ECW on Sci-Fi - March 11, 2008
Last week on ECW Ė
John Morrison and The Miz won their match via disqualification and retained the WWE tag team championship when they went up against Tommy Dreamer and Colin Delaney. Colin went berserk and after weeks of being pounded on by every opponent he has faced since arriving at ECW.
The Gold Standard Shelton Benjamin defeated Stevie Richards.
The Big Red Machine won his match against James Curtis.
WWE ECW is being broadcast from Chicago, IL on the Sci-Fi Channel.
Ringside announcers: Joey Styles and Tazz
Ring announcer: Tony Chimel
Before we get the promo, Wrestlemania XXIV is 19 days away.
WWE Tag Team Title Match:
John Morrison from Los Angeles, CA, & The Miz from Cleveland, OH, at a combined weight of 450 lbs., Champions Vs. Tommy Dreamer from Yonkers, NY & Colin Delaney, Challengers at a combined weight of 431 lbs.
Dreamer and Colin brought their grocery cart of weapons to the ring with them. Joey Styles introduces a video of the end of the match last week between these four opponents.
Dreamer and Morrison begin the match, minus weapons. Morrison goes after Dreamer and then delivers a shot to Colin on the ring apron. Miz enters the ring and they double team Dreamer but Colin comes off the top turnbuckle and takes them down to the mat. Dreamer is back to his feet and he sends Morrison over the top rope and down to the floor, then sends Miz out after him. Dreamer comes off the ring apron with a running clothesline to take them both down to the floor again and Colin came over the top rope in a somersault to nail the champs again. Morrison sends Dreamer into the grocery cart then goes back in the ring to assist Miz in taking out Colin. Miz comes off the ropes while Morrison holds Colin, Colin gets out of the way and Miz takes out Morrison. Dreamer slides a kendo stick into Colin who uses it to take out Morrison and then Miz. Dreamer enters the ring with a garbage can lid and he uses it on both of their opponents. Dreamer puts the lid under Morrisonís head and comes off the ropes with an elbow but Morrison gets out of the way, gets back to his feet and grabs the kendo stick and he goes to work on Dreamer and Colin. Dreamer is down on the canvas and Morrison and Miz use the time to double team Colin and take him out before going after Dreamer. They try the same maneuver with Dreamer, but he gets a blow into Morrison on the ring apron and grabs and garbage can lid out of his hand to use on Miz who is down on the mat, then he brings Morrison over the top rope to nail Miz. Colin goes up to the top turnbuckle with a football helmet on that Dreamer handed him and nails Morrison. Miz is back in the ring with the garbage can lid and he slams it over the head of Dreamer and then over the head of Colin, football helmet and all. Miz goes after Colin and as he charges, Colin gets out of the way and Miz meets the ring post and the ropes. They set up Morrison and Miz in the corner and use the trash can as Dreamer comes in with a slide to get them both at the same time. Dreamer pins Morrison and Delaney pins Miz, the referee makes it to the two count but both Morrison and Miz each throw a leg over the bottom rope breaking the count. Dreamer goes out of and under the ring and comes out with a table which he slides in to Colin. Colin tries to set the table up but Morrison is back on his feet and he delivers a blow to send him down to the mat. Morrison and Miz go after Dreamer but Colin brings them all three back down to the canvas. Colin goes for the cover on Morrison but Morrison kicks out. Colin tries to set Morrison up and Morrison sends him over the top floor to the floor. Morrison goes out after him with the garbage can in hand and flips off the ring apron to land on Colinís midsection. Dreamer is back to his feet in the ring and he tries to send Miz through the table up against the corner post. Miz gets of out of the way and Dreamer stops before he hits the table. Morrison is back in the ring and they grab Dreamer and throw him through the table, Miz goes for the cover and gets the three count.
Winners: John Morrison & The Miz, Who retain the WWE Tag Team Championship
It wasnít the ending I wanted to see but the match was fair although not exactly like the original Extreme Championship Wrestling would have been.
ECW Armando Estrada is in the ring. He informs the audience that at Wrestlemania XXIV, superstars from Raw, ECW and Smackdown will complete in a special Wrestlemania 24 Man Batle Royal. Immediately following that match, the winner of the battle royal will face Chavo Guerrero for the WWE ECW Championship. Estrada introduces one of the participants in the battle royal Ė The Great Khali, who enters the arena minus his Interpreter.
The Great Khali from India, 7í0Ē, weighing 420 lbs.
Stevie Richards from Philadelphia, PA, weighing 218 lbs.
What a joke. Stevie has been out for months with major surgeries and WWE puts him in a match with someone who outweighs him by 200 lbs. Itís a short match, thank heavens, as Khali takes Stevie down and covers him with his boot to get the three count.
Winner: The Great Khali
After the match, Mike Knox appears in the ring to beat on Stevie Richards while he is still down in the ring. Iím not sure how good Knox is in the ring. We never get to see him in a good one on one match anymore.
Money in the Bank Qualifying Match tonight will be CM Punk versus Big Daddy V. That makes as much sense as Stevie Richards facing The Great Khali.
This Friday on Smackdown, The Nature Boy Ric Flair will be facing Edge, Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder in a steel cage match. Last night on Raw, The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels informed Flair that he will not be going into the match alone. HBK will be there with him.
Deuce, who is already in the ring (accompanied to the ring by Domino and Cherry)
Kofi Kingston from Jamaica, weighing 217 lbs.
