ECW on Sci-Fi - June 17, 2008
WWE’s ECW is broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel
Ringside announcers: Mike Adamle & Tazz
Ring announcer: Tony Chimel
Hornswoggle standing 4’4”
Armando Estrada from Havana, Cuba weighing 238 lbs.
Hornswoggle has a cigar in his hand and he breaks it in two and throws it at Estrada, then bails out of the ring and runs around the ring, going under the ring and coming out with marbles which trips up Estrada. Estrada gets back in the ring and Hornswoggle nails Estrada with a water gun. Hornswoggle goes back under the ring. Hornswoggle comes out the other side and Estrada pulls Finlay out from under the ring who nails Estrada with a water gun. Hornswoggle comes off the ring apron and sends Estrada to the floor, Finlay rolls Estrada back into the ring. Hornswoggle delivers the tadpole splash and gets the three count. Time: 3 minutes.
Tazz comes around the ring to talk to Finlay before Finlay and Hornswoggle dance in the center of the ring and we go to commercial break.
Matt Striker, already in the ring, from NY
Eric Bourne weighing 187 lbs.
I know what Bourne can do in the ring and Striker may have the same talent but Striker generally doesn’t do much in the way of wrestling. Bourne goes over the top rope and lands on the ring apron but it doesn’t look like he landed right. Bourne gets caught coming over the top rope; Striker goes for the cover and gets a two count. Striker again goes for the cover and gets another two count. Bourne delivers a high knee and then a hurricanrana. Bourne goes for a standing moonsault but Striker gets a foot up. Bourne goes up on the top turnbuckle, comes off with a somersault, goes for the cover and gets a three count. Time: 3 minutes.
Winner: Evan Bourne (Editor's note: was this a "Winner gets a name change" stipulation match?!!)
For a three-minute match, Bourne took a lot of hits from Striker. Bourne has been showcasing his talent since he appeared as Bourne in the WWE ring. After the match, Knox enters the ring and delivers a neck breaker to Bourne and we go to commercial break.
Mike Knox from Phoenix, AZ
Kofi Kingston from Jamaica weighing 217 lbs.
Knox’s weight wasn’t announced, but I think he’s around 280 which means Kingston is giving up some weight in this match. Last week Kingston & Bourne defeated Knox & Benjamin in a tag team match. Kingston delivers a kick to Knox’s knee and has Knox down on the mat. Kingston tries to roll Knox but Knox picks up Kingston and sends him back first into the corner post. Knox goes to work on Kingston’s back. Knox delivers a block to the back of Kingston’s neck but Kingston nails Knox with a kick and comes off the top turnbuckle with a cross body block. Kingston gets a two count. Kingston delivers a drop kick and Knox is down on the mat. Kingston delivers a leg drop but Shelton Benjamin enters the arena and heads toward the ring. Benjamin enters the ring and goes after Kingston and the ref rings the bell. Actual match time: 3 minutes.
Winner: Kofi Kingston via disqualification
Shelton tries to kick Kingston but nails Knox instead. Kingston bails out of the ring and heads back up the ramp and we go to commercial break.
Finlay & Hornswoggle are backstage with Long & Tiffany. Long has a contract for Finlay & Hornswoggle to sign for them to face Morrison & Miz for the tag team titles at Night of Champions. Miz shows up to ask if he and Morrison are going to have to face Finlay & Hornswoggle for the tag team titles. Finlay nails Miz and slams the contract on his chest before leaving the area.
CM Punk from Chicago, IL weighing 225 lbs.
John Morrison from Los Angeles, CA weighing 220 lbs.
Without any outside interference, this could be a good match. The referee has to get between the two men before the bell rings. The ref ends up between the two again shortly after the match begins. We have a shoving match in the center of the ring but Punk delivers a few kicks to break it up. Punk comes off the ropes and sends Morrison to the mat. Morrison delivers a back breaker but Punk comes back with an inverted atomic drop. Punk delivers a high kick to the head and goes for the cover. Punk gets a one count. Morrison drops Punk on the ring apron then delivers a baseball slide, sending Punk to the floor. Morrison goes out to the floor after Punk and rolls him back into the ring. Punk comes off the ropes and receives a knee in the abdomen. Morrison goes for the cover but Punk kicks out. Morrison goes to work on Punk’s ribs, which appear to still not be healed from last week. Punk breaks it up with a knee to Morrison’s head but Morrison slams Punk into the corner post. Morrison goes back to work on the ribs and goes for the cover but Punk kicks out again. Punk rolls Morrison over but Morrison gets a shoulder up before the ref can count. Morrison hangs Punk up on the top rope and then delivers a kick to the rib cage. As Punk tries to shoulder block Morrison, Morrison gets a knee up and catches Punk in the head. Morrison goes for the cover and gets a two count. The fans are chanting for Punk. Punk tries for the GTS but Morrison counters and delivers a knee to Punk’s midsection. Morrison delivers a kick to the ribs and goes for the cover getting a one count. Morrison goes after Punk with right fists and again goes for the cover but Punk kicks out. Morrison applies a body scissors to Punk. Punk delivers a right hand and then another before delivering an airplane spin. Morrison is down on the mat but Punk is back in the corner. Punk comes across the ring and delivers a high knee, goes for the bulldog but misses. Punk delivers a power slam and goes for the cover getting a two count. Morrison nails Punk in the skull with a knee and goes for the cover. Morrison gets a two count. Morrison delivers a backdrop and goes for the cover but again he gets a two count. Morrison comes over the top rope; Punk catches him and delivers the GTS, goes for the cover and gets the win. Time: 10 minutes.
Winner: CM Punk with a GTS
That was a great match. Both of these wrestlers worked hard and took some great knocks, delivered fantastic moves and counter moves and made this a wrestling match. I am not an avid Morrison fan but he did a great job against Punk. After the match, Miz appears with an ice pack on the side of his face. The tag team champions don’t look very healthy right now and we go to commercial break.
Long is in the ring to talk about Night of Champions and the ECW Championship that will take place. It will be The Big Show, the challenger, versus The Big Red Machine Kane, the WWE ECW Champion. I thought that this was going to be a match but it appears it is going to be a face off which explains why Punk and Morrison had such a long match (for a WWE ECW match). During their face off, The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry appears to tell them to calm down because they will need their strength because Henry says if he isn’t drafted Monday night, after Night of Champions, Henry will be coming after the ECW title no matter who has it. Kane & Show team up to deliver a choke slam to Henry before getting in each other’s face again.