ECW on Sci-Fi - April 29, 2008
WWE’s ECW is broadcast from Atlantic City, NJ on the Sci-Fi Channel
Ringside announcers: Mike Adamle & Tazz
Ring announcer: Tony Chimel
The Gold Standard Shelton Benjamin from Orangeburg, SC, weighing 248 lbs.
Kofi Kingston from Jamaica, weighing 217 lbs.
Last week on ECW, Kingston defeated Benjamin in a one on one match. Kingston has not lost a match since debuting on ECW. Benjamin has the mic and he tells Kingston that his win last week was a fluke and Kingston’s luck is about to run out. The bell rings and Benjamin goes for a quick roll up, but Kingston kicks out. Another cover and Kingston kicks out. Benjamin body slams Kingston to the mat several times and again goes for a cover. Benjamin gets a two count. Benjamin goes to work on Kingston’s back but Kingston fights back. Again Benjamin goes for a cover and again he gets a two count. Benjamin continues his assault on Kingston, a back breaker and another pin attempt with another two count. Benjamin sets Kingston up on the top turnbuckle, lands several fists and then climbs up to the second rope. Kingston fights back and sends Benjamin down to the mat. Kingston comes off the ropes with a cross body block, Benjamin rolls through and gets another two count. Benjamin slams Kingston to the mat, back first and goes for the cover again to get only a two count. Kingston delivers the trouble in paradise kick, goes for the cover and gets the three count. Time: 4 minutes
Winner: Kofi Kingston with trouble in paradise
Knowing that both of these men could probably wrestle in a fantastic match makes the above match even more difficult to watch.
Tommy Dreamer from Yonkers, NY, weighing 265 lbs.
Accompanied by Colin Delaney
Mike Knox from Phoenix, AZ, weighing 293 lbs.
Last week, Dreamer got sent home and Delaney got stuck in the ring with Knox. Dreamer goes after Knox with fists to the face and head and then boots to the abdomen. Knox takes Dreamer down with a clothesline and the audience is loudly chanting for Tommy as Knox applies a side headlock. Knox drops Dreamer on the back of his head on the mat and then goes for a cover. He gets a one count. Delaney checks on Tommy, Knox reaches through the ropes and slaps Delaney in the head and then goes outside the ring to slam Delaney into the steel steps. Dreamer comes through the ropes to take Knox down with a kick, but when Dreamer comes out to check on Delaney, Knox sends Dreamer face first into the steel ring post. Knox rolls Dreamer back into the ring. Knox delivers a corkscrew neck breaker, goes for the cover and gets the win. Time: 3 minutes
Winner: Mike Knox with a corkscrew neck breaker
And the matches are going from short to shorter. Mike Knox may be getting a push but Tommy Dreamer and Colin Delaney both deserve better matches than they have been receiving on WWE’s version of ECW.
Matt Striker in suit and tie is in the middle of the ring with his chalkboard. Striker tells the audience that spring break is over. I’m glad Striker spelled his name for me on the chalkboard. I do keep spelling it incorrectly. Although I wasn’t paying a lot of attention to Striker’s ramblings, he did mention the name of Mike Adamle and from the look of Adamle at the announcer’s table, I don’t think Adamle liked what Striker said. Striker introduces Mick Foley, the newest addition to the broadcast booth. Foley enters the arena and then the ring, stopping to slap fans hands on the way to the ring. Foley thanks Striker for having him out and Striker welcomes Foley to the classroom. Striker says he has put together a little lesson for Foley since he is returning. Foley throws in his books. Striker says if Foley didn’t have to appear on camera, he wouldn’t say anything about Foley’s appearance because he is more suited for radio than television. Striker makes fun of Foley’s teeth and physique and hair. Foley says that he appreciates Striker’s guidance but Foley likes the way he looks. Foley calls Striker a pretty boy and says that he has never entertained anyone. Striker says that he is more adorable than a pretty boy. Foley reaches down inside his pants and pulls out Mr. Socko and Foley says Socko is here to teach the teacher a little English. And he does. Striker is down on themat. Foley says “class dismissed, have a nice day” and then throws his Mr. Socko at Mike Adamle.
CM Punk from Chicago, IL, weighing 225 lbs.
Chuck Palumbo from San Diego, CA, weighing 280 lbs.
Accompanied to the ring by his motorcycle but he doesn’t come down the ramp, he comes from the back on the floor.
