WWE Saturday Morning Slam (March 30, 2013)

Saturday Morning Slam

“Good morning WWE Universe! It’s time for another hot episode of WWE Saturday Morning Slam! Today we’ve got two hot matches comin’ atcha! United States Champion, Antonio Cesaro takes on R. Truth in our main event, but first a battle between Tons of Funk and the Prime Time Players over who is the greatest dancing tag team!” announces the unseen Saturday Morning Slam announcer guy.

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WWE Royal Rumble 2017 (January 29, 2017)

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I love gimmick matches and in my rather humble opinion there is no finer gimmick than the Royal Rumble. Thirty men enter. One man walks out with a shot a championship gold. There are usually some comedic spots, some decent in-ring action, and a surprise entrant or two that make it a must watch PPV, more so even than the Granddaddy of them all, WrestleMania. So how was the 2017 Rumble? Let’s find out.

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Claudio Castagnoli vs. Brodie Lee (Chikara Style & Substance September 7, 2008)

Back in 2008, the man we know and love as Cesaro was going by Claudio Castagnoli and in Chikara was wrecking house on…well, pretty much everyone…everyone except Brodie Lee (aka a slightly less hobo bearded Luke Harper).

The pair had a few matches.  There were some DQs, maybe a count out, a Dusty finish or two.  Try as he might, Catagnoli couldn’t get a decisive win over Lee, and so a steel cage match was booked…the first in Chikara history!

Here’s a gimmick match done right!  The two had a long running feud.  Regular matches could not resolve the issue…cue cage match.  Kudos to you Chikara! Over in the WWE Universe, I’ll say that NXT is pretty good about using gimmick matches sparingly, but my god, Original Recipe WWE do we need so many annual gimmick PPVs?

The Attitude Era is long gone.  You can let guys and ladies just get out there and wrestle and that’s enough.  Save the no DQ matches, the ladder matches, the street fights, and the steel cage matches for those long running feuds that deserve them.  Remember that Big Show “stairs match” against Erick Rowan?  Why was that a thing that ever happened?  The feud between those two dudes did not warrant any sort of gimmick match, even one as stupid as a “stairs match.”