On Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 11:23 PM EST ECW on Sci Fi
February 13, 2007
Commentators: Joey Styles & Tazz
Reported By: Hunter Golden of WrestleView.com
Extreme Rules Match
Bobby Lashley v. Hardcore Holly
Holly and Lashley had an intense stare down in the middle of the ring before the bell rang. The two exchanged lefts and rights before Holly evacuated the premises to the outside of the ring. Lashley foolishly followed him and got his head slammed off the announce table. Lashley came roaring back though and after slamming Holly’s back into the ring apron a bit, he gave him a mean belly to belly suplex on the floor.
Lashley went shopping underneath the ring and set up a table on the outside. He gathered Holly and body slammed him to the concrete. He took a breather for about five seconds before turning around and getting hammered with a Holly lariat to the face. Holly took the table down, folded it up and stuffed it back under the ring. Holly continued his assault, landing a few punches to the face and putting the boots to the Champ’s face.
Holly went for an Irish whip into the guardrail, but Lashley countered it and followed up with a lariat into the crowd. They brawled in the crowd, who could have cared less about their presence before Lashley dumped Holly back over into fun-land and back into the ring.
Lashley hammered away at Holly in the corner before looking for an Irish whip. Holly tried to leap frog but Lashley caught him and went for the power slam. Holly wiggled out onto the apron and hanged Lashley’s neck up on the ropes. He dragged Lashley crotch first into the ring post, leaving the champion in pain as we headed to our first commercial break.
We came back to Holly setting a steel chair up in the ring. During the break he dropped Lashley throat first on it, leaving the champion in big trouble. Holly dropped him on the chair one more time, then stepped on the throat. Lashley sort of grogg-ily picked up the chair off the mat and Holly kicked it into his face.
Holly slapped on a rear chin lock, giving us all a breather. Lashley made his comeback before Holly dumped him back to the mat with a running reverse elbow. He gathered the chair and set it up in the corner, wedged between the buckles. Holly went to toss Lashley into the chair, but Lashley reversed it and the pseudo challenger went reeling headfirst into the steel. Holly reared back and got tagged with an Olympic slam before Lashley began hitting some clotheslines. He gathered Holly from the corner and hit a nice delayed vertical suplex. Lashley pumped up the crowd and nailed a nasty shoulder back breaker on Holly before going for a cover. Holly kicked out at two before Lashley went back under the ring to retrieve that elusive table. He took it out and set it up but got caught with a Holly drop kick to the teeth.
Holly tossed Lashley in the ring and went for an Alabama slam on the chair, but Lashley wiggled out. Holly turned around only to get scooped up and power slammed on the steel by the champion, who followed up with a cover for the victory.
Winner: Bobby Lashley via pin fall
Joey Styles and Tazz put over the Elijah Burke & Matt Striker v. RVD & Sabu match that will take place later tonight.
A promo video putting over Snitsy aired, even though he already debuted.
Girls danced, but not in sync and inevitably they’ll be cut off in about two minutes.
Winner: All of Us
Okay well it took a little longer than two minutes, but here comes Kevin Thorn and his ‘horny’ (get it?) valet Ariel.
Kevin Thorn (w/ Ariel) & Marcus Cor Von v. The Sandman & Tommy Dreamer
Everyone started brawling right off the bat, with Cor Von sending Sandman upside down into the steps and Dreamer working around with Thorn. Thorn tossed Dreamer into the ropes just in time to get hammered with a Cor Von Pounce. Neat little spot.
Cor Von tagged in once things settled down and put the boots to dreamer. He hit a snap mare and then some nasty looking cross faces. Cor Von kept after the neck, slapping on a neck Vice on the ECW Original. Dreamer fought back only for Cor Von to cut him off. Cor Von missed a clothesline and that allowed Dreamer to hit a swinging neck breaker.
Cor Von tagged Thorn just in time for Thorn to drop some nasty looking elbows onto Dreamer’s back. Dreamer hit a drop toehold into the turnbuckles and tagged in Sandman who cleaned house and then hit a HURRICANRANNA!? All hell broke loose and the referee got distracted with Cor Von and Dreamer on the outside. Sandman went to use his cane, but Thorn grabbed his instead and clocked him with it, enabling him to pick up the win.
Winner: Kevin Thorn & Marcus Cor Von
A really great promo video putting over CM Punk aired and apparently he’s in action next!
Smackdown GM came back and surprised ECW Champ Bobby Lashley in the back. Long asked Lashley if he’d show up on Smackdown this Friday night as an honored guest.
CM Punk v. Mike Knox
The two locked up and Knox quickly backed Punker into the corner as a CM Punk chant broke out. Knox went for some punches but CM Punk quickly fought back with some strikes of his own. CM Punk went to leap frog out of the corner, but Knox caught him and slammed him face first into the mat and followed it up with a leg drop and cover attempt.
Knox went for a cravat but then opted to knee the crap out of Punk instead and cinch in an abdominal stretch. Punk kneed the crap out of Knox who returned the favor with an equally stiff drop kick. Knox missed a big boot and Punk whaled away with some punches and finished it off with a roundhouse kick to the head. Punk hit his running knee in the corner before planting his former rival with a bulldog.
Punk went for a springboard clothesline, but Knox stepped out of the way. Knox came reeling around only to get caught in the anaconda vice. Knox tapped out pretty quickly.
