Tuesday, November 14, 2006

"ECW" Report

Oh My God!: Bobby Lashley is now in ECW. They could definitely do worse.

You Fucked Up: We only got one finish this week, with two straight garbage DQ finishes to end the show.

He’s Hardcore: The show no longer has much in the way of hardcore content, so this header will likely be eliminated.

Conclusive Finishes: 1 of 3. I’m going to start keeping track of this on ECW and Raw, because I’m so sick of interference, DQs, ref bumps, distractions, foreign objects and the like.
The Extreme Rundown:

Elijah Burke did commentary with Joey Styles on the show. He was much better than Todd Grisham, which is ironic given their respective broadcasting experience. Paul Heyman and Big Show came out to start, and Heyman said that Rob Van Dam wouldn’t be there. Heyman said it was time to find out who would sign the contract for the Elimination Chamber, and he laughed about it along with Show.

Hardcore Holly’s music played and he was coming to the ring when he was jumped and laid out by Lashley. Lashley speared Show and signed the contract. I liked the way they introduced Lashley. I’m not so sure about how he fits in ECW, though. I like his upside, but ECW already has way too many “project” big guys who aren’t very good in the ring. Chris Benoit makes so much more sense for the slot.

Test, Big Show and Hardcore Holly were annoyed with Paul Heyman backstage for concocting the open contract gimmick. Heyman said he wanted to make it look legitimate. They were annoyed, and said it didn’t have to be legitimate given they run the show. Heyman made Holly vs. Lashley for the main event. This was a funny little segment.

1. CM Punk beat Mike Knox. Punk got a good reaction, and I love how Punk beats everyone twice so there is no doubt as to who is getting the push. Kelly Kelly overtly rooted for Punk throughout the match. Punk missed a baseball slide, and Punk accidentally kicked Knox into Kelly. That gave Knox the opportunity to jump Punk from behind and ram him into the post. I’m guessing that is a nice subtle start to the Kelly heel turn.

Knox went after Punk’s back with a back breaker and Boston crab. Knox seemingly moves in slow motion when he is on offense. Punk came back with a springboard dropkick, tope, springboard clothesline, knees from the clinch, high knee and bulldog. Knox hit a tilt-a-whirl back breaker to briefly regain control, but Punk followed with slaps, a spinning back fist, high kick, uranage and anaconda vise for the submission.

Matt Striker did a promo backstage, which was basically an introduction to a package on Hell in a Cell. He had another gem, talking about what “we in the know refer to as quotes.” Real obscure concept, there. And yeah, he mispronounced Mikhail Gorbachev’s name in the middle of the history lesson too. Striker doesn’t pull off his gimmick at all. It’s not just that he’s an unconvincing genius. He actually comes across as a stupid phony, although unquestionably the material contributes. He should watch some old Nick Bockwinkel tapes. Elsewhere, Punk welcomed Lashley to ECW, and said it would be every man for himself in the Elimination Chamber.

2. Tommy Dreamer beat Daivari via disqualification. Daivari went after Dreamer’s knee but missed a crossbody off the top. Dreamer hit some punches but Daivari grabbed him and pulled his groin into the post for the DQ. He hit a choke slam on Dreamer after the match. This was a bad match, with neither man looking good. Daivari also looked really small here, and it isn’t like Dreamer is a particularly huge guy. They shouldn’t have done this finish here if they were going to do the same finish in the next match and main event.

3. Lashley beat Hardcore Holly via disqualification. This was pretty back and forth. Lashley hit a delayed vertical suplex on Holly, but Holly dropped Lashley on the ring steps. Lashley missed an elbow, but Holly came off the top into Lashley’s boot. Lashley hit a torture rack back breaker, but Holly hit a superplex. Lashley hit an exploder, clothesline into the corner and running power slam when Big Show pulled the referee out of the ring. Punk, Sabu and RVD made the save.

Please Don’t Go:

This was just another ECW show. I don’t have much to add to the report.


Anonymous tyson said...

"This was just another ECW show."


However, I guess they couldn't do too much with this show as this tour has really been just one huge WWE showcase. Although I don't believe it to have been a bad idea should they have shown the English fans some sort of gimmick match.

6:53 AM  
Anonymous mean dean said...

So wait, Lashley's going to be on ECW full time? I was under the impression from everything I had read previously that he was basically just in the chamber match. *shrug*

7:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does Kelly Kelly rooting for a face (CM Punk) turn her into a heel? Please explain.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Todd Martin said...

It wasn't the rooting that I was saying was the start of the heel turn. It was getting slightly bumped and "feigning" injury to distract RVD (if I'm reading what was going on there correctly).

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"--WWE and Madison Square Garden have a joint announcement scheduled for 11/21. Not sure what it is, but it would seem likely to be a major PPV event in the building in 2007. SummerSlam was originally in MSG, but then moved to the Continental Airlines Arena."

What are the chances this is for One Night Stand 2007?

3:18 PM  
Blogger Todd Martin said...

2% or so...

8:59 PM  

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