The ECW intro plays featuring the new superstars and then the pyro goes off as Josh Mathews & Matt Striker welcomes us to ECW. Christian vs Kozlov is plugged as the music of the Bella Twins hits and they enter the ring dressed in gold. Brie and Nikka get on the mic and introduce them self before re introducing them self as each other in an attempt to confuses the fans. The music of Katie Lea Burchill hits and we have our first match of the night.
Nikki Bella vs. Katie Lea Burchill
They lock up and Katie over powers Nikki,chucking her outside the ring before jumping onto her. Katie then pushes Nikki back in the ring and starts to beat Nikki up in the corner. Katie climb the turnbuckle and starts to choke Nikki with her leg as she poses to the crowd. Katie hits a back breaker for a 2 count before Nikki hits a spring board arm drag and a drop kick which gets a small pop from the crowd.
Nikki charges at Katie,who ducks and uses Nikki’s speed to her advantage and pushes Nikki over the rope to the outside. Nikki tries to fight back in but Katie cuts her off with a knee to the head and a neck breaker for a 2 count. Katie kicks Nikki out of the ring and with the ref looking at Katie,Brie pushes her sister to the floor and enters the ring pretending she is hurt. Katie picks up Brie who kicks Katie in the stomach and hits an X Factor-like face buster for the 3.
Winner: Nikki Bella
After the match the Bella Twins celebrate as a replay of the end of the match is shown. Katie looks pissed as we jump to the announce team who talk about the New Superstar Initiative and how last week it collided with the trade with Shelton facing Yoshi Tatsu. A replay of last weeks match is shown.
Yoshi’s music and he gets a pretty decent pop from the crowd as we go to a break.
We are back as Yoshi waits in the ring for his opponent for tonight, Shelton Benjamin.
Shelton Benjamin vs. Yoshi Tatsu
The bell ring as Yoshi attempts to kick Shelton before they lock up in the center of the ring with Shelton over powering Yoshi and pushing him away. They lock up again and Shelton once again over powers Yoshi and pushes him away which brings a smile to the face of Shelton.
Yoshi goes to punch Shelton but Shelton runs at him and slams Yoshi into the turnbuckle and starts to beat him down in the corner. Yoshi tries to cover up but Shelton is kicking and punching Yoshi and ignoring the ref’s count who ends up drags Shelton away. Yoshi and Shelton stand off once again before Shelton punches Yoshi and forces him back into the turnbuckle once again.
Shelton looks like he is going to irish whip Yoshi into the opposite corner but changes his mind and chucks Yoshi towards the turnbuckle he just came from but this time Yoshi is able to stop himself,turn around and punch Shelton to the floor before drop kicking Shelton. Yoshi runs into the ropes and attempts a body splash but Shelton gets his knees up. Shelton picks up Yoshi only to hit him with a cloth lines followed by an elbow drop. Shelton knees Yoshi in the chest and attempts a swinging neck breaker which Yoshi reverses into a back slide pin which gets a long 2 count. Shelton goes to charge at Yoshi but rolls out of the ring when Yoshi attempts to kick him. Shelton takes a break outside the ring as we head to a break.
We are back from the break,Shelton irish whips Yoshi into the ropes and Yoshi hits Shelton with a cross body and this gets an 2 count from the ref. Yoshi whips Shelton into the ropes and attempts a drop kick but Shelton holds onto the ropes so Yoshi hits the mat hard. Shelton picks Yoshi up and looks like he is about to Power bomb Yoshi but slowly walks backwards and drops Yoshi onto the turnbuckle for a 2 count.
Shelton locks in a reverse chin lock as the crowd starts to chant for Yoshi. Shelton knees Yoshi in the back and locks in a choke hold again which Yoshi reverse with a snap mare and a kick Yoshi goes for a second kick which Shelton reverse by spinning Yoshi around and locking in a reverse waist lock and attempting a German Suplex which Yoshi reverses into a pin attempt which gets a long two count! Yoshi kicks Shelton before backing him up into the corner and whipping Shelton into the opposite corner and jumping into him with a double knee thrust and setting Shelton up for a bull dog which sees Yoshi and Shelton both roll over and sits Shelton up only for him to be kicked back down to the mat and a 2 count for Yoshi!.
