On Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 2:03 PM EST
SOUTHEASTERN WRESTLING NEWS, NOTES, AND NOSTALGIA: 10/14/2008
NEWS and NOTES
Great Championship Wrestling’s Taylor McKnight sits in with me tonight for a PSP Fix, live at 9:30 PM ET. If you miss it, the archive will be available afterward.
Once again, the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission opted to delay voting on new regulations that would enforce tighter restrictions on professional wrestling in the state. In attendance were Georgia Wrestling Promoters Advisory Committee head Bill Behrens, World Wrestling Alliance 4 promoter Frank Aldridge, and Atlanta-based attorney John Taylor, representing World Wrestling Entertainment. Behrens has had ongoing negotiations with the GAEC, and many of his recommendations have been accepted. Because there are still some issues unresolved between both parties, the Commission agreed to wait until their November session to vote on implementation of any new rules. Click here for details of what took place today.
World Wrestling Entertainment’s SmackDown/ECW crew will be at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV, tonight. Advertised: Jeff Hardy versus Vladimir Kozlov.
WWE has announced the release of Lance Cade.
Total Nonstop Action will be taping for iMPACT! at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL, this afternoon. Advertised: Hernandez versus Booker T; Roxxi Laveaux versus Raisha Saeed; and Sonjay Dutt & Sheik Abdul Bashir versus the Motor City Machine Guns. There is also some sort of alleged farewell ceremony for Mick Foley slated to take place.
Johnny Devine has requested and received his release from TNA, effective immediately.
GWH wishes a happy birthday to Nikolai Volkoff (1947), Danny Spivey (1952), Bruce ‘Agent’ Steele (1978), Stacy Keibler (1979), and Blackjack Lanza.
Today in Memoriam: Don Sugai (39, 1952).
Bill Behrens’ Show Business, Inc., has begun handling booking for the following people: Rick Steiner, Alan Funk, Ricky Reyes, Elix Skipper, and Kenny Bolin. Click here for a full listing of talent that can be booked through Behrens, and how to contact him to do so.
Click here for Larry Goodman’s review from the October 4 broadcast of Showtime All-Star Wrestling, and here for his report from the NWA Main Event broadcast on the same day.
Championsship Wrestling returns to Greeneville, TN, at the Eastview Recreation Center on October 18. Advertised: AWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Champion, Brian Logan vs. "Notorious" Nick Hammonds. In a non-title revenge match, National Heavyweight Champion, Robbie Cassidy vs. Mr. Bolo (with John Hawkins). Grudge Match: "Sensational" Wayne Adkins vs. "The Cold" Alyx Winters (last week Winters cheated Adkins out of the CW Television Title). Top 10 Rankings Match: Young Gun" Cody Ices vs. "Handsome" Beau James. Plus, a CW TV Taping featuring Tony "The Dragon" Givens, The 420 Hit Squad (Adam York & The Jin), Moe Jenkins, and TV Champion, Chase Owens. Bell time is 8pm.
Alternative Pro Wrestling presents their Halloween spectacular, "Nightmare on Cherry Street", on October 24 in Royston, GA, at the Cherry Street Gym. Advertised: Southern States Title Match: Shadow Jackson (c) vs. Jeremy Vain, North Georgia Championship Match: Seth Delay (c) vs. Billy Buck, APW Tag Team Title Match: Friday Night Franchise (Ryan Michaels & Matt Sells) vs. Dany Only & Stryknyn, Battle of the Big Men: "Merciless" Don Matthews vs. "Royston Brawler" John Carnage, and Last Man Standing: Chris King vs. "Superstar" Aaron Lee. Bell time is 8:15.
"Celebrating 35 Years of Wrestling Royalty", a tribute to Jerry "The King" Lawler, is being presented by Bert Prentice on November 7 at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds Sports Arena in Nashville, TN. It will feature Lawler in the main event against fellow WWE Superstar, Snitsky. Many of Jerry's legendary friends have been invited to partake in this special event. Advance tickets are now on sale at Lawler 35.
DISCLAIMER: GWH is not liable for any card changes, cancellations, etc. We can only report what is reported to us. As always, we suggest you check with the promotion within 24 hours to verify information posted here.
OCTOBER 14, 1931 (WEDNESDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Henry Weber – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Charley Lehman and Jim Hesslyn wrestled to a draw at 60:00 > Frank Speer defeated Cy Williams at 10:00
OCTOBER 14, 1936 (WEDNESDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – NEW COLISEUM (Bill Metzger – Promoter) > Verne Clarke versus Chief Pontiac > Bill Jeffries versus Buddy Knox / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.
