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March 21, 2009
â€“ Larry Goodman
LAST WEEKâ€¦a replay of the segment where Derrick King gave Vordell Walker a second chance to join Derrick King Enterprises. Walker
gave the wrong answer. J. T. Stahr spit on him, Sister Oâ€™Feelya raked Walkersâ€™ eyes (â€œand she just got her nails done, tooâ
€�). Long story short, Walker got his ass beat.
Michael Graham and Reno Riggins previewed todayâ€™s show from ringside.
1 â€“ J.T. STAHR (with Derrick King and Sister Oâ€™Feelya) vs. VORDELL WALKER
Reno said King wasnâ€™t used to being told no. â€œHe says when he takes women out on dates, they donâ€™t say no.â€� Walker
was clearly favoring his neck. They did a deal where Stahr went for a leapfrog, and Walker stuck his knee out allowing Stahr to give
himself a reverse atomic drop. Stahr tried to return the favor, but Walker sat down on Stahrâ€™s knee like he was Santa Claus, and
popped him with a forearm. Stahr ducked a high kick and did something to Walker. They both went down. It was ugly. Stahr went right to
work on the neck. Stahr cut off Walkerâ€™s comeback with a dropkick that liked to have taken his head off. King applauded. Walkerâ€™s
neck gave out on a suplex attempt. Stahr whiffed on a kick to the head. Walker sold it for a two count. (Commercial break) Walker with
another comeback cut off by a huge spinebuster slam for a near fall. King choked Walker. Stahr taunted Walker and smacked his face.
Walker made a major comeback. King hit a step up knee. Walker answered with a belly to belly suplex. Walker ducked Stahrâ€™s
curbstomp and nailed him with a flying roundhouse. STO! Oâ€™Feelya and King grabbed Stahrâ€™s far leg, but Walker had it hooked
and they couldnâ€™t get it onto the ropes. The ref got in Kingâ€™s face. Meanwhile, Oâ€™Feelya passed one of her high heels to Stahr.
Bingo. Reno called it a three-on-one fastbreak.
WINNER: Stahr via use of Sister Oâ€™Feelyaâ€™s high heel shoe at 6:28. A combination of really cool stuff and badly botched spots,
there was no middle ground in this match. The potential is there for some great matches once they get the kinks worked out.
Commissioner Freddie Morton said the SAW BOD was forced to vacate the tag titles because High Society had been unable to defend
within the 30 day limit. Morton announced an 8 team tournament to determine the new champions with first round matches to take place
2 â€“ â€œManiacâ€� MARC ANTHONY vs. TIM DONST
Tim Donst out wearing amateur headgear and Mt. Rushmore on his unitard. Anthony attacked before the bell and destroyed him. Donst
took a lariat without protecting himself one iota. Anthony donned the headgear and headbutted Donst with it. Anthony finished him with
the Atomic Bomb.
WINNER: Anthony in 2:10 via top rope elbow (The Atomic Bomb). Talk about a squash. Anthony pitched a no hitter.
Anthony laid Donst out on a table at ringside and ascended to the top rope. â€œBoogie Woogie Boyâ€� Gary Valiant ran out with a
barbed wire baseball bat. A half dozen security folks did their best to contain him. Boogie was decked out in camouflage and had his face
painted. Anthony left the ring. There was a dueling chant of sorts here with some fans chanting â€œBoogieâ€� and others doing
Anthonyâ€™s trademark barking. Hot segment.
Dan Masters approached Boogie like he was taking his life in his hands. â€œMarc Anthony, you want to play war. Well, guess what? The
war has just begun.â€�
3 â€“ RICK SANTEL (with Paul Adams) vs. FLASH FLANAGAN
Reno said he would give Flanagan the edge if not for the presence of Adams. He mentioned Flanagan getting his start in Circle City
Wrestling. Flanagan stayed a step ahead of Santelâ€™s skullduggery in the opening minutes. He kept going back to Santelâ€™s arm.
