On Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at 11:28 PM EST ECW on Sci Fi
October 2, 2007
Commentators: Joey Styles & Tazz
Reported By: Hunter Golden of WrestleView.com
Vince McMahon came out and immediately and informed us that WWE Champion John Cena would be out of action for at least 6-8 months. He showed a video of who was responsible for the injury. We saw a video of Randy Orton’s attack on Cena. The camera shot back to Vince. He said this Sunday, we’d crowd a new WWE Champion, insuring that history would be made.
ECW World Champion CM Punk came out to the ring. He said he should be more focused on No Mercy and maybe more focused on Dreamer and Burke because he’d be facing them there. He said for the past week, he had been thinking about one thing all week and it was ‘this’.
A video played of Big Daddy V putting a brutal beat down on him last week on ECW.
CM Punk said even though V was three times his size, he found it necessary to attack him from behind. He said despite it, he respected him and his desire to make an impact. He said he also had Punk’s attention.
Matt Striker popped up on the video screen with Big Daddy V. Striker said the attack wasn’t about getting his attention. It was about making a statement. It was him letting Punk know he wants the ECW title. He wished him luck in his upcoming match.
CM Punk v. Mike Knox
Punk locked up with Knox and grabbed an arm wringer. Punk hit some shoulder blocks before planting a kick in Knox’s back and moving into a hammer lock on the mat. Punk got Knox on his shoulders for a two count, but Knox moved out.
Knox reversed the hold before quickly being countered and again finding himself back on the mat. Knox eventually broke the hold in the corner and the two stared down and backed off. Knox hit a nice knee to the gut of Punk before hitting a clubbering blow to Punk’s back. Punk fought back with some strikes of his own before Knox grabbed him and whipped him into the buckles before taking his head off with a standing snap drop kick for a two count.
Knox grabbed a hammerlock of his own while Punk tripped him up and began planting some nasty knees into his side. Knox rolled through the strikes on the mat and went right back to the hammer lock and dropped some knees of his own into Punk’s shoulders. Knox grabbed Punk’s shoulders and rolled him over for a quick one count but Punk, like Knox did earlier, rolled through and managed to get to his feet.
Knox controlled the arm wringer and it moved into a key lock as he wrestled Punk back onto the mat. Knox hit a pump handle slam for a two count before going right back to the hammer lock. Punk leapt out of a vertical suplex attempt and began planting kicks in Knox’s thighs before drop kicking him to the floor. Punk tossed himself up and over the ropes and clattered into his adversary on the floor. Both men are laying around as we go to break.
Knox was in full control when we came back, as Knox hit a top rope snap mare before slapping on the dreaded chin lock of doom. Punk fought to his feet but Knox tossed him to the mat hard to cut him off before going right back to the well. Punk again fought to his feet and again Knox cut him off, this time with a monster lariat.
Knox went back to the chin lock and yet again, Punk fought to his feet and yet again Knox kills him and this time with a back breaker for a two count. Back to the chin lock and here comes Punk with some knee lifts and some strikes.
Punk began to build some momentum before planting Knox with the knee in the corner. Knox pushed Punk off him and went for the big boot, but Punk ducked under and caught him in GTS and connected. That’s all she wrote.
Winner: CM Punk via pin fall
Balls is in the ring and he wants an answer from Kelly. She comes out and Balls asks her yet again for that date. Kelly says YES! Miz and the bitches come out and they’re all dissin’ on Balls who swats Miz. The popular kids are pissed and chalk one up for the dorks of the world.
A video promo putting over Elijah Burke aired. More mindless babble from Tazz and Styles.
Elimination Chase Finals
Elijah Burke v. Tommy Dreamer
Both men exchanged arm drags, etc. to open things up before Dreamer hit a body slam to gain some measure of control. Dreamer followed up with a lariat before backing Burke up into the corner. Burke switched up positions in the corner before whipping him only to eat a Dreamer elbow in the corner.
Dreamer dumped him in the tree of woe and hit the drop kick before dumping Burke to the outside like last week’s trash. Dreamer dove of the apron into a Lou Thesz press and pounded away on Burke on the outside. He headed into the ring to do his ‘ahhh’ thing as we went to break.
Burke is going for covers galore as we come back from break. Burke laid a few boots into Dreamer before slapping on WWE Rest hold #1. Dreamer used the crowd to rally him as Burke cheated and acted like a turd.
Dreamer fought out of the hold only to get booted and receive four knuckles upside the head. I love the power of the punch. Dreamer egged Burke on before catching him with a running neck breaker as he charged in. Both men struggled to their feet where Dreamer won the strike exchange and capped it all off with a flap jack.
Burke yanked Dreamer into the turnbuckles before hitting a stomp and going to the top rope. Dreamer cut him off and we’ve got scuffle up top. Burke flipped off the top rope and went for the roll up only to get countered for a great near fall. Burke hit a clothesline before herding Dreamer back in the corner and laying some boots to him.
Burke hit his catapult elbow before signaling for the Elijah express. Burke missed and Dreamer mauled him with a huge DDT for the win.
Winner: Tommy Dreamer via pin fall
Dreamer celebrated in the middle of the ring before ECW GM Armando Alejandro Estrada came out and let us know that there was one more man left to enter the elimination chase. OH man. It’s Big Daddy V.