OCTOBER 14, 1937 (THURSDAY) – AVONDALE, GA – AVONDALE ARENA (Frank Bettis and Cleve Roby – Promoters) > Battle Royal featuring Red Roberts, Sammy Miller, Tiger Long, Ripper Lindsey, Bob Anderson, and Gus Seabee / Notes: It is unclear as to the reason or the result for the battle royal.
OCTOBER 14, 1948 (THURSDAY) – DALTON, GA (Fred Ward – Promoter / Fred Ward Promotions) > Jack Blackstock & Boom Boom Pantazic defeated Bob Shipp & Red Dugan > Tommy Ward defeated Honey Boy Hannigan / Notes: It is unclear as to what venue was the site of this card.
OCTOBER 14, 1949 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Bill Cazzell versus Al Massey > Nick Carter versus Babe Zaharias > Al Galento & Abe Zvonkin versus Don McIntyre & Joe Wolfe > Women’s World Title Match: Mildred Burke* defeated Mae Weston / Notes: It was reported that 5,000 were in attendance for this card. Aside from the match between Mildred Burke and Mae Weston, no documented results for the remaining matches on this card have been found. Burke had been the reigning Women’s World Champion since she defeated Betty Nichols in Columbus, OH, on December 1, 1938.
OCTOBER 14, 1955 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Frank Taylor and Red McIntyre wrestled to a draw > Roy Shire defeated Farmer Jones > Eduardo Perez defeated Danny O’Shocker > Andre Drapp & Red McIntyre defeated Frank Taylor & Freddie Blassie / Notes: Bobby Wallace managed Roy Shire.
OCTOBER 14, 1957 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Tom Mahoney – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Mike Paidousis versus Billy Red Lyons > Southern Heavyweight Title Match: Kurt Von Brawner* versus Ray Gunkel / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. It is unclear as to how Kurt Von Brawner came to be recognized as Southern Heavyweight Champion. However, he had been billed as such at different times throughout 1957 in Atlanta, Marietta, and Augusta. The separate offices seemed to be in dispute about who they wanted to recognize for most of the year, but it appears to have settled itself by September 30, 1957, as Von Brawner appears to be the undisputed champion around this time.
OCTOBER 14, 1960 (FRIDAY) – MARIETTA, GA – LARRY BELL AUDITORIUM (Elmo Chappell – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Mixed Tag Team Match: Johnny Weaver & Penny Banner versus Dick Steinborn & Margie Ramsey > Don McIntyre versus Freddie Blassie / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.
OCTOBER 14, 1961 (SATURDAY) – MARIETTA, GA – LARRY BELL AUDITORIUM (Elmo Chappell – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Young Paul Jones versus the Angel > Marco Polo versus the Assassin > Tiny Mills versus the Country Plowboy / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found.
OCTOBER 14, 1963 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Steve Manderson – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Women’s Match: Bette Boucher defeated Dixie Jordan > Ray Gordon and the Mighty Hercules wrestled to a draw > The Outlaw defeated Tim Geohagen > Tarzan Tyler defeated Dr. Menendez > Chief Big Heart defeated Lenny Montana
OCTOBER 14, 1966 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – ATLANTA MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Johnny Heidman versus Argentina Amesa > Roger Kirby defeated Chico Cortez > Bill Dromo defeated Jim Osborne > Louie Tillet defeated Dennis Hall > Ray Gunkel defeated the Golden Terror > Enrique & Ramon Torres defeated the Red Raiders > NWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Gene Kiniski* defeated Butcher Vachon by disqualification / Notes: Johnny Heidman and Argentina Amesa were scheduled to wrestle each other, but no results were reported after the card. During the match between Enrique & Ramon Torres and the Red Raiders, Enrique removed one of the Raiders’ mask, but he was able to cover his face and avoid being identified. Gene Kiniski had been the reigning NWA World Heavyweight Champion since he defeated Lou Thesz on January 7, 1966, in St. Louis, MO. It was announced that Lars & Gene Anderson would be wrestling on the card on October 21, 1966.
OCTOBER 14, 1967 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WAII STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Ricky Hunter defeated Alex Perez by disqualification > Oki Yama & El Mongol defeated Bob Armstrong & Enrique Torres > Bobby Shane defeated Chuck Conley / Notes: This was for the “Live Atlanta Wrestling” television program hosted by Ed Capral. Jack Crawford managed El Mongol & Oki Yama. In the match between Oki Yama & El Mongol and Bob Armstrong & Enrique Torres, Yama used a swinging Hangman hold to finish off Torres, and it was instantly noted by Capral that the hold was the one used by Butcher Vachon to subdue his opponents. This began speculation that Vachon was perhaps the man under the mask.
