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January 10, 2008
â€“ Larry Goodman
Michael Graham and Reno Riggs open the show with Graham saying it had been an exceptionally chaotic day at the SAW Mill.
Cut to Commissioner Freddie Morton upstairs in the office. Morton said Paul Adams had come to him this morning wanting to cancel the
cage match because David Young was out of town, and no Matt Dillinger as a replacement because they were still at odds. Morton
replied that the match was on and Adams was still in the cage. But there was also trouble in the camp of Team Dragon. Morton got a call
from security informing him that Tribal Nation had been found unconscious in catering (the concession stand?) and had been taken to a
medical facility. Morton said that the cage match would take place with A-Team consisting of Hammerjack, Rick Santel and Adams vs.
Arrick Andrews & Nikki Vaughn.
1 â€“ CHRISJEN HAYME vs. JON MICHAEL WORTHINGTON
Graham said it was Worthingtonâ€™s inring debut. I guess last week didnâ€™t count. Riggins said TJ Harley was still out with a stinger
suffered in Worthingtonâ€™s attack. Hayme was controlling Michaelsâ€™ arm with chain wrestling. Worthington punched him in the
face. Hayme shifted into high gear with a bulldog for two and an Oklahoma roll. Michaels used a sidewalk slam to turn the tide. Returning
from commercial, Worthington was choking the life out of Hayme. Worthington cut off a weak comeback with off with one of Renoâ€™s
favorites - a thumb to the eye. Worthington charged and took a belly bump on the top turnbuckle. Both men down. Hayme fired back with
forearms. Hayme hit a missile dropkick for a near fall. Hayme avoided a kneelift and hit a german suplex. Hayme set up for a second.
Michaels swung an elbow and got caught with a bridging northern lights suplex. Nice sequence. Michaels tried for the Brentwood
Breaker but Hayme had it scouted. Hayme did a middle rope moonsault. It barely made contact and Michaels rolled through with a
handful of tights.
Winner: Worthington in 5:25. Two guys with bland personalities. Worthington is almost expressionless at times. Haymeâ€™s moveset
provided some good action. The finish blew.
Back to Graham and Riggins and more of that annoying canned crowd noise. They recapped the craziness involving â€œBoogie Woogie
Boyâ€� Gary Valiant and Marc Anthony that ended with Anthony locked in the closet with Miss Boogie. Graham said Boogie was at home
helping Miss Boogie recover from the trauma. Reno read a letter he received challenging Boogie to another â€œAnything Goesâ€�
match with Anthony. It was signed by Scott Levy, CEO of M3 Productions. Reno made sure the viewers knew Levy was Raven. Reno said
Morton would be anxious to sign a match between Valiant and either Anthony or Raven. They cut to a video they received from Anthony.
Anthony was standing in a tiny utility closet. Claustrophobia City. No army gear. Anthony was shirtless. The â€œWhite Rabbitâ€�
background music was gone replaced by the sound of the wind. Anthony was telling his imaginary â€œfatherâ€� that he could hear the
things Boogieâ€™s followers were pondering in their brains, as they tried to figure out what Anthony and Raven were up to. He said wars
were not always won on the field of battle.
â€�Sometimes you have to infiltrate the mind of the individual you want to crush. Prince Valiant, you appointed yourself the self the self-
righteous savior, the general of the SAW Mill. So therefore, we have infiltrated your mind. We have taken what is so precious to and that is
that fair maiden of yours, Miss Boogie, the one that has been slapped by gravity over and over and over againâ€¦But I tell you and the
minions at the SAW Mill, do not ponder things. Do not think such deep thoughts about what happened in that room. For that very room
brings memories to me. It brings memories to the forefront of my mind. And they are not so pretty Prince Valiant. And the more you
ponder, and the more you try to open that door, just remember these words of wisdom that give you, sir. To you and all your little Nation,
be careful the memories you think of, be careful of the things your ponder, and be careful of the doors you try to open, because what
walks out those doors might not be so pretty.â€�
2 â€“ PGWA Title Match: Champion TRACY TAYLOR vs. SUMIE SAKAI
Sakai smiled and offered to shake hands, then refused to let go. Taylor pulled her into a side headlock, but Sakai suplexed her to mat
and did submission work. Nice shot of Taylor struggling mightily to gain a ropes break. Taylor countered two german suplex attempts
and went to the air. Taylor applied a submission using Sakaiâ€™s back as a surfboard. Taylor unleashed a series of strikes. Sakai went
to the eyes. A series of high impact moves had Taylor in trouble. Taylor came back with an STO for a near fall. <B>Graham announced
that Chase Stevens had been added to Team Dragon for the cage match.</B> Sakai hit a pair of missile dropkicks but Taylor kicked out.