Yoshi looks pumped up as the crowd get behind him as he attempts to irish whips Shelton into the corner only for Shelton to reverse it and send Yoshi into the corner setting Yoshi up for a Stinger Splash but Yoshi moves sending Shelton into the corner as he goes to the ring apron and spring boards back into the ring with a Spinning Heel Kick to the face of Shelton! Yoshi covers… 1..2.. Kick out! You have to be kidding me!
Yoshi looks shocked,the announce team is in shock and so is the crowd! Yoshi is getting fired up but walks straight into a big time Belly to Belly suplex by Shelton. Both wrestlers are down as the ref starts the count, Shelton makes it to his feet and attempts a Dragon Heel kick which Yoshi blocks before attempting a kick of his own which is blocked by Shelton who hits Paydirt out of nowhere and gets the 3! wow what a match
Winner: Shelton Benjamin
The crowd are clapping both wrestlers as highlights of the match are shown. A Kozlov promo is shown then the main event is plugged
We are back and the former body guard of The Brain Kendrick, Ezekiel Jackson is making his way down to the ring for his ECW debut. As he enters the ring, a pre recorder segment is shown where Jackson says the only name in WWE that is important is Ezekiel
Ezekiel Jackson vs. Jack Meridol
Jackson locks up with Meridol and over powers him before delivering a forearm to his opponents back. and Jackson irish whips Meridol into the ropes and lowers his head a bit to quickly and this allowed Meridol to kick Jackson in the head and charge at him which ends with Jackson chucking Meridol in the air,catching him mid-air and charging him into the corner. Jackson applies a bear hug to his opponent and as Meridol tries to fight out,Jackson rams his helpless opponent into the turnbuckle. Meridol tries to fight back but gets a clubbing forearm to the face for his effort. Jackson keeps knocking down his opponent before irish whipping him into the ropes and hitting a MASSIVE clothesline.
Meridol looks like he’s about ready to quit wrestling all together after that monster clothesline. Jackson is not finished with him though,he picks his poor opponent up and hits a Rock Bottom/Choke slam move and this match is over.
Winner: Ezekiel Jackson
After the match highlights of the match are shown before we cut backstage and see some stage hands talking when suddenly we hear a woman scream and the camera pans to the left to see her falling off a ladder!
The stage hands and the camera runs towards the area where she has fallen but before they arrive we see she is safe in the arms of The Hurricane,who flies off before anyone can thank him.
Next up is The Abraham Washington Show with ECW Champion Tommy Dreamer as his guest!
We are back on ECW and a replay of The Hurricane saving the falling woman backstage is shown.
Abraham Washington Show with Tommy Dreamer
In the ring Abraham welcomes us back to his show and puts over how great his show is and how high his rating are. He introduces his guest,Tommy Dreamer who is dressed up in a nice suite for this event.
The two shake hands before sitting down as an “ECW” chant breaks out. Abraham puts over Dreamer as the biggest star in ECW history “literally your huge” says Abraham. He tells Dreamer to diet,and says it funny that last week he had twins on the show and this week he has someone that looks like he is carrying twins. Abraham asks how Dreamers gastric bypass is going to which Dreamer replies, “As well as this show is going for you”. Abraham calls Dreamer a living legend and asks Dreamer how it feels. Dreamer says he is proud of superstars that have come up though ECW,the likes of Rey Mysterious,CM Punk.Y2J,Jack Swagger,Evan Bourne Kofi Kingston and Viva la raza,Eddie Guerrero and he is proud to be ECW champ. Abraham puts over the fact Dreamer has been in tough matches and wants to know who he faced in his hardest match. Dreamer starts to mock Abraham about his hair and asks how he got the hair style and this results in Abraham pulling out his hair brush and brushing his hair… only on ECW could this happen.
Abraham plugs the main event of the night and asks who Dreamer wants to win the match. Straight away,Dreamer picks Christian but before he can explain why,the other half of the main event, Vlaidmir Kozlov’s music hits and the Moscow Mauler makes his way to the ring.
