ECW on Sci-Fi - April 8, 2008
WWE’s ECW is being broadcast from Boston, MA On the Sci-Fi Channel
Ringside announcers: Joey Styles & Tazz
Ring announcer: Tony Chimel
Joey Styles informs the audience that tonight The Big Red Machine Kane and Chavo Guerrero sign their ECW Championship contract for the WWE Backlash pay per view.
The Miz from Cleveland, OH, weighing 231 lbs.
One half of the WWE Tag Team Champions
Accompanied to the ring by John Morrison, his tag team partner
CM Punk from Cleveland, OH, weighing 222 lbs.
This should be a slam-dunk. Punk is a much greater talent in the ring than Miz. Morrison is at the announcer’s table assisting with the commentary – about John Morrison.
Punk breaks clean at the referee’s request and the brave Miz sticks his head through the ropes anyway. You show him how tough you are, Miz! Punk shows the us some razzle-dazzle early in the match. He uses some nice moves that are smooth. Miz, of course, uses Punk’s hair to get apply a side headlock. Punk delivers a drop toehold and doesn’t break his hold but goes to work on Miz’s leg much to the joy of the live audience. This fan is liking what Punk is doing to Miz. Miz catapults Punk over the top rope. Punk hits the ring apron with his ribs and then hits the floor. As Punk is up on the ring apron, Morrison stands up and distracts Punk giving Miz the opportunity to send Punk off the ring apron and into the announcer’s table. Punk can’t get back in the ring without being attacked by Miz and Miz goes for a cover but can’t get the three count. As Miz has Punk down on the mat, the audience begins their “CM Punk” chants and Punk tries to fight back and does, delivering a kick to Morrison’s face. Punk springboards off the top rope and takes down Miz but before Punk can go for the cover; Morrison is up on the ring apron. Another distraction costs Punk and Miz takes Punk out then goes for the cover. Punk manages to kick out before the three count. The ref decides he’s seen enough of Morrison for one night and throws him out of the arena. The audience loves the ref for that move. Miz looks worried even though he has Punk down on the canvas and we go to
COMMERCIAL BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH!
Miz is still in charge of the match, slamming Punk’s head on the mat. Miz again goes for the pin and still can’t get the three count. Come on, Punk. Kick his butt all over the arena! Miz goes for the cover again and gets a two count. The audience is still on Punk’s side and they tell him so and Punk manages a roll up but he gets a two count. Miz goes for a cover and gets the two count. Punk makes his way back to his feet and they do a little criss cross on the ropes and hit each other with clotheslines. Both men are down and the ref gets to the count of eight before they are back to their feet. Punk comes up fighting and Miz doesn’t stand a chance. Punk delivers a power slam and goes for the cover. Punk gets another two count. Miz goes for the cover and gets a two count. Miz pulls Punk up by the hair and Punk delivers a high kick to the back of the head, hits him with a high knee, takes him down with a bulldog, nails the GTS and this time Punk gets the three count.
Winner: CM Punk
A nice opening match and it beats the heck out of the matches on Raw last night. Punk is good no matter who his opponent might be and I grudgingly admit that Miz made Punk look even better in this match up.
Armando Estrada is backstage and Colin Delaney and Tommy Dreamer enter. Colin asks Estrada for a contract but Estrada says he isn’t going to give him a contract. Dreamer steps in and says that Colin doesn’t want Estrada to give him anything. Colin wants to earn his contract. Estrada says that he will give Colin a chance tonight to get a WWE contract in a match against Colin’s good friend, Tommy Dreamer. If Colin wins, he will get his WWE contract but if Dreamer goes easy on Colin and lets him win, then Dreamer is fired. Then Estrada says that if Dreamer loses, he is fired. If Colin wins, he gets the contract.
WWE ECW General Manager Armando Estrada is in the ring. Estrada announces the contract signing for the ECW Championship at Backlash. Estrada introduces first the challenger, former ECW Champion Chavo Guerrero who comes to the ring with Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins, Edge’s Edgeheads. Chavo doesn’t arrive dressed for action, but Ryder and Hawkins do. Estrada then introduces the new ECW Champion Kane. Kane is also dressed for action, with his newly won title in his hand. The two wrestlers sit across the table from each other but when Chavo puts his feet on the table, Kane is on his feet, knocking Chavo’s feet off the table. Estrada has to call for order. Estrada asks Kane, as Champion, to sign the contract first. Kane signs but before he can get the job done, Chavo tells him that if Kane signs that contract he is handing over the ECW title. Kane tells Chavo that he is awfully confident for someone who lost the ECW Championship in just 8 seconds (he did, I saw it). Chavo says that Kane cheated and attacked him from behind but at Backlash, Kane won’t be able to do that because Chavo is going to have someone watching his back. Some guy in a suit and tie enters and gets up on the ring apron. As Kane approaches him, all four men attack Kane, taking him out with the title belt. They put Kane up on the table and Chavo climbs up on the top turnbuckle. Chavo delivers a frog splash and Kane goes through the table. Chavo then signs the contract. And Kane has two cuts on his forehead.
