February 5, 2008 Ė Recap by Sassy
I carried on about last Friday Night Smackdown and the
match between CM Punk and Rey Mysterio against Chavo Guerrero and Edge. I
didnít see any match on last nightís Monday Night Raw that compared with
that match. Weíll see if ECW can hold a match that meets or exceeds the
quality of that match.
is broadcast from Corpus Christi, TX on the Sci-Fi Channel.
Ringside announcers: Joey Styles and Tazz
Ring announcer: Tony Chimel
CM Punk enters the ring, not dressed for action. Please Punk
keep the verbal stuff short and to the point. I heard enough chatting last night
to make me hit the mute button. Punk wants to know if the audience saw Chavoís
Fiesta last week and Punkís smacking Chavo over the head with a guitar. Replay
of Chavo Guerreroís ECW Champion Fiesta and the guitar smack to Chavoís
head. Punk says he is telling Chavo he hopes he has enjoyed being champion
because Punk is invoking his rematch clause tonight on ECW.
Chavo enters the arena, also not dressed for action, but
wearing his ECW Championship belt. Chavo actually enters the ring to face Punk.
Chavo complains about Punk ruining his Fiesta last week. Chavo says Punk has
insulted his heritage and now he wants a rematch. Chavo says it isnít going to
happen Ė the live audience doesnít care for Chavoís response. Chavo says
Punk will get his rematch in two weeks at No Way Out. The audience likes that
remark even less. Chavo says that tonight, since Punk embarrassed Chavo, Chavo
will embarrass Punk.
Armando Estrada is on the monitor and says he is standing
outside and the camera pans the area outside of the arena. Estrada says that
Punk will go one on one with Chavo Guerrero tonight in the first ever Gulf of
Mexico match. Estrada says to come dressed as that are and that extreme rules
apply but the only way to win is to throw your opponent into the Gulf.
I hope Chavo knows how to swim.
Promo for next Monday Night Raw with John Cena takes on Mark
Henry, Jeff Hardy faces HBK Shawn Michaels, and Vince McMahon has promised to
beat the holy hell out of his son, Hornswoggle, in a no disqualification match.
Back from commercial break, promo for No Way Out including
John Cena and his match facing Randy Orton for the WWE Championship.
No Way Out will be held live in Las Vegas, Nevada, one week from Sunday
on pay per view.
Tag Team Match
Victoria from Los Angeles, CA
Accompanied to the ring by Lena
Kelly Kelly from Jacksonville, FL
Michelle McCool from Orlando, FL
Audience favorites: Iím not sure
My favorite: Victoria
Tazz points out to the audience that it appears to be the
blondes versus the brunettes. Iíd prefer to see Victoria up against someone of
the same wrestling caliber. WWE is wasting her talent in these matches.
Short match and I wasnít impressed with the talent in the
Replay of part of the match last week on ECW between The Big
Red Machine Kane and Shelton Benjamin. Benjamin walked up the entrance ramp and
got counted out, giving the win to Kane. This Friday on Friday Night Smackdown,
it will be a rematch: Kane versus
Styles reminds the audience that the main event tonight it
will be Chavo Guerrero versus CM Punk in a Gulf of Mexico match.
Back from commercial break, promo for Wrestlemania XXIIV, 54
John Morrison, from Los Angeles, CA, weighing 219 lbs.
One half of the WWE Tag Team Champions
Accompanied to the ring by The Miz, the other half of the WWE
Tag Team Champions.
Before Morrisonís opponent is introduced, replay of the end
of the beat down last week Morrison and Miz gave Colin Delaney in a 2 on 1
Handicap Match, and the rescue by Tommy Dreamer.
Tommy Dreamer from Yonkers, NY, weighing 265 lbs.
Accompanied to the ring by a very bandaged Colin Delaney
Audience favorite: Tommy Dreamer
My favorite: Tommy Dreamer
We see Dreamer so little in an ECW match everyone is
surprised when he actually is allowed to work in the ring. Dreamer doesnít
seem to have lost his edge in the ring even though he should be watching his
back with Miz on the other side of the ring. Dreamer gets knocked out of the
ring and to the floor. Colin goes over to check on him and Morrison comes out of
the ring to face Colin as Miz comes around the side of the ring to also
intimidate Colin. Dreamer is back to his feet and he nails Morrison and goes
after Miz but gets caught in the back by Morrison who then rolls Dreamer back
into the ring. Morrison goes for a beat down of Dreamer in the middle of the
ring and then goes for a cover but canít get the three count before Dreamer
powers out. Dreamer is back to his feet but Morrison delivers a back breaker and
then a neck breaker. Again he goes for a cover but Dreamer gets his shoulders
off the mat. Morrison climbs up to the top turnbuckle and comes off but Dreamer
rolls out of the way. Dreamer is back to his feet and he goes to work for
Morrison, goes for a cover but only gets a two count. Dreamer hangs Morrison up
on the ropes and goes after him, but Miz is on the ring apron and Dreamer takes
him to the floor with a fist. Dreamer slams Morrison to the mat and Miz is
trying to get back in the ring, but Colin grabs Miz. Miz kicks Colin who goes
back and into the guardrail. Dreamer delivers a baseball slide to Miz, sending
him down to the floor next to Colin but Morrison is back on his feet. Morrison
delivers a corkscrew neck breaker, goes for the cover and gets the three count.
