by Sassy noted in italics.
is being broadcast from Boston, MA on the Sci-Fi Channel
announcers: Joey Styles and Tazz
announcer: Tony Chimel
main event tonight is Batista, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, versus Elijah
Burke. We will also have a Handicap Match, courtesy of The Miz per Styles, Kelly
Kelly versus Layla and Victoria.
Punk, from Chicago, IL, weighing 225 lbs.
Punk’s partner is introduced, we see a partial replay of the match Punk had
last week against The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry. Big Daddy V.
interrupted the match to attack Punk but Kane, accompanied to the ring by a
steel chair, appeared to make the save and cleared the ring.
Big Red Machine Kane, weighing 323 lbs.
Punk and Kane’s opponents are introduced, Styles reminds us that Kane is the
first Smackdown roster member to appear on ECW. He also tells us about the
talent exchange agreement made between ECW and Smackdown.
CM Punk, ECW Champion, and The Big Red Machine Kane will be facing Big
Daddy V and The World Strongest Man Mark Henry in tag team competition at
& Domino from the Other Side of the Tracks
a combined weight of 465 lbs.
to the ring by Cherry, but no nice ride
favorite: CM Punk & Kane
favorites: CM Punk & Kane
CM Punk and Kane
is still going to be the smallest wrestler in this match up but at least he is
better off than being in a match against V or Henry. I’m still trying to find
out what Punk did to make the WWE booking department so angry that they keep
putting him in matches with these big monsters. V and Henry dwarf even Kane.
Kane and Punk may not have worked together in the ring before but both of them
are great athletes. Punk has the speed and the agility and Kane has the power. I
haven’t been able to make up my mind about Deuce and Domino, although they
have been tag team champions before and they nearly always work together as a
bell rings and Punk and Domino lock up in the ring. Domino shoves Punk, Punk
responds with several kicks to the leg. Domino nails Punk in the midsection with
a boot. Domino heads for his corner to make the tag but Punk sends Domino into
the corner where Kane is waiting. Punk climbs up, tags in Kane, flips Domino
over on the mat and exits the ring. Kane delivers a hard right that sends Domino
crashing to the mat. Kane sends Domino into the ropes and then delivers an elbow
to the face as Domino comes off the ropes. Kane comes off the ropes and delivers
an elbow drop before going for the cover. Kane doesn’t get the three count and
he tags in Punk. Kane sends Domino into a ring post and Punk goes up with a high
knee to the jaw and then delivers a bulldog. Punk goes outside on the ring apron
to climb to the top turnbuckle, but Deuce heads toward Punk and Punk delivers a
boot to Deuce’s head. Punk springboards off the top rope but Domino gets a
boot up that hits Punk in the abdomen on his way down. Domino is back to his
feet first and he delivers another boot to Punk before tagging in Deuce. Slight
double team before Domino exits the ring. Deuce has Punk down on the mat but
Punk gets back to his feet. Deuce delivers a kick that sends Punk down to the
mat. Deuce picks up Punk and hangs him up on the top rope before tagging in
Domino. Domino comes off the top turnbuckle and nails Punk in the back of the
neck that flips him over and back onto the mat. Domino goes for the pin but only
gets a one count before Punk kicks out. Domino picks Punk up and delivers a back
breaker and keeps Punk’s back over Domino’s knee. Punk brings up knees to
slam Domino in the forehead forcing him to break the hold. Punk tries to get to
his corner but Domino grabs Punk by the ankle. As Punk turns to face Domino,
Domino takes Punk down with a clothesline and goes for the cover to get a two
count. Domino sends Punk into the ropes but Punk grabs the ropes and hangs on,
Domino charges and Punk, Punk drops down and pulls the top rope, sending Domino
out onto the floor. Punk is down on the mat as Deuce and Cherry are trying to
get Domino back into the ring. Punk is on his knees crawling to his corner to
try to make a tag and he does. Domino is back in the ring and trying to get to
his feet as Kane enters the ring. Kane begins with a right hand to the jaw that
drops Domino in his tracks. Domino gets up and Kane delivers another right
sending Domino back to the mat. Kane sends Domino into the ropes and as Domino
comes off the ropes, Kane sends him to the mat with a back body drop. Deuce
comes in to help his partner and is met by Kane’s boot. Domino and Deuce are
both down on the mat. Domino gets back up near a corner post and receives a
clothesline from Kane, then Kane turns around and does it again. Kane picks up
Domino and drops him to the mat with a sidewalk slam and then goes outside to
climb up to the top turnbuckle. Domino is getting back to his feet in the ring
as Kane comes off and drops Domino with a flying clothesline. Kane is setting up
for the choke slam and waiting for Domino to get back to his feet, but Deuce
enters the ring again and he is caught. Domino is back to his feet and he is
caught. Punk enters the ring and Kane sends Deuce his way. Punk sends Deuce to
the mat with the GTS and Kane sends Domino to the mat with a choke slam. Kane
goes for the cover and gets the three count.
