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The show kicks off with a Video Recap of Christian winning the ECW Title on Sunday at Night of Champions. The pyro blasts and it is time to roll!
Tyler Reks v. Paul Burchill w/ Katie Lea
Matt Striker refers to Burchill as ?the scallywag of skullduggery? and this match gets started. The two circle each other and then Reks grabs Burchill’s arm and hits him with a shoulder block. Tyler gets behind Paul for an armbar. Reks heads for the corner, but Burchill throws him down to the mat and then leaps into the air connecting with his back on the mat-ridden Tyler Reks. Burchill goes for a pin but Reks kicks out. Burchill locks on a leg scissors which Reks escapes by making his way to the ropes. Paul lifts Reks up for a suplex and then goes for the cover, Tyler kicks out.
Burchill gets back to his feet and locks in an abdominal stretch on Reks. Tyler breaks free and goes for a quick roll up, but Burchill kicks out. Reks then throws Paul out of the ring. He leaps over himself with a crossbody to connect on the outside. Reks comes back in for another crossbody and goes for a cover, but Tyler gets naught. Reks heads to the apron and Burchill runs over to counter. Paul attempts to throw him into the steel post, but Reks continues with his momentum flying past and remaining on the apron. Tyler springboards for a huge missile dropkick and gets the pin!
Winner via Missile Dropkick: Tyler Reks
Kozlov v. Bill Baine
The match starts with Kozlov chucking Bill to the mat. Kozlov picks him up and hits a huge belly-to-belly suplex. Kozlov then lifts him over his head and throws him into the corner. Kozlov beats on Bill’s head before lifting him up again. Kozlov lays him over the top turnbuckle and punts him in the stomach. Kozlov then lifts Bill and throws him over his head for a fall away slam. Kozlov hits the Iron Curtain and this match is over.
Winner via Iron Curtain: Kozlov
After the match Ezekiel Jackson makes his way down to the ring in an act reminiscent of Kozlov doing the same last week. The two stare each other down and then Zeke lifts the jobber up for a fierce chokeslam. Zeke leaves the ring and heads up the ramp.
In the back Tiffany is seen talking with Tommy Dreamer. Tommy mentions how much he loved being ECW Champion. Then Shelton comes in and asks to be on Abraham Washington’s show. Tiffany says that she talked to Abe, but he has reservations because he feels Shelton isn?t ?entertaining enough?. Shelton scoffs at the suggestion stating that he will prove his entertainment value. Gregory Helms walks in and says he has a question to ask Tiffany, and we head to commercial.
Sheamus v. Goldust
The two charge at each other and Sheamus throws him down to the mat. Gold bounces off the ropes and is leveled with a shoulder block. Sheamus attempts to lift him up, but Dust deadweights and hits a scoop slam of his own. Sheamus slows the match down by heading to the corner. The two lock up and again and Sheamus is able to push Dust into the corner. Sheamus throws a couple of punches and Goldie falls to the mat. Sheamus attempts a cover but Goldust kicks out.
Sheamus sees Dust on the mat and settles in for a chin lock, but Goldust is able to quickly kick out. Sheamus locks on an armbar and this time is able to make the submission stick. Dust is whirling in pain on the mat screaming for mercy, but not tapping. Dust does a good job working the crowd and getting them to give him the momentum to get to his feet. Dust pushes Sheamus off and then dodges a splash and goes for high punches in the corner. Dust comes down and hits a clothesline and goes for the pin, Sheamus kicks out.
Both men are on their feet and take turns bouncing off the ropes. Dust gets the advantage with a punch and then a power slam. Goldie goes for the pin but Sheamus kicks out. Dust goes for his finisher but Sheamus counters and then connects with a boot to the face Sheamus hits his backbreaker and this match is over!
Winner via backbreaker: Sheamus
In the back we see Christian walking with the ECW Title, and we will be hearing from him next!
Ah, it is the time when we have nothing but video recaps and commercials for about 10 minutes. Same time every week.
Video Recap of Shaq guest hosting RAW last night
The ads are finally over and we come back to see Christian making his way down to the ring. He takes the time to soak in the crowd reaction and display his newly won ECW Title. Christian grabs the mic and puts over his second ECW Title win. Christian says that losing the ECW Title was actually a good thing because it showed him how much the belt actually meant. Christian starts to put over Dreamer – but Dreamer’s music hits and he makes his way down the ramp!
Dreamer grabs a mic and confronts Christian. Dreamer says he is out to say a couple things, the first of which is to congratulate Christian for winning the belt. Dreamer says he spoke to Tiffany and she is giving him his rematch next week, and it is going to be eXtreme Rules!
