February 16, 2008
â€“ Larry Goodman
Southern All Star Wrestling is now available for internet viewing at www.thesuperstation.tv/saw.html
LAST WEEK! The returning T. J. Harley defeated Big Rig Brownâ€¦Indian Nation said Homicidal Tendencies days with the SAW tag team
champions were numberedâ€¦Damian Adams killed Chris Cain dead with the bicycle kickâ€¦â€�The Boogie Woogie Boyâ€� Gary
Valiant was victimized by outside interference from Paul Adams and Hammerjack and fell prey to Rick Santelâ€™s T-bone suplex. Arrick
Andrews was a one man wrecking crew making the save until a crazed Hammerjack supporter hit the ring to further the beatdown.
Jack Johnson and Reno Riggins were at ringside to open the show. They hyped the main event: Indian Nation/Homicidal Tendencies
match for the tag titles. A fried looking guy holding Jack Johnsonâ€™s â€œSAW starts NOW!â€� cue card got on camera. Awesome
double take by Reno.
(1) Rick Santel (with Paul Adams) pinned Chris Eckos at 4:35 after the Santel Slam
Reno said Eckos, a rookie from Kentucky, drew the wrong opponent for his debut match. Eckos was holding his own with the wrestling,
so Santel threw a punch. Eckos blocked it and threw a series of weak blows. Santel showed him the proper way to punch the crap out of
somebody. Santel hit a neckbreaker across the knee out of a firemanâ€™s carry. Eckos kicked out. Resthold rear chinlock by Santel.
Eckos hit a crossbody for the double down. More weak striking on the comeback. Eckos got a near fall with a flying forearm before Santel
pinned him with his finisher, a variation on the TKO.
Paul Adams cut a promo on the Boogie Woogie Boy.
You look in the mirror and you see good looks and athleticism. You look at your old lady and you see grace and charm. Thereâ€™s
something wrong with the way you look at reality. Well, right here my friend, coming tonight to Freddieâ€™s Auction House in Columbia,
Tennessee is a walking dose of reality, the one man reality show, Rick Santel.
Unfortunately, Santel started cutting his promo on Andrews, and Adams had to correct him. Adams called for a group hug that included
(2) â€œCountryâ€� Carl Styles beat Chris Cane in 3:02
Reno said Styles was already a veteran when he was a rookie. He also mentioned that Styles was the Henchman for Jim Cornette in
Smokey Mountain Wrestling. Styles decimated the little guy with power moves and covered after a big elbow drop. â€œEvery elbow drop
is a big elbow drop to Chris Cane,â€� said Johnson. He gave Cane props for tenacity. Cane went after the eyes. Riggins said Styles
was down to one good eye, because he lost one in a wrestling match several years back. When Styles avoided a senton backsplash,
Johnson said he must have eyes in the back of his head. Styles turned Cane inside out with a lefty lariat, hit a powerbomb and scored
the pin with a reverse DDT.
Pretaped promos by Andrews and Hammerjack for the Columbia show. Andrews said he was sending Santel to la la land with the
(3) Arrick Andrews beat Hammerjack (with Paul Adams) via DQ
Joined in progress as Andrews launched an offensive flurry. Hammerjack pulled the ropes down to spill Andrews and brought him back
in the hard way. Hammerjack got near falls with a sidewalk slam and a Michinoku driver. He spiked Andrews with DDT and said it was
over, but Andrews rolled a shoulder. Hammerjack pulled Andrews up by the ear and climbed to the middle rope. Andrews fired back and
started climb. TOP ROPE HURACANRANA! Both men down. Andrews connected with the Dragonâ€™s Curse (540 kick) and the â
€œHammerjackolyte,â€� as Johnson called him, attacked Andrews just before the three count. Riggins was yelling for somebody to get
him out of the ring. Hammerjack and his fan laid Andrews out with a stuff piledriver. Valiant hit the ring for the save. BOD member Mike
Sircy and security escorted the fan out of the building.
Remember hippies. My mom used to worry about hippies. That guy looks like he would be hanging around a pool hall. What a freak.
Adams claimed he didnâ€™t know who the nutcase was.
Back from commercial, Andrews was still down in the ring. Riggins was shocked. He said when a fan gets involved, it usually turns out
bad for the fan, but this guy obviously had been in a ring before. Andrews was carried out on a makeshift backboard.
Johnson introduced Caneâ€™s promo. â€œThatâ€™s colossal Chris Cane to you, buddy.â€� The camera pulled back to show Cane
standing no taller than Johnsonâ€™s waist. He must have been on his knees. Cane said he cut Eckos down to size the last time in
Columbia and tonight, he was going to have to step up to Caneâ€™s game.