Kozlov and Dreamer face off as Abraham begs them not to fight and tells Dreamer that he will be facing Kozlov at Night Of Champions.
ECW is back as Kozlov stands in the ring waiting for Christian and we are informed that Tommy Dreamer will be sitting at ringside at the broadcast table to watch this match. Christian’s theme song hits and the crowd pop like crazy.
#1 Contendership Match for ECW Championship
Christian vs. Vladimir Kozlov
They lock up in the center of the ring then Kozlov uses his power to push Christian back into the corner as the ref asks for a clean break,which he gets. Christian and Kozlov lock up again with Kozov using a judo like throw on Christian. Christian and Kozlov lock up again and following a struggle, Kozlov takes Christian down with a fireman’s carry and mocks Christian who is uses the ring ropes to get back to his feet.
They lock up again, this time Kozlov knees Christian and picks him up looking for a running powerslam but Christian slides down the back of Kozlov and locks in a head lock on Kozlov. Kozlov pushes Christian into the corner and rushes at him but Christian gets his foot up to stop Kozlov before climbing the top rope,jumping over a charging Kozlov and hitting Kozlov with a massive right hand!. Kozlov does not look too happy with Christian and big boots him in the chest before picking Christian up in a Toture Rack. Christian struggles and manages to slip down the back of Kozlov and lower the ring rope as Kozlov runs at him causing Kozlov to fall to the outside.
Christian goes for a crossbody to the outside but is stopped by Kozlov,who has made his way back into the ring aparon, by a massive headbutt to the stomoch of Christian before Kozlov uses his power to throw Christian to the outside. Kozlov rams Christian spine first into the ring apron before pushing him back into the ring for a 2 count. Kozlov then reapplies the Toture Rack before Christian slides out of,bounce against the ropes and attempts a cross body only to be caught by Kozlov who hits a massive Fall Away Slam! Kozlov covers and gets a long two count. Kozlov locks in a reverse waist lock as Christian struggles to escape only for Kozlov to deliver a fore arm to the back of Christian before locking in the Toutre Rack again.
Christian fights out of the Torture Rack and attempts to hit the Kill Switch but Kozlov fights out of it and pushes Christian chest first into the turnbuckle who then kicks Kozlov in the face as he rushes into the corner. Christian attempts a swinging DDT which is blocked before punching Kozlov and trying to knock him down to the mat. Kozlov then uses Christian’s own speed against him as he chucks Christian to the outside.
Kozlov starts to beat Christian outside the ring and tries to torpedo Christian head first into the ring post but he is able to slid out of it and push Kozlov into the ring post. Both men get back in the ring with Christian climbing the turnbuckle and hits a slightly awkward looking drop kick which gets a 2 count from the Ref. Christian attempts to climb the ropes but is cut off by Kozlov who picks Christian off the top rope locking him once again in a Torture Rack and hits a back breaker for a 2 count as a turnbuckle pad falls off. Kozlov kicks Christian back into the turnbuckle(which is missing a cover) and Kozlov charges at Christian who moves so Kozlov goes face first into the exposed turnbuckle and stumbles backwards into Christian who hits the Kill Switch for the 3 count
Christian walks up the ramp as the end of the match is re shown, In the ring Kozlov looks pissed as ECW goes off the air with Christian at the top of the ramp.
Wow, tonight was the best ECW I’ve been in a long time. We had everything needed to carry on storylines and make some new ones.
The Diva’s match was pretty decent and Katie Lee shows she can wrestle pretty damn and I think she could be a threat to the Diva’s/Woman’s belt if they find away to move her over. The Bella Twins were okay tonight but having 3 divas on ECW with no reason to face each other might result in them leaving WWE.
Shelton vs. Yoshi was purely awesome. I said last week I could seem them making this a long feud and after tonight’s match, I think these guys could pull of a show stealing PPV. Yoshi is like a mix of Evan Bourne and Rey Mysterio and some of his moves today were just awesome. I know many people said Shelton got screwed when he got moved to ECW but after tonight’s showing I think it was a brilliant move as he looked a million dollars tonight.
