April 1, 2008 – recap by Sassy
Last week on ECW –
Twelve Man Battle Royal
Snitsky and his team won
In a Money in the Bank Ladder Preview Match, The Gold
Standard Shelton Benjamin defeated Carlito.
In a mixed tag team match, Mike Knox and Layla defeated
Stevie Richards and Kelly Kelly.
The television audience sees highlights of the 24 Man Battle
Royal at Wrestlemania XXIV. The Big
Red Machine Kane and The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry are the last two
competitors in the ring. Kane eliminates Henry and wins the match. We then see
the very short WWE ECW Championship match between Chavo Guerrero, Champion, and
The Big Red Machine Kane, Challenger. Kane wins the WWE ECW title.
ECW is being broadcast from Miami, FL
the Sci-Fi Channel
Ringside announcers: Joey Styles & Tazz
Ring announcer: Tony Chimel
The Big Red Machine Kane won the Battle Royal at Wrestlemania
XXIV and took his title shot against Chavo Guerrero, WWE ECW Champion. Kane
defeated Chavo in around ten seconds and is now the WWE ECW Champion.
Other results for Wrestlemania XXIV are listed on last
night’s Monday Night Raw report on this site.
The show opens with The Big Red Machine Kane, new WWE ECW
Champion entering the ring. And the new champ has a mic in his hand! Kane tells
the audience that at Wrestlemania he had the satisfaction of unleashing his
destruction against 23 other men and earned the right to face Chavo Guerrero for
the ECW Championship. Kane says he decimated Chavo in a mere 8 seconds to become
the new ECW Champion. The audience shouts their approval. We even get an
“ECW” chant going. Kane says that now that he is champion, we haven’t seen
CM Punk’s entrance theme begins and Punk enters the arena
with his Money in the Bank Ladder Match briefcase in hand. Styles tells the
audience that Punk may be ready to trade in his briefcase for an ECW
Championship match against. Kane.
Kane tells Punk that he sees he had a good day Sunday, too.
Punk smiles and agrees that he did. Kane says if Punk is there to do what he
thinks he is going to do, Punk won’t have a very good night tonight. Punk says
that even though he won the MITB match, he is a little jealous because he may
have gotten the briefcase but Kane got the Championship. Punk says that on the
other hand, he can trade in his briefcase for any title shot he wants any time
he wants it. Punk says it could be
right here and
Chavo Guerrero’s entrance theme begins. Chavo, dressed in
his street clothes, and he says that no one is going to get a title shot tonight
for the ECW Championship unless it is Chavo. Chavo tells Kane that his win on Sunday was nothing but a
fluke. Punk says that not only did Chavo make history by losing his title at
Wrestlemania, he did it in record time – 8 seconds and that makes it the
shortest match in Wrestlemania history. Chavo says Kane attacked him from behind
because Kane knows he can’t beat Chavo face to face. The audience really
doesn’t like Chavo this evening. Chavo says that tonight Punk and Kane will be
in a match together and that Chavo has talked to Armando Estrada and they not be
opponents, they will be partners. They
will be facing Chavo and someone who feels that he last a little unfinished
business with Punk after Sunday, The Gold Standard Shelton Benjamin.
Benjamin enters the arena and tells Punk that the only reason
he is standing there with the briefcase is because two men were tipping Benjamin
over when he was at the top of a ladder and if a 20 foot drop wasn’t enough,
he hit a ladder on the way down. The audience doesn’t like Benjamin either.
Benjamin says that tonight Punk will find out why Benjamin is the Gold Standard.
Punk says he looks forward to that and calls Benjamin
“Goldilocks” and Punk looks forward to showing Benjamin why Benjamin can’t
call himself “Money in the Bank”.
Stevie Richards from Philadelphia, PA, weighing 220 lbs.
Mike Knox from Phoenix, AZ weighing 293 lbs.
Audience favorite: Stevie Richards
My favorite: Stevie Richards
Knox makes sure to draw a little extra heat from the audience
as he stands in the ring. This feud between Knox and Stevie has been going on
for three weeks. Stevie may have been out of action but he isn’t showing it in
this match up. He’s giving it and taking it right back. This may be the
loudest ECW crowd I have heard for some time. I think Stevie bit Knox in order
to make him break a bear hug. Unfortunately for Knox, he comes off the second
rope to nail Stevie and Stevie gets out of the way. Stevie delivers a nice
inverted atomic drop and then goes to work with kicks before going for the
cover. He doesn’t get the three count. Knox goes for the corkscrew neck
breaker, goes for the pin and gets the three count.
