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January 3, 2009
â€“ Larry Goodman
Opening with the footage of a traumatized Miss Boogie shot in the utility closet of the SAW Mill. She was painted up to look like Raven.
The SAW announce team of Graham and Reno Riggins reviewed the highlights of last weekâ€™s show. They said that was the state
they found Miss Boogie in after prying the utility closet open with a crowbar. Footage of Sigmonâ€™s fireball to the face of Jesse
Emerson aired. Graham said Emerson suffered second degree burns, while Sigmon had been heavily fined. Also, we saw the debuting
Jon Michael attack TJ Harley and leave him laying with the Brentwood Breaker.
This weekâ€™s main event: Chase Stevens challenging Kid Kash for the SAW International Championship.
New graphics for this opening this week set to the music from Georgia Championship Wrestling on TBS.
1 â€“ â€œThe Middle-Eastern Mastermindâ€� SIGMON vs. MAKIL LONG
Reno said Sigmon was willing to take a loss in order to inflict severe damage to Emerson. Back and forth action with Sigmon taking
advantage on the breaks. Long got near falls with a tornado kick and a spinning back elbow. Sigmon cut him off with a dropkick and went
right up top for the swandive headbutt and the three count.
Winner: Sigmon in 2:05. Crisp work. About as good as it could be within the time constraints.
Natalie Van Eron asked Sigmon to explain his shocking actions last week. Sigmon said he sent Emerson a message. He said the
people had a misconception about who he was and where he came from, and thatâ€™s why he was going to heat things up.
Van Eron was with SAW Commissioner Freddie G. Morton for a special announcement. Morton said SAW had joined forces with the
PGWA to present womenâ€™s wrestling on SAW TV. The PGWA Champion Tracy Taylor would also be recognized as the SAW Womenâ
€™s Champion and make a title defense on next weekâ€™s show against Sumie Sakai.
The in-ring debut of Jon Michael was preceded by the Renoâ€™s revelation that he was Ms. Worthingtonâ€™s younger brother. Riggins
said a member of the SAW legal team ran Michaelâ€™s social security number and found out his true name.
2 â€“ â€œThe Trendsetterâ€� JON MICHAEL (Worthington) vs. DREW HASKINS
Graham said Harley suffered a stinger as a result of the assault by Michaels and would be out for at least one month. Reno said Rachel
and her daddy were bringing in big brother to take care of business. Haskins tried to quickness and guile against the much larger (6-3,
245) Michaels, but fell victim to a succession of power moves. Haskins collapsed after absorbing a Stinger splash. Reno said Michaels
had been â€œfed with the silver spoonâ€� â€“ a line he credited to Tony Falk. Michaels tried a second Stinger splash, but Haskins got a
boot up to start his comeback â€“ a pair of a dropkick and a flying body press for a near fall- before Michael finished him with the
Brentwood Breaker (Jackhammer).
Winner: Michael in 4:13 with the Brentwood Breaker. Michael has big league size and impressive power moves. Heâ€™s not what you
would call light on his feet though. Haskinsâ€™ selling was on point as usual. His offense not so much.
3- â€˜Livewireâ€� NIKKI VAUGHN vs. TATSU
Vaughn with electric red hair. Tatsu looking especially skinny this time around. The announce team focused on the A-Teamâ€™s issue
with Vaughn, specifically the disfigurement of Rick Santelâ€™s face. Vaughn overshot a Stinger splash, followed with a spinning back
elbow and finished with a carbon copy of the Twist of Fate (the Short Circuit).
Winner: Vaughn in 1:37 with the Short Circuit. This was Vaughnâ€™s shot at redemption. Marginally successful at best. Some
unfortunate choices of offensive maneuvers, as we saw far better versions of a corner splash and a spinning back elbow in the earlier
Vaughn was interviewed by Von Eron. Vaughn said he had been off for a couple of years before coming back to face Matt Dillinger and
considered it a lucky win. Vaughn said he was out of shape, so he took 6 weeks off to get back in the gym and work on his timing. Arrick
Andrews apologized for interrupting. Andrews said he had Tribal Nation on his side for the cage match against A Team next week. He
asked Vaughn to be his third partner. Mr. Modest and Humble suddenly reverted to his mega-amped electrified persona. â€œYay-a! I
canâ€™t wait to get my hands on the A Team. WHOO! HOO! HOO! HOO!â€�
Chase Stevens profile. Stevens said he started out as a professional boxer then did a couple of MMA fights. He ran into Dan Severn, who
advised him to become a pro wrestler. Stevens listed his pro wrestling trainers as Mike Samples, Tracy Smothers, Kurt Hennig, Terry
Taylor, Ricky Steamboat, Tom Prichard, William Regal, Fit Finlay, and Arn Anderson. And with his look, this guy doesnâ€™t have a WWE
contract? On his split with Andy Douglas, Stevens said Douglas had some personal problems that led to them going their separate
ways. Stevens went on to talk about High Society and the alleged physical abuse of Fallon, and how they (and the man in black) tried to
take out his leg. Stevens said he was 75-80% healed and would make a name for himself as a singles wrestler, if he couldnâ€™t hang
onto a tag team partner. Stevens called his first match against Kash the biggest match of his life. He called Kash a coward, and said
SAW didnâ€™t need a champion like that. Stevens said he was ready for anything Kash could throw at him.
