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August 9, 2008
â€“ Larry Goodman
â€œTowel Boyâ€� Paul Adams horned in on Michael St. Johnâ€™s opening segment this week. Reno Riggins was said to be away on
a scouting mission. â€œWhatâ€™s he out looking to pick somebody up off the waiver wire?â€� said Adams. This weekâ€™s main:
Jerry Lynn gets his shot at the SAW International Championship held by Kid Kash.
1 â€“ ARRICK ANDREWS vs. SIGMON
Adams said he and Andrews had been having problems since SAWâ€™s infancy. He had Andrews suspended, arrested and fired and
still wasnâ€™t rid of him. Strong â€œGo Arrick Goâ€� chant from the fans.. Adams said Andrews fed heavily off the crowd. Sigmon was
being outwrestled, so he blasted Andrews with a sucker punch. Sigmon got a two count with a high dropkick. Andrews started a
comeback, but Sigmon cut him off with a back elbow for two, and resorted to blatant chokes. â€œThe man from the Middle Eastâ€� hit a
flying headbutt for a near fall. Andrews fought his way out of a cobra clutch to hit his floatover bulldog. Both men slow were slow to rise.
Andrews landed a series of big right hands, but Sigmon escaped from a slam attempt and muscled Andrews up for a release german
suplex. Sigmon went up top for the Colossal Camelback Headbutt. Adams said we had seen Sigmon finish many, many opponents that
way (well, at least a couple). Nobody home. Andrews put Sigmonâ€™s lights out with the tornado kick.
WINNER: Andrews with the Dragonâ€™s Curse at 4:35. Good stuff. These two work well together. Although Sigmon was coming off a bit
of a push with two consecutive wins, losing a competitive, quality match to a top level babyface doesnâ€™t hurt him at this stage.
Andrews had looked very good since his return.
Andrews was interviewed at ringside by Hot Rod Biggs. Andrews said it was to good to be true when Adams offered up Rick Santel on a
silver platter last week. Cut to David Young jumping Andrews to save Santel from being pinned. â€œDavid Young, when you jumped
Arrick Andrews, you no longer became the problem solver. You became the problem.â€�
2 â€“ RICK SANTEL (with Paul Adams) vs. JEFF JAMISON
Jamison went right to the air with a flying headscissors and a wheelbarrow armdrag. MSJ said Jamison reminded him of Mike Pappas
from the old days. Santel upended Jamison on a double jump moonsault by shaking the ropes. Jamison was clutching at his neck, and
Santel immediately zeroed in on it. Santel hit a T-Bone suplex for a near fall. Jamison came back with a pair of spinning heel kicks.
Jamison went for a huracanrana, but Santel hooked the ropes to send him crashing to the mat. Santel scraped Jamison off the mat and
hit his suplex-facebuster finisher.
WINNER: Santel in 2:55 with the Santel Slam. Jamison would be a grade A jobber even without the handicap â€“heâ€™s a game fighter
and sells really well. I wonder how many viewers had clue one about the Mike Pappas reference by St. John.
The A-Team surrounded Biggs at ringside. Santel was ecstatic.
â€�You call me butter because Iâ€™m on a roll. You see that win I just had over Jeff Jamison? I like to call him nubby.â€�
Hammerjack was showing off some cell phone footage of himself in action. Young said he looked like a tripod. Adams said that wasnâ
€™t his leg. Santel said he didnâ€™t care about the outcome of the title match between the â€œblonde headed bimboâ€� and the â
€œpro wrestlingâ€™s most disgruntled wrestler.â€� He deserved a shot at the winner.
â€�I am the heart stoppinâ€™, elbow droppinâ€™, clothesline duckinâ€™, fist a cuffinâ€™, skull thumpinâ€™, boarder jumpinâ€™,
OMG, OMG, itâ€™s Rick Santel, daddy.â€�
Adams said he was dedicating that match to the people that are tired of Jamisonâ€™s type taking all the good parking spots at Kroger.
â€œHeâ€™s not handicapped,â€� said Santel. â€œHeâ€™s very handi-capable. Heâ€™s just not capable of beating Natureâ€™s
Greatest Miracle, Rick Santel.â€�
Adams said next week it would be Andrews vs. Young and Tennessee Violence Authority vs. Tribal Nation. Matt Dillinger said life hasnâ
€™t been the same since TVA got cheated out of the belts. He said they had taken the Indiansâ€™ women and their land, and next
week, they were taking their belts back. Adams said A-Team was off to celebrate with some whitewater rafting.
Marc Anthony was in a janitor closet wearing his now-familiar Army helmet. â€œWhite Rabbitâ€� began to play in the background. As he
looked towards the heavens, Anthony made an anguished plea to Ronnie P. (Gossett) to let him quench his thirst for inflicting pain on the
â€�Please Uncle Ronnie, let me take them down now. I know you said, â€œwait.â€� I know about your mind games. But are you
playing them with me or with them? I donâ€™t understand. All I want to do his hurt somebody, Uncle Ronnie, All I want to do his hurt
somebody. All I want to do his cause pain.â€�
Anthony started tearing up the closet and doing his trademark barking. The screen went black.