Tommy Dreamer v. Big Daddy V
Dreamer went right for the drop kick before V bitch slapped him back. V body slammed him with one hand before dropping a big head butt. V stepped on him for a little while before booting him around the ring.
V mauled him In the corner before hitting a big chop. V missed a head butt and Dreamer’s got some life. Dreamer hit a pair of huge clotheslines before just eating a big boot to the grill.
V hit the avalanche in the corner. It’s over soon…. V hit the fall away slam and dropped the big elbow and that’s that.
Winner: Big Daddy V via pin fallECW Round UpShow Thoughts-- This was another pretty solid offering as far as ECW’s concerned but something definitely felt ‘off’ about tonight.
Cena getting injured has massive repercussions and I think this was the first sorta mini-tremor that fall out caused tonight. The opening announcement while entirely appropriate and absolutely necessary, threw the show off kilter for sure. Everything meant just a little less important all night as a result. That being said, this was still solid structurally and in terms of the in ring stuff.
The Punk-Knox match was decent for what it was. For the purposes of the match, the mat work really didn’t go anywhere and it was all stuff that was more or less there. The finish was a little too fast and it had that Benoit-MVP feel to it from Wrestlemania this year, where it felt like the match just sort of ended once it started to get going.
That being said, it did a lot of good for Knox in terms of making him out to be a guy who can give anyone a run for their money on the roster and proves to be a good base to begin building him in some sort of capacity. He’s sorta just pinged around the last few weeks and while losses don’t usually help you, this is one of those exceptions. Punk keeps himself looking strong so everyone comes out ok.
The Balls-Miz-Kelly stuff worked well enough, as it’s good to have Kelly Kelly finally align herself with Balls so we can begin accelerating this feud. I think we’ll get some more swerves but it was nice for them to finally pull the trigger on the action part of the program.
The main event was really good. You wouldn’t have known it from the zero reaction it got, but it was pretty excellent. Burke played a good heel while Dreamer had a ton of hope spots and ALL the near falls were super. Dreamer was a great surprise to win the thing, but then…
Big Daddy V enters the situation. By now I’m sure you all know I am pretty high on V but the way they just sorta injected him into the title scene ‘because’ wasn’t the way to do it. I’m all for V getting a title shot, don’t get me wrong, I’m just not into the way they tossed him into the mix. It really shows that they’re worried about the show Sunday (with good reason) and are going for as many big match ups as they can.
Overall, it was a good show but it was a little unnecessarily effected by the Cena is injured fall out. Something felt off kilter, despite it being a very good show for the most part.
Overall Grade: C+
CM Punk def. Mike Knox
Tommy Dreamer def. Elijah Burke
Big Daddy V def. Tommy Dreamer
Who’s Hot, Who’s Not?
1. CM Punk
2. Balls Mahoney
1. Big Daddy V
2. Elijah Burke
Match of the night: Elijah Burke v. Tommy Dreamer **3/4
ECW Power Rankings
5 Points= Title Win
4 Points= World Title defense/win
3 Points= Singles PPV Win
2 Points= Tag PPV Win
2 Points= TV Singles Win
1 Point= TV Tag Win
0 Points= Loss
ECW World Champion: CM Punk 14-5, 27 pts. (Last Week: ECW World Champion) -- Punk-Viscera is the money feud on the brand right now, and with Cena off the card at No Mercy, they’re going with it. Can’t say I blame them, but bleh, I wish they could’ve gone into it a little better.
1. Big Daddy V 7-2, 16pts. (Last Week: 1)-- V MIGHT win the belt on Sunday, although I’d like to see Dreamer crash the party and cost Visc the match to build a good feud between the two of them. I think it’d help both guys as I don’t think the heat’s quite there for V as champ.
2. Elijah Burke 6-10, 11 pts (Last Week: 2)-- Burke’s gotta be the most up and down guy in the WWE and it’s not altogether bad, but he seems to be moving into the Jeff Hardy spot on the ECW show as the guy who puts on the good matches, goes over everyone below him, but doesn’t beat the top guys. Another all over the place week for him.
3. The Miz 8-2 15pts. (Last Week: 3)-- Everyone’s favorite douche bag gets a little of his own medicine tonight. Nice way to kick the fun off with Balls.
4. John Morrison 9-5, 24pts. (Last Week: 4)-- Returning soon to an alternate reality near you.
5. Balls Mahoney 2-4, 6 pts (Last Week: NR)-- I’m moving Balls up a bit this week by the good response his kick off with Miz went.
Kevin Thorn 4-5, 7 pts. (Last Week: 5)
Tommy Dreamer 3-12, 5 pts.(Last Week: NR)
Matt Striker 1-3, 2pts. (Last Week: NR)
The Boogeyman 6-3, 11pts. (Last Week: NR)
Mike Knox 2-2, 4 pts. (Last Week: NR)
Rob Van Dam 0-0, 0pts. (Last Week: NR)
Nunzio 0-4, 0pts. (Last Week: NR)
Marcus Cor Von 0-2, 0pts. (Last Week: NR)
Stevie Richards 4-4 8pts (Last Week: NR)