Reported by David Stephens of WrestleView.com
On Tuesday, December 9, 2008 at 11:29 PM EST
ECW on Sci-Fi
December 9th 2008
Commentators: Matt Striker & Todd Grisham
Report by: David Stephens of WrestleView.com
Welcome to the one and only show featuring the prestigious Slammy Award Winning: Commentators, Tag Team, WWE.com Exclusive and Finisher. Welcome to ECW!
ECW kicks off strong with Tommy Dreamer in the middle of the ring, starting to give a heartfelt speech on what ECW means to him. Not three sentences in, Koslov of all people, jumps into the ring and takes him out. He grabs the mic and challenges Matt Hardy to a match!
The All-American American, Jack Swagger, makes his way down to the ring as soon as Koslov exits through the crowd. Dreamer is still on the mat and Swagger has quite the smile on his face. The smile quickly changes to a grimace and Jack Swagger picks Dreamer up and slams him down with a Blue Thunder Bomb!
Video Recap of the Slammy Awards from last night on RAW showcasing Miz & Morrison’s Tag Team of the Year win.
Kung Fu Naki & Jimmy Wang Yang v. Miz & Morrison
Miz starts off by mocking Naki’s karate moves. Kung lays him out with a couple kicks and tags in Jimmy. Yang locks Miz’s arm behind his back and then sends him shoulder first into the turnbuckle. Miz is on the mat and Wang has a brief arm hold before Miz breaks out and hits a couple of kicks. Yang is sent into the ropes and catches Miz with a tilt-a-whirl headscissors and dropkick. Miz is able to get up and tag in Morrison.
Yang kicks Morrison’s feet out from under him and hits a standing moonsault. Kung gets the tag and locks onto Morrison’s arm. Naki hits a very nice arm bar and has Morrison help up in the middle of the ring. Morrison is able to break free with a European uppercut and goes for a spinning heel kick, but Naki dodges and sends Morrison out of the ring with a dropkick. Naki heads to the top rope, but Miz creates a distraction which allows Morrison to knock Fu of the turnbuckle.
We come back and Miz has Fu held in the ring with a side headlock. The crowd gets behind Naki and Kung breaks the hold. Miz keeps him from making the tag which Kung turns into a sunset flip roll-up, but Miz kicks out. Miz sends Kung to the corner and hits a clothesline. Miz brings Kung to the corner and tags in Morrison. John hits plenty of kicks and punches as well as a very stiff knee to the jaw. Naki tries to use some chops to break out, but Morrison locks in a sleeper hold which he transfers into an arm bar. Naki hits a schoolboy roll-up out of nowhere, but Morrison kicks out. Naki tags in Wang!
Wang heads to the top rope and hits a huge crossbody on Morrison followed by a ridiculously cool looking monkey flip. Miz tries to run in for the save but Yang hits a spinning heel kick which sends him out of the ring. Morrison tries to sneak in a drive-by, but Yang counters and tries for a moonsault from the top rope. Morrison dodges and springboards off the second rope with a kick that silences Yang.
Winners via Springboard Kick: Miz & Morrison
In the back Mark Henry is shown getting ready for his match. We get to see tony Atlas in his old ring attire, my goodness he looks absurd. Henry says he doesn’t care about the old outfit, and why does Atlas think he would care? Henry says this match isn’t about Atlas, it is all about Henry. He also wants to know why his bag isn’t by his locker. Atlas apologizes and Henry says he’ll let it go this time.
Hardy is shown in the back and says that Koslov will not beat him at Armageddon. Apparently they have a match.
The Boogeyman v. Scott Reid
I really wish that they hadn’t stopped showing names for the local talents, because I never know how to spell the names. Scott tries charging at Boogeyman, but he gets slammed down to the mat for his efforts. Boogey sends Scott into the corner and then lays him out with a shoulder block, followed up with a huge splash in the corner. Boogey lifts Scott up with a neck choke and slams him down to the mat.
Winner via The Nightmares in My Closet: The Boogeyman
After the match, The Boogeyman brings out his worms and treats Reid to a tasting.