the exception of CM Punk getting beat on for some time during this match, it
wasn’t a bad opening match for ECW.
see Batista in the back warming up for his match. Styles tells us that Batista
will be in action on ECW tonight. Tazz tells us that John Morrison and The Miz,
WWE Tag Team Champions will be in action and the tag team action is coming up
Back from commercial break, Shelton Benjamin is backstage in front of the camera. Benjamin wants to talk to everyone about gold and he is starting back in the 1800’s – uh, we only have an hour here! Benjamin tells us he attracts gold, not once – that’s luck, not twice – that’s chance, but three times he has been champion. Benjamin has arrived at ECW and “there is gold in them there (I believe it should be thar, but that isn’t how he pronounced it) hills” and he will grab his pick in one hand and his shovel in the other and he will begin to dig and dig and continue to dig until he pulls up the mother lode. Benjamin says he is the new gold standard in ECW and for those that doubt it, just remember, “there ain’t no stoppin’ me now”.
Giving credit where credit is due, I believe Benjamin Shelton as talent as long as he is able to work matches with other wrestlers of the same talent. I am not certain what the reason was for moving Benjamin to ECW and why he is not in ring attire tonight.
Tag Team Match
Morrison from Los Angeles, CA, weighing 220 lbs.
Miz from Cleveland, OH, weighing 231lbs.
Tag Team Champions
a combined weight of 407 lbs.
favorites: Shannon Moore & Jimmy Wang Yang
favorites: Shannon Moore and John Morrison (yes I know they aren’t on the same
John Morrison & The Miz
didn’t notice Morrison and Miz getting any pop from the audience. At least the
team of Moore and Yang had people wanting to shake their hands on their way to
the ring. I do like John Morrison and believe he has in ring talent. I believe
he could also have that charisma if he were given a gimmick that worked. I have
always felt Shannon Moore was under rated as a wrestler and more time was spent
dressing him up like some way out there character versus concentrating on his
matches. Jimmy Wang Yang appears to be talented too. This was not announced as a
bell rings and it’s Moore and Miz locking up in the ring. Moore has Miz in a
wristlock and Miz shows us the best of his wrestling talent by taking
Moore down by the hair. Miz stops to try for some audience approval but it
didn’t sound like approval to me. They lock up again and Miz backs Moore into
the corner, shows everyone he’s going to break clean and takes a cheap shot at
Moore. Moore responds by delivering one heck of a slap to the side of Miz’s
face. The audience liked that as much as I did. Miz brings up a boot and nails
Moore in the gut, then a fist to the forehead. Miz sends Moore into the ropes,
Moore comes off the ropes and slides under Miz then comes up with an arm drag to
take Miz down, another arm drag to take Miz down as Miz gets to his feet and
then a boot to the midsection of Miz. Moore comes off the ropes and delivers a
swinging neck breaker, then goes for the cover. He gets a one count before Miz
kicks out. Moore back to his feet and to his corner to tag in Wang. Moore and
Yang send Miz into the ropes on the opposite of the ring. As Miz comes off the
ropes, Moore drops to the mat and Miz goes over him then gets caught by a nice
Wang dropkick. Miz comes up with a knee to Yang’s abdomen, then heads to his
corner to tag in Morrison. Morrison comes in and brings up a boot, Yang catches
it and swings Morrison around, blocks a fist by Morrison, then takes Morrison
down with a leg sweep. Yang delivers a standing moonsault and goes for the pin.
