Saturday Morning Slam Redux (April 27th, 2013): The Great Khali, Hornswoggle & Natalya vs. Primo, Epico & Rosa Mendes

Good day everyone, and welcome to this weeks recap of all things pertaining to that show Diva fans probably aren’t too familiar with, Saturday Morning Slam. Personally, I’ve caught two full episodes before and it seemed pretty entertaining albeit the younger demographic they target, but that’s beside the point. The actual focus of why I’m writing all of this is that we’ve got ourselves a good old fashioned six person mixed tag team match to cover! Last week if you’ll recall, Natalya spoke to Primo, Epico and their sensuous valet, Rosa Mendes for reasons that I choose to believe are because I/we always welcome having more Natalya, Rosa, Primo, and Epico in my/our TV viewing life. The interview set up tonight’s festivities which pit the feisty trio against Natalya and her counterparts, The Great Khali… and Hornswoggle.

I’ve kind of grown to not dislike Hornswoggle as much as some of my other celebrity-ish feuds that build inside my own head with the other person involved having zero idea I even exist ever since I saw a tweet which had a quote from him on a radio show where he stated that he feels the Divas work even harder than the males at times, so we’re on an okay page right now. However, we’ll have to see if I still feel the same way should he choose to in any way harm or taunt Rosa Mendes in what seems like a never ending feud between them dating back to when he sprayed her with circus flowers on one random episode of Raw.

I have to admit that this theme music has grown on me A LOT and I may even love it more than their original as a trio… may being the key word as I’m still undecided but I’ll be sure to let you know since I’m sure that’s what’s on everyone’s mind who reads this. The fiery trio walk out, as I stand in awe and shock that Rosa was able to wear something this scantily clad on the WWE’s most child oriented show… not that I’m complaining. Wade Barrett is on commentary, but my focus is strictly on the five star dances taking place by Rosa in the ring. We get a recap of last weeks interview as I now grow a little sad that their theme song has been replaced by Khali’s.

…oh wow. It literally took me a good few seconds to find Hornswoggle as for a minute there I thought he vanished. Natalya and her duo dance down the ramp (okay Khali dances about as well as I do so that probably doesn’t count). Wade dubs Natalya the normal member of the group which completely makes sense, as it looks like she and Rosa will begin. A kiss is exchanged by Nattie and Khali, which none too impresses Rosa. The two lock up and Rosa backs Nattie into the ropes until she’s forced to break the hold. She hits what I’m guessing is a knee but can’t be certain due to the random camera switch to the Great Khali’s face of all things, before locking the wrist until Natalya is able to attempt flipping out.

Rosa takes her back down and hits a suplex for a two count, as we keep getting camera shots of Khali’s face. WHY? Rosa misses a splash in the corner and gets rolled up for a two count, as she’s then taken down by a clothesline. An Irish whip is exchanged and ends with Natalya kicking Rosa in the face and signaling for the sharpshooter… but my focus goes to commentary as Wade Barrett seems to be dogging our Mendes. (We poor Rosa fans don’t ask or get much, so this is like kicking a dog when it’s down Wade. You’re better than this…) Rosa manages to slide over and tag in to Primo. In comes Hornswoggle and I already want to sob, but to make matters better or worse depending on your preference, Khali makes the tag and startles Primo.

Primo tries to tag in Epico, but Epico hilariously tries to no sell it and hops off the apron. Rosa just decides to shake around the ring apron like a good Mendes should, and as we return from a commercial, we see Epico duck a kick and hit a leg DDT to take control. Natalya looks on concerned, and in comes Primo with a nice back splash as he continues to target the leg and Rosa continues to shake and dance. Epico with the tag and a legdrop for a two count, with the crowd now getting behind Khali. Epico drops a few knees and heads to the second rope, but as he leaps off he eats a boot. Primo tags in now and misses an elbow, but Rosa is now on the apron… I repeat, Rosa.. is on… the apron. Hornswoggle goes after her boot and she chases him around the ring until Natalya leaps over him and locks Rosa in the sharpshooter which is almost spot on identical to what happened on SmackDown and now makes us Mendes fans feel even worse that Rosa didn’t learn what would happen the first time. Rosa begins to tap out, but she’s not legal so it doesn’t count. Back inside the ring, Khali takes Primo out and we get these horrendous random camera shots on commentary which tell us what’s happening instead of showing us. After something we will never know, Khali hits a chokebomb on Primo for the victory as the trio dance and Rosa screams in a Spanglish fury.