Tazz reminds the audience that Kofi has not lost a match since he has been with ECW. Deuce starts a criss cross in the ring that has Kofi coming out with a wristlock on Deuce. Deuce is back to his feet, and sends Kofi into the rope again. Kofi comes off with a cross body block that takes Deuce down to the mat. Kofi tries to send Deuce across the ring but Deuce gets the switch and sends Kofi into the corner post. Deuce then charges at Kofi but Kofi sends him up and over the top rope. Deuce lands on the ring apron and the two exchange blows. Kofi tries to pull Deuce back into the ring but Deuced grabs Kofi and jumps to the floor, hanging Kofi up on the ropes. Deuce is back on the ring apron and he delivers some sort of choke move using the ropes and his legs until the ref makes him break. Deuce goes for the cover but canít get the three count. Deuce goes to work on Kofiís neck but Kofi gets back to his feet and delivers fists to the abdomen to make Deuce break the hold. Kofi keeps the blows coming and takes Deuce down with two clotheslines, sends Deuce into the corner and then proceeds to pummel him with fists before delivering a shoulder block to the midsection. Kofi comes off the ropes and again takes Deuce down to the canvas. Kofi performs his finishing leap and then goes across the ring to roll Deuce out on the mat but Deuce hangs onto the ropes and Kofi falls backward to the mat. Deuce goes after Kofi but Kofi nails Deuce with a high kick, goes for the cover and gets the win.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Domino and Cherry enter the ring to check on Deuce as Kofi celebrates with the audience.
Matt Stryker is backstage with Big Daddy V who is getting ready for his match against CM Punk in the main event tonight.
Back from commercial break, replay of the weigh-in last night for Floyd ďMoneyĒ Mayweather and The Big Show. That was quite a fall Mayweather took and quite a chance doing the fall in the first place.. Shane McMahon went down on the floor outside the ring and the rumors today indicated that part of the show was not planned. The story goes that Mayweatherís posse got a little pushy with some of the wrestlers outside the ring and they didnít take it. Shane got in the middle and was knocked down.
Styles tells the audience that today Mayweather had his elbow taped.
Tag Team Match:
Festus, weighing 291 lbs. Accompanied to the ring by Jesse Vs. Elijah Burke from Jacksonville, weighing 231 lbs.
I hope Burke has something sneaky planned or itís all over with before it starts. The bell rings and you know what that does to Festus but Burke is prepared and he gets in the first punches, backing Festus up. Burke thinks he is in a boxing match. Festus charges at Burke but Burke gets out of the way and Festus meets the ring post shoulder first. Burke goes to work on Festusís shoulder. Festus is back on his feet and he delivers blows but Burke comes right back at him and keeps him down on the mat. Burke continues to try to damage Festusís shoulder, then delivers a standing dropkick that sends Festus crashing to the canvas. Burke goes for the pin but canít get the three count. Festus is back to his feet and he picks Burke up and body slams him on the mat. This time when Festus charges, he doesnít miss and he follows up by coming off the ropes and delivering a blow that drops Burke. Festus tries for sending Burke off the ropes but Burke catches Festus with a boot. Festus responds by delivering a boot to Burkeís face, a splash, picks Burke up and slams him to the mat, goes for the cover and gets the win.
The Gold Standard Shelton Benjamin is at the announcerís table to provide guest commentary for the next match.
Qualifying Match for Money in the Bank Ladder Match:
Big Daddy V from Harlem, NY, weighing 487 lbs. Accompanied to the ring by Matt Stryker Vs. CM Punk from Chicago, IL, weighing 225 lbs.
ECW is in Chicago and they show Punk a little, actually a lot, of love as he makes his way to the ring. This match is nearly more than I can stand to watch. Punk goes after V with kicks to the legs and chest but V delivers a blow that sends Punk down to the match. Punk comes back with a dropkick to the left leg then goes back after the same leg with single kicks. Punk comes off the ropes but V catches him and sends him down to the mat with a side slam. V is back to his feet but Punk is still down on the mat. V puts a foot on Punkís lower back while the audience chants for Punk. The ref makes V break, but he comes back with a boot to Punkís midsection. V holds Punk up against a corner post and Punk is fighting back with fists as the ref tries to get V to break the hold. V delivers a slap to Punkís chest that sends Punk back down to the canvas. V picks Punk up off the mat and the fans again start the ďCM PUNKĒ chant. V delivers another slap to Punkís chest as Benjamin rattles off all about Benjamin at the announcerís table. V throws Punk across the ring and goes for a splash but Punk moves out of the way and V meets the ring post. Punk delivers a high knee and goes over the top rope and onto the ring apron while doing it. Punk is back in the ring and he delivers another high knee then tries for the bulldog but V shoves Punk across the ring. Punk delivers a low dropkick to Vís legs and then tries to PICK V UP OFF THE MAT! Punk canít get the job done and V responds by delivering a forearm to Punkís back. Punk delivers a high kicks that nails V in the back of the head. Again Punk tries to lift V off his feet and he manages to get him up in the air before V crashes down, smashing Punk underneath him. V gets up to his knees and Punk rolls out to the side of the ring and uses the ropes to get himself back to his feet. V charges at Punk, Punk pulls down the top ropes and V goes over the top rope and down to the floor. Stryker runs to Vís side as the ref starts the count out. The ref counts to 10, V is counted out and Punk wins the match, much to the joy of the Chicago fans.
Winner: CM Punk
Who will be in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match at Wrestlemania XXIV.
After the match, Stryker hits the ring and nails Punk in the back. Punk delivers a GTS to Stryker and then celebrates his win with the crowd.
Benjamin doesnít appear to be happy that Punk won the match.