November 20, 2007
Recap by Sassy
Personal comments by Sassy are marked in italics.
Hardy underwent an emergency appendectomy last night. He did not wrestle at
Survivor Series due to ďknee injuries sustained during an attack by his former
tag team partner MVPĒ. It was most likely in Mattís best interest to have
not been involved in the Traditional Survivor Series Elimination match as a
member of Team Triple H.
This is the first ECW since Survivor Series.
See this sites Monday Night Raw recap for a full list of
matches and winners for Survivor Series. Here
are a few highlights:
Team Triple H defeated Team Umaga when Jeff Hardy pinned
Umaga. Big Daddy V was on the losing team. Kelly Kelly was on the winning team
and Layla was on the losing team of the 10 Women Diva Match.
The 3-way battle for the ECW Championship Title involving
Champion CM Punk vs. John Morrison vs. The Miz ended with CM Punk getting the
win and retaining the ECW title. GO CM PUNK!
However, on last Friday nightís Smackdown, Morrison and Miz
managed to win the WWE Tag Team Titles from Matt Hardy and MVP, not once, but
twice. Matt and MVP both had sustained injuries and MVP invoked their rematch
clause immediately. Iím still choking over this win.
Edge made his return The Undertaker vs. Batista Hell in a
Cell match at Survivor Series, interfering and giving Batista the win.
Chris Jericho aka Y2J made his return on Monday Night Raw
vowing to take the WWE Championship Title from Randy Orton.
On to tonightís ECWÖ
ECW is being broadcast from Tampa, FL on the Sci-Fi Channel.
Ring announcers: Joey Styles and Tazz
Ring announcer: Tony Chimel
For whatever reason, my TV did a switch to another channel
(gotta love high tech stuff!) and I missed the first three minutes or so of
tonightís ECW. The following match is already in progress:
Audience favorite: Iím sure itís CM Punk
My favorite: CM Punk
with a GTS.
I do not know if this is a title match. If it is, Iím
not sure why Dykstra is getting a shot at the ECW title and itís impossible to
know who is on what brand roster unless one goes to the WWE website and looks.
Everyone keeps switching and we donít know if it is permanent or temporary.
Dykstra is a good wrestler but not as good as Punk and I donít recall Dykstra
being big on high risk maneuvers Ė Punk is extreme.
Punk takes Dykstra down with a suplex and then comes off the
ropes, delivering a leg drop. Punk goes for the pin and gets a two count. Punk
does not let Dykstra off the mat but gets him in an arm lock. Dykstra gets back
to his feet and using Punkíís hair, takes him back against the ropes. The
ref calls for a clean break but Dykstra brings a knee up and nails Punk in the
midsection, sends a forearm to the back and sends Punk across the ring. Punk
comes off the opposite ropes and brings an elbow down on Dykstraís back before
bringing him up in the air and bringing him down on a back breaker. Punk goes
for the cover and again gets a two count. Punk has Dykstra up against the corner
post and tries to send him across to the opposite post. Dykstra gets the switch
and Punk goes into the corner, grabs the ropes, comes up in the air and over the
top of Dykstra. Dykstra catches Punk in mid air but Punk manages to slide down
Dykstraís back. Punk has Dykstra up on his shoulders and he appears to be
setting him up for the GTS but Dykstra breaks free and lands behind Punk. As
Punk turns, Dykstra delivers a hard clothesline sending Punk to the mat. Dykstra
comes of the ropes and nails Punk with an arm before standing up to stomp on
Punk who is still down on the canvas. Dykstra goes after Punk with numerous
elbow shots then goes for the pin. Style says itís a two count but if it was
it was a quick count. Dykstra delivers an elbow to Punkís right shoulder, then
delivers another and locks his hands around Punkís chin. Punk is trying to get
to his feet and he does, but Dykstra goes to work on Punkís lower back and
Punk is down again. Dykstra still has the chin locked in and a knee to Punkís
lower back. Punk manages to get up enough to drop Dykstra down to one knee with
a jawbreaker. Punk comes off the ropes and delivers an elbow to Dykstraís
skull. Dykstra comes back with an elbow to Punkís abdomen, then uses fists and
knees to take Punk down to the mat. Dykstra continues to use Punk as a punching