Thoughts: Hmm, well I’ll comment on the Divas since that’s what you all probably focus on when reading this website. I wasn’t crazy about Rosa and Natalya’s chemistry this week, but I did like it better on the SmackDown tag which I guess makes sense since this was taped before that one despite the air date reversal. The ending was pretty much identical to SmackDown as well, but I liked the sharpshooter more than the clothesline so I kind of wish that would’ve happened on the blue brand and vice versa with the clothesline here. One thing I love about Rosa, Primo and Epico though is that they aren’t afraid to act comical in their matches against Khali, Hornswoggle, and Nattie. A lot of heels are your standard angry 24/7 scream/fear me type, but these three play into the whole “Hornswoggle’s short/Khali’s Tall” thing, most notably when Primo was all ready to go at Hornswoggle and then scared as hell to face Khali. For the most part, this was pretty much what I expected it to be, but I like that Nattie and Rosa don’t get shafted in these tags and relegated to a simple catfight. They get to take part in about 1/3 of the action like everyone else and it comes off much better than some other intergender bouts we’ve seen in the past.

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    *Shakes head* – Yes it was alright.

    I know this has become pretty standard and people are just accepting it now…

    BUT I CANNOT!!!! Why has Natalya got to be in these stupid, stupid segments and storylines. ARGHHH. She was on a par with Beth Phoenix or PERSONALLY exceeding Beth! Why has she still not go her run as the dominant female.

    Hell why not even give Natalya what Beth was suppose to have. Let her crush everyone and then get Kharma back! Because hell that would be more of a dream match than Beth vs Kharma, This will be a Hart vs Kharma! It would just be incredible.

    And yeah Rosa is very pretty, I’m not taking that away from her.

  • Monkey Tennis

    In other news, on Saturday evening Pro-Wrestling Eve had a 3+ hour show in the UK. It featured visiting wrestler Leah Von Dutch, another in and out of the ring battle between Kay Lee Ray and Carmel Jacob AND an appearance from former WWE star, Tommy Dreamer (who, after his own match, was hit with a stunner and tossed out of the ring by TNA hopeful, Shanna).

    Anyway, back to the 90 seconds of Divas action in a comedy intergender tag match….

    • JamieKym

      Go somewhere with that. Please! Go to a site or topic that cares.

      • Monkey Tennis

        Yeah, cos who’d wanna read about women’s wrestling on a women’s wrestling website, right?

        Or are you saying the Diva Dirt doesn’t care about women’s wrestling?

        • JamieKym

          They don’t care enough to recap it so…Stop with the indies Spam and post that on an indies site or topic.

    • charovnica

      You know how things are here in Diva Dirt,so why are you even here?

      • Monkey Tennis

        I have an interest in women’s wrestling. And DD has always claimed to be a women’s wrestling website.

        Yes, I get why the focus of the site has to be on the two worst companies in the world at actually promoting women’s wrestling. They’re mainstream, they’re on telly and for some fans (like yourself and JamieKym), that’s pretty much the sum total of their interest in women’s wrestling.

        But for me, if I have a genuine interest in something, it just seems like a no-brainer to look for the good stuff. And to promote the good stuff. I mean, it’s not even a quality over quantity argument, cos in the indies you get MORE matches of a HIGHER quality, so they win on both counts.

        • puppies

          Nobody cares for the indies! I mean, yeah, there are obviously people who do, but they don’t make up even a quarter of the users here. That’s not me taking a jab at indy organizations, but obviously DD writers will take their time and effort to right about the things that their users care about as opposed to topics that will revieve 2 or 3 posts on a good day. Be real.

