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October 31, 2009
â€“ Larry Goodman
Leah â€œThe Bond Girlâ€� Hulan and her â€œbail babyâ€� Laila were in proper Halloween attire to do the SAW starts NOW!
Cut to a shot of the packed house at the Fairgrounds and then backstage to Reno Riggins and Michael Graham. If you thought Reno was
jacked up for the opens at the SAW Mill, you ainâ€™t seen nothing yet. â€œNashville has turned for big time wrestling, and SAW will
deliver.â€� Both were decked out in swank suits and ties for the occasion, but what were they thinking with those Grumpyâ€™s baseball
caps? The main event: A Tables Match between Chase Stevens and Andy Douglas.
Sean Casey entered the ring with the Freak Squad. They danced. That did not look big time. Reno said the Fairgrounds was the place he
learned to be a pro wrestler.
They cut to a promo by Wolfie D. He said after TNA, Slash, and Disciples of the New Church, the people thought Wolfie D was done, but
after 5 years, he was having a rebirth, returning to the place that made him.
â€œFrom pillar to pillar and coast to coast, Iâ€™m going to burn your ass like a piece of toast. Itâ€™s Wolfie D, baby, Iâ€™ve got a cap
for your dome.â€�
Enter Wolfie to a very warm welcome.
Returning from commercial, we saw clips of SAW at the Middle Tennessee State University Homecoming celebration. Chase Stevens
was there. Leah Hulan was all over it. She lead a â€œSAW starts now!â€� chant with some of the fraternity brothers.
1 â€“ SEAN CASEY (with the Freak Squad) vs. WOLFIE D
Graham was blown away by the crowd. Wolfie hit a pescado/lariat early. Lead freak Tatyana (formerly Tiana), looking quite stunning and
far more poised than she ever did at the SAW Mill, grabbed Wolfieâ€™s leg to set up the heat. Casey used a slingshot suplex and his
middle rope diamond cutter for near falls. Wolfie hit this killer DDT to spark his comeback. He then delivered a windmill punch
channeling Jerry Lawler. Tiana tried to interfere and Wolfie spanked her. Casey connected with his superkick finisher, but made a lazy
back cover and Wolfie got a foot on the ropes. Wolfie won it with a flying elbow drop from a reverse DDT position.
WINNER: Wolfie D in 7:14. Fun match. Wolfie brought the panache. Lots of love from the crowd and he knew just how and when to play to
them. Casey needs to stick with Tatyana and lose the other Freaks. They just cheapen the act. Casey made a great opponent. I know itâ
€™s part of his gimmick, but the one thing that detracted was Casey never making a serious pin attempt, even after the superkick. At
least Reno called him out on it.
SAW Presents â€œFree For All Bar Room Brawl" on Saturday, November 7 at Buffalo Billiards, 154 2nd Ave South in downtown
Nashville. This is a 21 and over event with a 10:30pm bell time. The main event will be Wolfie D vs. Rick Santel; Derrick King Enterprises
defend the SAW Tag Team Titles against the Scarboni Brothers; Among those scheduled to appear are â€œManiacâ€� Marc Anthony,
Hammerjack, Mr. Jacko, and â€œTeen Excitementâ€� Drew Haskins.
Leah with a Grumpyâ€™s Most Wanted Bail Jumpers update. Josh Crowe was back under lock and key, thanks to the viewers of SAW
and the fabulous fugitive recovery team.
â€œManiacâ€� Marc Anthony was in yet another weird location. Anthony was sitting in some type of wooden enclosure on a sunny
afternoon. He had the army helmet pulled down in such a way that his eyes were never visible.
â€œFather, you told me when you left me here, I had one more chance to redeem myself, and that I will. I found a dagger, a real sharp
knife. I shall pierce Hammerjerk. I shall end this fight. But I shall play the games, walk in his mind, twist him up, and make him mine. Like
a small child, all innocent in his hands, he holds her so close. Itâ€™s his greatest love my friends. But my childhood was taken. I was
alone in that dark place. No one held me. So now I take back and Iâ€¦beginâ€¦to play.â€�
Anthony peered over the top of the enclosure. It was a park. The camera panned over to where Hammerjack was playing with a young girl.
Reno said this went beyond competition. He referenced a previous vignette in which Anthony threw a dart into a photo of Hammerjack.
Reno gave Hammerjack credit for staying focused on the SAW International Title. He said Anthonyâ€™s behavior was an act of
perversion, and Commissioner Freddie Morton would take exception to it. Graham said he didnâ€™t know if Morton was the proper
authority. â€œYou talked about taking it to the next level tonight, I and I think theyâ€™ve done just that.â€� Reno introduced a review of
the events leading up to the tables match.
They showed clips of various atrocities Douglas had committed against Stevens, starting with the night Douglas came up through the
ring under a mask to attack Stevens and become a member of A-Team.
â€œRight then and there, we could have avoided every bit of this. You could have reached out your hand and said thank you. Thank you
for all the money. Thank you for all the titles. Thank you for all the girls. But once again, youâ€™re too stupid to get the point. So what do
you do? You keep coming back for more. Chase, itâ€™s real simple. I donâ€™t want you in SAW.â€�
Cut to Stevens in downtown Nashville looking out at the Tennessee River. Stevens said he was looking back on old times, when Andy
would pick fights and Chase would have to finish them. Stevens said he always had Andyâ€™s back, as a tag team partner, a friend and
a brother, but he was blind to everything that was going on.
