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September 26, 2009
â€“ Larry Goodman
LAST WEEKâ€¦Rick Santel interfered in the match between Andy Douglas and Cassidy Riley. The A-Team destroyed Rileyâ€™s knee.
Michael Graham and Reno Riggins opened from ringside with a wall of smoke to obscure the less-than-capacity crowd. Tonight:
shocking footage of the latest confrontation between Chase Stevens and Andy Douglas, an appearance by the legendary Rick Morton that
had Reno jacked AND the push for the big Fairgrounds show was on. Reno said he had scoured the globe to find an opponent to
dethrone SAW International Champion Kid Kash, namely Bob â€œHardcoreâ€� Holly.
SAW: The Next Level, Saturday, October 10 at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds Sports Arena. SAW International Title Match: Champion
Kid Kash vs. â€œHardcoreâ€� Bob Holly; Tables Match: Chase Stevens vs. Andy Douglas (with Paul Adams); Cassidy Riley (since
changed to Flash Flanagan) vs. Rick Santel; Jon Michael Worthington vs. Jesse Emerson; Plus Derrick King Enterprises, Vordell Walker,
David Young, Micah Taylor and the debut of Michael Shane. Bell time is 8pm.
1 â€“ SAW Tag Team Title Match: Champions DERRICK KING ENTERPRISES (Derrick King & JT Stahr with Sista Oâ€™Feelyah) vs.
LANI KIALOHA & CHRISJEN HAYME
The graphic listed Aiden Scott in place of Hayme. Oops. Hayme and Stahr with a nice exchange to start. Hayme opened up a bit on
offense. Kialoha got in a pair of flying shoulder blocks. Stahr used a cool backpack snapmare to start heat on Kialoha. King dumped Lani
to the floor, where he was humiliated by Oâ€™Feelyah and got his chest kicked in by Stahr. They came back from a commercial break
with the ref (and the viewers) having missed a legit tag by Lani. Haymeâ€™s protests fell on the deaf ears of Senior Official Mark Herron.
Stahr got the pin on Kialoha after DKEâ€™s new finisher â€“ Blood Money.
WINNERS DKE in 3:25. Not much to it. Kialohaâ€™s shoulder tackles looked so weak compared to the blast we were about to see from
DKE was at ringside with Dan Masters, who noted the absence of Drew Haskins. King claimed Haskins was on tour. LT Falk interrupted
in a loud indignant manner. The office had informed LT that King turned down his challenge to Haskins, and he demanded to know what
was going on. â€œPipe down,â€� King said. â€œYou out here rantinâ€™ and ravinâ€™. Look, Drew Haskins has more things to do
than come out and wrestle you. I mean heâ€™s a star. Heâ€™s â€˜Teen Excitementâ€™ dad gum it.â€� King punched Falk in the face
and posted his shoulder. DKE beat Falk down, until Walker ran them off.
During the breakâ€¦Walker challenged King to a match.
2 â€“ DERRICK KING (with JT Stahr & Sista Oâ€™Feelyah) vs. VORDELL WALKER
King marched out and brazenly attacked Walker head on. Walker popped the crowd with a flying shoulder block. Graham solo on
commentary. Reno was called to the back to check on Falkâ€™s injury, because they were not expecting this match. King cautiously
grabbed a side headlock. Walker shot King off and leveled him with a lariat for a two count, then launched King with the overhead suplex.
But Stahr pulled King out of harmâ€™s way, and Walker posted his own shoulder. Ref Joe Williams ejected Stahr. King followed up with
a Divorce Court and stayed on the damaged shoulder. Walker fired up the comeback. Big powerslam for a near fall. Out came Stahr to
distract. Oâ€™Feelyah slid her purse to King, and it was lights out for Walker.
WINNER: King in 3:18 with an assist from Oâ€™Feelyahâ€™s loaded purse. Shouldnâ€™t Stahrâ€™s return have been an automatic
DQ? Slick work between King and Oâ€™Feelyah on the finish.
Riggins joined Masters to present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Ricky Morton. Reno said Morton inspired him to become a pro
wrestler, in part because he succeeded despite lack of size. Reno said SAWâ€™s goal was to present the best young wrestling talent,
but it would be unfair for them to not remember their past. Reno told Morton his face should be on the Mount Rushmore of pro wrestling.
Morton said the wrestling business had changed.
â€œIt was a long hard road, but you see every road we took led us straight to the top. One thing I never forget is you fansâ€¦I always put
you number one. Thatâ€™s why I never minded being number two.â€�
Kid Kash was at ringside with Dan Masters. They got off on the wrong foot with Kash threatening to bust Mastersâ€™ face for touching
him. Kash said he had been defending the SAW title against the best Europe had to offer for the past two months. He respected Holly,
but respect was out the window if he was coming after the SAW title, and Holly would walk away a loser just like the rest. Kash said
Morton was part of â€œThe Hall of Lameâ€� and had failed to mention the biggest achievement of his career - â€œtraining meâ€�.
Kash called Morton out. Kash said Morton had been like a father to him for the last 20 years, and the first thing Morton taught him was
about respect. â€œHave I not shown respect for the past twenty yearsâ€¦just like you taught me?â€� said Kash. â€œHow do you want
me to answer that, David?â€� said Morton. Kash said he was a bigger star than Morton ever thought of being.
