We start with Teddy Long in a Ron Burgundy outfit warming up his voice by reciting “how now brown cow”. He puts over Sci-Fi’s Halloween week as well as the card for this evening. We will be seeing a live Dirt Sheet as well as a huge six-man tag match. Teddy Burgundy tells the crowd to “stay classy San Diego, I’m a moron” he continues “hey playa, who put that on the teleprompter?” They cut to a view of the teleprompter which has those words written on it. As they try and figure it out, Hornswoggle appears and runs around Teddy Long laughing.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is normally the part where I use some sort of metaphor to get the show rolling or lyrics from a theme song or something, however not tonight. My mind is blown by that opening segment. I literally pressed paused and had to walk out of my room to get ready for ECW because I simply was not prepared for this tonight. I love it.
ECW intro airs and here comes Evan Bourne down to the ring! Evan Bourne had the second most text votes at Cyber Sunday. The only choice more popular was Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Evan Bourne, Matt Hardy & Finlay w/ Hornswoggle v. Chavo, Bam Neely & Mark Henry w/ Tony Atlas
Chavo and Evan start things off in the ring. The two lock up and Chavo comes out of it with a side headlock on Bourne. Chavo attempts a monkey flip but Evan lands on his feet and catches Chavo with a high hurricarana. He splashes Chavo in the corner but is caught, but he still manages to bring Chavo down. Finlay gets the tag and levels Chavo with a shoulder block. Now it is Finlay who locks on a head lock.
Bam Neely gets tagged in and Finlay elbows him in the face before tagging in Evan Bourne. Evan comes in and hits a hurricarana on Bam which sends Bam over the top rope and out of the ring! Evan spring boards on the second rope by the turnbuckle and catches the top rope diagonal to him and uses it to somersault out of the ring onto Bam! Holy cow, that was mad impressive. Evan landed really hard on the outside of the ring and it looks as though his foot or ankle may be injured.
We come back and Chavo is holding down Bourne and Mark Henry is tagged in. They are continuing to work on Evan Bourne’s left leg. Mark falls on the ankle, and then tags in Bam who hits a spine buster on Bourne. Chavo gets tagged in and jumps down to land on Bourne’s knee with double fists. Henry gets the tag again and falls on the knee again, before tagging in Chavo. Bourne gets in a couple of kicks but Chavo is able to hold him back until Bourne slips through and tags in Matt Hardy!
Hardy hits a couple kicks and punches then takes Chavo down with a bull dog. Hardy goes up to the second rope and hits his EPIC elbow. I hate that move so much. He hits Bam off the apron and then hits a side-effect on Chavo! Bam comes in for the save but lands on Chavo by mistake. Hardy takes advantage of the moment by hitting the Twist of Fate on Bam. Henry comes into the ring and hits the World’s Strongest Slam on Matt Hardy. Hornswoggle runs into the ring and starts biting Henry’s leg which provides just enough of a distraction that Finlay is able to run in and hit Henry with the Irish Foreign Object! Tony Atlas then drags Finlay out of the ring. Hornswoggle suicide dives out of the ring to take out Atlas!
Chavo realizes that he is currently the legal man and sees Hardy looking dazed in the ring. Chavo heads up to the top rope and Hardy tries to stop him but is thrown down to the mat. Chavo jumps and hits the Frog Splash on the ECW Champion! Chavo pins Matt Hardy for the win!
Winners via Frog Splash: Chavo, Bam Neely & Mark Henry
Video recap airs of Grisham’s attempt to interview Jack Swagger last week. In the back Surfer Girl is asking Tommy Dreamer what he thinks about the whole situation. Tonight is apparently Dreamer’s 19th anniversary of his first wrestling match. Props to you Mr. Dreamer. Tommy says that given Swagger’s background, Jack should be able to beat him in five minutes, but what if he doesn’t? What then Jack?
Tommy Dreamer v. Jack Swagger
Swagger is able to get Tommy down to the mat at the offset and get in some hard kicks. He attempts to drop an elbow but misses. Dreamer capitalizes by locking up Swagger’s arm and sending him down to the mat with an arm bar. Swagger goes for a clothesline but Tommy ducks and sends him to the outside with a fist to the face.
