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September 12, 2009
â€“ Larry Goodman
LAST WEEKâ€¦Rick Santel gets a cheap win over Cassidy Riley via Paul Adamsâ€™ loaded towel.
Michael Graham and Reno Riggins did the stand up opening at ringside. They hyped the HD taping at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds
on October 10, SAW: The Next Level. Reno called it sacred ground. He talked about the building being constructed specifically for
wrestling back in the Nick Gulas era and listed off some of the greats that made their names there.
We heard from the participants in the opening tag match during the intros.
Arrick Andrews and TJ Harley explained their motivation for going after the tag titles. Andrews was looking at the tag titles as another way
of moving ahead. He said Kid Kash ran away to Europe to avoid giving him a shot at the SAW International Title knowing that Andrews
had almost beaten him on three different occasions. Harley wanted revenge for the beating DKE gave him in the tag team tournament.
Dan Masters was with Derrick King Enterprises. A supremely confident King referred to their opponents as â€œsome mongrel tag teamâ
€¦weâ€™re walking in the champions, and weâ€™re walking out the champions. It donâ€™t get no better.â€�
1 â€“ SAW Tag Team Title Match: Champions DERRICK KING ENTERPRISES (Derrick King & JT Stahr with Sista Oâ€™Feelyah) vs. TJ
HARLEY & ARRICK ANDREWS
Reno said Harley had given two gutsy performances in losing efforts but didnâ€™t think he was at 100% from his injuries. King took big
bumps. Harley used a pair of heel kicks to rid the ring of DKE. (Commercial break) Andrews squared off with Stahr. Andrews broke clean,
then laid into Stahr with a nasty series of right hands, then a running lariat in the opposite corner. Stahr tried for a monkey flip, but
Andrews landed on his feet and nailed Stahr with a running knee to the head. Cover and King was in to break it up. Andrews gave DKE a
meeting of the minds. King fell through the ropes and was dangling upside down by one leg. Andrews used a baseball side to the
outside to cause another DKE collision. Back inside, King begged for mercy and Stahr clipped Andrewsâ€™ knee from behind. For the
next few minutes, DKEâ€™s sole focus became the left knee of Andrews. King used a leg DDT for a near fall. Andrew got to within
inches of the tag before King cut him off. Andrews hit a springboard elbow out of the blue and made the hot tag. DKE fed for Harleyâ€™s
lariats. Fisherman suplex on King but no cover. DKE caught Harley with a new finisher - a flapjack into Stahrâ€™s flying double knee.
WINNERS: DKE retained the SAW tag titles in 7:50. A thoroughly solid tag match that the crowd was into it all the way. As usual, DKE
made the babyface team look like a million bucks.
LT Falk interrupted DKEâ€™s interview time to confront Haskins, his former partner. Falk said Haskins was ignoring his phone calls,
emails and text message and it was time to man up, and explain what was going on. Stahr jumped Falk from behind and it was three on
one. Reno called it a Lower Broad beatdown. Vordell Walker showed up, and DKE hightailed it to the back. Walker said he was 100%
from the injuries he suffered at the hands of DKE. â€œI put a little Robitussin on it and Iâ€™m good to go.â€� Walker offered to team
with Falk against DKE. Falk gave a fiery speech accepting Walkerâ€™s offer.
Top 10 list: SAW International Championâ€“Kid Kash 1-Hammerjack 2 -Stevens 3-Jon Michael Worthington 4â€“Sean Casey 5-Andy
Douglas 6â€“Santel 7-Jesse Emerson 8â€“Big Dolla 9- Haskins 10â€“Harley.
â€œAs I sit here alone in my dark room, I ponder the thoughts of things I shall do, how random life is and the choices that we make. How
fortunate I am to have a father so great.â€�
Marc Anthony was sitting in a dingy garage wearing his army gear. The footage was black and white. Wind was whirring in the
background. Anthony was blindfolded and holding a dart. â€œAnd in my hand I hold fate, the fate of another man who plays a hero, and
when I throw this dart, we all shall know, who at the SAW Mill will walk no more, for the pain and affliction I bring is double from before.â
€� Anthony quoted the nursery rhyme â€œStar light, star bright, first star I see tonightâ€� -- threw the dart â€“ â€œI wish I may, I know I
mightâ€� â€“ pulling the blindfold off of one eye â€“ â€œdestroy Hammerjack in this fight.â€� The camera panned over to a board
covered with photos of SAW wrestlers where the dart had pierced the one of Hammerjack.
2 â€“ SEAN CASEY (with the Freak Squad) vs. AIDEN SCOTT
Casey danced with Freak Squad in quad before the match. Reno wondered if Casey picked some of them up down on Dickerson Road.
Aiden chant and Casey not happy about it. Scott controlled the arm until Casey planted him with a spinebuster at 1:30. As Casey toyed
with Scott, the announce team discussed Anthonyâ€™s loose marbles. Casey took a bump when Scott blocked his middle rope
diamond cutter. Scott made the comeback and hit a Blockbuster for a big near fall. Moments later, the superkick connected. Forget about
it, Sean Casey is your winner.
WINNER: Casey in 4:03. Standard stuff but exceptional heat because of Scott's status as a local favorite.
They threw it to Masters at ringside with Casey and the Freaks. Casey halted the interview so Tiana could fix his hair. Casey said he was
the number four contender and the belt was coming home. No Casey promo would be complete without innuendos about his sexual
3 â€“ HAMMERJACK vs. TRENT ASHTON
No resistance from Ashton whatsoever. A quick beating softened him up for a sitout powerbomb known as the Hammer Jammer.
WINNER: Hammerjack in 45 seconds. The new finisher is a definite upgrade.