He gets a one count. Yang delivers a chop to Morrison’s chest and tags in
Moore. Moore comes over the top and down to take Morrison down with a sunset
flip. Moore gets a one count. Moore has Morrison in a wristlock and he tags in
Yang. Yang enters the ring and delivers a boot before taking Morrison down by
his left arm. Yang proceeds to work on Morrison’s arm. Morrison is back to his
feet and he fights back with elbows to the side of Yang’s head making Yang
break the hold. Morrison picks Yang up and nails him with an elbow, takes a
second to make fun of Yang, then proceeds to deliver a few boots to a downed
Yang. Morrison sends Yang into the corner post, Yang goes up high and comes down
behind Morrison. Morrison turns around in the corner, charges back at Yang and
gets taken to the mat by an arm drag. Morrison gets back to his feet but Yang
tags in Moore. Moore and Yang take Morrison up and over to the mat and Moore
goes for the pin. He barely gets a two count. Moore picks Morrison up and goes
to work on his left arm. Moore tags in Yang and Yang comes in with a boot to
Morrison’s gut, a chop to the chest, but as he goes after Morrison again,
Morrison sends Yang forward into the middle turnbuckle. Morrison picks Yang up
and sends him across to the opposite corner post and charges. Yang sidesteps and
Morrison goes shoulder first into the steel post. Morrison goes through the
ropes and down to the floor, but Miz is in the ring now and Yang takes him down
with a kick to the head. Moore is back in the ring with Yang and Morrison and
Miz are on the floor. Yang and Moore go out on the ring apron, springboard off
the second rope and take down Morrison and Miz on the floor. Nice move and
we go to
BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!
from commercial break, Morrison has Yang in a side headlock in the middle of the
ring. NOW we get to see what happened during the commercial break courtesy of a
split screen. Yang is up on the second rope pounding on Morrison.
Morrison picks Yang up and drops him chest first on the top rope. Back to
real time, Morrison still has Yang in a headlock. Yang manages to get back to
his feet and Moore is begging for a tag. Yang picks up Morrison and drops him on
the back of his head on the mat. Both men are down. Morrison tags in Miz as Yang
tags in Morrison. Moore takes Miz down with a clothesline and when Miz gets to
his feet, Moore takes him down with another clothesline. Moore sends Miz into
the ropes on the opposite side of the ring and as Miz comes off the ropes, Moore
hits him with a spinning heel kick. Moore tries to send Miz into the corner but
Miz gets the switch and sends Moore up against the turnbuckle and charges after
him. Moore nails Miz with an elbow.
Moore tries to go up to the top turnbuckle but Miz grabs him and sends him to
the mat. Miz tags in Morrison who delivers a series of boots to a downed Moore.
Morrison tags in Miz who runs across the ring, lands on Moore’s back, then
goes over the top and grabs Moore on his way down to the floor. Miz goes for the
cover and gets a two count. Miz continues to pummel Moore and then gets Moore in
a chin lock. The crowd is wanting Moore to get back to his feet and he does,
sending fists to Miz’s midsection. Moore flips Miz over to the mat but s Miz
gets back to his feet, he hits Moore with a clothesline. Miz tags in Morrison
and they double team to pick Moore up and slam him face first onto the mat.
Morrison goes for the pin and the ref gets to the count of two before Yang comes
in and drags Morrison off his partner. Morrison picks Moore up and drives him
back into the wrong corner for Moore. Morrison pounds Moore with fists before
tagging in Miz and then both of them take turns trying to choke Moore. Miz goes
for the cover but only gets a two count. Miz picks up Moore and slams him head
first into the top turnbuckle and then delivers a fist but Moore responds with a
fist of his own. Moore continues to nail Miz with fists to the forehead, backing
him into Yang’s corner. Miz comes at Moore and Moore sends him to the mat with
a back body drop. Miz makes it to his corner to tag in Morrison and Moore is
trying to get to Yang in his corner. He doesn’t make it as Morrison enters the
ring and nails Moore in the middle of the back. Morrison picks Moore up and
tries to send him backward over Morrison’s shoulder, but Moore manages to
break free and land on his feet on the mat.
Moore makes it to the corner to tag in Yang. Morrison comes after Yang
who is still on the ring apron but Yang throws a punch that staggers Morrison.
