ECW

ECW

December 11, 2007

Recap by Sassy

Comments by Sassy noted in italics.

ECW is being broadcast from Boston, MA on the Sci-Fi Channel

Ringside announcers: Joey Styles and Tazz

Ring announcer: Tony Chimel

The 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.

Tag Team Match

CM Punk, from Chicago, IL, weighing 225 lbs.

ECW Champion

Before 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.

&

The Big Red Machine Kane, weighing 323 lbs.

Before 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 Armageddon.

Vs.

Deuce & Domino from the Other Side of the Tracks

at a combined weight of 465 lbs.

Accompanied to the ring by Cherry, but no nice ride

Audience favorite: CM Punk & Kane

My favorites: CM Punk & Kane

Winners: CM Punk and Kane

Punk 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 team.

The 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.

With the exception of CM Punk getting beat on for some time during this match, it wasn’t a bad opening match for ECW.

We 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 next.

Commercial break.

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

John Morrison from Los Angeles, CA, weighing 220 lbs.

&

The Miz from Cleveland, OH, weighing 231lbs.

WWE Tag Team Champions

Vs.

Shannon Moore

&

Jimmy Wang Yang

at a combined weight of 407 lbs.

Audience favorites: Shannon Moore & Jimmy Wang Yang

My favorites: Shannon Moore and John Morrison (yes I know they aren’t on the same team)

Winners: John Morrison & The Miz

I 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 title match.

The 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

COMMERCIAL BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!

THAT’S ONE!

Back 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.

Shannon 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.

Styles reminds us about Kelly Kelly’s handicap match coming up next.

We see a promo for Armageddon, WWE’s pay per view coming up this Sunday and then we go to

Commercial break.

Back 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.

2 on 1 Handicap Match

Layla & Victoria

Vs.

Kelly Kelly

I 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.

Audience favorite: I couldn’t tell the audience was excited about any of them.

My favorite: Victoria – at least she knows how to wrestle

Winner:  Victoria & Layla

It 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 much more.

Since 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.

After 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.

Styles reminds us that Armageddon is this Sunday and that Batista and Elijah will face each other in the main event on ECW tonight.

We see a promo for the WWE show that airs on Christmas Eve, Tribute to the Troops.

Commercial break.

Back 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.

Matt 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.

Styles and Tazz remind us about the matches at the Armageddon pay per view this Sunday:

CM Punk and Kane against

The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry and Big Daddy V.

WWE Championship Match

Randy Orton, current champion, faces Y2J Chris Jericho.

Mr. Kennedy will face HBK Shawn Michaels

  Number One Contender’s Match for the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble

Triple H against Jeff Hardy

WWE World Heavyweight Championship 3 way match

Batista, current Champion, facing The Undertaker and Edge

Elijah Burke from Jacksonville, FL, weighing 230 lbs.

Burke 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

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, we see another promo for Y2J Chris Jericho versus Randy Orton at Armageddon.

Vs.

The Animal Batista from Washington, DC, weighing 290 lbs.

WWE World Heavyweight Champion

Audience favorite: Batista

My favorite: I like them both

Winner: Batista

Batista 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 very bright.

The 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.

We 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 future.

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