OCTOBER 14, 1969 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON CITY AUDITORIUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Derrell Cochran defeated Jack Vansky > Women’s Match: Vivian Vance defeated Rita Boucher > Boxing Match: Bob Armstrong defeated Vincent Lopez in fifth round > Georgia Tag Team Title Match: Roberto & Cyclone Soto defeated the Assassins* by disqualification / Notes: The Assassins had been billed as Georgia Tag Team Champions since October 10, 1969, although they actually lost the title to Ray Gunkel & Buddy Fuller on that date in Atlanta.
OCTOBER 14, 1970 (WEDNESDAY) – COLUMBUS, GA – COLUMBUS SPORTS ARENA [P] (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Tim Tyler versus Eduardo DeLynch > Karl Von Stroheim versus Sabu Singh > Bob Armstrong & Bobby Shane versus Buddy Colt & Skandor Akbar > Columbus Heavyweight Title Match: Bill Dromo versus Paul DeMarco / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Homer O’Dell managed Buddy Colt, Karl Von Stroheim, and Skandor Akbar. The Columbus Heavyweight Title had been held up following a draw between champion Bill Dromo and Paul DeMarco on October 7, 1970.
OCTOBER 14, 1972 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WTCG STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Assassin #1 defeated Skandor Akbar > Bob Armstrong & Argentina Apollo and the Hollywood Blonds wrestled to a draw > Rock Hunter defeated the Champ / Notes: This was taped for the “Georgia Championship Wrestling” television program hosted by Ed Capral. Assassin #1 joined Capral unmasked and revealed himself as Tom Renesto.
OCTOBER 14, 1974 (MONDAY) – AUGUSTA, GA – WILLIAM BELL AUDITORIUM (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Steve Keirn versus Rock Riddle > Mike Loren versus Danny Little Bear > Mike McCord versus the Sheik > Ole & Gene Anderson versus Bob Roop & Rocky Johnson > Buddy Colt versus Mr. Wrestling #2 / Notes: No documented results for this card have been found. Eddie Creatchman managed the Sheik. Bearcat Wright managed Buddy Colt.
OCTOBER 14, 1975 (TUESDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > S.D. Jones defeated Otto Von Heller > Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell defeated Rip Hawk & the Masked Raider > Jerry Brisco defeated the Spoiler by disqualification > Toru Tanaka & Nikolai Volkoff defeated Dick Slater & Bob Orton, Jr. > Bobo Brazil defeated the Sheik by disqualification / Notes: Eddie Creatchman managed the Sheik. Gary Hart managed the Spoiler, Nikolai Volkoff, Toru Tanaka, and Brute Bernard.
OCTOBER 14, 1977 (FRIDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – OMNI COLISEUM [P] (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > David Von Erich defeated Randy Savage > Stan Hansen defeated Preston Nicholas > Tommy Rich defeated Jim Dalton > Bob Armstrong defeated Dr. Death > Dick Murdoch, Jacques Goulet & the Executioner defeated Charlie Cook, Richard Blood & Dino Bravo > Tony Atlas defeated Ox Baker > World Tag Team Title Match: Ole & Gene Anderson defeated Dick Slater & Dusty Rhodes* to win title > Pak Song versus Mr. Wrestling #2 ruled a no contest / Notes: Rock Hunter managed Pak Song and the Executioner.
OCTOBER 14, 1978 (SATURDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – WTCG STUDIOS (Paul Jones – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > The Masked Superstar defeated Billy Starr > King Kong Mosca defeated Dennis Hall > Rick Martel & Tommy Rich defeated Jim Dalton & Al Barr > Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen defeated Raymond Rougeau & Pierre Lefebvre > Mr. Wrestling #2 defeated Bob Morgan > Pez Whatley defeated Len Denton > Raymond Rougeau defeated Marion Crumbly > The Masked Superstar defeated Ted Allen > Dr. X defeated Roger Howell / Notes: This was taped for the “Georgia Championship Wrestling” television program hosted by Gordon Solie. On this episode, it was announced that King Kong Mosca has been stripped of the Georgia Heavyweight Title.