bag and the ref is trying to get him to stop. When Dykstra does stop using his
fists, he grabs Punk by the hair and begins slamming the back of Punkís head
into the mat. Again the ref tells him to stop and Dykstra goes for the cover. He
gets a two count. Dykstra locks in the chin lock again, with a knee in Punkís
back. The audience has been chanting for Punk and he works his way to his feet
again. He manages to roll over and take Dykstra down with him, but Dykstra does
not break the hold. Again Punk rolls and Dykstra does not lose his grip. Dykstra
has switched to a side headlock. Punk is back on his feet and he sends an elbow
to Dykstraís gut. Dykstra responds by grabbing Punk by the hair and delivering
a knee to Punkís forehead. Dykstra slams Punk into the corner post and then
hits him with shoulder blocks. Dykstra sets Punk up on the top turnbuckle, grabs
Punkís hair and holds him down to deliver forearms to Punkís spine. The ref
makes Dykstra let go of Punkís hair and Dykstra climbs up to the top with Punk
on the turnbuckle. Dykstra tries to suplex Punk off the top but Punk blocks the
move, sends a few fists to Dykstraís abdomen and then slams Dykstra down face
first onto the mat. Punk does a high dive off the top turnbuckle and lands a
cross body block, going for the pin. Punk only gets a two count. Dykstra comes
up with a clothesline but Punk ducks, coming back to send Dykstra down to the
mat with a shove to the chest. Punk sends Dykstra off the ropes and delivers a
leg to Dykstra as he comes off the ropes. Punk again goes for the cover and
again gets only a two count before Dykstra powers out. Punk delivers boots to
Dykstraís forehead. Dykstra is up against the ring post and Punk charges but
Dykstra catches Punk and sends him over the top rope to land on the ring apron.
Dykstra turns to nail Punk with a fist but Punk blocks it and delivers his own
fist to Dykstraís skull. Punk springboards off the top rope and slams into
Dykstra with a clothesline. Punk goes for the pin and we have another two count.
Punk is slow to get up and it appears that his neck may be hurting. Punk sends
Dykstra into the corner post and hits him with a high knee. Punk goes for the
bulldog but Dykstra turns Punk around and sends him left shoulder first into the
corner post. Dykstra goes for the cover but Punk powers out at the count of two.
Dykstra again nails a downed Punk with boots to the body and fist to the face
and head. Dykstra goes up to the top turnbuckle but Punk hits the ropes with a
boot and Dykstra lands on the top turnbuckle. Punk picks up Dykstra off the top
turnbuckle and delivers the GTS, covers Dykstra and gets the three count.
Dykstra doesnít look like he landed right when Punk hit the GTS and he is
still down in the ring.
Nice match with Dykstra getting to do more than he
normally does in the ring. Dykstra, usually accompanied to the ring by Victoria,
has getting beat up by Chuck Palumbo in every match as of late. Punk always
holds the audienceís attention no matter who he happens to be in the ring with
and he did a good job again tonight. I did not see Survivor Series and do not
know how grueling the match Punk had might have been but Iím sure he came out
of it with a few scrapes and bruises.
Styles introduces a video of Matt Striker, minus Big Daddy V,
getting himself taken out by Kane last week on ECW. Striker in his suit gets
choke slammed by Kane in the middle of the ring. Tonight there will be a
handicap match Ė at Strikerís request Ė it will be Kane vs. Big Daddy V
and Matt Striker.
Back from commercial break, Elijah Burke, with mic in hand,
stands in the middle of the ring telling the audience that he will be changing
ECW wrestling again. He says that he has convinced a close personal friend to
come and join him at ECW. Elijah introduces his friend, Shelton Benjamin.
Benjamin and Burke hug in the middle of the ring.
Tommy Dreamer, weighing 255 lbs., from Yonkers, NY
Audience favorite: Tommy Dreamer
My favorite: Tommy Dreamer
Winner: Shelton Benjamin
Iím surprised Benjamin wasnít introduced prior the
match with his stats. I know that Benjamin can wrestle. He can also fight down and dirty but Dreamer, as one of the
ECW originals, should be able to hold his own.
Benjamin shoves Dreamer back before the bell is rung.
