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ECW: Show wins, Sabu attacks
By MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling


What a day.

First, I got to go cover the WrestleMania 23 Fan Rally and press conference at Ford Field and then, while packing for my impending family trip to Disney World, I found time to watch ECW.

On with the report, a report that again has a former WWE champ in the main event against the Big Show.

Mike Knox and Kelly Kelly are in the ring. Kelly's previous Exposé vignettes are shown as well as Sandman's accidental attack on Kelly last week. Knox says Sandman hit her with the Singapore cane on purpose and that he didn't abandon her, he ran to the back to get the EMTs. The crowd doesn't buy it and out comes the Sandman for our opening match of the night from Joe Louis Arena in the heart of the Motor City.

Match # 1 -- The Sandman vs. Mike Knox

Not Extreme Rules, but Sandman doesn't care. After a White Russian Leg Sweep, he gets the cane and goes to hit Knox, who pulls Kelly on top of him. Sandman doesn't strike, but from behind, Test does with a clothesline. Test nails his spinning neckbreaker job on Sandman and leaves with Knox.

Winner via DQ: The Sandman

Knox and Test are backstage chatting about Kelly. Knox looks peeved with Test. Tommy Dreamer then comes out of nowhere and beats down both with a garbage can before being kept at bay by security. Um, OK.

Paul Heyman and Sabu are in another part of the backstage area. Heyman tells Sabu he will never have him face Big Show because he's too emotional. Heyman then gives Sabu the night off. As Heyman goes to leave, Little Guido is lacing up his boots. Heyman questions what Guido said about him (nothing) and has his riot gear-garbed policemen attack the former Nunzio, leaving him KO'd. Heyman then tells Guido his match is next and the cops are to "drag his ass to the ring."

C.M. Punk cuts a promo saying the wait is over. Nice, but when???

Match #2 -- The Vampire vs. Little Guido

The fuzz drags Guido to the ring to face the debuting Vampire (Mordecai). He doesn't actually have a name, but his witch-friend on the outside is Ariel (Shelly Martinez). Vampire is all offense, hitting a modified Stunner from the top rope. Guido's feet were draped on the top rope and the Vampire sat out in a nice spot. A Razor's Edge gets the duke for Dracula. I like this guy, maybe not his SciFi channel-driven gimmick, but he looks like a decent in-ring worker.

Winner via pinfall: The Vampire

Kane highlights are shown hyping his ECW title shot later tonight. As if he'll take the gold. Come on, people.

Shannon Moore is again shown being billed as "The Reject." See C.M. Punk comments above.

Match #3 -- Balls Mahoney vs. Justin Credible

Numerous restholds by Justin Credible get the crowd restless. Balls gets dropkicked into the ref and Justin gets a chair. Gee, what could possibly happen next? Balls kicks Justin, takes the chair and clocks Aldo, who blocked the blow, but still goes down like he's been shot. Balls gets DQ'd, then smashes referee Mike Posey with the chair.

When's the last time Justin Credible won a match not by disqualification?

Winner via DQ: Justin Credible

Big Show and Heyman are in the back and Show is wondering why he can't face Sabu. Yeah, Show, I was wondering the same thing. Heyman says he has his reasons and all Show needs to do is take care of Kane.

A Great American Bash recap is shown. Looked like a decent show.

It's then announced that Kurt Angle will be back in action next week. Dammit, I'm going to miss it. But Dale Plummer, pinch-hitting for me, won't.

Match # 4 -- Extreme Rules -- ECW World Champion The Big Show vs. Kane

What? A fourth match on ECW? Wow!

A battle of the former WWE tag champs, the action spills to the floor early and Kane gets two tables out from under the ring after shoving Show into the ring post. I'm sorry, Show just can't sell. Kane tosses two chairs and a garbage can into the ring, but gets taken down on the floor by Show.

Obligatory commercial break.

Back inside, Show flings Jacob Goodnight into a chair in the corner and then appears to try a Vader Bomb. Kane sits up and low blows Show before connecting with a back suplex off the second rope. Kane goes for a chokeslam, but Show gets one of his own for a two count. It looked like three, but Mickey Henson claimed otherwise.

Show sets up the two tables on the outside and tries to suplex Kane through the wood. Isaac Yankem drops the Giant neck-first over the top rope and three chair shots later the tables are shattered by the 500-pounder. Heyman comes down and Show has juiced. Again. Kane is laughing in the ring.

Show gets back in the ring and goes for a choke slam only to see Kane reverse it into a DDT. Kane covers, but Heyman pulls Henson out of the ring. Kane grabs Paul E., but is clocked from behind by Show and his chair. Show hits another chair shot and then a choke slam on the chair keeps the belt with Show.

Winner via pinfall: The Big Show

Then, and you knew this was coming, Sabu is on the top rope and dropkicks a chair of his own into Show's chair and into his split wig. Sabu flees and Show and Heyman are left to stew in the ring. Show is pissed; Heyman looks upset with Show.


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