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May 23, 2009
â€“ Larry Goodman
Opening with footage of Andy Douglas taking a baseball bat to the knee of Chase Stevens in broad daylight. The audio continued to play,
but the action was stopped before the telling blows were struck.
Cut to a somber SAW announce team discussing the parking lot attack A-Team perpetrated on Stevens and Flash Flanagan. Reno
Riggins said the authorities were called, but he doubted Flanagan and Stevens would file charges, as they preferred to get their revenge
in the ring. Graham promised more footage later. Graham said Reno had his hands full and would not be joining him on commentary
tonight. We learned that once again, the barbed wire match between Marc Anthony and Gary Valiant would not be taking place, this time
due to legal wrangling on the part of Valiant. Reno said both men were coming into the match with a lot of pride on the line.
1 â€“ JON MICHAEL WORTHINGTON vs. BARON MALKVAIN
Baron came out showing vampire-like tendencies. Worthington didnâ€™t wait for the bell to punch Baron the face. He gave Baron the
pillar to post treatment and completely destroyed the guy including a **** slap like the one he gave Jesse Emerson. But Baron escaped
from the Brentwood Breaker (jackhammer) and launched an aerial comeback. Baron befuddled Worthington with a headstand on the top
turnbuckle and hit a Thesz Press of the ropes for a near fall. Worthington cut Baron off with a thumb to the eye and jackhammered him for
the three count.
WINNER: Worthington in 2:23. Match served its purpose, although a strangely heelish opponent for Worthington.
Cut to ringside where Dan Masters asked Worthington about the challenge issued last week by Emerson (after Worthington pinned him
using the ropes). Worthington said a win was a win. He was done with Emerson and moving up the ladder with his sights set on Kash
and the SAW International Title. â€œI want it. Itâ€™s mine. Iâ€™m taking it.â€�
2 â€“ ARRICK â€œThe Dragonâ€� ANDREWS vs. â€œThe Middle Eastern Mastermindâ€� SIGMON
Graham said a win by Sigmon would throw the number one contendership for the SAW International Title up for grabs. Andrews entrance
left no question that he is the most popular wrestler in SAW. Sigmon used the typical heel tactics â€“ going to the ropes, claiming hair
pulling, refusing to break clean- but Andrews persevered with an armbar. Sigmon uncorked a right to the jaw that rocked Andrewsâ€™
world. Sigmon started doing nasty things to Andrewsâ€™ neck. Sigmon grounded Andrews with a rear chinlock. Andrews regained his
vertical base, but Sigmon cut off blocked his sunset flip and hit a diving headbutt for a two count. Andrew fought his way out of another
rear chinlock. Sigmon telegraphed a backdrop and got caught with a swinging neckbreaker. Both men struggled to their feet. Andrews
with a pair of reverse atomic drops, a series or right hands and a high back drop. Not enough for the three. Sigmon with a jawbreaker
and his signature dropkick for a near fall. Sigmon ascended the ropes for the top rope diving headbutt. Andrews made him miss.
Andrews hit the Wham Bam Thank You Maâ€™am for the win.
WINNER: Andrews in 6:45. Solid, competitive tune up win for Andrews over a strong opponent. It really helps Andrews cause that the
crowd is so much into him.
Official SAW International Title Rankings
Champion â€“ Kid Kash
1. Arrick Andrews
2. Flash Flanagan
3. Andy Douglas
4. Chase Stevens
5. Chrisjen Hayme
6. Shane Smalls
7. Jon Michael Worthington
8. Rick Santel
9. David Young
Riggins and Graham introduced the footage of A-Teamâ€™s parking lot attack on Stevens and Flanagan. Riggins warned parents to get
small children out of the room due to brutal nature of the footage. He explained that the attack occurred after an autograph session for
one of SAWâ€™s sponsors (Fletcherâ€™s Pizza). Riggins said the footage was shot by a loyal SAW fan, â€œBig Phil,â€� using his cell
phone. The footage showed Stevens and Flanagan getting ready to drive off, only to find they were blocked in by another car. As they got
out to investigate, A-Team jumped out of a pick up truck and assaulted them with weapons. Douglas and Santel had baseball bats.
Douglas made a beeline for Stevens. Santel gave Flanagan two sick sounding whacks in the back. The highlight was David Young
wailing on Stevensâ€™ knee with a grab bar he must have ripped out of a shower. They aired the security camera tape SAW obtained
from Fletcherâ€™s. It showed the conclusion of the attack, but it wasnâ€™t the same scene. Douglasâ€™ verbiage didnâ€™t jibe with
the first tape. Riggins noted that Paul Adams was nowhere to be found in the video. Riggins said SAW magnified the footage to get a
close up of the license plate on the vehicle that was blocking them in. They cut to a still shot of a New York license plate. â€œWho do you
think would be involved that would have a New York license plate? Paul Adams,â€� said Riggins. Graham compared A-Teamâ€™s
heinous actions to gang warfare. Riggins said he didnâ€™t know if the careers of Flanagan and Stevens were over. The announce team
talked about how A-Team didnâ€™t seem to care about being caught on camera. Riggins called it brazen.
3 â€“ SHANE â€œThe Brainâ€� SMALLS vs. CHRISJEN HAYME
The story early was tit for tat exchanges with Hayme always one step ahead of â€œThe Brain.â€� There was a cool spot where Smalls
went for a leg sweep, and Hayme hopped over it and kicked Smalls in the forehead. Match did an about face when Smalls yanked
Haymeâ€™s feet off the middle rope, rudely dumping him on his neck. Smalls launched a frenzied attack on the neck. Smalls eventually
went to headscissors that Hayme countered with an Electric Chair Drop. Both down for a four count. They came up trading forearms and
chops with Hayme getting the better of it. Hayme nailed Smalls with a flash kick but no cover. Hayme went to the top. Graham said that
might be mistake. Smalls charged but Hayme dove off and rolled through. Hayme blocked a suplex attempt, planted Smalls on the top
turnbuckle, and nailed him with step up enzuigiri. Smalls was teetering on the brink. Hayme went for a top rope huracarana, and Smalls
reversed it with a powerbomb and pinned him with his feet on the ropes.
WINNER: Smalls in 5:07. Fun match. Better than their first one. The finish was sweet, both the execution and the way it played off the
finish from last week. Some of his stuff looks rough around the edges, but thereâ€™s something appealing about Smallsâ€™ frenetic
4 â€“ â€œThe Memphis Mogulâ€� DERRICK KING (with Sista Oâ€™Feelyah) vs. VORDELL WALKER
Graham noted that Oâ€™Feelyah was back from whatever business she was working on in Memphis. Slow start with King not at all
enthused about locking up with Walker. King took three big bumps all sold huge - a shoulder block, a sky high Biel throw and a
clothesline over the top. King commiserated with Oâ€™Feelyah. Business picked up after the commercial break. King escaped from a
press slam and hammered Walkerâ€™s low back. Walker hit a spinning heel kick to spark a big furry of offense. He went for the running
STO, but Oâ€™Feelyah interfered, and Walker walked into a superkick. He went down like he had been shot dead, but rolled a shoulder
at 2.9. King was all in now. He choked Walker with his wrist tape and then went after his eyes. Graham said it had turned into a mugging.
Out of the blue, Walker launched King with an overhead suplex. Walker then had King pinned with a Tiger Driver when he was attacked
by a fierce black man. The Mr. Hughes look alike left Walker laying with a full nelson slam. The show ended with DKE celebrating and
King acting thrilled with his new acquisition.
WINNER: Walker in 7:35 due to outside interference by DKEâ€™s unidentified accomplice (former WWE developmental talent Charles
Evans). A very good story match. It clearly got across the point that despite Kingâ€™s self-proclaimed â€œphysical prowess,â€� Walker
would beat him like a drum on a level playing field.
CLOSING THOUGHTS: Paced by two big angles, they managed to advance five distinct storylines in one hourâ€¦The parking lot attack
had great attention to detail and a total lack of it within the same segment. Kudos to SAW for providing a credible explanation for the
camera presence. The added detective work with the security camera footage and license plate were above and beyond the norm. Iâ
€™m sure there were technical reasons for this, but it was obvious the fan cam footage and the security camera stuff were not the same
scene. In any case, they took great care to present it a serious situation. The part about authorities being called was a shoot, but it wasnâ
€™t Flanagan and Stevens that called them. A concerned citizen saw what was going on and called the police. Clearly, theyâ€™re
cooking up something big between A-Team and Stevens & Flanaganâ€¦Young should win an award for creative weaponry...The stuff with
DKE and Walker had developed into a good little story. Walker is getting one hell of a push. I was shocked he didnâ€™t make the top 10
rankingsâ€¦Derrick King is gold. He understands how to do less but make it all register. King took four bumps during the entire match,
but they way he took them made Walker look like Supermanâ€¦Hopefully, whatever they have in mind for Evans is more interesting than a
Mr. Hughes rehashâ€¦Andrews needed to beat somebody clean and Sigmon was the right guy for the jobâ€¦The Smalls/Hayme match
made me want to see more of themâ€¦Worthingtonâ€™s postmatch interview was his best mic work to date. He spoke with conviction â
€“ you know, like he really believed what he was sayingâ€¦All in all, this was a very satisfying episode as a set up for things to come.