Hammerjack was at ringside with Masters.
â€œYou see, the past 6 months Iâ€™ve been doing things the right way. When I look into my friendsâ€™ eyes, I could feel a little more
positive about myself. When I look into my motherâ€™s eyes, she feels a little better about her son. Know what I mean? When I look into
my daughterâ€™s eyes, hey, itâ€™s there brother. She understands there is a dream. Thereâ€™s a will. Thereâ€™s a way and Iâ€™ve
got that with these people behind me all the way. Iâ€™ve got a dream, and that dream is to take the belt off of Kash and put it around the
waist of Hammerjack.â€�
Hammer said Anthony was a crazy guy that manipulated a lot of people in the back. He wasnâ€™t intimidated by Anthony or his videos,
and Anthony was not going to interfere with his dream.
The bumper was footage from the First Annual Dog of Nashville Sausage Festival.
Cut to the announce team at ringside. Reno talked about Cassidy Riley coming in to help Chase Stevens take on the A-Team. Graham
introduced comments from A-Team and Riley.
EARLIER THIS WEEK...Adams and Rick Santel were seated in the living room with the sound of somebody banging on a cup in the
background. They couldnâ€™t believe how demanding â€œheâ€� was. They did rock-paper-scissors to determine whose turn it was to
change his bedpan. Adams lost. They entered the bedroom to find David Young in bed wearing a neckbrace. Young complained about
the lack of attention. Adams went to change the bedpan (a enamel roasting pan). â€œOh God, David, this is brutal.â€� Young said he
had to take a Hammerjack. While Adams was out of the room, Santel asked why Young was using a bedpan if his legs were fine. Young
blackmailed Santel with a reminder about the chunky Freak Squad girl in the back of Paulâ€™s car. Young didnâ€™t want to take his
medicine. Adams bribed him with Chunky Monkey ice cream. Adams zoomed into the hangar with a spoonful of ice cream, but Young still
refused the medicine. â€œDavid, Roy wants you take your medicine.â€� Adams was holding a tiger stick puppet. Roy tried to cajole
Young into taking the medicine. â€œI bet you would do it if Siegfried asked you.â€� Roy kissed Young. Young said Squeaky (his blow up
toy) was getting all upset. As Young and Adams continued their power struggle over the meds, Santel cut a promo for his match with
Riley. He called Riley the biggest butt monkey walking the face of Godâ€™s green earth.
Riley was interviewed by Brandy Malone. Riley said he should have known A-Team had something up their sleeve. Riley said he was
pissed off and Santel and his little friend, Paul were going to feel the brunt of it.
4 â€“ â€œNatureâ€™s Greatest Miracleâ€� RICK SANTEL (with Paul Adams) vs. CASSIDY RILEY
Before the ref could call for the bell, Riley waded in with fired in his eyes and Santel bailed out. They brawled at ringside with Riley getting
the better of it. Back inside the ring, Santel begged for mercy. Riley belted Santel with right hands then knocked him for a loop with a
superkick. Riley pulled Santel to his feet and slung him over the top rope. Reno said Riley wasnâ€™t looking for a three count tonight.
With Adams begging him not to, Riley gave Santel a snap suplex on the concrete floor. Santel sold it like his back was on fire. Reno said
that was the difference between Sports Entertainment and Professional Wrestling â€“ no mats on the floor. Riley rolled Santel under the
ropes and turned his attention towards Adams. Santel clubbed Riley from behind and brought him in with a back suplex. Santel spent the
next four minutes working on the back of Rileyâ€™s neck. Reno put over Santelâ€™s toughness for coming back from the suplex on the
floor. Santel debuted Natureâ€™s Greatest Elbow for a near fall. Riley escaped from the Santel Slam and hit the handspring back elbow.
Comeback time. Big bumps by Santel. Riley DDTed Santel but was attacked by Andy Douglas. Riley was holding his own until Santel
recovered to make it 2 on 1. Hammerjack hit the ring. A-Team powdered out for a little celebration.
WINNER: Riley via DQ in 6:45 due to interference by Andy Douglas. For action and heat, this was significantly better than their first two
CLOSING THOUGHTS: This was the first full speed ahead episode since the move to prime time Nashville television, as sizable
portions of the first two episodes were devoted to introducing the characters. As such, it was one of the better shows SAW has done of
late for entertaining talking. I liked idea of starting off the Hammerjack/Anthony angle with promos and no physical confrontation. Anthony
was in fine form. The creepy ambience SAW creates for his vignettes was in full effect. It was worldâ€™s better the previous one with
Raven. Hammerjack cut the best promo I can recall him doing. Heâ€™s an atypical babyface but heâ€™s a man of the people at the
SAW Mill. The A-Team vignette was comedy gold. One funny sequence after another. My words in no way did it justice. Youngâ€™s facial
expressions have to be seen to be appreciated, as does Adams with the stick puppet. The opening tag match and the set up for follow up
tag match next week worked fine. Andrews gave the strong performance he needed after looking so anemic in the match with Kash last
week. I was surprised just how over Falk is at the SAW Mill, and even more so to the reaction for Scott, who is yet to win a match. Caseyâ
€™s act doesnâ€™t do much for me, though Iâ€™m glad to see heâ€™s been given a more defined role as a title challenger rather
than doing random matches. This show had a stronger main event than the first two CW episodes. Riley looked motivated. Right of the
bat, Santelâ€™s big bumps were attention getters. I liked the way the announcing highlighted Santelâ€™s toughness, because his
character does a lot of chickenshit heeling. The finish was by the numbers booking to advance the main story. Not a great show, but
plenty of good stuff, nothing that was really bad, and one classic comedy vignette.