This morning marked the debut of WWE's foray into the "TV-G" format, as WWE Saturday Morning Slam hit the airwaves just a few hours ago.
What can you expect from the new show? Well, let's get right to that.
- The show is only half an hour long, so it is definitely palatable. However, this is not something you'd like to be sitting by yourself watching if you are over 12-years-old. The show features a lot of segments geared towards smaller children, as you may have guessed. There isn't much of an emphasis on wrestling, either. Go figure.
- This week's show kicked off with Brodus Clay. They asked him a few kayfabe questions and he gave a demonstration with the lovely Funkadactyls on how to do his funky T-Rex dance. The WWE also included a video package showing dancing gimmicks through the history of wrestling, with spotlights on 2 Cold Scorpio, Disco Inferno, and Rikishi. That is something I enjoy seeing, as teaching children things of the past can open their eyes to what they should look for.
- The segment that followed was a Q and A segment that focused on what Olympic sports the WWE superstars liked this year. Some answers were campy kayfabe, but some helped to humanize the heels (The Miz, most notably). I guess this is beneficial to make your stars relate to the kids at home.
- Kofi Kingston defeated Heath Slater, while Santino was on commentary. Good cast of over-the-top characters to present to kids. Decent match.
- Show closed with the SummerSlam video. Daniel Bryan was in it, so no complaints.
Overall, this isn't a bad show to sit down and watch with the younger folks in your family. It will get them interested in wrestling, while you get to watch a match and have a laugh at who is keeping kayfabe and who isn't. You'll also be able to tell who is phoning it in (this week, Brodus Clay) in their overly G-rated segments.
Basically, at 30 minutes, it is worth a spot on your DVR. You can't get much wrestling content on Saturdays other than lucha libre on various Spanish outlets, so enjoy what you get and don't take it too seriously.
Any Cagesiders have some Saturday Morning Slam with their coffee this morning?