In the back we see Finlay with a chuckling Hornswoggle. Wow, ‘swoggle said “yeah” and “come on”, I don’t think I have ever heard him talk before.
Mark Henry & Tony Atlas v. Finlay & Hornswoggle
Finlay and Tony Atlas are starting things off in the ring. I wonder when the last time Atlas wrestled was? Atlas flexes a bit for us in the ring. The two lock up and Finlay is backed into the corner to break the hold. They lock up in the center and make their way to the turnbuckle again. Once again the hold is broken and the two are staring each other down. Atlas bounces into the rope and hits a couple of shoulder blocks on Finlay. Atlas tries again but Finlay is able to hit a clothesline. Finlay goes for the pin but Atlas kicks out. Finlay follows this up with the Pot o’ Gold. Hornswoggle is on the turnbuckle and hits the tadpole splash! Henry runs into the ring and tries to splash ‘swoggle, but Finlay is able to pull him out of the way.
We come back and Henry has been tagged in, as it is him and Finlay in the ring. Finlay looks worn out. Finlay hits a slew of uppercuts and goes for a shoulder block, but Henry catches him bouncing off the ropes with a scoop slam. Atlas gets the tag. Atlas moves Finlay over to the corner and greets him with some punches. Finlay gets in a couple of right hands and an uppercut, but Atlas catches him with a kick to the gut, and tags in Mark Henry.
Henry has a neck hold on Finlay in the middle of the ring. Striker once again encourages us to try it at home to feel the pressure. Henry throws Finlay face first into the mat. Finlay gets to his feet and Henry meets him with a couple of punches. Henry has Finlay in a side headlock in the center of the squared circle. Finlay breaks the hold with a jawbreaker and dodges Henry. Finlay hits a couple kicks and follows it up with a DDT. Henry kicks out of the pin attempt.
Finlay gets hit hard by Henry which sends him to the outside. Henry drags in Hornswoggle and just absolutely chucks him down to the mat. Henry bounces off the ropes and goes to splash ‘swoggle, but Finlay pushes his son out of the way and takes the hit! Henry picks him up and hits the World’s Strongest Slam for the win.
Winners via World’s Strongest Slam: Mark Henry & Tony AtlasECW Thoughts
Team MizMo is absurdly good. For some reason tonight that fact especially stuck out in my mind while watching their acceptance speech at the Slammy Awards. The mic work and chemistry between the two is simply awesome. Oh, and their catchphrase is quickly becoming one of my favorites: “Be Jealous!”
The Boogeyman really creeps me out. He looked to be on fire tonight. There was an impressive amount of energy radiating off of him. I’m looking forward to seeing how he is used on ECW. Man, I really hate those worms.
I have been talking a fair amount of heat towards Finlay and Hornswoggle as of late mainly because as much as I like them, I can’t stand the fact that they use the Irish Foreign Object to win every match. Tonight I got an amazing moment from the two of them. I am going to criticize when I feel the need, but I also will absolutely congratulate them on when they do something brilliant. Finlay taking the splash from Mark Henry by moving Hornswoggle out of the way was an amazing piece of storytelling. Very, very well done.
A lot of people e-mailed me last week complaining that I was unfair to MVP. To these people I say, look at tonight’s main event. My issue was not with MVP as a talent, but simply that I want to see ECW wrestlers in the ECW main event. Tonight we got that, and tonight we saw why it is worth having them there.
As always, send you thoughts over to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m looking forward to your views on tonight’s show.
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.
September 9th 2008 – December 9th 2008
1. Matt Hardy – 51 pts. [l.w. 1]
2. Mark Henry – 49 pts. [l.w. 2]
3. John Morrison – 39 pts. [l.w. 5]
4. Finlay – 35 pts. [l.w. 3]
4. The Miz – 35 pts. [l.w. 4]
6. Jack Swagger – 33 pts. [l.w. 6]
7. Evan Bourne – 23 pts. [l.w. 7]
8. Tony Atlas – 18 pts. [l.w. 9]
9. Tommy Dreamer – 16 pts. [l.w. 8]
10. Ricky Ortiz – 14 pts. [l.w. NA]