On Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 11:26 PM EST ECW on Sci Fi
May 29, 2007
Commentators: Jim Ross & Jerry “The King” Lawler
Reported By: Hunter Golden of WrestleView.com
Randy Orton’s music hit and he came out to the ring. He said he knew he didn’t make many friends by what he did last night to RVD. He said unlike RVD who ran his mouth the whole time, he let his actions do the talking. He challenged RVD to a match and put him away for good. A video played of Orton mauling Van Dam last night on Raw. He said what he did wasn’t illegal and what he did was in a sanctioned match. He said RVD had a concussion.
This Sunday at One Night Stand, he said RVD challenged him to a stretcher match.
Tommy Dreamer came out and said Orton wasn’t welcome indeed and he made him sick. He said he was though, welcome to accept a challenge from him for a match tonight. Orton accepted and said he would kill the legend of ECW tonight.
Up next is CM Punk v. Elijah Burke in a No DQ match!
CM Punk v. Elijah Burke
The two locked horns and rolled around the ring before punker grabbed a side headlock. Punk quickly went into a go behind before Elijah countered into a front face lock. Punk countered THAT hold though and slapped on a key lock before driving some hard knees into the shoulder. Punk kept control of the arm and began kicking Burke in the chest.
Burke eventually fought out of things and grabbed a key lock of his own The two continued to trade hammer locks and key locks before Punk plastered Burke with a forearm to the face. Punk went to grab Burke and drag him out of the corner but when Burke wouldn’t budge, he just planted him in the gut with a stomp. Burke fired up and came firing back with some punches of his own, but Punk, the superior striker, reared around and hammered burke with a bunch of my thai knees.
Punk began connecting with elbows before dumping Burke to the outside with a clothesline. Burke spazzed out on the outside and grabbed a chair, only to get it drop kicked into his sternum. Burke rolled around on the outside in pain as Punk looked on.
We came back to Burke holding Punk in a bear hug on the mat. Over the break Punk had missed a splash off the barrier and had been mashed into the ring post. Burke worked over Punk on the mat and began choking away with his left at Punk on the mat. Burke charged and hit a torpedo elbow drop in the corner that earned him a two count.
Burke grabbed the reverse bear hug again. Punk fought back with the help of the crowd and almost grabbed a roll up win but Burke kicked out and hammered him with a right to the face. Burke tried two pin fall attempts before working over Punk In the corner and then slamming him to the mat with a flap jack.
Burke set up a table in the corner before Punk almost grabbed another roll up. The two traded punches in the middle of the ring before Punk caught a super stiff inzeguri that got him a two count. Punk hit some My Thai knees before the two traded whip counters. Punk won the battle and landed a huge knee to Burke’s head. He went for the bulldog but Burke held up and back suplexed him.
Punk fought back and went for a springboard lariat but botched the move and crashed to the mat. Punk recovered quickly from the both and hit his victory sequence and went for Go 2 Sleep but Marcus Cor Von showed up with a chair. Punk booted him in the gut and ripped the chair out of his hands and tossed the chair off his head. Burke was groggy and stumbling around the table in the corner. Punk took off the knee pads and went for his own Elijah express but Burke avoided it. Punk wasn’t easily fooled though and went to hit the Go 2 sleep again. Burke gouged his eyes and fought out of the hold. Marcus Cor von had, meanwhile, recovered in the corner and came bounding off the ropes with a pounce that sent Punk reeling through the table. Burke quickly shot up and grabbed the pin for the victory.
Winner: Elijah Burke via pin fall
Burke and Cor Von celebrated in the entrance way after the match.
Vince was speaking into the camera and making fun of Tazz and Joey Styles. He introduced us to Lashley. Lashley said he was doing great and was thrilled to talked to Vince. Lashley said he was happy because he knew he had an easy match this weekend. Vince said he didn’t get why he kept coming back for more. Vince said he wanted to know what made him tick. Lashley said what made him tick was his championship and he needed it back. Vince cut him off and said it wasn’t Lashley’s belt, it was his belt. Vince said Lashley was coming into his world. He said he was from the streets. Lashley debated back but let’s face it, Mr. McMahon is always right. Lashley said there was no chance he’d lose the match. The best part was Lashley showed some actual real humor here and he and Vince both almost made each other laugh on a bunch of occasions. Lashley said this Sunday he was going to win the ECW title again.
Tazz and Joey Styles ran down the One night Stand Card.
A video putting over the Randy Orton-RVD match this Sunday aired again.
Extreme Expose aired and everyone slept through it.
Kevin Thorn v. Balls Mahoney
Thorn pounced on Mahoney right off the bat. He whipped Balls to the buckles but ate a kick to the face on the back body drop attempt. Mahoney went for a follow-up but Thorn uncorked a nasty lariat. Thorn pressed the advantage tearing away at Mahoney’s face before tossing him into the ring post and choking him out. He dragged Mahoney out of the corner and hit a baldo bomb before half suplexing Mahoney onto the top rope and hitting ‘original sin’ for the pin fall victory.
