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For those of you who
have not heard, John Cena was injured during a match with Mr. Kennedy on this
weekís Monday Night Raw. Cena has
a torn pectoral muscle and the estimated time he will be out of action is six to
eight months. He has been stripped
of his title and will not be available for No Mercy. The Cena/Orton feud that
has been building is on hold, at least until Cena returns. I had the match on
DVR and after seeing the breaking news this morning, I played it back.
I had noticed one time during the match Cena was holding his arm and if
it is true that Cena received the damage that early in the match, I would think
everyone in the Raw locker room would want to avoid facing him in a match.
This boy is tough.
ECW is being broadcast
from Dayton, OH, on the Sci-Fi channel.
Joey Styles and Tazz
Ring announcer: Tony
Tony Chimel was on ECW
last week. Justin Roberts,
previously on ECW, is now on Friday Night Smackdown.
No word on why the change was made.
We open with Mr. McMahon
entering the ring. McMahon is there to announce that John Cena has been injured
and will require immediate surgery to repair a completely torn pectoral muscle.
McMahon is going to tell us who is responsible and we see a recap of the match
of Cena beating Mr. Kennedy and then Randy Orton showing up to beat up on a
tired and now obviously injured Cena. McMahon says that Cena will be out from
six months to a year and informs the audience that Cena is no longer WWE
champion. McMahon then says that at
No Mercy there will be a Championship match to find a new WWE champion.
I got it Vince.
Bring Mr. Kennedy back after his thirty-day suspension like heís a
saint and then we showcase the man who never GOT suspended Ė Randy Orton.
Good job. And you wonder why
ratings keep falling?
CM Punk, ECW Champion, is
introduced and enters the ring. Punk is certainly an audience favorite.
Punk tells us that No Mercy
is this Sunday and that he should be more focused on Tommy Dreamer and Elijah
Burke. Punk says that he is more
focused on the match last week between Punk and Matt Stryker and after Punk
beats Stryker, Big Daddy V takes him out. Punk
says he still respects V and that V has Punkís attention. Stryker and V are on
the monitor and Stryker tells Punk that what V did was not to get Punkís
attention, it was a statement. V
wants the ECW Championship and until V gets a title shot, he will pay Punk no
mind. V and Stryker wish Punk luck on his next contest.
My favorite: CM Punk but
I think Knox has talent.
Winner: CM Punk with
a GTS, pin and a three count.
I noticed the audience
was having a hard time getting involved in this match. Punk flew out of the ring
onto Knox onto the floor next to the announcerís table and did not land well
on his arm. I have to say that Punk and Knox were mismatched but not based on
skill. Both men can wrestle but
Punk is a high flyer. There is no
extreme or hardcore in this match and I think we have a true ECW live audience.
It was a clumsy GTS but it appeared to be because of a size difference between
the two opponents.
I am assuming that the
pressure on the ECW performers is great due to the bad ratings.
One can only hope that WWE notices it isnít because these men arenít
working the ring. Bad matches and worse story lines are killing ECW, not the
talent that is available. It was obvious that Punk and Knox were having a hard
time and I suspect that was in part due to lack of live audience enthusiasm.
Back from commercial break.
Balls Mahoney is in the
ring and he says that some people have been saying he has been acting like a
lovesick puppy but he remembers Miz hitting him last week.
Mahoney says that is not important now, he needs and answer from Kelly
Kelly and he calls for her to come out to give her answer. Kelly comes to the
ring with her teddy bear and the bear is wearing a Balls Mahoney t-shirt.
Mahoney asks her again and the audience is cheering her on. Kelly says
she will go out with Mahoney and then the Miz and the rest of Extreme Expose
comes to the arena. Miz is there to
collect Kelly but Mahoney has other ideas and lays Miz out. Kelly stops Mahoney
from going after him. Miz tells Kelly that she knows he took over the management
contract for Extreme Expose. That means what Miz says goes. If Kelly goes out
with Mahoney, she will be out of Extreme Expose and she will be out of ECW.
Kelly leaves the arena with Miz and Mahoney is left with the teddy bear.
THANK YOU BALLS
MAHONEY! Hit Miz again a couple more times for the rest of the viewing
audience. His push is getting somewhat annoying. Mahoney should be the one
getting the push Ė and in the ring, not just in front of the mic.
Back from commercial break,
we get a recap of Cenaís injury via commentary courtesy of Joey Styles.
Burke, weighing 231 lbs., from Jacksonville, FL
Back from commercial break.
Dreamer, weighing 255 lbs., from Yonkers, NY
My favorite: Tommy
Dreamer although I do like Burkeís style.
Commercial break during the
Winner: Tommy Dreamer
with a DDT, a pin and a three count.
After the match, Armando
Estrada enters the arena to congratulate Dreamer but tells him that the
elimination chase is not over, there is one more contestant left. That is Big
Big Daddy V
Audience favorite: Tommy Dreamer
My favorite: Tommy
Big Daddy V with a pin fall and a three count.
And you have got to be
kidding! I was really into this
elimination match series to see who would face Punk at No Mercy.
Not only was it a joke, the audience didnít think it was a good idea
either. If no one purchases No Mercy it wonít be because Cena is out of
action. It will be because the
matches arenít worth seeing Ė and that goes for not allowing
Dreamer to face Punk. Dreamer, who is about all thatís left of true ECW,
or Burke would have been great in a No Mercy match against Punk.
I donít know who is in
charge of scheduling the ECW cards, but with the lack of live audience
enthusiasm and the ridiculous matches I saw, its no wonder ECWís ratings are
so bad. It isnít that you donít
have the talent. Why isnít anyone using it? Mahoney is great and instead of
being in action, heís chasing some blonde. Isnít Morrison back from his
suspension? As much as I believe
the suspended wrestlers shouldnít be showcased when they return, Morrison is
good in the ring and would have impressed the fans. Why was Morrison a no show?
All the other suspended wrestlers were performing on Raw and had major matches
and story lines, including Kenney and William Regal who had previously shot off
their mouths about NEVER doing drugs Ė and then getting suspended for being on
the Signature Pharmacy client list.
Matt Stryker, who can perform in the ring, is busy doing nothing but running
around behind Big Daddy V and V, who has no competition on ECW, is going to No
Mercy in a major title match.