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September 19, 2009
â€“ Larry Goodman
No recap. Instead, they opened hot with Michael Graham and Reno Riggins situated next to the ringpost. On tap: DKE defend the tag
titles, the top two contenders for the SAW International Championship hook up, plus Cassidy Riley seeing revenge against Andy
Douglas. Looks like a wrestling heavy show.
1 â€“ HAMMERJACK vs. SEAN CASEY (with The Freak Squad)
Casey went right to the chicanery. When Hammerjack hit a flying lariat, Casey took a breather at ringside. Hammer went after him but got
distracted by Tianaâ€™s feminine wiles, and Casey clubbed him from behind. Casey spent several minutes demonstrating various
ways to restrict a human beingâ€™s air supply. Senior Official Mark Herron caught Casey using the ropes for extra leverage, so Casey
reapplied the rear chinlock mid ring. Hammerjack powered up. A sunset flip by Hammerjack? Surprised the hell out of Michael Graham.
Casey hit a fist drop off the middle rope and made the arrogant back cover. Reno said there were no style points in pro wrestling. A
collision of heads sent both men down. On the comeback, Hammer hit his sitout slam for a near fall. Casey hit his ropes mounted
diamond cutter and covered, but Hammerjack got a foot over the ropes. Casey griped at Herron, stuck a finger in his chest and shoved
him. Herron shoved back, and Casey walked into Hammerjackâ€™s finisher.
WINNER: Hammerjack in 6:42 with the reverse DDT driving elbow. Not a bad match except the finish looked dumb. The heat helped.
SAW Official Top Ten: Kid Kash â€“ SAW International Champion 1 â€“ Hammerjack 2- Casey 3 â€“ Andy Douglas 4 â€“ Chase Stevens
5 â€“ Rick Santel 6 - Vordell Walker 7 â€“ Jon Michael Worthington 8 â€“ Jesse Emerson 9 â€“ Arrick Andrews 10 â€“ Drew Haskins
Cut to Dan Masters with comments from LT Falk and Vordell Walker. Falk said he always gave 110% as tag team champion, but little did
he know he would have a partner like Drew Haskins to let him down. Walker said he had LTâ€™s back and told DKE to polish up the
2 â€“ SAW Tag Team Title Match: Champions DERRICK KING ENTERPRISES (Derrick King & JT Stahr with Sista Oâ€™Feelyah) vs.
VORDELL WALKER & LT FALK
LT chant at the start. Graham was a little nervous that â€œTeen Excitementâ€� Haskins wasnâ€™t at ringside with DKE. King spit at
Falk. LT lit into King, gave Stahr more of the same, then hit a flip dive onto both members of DKE. Walker punished Stahrâ€™s arm big
time. Falk tagged in, and the babyface team hit a double hiptoss for a two count. (Commercial break) Falk did a headscissors out of the
corner on Stahr. Walker and King criss-crossed the ring until King put on the brakes when he saw Walker waiting with a haymaker.
Walker instead gave King an atomic drop, a lariat and a pair of dropkicks for a two count. Walker muscled King up for an impressive
double underhook suplex for a near fall. The announce team was putting Walker over big time. Falk tried for another headscissors out of
the corner, but King held him up just long enough for Stahr to interfere, as the mental prowess of DKE struck again. As DKE got heat on
Falk, Reno said he had received a note informing him that Big Dolla and Half Dolla were on the road getting ready for Haskinsâ€™ big
singing tour. Reno said Haskins couldnâ€™t carry a tune in a bucket. (Commercial break) DKE hit a double team backbreaker, but Falk
kicked out of Kingâ€™s cover. King used the entire five count for a blatant choke. Stahr tagged in and blasted Falk with right hands. Falk
fired up but ran into a knee. Stahr did a belly flop on a standing moonsault. Falk had to wait for Stahr to cut off the tag. Moments later, King
crotched himself on the middle turnbuckle and the tag was made. Walker cleaned house. Walker hit a backbreaker on Stahr (not the
legal man) for a near fall. Stahr flew from the top, and Walker caught him with a powerslam for another near fall. Walker was looking for
the STO, but Stahr countered with a waistlock and King superkicked Walker. Cover by Stahr and Walker kicked out. Walker hit an
overhead belly-to-belly suplex on King. Falk made a blind tag and missile dropkicked Stahr, but King broke up the pin. In the midst of the
chaos, Haskins posted Falk and grabbed Walkerâ€™s leg to keep him from making the save, as DKE hit their flapjack/jawcracker
combo on Falk.
WINNERS: DKE retained the SAW tag titles in 14 minutes after interference by Haskins. This was an OK tag match. Not as heated as I
expected. It was another chance for Walker to shine. The near falls and such near the finish were pretty rough due to ring positioning and
timing issues. Stahr was in illegally all the way to the finish.
The bumper was footage of Douglas in the gym. He said he was taking Riley out.
Footage aired of SAWâ€™s participation in the MDA Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon with Riggins, Paul Adams, Douglas, Santel and
Brandy Malone interviewed Falk in the locker room. Falk was ticked off at Haskins. Falk said his father had faith in them. They were a
fraternity and Haskins turned his back on him. â€œTough times donâ€™t last. Tough people do. Thatâ€™s what they say, and thatâ€™s
exactly how Iâ€™m looking at this situation, my friend.â€� Falk said he never wanted it to come down to this. They gave it everything they
had and won the tag team titles. Falk said he was speechless. Could have fooled me. Falk issued a challenge.
