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ECW: Many matches, better show
By MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling


After last week's debacle, can ECW please rebound and put on an improved show this week?

A SummerSlam rematch has Sabu again challenging The Big Show for the ECW title in tonight's main event live from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. I'll also go out on a limb and predict that Shannon Moore will NOT wrestle, but will give a one-line promo. Ditto for Rene Dupree.

Am I right? Let's get right to this week's recap.

Raw's Torrie Wilson and Kelly Kelly open the show with an Extreme Bikini Contest (whatever that is), but after Torrie shows her goodies, Kelly gets interrupted by Test and her boyfriend Mike Knox. When does Kelly turn on Knox? This happens every week and frankly, the angle is getting very stale.

The Sandman and Tommy Dreamer hit the ring and Sandman challenges Kelly, Knox and Test to a six-person mixed tag match.

Match # 1 -- The Sandman, Tommy Dreamer & Torrie Wilson vs. Test, Mike Knox & Kelly Kelly

Torrie starts the match by attacking Kelly and bringing her into the ring. Then the lights go out for three seconds and suddenly I think I'm watching TNA Impact. The lights continue to flicker as Sandman hits the Rolling Rock on Knox, tags in Dreamer and Dreamer gets the win with a DDT.

Winners via pinfall: The Sandman, Tommy Dreamer & Torrie Wilson

So who won the bikini contest?

In the back, Paul Heyman tells Big Show that he doesn't have to defend tonight, but Show says that Sabu is out of his element because the match isn't Extreme Rules. He calls himself a "walking weapon" and tells Heyman he worries too much.

Matt Striker is now apparently on ECW as his feud with Rob Conway is evidently over. He says he is "your teacher" and is bringing his brains to ECW to shape our minds. Great.

Match #2 -- Extreme Rules -- Balls Mahoney vs. Kevin Thorn

Mahoney hits Thorn with Tazz's bottled water on the outside and throws Thorn back in. He grabs a chair, but Ariel grabs Balls' leg and Thorn kicks the chair into Mahoney's dome. Thorn nails his modified Stunner with Mahoney's legs draped across the top rope and gets the three.

Winner via pinfall: Kevin Thorn

Shannon Moore (I called it!) cuts a promo, this time saying "The system is impressive." But I thought you said last week to question authority? How about we see you in the ring sometime before, I don't know, WCW makes a return on Wednesday nights on OLN? (That's not happening, I just wanted to interject some cheap sarcasm.)

Match #3 -- C.M. Punk vs. Christopher W. Anderson

Yes, C.W. Anderson is now Christopher Dub. Punk barely kicks out of his signature spinebuster and rebounds nicely with the Yurinagi (am I spelling that correctly?) into the Anaconda Vice. Anderson taps quickly.

Winner via submission: C.M. Punk

Sabu is now Mr. Promo and says, in these exact words, "I'm Sabu ... and tonight, The Big Show is going down." He looked like he had to keep from laughing. Maybe Rob Van Dam was behind the cameraman taunting Sabu with a dimebag. Or not.

A preview is shown for John Cena's movie The Marine. It looks awesome, like, Steven Seagal-esque. I'm pumped!

Heyman is again in the back, talking to another new ECW signee in Hardcore Holly. Good to see Sparky Plugg back. Heyman says no one wants Holly in ECW because of his reputation for volatility, but he wants him there. Heyman tells Hardcore he needs to make an impact. Holly nods his head.

Match #4 -- Rob Van Dam vs. Danny Doring

RVD hits Rolling Thunder and then the Five Star Frog Splash for a quick three.

Winner via pinfall: Rob Van Dam

Holly then cracks Van Dam from behind with a chair and does the same to Doring. He then gives RVD the Alabama Slam and leaves the former ECW champ lying. This should be a solid feud in my opinion.

Rene Dupree, another guy who needs to get in the ring, says yet again he's the most extreme. Nah, but I am 2-for-2 in pre-show predictions, however.

Match #5 -- ECW World Title Match - ECW champion The Big Show vs. Sabu

FIVE matches inside of an hour on ECW? Wow. Impressive.

Show drops Sabu on the top rope and Sabu falls to the floor as we go to a commercial at 10:56ET. Show must be going over a bit tonight, or else this match will be rushed.

Back in the ring, Show puts Sabu in a bearhug and Joey Styles says it's a bearhug from someone as big as a bear. Sabu escapes by raking Show's eyes, but "blinded," Show spears the ref. Sabu goes outside and gets a chair, nails three shots to Show's lid, the Arabian Facebuster and the Triple Jump Moonsault for a two-count from new ref Mickey Henson.

Sabu gets the ring bell and, not heeding Henson's pleas, blasts Show across the forehead. Show is busted open and takes three more shots from Sabu. On his feet, Sabu nails Show again with the bell and goes through a table on the outside Show set up during the commercial break to taunt Sabu.

Winner via DQ and still ECW champ: The Big Show

Show is in a pool of blood on the floor and Sabu looks possessed in the ring as we close yet another chapter of ECW on Sci-Fi.

My only question: Where was Heyman?

My other (and recurring) question: Why are there disqualifications in ECW?

And answering my comments from before, yes, tonight's show was much better than last week's circus act.


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