Palumbo enters the ring and shoves Punk in the face before the bell rings. The bell does ring and Palumbo backs Punk up against the corner post. Punk has Palumbo around the waist but Palumbo backs Punk up into the corner again and then turns but Punk manages to break free. Palumbo delivers a knee to Punk’s gut and body slams him to the mat. Palumbo comes off the ropes but Punk rolls out of the way and Palumbo misses the leg drop. Punk is taken down by a Palumbo-sized clothesline when Palumbo catches Punk’s boot when Punk tries for a kick. Palumbo delivers a back body drop and goes for the cover but can’t get the two count. Palumbo applies a chin lock and then goes to work on Punk’s back before going back to the chin lock. Punk back to his feet but Palumbo delivers shoulder blocks to Punk’s midsection and then beats Punk down to the mat. The referee has to back Palumbo up and Punk goes after Palumbo but the ref gets in the way and Palumbo gets the advantage again. Palumbo continues to beat Punk down in the corner and refuses to stop. The ref signals to ring the bell and disqualifies Palumbo. Time: 4 minutes
Winner: CM Punk by disqualification
The ref explains to Palumbo that he has been disqualified and raises Punk’s hand. Palumbo doesn’t leave the ring but trash talks Punk. Punk goes after Palumbo, Palumbo throws Punk across the ring and then delivers a clothesline. The ref gets down to protect Punk and whatever WWE is trying to do with Palumbo just isn’t working for me. This was one of the worst matches I have seen CM Punk in for a long time. But, we ARE back to four minutes again!
Tazz and Adamle introduce the Raw Rebound where William Regal, King of the Ring, considers himself disrespected and so he cuts off the main event match before the end. The Game Triple H did defeat Randy Orton and retain the WWE title. WWE continues to do things that make me not care if I tune in or not. Monday Night Raw didn’t make me happy and I haven’t heard a fan that was happy about the match being cut off.
2 on 1 Handicap Match:
Bam Neely & Chavo Guerrero
At a combined weight of 487 lbs.
The Big Red Machine Kane
WWE ECW Champion
Before Kane is introduced, Tazz asks Mike where he is going. Adamle has take off his headset and is heading through the audience area.
Someone should have offered to loan Neely wrestling attire for this match up. Tazz goes by Tony Chimel, who pats Tazz on the back, and walks out the same way Adamle walked out of the arena, leaving no one to call the match in the ring. Guerrero is in the ring to face Kane as the bell rings but Kane immediately goes to work on Guerrero. Guerrero fights back out of the corner but Kane picks him up and slams him to the canvas. Nelly yanks Guerrero out of the ring and out of harm’s way and both of them are on the floor looking up at Kane and we go to COMMERCIAL BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MATCH! Back to the action, Guerrero gets thrown across the ring by Kane, but comes up with a kick to Kane’s knee and tag in Neely. Neely enters the ring. Kane looks thrilled to see Neely and he shows Neely just how thrilled he is by pounding on Neely. Guerrero nails Kane in the back from the ring apron and the distraction gives Neely the upper hand. Neely tags in Guerrero who again gets shoved across the ring and then is thrown over the top rope to the floor. Kane goes outside the ring and rolls Guerrero back in but Guerrero delivers a head butt through the ropes and then distracts the ref so that Neely can pull Kane off the ring apron and to the floor. Guerrero goes out on the floor to work on Kane’s leg and then tags in Neely who continues to work on Kane’s knee. Neely tags in Guerrero. Guerrero slams Kane head first into the top turnbuckle and then uses the ropes to work on Kane’s knee. Kane shoves Guerrero back down to the mat. Guerrero comes back at Kane and gets taken backward but delivers a kick that drops Kane to the mat. As Guerrero comes toward Kane, Kane sits up and scares Guerrero, but he comes off the ropes and gets taken to the mat with a high back body drop and then a clothesline or two, and then a sidewalk slam. Kane goes for the cover but Neely breaks it up. Kane delivers a fist to Neely but gets caught by Guerrero. Neely enters the ring and Kane goes after Neely, delivers a side slam, goes up to the top turnbuckle and comes off to take Neely back down to the mat. Kane brings Guerrero into the ring but Kane is attacked by Neely and then Neely tags in Guerrero who delivers a frog splash and gets the three count. Time: 6 minutes.
Winner: Chavo Guerrero with a frog splash & Bam Neely
It was the longest match of the evening but I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a great match. Kane can do much better and even though Guerrero’s cheating is admirable to wrestling fans, this wasn’t one of his good matches. I won’t even try to judge how well Neely works in the ring because this match didn’t tell me anything.
As far as Mike Adamle and Tazz are concerned, I heard from another source that they ended up out in the parking lot but I didn’t see that on the show.
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