â€œYou said I should have walked away. Why is that Andy? Because thatâ€™s what you would have done? Because thatâ€™s what
youâ€™ve always done, left me to finish it? Oh no, Andy, Iâ€™m not going to walk awayâ€¦.Iâ€™m going to stand my ground, and Iâ
€™m going to finish what you started one year ago. Iâ€™m going to put you through a table, and itâ€™s going to be a violent, violent
Leah was back with Grumpyâ€™s Most Wanted Bail Jumper of the week, Andy Dang.
â€œAndy, if youâ€™re out there watching tonight, my message to you is that I canâ€™t believe youâ€™re doing this to your poor, sweet
mother. You know how sheâ€™s struggling already. And yes, all of this is hurting her. Donâ€™t make her suffer anymore because youâ
€™re afraid. Turn yourself in tonight, Andy.â€�
2 â€“ Tables Match: ANDY DOUGLAS (with Paul Adams) vs. CHASE STEVENS
After the obligatory stalling by Douglas, Stevens set a table up at ringside, but it was his head that got slammed into it. Douglas tried to
suplex Stevens through the table, but Stevens reversed it with a snap suplex on the floor (padded unlike the SAW Mill). A second table
was brought into the ring. Douglas went into it head first. They did a chase sequence where Stevens almost got his hand on Adams, only
to get cut off by Douglas. Stevens tried to whip Douglas into a table propped up in the corner, but Douglas did a baseball slide out of the
ring and headed up the ramp. Stevens cut off his exit. Back inside, Douglas bonked Stevens in the head with a table, which looked like it
really sucked. He came up bleeding from the forehead. Stevens took an awesome face first bump to the mat here. Douglas rubbed
Stevensâ€™ blood on his chest. With the crowd behind him bigtime, Stevens made the comeback. Stevens went for a missile dropkick
and took out ref Mark Owen. Young interfered. Stevens backdropped Young over the top rope to put him through a table. Douglas hit a
Harley Race knee and it was both men down. Stevens reversed a shot into the table with a superkick and it was both men down again.
Santel interfered. Douglas inadvertently backdropped Santel over the top rope onto a table. A collision of lariats left both men down yet
again. Morton and other refs came out to survey the carnage. Owen was still down in the ring. Santel and Young were down on the floor.
Meanwhile, Douglas and Stevens were fighting all over the building. Somebody took a shot into the door of the menâ€™s bathroom.
Stevens waved the fans out of a ringside section of chairs, but Douglas reversed the whip and Stevens went flying into them. They
worked there way up to the balcony. Stevens had the advantage until Adams threw powder in face. Douglas got Stevens over the rail, and
he took the off the 12 foot balcony. Total nuts but it was a bullseye with no splinters into his body. Stevens never moved. They showed the
table bump from three different angles, six replays in all.
WINNER: Douglas in 23:19. Clearly, this was the match people came to see, and did it ever deliver. Dramatic, violent, intense, bloody and
the heat was excellent. Live, it was one of the best tables matches Iâ€™ve seen, because the focus was on putting the other guy through
the table. The brawling through the crowd broke the suspension of disbelief, especially when Stevens paused to wave the fans out of
their seats. Owen manned up on that ref bump. Glad it wasnâ€™t Mark Herron in that spot.
CLOSING THOUGHTS: SAW put their best foot forward, in this, the first of three episodes from the raw material taped at â€œSAW: The
Next Levelâ€�. This episode contained my two favorite matches from the live show. Putting Wolfie in the opening match garnered the
maximum impact out of his return. He was the guy that Nashville fans would most connect with the good old days of wrestling at the
Fairgrounds. The Anthony vignette was an awesome way to develop the angle with Hammerjack. Not just the vignette itself, but the way it
was presented. It was the only one on this episode (polar opposite of TNA â€“ tons of angles and none of them get over), and the
segment with Riggins and Graham underscored that this was serious. The Stevens/Douglas feud is now in the epic category. If all those
replays didnâ€™t drive home the lethal potential of that bump off the balcony, I donâ€™t know what would. Again, the presentation was
key. The clips of all the heinous stuff Douglas has done to Stevens, coupled with fine promos by both men set the match up beautifully.
When Reno called in on Jerkinâ€™ the Curtain, he confirmed that Jerry Jarrett didnâ€™t like the idea of doing the tables match. Iâ€™m
going to give Jarrett the benefit of the doubt, and assume that he hasnâ€™t been following the product closely. Otherwise, it does not
bode well for his rumored plans to launch another major promotion. This was no random use of a gimmick match (see TNA). This feud
has been building relentlessly throughout 2009. A regular match made no sense in the context of the feud. The talk of this taping being
done in HD as a demo for Jarrettâ€™s new promotion did not materialize, and that was a good thing. As impressive as this was by SAW
standards, the production values fell well short of a national television show. ROH doesnâ€™t draw near this big a crowd for their
tapings, but it looks better on TV. They need to something about the background and the walls for sure. The lighting was fine live but not
ideal for TV. What a difference a week made. SAW went from their smallest ever crowd in Millersville (<50) to this (700). This show made
a great ad for the Fairgrounds return date. No specific matches were promoted for November 21. They ran a graphic with the return date
and let the footage speak for itself (along with Renoâ€™s frequent reminders that big league wrestling was back at the Fairgrounds).
This is must see for anyone that has the least bit of interest in SAW. Thumbs way up.