â€œHaskins, you and I, good friends, better enemies, you and I, singles competition, any time, any place. Any time, any place and you
better be ready for the fight of your life.â€�
Cut to Douglas in an unidentified office. Douglas said he was laying on the beach when he got the call from Adams telling him that Riley
was questioning his actions.
â€œCassidy Riley, how dare you question how I run my company. How dare you question what I do in my company. SAW belongs to the
A-Team, and SAW belongs to the â€œReal Dealâ€� Andy Douglas. If you plan on stepping into the ring with the same green-horned
punk I was at the age of 20, youâ€™re sadly mistaken. Look at me. Iâ€™m a polished veteran, former world champion, a future SAW
Douglas said his only goal was the SAW Title, and he wasnâ€™t going to allow Riley or anybody else to be a distraction.
Cut to a sitdown interview with Riley conducted by Riggins. Riley talked about how he, Douglas, Santel and Stevens all broke in together
as a tight knit group. Riley couldnâ€™t fathom the things that happened over the last eight months in SAW. Something had changed
Santel and Douglas, and Riley didnâ€™t understand it. They tried to take Stevens out permanently to where he might need back surgery.
Riley said his friendship with Douglas was out the window tonight. â€œIf you wanted a fight, you picked the wrong guy, pal, because
when you hurt my brother, you hurt me.â€� Riley threatened to end Andyâ€™s career.
Footage from SAW live at Buffalo Billiardâ€™s in Nashville on September 11. They had a more upscale, young adult crowd than they will
ever draw at the SAW Mill. Good stuff.
3 â€“ ANDY DOUGLAS (with Paul Adams) vs. CASSIDY RILEY
Graham commented on how both guys were in great shape. Reno said they werenâ€™t sitting at home eating Twinkies and drinking
beer. Certainly not Douglas given his recent My Space blog concerning his recovery. Riley matched power and strength with Douglas.
Douglas had to kick Riley in the gut to â€œwinâ€� the test of strength. Riley immediately answered with a flying back elbow, and
Douglas bailed to let Adams towel off his jaw. Riley outwrestled and outbrawled Douglas, who kept taking time outs. Riley ran Douglasâ
€™ head into all four turnbuckles. Douglas bailed again. Riley followed and teased a snap suplex on the floor (same thing he did to
Santel last week), and Douglas shot him into the post. Back inside the ring, Douglas zeroed in on Rileyâ€™s knee. (Commercial break)
Riley was on the mat like a wounded animal, trying to shield the knee. Douglas was relentless. He got the figure four. The crowd got
behind Riley, who managed to reverse it, but Douglas rolled through to keep the hold applied. Riley finally made the ropes. Riley rolled
out from under a top rope elbow by Douglas. Weird landing. Shawn Michaels heâ€™s not. Riley was selling the knee huge on the
comeback. They traded near falls, Riley with a lariat and Douglas with hangmanâ€™s neckbreaker, and no hook of the leg the pin
attempts. Riley hit the DDT, and Santel hit the ring for the DQ. The crowd got pretty hot as they continued to destroy Rileyâ€™s knee, with
the final visual being Douglas, Santel and Adams all standing over Rileyâ€™s body.
WINNER: Riley via DQ in 10:52 due to interference by Rick Santel. Decent. Pretty good heat from what little crowd they had. Not what you
would call action packed. Riley has looked progressively better in the ring with each match. Textbook job of selling the knee on his
CLOSING THOUGHTS: This was SAWâ€™s most wrestling-oriented episode since the move to CW58. It worked OK. The burden of
generating excitement rested too heavily on the announcers due to the weak crowd at the SAW Mill. The wrestling was average to good,
however it will need to get better if SAW talent has designs on â€œThe Next Levelâ€�. Speaking of which, there was no hype for the
October 10 Fairgrounds taping, which was surprising with only three weeks to go. The finish of the tag match was funky. Andrews and TJ
Harley had a smoother match with DKE last week. This made four consecutive TV main events for Riley. I canâ€™t recall when thatâ€™s
happened before in SAW. It made sense for Hammerjack to blow through Casey with as hard as heâ€™s being pushed. Casey quickly
reached the limits of his upward mobility as a title contender, so I guess he reverts to his role of a man without a storyline. While the
booking has remained logical, itâ€™s not particularly imaginative at the moment. It feels like a bit of holding pattern while they wait to see
how things shake out with Jerry Jarrettâ€™s efforts to launch a new wrestling companyâ€¦Reno broke his personal record for using the
phrase â€œdefinitely soâ€� in a one hour wrestling showâ€¦I like the way SAW is working to legitimize their title with the emphasis on
competition. The upper echelon guys consistently talk about the SAW title as the ultimate goal. SAW airs an updated top 10 contenders
list every week. But if the emphasis is going to be on competition, then itâ€™s silly for guys to be making lax covers at key points in big
matches. They had their shortcomings for sure, but one of the things I came to appreciate about the way Jody Hamilton and Bill DeMott
did things at Deep South was no half assed pin attemptsâ€¦All of the interview segments did a good job of getting the major points
across. Douglas has been very good on the mic, and this week was no exception. The idea that's he's in charge was news...I forgot to
mention that during the previous episode, Michael Shane was announced for the October 10 Fairgrounds tapingâ€¦With SAW being on
Nashville television, itâ€™s a smart move to include footage from â€œon locationâ€� events like the Labor Day Telethon and Buffalo
Billiards that increase SAWâ€™s visibility in the community.