We come back and Swagger slams Dreamer down to the mat. Tommy kicks out of the pin attempt. Swagger backs Dreamer up in the corner and then locks on a side headlock. Jack locks in a Dragon Sleeper before Dreamer is able to kick out via his knee. Swagger sends Dreamer to the mat with a scoop slam. He tries to bounce off the second rope and hit a splash but misses. Dreamer hits a swinging neckbreaker and goes for a cover but Swagger kicks out. Dreamer is able to hit a bulldog and tries to catch his breath.
Dreamer is up on the second rope and hits a shoulder block on Swagger. Rather than go for a cover he heads up to the top rope. Swagger tries to knock him off but gets leveled for his efforts. Dreamer lifts Swagger up and goes for the DDT but Swagger is able to counter into a Northern Lights Suplex! Dreamer kicks out of the pin attempt. Dreamer rolls over Swagger and tries to get a cover but Swagger is able to roll out. Swagger hits the Blue Thunder Bomb and it’s all over!
Winner via Blue Thunder Bomb: Jack Swagger
It is time for a live version of “The Dirt Sheet” starring John Morrison and the Miz. Morrison has his abs bejeweled again. This Monday they will be facing a reunited DX for the historic 800th episode of RAW. They put over that when DX formed in 1997, they were still in high school. They air an amazingly biased promo for DX vs. Mizmo. I’m sure they’ll get that up on WWE.com and is worth checking out.
They introduce their special guests, Degeneration X! Or at least impersonators. The nose on the Hunter impersonator is ridiculously large, as in almost as big as the real thing. Morrison says that unlike DX they don’t rely on potty humor, they actually write and perform humor at a level of high decency. Miz says they are better than DX was then, they are better than DX is now, and Monday they will prove it! “Hunter” says he has two words for them, Miz says no; I have five for you and slaps him in the face! Morrison hits his finisher on “Michaels”. On Monday they only two words HHH and HBK will know are “Be Jealous!”ECW Thoughts
Evan Bourne was just on fire in his match tonight. That somersault move was one I haven’t seen before, and I’ve seen quite a few cruiserweight moves. The match as a whole was very well done; it was a necessary win for Chavo in my mind, because he has looked out of place on the show recently. I’d be remiss to leave out Matt Hardy because he has just been incredibly over as of late, except for one moment at Cyber Sunday which I noticed. Right as Hardy was getting the three count, the crowd briefly booed him for pinning Bourne. As soon as the bell rang they cheered but there was just that brief moment that showed how into Evan the crowd was at the show. This shouldn’t come as a surprise considering he received 69% of the vote.
I have two random thoughts here about the whole not using wrestler or superstar anymore, and instead referring to the workers as entertainers. First thought is that Grisham slipped and said wrestler once tonight. I actually find that really impressing considering how much work it probably is to reprogram your mind. The second thought is just one of curiosity. What is Edge’s nickname going to be when he comes back? Rated R Entertainer just doesn’t have the same ring to it.
Swagger looked really great in his match tonight. I don’t know the history of this rising star, but I’m going to look into him because he has just everything going for him. The only area he has yet to really cover is the mic, but hey Bourne’s not the best on the WWE mic and he is really over, so maybe it doesn’t matter.
Let me hear your thoughts on Swagger, Bourne, and the whole “entertainer” issue this week in your e-mails. I have lots of thoughts and I’m curious as to how the ball is rolling in your head as well.
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3 Month Rolling Rankings; ECW Title Win 5, ECW Title Loss 4, ECW Win 3, ECW Loss 2, ECW Appearance 1, PPV Title Win 10, PPV Title Loss 8, PPV Win 6, PPV Loss 4, PPV Appearance 2.
July 29th – October 28th 2008
1. Matt Hardy – 69 pts. [l.w. 1] 2. Mark Henry – 58 pts. [l.w. 2] 3. The Miz – 45 pts. [l.w. 4] 4. Finlay – 42 pts. [l.w. 3] 5. John Morrison – 40 pts. [l.w. 6] 6. Evan Bourne – 37 pts. [l.w. 5] 7. Chavo Guerrero – 26 pts. [l.w. 7] 8. Tommy Dreamer – 21pts. [l.w. 8] 9. Ricky Ortiz – 19 pts. [l.w. 9] 9. Mike Knox – 19 pts. [l.w. 9] 9. Jack Swagger – 19 pts. [l.w. NA]