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ECW: Originals do the job
By MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling


Can ECW continue to improve? The show last week was the best in a while, so let's hope it's all uphill from here on out. Then again, this is ECW and something tells me all hope is lost tonight.

The show's beginning is new once again. Anyone know the name of the song used?

Four ECW Originals are in action tonight, including Tommy Dreamer battling ECW champ Johnny Nitro in an Extreme Rules contest.

Live from New Orleans, Matt Striker is in the ring with his classroom decor. He calls out The Boogeyman and says his cold-blooded acts towards him end tonight. New music hits and out comes Viscera, er, Big Daddy V in this ridiculous garb that prominently displays man-boobs that droop to Big Daddy's waistline. Apparently, Big Daddy V is now a Mark Henry-type monster character. I liked him better in pajamas. Big Vis slams Boogey onto the desk and then tosses him into the chalkboard, but it doesn't break. A second time does the trick and Striker and Big Daddy pose and shake hands.

A vignette airs hyping Triple H's return, but no date is given. Nice tease. They forgot to mention that he'll be back until the next muscle tear sidelines him.

Match # 1 - Balls Mahoney vs. Elijah Burke

A snoozer. Balls misses his leg drop off the top and Burke counters with the Elijah Express for the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Elijah Burke

An old-school video package of Dreamer is next. Ah, the good ol' days when ECW meant something totally different.

Match # 2 - CM Punk vs. Stevie Richards

AGAIN?!? Is the ECW roster so thin that these guys go every week? Not that I mind, because the chemistry is awesome. Nitro is watching the match backstage. This is actually a pretty darn good match with several near falls on both guys. Punk counters a tornado DDT with Go To Sleep and gets the duke.

Winner via pinfall: CM Punk

The Miz is backstage with Extreme Exposé and flirting with Mike. He says he's in action next, but after his match, maybe he can have some action of his own with the gals. Layla says Kelly Kelly has a crush on Miz and I vomit.

Match # 3 - The Miz vs. Nunzio

I must admit that Mizanin has improved his in-ring skills as of late. The dancing girls watch the match from the back. Thank God Nunzio can sell because Miz missed a dropkick by about three feet and Nunzio dropped as if he'd been shot. Back and forth match ends with Miz hitting his swinging neckbreaker, the horribly-named Mizard of Oz, on Guido for the fall.

Winner via pinfall: The Miz

Layla, Brooke and Kelly Kelly gyrate to Get Me Bodied by Beyoncé. Brutal.

Match # 4 - Extreme Rules - ECW Champion Johnny Nitro vs. Tommy Dreamer

Dreamer arrives with a shopping cart full of goodies. He attacks Nitro on the floor and then inside with a crutch. Nitro turns the tables and works over Dreamer's left shoulder with the crutch. On the floor again, Nitro wraps a chair around Dreamer's neck and runs him into the ring post. Nitro hits a corkscrew moonsault from the ring barrier that elicits an "E-C-W!" chant from the crowd, albeit for just a few seconds. Nitro gets a two-count on the floor.

Back inside, Dreamer puts a trash can lid on the top buckle and slams Nitro into it. Nitro's sell job with a flip reminds me of Mr. Perfect selling back in the day to Hulk Hogan. Dreamer hangs Nitro in the tree of woe with a garbage can on his upper body and dropkicks the champ. Joey Styles breaks out with an "Oh My God!"

Dreamer sets up the can and a chair in the corner, but takes a drop toehold into the chair and Nitro gets the pin with his foot on the bottom rope.

Winner via pinfall: Johnny Nitro

Nitro poses in the aisle and the show ends. Take away the opening segment and the bouncing bosoms and I think the show was above average. Plus, the Originals continue to get buried. Doesn't surprise me one bit.


MACKER'S MAILBAG

Big Daddy V? Holy crap! Why, God, why? So is it me or is ECW now turning into a glorified version of Wrestling Challenge/Superstars? I mean, job boy Balls, job boy Stevie. C'mon.

--Matt Bishop, Woodhaven, Mich.

The idea of McMahon coming back as a ghost-like figure, a higher power character sounds as stale as the Undertaker's used out dead man character.

McMahon is at his best when he reminds the fans of their lack of success.

Here are two story ideas, that I doubt the writers would use, even though they would create serious controversy:

First: It would be interesting if McMahon just came back and announced to the fans how he fooled them again. He can comment on how they were stupid enough to believe that the Undertaker had a higher power. He can remind them that he pulls the string and the fans are his puppets. He can say,"You cheer for and boo whoever I choose. How many of you went to college? How many of you heard of Homer or Dante? Just as I thought, a bunch of uneducated idiots." Those insults hit below the belt, but they would trigger a reaction from the fans.

Second: Another story line that can spark sheer pandemonium would be making Bret Hart the alleged murderer. Vince could say that he spotted Bret Hart several days before June 7th, and suspected that the former champion had foul play on his mind. Therefore, Vince had a dummy or robitic figure go into the limo. Notice, that before Vince went into the limo, he didn't utter a word to anyone?

Hart's motive could be two fold: First, November 2007 marks the 10th anniversary of Vince screwing Bret. It would be great if the writers and Vince can persuade Bret Hart to have a three way match against Vince and Shawn Michaels (Michael Hickenbottom) at the 2007 Survivor Series. The return of the scene match, the grudge match ten years in the making. Just think if the match were to take place in Bret's hometown of Calgary. To add icing on the cake, this would push the envelope, but it would be interesting if in the story line, Bret said that he blew up the car because he knew that Vince killed Owen. He can say that Vince intentionally had Owen use faulty equipment to spring him into the ring - Vince's rerevenge on the hart Family for Bret's treachery. Bret could say something like, "Vince, not only did you kill my brother, but you made my brother-in-law, Davey Boy Smith, take those poison steroids that cost him his life. You were out to get all the Harts because I spat in your face, but you won't get me."

--David Block, Ardmore, Penn.




Have a beef, comment, question about ECW? Email Matt at mackindermedia@yahoo.com and your comments will be posted in Macker's Mailbag each week. Please include your name (or initials) and hometown. Submissions may be edited for grammar, spelling and punctuation, but not for content.