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September 20, 2008
â€“ Larry Goodman
Opening with Arrick Andrews and Tribal Nation backstage. Andrews said one Paul Adams didnâ€™t think of in his gang mentality game
plan was Ric Santelâ€™s former partner, â€œThe Livewire.â€� Up popped Nikki Vaughn, like a blue-haired, bug-eyed trailer park Meth
fiend. â€œPaul Adams, you ainâ€™t seen nuthinâ€™ like me.!â€�
Cut to Michael St.John and Reno Riggins at ringside. Today: Kid Kash puts up the SAW International Title in a no DQ match against Jerry
Lynn, â€œThe Maniacâ€� Marc Anthony takes on Drew Haskins in a match Reno advised Haskins against taking, and the A-Team in full
effect (clip of Andrews pinning Young in last weekâ€™s 6 man main).
1 â€“ DAVID YOUNG (with Paul Adams) vs. JESSE EMERSON
St. John said Young was incensed after last week. Quick series of armdrags by Emerson. MSJ said Young was a slow starter. The
words had barely crossed his lips when Young gave Emerson a hotshot into the top turnbuckle. Young worked Emerson over briefly.
Emerson hit a Russian legsweep to start the comeback. Young reversed a whip attempt into the spinebuster for the 1-2-3. Young left
Emerson with one of his â€œproblem solverâ€� business cards.
Winner: David Young at 2:10 with the spinebuster. Just what Young needed after last week - a quick, clean win. In their efforts to portray
him as a wily veteran, the announce team made Young sound like John McCain â€“ a slow starter, who tends to lose focus and has a lot
of mileage on him.
The A-Team (minus Matt Dillinger) was at ringside with Hot Rod Biggs. Young said Andrews had made it personal and he wouldnâ€™t
stop until Andrews had been taken out. Ric Santel said he carried Vaughn for 8 years and all his accomplishments came after he
dropped the dead weight. Santel said his agenda with the SAW International Championship, and Vaughn had caused a distraction he
would eliminate. Hammerjack said the tag belts were coming back to the TVA. Paul Adams summed up an unusually average A-Team
2 â€“ MARC ANTHONY vs. DREW HASKINS
Anthony marched into the ring, dropped his helmet and decimated Haskins. Reno compared Anthony to Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen.
After hitting a brainbuster suplex, Anthony looked upward and talked to Ronnie P. Anthony applied the camel clutch. Reno referenced the
videos of Anthony talking to Ronnie - â€œHeâ€™s not right in the head.â€� Anthony shook off a boot the face and took Haskins down
with a crossface for the tap out.
Winner: Anthony at 2:40 via submission with the Crippler Crossface. What it needed to be. The crossface fits Anthonyâ€™s character.
3 -- CHRIS MICHAELS (with Fallon) vs. CHASE STEVENS
Stevens was hot about whatever Michaels was doing to Fallon, who still had her arm in a sling. Cautious start. Michaels bailed after
absorbing a stiff shoulder tackle, and Stevens said something to Fallon. It turned into an all out slugfest with both men blocking punches
with their faces. At one point, Stevens set Michaels up for a slap from Fallon. Michaels back-elbowed Stevens and got into a verbal
exchange with Fallon. Riggins brought up Stevensâ€™ boxing background. Stevens used a snap suplex and a rolling neck snap for near
falls. Michaels shifted the momentum with short cuts. [Commercial break] Both men on their knees trading punches. Up to their feet with
Stevens doing all the scoring and Michaels bouncing up and down. Stevens tried for his finisher, but Michaels countered with the Double
Shot. Stevens kicked out and Michaels yelled at Fallon. More slugging and a stunner by Stevens, but Michaels rolled a shoulder at 2 and
Â¾. Riggins said it was almost premature â€œbellulationâ€� by MSJ. â€œI hope thatâ€™s not a problem at home for you.â€� Stevens
went up top. Michaels shoved the ref into the ropes to crotch Stevens. Michaels hit a killer top rope superplex. MSJ said Stevensâ€™
boots scraped the ceiling of the SAW Mill. Count of five - one-arm cover by Michaels â€“ but Stevens rolled a shoulder just before the
three. The commentators focused on Michaelsâ€™ massive frustration. Stevens with a downward spiral. Michaels kicked out at 2.9.
Riggins told St. John to hold out as long as he could. Michaels kicked Stevens low and nailed him with the superkick, but here came
Fallon into the ring to check on Stevens. She shoved Michaels and told him to quit cheating. Michaels grabbed Fallon by the hair, nudged
her under the ropes with his boot, and kicked her in the bad arm. Stevens hit a firemanâ€™s carry slam on Michaels. But with ref Jesse
Fields tending to Fallon and Stevens wandering around in a daze, Michaels pulled out a set of brass knucks. It was lights out for Stevens.
Michaels berated Fallon as she painfully made her way up the ramp.
