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January 31, 2009
â€“ Larry Goodman
Michael Graham and Reno Riggins did the ringside open previewing the upcoming hour. The main event: Chase Stevens vs. Andy
Douglas. The crowd stole Renoâ€™s line - â€œand SAW starts NOW!â€�
1 â€“ VORDELL WALKER vs. TAT2
The announce team talked about Walker starting the wrestling team at high school in Savannah.
Walker manhandled his smaller inked up opponent, hitting a long distance overhead belly to belly suplex, and a killer wheelbarrow
suplex before finishing with the STO.
WINNER: Walker in 59 seconds. An impessive display of explosive athleticism from Walker.
The bumper contained footage of in the gym pumping iron with Paul Adams pumping him up for his match against Stevens.
â€�Retreat? Scared? Iâ€™ve never run from anything and I fear nothing in this worldâ€¦â€�
So said Marc Anthony contrary to what we saw on our TV screens last week. This was shot in a grainy black & white with the camera
turning every which way. â€œWhite Rabbitâ€� was again replace by the sound of whirring wind. Anthony said the plan was underway
and the â€œdark silhouette of a manâ€� would soon join him in battle. A man with a towel over his head (obviously Raven) emerged
from behind the camera and they waked away arm in arm.
Graham and Riggins said it had been revealed that Raven aka Scott Levy was the man behind the camera in all of Anthonyâ€™s
vignettes. Reno announced Raven vs. â€œBoogie Woogie Boyâ€� Gary Valiant next week.
Next we heard word from the Boogie Woogie Boy. This was Boogie with bared teeth and fire in his eyes. Boogie said last week he had
Anthony a rockinâ€™ and a rollinâ€™. Anthony introduced the thumb tacks and the chairs and ended up on the short end of both. He
called Anthony a gibroni for taking Ravenâ€™s beatings for him. Boogie addressed â€œThe Puppetmasterâ€� Raven. Boogie said
Raven sent Anthony to break his ribs and take his wife, but all that had done was to set fire to his ass.
â€�Raven, when you start playing with Boogie Woogieâ€™s family, you start playing with Boogie Woogieâ€™s mind. Raven, you want to
play these sick games, these crazy flipped up out-of-your-mind games. Guess what, Raven. Boogie Woogie can play them games, too.â
2 â€“ SIGMON vs. JESSE EMERSON
Sigmon jumped Emerson on the ramp and continued to beat on him inside the ring. Emerson came back and started wailing away on
Sigmon, who bailed out and went after the injured eye to regain the advantage. Emerson was still wearing a bandage from the fireball
incident, but a smaller one than two weeks ago. They traded stiff chops and dropkicks with Sigmon continually cutting off Emersonâ€™s
comebacks. Sigmon used the camel clutch. Reno said that as this feud progressed, the usually mild-mannered Emerson was losing
his patience and bringing the violence. Sigmon hit a middle rope diving headbutt for a near fall. Emerson hit a spinebuster to spark a full-
fledged comeback. Emerson got Sigmon in the corner and wouldnâ€™t stop pounding him. The unnamed ref kept trying to intervene.
Emerson kept shoving him away then punched him right in the face. The kid went flying and called for the bell. Emerson was wearing the
â€œI canâ€™t believe what I just didâ€� expression.
WINNER: Sigmon via DQ at 6:15. A good stiff brawl. So much for Emerson being wise to Sigmonâ€™s tactics, but the ambush did
provide the motive for his ruthless aggression. Emerson was actually very good here. The highlight, though, had to be the awesome
bump taken by referee (and son of SAW Mill promoter) Kevin Weatherby.
The bumper had more footage of Douglas in the gym. Douglas said he was in the best shape of his life, and he was going to pick up
Chaseâ€™s lifeless body and spike his head into the mat with the Natural Selection.
This was followed by sitdown comments from Douglas wearing a dress shirt and shades. Douglas said that right from his start in pro
wrestling, he was successful everywhere he went. He said it was Bob Ryderâ€™s suggestion to team him with Stevens as the Naturals.