Taylor countered a fisherman suplex with a spike DDT and Sakai kicked out. There was a botched Irish whip spot with both looking badly
blown up. They traded more near falls until Sakai got frustrated and brought a chair into the ring. They got in a tug of war. Taylor went
down. Sakai and ref Jim Kleckner fought for the chair. Sakai shoved the chair edge into Klecknerâ€™s gut. As she did so, Taylor did a
sunset flip off the chair to get the pinfall.
Winner: Taylor retains in 9:37. Great effort, bad match. They were overreaching. A few things looked really good. A lot of it did not. And they
were asking for trouble by making a SAW ref an intricate part of that finish. Iâ€™ve seen pieces of wood more animated than Kleckner.
Josianne interrupted Natalie Van Eronâ€™s interview with Taylor to issue a title challenge. Taylor claimed she didnâ€™t know who the
hell she was, but she could have a match any time.
Riggins gave props to the ring crew putting up the cage, mentioning them by name.
Graham quizzed Adams about the untimely demise of the Tribal Nation and his thoughts about Stevens being added to the cage match.
Adams was looking swank in his flag shorts. Adams admitted being in the building to negotiate with Morton, but denied any involvement
with the Indians incident. As for Stevens, Adams said he wasnâ€™t worried about him. It was typical Stevens to try to be the big hero.
Adams reminded Stevens that he always had a plan, and it was Andrews that should be having flashbacks of their last time in the cage.
3 â€“ Steel Cage Match: A-TEAM (Hammerjack & Rick Santel & Paul Adams) vs. TEAM DRAGON (ARRICK â€œThe Dragonâ€�
ANDREWS & CHASE STEVENS & NIKKI VAUGHN
Team Dragon attacked A-Team at ringside. The bell rang with the cage still empty. Once inside, Adams immediately threw a huge
handful of powder into Andrewsâ€™ eyes. Andrews was enveloped in a cloud of powder. Hammerjack and Santel beat on the other
members of Team Dragon, while Adams played keep away from a blinded Andrews. The momentum shifter was Vaughn hitting the
Short Circuit on Santel. Adams tried to climb out of the cage and got his ass exposed to the camera - censored with a black box labeled â
€œTVDâ€�. A little inside joke there. All three members of Team Dragon started pounding lumps on Adams. Smoke began billowing out
a hole that suddenly appeared in the middle of the mat. Reno said there was fire. Up came the mysterious masked man.
â€�Thatâ€™s the man in black, and I donâ€™t mean Johnny Cash either!â€�
The man in black zeroed in on Stevens with a shot to the groin, then wasted the other members of Team Dragon. Graham said this was
the plan not the powder. A-Team handcuffed Andrews and Vaughn around the turnbuckles. Adams pulled two chairs out of the hole. A-
Team Pillmanized Stevensâ€™ ankle. Riggins said fans were trying to get in the ring. They strangely cut to a crowd shot of some very
placid fans. Adams unmasked the man in black.
â€�Itâ€™s Andy Douglas! I canâ€™t believe it!â€�
Riggins said Douglas and Stevens were former world champions, but Douglas was showing his true colors, The beatdown on Team
Dragon continued. Riggins said fans were trying to get in the ring. They strangely cut to a crowd shot of some very placid fans. Adams
and Douglas hugged.
What are his motives and how did the A-Teams get to him? Tune in next week.
Winner: They never said. A no contest most likely. Who cares? It was one hell of an angle.
Random Thoughts: The cage match was the make or break for this episode. Up to that point, there were two forgettable matches. Jon
Michael badly needs Rachel with him to spice up that story. The womenâ€™s match did not live up to the expectations There was only
the one strong segment - the Raven letter followed by the latest disturbing vignette by Anthony. They did what they could to plausibly
explain the last minute personnel changes in the cage. When I heard about the changes, I figured this match to be a disappointment. I
figured wrong. The match had a frenzied atmosphere that makes for great TV. Fans were so amped to see Andrews get a shot at Adams
inside the cage, they didnâ€™t give a ratâ€™s ass who else was in there. It was going to be the Dragonâ€™s revenge. It turned out to
be one hell of an intricate angle. The use of the powder was a terrific swerve. It made sense that once Team Dragon overcame that
obstacle, it would be clear sailing and Adams was finally going to get thrashed. They had mentioned Douglas often enough, that he had
to show up sooner or later, but not like this. It the masked man coming through the ring wasnâ€™t enough, you had the smoke, the
handcuffs and the chairs being pulled out. Hands down, one of the most memorable angles ever in SAW.