OCTOBER 14, 1979 (SUNDAY) – MACON, GA – MACON COLISEUM (Fred Ward – Promoter / Georgia Championship Wrestling) > Buzz Sawyer defeated Carl Fergie > Bobby Jaggers defeated Ricky Fields > Tony Atlas defeated Austin Idol > Chris Markoff & Jacques Goulet defeated Stan Hansen & Buzz Sawyer > Bob Armstrong & Ole Anderson defeated Ox Baker & Ernie Ladd / Notes: Buzz Sawyer substituted for Chick Donovan in the match with Carl Fergie.
OCTOBER 14, 1984 (SUNDAY) – ATLANTA, GA – OMNI COLISEUM [P] (Ole Anderson – Promoter / Championship Wrestling from Georgia) > The Italian Stallion defeated Ted Allen > Ox Baker defeated Frankie Lane > Jerry Oates defeated Mr. Ito > Ivan Koloff defeated Tim Horner > Brad Armstrong defeated Tully Blanchard by disqualification > NWA World Television Title Match: Ron Garvin defeated Bob Roop* by disqualification > National Tag Team Title Match: the Hollywood Blonds* versus Tommy Rich & Tony Atlas ruled a no contest > Canadian Lumberjack Match: Bob Armstrong defeated Ted DiBiase > Battle Royal: Ron Garvin (Winner) / Notes: It is unclear as to the reason for the battle royal.
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Ring Warriors returns to Gainesville
Gainesville, Fla. – For the first time in five years professional wrestling returns to the Alachua County Fair in Gainesville, Fla. on Monday, October 20 as RING WARRIORS presents “WRESTLEGROWL ’08” with an 8 p.m. bell time.
Six matches are scheduled with a double main event of former WWE and TNA superstar Dustin Rhodes facing former NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion “Iceman” Buck Q, and former TNA tag team superstars Phi Delta Slam taking on former NWA World Tag Team Champions the Heavenly Bodies (“Casanova” Chris Nelson and “Vivacious” Vito DeNucci).
Also scheduled on the card is “Disco Inferno” Glenn Gilbertti taking on Francisco Ciatso, former WWE Spirit Squad member Mike Mondo going head-to-head with “Modern Miracle” Steve Madison, and The Sheik making his Alachua County Fair debut against “Firefighter” Mike Sullivan.
Not to be outdone by shows past, the Wild Women of Wrestling return to the ring in Gainesville for the first time in many years as the duo of Betsy Ruth & Sybil Pageant face the tandem of Jessika Haze and Kimberly. There will also be a special appearance and photo opportunity with Terri Runnels before the show and at intermission.
The Alachua County Fair has a long tradition of presenting RING WARRIORS/NWA shows dating back to 1994. Some of the past stars who have appeared on these cards include: Dan “the Beast” Severn, Rob Van Dam, Johnny Ace, Junkyard Dog, “Firecat” Brady Boone, Hercules Hernandez, Lou Perez, Bugsy McGraw, the Masked Superstar, “Party Animal” Steve Collins, Greg “the Hammer” Valentine, B. Brian Blair, Steve Keirn, The Blackhearts and Luna Vachon, Jeff Peterson, The Shane Brothers and Ron Niemi, “Exotic” Adrian Street and Miss Linda, Pepe Prado, Typhoon, Penelope Paradise, Malia Hosaka, Bambi, The Cuban Assassin, and “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes among many, many others.
Ring Announcers will be Shannon Rose and Mark Nulty
The RING WARRIORS wrestling show is FREE for all paying guests of the Alachua County Fair. Admission to the Alachua County Fair is $6 for adults and $3 for children 4 to 12 (children under 4 are admitted FREE). For directions to the Alachua County Fair visit http://www.alachuacountyfair.org.
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Showtime Allstar Wrestling
Airing September 27, 2008 on Comcast 74 in Nashville
Taped September 5, 2008 in Millersville, Tn at the SAW Mill
Michael St. John and Reno Riggins had questions. How would Chase Steven react after being knocked cold with brass knuck by Chris Michaels? With Shawn Shultz still sidelined by that nervous disorder, how well was Chrisjen Hayme filling the void with Rachael Worthington? Who was behind M3, the company that paid for the damages caused by Marc Anthony? They hyped the main event, a battle of former partners between Ric Santel and “Livewire” Nikki Vaughn.
