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March 7, 2009
â€“ Larry Goodman
Michael Graham and Reno Riggins open from ringside inside an empty echo-filled SAW Mill for the Empty Arena Match: Arrick Andrews
vs. Hammerjack & Paul Adams. Riggins explained that A-Team forced Commissioner Freddie Mortonâ€™s hand by constantly attacking
opponents before the show. Graham said this time the opponent would know they were in the building.
The opening montage rolledâ€¦
Graham on solo commentary. Reno was manning one of the handheld cameras. Graham said the sweeps had been conducted to
guarantee the building to guarantee it was empty (except for the kid sitting in the folding chair). Adams came out wearing his Apollo
Creed shorts and started running his mouth. He made fun of Andrewsâ€™ for using entrance music. He had a point. Leaving nothing to
chance, Andrews made a visual inspection of the concession stand and the dressing room prior to hitting the ring.
1 â€“ Empty Arena Match: HAMMERJACK & PAUL ADAMS vs. ARRICK â€œThe Dragonâ€� ANDREWS
With Riggins manning one of the handhelds, Graham called this match solo. Andrews hit the ring and started pounding Hammerjackâ
€™s face. Adams went right for the bag of powder, but unlike the cage match, Andrews ducked. It never reached Hammerjack and
thankfully, he didnâ€™t sell it. Andrews nailed Adams with haymaker and Adams went flying with his feet up in the air ala Jim Cornette
from Smoky Mountain Wrestling. The action moved to the empty floor where Andrews slammed Hammerjackâ€™s head into the walls a
few times. Back from commercial with Andrews making life miserable for Hammerjack. Hammerjack crawled into the dressing room
area. They cut to a funny shot of Adams still holding his head and his bum. Adams tried to do an end around, but Hammerjack was being
rammed into the other side of the door and Adams ate it. Andrews sent Hammerjack tumbling down the ramp. Hammerjack begged off
but Andrews was merciless. He tossed Hammerjack into the concession area and bashed him over the head with a roasting pan.
Adams took another door to the face. Adams pulled a plastic trash bag out of the concession area. He tried to suffocate Andrews with the
trash bag, but Andrews ripped through it and donkey kicked Adams in the nuts. Hammerjack went low on Andrews to finally gain the
upper hand. Back from commercial, Hammerjack was strangling Andrews every which way. Andrews bit Hammerjackâ€™s forearm,
then applied a testicular claw. Andrews went for a floatover bulldog onto a chair. It missed the chair. Adams got kicked in the head as he
tried to pull Andrews out of the ring. Adams jumped off the top rope and landed on Hammerjack. Adams took another flying bump from an
Andrews haymaker. Adams said screw it. He used Hammerjackâ€™s sledgehammer to break the lock on the cargo door. They cut to
Hammerjack limping out of the building and trying to flag Adams down as he sped past him in his car. Andrews rammed Hammerjackâ
€™s head into the cinder block wall behind the building. Back inside, Andrews finished the job with Wham Bam Thank You Maâ€™am
(pedigree variation). â€œTell Paul heâ€™s next.â€�
WINNER: Andrews in 12 minutes with Wham Bam Thank You Maâ€™am. The brawling was fine. What little wrestling they did looked
bad. Adamsâ€™ comedy bumping was fun.
2 â€“ J.T. STAHR (with Derrick King & Sister Oâ€™Feelya) vs. JESSE EMERSON
Riggins said Emerson reminded him of Bob Backlund with his clean cut appearance and a law degree. â€œNot only is this guy smart
inside the ring, but heâ€™s smart in real life.â€� Reno, tell me you didnâ€™t say that. Emerson feinted as Stahr went for a hiptoss and
dropkicked him for a one count. Emerson controlled Stahr with a side headlock. Counters back and forth. With Emerson bent over after a
boot the gut, Stahr drove his head into the mat curbstomp style. Cool move. Crowd was quick to get behind Emerson. Stahr delivered a
huge running kick to the sternum. Stahr was the beneficiary of outside help from King. Emerson reversed a suplex sending Stahr into the
corner with his feet whiplashing off the top rope. Scary landing there. Emerson on fire. Stahr took a high backdrop and feet hit the ropes
again. Emerson caught Stahr with a wicked Alabama Slam. Sigmon appeared on the ramp goading Emerson into showing the people
some of his disrespect. Emerson wheeled around and slugged the ref. Sigmon smiled. â€œExactly what I was talking about,â€� he
said. Emerson was beside himself with remorse.
WINNER: Stahr via DQ at 5:58. Really good match except for the finish. Stahr has great facial expressions and bumps big time. I just
couldnâ€™t buy the way Emerson punched the ref. Is he Pavlovâ€™s dog or something?
Graham interviewed the SAW International Champion Kid Kash concerning his upcoming title defense against Chrisjen Hayme. Kash
was seated on the couch in his home with the SAW championship next to him. Rude, egotisical, disrespectful - Kashâ€™s character
flaws were as full-blown as they are at the arena. Right off the bat, Kash took exception to Graham comparing â€œHaynesâ€� (thatâ
€™s what Kash kept calling him) to a younger version of himself.
