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ECW: Two debuts and a title match
By MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling


Perhaps the fact ECW is in Madison Square Garden (taped Monday) means something of substance will take place? The long-awaited in-ring debut of Shannon Moore? Will Rene Dupree wrestle? A title change?

Paul Heyman and his personal enforcers enter the ring and Heyman thanks himself for ECW's rise from the bingo hall to Madison Square Garden. He says the fans killed ECW five years ago. The McMahon-esque rant continues until Sabu's music hits and he appears in the aisle. Sabu hits both the enforcers with a chair and takes down Heyman in the ring, but is double-teamed by the enforcers. He fights them off with chair shots and a big-time Atomic Arabian Facebuster and then leaps from the top rope onto both of the goons on the floor.

Match # 1 -- Rob Van Dam vs. Hardcore Holly

A rematch of two weeks ago in a feud I hope goes a while. On the floor, RVD goes for a back flip off the ring barrier, but overshoots and nearly cripples himself on the landing. Holly sold it as if he'd been knifed. Back in the ring, Holly botches a move of his own as an elbow drop off the top nearly breaks RVD's leg as RVD brought up his leg, but Hardcore followed through with the move anyway. Holly's dropkick is also epic, but not quite Paul Roma material. RVD goes for the Five Star Frog Splash, but gets jumped by Stevie Richards, Mike Knox and Test.

Winner via DQ: Rob Van Dam

The Sandman's music blares and he and Tommy Dreamer clean house. RVD lands the Five Star on Richards for good measure, and Richards "seizes" in the ring. Sandman does his beer bash routine.

Another preview for The Marine is shown. This WWE film looks a smidge better than See No Evil.

Match # 2 -- C.M. Punk vs. "The Reject" Shannon Moore

Well, well, well. If it isn't the debut of the former member of 3 Count. Pop quiz. Name the other two members from that late-WCW faction and shoot me an email.

Funny how a guy named Punk is up against a, well, punk. For such hype, Moore jobs like crazy here. Punk hits his knee in the corner, into a bulldog, and then slaps, kicks, and Yuranagis Moore. He taps shortly thereafter to the Anaconda Vice.

All that build-up for Moore to lose in under three minutes???

Winner via submission: C.M. Punk

Rene Dupree is now shown combing his hair ... and telling us he debuts ... NEXT!

In the back, the F.B.I. is congratulating Punk on his win. Kelly Kelly tells Punk she is a big fan and wants to go NYC clubbin' with Punk. Only problem is Knox whisks Kelly away and Punk wonders why. Is that an upcoming program I smell?

Kevin Thorn and Ariel come to ringside, which tells me Balls Mahoney must be the designated victim for one Rene Dupree.

Match # 3 -- Balls Mahoney vs. Rene Dupree

Dupree attacks before the bell and hits an elbow drop from the bottom rope. Tazz questions how that is extreme and I wonder the same thing. Mahoney comes back with an Arn Anderson-like spinebuster and nearly gets the three count. Balls hurls Dupree outside and takes a shot to Thorn. After Dupree gets rolled back in, Thorn kicks Mahoney off the apron into the ring steps in a cool-looking bump. Dupree brings Balls back in and gets an easy three.

Winner via pinfall: Rene Dupree

Matt Striker is on next and further hypes his "feud" with Sandman. He asks the fans if they would rather drink beer with The Sandman or come to class. Well, duh.

The Triple H-Vince McMahon match from Raw is recapped leading us to the main event of the evening.

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

Sabu starts out by going to the outside and bringing two tables out from under the ring. Enter commercial break.

Back from break, Show swats a thrown chair by Sabu and tosses Sabu to the floor where the enforcers gang up on Sabu under Heyman's watchful eye, a "Manhattan mugging" according to Joey Styles. Sabu hits a low blow on Show and nails two chair shots. He tries for the Camel Clutch on the champ, but Show counters with a side slam (whatever happened to that move being called a side suplex a la Dino Bravo?).

Show gets a table from the enforcers and sets it up in the ring. He goes for a choke slam on Sabu, only to have it turned into a DDT through the table. Sabu has trouble rolling on top for the pin and only gets two. Show and Sabu battle on the floor and Show ends up on a table. Sabu sets up a chair in the ring and goes to put Show through the table, only to be caught in mid-air and choke slammed through the wood. Back in the ring, Show gets the duke with his Cobra Clutch/back breaker combo into a Showstopper Legdrop.

Winner via pinfall: The Big Show

Sabu is left writhing in pain in the ring as Show, Heyman and the goons head to the back.


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