1 – TRIBAL NATION (Lennox Lightfoot & Indian Outlaw) vs. THE SCARBONI BROTHERS (Sonny & Vinnie)
Sonny did a fine job of pissing off Lightfoot. The Indians turned it into a chopfest with Outlaw delivering some beauties. Outlaw hit his basement leg lariat, but Vinnie was in to break up the pin attempt. Sonny dropped Lightfoot’s head on the turnbuckle to start the heat. Chicanery and double teams ensued. Vinnie ate the buckle on a corner splash, and it was Outlaw cleaning house with tomahawk chops. Outlaw took both Scarbonis down with a lariat/bulldog combo. Finish was a downward spiral by Outlaw followed by Lightfoot’s front flip neckbreaker.
Winner: Tribal Nation in 5:06. This was a vibrant, energized Tribal Nation. Outlaw was very good here. He’s way more effective with chops and pure power offense. Scarbonis were fine in their role. Match had good heat.
2 – MARC ANTHONY vs. ANTONIO GARZA
Anthony tossed his army helmet to the mat. Let the mauling begin. MSJ said he had seen Garza wrestle before (as El Mexicano for Wrestle Birmingham), but Garza had never seen the likes of this sociopath. Anthony shrugged off a dropkick and backdropped a charging Garza to the concrete floor. Riggins brought up the series of vignettes that aired prior to Anthony’s arrival in SAW and explained that Anthony had a habit of talking to the deceased manager, Ronnie P. Gossett. Anthony hit a double underhook suplex. “Marc Anthony is clearly out of his mind, but when he steps into that ring, he’s wrestling machine,” said Reno. Garza wasn’t getting up. Anthony finished him with a massive top rope elbow drop.
We did it, Uncle Ronnie. We’re beating them all.”
Anthony took offense to Hot Rod Biggs’ attempt to interview him and attacked the personnel tending to Garza. Anthony dragged one guy (wrestler Steven Green) over to Biggs and played ventriloquist with him. He was opening and closing the poor schmuck’s jaws like he was a puppet. Anthony then hurled the guy into the wall head first. A brutal looking shot. Anthony set a table up in the ring, talking to Ronnie P all the while. Anthony cracked the guy in the head with his army helmet, chopped him, bit him, and put him through a table with a top rope elbow drop. As Anthony surveyed the carnage, Riggins said somebody in the locker room was going to have to man up.
Winner: Anthony at 2:42 with the Maniac Melee. Great stuff. The postmatch was the kind of annihilation I envisioned for Anthony’s first appearance in SAW. The presence of Green on the receiving end ensured a fired up crowd for a change. Garza is a talented flier, although he had no chance to show it.
TJ Harley was in the ring awaiting Chrisjen Hayme. Biggs called Harley to ringside for an interview. Harley was ancy to get on with the ass kicking. Worthington made her way to ringside. She said Hayme was helping her take care of Shultz. Harley was furious. “The problem is your nothing but a dirty, ugly, maniacal, manipulative BLEEP.” Biggs’ eyes got big. Worthington slapped Harley. Hayme and Shultz (in his bathrobe) jumped Harley. They tossed Harley into the ring and Hayme assisted Shultz with a spike DDT into a chair.
We saw Michaels backstage with Fallon preparing to go out for their match. Michaels was verbally abusing her. He hid a set of brass knucks in the sling on Fallon’s arm. She wimpered in pain. Michaels left. Enter Chase Stevens. He put his hand over the camera lens and told Fallon Michaels wasn’t her boss. He said everybody knew what was going on with the bruises. Stevens advised Fallon to do the opposite of whatever Michaels said to do.
3 – CHRIS MICHAELS (with Fallon) vs. WAYNE ADKINS
Michaels started pounding away as soon as the bell rang. Riggins made a joke about Adkins being the inventor the diet because he was 50 pounds light in the match. Adkins used his speed and aerial game to get the upper hand, hitting a swinging neckbreaker for a two count. Michaels caught Adkins’ crossbody attempt and set the distance record for a fallaway slam. Michaels gave Adkins a beating. Michaels was none too pleased when Adkins kicked out of a series of big power moves. Michaels signaled to Fallon for the knucks. She refused to give up the goods. Adkins surprised Michaels with a roll up for a close near fall. Michaels thwarted a flying move by Adkins. Superkick. 1-2-3. Fallon and Michaels were arguing on their way out.
Winner: Michaels via superkick at 4:27. A methodical destruction. Michaels was great as the big badass getting frustrated about not being able to kill off the little guy. A close up of Fallon refusing to give up the knucks would have helped.