â€œEight times World Tag Team Champions, whoop-de-freakin-do. Weâ€™re talking about the most decorated light heavyweight
champion in the world, and guess what Ricky? I was two time NWA World Tag Team Champion without you.â€�
â€œI understand why they still call you Kid Kash, because you damn sure ainâ€™t growed up yet.â€�
Kash said since he hadnâ€™t grown up, he guessed he didnâ€™t have any respect. Kash smacked Mortonâ€™s face. They tussled.
The refs pulled them apart and Reno got the middle to keep the peace.
In the locker room, Jon Michael Worthington was in disbelief about his actions towards Jesse Emerson, complete with a soap opera like
display of remorse and tears.
Graham and Riggins introduced footage of Stevensâ€™ recent confrontations with A-Team. The first clip showed Stevens attacking
Santel at the Dog of Nashville Sausage Festival. Stevens beat his ass through the crowd and out onto the sidewalk. A car pulled up.
Santel jumped in the front seat and it sped off. The second clip was from September 17 at the Limelight. Stevens attacked Douglas. The
fought inside and outside the bar, then cut to a shot of Stevens, who was about to get his hands on Paul Adams when Douglas broke a
bottle over his head. They cut to a still of Stevens out cold on the floor. Graham said Stevens had 12 stitches in his skull from the bottle
shot. They hyped the Tables Match at Next Level.
SAW Top Ten: Kid Kash â€“ SAW International Champion 1) Hammerjack 2) Walker 3) Sean Casey 4) Douglas 5) Riley 6) Arrick Andrews
7) Santel 8) Worthington 9) Haskins 10) Emerson.
3 â€“ ANDY DOUGLAS (with Paul Adams) vs. ARRICK ANDREWS
Reno pointed out Douglasâ€™ heavily taped hand from the cut he sustained during the bottle shot incident. Andrews feeding off the
crowd support at the opening bell. Douglas with a dose of pompous shenanigans in the early going. Andrews ended up in control and
applied a punishing armbar. Graham announced Kash vs. Morton in a title match next week. Reno claimed Ric Flair had never beaten
Morton in 17 matches because they all went the 60 minute time limit. Renoâ€™s nose instantly grew several inches. Douglas clipped
Andrewsâ€™ knee at the three minute mark. Douglas softened up the knee and locked in the figure four midring. Andrews in major
agony here. Riggins noted that Andrews wasnâ€™t even going for the ropes. Andrews reversed the hold and Douglas grabbed the
ropes. Returning from the commercial break, Andrews hit a Russian legsweep. Andrews on the comeback with a flying shoulder block
for two, but still having trouble with the knee and Douglas caught him with a neckbreaker. Andrews rolled a shoulder at 2 and Â½.
Andrews hit the floatover bulldog. Adams got up on the apron to distract the ref. Santel hit the ring with an exploder suplex on Andrews
and put Douglas on top. Stevens attacked Santel at ringside. Meanwhile, Andrews kicked out. In the ensuing chaos, Santel accidentally
tripped the wrong man, and Andrews pinned Douglas with the Wham Bam Thank You Maâ€™am.
WINNER: Andrews at 8:53. There was a lot to like about this match. It served a dual purpose match â€“ icing on the cake for
Douglas/Stevens at the Fairgrounds and a nice boost for Andrews. This made two good matches in a row for him. He sold well but also
got a decent amount of offense, and I really liked that he kicked out of Santelâ€™s suplex (called the Santel Slam but it wasnâ€™t his
finisher). I also liked Douglas doing another knee destruction. Another nice touch was the nod to Santelâ€™s habit of grabbing the
wrong guyâ€™s leg.
CLOSING THOUGHTS: This was the big push for the Fairgrounds event. The effort is there, but something is missing. Thereâ€™s no
buzz of excitement. People watching on TV have got to be questioning why if SAW is such a big deal, are there are so few fans at the TV
taping? I actually think Holly vs. Kash has the potential of being a very interesting match, but I donâ€™t see it selling any tickets. Holly has
been off TV for a while now, and heâ€™s not someone that was ever a draw, or has any Nashville connection that Iâ€™m aware of. Plus,
fans have been given no reason to care about him, particularly as the babyface. If the angle is Holly showing that punk Kash who the real
badass is, then they badly need a promo from Holly spelling it out. As good as the Douglas/Stevens stuff has been, the Naturals have
been around Nashville a long time, and I donâ€™t see any feud involving local talent filling many seats in a graveyard like the
Fairgrounds. Then, thereâ€™s the matter of Mike Porter running a free show against them just three miles away from the Fairgrounds. I
really want to be wrong, because I love the product, but at this point, despite all the talent that will be present, I donâ€™t have good
feeling about 10/10 drawingâ€¦The most interesting thing about this episode was the segment featuring Kash and Morton. For starters,
Kash intimidated Masters something fierce. The interaction between Kash and Morton was gold. When somebody call Abyss â€œChrisâ
€� on TNA, it feels so phony, yet when Morton calling Kash by his real name was spot onâ€¦I should also mention that Kingâ€™s facial
expressions in the segment with Falk were pure awesomeness. That storyline in general is working just fineâ€¦Some sloppy production
this week with at least three errors in the graphics â€“ a wrong name, a wrong date and a misspelled word. I thought this was OK for an
episode that was light on wrestling, and heavy on hype.