Winner: Kevin Thorn via pin fall
The Major Bros. were in the back when Matt Striker showed up. He messed up their names before asking which one of them he soundly defeated last week. Striker said if RVD was smart, he shouldn’t show up at One Night Stand on Sunday calling him a ‘muckna’ which is apparently a defenseless elephant. He put the draft over a bit and said the two could be split up. They said it didn’t matter because they accomplished what they wanted to and had ‘made it’, especially when they got their first victory… a victory over Matt Striker. Striker was peeved and said he would have a challenge for them next week.
Randy Orton v. Tommy Dreamer
Dreamer grabbed a side headlock to start the match. Orton hit a shoulder block off the ropes and grabbed a side headlock of his own. The two rolled around the ring a bit before Dreamer ended up on the ring apron. Orton planted Dreamer in the face with a hard drop kick that sent Dreamer plummeting to the floor.
Back in the ring Orton went right back to the side headlock. Dreamer used the crowd to rally him (they didn’t) and elbowed his way out of the hold but ate a knee to the gut. Orton scaled the ropes but got crotched by Dreamer. Dreamer looked for the super plex and connected with the move, leaving both in pain on the mat.
The two exchanged strikes before Dreamer gained the advantage with some lariats. Orton looked for a drop kick but Dreamer held up and then rolled forward for near fall. Dreamer hit a nice bulldog and connected with a baldo bomb for a two count. Dreamer worked Orton in the corner and dumped him upside down in the tree of woe in the corner and hit the running drop kick to the face. He capped the flurry off with an inverted DDT for a two count.
Dreamer looked for the even flow but was flung into the ropes. Orton ducked under a clothesline and hit a brutal RKO to win the match.
Winner: Randy Orton via pin fall
Orton got ‘that look in his eyes’ after the match and RKO’d Dreamer once more for good measure. But wait! He’s not done. Orton lined Dreamer up and planted a brutal boot to the side of Dreamer’s head, leaving the hardcore legend motionless in the corner. Orton hit another kick before Rob Van Dam came running in to save the day. The joy would be short lived though, as Orton hit a forearm to the face of Van Dam, leaving the former WWE Champion staring into the lights.ECW Round UpShow Thoughts-- Surprisingly, ECW has delivered the last couple of weeks. We got some great feud-advancing action this week. Now that there seems to be a definitive direction to the brand, it hasn’t been half bad. In a way, I’m a little bummed we’ll be getting a draft. Things, believe it or not, are going well in ECW-land.
First off without going over the top, Kevin Thorn deserves a big time tip of the cap. He’s improved ten fold. Anyone remember Mordecai? The same kid that regularly suffered the worst case of stage fright ever in the history of wrestling has turned into a halfway decent mid card act and seems to be coming along quite nicely.
The Burke-Punk feud is coming along nicely. They didn’t over-do the ‘No DQ’ stip but rather played off of it as a way of using it to progress the stipulation. Sure, No DQ means you can use weapons, but if you’re using weapons all the time, it ruins the effect of it all. They selectively used their spots while really centering the vast majority of the match around *gasp*, wrestling. Then Cor Von came down and made it a legally illegal handi-capped match and Burke gets the cheap victory. Good, basic stuff there that you just don’t see enough of these days.
Matt Striker is a dreadful worker but boy oh boy can he work the stick. He’s one of the most natural guys I’ve ever seen on the mic and I’ve seen some good ones. He’s a guy that can build an entire mid card career around mic work. He’s sensational.
Even the Lashley-McMahon segment was pretty funny in parts and like I said in the recap, Vince and ‘Bobby’ seemed to almost make the other guy laugh during the segment. Lashley even showed a little wit. God forbid he show some character instead of being the most horrifically generic baby face in the WWE today. Ok, maybe that’s Santino Marella, but you get my point.
Like SNL needs more cowbell, ECW needs more Umaga. Lots more. He wasn’t on the show, but it doesn’t matter. We ALL could use a little more Umaga.
The Orton-Dreamer match was surprisingly good as well. Nice to see the WWE just sort of going for broke with Orton. RVD’s going on permanent vacation here soon.
Overall, this was a fun little show with some great action. Nice build to One Night Stand. Oh yeah, Saturday Night’s Main Event is on Saturday. Who’s the genius who schedules two pay per views and a SNME all within three weeks of each other?
Overall Grade: B-
Elijah Burke def. CM Punk
Kevin Thorne def. Balls Mahoney
Randy Orton def. Tommy Dreamer
Who’s Hot, Who’s Not?
2. CM Punk
4. Balls Mahoney
1. Mr. McMahon
2. Randy Orton
3. Elijah Burke
4. Kevin Thorn
Match of the night: Elijah Burke v. CM Punk **3/4