Immediately after the bell rings, Benjamin has Dreamer down on the mat and is
pounding on him with fists. The ref finally gets Benjamin to break but Benjamin
comes up and delivers a fist into Dreamerís ribs. Benjamin then picks Dreamer
up and sends him back to the mat with a clothesline. As Dreamer tries to get
back to his feet Benjamin keeps him down with a torrent of fists as the ref
counts and tries to get Benjamin to back away from Dreamer. So far this hasnít
been a wrestling match, itís been a one sided brawl with Benjamin beating on
Dreamer. Benjamin catapults Dreamer into the bottom rope and then goes for the
cover for a one count. Benjamin now has Dreamer in a chin lock. Dreamer fights
to get back to his feet and as he does he proceeds to nail Benjamin with fists
to the midsection trying to get him to break the hold. Benjamin sends a knee to
Dreamerís abdomen and then sends him into the corner post. Dreamer hits the
post and goes down on his knees on the mat. Benjamin is working on choking
Dreamer and the camera pans to Burke who is watching from ringside. Benjamin
again goes for the pin, again getting a one count before Dreamer gets a shoulder
off the mat. Benjamin has the chin lock on Dreamer again. Dreamer back to his
feet sends hard elbows into Benjaminís midsection getting Benjamin to break
the hold. Dreamer goes for a clothesline but misses and Benjamin takes Dreamer
down with a back breaker. Benjamin again goes for the cover and again gets only
a one count before Dreamer powers out. Benjamin picks Dreamer up off the mat,
sends him across the ring into the corner post, charges after Dreamer and
Dreamer sidesteps sending Benjamin crashing chest first into the corner post.
Dreamer follows up with a flurry of fists to the face and with a hard right
sends Benjamin back into the ropes. Dreamer takes Benjamin across the ring and
plants him on the canvas with a bulldog. Dreamer picks Benjamin up but Benjamin
tries to set Dreamer up. Dreamer responds with elbow shots to the neck and head
of Benjamin before trying to send Benjamin into the corner. Benjamin gets the
switch and sends Dreamer up against the corner post and comes after him but
Dreamer nails Benjamin with a boot to the face. Dreamer goes up to the second
rope but Benjamin grabs his leg and sends him down to the mat on his back.
Benjamin backs up and waits for Dreamer to get to his feet. Benjamin charges and
takes Dreamer down, then goes for the cover and gets the three count.
Knowing that someone has to win and someone has to lose
but I donít understand why ECW continues to use someone like Tommy Dreamer as
a jobber. He has too much talent to be wasted bringing up the younger wrestlers
in this fashion.
Burke is in the ring to raise Benjaminís hand in the air.
Styles now tells us we are seeing a video of the
confrontation between Layla and Kelly Kelly that took place last week. We see
Layla shoving Kelly and it appears that Kelly is shoving back but we go to
Back from commercial break.
Deuce & Domino, at a combined weight of 465 lbs.
from the other side of the tracks
accompanied to the ring by Cherry and no nice wheels that I
Jesse & Festus, at a combined weight of 505 lbs.
Audience favorites: Iím not sure
My favorite: Jesse & Festus
Winners: Jesse & Festus
Before the next tag team can be introduced, Styles tells us
he and Tazz have been joined at ringside by the new WWE Tag Team Champions, John
Morrison and The Miz. Iím sure Morrison and Miz will talk but I doubt that
I will be writing down much of what they do talk about.
Both of these teams are from Smackdown and not from ECW.
Weíve seen Deuce and Domino in action before and they donít often wrestle in
the ring. Jesse and Festus can brawl just as well with Festus being the most
powerful of the pair.
The bell rings and Festus is ready to kill someone. Jesse
gets him back on the outside of the ring and Jesse is in the ring. Jesse tries
to go for a roll up but canít get it done. He takes down his opponent with a
drop toehold and then slams him back down again with an arm drag. Deuce and
Domino previously held the WWE Tag Team Championship belts. Jesse is fast but
not fast enough as Jesse comes off the top rope and misses the mark. He meets
the mat flat on his back. The tag is made and a try for the cover but Jesse gets
a shoulder up. Either of the teams in the ring should be able to take out
Morrison and Miz. Jesse is fighting back in the ring, but he gets a knee to the
head for his trouble. Jesse is trying to get to the corner and he does with a
quick roll. Now Festus is in the ring and he is pounding away on both opponents
since both of them are now in the ring. Jesse helps Festus send one man out of
the ring and Jesse gets the cover and the three count.