Ezekiel Jackson also looked awesome tonight. He looked like a monster and a threat to everyone on the roster. His clothesline was probably the best I’ve ever seen and the jobber sold it damn well. I look forward to seeing Jackson come though the ranks in ECW.
Abraham Washington Show was better than last week as Dreamer helped though the promo unlike the Bella Twins last week. Abraham seems to flick between being a Heel and Face but the crowd just don’t know how to react to him. As for his future on ECW, I think he will end up being a manager, maybe for Jackson.
The main event was a pretty good contest and made both Christian and Kozlov look a threat for the ECW belt. I predict Christian winning the belt at Night Of Champions and Kozlov to face him at the next PPV. The only bad thing I can say about the match is that the ending was very predictable when you saw how long it look Christian to remove the top turnbuckle.
Overall, I thought the show was awesome and did everything possible in the time ECW has on air. WWE built up the storylines and it should make an interesting watch for the next few weeks as we see the likes of Sheamus face off with people like Jackson or maybe Goldust and also how WWE will uses the newly returned Hurricane.
That’s all for ECW. Agree with me? Disagree? Send me any feedback about ECW or TNA Epics to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello friends, I hope you have been enjoying ECW in my absence. I’ll be back full scale next week, but I both need and want to heartily thank Chris Kelly for his work and enthusiasm with the ECW recaps the past two weeks. I was unable to cover due to computer issues and he graciously took the responsibility upon himself to deliver WrestleView caliber work. To take a page from Mr. V’s book, I’m awarding you 5 Gold Stars Mr. Kelly. I really appreciate the help.
So how about ECW these past two weeks! I step out and next thing I know, BAM the whole landscape has changed. I also needed to update the power rankings for you guys as they got a massive facelift in light of the draft/trade or whatever that was. But we’ll get to that later.
A lot of people were initially really upset with the way ECW was treated. When I meagerly read the results on my phone during my time with no computer I was chagrined to say the least. I shook my head in disgust, blasted the WWE in my Facebook status, and planned on dreading Tuesday nights. Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m ready to admit that I was wrong. ECW is just as good as she has been since her rebirth.
I have seen young and fresh talented catapulted to stardom: CM Punk, John Morrison, Evan Bourne and Jack Swagger to name just a few. I have also seen older stale talent have their fires rekindled: Mark Henry, Finlay, Matt Hardy and others. It is no secret that I love the current ECW. The mission in my eyes is to act as a developmental area, but not in the way FCW or OVW and DSW were in the past.
ECW has an active role in the WWE Universe. She is present on PPVs (though admittedly often as the curtain-jerker), has matches on Superstars, and gets people interested in new talent. So keeping in mind the successes of ECW, the loss of Jack Swagger, Evan Bourne, The Hart Dynasty, et al., brings a smile to my face. For my “loss” is their gain. I have seen them grow, and I’m excited to watch them prosper.
There is a bunch of new talent, but I’ll hold off the judgment of them till next week. I have long been a proponent of giving guys a couple of weeks, so that’s what I shall do. It would be easy for me to say that I loved one thing and hated another, but instead you’ll have to keep your breath bated for my thoughts on them for one more week. Besides, time is the best court of reason.
Huge shake-up this week. I have completely removed those traded to other brands, keeping just the pure ECW talent. It’s a whole new world for the ECW Power Rankings, enjoy!
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 14th ?July 9th 2009
1. Christian ? 64 pts. [l.w. 1]
2. Tommy Dreamer ? 40 pts. [l.w. 3]
3. Kozlov ? 19 pts. [l.w. 9]
4. Zach Ryder – 13 pts. [l.w. NA]
5. Paul Burchill ? 10 pts. [l.w. 9]
6. Katie Lea – 8 pts. [l.w. NA]
7. Shane Helms – 7 pts. [l.w. NA]
7. Tony Atlas – 7 pts. [l.w. NA]
9. Shelton Benjamin – 5 pts. [l.w. NA]
9. Yoshi Tatsu – 5 pts. [l.w. NA]
Be sure to read ?That’s a Wrap? on WrestleView!
So that’s ECW?. Love it? Hate it? Disagree with everything I said? Just want to chat wrestling? I?m always up for reading your thoughts so send them over to me at email@example.com.
– David Stephens