Biggs conducted a ringside interview the SAW International Champion, Kid Kash. Tons of stuff bleeped out here. Kash said he was the victim of a conspiracy between Jerry Lynn “Big Fat Freddie” Morton and “Nothing Happening Has Been” Reno Riggins. Kash claimed to have defended the title all over Europe. Kash asked how many more times he had to beat Lynn. Biggs said there were a lot of doubters and showed a clip of the count finish last week. Kash said the BLEEPS in the crowd and the degenerate rookies in the back that couldn’t talk on a microphone could say what they wanted. “You’re all a bunch of punks, and you’re all jealous of the Notorious K.I.D. Kid Kash, because I am a true champion…Jerry Lynn, anytime, any place, any way that you want it. You got it. But you better make it good pal, because one more chance is all you’re getting.”
4 – RIC SANTEL (with Paul Adams) vs. “Livewire” NIKKI VAUGHN
Santel was ecstatic as he took advantage of his ex-partner’s good will. Vaughn ripped off his tie dye shirt and came out fighting. Santel bailed but Vaughn pressed the action. Back inside, Vaughn planted Santel’s face in the mat with a rolling neck snap for a two count. They traded side headlock takeovers. Vaughn bridged up and got two with a backslide. Vaughn took Santel over the top with a crossbody block. Santel posted Vaughn from a seated position on the floor. Santel did a number on Vaughn on the outside, then covered him inside the ring for a two count. Vaughn fired back with a spinning heel kick. Santel went to a blatant eye rake and hit a back suplex [Commercial break] Santel was still in control, but he had this huge egg under his left eye. Reno said the ref might have to stop the match if that eye swelled shut. Vaughn started a comeback with the key spot being an up and over inverted DDT. Multiple knockdowns with bionic elbows, then a European uppercut, then a flapjack. Vaughn got distracted by the presence of Adams on the apron. Santel hit a fireman’s carry neckbreaker across his knee, but Vaughn kicked out of it. Vaughn blocked the Santel Slam. Santel ate a back elbow charging in. Vaughn boosted himself into position for a Victory Roll, but Adams grabbed Santel’s legs and Santel ended up on top for the three count.
Winner: Santel in 8:05 with an assist from Adams. Action match. It won’t go down as one of SAW’s artistic highpoints in the ring. It had its share of sloppy moments, as they were working fast, but the rapid shifts made it atypical for a SAW match and gave it more of a competitive fight feel.
Vaughn started throwing punches at Santel. Hammerjack and Matt Dillinger attacked Vaughn. Tribal Nation evened things up. Santel whipped Vaughn over the counter into the concession stand. Santel and Vaughn were fighting in the concession stand with some poor woman trapped inside the cramped quarters with them. Vaughn tossed Santel back over the counter and got clubbed from behind by Adams. Vaughn grabbed a bottle of ketchup with fire in his eyes. Adams tried to escape through the window, but Vaughn pulled him back inside by his belt. Vaughn gave Adams a face full of ketchup. “Talk about relishing the moment,” said St. John. Back inside the arena, all six men continued to brawl. They cut to the handheld camera (badly out of focus) that showed Arrick Andrews dousing Adams with mustard. The A-Team retreated up the ramp.
Closing Thoughts: It felt like all of the segments in this episode produced the desired results…Anthony’s extreme destruction of Green was pure gold. It was the first time since Anthony arrival that the crowd truly reacted with the proper outrage and horror to be congruent with the announcers. Great job of setting up his first true challenge…The concession stand brawl was classic stuff. Some great slapstick there. from Adams. I had mixed feeling about airing the part with Andrews. The shot of Adams with the mustard beard was hilarious, but Andrews being out there gave the faces the numerical advantage, and the camera being out of focus made it look second rate…The Worthington/Harley deal was fun because of the way Hayme is being lead around by his dick and of course, there was Shultz attacking Harley in his bathrobe. Harley isn’t being booked like the sharpest knife in the drawer. Worthington has now gotten over on him three times in a row…Kash set a SAW record for most bleeped out words in an interview. It was the same act we've been seeing from the Notorious One throughout this run, but it worked as far as setting up the alleged final shot for Lynn…There were no bad matches on this show, and it sure didn't hurt that the heat was better across the board during this episode.. Michaels/Adkins told a nice little five minute story. Now if Fallon could just be more emotionally expressive on camera…Reno used the phrase “man up” several times during this show. Well, Santel manned up. That nasty swelling on his face was the result of a fractured cheekbone, but you would have never known it from the way he performed…A strong show across the board. SAW continues to satisfy with coherent storytelling.