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ECW: Come on baby, light my fire
By MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling


This is Johnny Nitro's last night on ECW. At least, that's what the teaser at the beginning of tonight's show said as "reporters" gather around the ECW champ's dressing room and some dude tells them exactly that. There is apparently some sort of "press conference" later tonight from Laredo, Tex.

Match # 1 - CM Punk vs. Elijah Burke

How many more times will we see this match? Is the ECW roster so freaking thin that we have to sit through Punk and Burke or Punk and Stevie Richards every week? This was supposed to be Punk and Marcus Cor Von, so I wonder what happened. This match is actually not too bad and it goes almost 20 minutes. Burke charges at Punk in the middle of the ring and Punk hoists up Burke for Go To Sleep and that's all she wrote.

Winner via pinfall: CM Punk

We then get a lengthy recap of the John Cena-Bobby Lashley feud so far, including last night's face-off on Raw.

Matt Striker comes to the ring and introduces Abdullah the, er, Big Daddy V after showing Big Vis decimate The Boogeyman last week. Big Daddy also has a match right now.

Match # 2 - Big Daddy V vs. Tim Storm

Cheap squash. A sidewalk slam does the job for V.

Winner via pinfall: Big Daddy V

More in-ring promos. The Miz hypes the fact he's a chick magnet and women can't stay away from him. He calls out Extreme Exposé and the gals put Miz in a chair so he can watch them gyrate to Ciara's Like A Boy. Yawn.

Match # 3 - Tommy Dreamer vs. Kevin Thorn

Very stale. Dreamer seems to be losing his pop with the crowd. Maybe it's because he jobs every week. Dreamer lands an awkward-looking frog splash, but only gets a two-count. Thorn works over Dreamer's left shoulder and arm and gets the pin after tossing Dreamer shoulder-first into the ring post. Wow, extreme.

Winner via pinfall: Kevin Thorn

Time for the press conference. "Press Agent" Paul McBride hits the ring, with photographers outside, and says Johnny Nitro will no longer go by that name. So, out comes the champ to new music and a new hairstyle. Cue any Doors' song here.

Nitro says he is now known as John Morrison, his birth name. Wasn't he on Tough Enough as John Hennigan? In any event, Morrison says he has always been a leader as he could walk at four months, run at eight months, skipped first grade, became high school student body president without running and in college helped his basketball team rebound from a 34-point deficit to win. Throughout this whole "press conference," the crowd serenades Morrison with a "What?" after each sentence.

Morrison calls out Punk and wonders what the CM stands for. He says it can't be "chick master," but should be "chasing men," "cookie monster," "completely miserable" or "common man." Punk comes down and Morrison goes to give him the mic, but instead gets sucker punched. Morrison lays out Punk with a mic shot to the melon and then nails his corkscrew neckbreaker before leaving the ring.

Tonight's show was a little less than average, but the last segment was a solid segue to the ECW title match Sunday at The Great American Bash.


MACKER'S MAILBAG

Any reason the boys in charge don't let Steven Richards actually have an impact? That guy is really entertaining. I would rather see him fly around than that gross new look for "V."

--Brian Kane, Juneau, Ak.

(With regards to last week's show in which four ECW Originals lost). I don't see it as getting buried. Sure, they aren't pulling out the wins, but wrestling isn't about who wins or loses anymore; it's about the show.

And Dreamer? Ask him himself, he's the last guy who wants a belt. So, he doesn't need it, and doesn't mind doing the job, so why harp over them being "buried." They're doing the job, yes, but at least they aren't prima donnas like Hogan refusing to put younger generation talent over.

--Rick C., Ottawa, Ontario



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.