It wasn’t a long match but Knox showed a few moves I
don’t recall seeing before. Stevie hasn’t been winning a lot lately but he
hasn’t lost any of his showmanship in the ring.
Commercial break. I
am not sure I like the feud that is building between these two but Stevie has
managed to pull of worse storylines.
And if you had not seen enough advertising about Wrestlemania
XXIV, there is now an ad for Wrestlemania XXV, which will be April 5, 2009 in
Tazz is in the ring with Colin Delaney. Tazz says that
everyone is talking about what an amazing event Wrestlemania was. He asks what
Colin’s Wrestlemania’s experience was like. Colin says that at least he
didn’t get beat up but then again he didn’t have a match and next year Colin
will be in Wrestlemania.
Armando Estrada interrupts Colin and Tazz and Estrada tells
Colin that he has earned his first official contract. Estrada says that there is
one thing he forgot to mention – April Fools. Estrada says that if Colin wants
to earn a WWE contract, all he has to do is beat Big Show.
Audience favorite: I’m not sure
My favorite: I like them both
The bell rings and nobody moves. Then Colin takes a step
sideways and Big Show follows him. Colin takes another step, so does Big Show.
Colin turns his back and Big Show puts his hand on his shoulder and puts him in
some sort of chokehold, the referee stops the match and Colin is down on the
This match may have been shorter than the Chavo/Kane match at
Poor Colin still didn’t earn his WWE contract. Maybe Colin
could hire Big Show to beat up Armando Estrada and make him give him his match.
I know I have said this before but Colin was very popular in the Indys.
I don’t understand why WWE/ECW continues to use him as a jobber.
The short run he had with Tommy Dreamer as his partner was working for me
but that seems to have fizzled out and gone by the wayside. For Colin’s sake,
I hope the WWE writers come up with something geared toward Colin’s wrestling
ability in the ring.
The audience sees the highlight’s of last night’s Monday
Night Raw and Nature Boy Ric Flair’s farewell speech to his fans and the
people that appeared to show their respect to Flair from the Four Horseman to
the entire WWE (not just Raw) roster, including referees. Nature Boy Ric Flair
has always been and will always be The Man.
Chavo Guerrero from El Paso, TX, weighing 215 lbs.
The Gold Standard Shelton Benjamin from Orangeburg, SC,
weighing 248 lbs.
CM Punk from Chicago, IL, weighing 225 lbs.
The Big Red Machine Kane, weighing 323 lbs.
WWE ECW Champion
Audience favorites: CM Punk & Kane
My favorites: I like them all
The bell rings and Punk and Benjamin are in the ring with
chants of “CM Punk” from the live audience. Punk goes for a quick cover but
only gets a one count. Punk tags in Kane. Kane delivers a nice short dropkick
off the ropes. Kane has a problem with his left knee and as Benjamin tags in
Chavo, Chavo goes after the leg. Chavo tags back in Benjamin and Kane sends
Benjamin over the top rope and to the floor. Chavo enters the ring and Kane
sends him over the top rope near Benjamin. Chavo is back up on the ring apron
and he delivers a shot to Kane but Punk delivers a kick that sends Chavo back
down to the floor and as Punk and Kane stand in the ring, we go to
BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!
THE MAIN EVENT!
Back to the match, Kane has Benjamin down on the mat and he
goes for the cover but only gets a two count. Kane tags in Punk. Punk goes for
the cover and gets a one count before Benjamin powers out. Benjamin gets to his
corner and tags in Chavo. Punk delivers a back breaker and goes for the pin but
can’t get the three count. Punk tries for the GTS, Chavo hangs onto the top
ropes, Benjamin enters the ring and delivers a kick to Punk’s chest. Punk
drops Chavo, Chavo tags in Benjamin and the “CM Punk” chants are getting
louder. Benjamin tries for the cover but can’t get past the two count. The tow
continue to battle it out as Kane bounces up and down on the ring apron waiting
for a tag from Punk. Benjamin delivers a knee to Punk as Punk comes off the
ropes and again goes for a cover but only gets a one count. Benjamin blind tags
Chavo and Chavo comes over the top ropes and lands with both knees on Punk.
Chavo goes for a pin but only gets the one count. I think the audience is
chanting, “Chavo sucks”, but I can’t be sure. Chavo has Punk in a
submission hold but Punk manages to get out of the reverse chin lock. Chavo
continues to use submission holds trying to get Punk to give up but Punk hangs
on and gets back to his feet.
My DVR ran out…I think I need to work on timing my
recordings…the new HD box isn’t working the same as the old cable box was.
Via the Internet, I discovered the winners of this match were
Big Red Machine Kane