â€œThe Modern Man of Steelâ€� said he was back in Southern All-Star to face a man that had trained in Stu Hartâ€™s dungeon. â
€œYou will learn very quickly. You canâ€™t cage the Raige.â€�
(4) Mason Raige beat Apocalypse in 4:30
They were putting Raige over like a guy who was headed for the bigtime. Riggins said WWE had called about him. Two big men here.
Apocalypse was Renoâ€™s choice to give Raige the competition he had been asking for. Apocalypse shied away from the test of
strength. That would have been the smart choice. Raige crushed him. Raige got ahead of himself, and Apocalypse ducked his corner
splash. Apocalypse went to work, putting Raige on the canvas with a stiff kick the chest. Raige rallied with a high crossbody and a sunset
flip. Reno said he belonged in the X Division. Apocalypse went to the eyes. Crowd was hot for the comeback. Raige ducked as
Apocalypse made a mad rush into the corner. Raige gave him a gorilla press Snake Eyes and got the pin with a jawbreaker lariat.
(5) Tribal Nation (Lennox Lightfoot & Indian Outlaw) beat Homicidal Tendencies (Kory Williams & Vic the Bruiser) to win the SAW Tag
Team Titles in 13:20
Nation opened with dropkicks in stereo to clear the ring. In short order, Tendencies were torturing Lighfoot. Vic lit him up with the Pork
Chops. Lightfoot went through the legs to make the tag. Vic immediately pulled the ropes down to dump Outlaw and worked him over
with a chair. Reno compared Vic to Abdullah the Butcher. The beating went on Outlaw went on until the 10 minute mark. Reno called it a
massacre. Johnson said Tendencies were creating their very own Trail of Tears. It appeared Outlaw was done, but Williams knocked
himself loopy on the turnbuckles. Both men tagging. Four-way action. Lighfoot went for the Four Winds Tomahawk chop, but Williams
snagged a foot to upend him. Vic covered and Outlaw saved. Corner splash by Vic and the big Hogan boot by Williams. Outlaw saved
again. With Ricky Bell trying to get Outlaw out of the ring, Williams clocked Lightfoot with the belt. Outlaw saved a third time. On the
outside, Lightfoot reversed a whip sending Williams into the post. On the inside, Vic was trying to block a roll up by Outlaw. Lightfoot
toppled Vic over with a twisting springboard bodypress for the pin (called the Totem Pole). The show closed with the babyface wrestlers
coming out to congratulate Tribal Nation on winning the titles.
Closing Thoughts: The title match was disappointing for heat and emotion. It was painfully obvious that in the eyes of the fans, Tribal
Nation is nowhere near Boogie or Andrews as babyfaces. To me, it felt like they pulled the trigger on the title switch before the fans
accepted them at that level. True, Tendencies lost the titles clean in the middle of the ring, and I can understand them taking the lionâ
€™s share of the match since they were going under, but Tribal Nation came across as the inferior team. Hammerjack/Andrews was by
far the hottest match of the show. Good action and the crowd was really into it. This was the best Andrews match Iâ€™ve seen over the
last two months. They added some much needed credibility by showing the â€œfanâ€� (Matt Dillinger) being escorted out, and Reno
admitting he looked like he put in some ring time. The stuff piledriver didnâ€™t look all that devastating, but once again, they sold it like it
was Mexico. Eckosâ€™ punches looked pathetic. They donâ€™t do full blown squashes on SAW, but if Santel is going to be pushed as
a top heel, the situation called for it. Where was Santelâ€™s head at during that promo segment? Adams had just finished talking about
Valiant. The group hug was a great excuse for more of Johnsonâ€™s hilarious facials, as was the promo with Cane. Seeing Styles blew
my mind. It was more than 20 years ago when he did those hiilarous â€œOn the Roadâ€� segments with Dutch Mantell in Continental.
Styles played Mantellâ€™s dim bulb lackey driver, which prompted Mantell to say â€œIt takes him an hour and half to watch 60 Minutes.â
€� Styles is in tremendous shape for his age. Still, unless they plan to push Styles, I would have put him under a mask, and given Cain a
fluke win. Raigeâ€™s press slam Snake Eyes was the move of the hour, and heâ€™s getting more fluid in his movements. Granted, an
impressive performance, but just a matter of time before main eventing at Wrestlemania? Reno is a bit like JBL on commentary. Some of
the stuff he says is outrageous, and at times ridiculously over the top, but he keeps it entertaining.
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