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November 22, 2008
â€“ Larry Goodman
LAST WEEK AT THE SAW MILLâ€¦A bloody Arrick Andrews is helped out of the ring by SAW security. The fans are chanting â€œArrick!â€�
non-stop. He refuses further assistance and collapses to the floor. Andrews claws his way up the ramp, his face a crimson mask.
To the stand up segment with Michael Graham and Reno Riggins. Graham called the Andrews footage disturbing. Riggins said it was
Rachel Worthingtonâ€™s birthday, so God forbid Shaun Shultz and Chrisjen Hayme donâ€™t make her happy. Todayâ€™s â€œmain
event anywhere in the countryâ€� is Chris Michaels vs. Chase Stevens. Reno lets Graham have the honorsâ€¦And SAW STARTS NOW!
1 â€“ SIGMON vs. JESSE EMERSON
Sigmon out with a gas can and a lighter, and that canâ€™t be good. The announce team speculated about his intent to burn the flag a
few weeks back. Emersonâ€™s variations on the atomic drop had Sigmon hobbling around at ringside. Back inside, Sigmon cut
Emerson off with a standing dropkick. Sigmon busted out the high impact offense. Riggins sad Sigmon was a little delusional for
believing he was the victim of profiling due to his Middle Eastern heritage. Delusional? Maybe not so much. Both men down on a midring
collision of clotheslines. Sigmon up first, but Emerson won the exchange of blows and popped the crowd with a lariat over the top.
Sigmon posted Emerson and whacked him on top of the head with a chair for the DQ.
Winner: Emerson via DQ in 5:20. Enough of Sigmonâ€™s â€œIâ€™m the superior wrestlerâ€� facade, his true personality shines
Sigmon emptied the contents of the gasoline can on Emerson. He flicked his lighter to tease the unthinkable. Tribal Nation, Drew
Haskins and LT Falk all came out to make a slipping and sliding save.
Graham and Riggins recapped clips of the gasoline incident. Riggins said Emerson was getting his eyes flushed and a medical team
had been called. They moved on to the horrific beating Andrews took last week.
Natalie Von Eron interviewed Paul Adams and David Young. Adams said the A-Team dangled the carrot of a crumbling empire in front of
Andrews. Then, he lulled Andrews into a false sense of security and took one for the team. Adams said he hoped Andrews enjoyed
replaying the footage of his lucky pinfall over Young, because after last week, his wrestling career was history.
Von Eron cued up a taped response from Andrews. He said Young put 15 stitches in his head and he was challenging him to a match.
Young tried to hit on Von Eron. He called Andrews the stupidest man alive for getting all hot and bothered about getting a pin on him.
â€�Youâ€™ve opened up a can of beans, son, that youâ€™ll never be able to eatâ€¦I will come to this building for free if I have to, but
either way, Arrick Andrews, your career is over.â€�
Adams said he should be the one bragging, not Andrews, because his career record in SAW was a flawless 1-0. He invited Andrews to
bring it next week.
In the back, the always lovely Ms. Rachel Worthington was wearing a tiara in honor of her birthday. Shultz pulled Hayme out of his way
and told Ms. Worthington how glad he was about getting to spend her birthday together. Shultz promised her anything.
â€�Daddyâ€™s done parked my big gift out in the driveway, and I do have some cash to go shopping on, but what you two can do, is get
rid of TJ Harley, once and for all.â€�
Shultz waited for Worthington to leave, then berated Hayme for constantly screwing up. â€œThis time, because I obviously have to do the
job myself, I want you to sit back here, so you donâ€™t screw it up for me, and if I happen to need you, I call for ya.â€�
2 â€“ TJ HARLEY vs. SHAUN SHULTZ (with Rachel Worthington)
Harley brought Shultz in the hard way and repeatedly mounted and pounded his sorry ass. Harley teased using Shawnâ€™s DDT
finisher. Shultz reversed it, but Harley countered by gnawing on Shultzâ€™s hand. Harley tossed Shultz out at Rachelâ€™s feet. Riggins
made the point that Shultz had been the one messing up not Hayme. As Harley pulled Shultz up by his golden locks, Shultz snapped
Harleyâ€™s neck off the top rope to take over. Shultz used any means necessary to cut of succession of comeback attempts. A collision
of lariats left both men down. Rachel showed her support for Shawn by grabbing his hand. This time, Harleyâ€™s comeback had
serious steam behind it. Shultz poked Harley in the eyes. Shultz countered a blind swing with the DDT. Shultz brought Worthingtonâ€™s
purse into play. In the ensuing struggle, Harley took the purse away from Shultz, but ref Jim Kleckner grabbed it away from Harley. Hayme
hit the ring. He snatched the purse out of Klecknerâ€™s hands, shoved Harley out of the way and nailed Shultz with it. Kleckner shrugged
his shoulders. Graham said he heard the bell. Worthington got in the ring to check on Shultz. Harley walked off with Rachelâ€™s purse
and a big smile on his face.
