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ECW: Returning Estrada named GM
By MATT MACKINDER - SLAM! Wrestling


ECW is building towards their one match at SummerSlam and continues to push champion John Morrison and challenger CM Punk. Tonight, those two will have the all-important contract signing. Maybe we'll get a couple matches, too.

The show opens with (big surprise) a recap of last night's Raw - just the part with Vince McMahon, obviously. Then, live from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, