|Copyright Â© Georgia Wrestling History, Inc.
All rights reserved.
August 29, 2009
â€“ Larry Goodman
Prime time on CW 58 opened with the camera panning across a full house at the SAW Mill. At ringside, a sky high Michael Graham and
Reno Riggins ran down the upcoming 90 minute debut special. Graham teased a huge announcement about a live SAW show coming
soon to Nashville.
Cut to an awesome new opening with footage of Nashville landmarks and SAWâ€™s most well known stars. There was an ever so brief
clip of Chase Stevens and Chris Michaels fighting on the roof of the Stadium Inn from the most recent USWO TV show. Hmmâ€¦
Cut to Vordell Walker coming down the ramp with the announce team putting him over like a deity.
1 â€“ VORDELL WALKER vs. SHANE â€œThe Brainâ€� SMALLS
The formerly shaggy Smalls exposing his brain more these days with a buzz cut. Walker overpowered Smalls, so he poked the eyes to
set up an enzuigiri and a climbing knees strike. Walker right back at him with a snap slam for two. Walker looking for the STO, rocked
with a forearm, but recovering nicely with an overhead suplex. Walker hit a spinning uranage slam- a killer finisher called the Savannah
WINNER: Walker in a minute flat. What better way to start than by showcasing one of SAWâ€™s best athletes. Smalls made the perfect
opponent, but his beatnik gimmick sure died quietly.
Walker did a ringside promo. The crowd popped when Walker said he was glad to be back. Walker said Derrick King Enterprises had
done everything possible to put him out, and even though he might not be 100%, he was going to make them eat it next time.
Note: Walkerâ€™s match and promo did not appear on the syndicated version.
Sean Casey was accompanied to ringside by five of his freaks. Despite the presence of Lexi Pillman and Fallon in his intro video (those
were the days), Tiana was the only recognizable face/body among them.
2 â€“ â€œSexyâ€� SEAN CASEY (with Freak Squad) vs. TJ HARLEY
Graham notes this match pitted a former SAW tag team champion against a former SAW singles champion. Harley stayed on Caseyâ
€™s left arm with dogged determination in the early going. Casey backed Harley onto the turnbuckles, pulled his leg out from under him,
and Harley crash landed on the back of his neck. Casey brawled. Casey hit a slingshot suplex. Instead of covering, Casey put his knee
across Harleyâ€™s throat and did a double biceps pose. Casey grounded Harley with a rear chinlock. Harley powered up, but Casey cut
him off with a spinebuster for a near fall. Harley fired back. Harley with the forearm brace to the jaw. Harley ate one charging in, and
Casey hit his second rope diamond cutter. Cover and Harley put a foot on the bottom rope. Casey came off the ropes taking Harleyâ€™s
elevated boot right on the chin. Casey fed Harley for a powerslam and rolled a shoulder at two. Casey sold an atomic drop like Rick
Rude. Harley released on a back suplex and hit a neckbreaker. Cool move. Casey kicked out again. Harley went for the fisherman
shoulder breaker. No. Superkick from Casey? Yes. 1..2..3.
WINNER: Casey in 6:12. Competitive match with good near falls down the stretch. Casey appears to be completely recovered from the
Casey at ringside. Tiana joined in on his catch phrase. He noted that he didnâ€™t discriminate against race or size when it came to
Freak Squad. Casey said he was in SAW with one goal in mind, the SAW title belt.
Reno made the huge announcement. SAW brings professional wrestling â€œnot Sports Entertainmentâ€� back to the Nashville
Fairgrounds on October 10. Stay tuned to future broadcasts and sawonline.tv for further details. They went to some terrific clips of the
feud between Chase Stevens and Andy Douglas.
The first of many commercial aired for SAW: The Next Level on October 10 at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds Sports Arena (former
3 â€“ CHASE STEVENS vs. ANDY DOUGLAS (with Paul Adams)
This match originally aired on August 8 and was not included in the one hour syndicated version. It was a great double juice brawl that
ended with both men knocked out and unable to beat the 10 count.For the recap, see the review of Episode 101.
The announce team was joined at ringside by Paul Adams and â€œNatureâ€™s Greatest Miracleâ€� Rick Santel. Adams said SAW
couldnâ€™t have a premier party without Santel. Adams ordered the trucky to cue up â€œa thing of beautyâ€� from last week â€“ three
different angles of Andy Douglas powerbombing Chase Stevens through a table in artsy black and white. Cassidy Riley came to
ringside. Riley said it was good to be back, but he wished it was under better circumstances. Riley said what A-Team had done to
Stevens was a travesty that would not go unanswered. Riley said Stevens might need back surgery and his career might even be over.
Riley told Santel to man up. Adams got all high and mighty. Said Riley was acting ignorant.
â€œYou need to walk back down that ramp and excuse yourself, Cassidy Riley; this ainâ€™t got nothinâ€™ to do with you.â€�
Riley did no such thing. He called â€œNatureâ€™s Greatest Mistakeâ€� out again. Santel said he needed a minute to respond, then
sucker punched Riley, who then jumped on Santel. Adams kicked Riley in the head. Riley collared Adams. Santel sucked punched Riley
again. They traded until the refs ran down and broke it up. Fan were chanting â€œlet them fight.â€� From the ramp, Santel accepted the
challenge. Hot stuff.
4 â€“ SAW Tag Team Title Match: Champions DERRICK KING ENTERPRISES (Derrick King & JT Stahr with Sista Oâ€™Feelyah) vs.
SCARBONI BROTHERS (Handsome Vinnie & Southpaw Sonny)
Reno said Oâ€™Feelyah was a very poisonous individual. King was bumping huge for Scarbonis. They did the Irish whip sequence,
where one Scarboni acted as a cushion for the other, but when DKE tried it, Vinnie reversed the whip and Sonny punted Kingâ€™s
midsection. Vinnie gave King a drop toe hold into Stahrâ€™s groin. Match did a 180 when Stahr propelled Sonnyâ€™s head into the
bottom turnbuckle with this cool trip move. Graham called it back leg sweep. DKE got heat on Sonny. Oâ€™Feelyah dug her freshly
painted nails into Sonnyâ€™s throat. Reno claimed â€œMemphis mogulâ€� King made the cover of Ebony, the whoâ€™s who section
of the Robb Report, and was tight with Quincy Jones. Hey, might as well go all out. Meanwhile, Sonny was writhing in agony after a DKE
double team backbreaker. King collided with Sonny to set up double tags. Vinnie gave King an airplane spin and dumped him on top of
Stahr. Elbow drop and a cover but King saved. It went four way. King pulled the ropes down on Sonny and blocked Vinnieâ€™s suplex
attempt on Stahr. DKE hit Exit 1-A on Vinnie and Stahr made the pin.
WINNERS: Derrick King Enterprises in 7:11 with the Exit 1-A. Spirited tag match. Strong heat. DKE made Scarbonis look like world
beaters early, but when push came to shove, it was Kingâ€™s mental prowess that saved the day. Well done.
Reno threw it to Graham at ringside for comments from the champions. King said they made it look easy.
â€œIt donâ€™t get no better than Derrick King Enterprises. It donâ€™t get no better. Or maybe it does.â€�
King introduced â€œTeen Excitementâ€� Drew Haskins as the newest member of DKE. Haskins, wearing a brassy dress shirt and tie,
said he was so excited to finally be where he belonged. He was done carrying LT Falk and had moved on to bigger and better things.
Haskins said Oâ€™Feelyah made him excited. â€œAll my fans out there by the way, Twitter, Facebook, My Space, hit me up. Check my
updates. Michael Graham, Iâ€™m so excited.â€� King said the teen heartthrob would be bigger than the Jonas Brothers.
Note: The above match and promo appeared only on the 90 minute Nashville special. The syndicated version featured the rematch
between DKE and Falk & Haskins. Drew was nowhere to be found. Walker made a surprise return (ribs still taped from injuries suffered
at the hands of DKE) to take the hot tag. It broke down four way. Falk was poised to come off the top rope when Haskins ran to ringside to
shove him off. DKE pinned Falk with the Exit 1-A.
5 â€“ HAMMERJACK vs. TAT2
Tat2 couldnâ€™t cope with Hammerâ€™s power game. Hammer unleashed a flying clothesline, a modified Falcon Arrow and a
backbreaker on the little guy. Tat2 fired back. He hit a beautiful spinning back kick and a backflip kick to the chin. But Tat2 got too flashy
for his own good with a springboard huracanrana, and Hammer planted with a powerbomb. Tat2 was dead meat. Hammer scraped him
up and hit his reverse DDT position elbow drop for the pin.
WINNER: Hammerjack in 2:50. Fun while it lasted. As impressive as Hammerjack has looked in a while. Tat2 was the right man to for
6 â€“ CASSIDY RILEY vs. RICK SANTEL (with Paul Adams)
It broke into a brawl as soon as Riley hit the ring. Riley quickly assumed control, beating on Santel inside and outside the ring. Santel
offered a handshake. Riley stomped Santelâ€™s foot. But Adams grabbed Rileyâ€™s foot and Santel clubbed him from behind. Santel
took over with a back suplex for two. Santel worked on Rileyâ€™s lower back. Riley made a punching comeback, but Santel got a boot
up into Rileyâ€™s face and zeroed in on the back. Graham mentioned Riley being out with an ankle injury suffered while doing motion
capture for a video game. When Santel used a rear chinlock variation, Reno brought up the night in the Louisville Gardens when Dutch
Mantel almost choked him out with the same maneuver. Riley hit the handspring back elbow out of nowhere, then the split moonsault for
a close near fall. Santel avoided a cartwheel back elbow and swept Rileyâ€™s leg for a two count. Santel tried for the Santel Slam. Riley
countered with an Oâ€™Connor Roll and Adams jumped up on the apron. Santelâ€™s kick out shot Riley towards Adams. Riley clocked
Adams with a forearm. Adams went flying off the apron. DDT by Riley for the three with Adams laid out on the floor in the foreground.
WINNER: Riley in 7:40. A straightforward story match to get Riley over as Stevensâ€™ avenger. Riley looked OK. Crowd wasnâ€™t as
hot for this one.
CLOSING THOUGHTS: SAW got off to a strong start in prime time. They had the task of establishing the characters for new viewers
provided by being on a much better station in prime time. They also had to update the regular viewers, since SAW were off Nashville for
the summer. This episode succeeded on both fronts. It set up the main feud and gave fans a great match right off the bat with the replay
of Douglas/Stevens. Walker looked like a star. Casey, DKE, Hammer and Riley all recorded solid wins. On the production end, they
added some glitz and polish to give the product a fresh, vibrant look. The Nashville specific opening was an especially nice touch.
Unless I miss my guess, the new entrance videos were the work of Timmy Thompsonâ€¦ The announce team was jacked to the max for
90 minutes. This was a big deal, so it worked fine. They obviously canâ€™t do that every week, or it will be like TNA where nothing
stands outâ€¦Riley was booked like he was taking over the spot formerly occupied by Flash Flanagan. Flanagan, who returned two
weeks ago to get screwed out a match by Adams, was never mentioned. They really need to explain what became of him for the folks
watching in syndication. A few clips would have helped to explain Haskins joining DKEâ€¦Tat2 has talent. SAW has guys like Falk,
Haskins, Smalls and Hayme (?) on the roster to where they can throw in the occasional fast-paced cruiserweight style match. It would be
nice to see Tat2 brought into that mix.