Winner: Shultz via DQ in 8:40 after getting nailed by Hayme. It had to come to this. It was just a matter of when. The wrestling was
secondary to the story. The way Shultz sold it, there had to be more in that purse than Ms. Worthingtonâ€™s shopping money. More
suspect reffing in SAW, as Kleckner never motioned for the DQ. Graham had to cover for him.
Graham and Reno introduced the premiere edition of â€œPaulâ€™s Pulpitâ€� hosted by Paul Adamsâ€“ â€œWhere I get to come out
here and pontificate.â€� It opened with Paul Adams superimposed over 50â€™s black and white stills of the Rat Pack set to â€œBig
Spender.â€� Fade to Adams and Ric Santel at ringside. Adams introduced Jerry Lynn. The crowd started a â€œJerry! Jerry!â€� and kept
it going throughout the segment. Adams buttered Lynn up about being a stand up guy and a fighting champion, then turned the mic over
to â€œNatureâ€™s Greatest Miracle.â€� Santel said title shots should be granted on win-loss records and his was impeccable, so he
was the number one contender. Lynn said it wasnâ€™t his call. It was up to the Board of Directors, and it would be his privilege to give
Santel a shot when the BOD said so. Adams and Santel looked shocked.
Commissioner Freddie Morton announced that Jerry Lynnâ€™s first defense of the SAW International Championship would take place
against Kid Kash next week. Morton explained that Kashâ€™s 30 day suspension would be up tomorrow and he was guaranteed a
3 â€“ CHRIS MICHAELS (with Sean Casey & Lexi Pillman & Tiana) vs. CHASE STEVENS
Stevens on fire right from the opening bell. Reno noted the absence of Fallon from either corner. Casey took a shot from Stevens for
mouthing off. Michaels collapsed after taking a hard whip into the corner. Stevens followed up with a rolling neck snap for another near
fall. Michaels looked half dead, but mustered up a jawbreaker. He stomped away on Stevens and jacked his jaw with a series of short
lefts for a two count. Heavy interference from Casey ensued. Out of nowhere, Stevens hit a sick snap suplex on the outside. Michaelsâ€™
back visibly bounced off the concrete. The announce team put the move over as doing major damage. No shit. Back inside, it was
desperation time for Michaels. He decked Stevens with a kick to the knee, and attacked the leg with a vengeance. Stevens withstood a
barrage of punches in the painful process of regaining his vertical base. Stevens fired up. Big backdrop and Michaels was begging for
mercy. With Casey distracting ref Kurt Herron, the masked man in black ran down and clipped Stevensâ€™ knee with a martial arts kick,
and he was easy pickings for Michaels.
Winner: Stevens in 7:30 via DQ when the mysterious masked man in black interfered. This was pretty ho-hum stuff for the first five
minutes, but it took a major turn for the better with that killer snap suplex on the floor. There were positioning problems with the finish.
Caseyâ€™s distraction occurred on the same side of the ring as the masked guy running in, so Herron had to be blind not to see him. At
least the camera angle kept it from being too obvious.
Random Thoughts: An OK episode. Nothing reached the high points of the previous two episodes. That would be a tall order. On the
other hand, there was nothing close to as bad as those tag team matches. The first half was the better half of the show. The opening
footage of Andrews was gold. Andrews was fantastic as a gory mess of never-say-die babyface. The other thing that made the segment
stand out was the crowd reaction. It was exceptional. Rarely does a SAW crowd do justice to the quality of the anglesâ€¦The gasoline
angle was pretty spicy. If threatened to set your opponent on fire doesnâ€™t get heat I donâ€™t know what would. The athleticism of the
Sigmon/Emerson program sets it apart the other feudsâ€¦If Hayme was on Shultzâ€™s level as a performer, the Worthington triangle
could be something specialâ€¦Graham seemed more at home this week. His stand up segments with Reno flowed nicely.â€¦The
opening to Paulâ€™s Pulpit the kind of thing you just donâ€™t see on typical indie wrestling shows- truly, a cut above the rest. I thought
the interaction with Lynn was fair. It felt like they didnâ€™t fully achieve what they envisioned with that segmentâ€¦I really like Freddie
Morton as the Commissioner. He makes for an entirely credible authority figureâ€¦There was a telltale clue in the previous episode as to
identity of the mysterious masked man...The closing was flat compared to the drama of the previous two episodes. Again, this show had
tough acts to followâ€¦The next episode looks loaded: Lynn vs. Kash, Young vs. Andrews and Marc Anthony vs. Gary Valiant.