It was interesting to watch Jesse move around inside and
outside the ring. He is fast in the ring, especially next to the slow moves of
V and Striker are backstage and Striker tells Kane that he
warned him last week about making V mad when Kane put his hands on Striker.
Styles again shows us a portion of the disagreement between
Layla and Kelly - again.
Back from commercial break, we see a recap of some of the
Survivor Series matches including the return of Edge and his interference in the
Hell in a Cell match between The Undertaker and Batista. This Friday Edge will
host The Cutting Edge and his guest will be Batista.
Kevin Thorn, weighing 270 lbs.
Nunzio, weighing 170 lbs., from NY
Audience favorite: Iím not sure
My favorite: I like them both
Winner: Kevin Thorn
Thorn has a new look including different wrestling attire
and short spiky hair. I like the
wrestling gear but am not crazy about the new hair look. Thorn did a great
vampire routine. No word on the reason for the change. Poor Nunzio is going to
get beat up again. Here is another
wrestler that can work in the ring when he is given a chance but those chances
are few and far between in ECW.
It starts out as a power game with Thorn taking Nunzio all
over the ring. Thorn misses a leg drop but makes up for it by sending Nunzio
down to the mat. Nunzio is now on Thornís shoulders in a back breaker before
he slams Nunzio to the mat. Thorn is not interested in covering Nunzio but in
beating him up. Finally Thorn goes for the pin and gets the three count.
Tazz is asking Styles if he saw what happened with Layla and
Kelly after ECW went off the air last week. So now we get to see the shoving
match that turns into a slapping match and then a coffee, tea or me match and
then they are broken up by refs who were conveniently hanging around.
Note for anyone watching wrestling strictly for the
Divas. It is being rumored that Mr. McMahon wants to tone down the divas and
make it a little less over sexed in order to create a better family show. It has
been noted he requested this type of change once before but it did not last
Back from commercial break, we see a promo for Ric Flair and
note that he should be back on Monday Night Raw next week.
Styles tells the audience that the band Seether is in the ECW
audience tonight Ė front row seats, of course.
Layla enters the arena with a mic. Kelly comes up behind
Layla and delivers a pie to the face and the food fight is on. These two
girls donít seem to have toned down their outfits any. They must not have
received Vince's memo prior to the ECW taping. Now we have two refs in the
mess as well and all four of them are down on the floor. Next week there will be
a wrestling match between Kelly Kelly and Layla - I'm not sure these two can
Raw Rebound: The return of Y2J, Chris Jericho who has
promised to take Ortonís title belt. Save_Us
Y2J and now it is Raw is Jericho. Jericho has already been added to the Raw roster page.
Two on One Handicap Match
Big Daddy V & Matt Striker, at a combined weight of
Commercial break before Kane is introduced.
Back from commercial break,
The Big Red Machine Kane, weighing 323 lbs.
Audience favorite: Kane
My favorite: Kane
Kane has his hands full with Big Daddy V even though Kane is
much faster in the ring than V. Iím not sure why Striker wants to put himself
in the middle of this match. He could get taken out and in a big way. V
manhandles Kane and in the worst way. V gets done beating on Kane and sends
Striker to cover Kane for the pin but Kane powers out and comes back after V.
Kane goes up on the top turnbuckle and takes V down with a clothesline but
canít get past the two count. Kane delivers a sidewalk slam to Striker but V
breaks up the count before Kane can win the match. Kane sends a boot to Vís
face and sends him to the mat then choke slams Striker to get the three count
and the win. That does not, however, stop V from taking Kane down and smashing
him to the boos of the audience. V does the drop again just for good measure.
During this hour long show, CM Punk appeared to have
the audience eating out of his hand. Tommy
Dreamer and Kane came in a nice second.
Otherwise the fans at the ECW taping didnít have much enthusiasm for
the event. It doesnít say much for the show if only three men out of the
entire ECW and Smackdown roster are the only ones the audience came to see.