Tuesday, September 26, 2006

"ECW" Report

Oh My God!: Big Show retained his ECW Title, defeating the Sandman this week.

You Fucked Up: It’s not a catfight without panty shots.

He’s Hardcore: Hardcore Holly showed he would have fit right into the original ECW.The Extreme Rundown:

Jim Ross came out to start the show. He put over ECW and how it reminded him of Mid South. Matt Striker interrupted, and said that he had come out for Paul Heyman. Striker said Ross lacks education, is blue collar, and likes alcohol. Somehow this led him to compare Ross to Sandman, which is a bit of a stretch. He made fun of Ross’ hat, at which point Sandman came out. Sandman caned Striker, and let Ross get a shot with the cane as well. Ross and Sandman shared a beer, with Ross toasting the “next ECW champion.”

1. Rob Van Dam beat Hardcore Holly in an extreme rules match. This was dull early, but built into probably the best match yet on WWE’s ECW television show. Holly hit punches early, and RVD responded with kicks and clotheslines. RVD draped Holly over the barricade and hit his spinning leg drop off the apron. Holly hit chops and sent RVD into the post. They traded punches. Holly choked RVD and used the camel clutch. RVD scored with punches, but Holly went to the eyes.

The match picked up when Holly suplexed RVD from the ring through a table on the floor. Holly badly lacerated his back on that and needed 24 stitches, but continued. Holly dropped RVD by the throat onto a chair. RVD suplexed Holly onto a chair, hit a monkey flip, and used a kick off the top. RVD drop kicked a chair into Holly’s head and hit rolling thunder on a chair for two. Holly power bombed RVD onto a chair, but RVD kicked out. RVD went for the five star onto a chair, but Holly threw it into his face for another two. Holly went for the Alabama slam, but RVD escaped. Holly got a chair, but RVD hit the Van Daminator and five star for the pin. They played both men’s music after the match. This was a lot of fun, and reminiscent of RVD’s wild ECW matches.

CM Punk said that he wants to compete with the best like Rob Van Dam, Sabu, Sandman and Big Show. Kelly Kelly came in and said she wanted his help playing strip poker. Mike Knox then approached CM Punk and wanted to know if Punk had his own woman. Punk said yes, but sadly didn’t reveal her identity. Knox basically said he would deal with Punk later, and Punk told him to bring it.

2. Francine beat Ariel via disqualification. It broke into a catfight, but Francine was wearing long pants and Ariel was wearing shorts. I thought the whole point of the catfight spot was panty shots. In any event, Francine ripped off part of Ariel’s top and was tearing into her when Kevin Thorn grabbed Francine and held her for Ariel. Balls Mahoney made the save with a hard chair shot to Thorn’s head.

3. Big Show beat Sandman to retain the ECW Title. Prior to the match, Big Show declared the Singapore cane to be legal. I didn’t know champions could unilaterally set the conditions for their defenses outside of four square. Sandman caned Big Show repeatedly at the start of the match, and Show bled. Show came back with chops and went for the choke slam, but Sandman escaped. Sandman hit a DDT and followed with more cane shots. He hit one off the top rope, but Show kicked out. Matt Striker came out and took the cane. Show then hit the cobra clutch back breaker and show stopper for the pin.

Please Don’t Go:

This was a good show. The booking of ECW, while hardly innovative, is a lot better than Raw or Smackdown. As I seem to point out every week, this show could be really compelling television if it had better talent to work with.


Blogger 17Haze said...

This was a decent show. Hardcore Holly showed he really is hardcore...that was impressive.

I'd like to see CM Punk get some more time but at least he's on the show I guess.

5:26 PM  
Anonymous tyson smith said...

Todd, did you delete my post or something? o_O

7:11 PM  
Blogger Todd Martin said...

I certainly didn't intend to. I accidentally put up the report twice, so I deleted one. There were no comments at the time when I did that. Maybe you posted in the interim while I was going to delete the excess report? Sorry if that's what happened.

8:34 PM  
Anonymous tyson smith said...

No worries, I was just hoping you didn't have a strict censorship in replies, that's all.

My original post was just laughing at your explanation of the main event rules, with the reference to four square. I found that really funny.

10:55 PM  
Anonymous dan said...

"I didn’t know champions could unilaterally set the conditions for their defenses outside of four square."

That's a great line!
School bus. Black magic.

8:21 AM  
Anonymous the masterbater said...

On a different subject wanted to know if you are going to get the Bischoff book? Also, the Pillman DVD?

12:44 PM  
Anonymous jim said...

The Pillman DVD is great. Great career overview. Austin was excellent in it

12:49 PM  
Blogger Todd Martin said...

Will definitely get both the Pillman DVD and Bischoff book. I would have bought the Pillman DVD this week, but Best Buy apparently hadn't put it out yet. I will get the Bischoff book as well, although I'm not sure when I will read it since I'm pretty busy these days, I'm already reading James Hold's book, and Harley Race is next.

8:38 PM  

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