Adams grabbed at Flanaganâ€™s leg to distract and Santel sent him through the ropes with a knee to the back. Adams choked
Flanagan with the towel, then switched to fanning him with it as the ref turned around. Santel attacked Flanaganâ€™s lower back with a
vengeance. He applied a surfboard. Flanagan hit an atomic drop but Santel used a drop toehold to send Flanaganâ€™s head into the
turnbuckle for a two count. Santel pulled Flanagan to centering and reapplied a surfboard. The crowd got vocal for Flanagan. Flanagan on
the comeback. Death Valley Driver! Adams jumped onto the ring apron to distract the ref, and Young slid into the ring with a spear on
Flanagan. Santel covered. 1...2..No! Flanagan rolled a shoulder. Crowd sensing a Flanagan win. Flanagan hit the springboard legdrop,
and Douglas attacked him for the DQ.
WINNER: Flanagan via DQ due to outside interference at 9:18. A perfectly solid match. If Flanagan was going to lose, which only made
sense, this was the way to do it.
A-Team was giving Flanagan a 3-on-1 beatdown when Chase Stevens and Arrick Andrews hit the ring. Santel and Douglas took a
powder. As Andrews was handing Young his ass, Senior Offical Mark Herron called for the bell.
4 â€“ ARRICK â€œThe Dragonâ€� ANDREWS vs. â€˜The Problem Solverâ€� DAVID YOUNG (with Paul Adams)
Young took a backdrop and lariat and the crowd was loving it. Riggins said this was total nonstop action. Young bailed to commiserate
with Adams. Young raked Andrewsâ€™ eyes on the break and pounded away on him. Andrews nailed Young with a spinning heel kick to
the mush. Adams distracted and Young clubbed him between the shoulder blades. Young hit a powerslam for a long two count. Young
tossed Andrews out of the ring. The cut to a great close up of Andrews trying to pull himself off the floor. Young gave Andrews a shot into
the announcerâ€™s table and flung him into the post. Young rolled Andrews to midring for the cover, and Andrews kicked out at 2 and
7/8. Adams and Young worked in tandem to shut down Andrewsâ€™ air supply. Reno compared Young to Jim Neidhart and said he had
a powerlifiter type body â€“ a nice way of saying heâ€™s got a gut. Young applied the sleeper. Riggins compared it to a full court press.
Reno must have had March Madness on the brain. Andrews showed life. That was all the fans needed. Andrews fed off the energy with a
series of flying lariats. He hit the floatover bulldog. Predictably, Adams was up to distract, and there was Hammerjack ready to step
through the ropes on the other side. But Hammerjack hesitated, then walked around the ring and pulled Adams down. The crowd went
into a frenzy. Andrews hit the Dragonâ€™s Curse on Young for the pin. Adams shoved Hammer. It pushed him over the limit.
Hammerjack threw Adams to the wolves. Or the Dragon, as Graham pointed out. Andrews was ready and waiting with the Wham Bam
Thank You Maâ€™am for a blow-the-roof-off pop.
WINNER: Andrews in 9:03 with the Dragonâ€™s Curse. Match was fine, the finish was awesome, and the super heated crowd made
everything that much better. One for the SAW highlight reel.
Andrews pointed at Hammerjack on the ramp. They cut to a close up of Hammerjack looking back at Andrews before he disappeared
through the curtain.
Random Thoughts: This was a terrific show. The opening shot of King sucked me in and it was a wild ride right through to the closing
shot of Hammerjack. For long time viewers, the combo of Hammerjackâ€™s turn and Adams laid out by Andrewsâ€™ finisher is about
as good as it gets. The seeds for Hammerjackâ€™s turn were first planted months ago. It was a forgone conclusion after Adams
abandoned him in the Empty Arena. It was all about the anticipation of the moment. The beauty of it is this: As satisfying an ending as it
was, it still left me wondering whatâ€™s next? The segue from the Flanagan/Santel match right into the main worked beautifully. Itâ€™s
another case of a gimmick that hasnâ€™t been overdone in SAW, so it felt fresh. The booking has done right by Flanagan. They kept him
strong with having him lose only through a ridiculous amount of interference. Young, on the other hand, is looking vaguely impotent at
this point. Flanagan kicked out his spear (at least it wasnâ€™t the spinebuster) and he couldnâ€™t beat Andrews despite all of Adamsâ
€™ chicaneryâ€¦I thought the Anthony/Boogie segment was just right. Boogie spoiled Anthonyâ€™s fun and seized the upper hand,
psychologically speaking, but Anthony didnâ€™t turn coward, which would be the ruination of his character. It came across like a
strategic retreatâ€¦There was something awesome about seeing a CHIKARA guy come in to do the job for Anthony. Thumbs way up for