed with. Rhodes then got desperate and climbed to the top rope for a high-risk move, but Kane intercepted with a boot to the face. It was good for the pin and the win. After the match, WWE replayed high-points from Kane's victory as Rhodes sold frustration outside the ring. Back in the ring, Kane forced a smile and stood tall in the ring to close Slam.

WINNER: Kane at 9:55. Solid singles match for the Saturday show. Overall, it was odd hearing very little WrestleMania discussion during the show - since it was taped a few weeks ago - on the last WWE TV program before WrestleMania, especially after WWE bombarded the TV audience with Mania hype this week.


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