ECW on Sci-Fi - July 15, 2008
NOTICE: Unfortunately I happened across a site that gave me a play-by-play review of Friday Night’s Smackdown taping for this week. I don’t think so! I’ll be watching something else…I’ll try again next week and hope the show is better than what WWE is planning on airing this Friday.
WWE’s ECW is broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel from Charlotte, NC
Ringside announcers: Mike Adamle & Tazz
Ring announcer: Tony Chimel
The audience sees a video of last week with Tony Atlas being the special guest announcer in the match between Tommy Dreamer and Mark Henry with Atlas siding with Henry to beat down Dreamer and Delaney.
Tazz is in the ring to introduce The World’s Strongest Champion, Mark Henry, who is accompanied to the ring by Tony Atlas. Tazz tells Henry that next Sunday at Great American Bash, Henry will defend his title against Tommy Dreamer. Tazz asks Atlas why he has joined with Henry. Atlas says that he wouldn’t carry just anybody’s bag, but he would carry the bags of the champion Mark Henry. Atlas says they are going to have a demonstration of Henry’s strength. Atlas has a frying pan in his hand. Atlas asks for somebody who thinks they are strong to come to the ring and try to bend the frying pan. Atlas picks a member of the audience and he enters the ring. Jack from North Carolina tells the audience that it is a real frying pan. Jack tries to bend the frying pan but he can’t do it so Atlas sends him back into the audience. Henry takes the pan and bends it, not quite like a pretzel, but you get the idea. Tommy Dreamer appears and heads toward the ring. Tazz tries to keep Dreamer out of the ring but Dreamer says he is saving the fight for Sunday when he takes Henry’s championship. Dreamer wants to try to bend the pan, too. Henry hands Dreamer a pan but he can’t bend it, so he nails Henry over the head with it. The pan did bend. We go to commercial break.
Theodore Long, WWE ECW General Manager, tells Dreamer he is sending him home to get ready for his match on Sunday.
Mike Knox from Phoenix, AZ weighing 293 lbs.
Shannon Moore from NC weighing 204 lbs.
Moore may be the audience favorite but he’s up against mean Mike Knox who doesn’t do much in the way of wrestling. Moore better plan on staying off the mat and in the air but Knox doesn’t waste any time sending Moore to the canvas. Moore goes after the legs and goes up to the top turnbuckle, delivering a hurricanrana. Moore goes for the cover but Knox kicks out. Moore gets slammed to the canvas, Knox goes for the cover and gets the three count and the win. Time: 3 minutes.
Winner: Mike Knox
I like Shannon Moore in the ring but do have to admit that Knox is working his way into a better heel role.
Raw Rebound – Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels & Y2J Chris Jericho are fighting, Kane loses it and tries to do in CM Punk JBL tries to kill John Cena after the initial announcement from Shane and Stephanie McMahon. We go to commercial break.
Chavo Guerrero from El Paso, TX weighing 215 lbs.
With Bam Neely
Evan Bourne weighing 183 lbs.
It’s nice to see Bourne getting full matches in WWE. Guerrero is fast but Bourne can move with the speed of lightning and Guerrero may need Neely to help him out. Bourne goes for an earl cover but Guerrero kicks out. Guerrero knocks Bourne off the top turnbuckle and down to the floor. Back in the ring, Guerrero goes for the cover but Bourne kicks out at the count of two. Bourne delivers a couple of high kicks, goes for a standing moonsault and then goes for the pin but Guerrero again kicks out. Bourne comes off the top with a shooting star, goes for the cover and gets the three count. Using the brains of a much more seasoned wrestler, Bourne bails out of the ring after the bell in order to avoid being caught by Neely as Neely enters the ring. Time: 4 minutes.
Winner: Evan Bourne with a shooting star press
Evan Bourne has a lot of wrestling talent and, as I said before, he is fast. This was a short match but a good match in spite of Chavo Guerrero wanting to cheat his way to a win.
Atlas and Knox are backstage intimidating Colin Delaney. Henry picks Delaney up and throws him on a locker of some sort. Long’s assistant, Tiffany, checks on Delaney and runs presumably to get help. We go to commercial break.
John Morrison & The Miz at a combined weight of 450 lbs.
WWE Tag Team Champions
Matt Hardy & Jeff Hardy from Cameron, NC
At a combined weight of 461 lbs.
Great job of booking for North Carolina -- Matt and Jeff Hardy together again. Before the match can begin, we go to commercial break. Back to the action, the match is already underway as Matt and Miz are battling it out in the ring. The chants of “Hardy” are loud and clear. We go to commercial break in the middle of the match. Jeff delivers a Swanton bomb, Matt goes for the cover and gets the three count and the win. Time: 7 minutes.
Winners: Matt & Jeff Hardy with a Swanton bomb
Matt and Jeff do a great job as a tag team. Although Miz and Morrison are the champs, Matt and Jeff do a better job as a team.