ECW on Sci-Fi: January 22, 2008
by Samoa Rowe
-Last week, Chavo Guerrero wrestled CM Punk for an opportunity at the ECW title. Unfortunately for Punk, Edge cost him the match, attacking him from commentary and giving Chavo a count-out victory. Tonight, it's Punk vs. Chavo for the belt!
-ECW now has the spiffy new set for HD. They are airing from the University of Virginia. Our hosts for the evening are Joey Styles and Tazz.
Over the Top Rope Challenge:
Kane vs. The Miz vs. John Morrison vs. Tommy Dreamer vs. Shelton Benjamin
Hey, it's not every day we get to see Dreamer on ECW these days, I'll take what I can get. Dreamer is in the Royal Rumble on Sunday, and if he wins he wants to challenge for the ECW title. So that makes one out of 29 then. Benjamin takes on Dreamer when the bell rings, as Morrison and Miz go after Kane. Dreamer tries to eliminate Benjamin, but Morrison disrupts. Dreamer dumps Morrison, but he barely hangs on. Kane goes after Dreamer, but almost gets eliminated himself. Kane hip tosses Dreamer, and he's out at 1:09. Benjamin, Miz, and Morrison triple team Kane. Benjamin hit's the inverted bulldog on Kane, and then gets double teamed by Miz and Morrison. Kane wakes up and drops Morrison and Miz. Side slam on Morrison by Kane, and an uppercut to Miz. Kane dumps Benjamin, who hangs on. Kane tosses both Miz and Morrison to the floor, but gets caught with a head scissors from Benjamin, who picks up the upset victory at 3:05! That was a rather inventive finish, well done! No rating, but this was fun.
Winner: Shelton Benjamin
-Benjamin takes a mic. This was just the beginning, at the Royal Rumble there won't be no stopping him, YEAH!
It's time for the ECW Best Body Contest. This is just a publicity move for the switch to HD, of course. Coach is hosting the event, and he introduces Layla, Lena Yada, and Kelly Kelly. Lena is a newcomer, who hosted a dance-off last week and declared herself the winner. Coach is here to make sure that the right diva wins. Well, bless his heart! The music starts playing, but no one is dancing (except for Coach). Layla finally starts, and I must admit, she is rather lovely. Still, this is not what I tune in for on a wrestling show. Lena dances, and the crowd doesn't care. Then it's Kelly's turn, and the crowd wakes up. The audience names Kelly as the winner (she's the only one they even remotely like). Layla and Lena team up and slam Kelly's face to the mat. Wow, not only was this a waste of time, but now they are feuding too. I can't wait to see the negative star matches this will produce.
-Backstage, CM Punk is taping up his wrists. He doesn't get to talk, of course.
Kofi Kingston vs. David Owens
Finally, after weeks of hype videos, we get to see Kingston in the ring. I like his music. They lock up, with Owens corning Kingston. They break, but the jobber locks on to the arm. Kingston flips out and the match restarts. Kingston is smiling all the way through. Owens elbows out of a back waist lock, but his Irish whip is reverses. Kingston leaps onto of Owens and hit's a sloppy monkey flip. Owens comes back with a headlock. Kingston leaps over the charging Owens and hit's another sloppy splash. Kingston hit's a series of strikes and a flap jack. Kingston plays to the crowd and gets a good reaction. Kingston leaps into a senton, hit's a buzz saw kick and it's over at 2:36. Kingston has some nice tricks, but he is green as hell.( E ¼*.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
-Backstage, Edge is pumping Chavo up. Vickie Guerrero wheels herself in, surprising them with her presence. She wouldn't miss this. "The family that sticks together, wins together" states Vicki.
-Backstage, we see Armando Estrada talking to the Guerrero familia. We can't hear them, but it sounds like they are planning something. CM Punk had better watch out.
-After the break, Tazz is in the ring with Colin Delaney, who is heavily bandaged. Tazz helps Colin turn around to a video package of his four matches in ECW. We see clips of him being destroyed by Kane, Shelton Benjamin, Big Daddy V, and Mark Henry. Tazz asks Colin if his mom even knows he's there, to which he shakes his head. Tazz says that's a good thing, as he introduces Colin's opponent for tonight, The Great Khali.
The Great Khali vs. Colin Delaney
Delaney is frozen out of fright and just stares in disbelief. Khali shoves his chest into Delaney's face. Hard shot by Khali and the double choke slam. Khali lifts Delaney back up and applies the vice grip. Delaney passes out, giving the win to Khali at 0:40. At least it was short, DUD.
Winner: The Great Khali
-World Heavyweight Champion Edge makes his way to the announce table.
CM Punk © vs. Chavo Guerrero
Right before the ring introductions, it is announced that this match will be "no disqualifications." You mean, an ECW title match will actually have no DQ's? Whoa! Punk is displeased to see Edge at ringside, and kisses his belt goodbye. The bell rings, and Punk is aggressive in the early going. Hard Irish whip by Punk, and a shot to the chest. Punk removes some turnbuckle padding, but Chavo cuts him off, and finishes the job himself. Drop-kick by Punk, but Chavo blocks an Irish whip. European uppercut by Chavo, and they block each other from the exposed turnbuckle. Punk drops Chavo onto the apron and hit's a high round kick to the head. Suicide dive by Punk! CM Punk dominates Chavo at ringside, driving him into the barricade and steel steps. Punk attempts a suplex onto the steps, but Chavo reverses and drops the champion ribs-first onto the steel. Back in the ring, Chavo stomps away, as the crowd chants "CM Punk" quite loudly. Baseball slide to the injured ribs by Chavo, followed by an abdominal stretch. Punk blocks an Irish whip and hit's a hard clothesline. Kicks and a knee lift by Punk. Chavo tries to utilize the exposed turnbuckle, but Punk hit's a bulldog, and gets a cover for 2. Punk attempts a springboard cross body, but Chavo drop-kicks him in mid-air! Three amigos by Chavo sets up the frog splash. Punk moves out of the way and drops Chavo head-first into the steel. Punk hit's the Go 2 Sleep, but Edge runs in and hit's the spear! Chavo gets the cover, and we have a new champion at 6:27! Punk was screwed! Decent television match, with lots of heat, **½.
Winner and new ECW Champion: Chavo Guerrero
-After the match, Chavo and Edge embrace. The Edgeheads bring Vickie Guerrero to the ring to join the celebration. Ladies and gentlemen, what we have here is a dominant and effective heel stable!
The main event provided a great deal of angle progression, as Punk has heat with both champions on the Smackdown/ECW side of things. Everything else on the show was mediocre entertainment, though we did get our first taste of Kofi Kingston. There's nothing you really had to see this week, but it wasn't boring.
Thumbs in the middle.