Zack Ryder’s music and he interrupts and wants to get started with his match and tells them to stop thinking about next week
Christian v. Zack Ryder
We come back and the match is already underway. The two exchange armbars before Zack is able to get Christian down to the mat for a quick pin attempt, but Christian kicks out. Ryder sweeps the legs and goes for another cover, but no luck. Christian gets to his feet and connects with two arm drags and then locks in an arm bar. Christian goes for a roll up, but Zack kicks out. Christian grabs the arm again wrenching it behind Ryder’s back. Ryder bounces off the ropes and is leveled by a dropkick. Christian goes for the cover, but Ryder kicks out.
Christian throws Ryder onto the second rope and then stands on his back applying pressure via the ropes. Christian heads to the apron and pulls down on Zack’s head slinging it off the top rope. Zack retreats to the corner, but gets hit with HUGE splash. Ryder is able to find his ground and whips Christian hard into the corner. Christian falls to the mat and is covered, but he kicks out.
Zack begins to taunt Christian and then begins working on Christian’s head with his forearms. Zack goes to the second rope and leaps, but Christian dodges. Christian hits a springboard crossbody and Ryder rolls out of the ring. Christian looks for a baseball slide, but Ryder blocks with a shoulder to the gut. Christian slams Zack’s head on the apron and then slides back into the ring. Christian runs and connects with a baseball slide between the first and second ropes. Christian leaps to the second rope and springboards for a crossbody to the outside on Ryder!
We come back and see Ryder throw Christian out of the ring! Zack is urging the ref to count and cockily hopes for victory. Christian crawls to the ring and jumps in on the count of 9. Ryder goes right after him locking in an abdominal stretch. The crowd is heavily behind Christian and he manages to break free. Christian bounces off the ropes and flips over himself when Ryder connects with a knee to the gut. Ryder heads right back to the mat and locks on a leg scissors hold. Christian is able to fall back for a pin, but Ryder kicks out.
Ryder backs Christian into the corner and goes for a punch, but Christian counters and then heads to the top rope. Ryder jumps up in time to block it, and the two get entangled. Ryder connects with a Superplex! Zack goes for the cover, but Christian is able to kick out. Zack pushes Christian up on the turnbuckle and looks to go for another a Superplex, but this time Christian throws him down and leaps for a crossbody! Christian goes for the cover, but Ryder kicks out!
Both men are on their feet and Christian connects with a huge right hand. Christian follows this up with a reverse DDT, but Ryder kicks out. Christian heads to the top and hits two back to back missile dropkicks. Ryder is covered but kicks out. Christian goes to the top yet again, but Ryder pulls him down. Zack bounces off the ropes and then connects with a great knee strike. Ryder pushes him into the corner, but Christian grabs his head and hits a whirlwind DDT! Christian covers and Ryder once again kicks out. Zack is able to get some footing and has an insane level of determination. Christian hits his see-saw leg kick and follows it up with a flying European uppercut. Christian hits the Killswitch and this epic match is over.
Winner via Killswitch: Christian
Wowza, what a main event! Christian and Ryder had a decent amount of time and gave it everything they had. First the good – both men looked very strong and Ryder was instantly elevated to main event level. The bad – Christian really needs to stop going to the top rope every move. I?m a high flyer fan, but he seem to be perched on the turnbuckle every five seconds which really wasn?t necessary. Regardless, I look forward to these two squaring off again, it will be treat.
Kozlov is a beast? but so is Zeke! I love the way they are building this feud up. The crowd really wants to see the two of them lock up and the WWE would be wise to exploit that desire. Or we might just have it unhyped on free TV but hey I can always hope.
Goldust has just looked awesome since being drafted to ECW. He seems to be in great shape. The crowd rightfully buys into him now and wants to see him win, thus legitimizing his opponent’s victories.
Tyler Reks and Burchill squared off continuing their feud in what was another ok match. It wasn?t bad, but it is highly forgettable. On the plus side Reks? theme song is really grooving? so that’s something?
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.
April 28th ?July 28th 2009
1. Christian ? 69 pts. [l.w. 1]
2. Tommy Dreamer ? 52 pts. [l.w. 2]
3. Kozlov ? 23 pts. [l.w. 3]
4. Zach Ryder – 18 pts. [l.w. 4]
5. Paul Burchill ? 14 pts. [l.w. 5]
6. Shelton Benjamin – 12 pts. [l.w. 7]
7. Yoshi Tatsu – 11 pts. [l.w. 7]
8. Katie Lea – 10 pts. [l.w. 6]
8. Shane Helms – 10 pts. [l.w. 7]
8. Sheamus – 10 pts. [l.w. NA]
Look for ?That’s a Wrap? on WrestleView Thursday!
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