3 â€“ CHRISJEN HAYME vs. TATSU
MSJ said he was not impressed with the woman applying to be Haymeâ€™s perfect 10, He mentioned a woman from Sudan with a
camel. Hayme opened with a pair of arrogant shoulder tackle knockdowns and acted like this was going to be a piece of cake. They went
back and forth with pin attempts. Hayme backdropped Tatsu to the apron and brought him in with a hanging spinning DDT. Hayme used
a variety pack of striking maneuvers and then a snap suplex. Tatsu answered with some weak ass kicks. Hayme came with a decisive
overhead suplex into the turnbuckles and won it with a 450 splash.
WINNER: Hayme in 3:13. His 450 finisher looked great. The rest of the match sucked. Talk about not being on the same page. They
werenâ€™t going full speed and still mistiming stuff and blowing spots all over the place.
4 â€“ SAW International Championship Match: KID KASH (C) vs. JERRY LYNN
MSJ said the International Title could be defended anywhere in the world that the SAW belt was recognized. At this point, that would be
the city limits of Millersville. Adams talked about the television show having international distribution. My understanding is that they are
very close to having enough episodes finished for that to happen. The first half of the match had very little action. It was mostly Kash
being his usual belligerent self â€“ stalling and baiting the fans in an attempt to psych Lynn out. St. John pointed out that time was on
Kashâ€™s side. Kash took control with a snug side headlock. Kash tried a sucker punch on the break, but Lynn was ready for it. He
scored a pair of quick near falls, then hit a tornado DDT, and Kash tumbling out to the floor to gather his wits. Lynn hit a rolling senton off
the apron and tossed Kash back into the ring, but Kash bailed out the opposite side. Kash heaved a couple of chairs into the ring, and
Lynn took the opportunity to put his feet up. With Kash finally back inside the ring, the crowd was huge behind Lynn. Kash blocked an Oâ
€™Connor Roll, backdropped Lynn to the apron. As Lynn tried to reenter, Kash kicked the middle rope into his crotch. Kash started
working on Lynnâ€™s lower back. Kash slid to the outside and applied a camel clutch using the ropes. Nice. Lynn fired up and caught
Kash with a high crossbody for a near fall. Kash cut Lynn off with a backbreaker. Kash stayed on Lynnâ€™s back with variations of a
single leg crab and a surfboard. Adams brought up Kashâ€™s credentials as a chiropractor. He said if anyone knew how to do damage
to a back, it was Kash. Kash barely avoided Lynnâ€™s elbow drop and started drilling Lynnâ€™s lower back with headbutts. Kash used
what Adams called a Greco Roman bite to the kidney area. Lynn rolled out of the ring. Kash capitalized by ramming Lynnâ€™s back into
the apron and using a â€œcatch-as-catch-canâ€� choke. Three times, Kash went for the pin and each time, Lynn kicked out. Kash got in
ref Kurt Herronâ€™s face. Lynn fired back with forearms. Kash tried to shut him down with a jawbreaker, but it was Lynn with a burst of
energy for a roll up and flying crucifix. Both men struggled to their feet. Kash went for a slam, and Lynn countered with a reverse DDT.
Both men flat on their backs. One minute remaining. Lynn turned it on. He mounted the ropes and gave Kash the 10 punches. Kash
staggered out of the corner into a backbreaker. 1..2â€¦Kash barely rolled a shoulder. Lynn signaled for the cradle piledriver. Herron
waved it off. MSJ said that would be a DQ. Lynn hit the TKO with two seconds to go, and the bell rang just as Herron was about to start
the count. Lynn pounded the mat in frustration. The crowd was chanting for five more minutes as they left the air.
WNNER: A TV time-limit draw. They went 16:55. This was better live because of the crowd. It dragged early on TV, whereas live the
atmosphere was electric. On TV, there was no way to fully appreciate the heat created by Kashâ€™s crowd-baiting tactics. The second
half was two smooth working veterans showing their stuff, and teasing better things to come.
Closing Thoughts: This was a major improvement on last weekâ€™s episode, and back on the level I have come to expect from SAW.
With that said, it wasn't The Show: the goal was building for next week and beyond. Any show with Kash vs. Lynn, an interview segment
featuring the A-Team and a Marc Anthony vignette is a lock to have entertainment value. When A-Team gets together for a promo, its
going to be funny, but the nonsense didnâ€™t get in the way of making the needed to be made. Santel was awesome in the starring
role. I like the way A-Team is an entity unto themselves couldnâ€™t care less about the other heels. If Anthony can be even half as good
in the ring as heâ€™s been in these vignettes, SAW will have something special. His debut canâ€™t be far off. While it was a fine match
in its own right, the purpose of Kash/Lynn was to make people want to see more of what will hopefully become a long running program.
A long match at a hard pace between these two is gold waiting to happen.