Yang comes off the top turnbuckle and lands with a cross body block, then is to
his feet and across the ring to take down Miz with a fist. Yang comes back at
Morrison to deliver a clothesline as Morrison gets to his feet. Yang hits
Morrison with a boot to the abdomen and then a high kick that sends Morrison
crashing down to the mat. As Morrison stands up, Yang comes across the ring and
brings Morrison up and over face first into the mat. Yang comes off the ground
as Morrison stands up and delivers a high boot to Morrison’s skull. Yang
covers Morrison for the pin but only gets
a two count before Morrison gets a shoulder off the mat. Yang goes up on the top
turnbuckle but Miz has just rolled into the ring. Moore comes through the ring
and over the top to take Miz out of the ring, but Yang was distracted long
enough for Morrison to come up behind Morrison and knock him down on the top
turnbuckle. Morrison goes up on the second rope and tries to set Yang up but
Yang fights back with elbows to the side of Morrison’s head and Morrison goes
back down on the mat. Yang does a back flip off of the top but Morrison manages
to get go toward the corner post and avoid being taken out. Yang lands on his
feet and comes after Morrison in the corner but Morrison catches Yang and rolls
him up, putting his own feet on the ropes for extra leverage. He gets a two
count before Moore, who is still outside the ring, shoves Morrison’s feet off
the ropes and he loses the pin. Miz has Moore by the hair (okay, so Miz has
actually done what Tazz calls “acrobatic” once in this match…can he do
anything besides that one maneuver and pulling his opponent's hair?) and he
sends Moore shoulder first into the steel steps. Yang rolls up Morrison in the
ring and gets a two count before Morrison rolls over and lands on top of the
referee. As Yang backs up, Miz nails him in the back with a fist. Morrison
delivers a neck breaker to Yang, goes for the cover and gets the win.
Moore, Jimmy Wang Yang and John Morrison did an excellent job in this match but
I am still not impressed by The Miz and his in ring performance. I’m not sure
why he is Morrison’s tag team partner. Watching this match, I got the
impression Yang and Moore worked very well as tag teams partners.
reminds us about Kelly Kelly’s handicap match coming up next.
see a promo for Armageddon, WWE’s pay per view coming up this Sunday and then
we go to
from commercial break, we see a promo for Kofi Kingston, a Jamaican wrestler
that will be coming to WWE. I said it the first time I saw it…it isn’t a
very impressive promo.
on 1 Handicap Match
cant’ believe they keep throwing Victoria into these silly diva matches versus
a match where she could actually showcase her wrestling talent. Maybe she needs
a break or something, but please, send her off on vacation, don’t keep lumping
her in with the “divas” that have no wrestling talent.
favorite: I couldn’t tell the audience was excited about any of them.
favorite: Victoria – at least she knows how to wrestle
Victoria & Layla
looks like Kelly and Layla keep missing the memo Vince was sending out regarding
toning down the lack of clothing. If Kelly had on any less the only place she
could get on the air would be the Playboy Channel and Layla doesn’t have on
I don’t expect this to have any resemblance to an actual wrestling match, I
think it would be better to not write a play-by-play description. Someone once
told me if you couldn’t say anything nice, not to say anything at all. Layla
lands a kick to Kelly’s head, goes for the cover and gets the three count.
the match, Victoria and Layla decide to pound on Kelly but Michelle McCool is in
the ring to make the save. McCool is sporting a black eye.
reminds us that Armageddon is this Sunday and that Batista and Elijah will face
each other in the main event on ECW tonight.
see a promo for the WWE show that airs on Christmas Eve, Tribute to the Troops.
from commercial break, we see the Raw Rebound: the XV Anniversary edition of
Monday Night Raw, including Rob Van Dam who got one heck of a pop and the ladder
match between Jeff Hardy and Carlito which was one great match. Hulk Hogan,
Trish Stratus, and Lita made appearances. Cody
Rhodes and Hardcore Holly won the WWE Tag Team titles when they beat Lance Cade
and Trevor Murdoch. Cody’s proud papa was sitting at the announcer’s table
during the match and he entered the ring to hold Cody and Holly’s hands high
in the air. Eric Bischoff made an appearance and was in the ring for a trash
talk off with Y2J Chris Jericho. Randy Orton tried to sneak up and attack
Jericho but it didn’t work and Jericho made Orton tap out with the walls of
Jericho. The Greatest Superstar in Monday Night Raw was announced by Vincent
Kennedy McMahon and the winner was, of course, Vincent Kennedy McMahon. Mick
Foley as Mankind made an appearance with Mr. Socko take McMahon out, then The
Undertaker came along to deliver a choke slam to take McMahon out and then Stone
Cold Steve Austin entered the ring to take McMahon down with a stone cold
stunner and then everyone had a beer in the ring.
Striker is backstage with Big Daddy V and The World’s Strongest Man Mark
Henry. You can almost see Striker behind the two of them. He is telling everyone
about how fantastic his two wrestlers will be against CM Punk and The Big Red
Machine Kane. V says Kane will be done at Armageddon and Henry tells Punk the
Silverback has his eye on Punk.
and Tazz remind us about the matches at the Armageddon
pay per view this Sunday:
CM Punk and Kane against
World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry and Big Daddy V.