Douglas said he wasnâ€™t too keen on it, but he was bored with all the easy wins. Douglas again took credit for all of their wins and
blamed all of their losses on Stevensâ€™ screw ups, including losing the tag titles in TNA. Douglas said he was tired of carrying that
glory hound. Douglas said he didnâ€™t turn on Stevens. The real story was that Paul Adams made him an offer he couldnâ€™t refuse:
lots of money AND the opportunity for a shot at Stevens. Douglas he used the mask to get Stevensâ€™ attention. He took Stevensâ€™
leg out (during a title match against Kid Kash). Then, he came through the ring in the cage match to nail Stevens with a low blow.
Douglas said now he was the one in the limelight. Douglas said he was out to prove to Stevens and the fans that he was the best of the
Graham and Riggins said Stevens had seen Douglasâ€™ comments. Cut to footage of his response.
Stevens said no tag team wins multiple titles (NWA, SAW, IWA) because of one man. He was perplexed by Douglasâ€™ actions.
Stevens said he didnâ€™t know if it was money, fame or jealousy. This Andy Douglas was not the man he had known for the past 6
years. It tore him up inside to think about it. Stevens said he had seen the footage of the cage match (cut to clip) and what Douglas did to
him. Stevens said he had a bad knee for years, but nobody knew that except Douglas. Stevens said he also had something to prove.
3 â€“ CHASE STEVENS vs. ANDY DOUGLAS (with Paul Adams)
Riggins begrudgingly admitted that Douglas looked like a million dollars. They swapped arm drags, did simultaneous dropkicks and
came to a stand off. Douglas rubbed his finger together to symbolize the $$$. When Douglas used a closed fist, Stevens decked him and
Douglas took a stroll up the ramp to confer with Adams. Back inside, Stevens sidestepped a dropkick to the knee. Douglasâ€™ face met
all four corners and a five knuckle knockdown for two. Stevens was on a roll, so Adams distracted referee Kurt Herron, and Douglas
seized the opportunity with a donkey kick to the groin. Douglas went after Stevensâ€™ injured knee. Douglas softened him up with a leg
DDT before applying the figure four. Riggins cautioned the kids at home not to put that hold on their little brother. Douglas released the
hold and made a lazy cover. Fans got behind Chase. Stevens toppled Douglas over with an enzuigiri. They traded big punches. Douglas
ate it charging in. Stevens hit a facebuster style bulldog for a close near fall. Douglas got a near fall with a big powerslam. Douglas
signaled for The Natural Selection. Stevens countered out of it. Douglas escaped from Stevensâ€™ finisher. Stevens knocked Douglas
off the apron with a springboard dropkick. Steven went after Douglas, who was crawling on the floor trying to gather his wits Adams drew
Stevensâ€™ towards him, then scooted into the ring to distract the ref. Meanwhile, Hammerjack tattooed Stevens with handle of his
sledge, rolled his lifeless body into the ring, and Douglas threw an arm over him for the pin.
WINNER: Douglas in 11:08 after interference by Hammerjack. It had great heat. The action was OK. Stevensâ€™ knee injury was legit
and limited how much he could do. Being that the injury was part of the story, it made no sense for Douglas to let Stevens out of the figure
Random Thoughts: After being at this taping live, and coming away feeling it was easily the best of the four SAW tapings Iâ€™ve
attended, this episode was somewhat of a disappointment. Between the interviews and the match, they devoted half of the show to
Douglas/Stevens. In the end, it just wasnâ€™t that compelling. I very much like what theyâ€™re doing with Douglas. The footage of him
working out in the gym was terrific. The interview detailing his motive worked to show just what a jerk Douglas has become. Stevensâ€™
response got across his hurt and confusion but it ran too long. Stevens said he had something to prove, but it wasn't clear just what that
was. The match, itself, was decent. They did the same finish as the tag match the previous week â€“ Hammerjack interfering with the
sledge. Being that this is SAW, Iâ€™m guessing there a storyline reason for the repetitionâ€¦Quite the debut for Walker. He adds a new
dimension to the babyface side with his amateur background and all that athleticismâ€¦Heâ€™s not a great talker, but Boogie came
through with a strong interview this week...The Sigmon/Emerson feud has turned out to be a nice midcard storyline. Theyâ€™ve both
made the most of the opportunityâ€¦SAW may be onto something with Weatherby â€“ a referee that can actually take a good bumpâ
€¦While the overall production quality is pretty amazing given SAWâ€™s limited budget, every episode seems to feature some type of
weird production glitch. This week it was the strange canned crowd noise at the start of the Emerson/Sigmon match.