Winner: Michaels with brass knucks at 13:14. A slugfest with some fine near falls down the stretch. These chances of these two having a
bad match are slim. It would have been more effective on TV with a lively crowd, but I could write that almost every week. For storyline
purposes, they really could have used more close ups of Fallon. She has a great look but she needs to be more expressive for the
MSJ and Riggins introduced a video footage shot earlier in the week when the camera crew from SAW paid visit to the Worthington
residence. Rachel Worthington answered the door and said Shawn wasnâ€™t feeling well. â€œYou can come in, but no sudden
movements, and weâ€™ve got to be extremely quiet.â€� The camera followed Rachelâ€™s fine ass upstairs into Shawnâ€™s
bedroom. Shultz was in bed with his sleeping mask on. Worthington told him the guys were there to talk about TJ. At the mention of TJ,
Shultz grabbed his head in pain. Rachel left to get Shultz some milk. The camera caught a close up of the cartoon characters on Shawnâ
€™s pillow cases. Rachel returned with a sippy cup. Shultz couldnâ€™t remember what the guys wanted to talk to him about. Rachel
reminded him. Shultz grabbed his head and moaned. Rachel said she would tell them he wasnâ€™t up for it. â€œI wished I could baby.â
€� Rachel asked Shawn if he needed anything else. Shultz said he wanted to cuddle. â€œHoney, Iâ€™m dressed,â€� said Rachel. â
€œI want Pooh,â€� Shultz said. Rachel tucked Shawn in with Pooh and his sippy cup.
Cut to MSJ interviewing Harley about the nonsense with Shultz. Harley said somebody had to do something about it. Commissioner
Freddie Morton came out with a letter from Shultzâ€™s doctor excusing him from wrestling for four more weeks. Morton said it was
signed â€œShawn Shultzâ€™s Doctor.â€� Morton had seen enough and made a match between Harley and Shultz for next week.
Almost. Chrisjen Hayme showed up and vouched for Shultzâ€™ suffering. â€œIâ€™ve done beat you twice. Me and you, next week, right
here.â€� Hayme must have incredible powers of persuasion, because Morton immediately said OK. Harley said if he had to go through
Hayme six more times to get his hands on Shultz, so be it.
4 â€“ No Disqualification Match for the SAW International Championship: KID KASH (C) vs. JERRY LYNN
Lynn was all over Kash, attacking him before he made it into the ring. Mostly brawling on the outside for the first 2 minutes with some
nasty back raking going on. Reno said the ref was letting them go in light of the circumstances. Kash slammed Lynnâ€™s head into a
chair and strangled him with the mike cord. Inside the ring, it was nothing but a gutter brawl. The announce team brought up ECW. Lynn
catapulted Kashâ€™s throat into the bottom rope for a near fall. Kash bit Lynnâ€™s torso. A fan in first row looked completely disgusted
by this. [Commercial break] With Lynn in full control, Kash resorted to a low blow ala Flair, then a knee drop to the nuts, and then a
hotshot to the groin. Kash applied a leglock around the ropes, but Lynn punched his way out of it. Kash stomped on Lynnâ€™s ankles.
Lynn blocked a stomp and rolled away from Kashâ€™s elbow drops. Lynn used a flying double knee to the back and a rabbit lariat. Kash
kicked out. Kash wedged a chair between the ropes and tried to whip Kash into it, but Lynn put on the brakes with a baseball slide. Lynn
hit a Thesz Press and pounded away. Kash kicked out of an Oâ€™Connor Roll sending Lynnâ€™s head into the chair. Kash rolled Lynn
up with the tights but Lynn kicked out. Lynn ducked a home run swing with the chair by Kash and hit a reverse DDT on the chair. Kash
kicked out at the last split second. Kash rolled out to the floor. Lynn followed with a DDT on the ramp. Lynn got back in the ring to break
the count, but ref Kurt Herron continued the count on Kash. Lynn tried get Kash back into the ring, but Kash hugged the ringpost to
Herron (MSJ called him Curt Hennig) handed the belt back to Kash, still down the floor. Kash pointed at his brain and gave Lynn the one
Winner: Jerry Lynn via countout at 9:26. The first all-action match of this feud. The great thing about it was the SAW title being treated as
the ultimate prize. Kash will stoop as low as necessary to keep it, and Lynn is now obsessed with getting it. I didnâ€™t see the count out
finish as a problem, per se. It gave Kash another way to escape and keep this wonderful thing going, and not make Lynn look like a
dummy. The problem was the ref allowing them to fight outside for a 20 count at the start of the match. With a different finish, who cares?
But you canâ€™t have it both ways.
CLOSING THOUGHTS: A satisfying show, despite the non-finish in the title match, and in a way, because of it. They did a nice job of
underlying the important story points and making them stick. The things that had staying power were the Shultz vignette and the finish of
the title match with Kash hanging onto the ringpost for dear life. Getting to see a program involving Kash and LUnn at this stage of their
careers is an absolute treatâ€¦For the second straight week, Shawn Shultz and Rachel Worthington were in the most entertaining
segment. The man regressing into boy concept is hilarious and Shultz is great in the role ...There wasnâ€™t anything about the content
of this show that I strongly disliked, although I will say Mortonâ€™s sudden change of heart about the Harleyâ€™s opponent made him
look like an idiotâ€¦Unfortunately, the mind boggling disconnect between the quality of the product and the comatose sound and
appearance of their fans continued.