NOTE: FCW wrestler Justin "The Ox" LaRouche has been identified as Chavo Guerrero’s friend.
Elijah Burke from Jacksonville, FL, weighing 235 lbs.
Nunzio from NY, weighing 170 lbs., who is already in the ring
Is there any reason Colin Delaney can’t wrestle Nunzio for his WWE contract? I can bet those two could put on a great match.
Nunzio is actually wrestling and so is Burke for a few seconds. Burke gives up on the wrestling part and decides to manhandle Nunzio instead. Nunzio does fight back but he isn’t making much headway. Burke goes up to the second rope and comes down with an elbow and goes for the cover but Burke only gets a two count. Nunzio is back on his feet and he manages to take Burke down but then gets caught in a German suplex. Burke picks Nunzio up, delivers a short arm clothesline, goes for the cover and gets the win.
Winner Elijah Burke
Elijah doesn’t look too happy after the match but I couldn’t tell if it was because he was trying to play super heel or if he was aware that the audience didn’t get too involved in the match. It was a short match and not nearly as exciting as the first match of the evening.
Domino from the Other Side of the Tracks, weighing 230 lbs.
Kofi Kingston from Jamaica, weighing 218 lbs.
Kofi takes his time getting to the ring because he has to stop and greet the fans on his way to the ring. These two men have completely different wrestling styles. Kofi is a high flyer and a quick wrestler. Domino is more of a brawler in the ring.
Domino takes off his shirt and throws it at Kofi. Kofi responds by taking Domino down to the canvas. Kofi comes off the ropes with a cross body block and goes for the cover. Kofi gets a two count. Kofi goes for the cover again and gets another two count. Domino uses the hair to take Kofi back into the corner. Domino catches Kofi in midair and face plants Kofi on the mat, goes for the cover and gets a two count. Domino has Kofi up on his shoulder but Kofi manages to use the ropes to kick himself over and down to the mat. Kofi comes back at Domino with a few kicks and leaps, delivers the double leg drop kick to Domino. Kofi comes up with a high kick, goes for the cover and gets the three count.
Winner Kofi Kingston
Eve Torres and Kelly Kelly are backstage when Layla approaches. For whatever reason, Layla decides to threaten Eve, and none too soon we go to
Styles tells the audience that next week on ECW it will be Kane and The Undertaker teaming up as a tag team on ECW.
Colin Delaney from Rochester, NY, weighing 172 lbs.
Tommy Dreamer from Yonkers, NY, weighing 260 lbs.
Estrada is sitting outside the ring in order to watch the match. Colin is quick in the ring but Dreamer has a nice size advantage. The match starts out as a wrestling match with Dreamer showing the fans that he hasn’t forgot what wrestling is about. Colin goes for a roll up but he doesn’t even get a one count. Estrada is giving Dreamer lip from ringside as Dreamer tosses Colin across the ring. Tommy charges at Colin, Colin pulls down the top rope and Dreamer goes over the top rope to the floor. Colin delivers a double kick to Dreamer as he stands up on the floor then springs over the top to take Dreamer down again with a cross body block. Both men are now down on the floor. Colin tries to get Dreamer rolled back into the ring then springs over the top rope and goes for the cover but he still can’t get a one count. Colin goes for another roll up but Dreamer kicks out. Both men are back to their feet and Dreamer sends Colin up over his head to the canvas. Dreamer goes for the cover and gets a one count before Colin gets a shoulder off the mat. Dreamer sets Colin up on the top turnbuckle and climbs up, but Colin shoves Dreamer back to the mat. Colin dives off the top turnbuckle with what appears to be a drop kick, but Dreamer steps out of the way and Colin meets the mat. Dreamer again sets Colin up on the top turnbuckle and hangs him upside down. Dreamer goes across the ring and delivers a slide kick. Dreamer nails Colin with a DDT, goes for the cover and gets the win.
Winner Tommy Dreamer
Dreamer gives Estrada a dirty look but Estrada is all smiles and even stands up to applaud for Dreamer. I was a little surprised the audience wasn’t as into this match. It wasn’t the greatest match I have seen Dreamer work, but it was a decent match.