Not the way I wanted the match to go but not a bad match. Miz
wears his ascot like a bad necktie. He must have bypassed the wardrobe
department on his way to the ring.
Styles informs the audience that Stevie Richards hasnít
been on ECW due to an injury. Earlier today Styles sat down with Richards to
talk to him about his injury and why he had been sidelined for so long. Richards
tells the audience that the initial injury to his neck happened in the original
ECW in Buffalo, NY in May 1997 when he had a metal guardrail dropped at the base
of his neck. He has had neck fusion and they had to go in through his throat,
which caused damage to his vocal chords. Richards has already had 9 surgeries.
Richards will be back in the ring next week on
Styles reminds the audience about the match between Chavo and
Punk in the main event tonight.
Back from commercial break, promo for The Legend Stone Cold
Steve Austin DVD, available next Tuesday.
Kofi Kingston from Jamaica, weighing 218 lbs.
James Curtis, weighing 230 lbs.
Curtis is already in the ring when Kingston enters the ring.
Audience favorite: Iím not sure
My favorite: Iím not sure
Iíve wondered how good Curtis is in the ring since he only
shows up as a jobber in WWE matches. Kingston still reminds me a lot of Booker T
although he doesnít use the same wrestling maneuvers as Booker T uses in the
ring. He has the same enthusiasm and flair and often his stance appears to be
modeled after Booker T. I have not looked to see where Kingston received his
wrestling training but I believe he was in WWE Developmental for some time
before moving to WWE ECW.
Short match showcasing Kofi Kingston.
Replay of the end of the match and the Kingston win.
Styles and Tazz remind the audience about the matches coming
up at No Way Out, the next WWE pay per view:
WWE Championship Match
John Cena, Challenger, against Randy Orton, Champion
Raw Elimination Chamber Match
Y2J Chris Jericho vs. John Bradshaw Layfield vs. HBK Shawn
Michaels vs. Jeff Hardy vs. The Game Triple H vs. Umaga
The winner of this match will face the WWE Champion for the
title at Wrestlemania.
NOTE: Triple H missed Monday Night Raw last night due to a
family emergency. There is no word at this time on whether or not this will have
any effect on the match at No Way Out.
Smackdown Elimination Chamber Match
Big Daddy V vs. M.V.P. vs. The Great Khali vs. Batista vs.
Finlay vs. The Undertaker
The winner of this match will face the WWE World Heavyweight
Champion for the title at Wrestlemania
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Edge, Champion, against Rey Mysterio, Challenger
Tazz tells the audience the USS Lexington is sitting in the
Gulf of Mexico. Styles reminds the audience about the Gulf of Mexico match
coming up tonight.
Back from commercial break, promo for next Monday Night Raw.
Weíve already seen this one.
Gulf of Mexico Match
Winner must throw opponent into the Gulf of Mexico.
CM Punk from Chicago, IL, weighing 222 lbs.
Chavo Guerrero from El Paso, TX, weighing 215 lbs.
WWE ECW Champion
Audience favorite: CM Punk
My favorite: I like them both
They are starting this match in the middle of the ring but
Chavo has to stop and argue with a few fans on his way to the ring. Punk begins
the match by tossing Chavo out through the ropes and to the floor. Chavo sends
Punk into the steel steps before sending him over the guardrail into the
audience area. Punk meets a row of steel chairs. Punk is back to his feet as
they fight through the audience. Chavo seems to thrive in a no DQ match. They
are getting closer to the backstage area and Punk is taking Chavo to the Gulf of
Mexico. They are now out of the arena area and it looks as though some of the
fans have decided to follow them out. They are the doors in the back and now out
to the parking lot. We have a slugfest going on as a car has to slam on its
breaks to avoid hitting the two of them. The car honks its horn and Chavo slams
Punk onto the hood of the car.
COMMERCIAL BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!
Back from commercial break, Punk and Chavo are still in the
street working their way toward the Gulf. Punk is carrying Chavo and tosses him
on a red van in the parking area. Chavo gets off the van, charges at Punk and
Punk sends him over his head and back onto the van. Punk is now down on the
concrete and Chavo is delivering kicks to Punkís ribs. There are two fisherman
getting out of the way of the two as Chavo picks up an ice cooler and hits Punk
with it. They are on edge of the water, still slinging fists. Chavo tries to
suplex Punk into the water but he canít get Punk up. Punk has Chavo up on his
shoulders and drops him into the water.
Nice brawl match. For those who didnít know, the
temperature in Corpus Christi was around 80 degrees and it appears that Chavo
Guerrero does know how to swim.