          You’re so right, hun. The indies are real wrestling. The fans of divas and knockouts just have no clue what real women’s wrestling is or how to be a real fan of wrestling… So go somewhere where people do! Or have fun reading about the 90 second diva matches.

        • redsandman99

          @Monkey Tennis. DD just put up the article of the event you speaking of. Little late but it’s here now.

        • JamieKym

          I watch the indies all the time, and you don’t spamming on indies topic with WWE or TNA news.

  • rodneyclint

    So stupid. So, so stupid. I have no idea how 90% of the creative department still have jobs, they suck.

  • redsandman99

    I’m not thrilled with Natalya’s position because of her talent. If it was someone else paired with Khali and in this position on Saturday Morning Slam I probably wouldn’t care at all. This show is harmless fun for kids watching cartoons on the weekend.

  • iLUVValets

    This broad has been in the company for six or seven years and still hasn’t one a single match. I was at least 14 when she was in the diva search. I’m almost 21 now. It’s just not gonna happen for you Rosa! Gurl bye!

    • iLUVValets


    • J.D.C.D.

      I agree. It just isn’t going to happen for Rosa. Natalya has gotten a lot of good matches out of the current Diva roster.The parts with her and Rosa in this match just didn’t look good. The moves seemed slow. Also from what I saw on WrestlingInc Rosa get sent home by the WWE for “personal reasons” or excessive partying. I guess she is really letting loose with the success of her MuscleMania videos. I think Rosa will be with the WWE to for a bit still to help with Primo and Epico. I was hoping for the angle with Alberto Del Rio but that didn’t happen. Oh well.

      I can’t wait for Natalya to go after the Diva’s championship again. There would be some nice women’s matches.

      • iLUVValets

        Yes. She needs to be Albertos valet Imo Idk why that angle was dropped in the first place. I see Rosa as a girl that needs to just stay out of the ring and out of the divas division and just be eye candy. She was so good in developmental. But Idk what the hell happened.

        • art

          rosa beat layla on smackdown so shes won one match & shes a jobber i mean jillian won like one match in her career as well so….

        • wweajfan

          Rosa won by DQ it isn’t a real win, Jillian won more matches

        • art

          its still a win thou…

  • iLUVValets

    I also have to commend Rosa at the same time even though I just bashed her. I do like her. And personally I would be depressed if gave my life to a company for over 7 years and have nothing to show for it. She also has been abused and misused.I gotta give it to her. Because I would have given up 3 years ago if I was her

  • KaitlynLover<3

    wow both girls were moving in slow motion, serioulsy! Anyway, it was nothing special, just more of the same!

  • art

    decent but slow…i dont get why they showed khails face when rosa kneed nattie in the stomach? like was he meant to show despair for nattie or something like he can act when he can’t even walk….

  • divaindemise

    Slow, often clumsy, painfully awkward, I feel bad for Rosa, I feel, because she has a chance to get over with her tag team given they feud with a better standard of workers than Khali.

    And Natalya should just be wrestling full time as a singles wrestler period. She’s their best female worker and she’s over.

  • JamieKym

    I was surprised by how good I saw Rosa wrestle. And she sold the shit out of that weak clothesline(Sorry Natalya). Now they need yo let her do that on Smackdown or RAW. And loved her attire last Friday before.

  • Divafan0118

    Wow! I get Sonic X, Justice League, Dragon Ball Z, and Nattie, Rosa, and Alicia? It’s is Saturday.

  • Steven6

    I think Wade Barrett was out of line for his comments on Rosa. He should think back to the nxt days when his charisma was lacking and his matches were suffering for it all the way up until recently. Lack of charisma is something Rosa could never be accused of.
    The match wasn’t the best, but I think that Rosa has really tried lately since being given the opportunity to mix it up again.
    I hope she is not on the way out because I really think that a small title run could work if she carried on working hard and they actually started writing storylines properly again. She is never going to be a veteran wrestler, but neither will a lot of the girls that have come and gone. It’s only fair she gets a turn at some point.