Winner: CM Punk via Submission
Snitsky popped up out of nowhere and assaulted CM Punk and laid him out with a vicious big boot to the face. He got some pretty major heat for doing it, too.
The Originals v. New Breed tag match is next!
Another promo video aired putting over ECW Champion Bobby Lashley. Another good piece.
Rob Van Dam & Sabu v. Matt Striker & Elijah Burke
Striker and Sabu started us off. Sabu hit a nice implant DDT and a leg drop before going for a quick cover. RVD tagged in and stared down Burke. The two circled it up and locked horns in the middle of the ring. Burke grabbed a headlock and then reminded everyone he had the headlock on a million times. He hit a shoulder block and gloated a little more before Van Dam made him pay with some kicks to the head.
Burke slumped in the corner and RVD told him to bring it on, but Burke hesitated. He finally came out with some punches and a body slam before tagging in Matt Striker who missed an elbow drop. Sabu tagged in and he and RVD hit a double leg drop before going for another cover. Sabu whipped Striker to the corner but Striker avoided the follow up splash and Burke came running down the apron with a clothesline.
Burke tagged in and Striker and he hit some double knees in the corner before Elijah went for a cover attempt. Burke slapped on a rear face lock before Sabu fought out with some elbows. Burke cut Sabu off, tossing him to the mat and tagged in Striker.
Striker came in and whipped Sabu to the ropes and hit a running forearm before hitting a nice running face wash. Striker went for a cover but only got a two count. Burke tagged in again and slapped on that rear face lock, with Sabu bleeding from the mouth. Sabu fought out and made the tag to RVD.
Van Dam came in and hit some clotheslines before tagging Burke with a kick to the face. RVD followed it up with a monkey flip out of the corner and then kicked Striker in the face just because and sent him to the outside. RVD hit another kick to the face on Burke and then hit rolling thunder. Sabu went for a flipping leg drop, but Striker dragged him down to the floor.
RVD hit a tope suicida to the outside taking out Striker and Sabu recovered quickly enough and went for his springboard splash, but Burke kicked the ropes just in time and managed to roll Sabu up with his feet on the ropes for the win.
Winners: Elijah Burke & Matt Striker via pin fall
After the match Kevin Thorn, Ariel and Marcus Cor Von came out to the aisle to celebrate with Burke and Striker. ECW Weekly Round-UpQuick Results
Lashley def. Hardcore Holly
Kevin Thorne & Marcus Cor Von def. Tommy Dreamer & The Sandman
CM Punk def. Mike Knox
Matt Striker & Elijah Burke def. Sabu & Rob Van Dam
Who’s Hot, Who’s Not?
1. Rob Van Dam
2. CM Punk
2. Matt Striker
3. Elijah Burke
Match of the Night: Burke/Striker-RVD/Sabu **1/4
Show Review— This was another nice little step forward this week. Many will say it’s far too late in the game, but I at least appreciate WWE’s scrapping the crap we had before and getting back to the basics of building a brand. Tonight, we got three video montages with ECW Champion Bobby Lashley, CM Punk & Snitsky all documented and profiled in a way. Those are going to be major players whom we need to get to know. Good stuff.
The New Breed got a nice rub tonight, especially Burke and Striker going over RVD/Sabu. Striker and Burke show a ton of promise, IMO. Striker’s a great pure heel and though Burke has a lot to learn yet, he has a great look and has a full grasps of the basics of the art of quality heel work. Working with guys like RVD and Sabu will really accelerate their development.
Cor Von is a very complete package by WWE standards. He’s already decent enough on the mic and fans pop for his big moves. I think he’s a pretty mediocre worker all things considered, but he really fits the mold of a big time WWE superstar well so I have no doubt bright things will be in his future as well. Kevin Thorn and Ariel are growing on me like a fungus. I have no clue why, but I’m slowly (see Very) beginning to warm up to them a tad.
It’s amazing to see the difference though in how much farther along CM Punk is than Bobby Lashley. Lashley had pyro and couldn’t pop the crowd. He grabbed a table and couldn’t pop the crowd. He fought into the stands and not one person even stood up in the section. He uncorked a new back breaker and that didn’t pop the crowd either. He power-slammed Holly onto a chair and it didn’t get a reaction until the referee counted to three. A very telling incident that I may write more in depth about at another time, but here's the guy who’s your champion and despite doing five big things, couldn’t pop the crowd the way he should be able to. I’m not knocking Bobby. He’s got a bright future. But he’s really not ready for the position he’s in.
CM Punk on the other hand, though only getting a mild pop when he came back down the ramp, really was able to put on a fun little match with Mike Knox and the crowd ate up all their spots. The timing of the moves was better, there was less of the old signal-the-crowd-they’re supposed-to-cheer-now stuff. Much more natural and Punk was far more over. He picked up the crowd and had them get behind him enough to make the crowd boo Snitsky louder than they booed anyone all night BECAUSE he attacked Punk. That’s solid stuff.
Overall though, while this wasn’t really any better than last week, it was still a step in the right direction. Fans are learning about guys no one ever bothered to tell us about, the new talents are being legitimized and the show just seems to flow ten times as well as it did even two or three weeks ago. So while I wouldn’t consider this remotely good, it was a step forward. I feel like that third grade teacher who grades on progress rather than how smart you really are. They’re making progress so they get a green star for not sucking.
Oh btw, Sandman did a hurricanranna tonight. Hell is cold tonight.