4 â€“ SAW International Title Match: Champion KID KASH vs. CHASE STEVENS
Kash out to the ring wearing a TOK A BOWL t-shirt. Lot of the usual fan baiting tactics from Kash. Graham said that was the way Kash got
himself in the zone for his matches. The announce team was looking for Kash to attack Stevensâ€™ injured knee. In the midst of all the
shenanigans, there was a really nice chain wrestling exchange. Kash scooted out of the ring and was carrying the ring bell around while
he jawed with the referee. Kash took control with a side headlock. Kash with a shoulder tackle. Kash running the ropes. Stevens flipped
Kash over the top to the apron. Kash tried a shoulder block through the ropes, but Stevens stepped aside, nailed Kash with a knee to the
head and sent him to the concrete floor with a springboard dropkick. Stevens hit a tope con hilo that left both men on the floor.
Commercial break. Back to action with Kash in the process of dissecting Stevensâ€™ knee. Kash went to the gutter tactics, driving a
knee into Stevensâ€™ groin when the refâ€™s back was turned. Kash kicked Stevens out to the floor. He tried to smash Stevens head
into a chair, but Stevens turned the tables on him. Back inside, Kash applied the figure four. Stevens started to reverse the hold center
ring. With both men feeling the pain, the ref broke the hold (for reasons that will remain a mystery). Kash got back on the knee with a
vengeance. Kash tried to come off the middle rope onto the knee, but Stevens rolled partially out of the way. Stevens made the comeback
on one leg. Stevens hit a flapjack, then a modified Codebreaker, but was too beaten down to make the cover. Kash fired back. Stevens
countered with a firemanâ€™s carry slam and stumbled toward the ropes, where the masked man in black clipped his knee. Kash
applied an ankle and Steven tapped almost immediately.
Winner: Kash retains via submission at 14:30 after interference by the mysterious masked man in black. As a stand alone, the match
was fine. They certainly foreshadowed the finish. Stevensâ€™ selling of the knee was superb. The atmosphere created by a hot sold out
crowd gave it a huge boost. In context, it was way too similar to Kashâ€™s other matches in SAW. It wouldnâ€™t be SAW without a ref
Random Thoughts: This was a good if not totally satisfying show. SAW doesnâ€™t really have bad episodes these days. It all hinged on
the title match. They did a beautiful job of building up it up with all the bells and whistles â€“ great clips and well done personality profile
on Stevens. The match held my interest, but I keep expecting Kash to do a different match, to do a little more, and it hasnâ€™t happened
in SAW. Weâ€™ve seen this all beforeâ€¦Stevens looked very good. I really donâ€™t get why WWE has not signed Stevens. The only
drawback is heâ€™s only average on the mic, but theyâ€™ve got plenty of guys like that under contract that arenâ€™t nearly as good as
workersâ€¦I donâ€™t have any inside info on this, but I do have strong hunch about the identity of the masked man in blackâ€¦The other
matches served their purpose - showcasing pushed talent by giving them dominant wins. Sigmonâ€™s match was best of the bunch.
Michael as Worthingtonâ€™s brother is an intriguing twist in the story necessitated by the untimely departure of Shawn Shultzâ€¦Itâ€™s
painfully obvious that Vaughn is not at the level of the other talent here. Not only has his work declined, but the quality of the ringwork in
SAW has been significantly upgraded over the course of the last year. You have to question Andrewsâ€™ judgment choosing Vaughnâ
€¦Iâ€™m digging Graham as a play-by-play guy. Heâ€™s really hitting his strideâ€¦It was also Von Eronâ€™s best job so far as ringside
interviewerâ€¦Overall, I Iiked the show. It just wasnâ€™t as good as I was hoping for to where I ended up enjoying 73 more.