WWE Championship Match
Orton, current champion, faces Y2J Chris Jericho.
Kennedy will face HBK Shawn Michaels
Number One Contender’s Match for the
H against Jeff Hardy
WWE World Heavyweight Championship 3 way match
current Champion, facing The Undertaker and Edge
Burke from Jacksonville, FL, weighing 230 lbs.
takes a mic to tell us that last week he graced Smackdown with his presence.
Burke says this is not Smackdown, this is ECW and it is Burke’s yard and Burke
is the new face of extreme and then we go to
from commercial break, we see another promo for Y2J Chris Jericho versus Randy
Orton at Armageddon.
Animal Batista from Washington, DC, weighing 290 lbs.
World Heavyweight Champion
favorite: I like them both
got the loudest pop of the night. The fans are all about
the WWE Heavyweight Champion. I do like Batista but I think Elijah Burke
has talent and could go far if allowed. I’m not sure why he was sent to ECW
but don’t get me started on how ECW isn’t like the original ECW and how
nearly all of the original ECW roster members are gone. Burke is going up
against a 60 lb. weight difference and I’m not sure about the height
difference. I’m sure Burke will give it all he’s got but it may not be
enough against The Animal. Styles is talking and as Tazz says that Led
Zepplin just did a reunion concert in London, England, Styles has the nerve to
say that no one will forget the reunion of Evolution on this past Monday
Night’s Smackdown. I don’t know who writes this stuff, but they aren’t
bell rings and the two men lock up, Batista backing Burke up in the corner.
Batista breaks clean but Burke sends a boot to Batista’s leg. Burke comes out
of the corner and gets a slap to the face courtesy of Batista. Batista sends
Burke into the ropes but Burke wisely hits the mat and rolls out of the ring.
Batista goes out after Burke who is walking around the ring. Burke rolls back in
the ring and as Batista comes after him, Burke drops an elbow but Batista sees
it coming and gets out of the way. Burke meets the mat. Batista drags Burke out
of the ring and onto the floor to slam Burke’s head into the ring apron, then
the guardrail around the audience, and then he rolls Burke back into the ring.
As Burke comes toward Batista, Batista throws a shoulder block that backs Burke
up. As Burke comes back at Batista, Batista again goes for the shoulder block
but Burke brings up a knee and nails Batista in the side of the head. Burke
grabs Batista and takes him down the ring apron to run him shoulder first into
the steel ring post. Burke comes outside the ring to roll Batista back in the
ring and then he unloads with fists and boots to a downed Batista. Burke picks
Batista up and Batista unloads with rights to Burke’s jaw, a boot to the
midsection, another right to the jaw and then he send Burke across the ring and
into the ropes. Burke comes off the ropes and baseballs slides or does a short
dropkick into Batista’s legs. Batista goes down hard to the mat. Burke then
slams Batista’s head into the mat in what appeared to be a short DDT. Burke
goes for the cover and gets a two count. Burke has Batista in a headlock.
Batista makes his way back to his feet and sends a shot to Burke’s ribs to
make him break the hold. Batista takes a swing at Burke, Burke ducks and
delivers a clothesline leg sweep that sends Batista back down to the mat. Burke
again goes for the pin and again gets a two count. Burke is not happy with the
referee’s counting method and he says so. Burke goes back to the head hold he
had on Batista earlier. Batista is fighting to get back to his feet and he does,
sending Burke over his shoulder and to the mat. Burke is back on his feet but
Batista drops him with a spine buster. Burke is back to his feet and Batista
nails him with a hard right then sends him into the corner and follows him in to
deliver a clothesline, then a series of shoulder blocks. Batista sends Burke
across to the opposite ring post but Burke goes up and over Batista, landing
behind him. Burke hits Batista with a knee to the back. Burke goes across the
ring, pulls down his kneepad and waits for Batista to get back to his feet. As
Burke charges, so does Batista and he hits Burke with a spear that sends Burke
down to the mat. Batista sets Burke up and sends him to the mat with a Batista
bomb, gets the shoulders to the mat, gets the three count and the win.
see a replay of the spear and the Batista bomb.
Burke got hit really hard both times. I know Batista has power but he
is not a risk taker and Burke appears to have a large selection of moves to
choose from. I hope we see more of Burke in good matches like this in the