â€œThis is the truth. Chrisjen Haynes is just a little boy, trying to be a man in a manâ€™s worldâ€¦I think he should just go back to
college like his mom and daddy wanted him to and become the veterinarianâ€¦While I was winning world titles, this little punk was
jerking off to the Diva calendar under the covers when the lights were supposed to be out.â€�
Kash said the idea was for him to come to SAW and make it a legit company. Kash ran down the list of major feds where he had held
titles. Kash said he was also a seasoned veteran in MMA. Kash claimed to have defended the SAW title in Europe, Japan and Australia,
while the previous champions hadnâ€™t done a damn thing in their lives.
â€œI am the guy that goes around the world winning world titles. I bang hot model chicks every day of my life. I go downtown to Flemingâ
€™s and fork out a hundred bucks just on myself. Thatâ€™s the kind of champion I am.â€�
Kash said he had wrestled Undertaker in Toyko, Steve Austin in USWA and his trainer, Ricky Morton and beaten all of them -- â€œRey
Mysterio down in Guadalajara, Mexico, beat his little ass.â€�
Kash said Hayme wasnâ€™t near his level. He was going to give Hayme his shot, but it wasnâ€™t a shot he was really going to enjoy
because it was going to give Hayme an education in old school hard knocks.
You are what I never was and I am what you will never, ever be.
Graham said he had no further questions. Kash told Graham to get the hell out of his house.
3 â€“ SAW International Title Match: Champion KID KASH vs. CHRISJEN HAYME
JIP with Kash engaging in the usual ugliness with the fans. A mat scramble ended as a stand off. Kash tried to intimidate Hayme. They
went back and forth with some sweet chain wrestling. Hayme broke loose with a dropkick and pair of armdrags. Kash bailed and baited
Hayme into his trap on the reentry. Hayme used another dropkick-armdrag combo. He wisely hung onto the arm and went to work. Kash
fired a chop. Hayme answered with a barrage and knocked Kash off the apron with a dropkick. Kash made Hayme miss with a slingshot
crossbody. Hayme grabbed at his ankle for a bit, then went back on the attack and had Kash begging off. Kash connected with a baseball
slide to the ankle. (Commercial break) Vicious exchange of chops that really got Graham revved. Kash thumbed Hayme in the eye and bit
his nose. Kash paused for some choice words with Reno before getting back on Haymeâ€™s ankle. Reno said Hayme was showing
him something in this match. Kash went for the kill with a middle rope knee drop. Nope. Both men suffering now. Hayme was moving too
well as he made the southpaw comeback. He did a messed up middle rope DDT, which Graham candidly admitted he didnâ€™t get all
of. Graham said he didnâ€™t get all of it. Kash gave Hayme and atomic face plant for a near fall. Another big chop from Kash. Hayme
tried for a backslide, but Kash reversed into a brainbuster. Hayme blocked it and went for an enzuigiri. Kash ducked and and sunk in the
ankle lock. Hayme tapped pronto. Being the fine human being that he is, Kash refused to relinquish the hold until the ref pried him off.
WINNER: Kash via submission in 10:30 to retain the title. This match definitely had its moments of bigtime intensity. Told a good story as
well. I especially liked the way Kash appeared to be in trouble, then finished quickly (logically set up by the damage to Haymeâ€™s
ankle) without the obligatory big near fall for the challenger. If only Hayme had sold that ankle when he made the comeback.
As they went to the replay, Kash was directing more choice comments at Reno. â€œI think heâ€™s going to force me to get in shape. I
really do,â€� said Riggins.
Random Thoughts: Based on the storyline, it made a logical sense to start with the empty arena match rather than to empty the building
ala TNA. It also made for a better TV show to have the SAW title match last. Hayme as the challenger came out of left field for sure. And
thatâ€™s exactly the story they told with Kash displaying utter disdain for Hayme, and then getting way more than he bargained for. It was
a match that has to help Haymeâ€™s standingâ€¦Having Graham interview Kash on his home turf added to Kashâ€™s legacy as the
biggest dick ever to appear on SAW TV. Whether calling him Haynes was purposeful or not, it just added to the funâ€¦Emerson is getting
over at the SAW Mill. His falling victim to the mental powers of the â€œMiddle Eastern Mastermindâ€� makes for a different kind of story. I
have a feeling that the way the finish of his match played out was not exactly what the powers that be envisioned...Stahr has it. If there's
any justice in pro wrestling, that dude has a bright future...The stuff between Reno and Kash has come up way too many times for it not to
be leading somewhereâ€¦The Empty Arena was the latest round of the endless game of cat and mouse that is SAW television. They
hype a big match. It looks like the payoff but results in something that raises more questions than it answers - always hooking the viewer
with another plot twist to bring them back. And isnâ€™t that what episodic wrestling TV is all about?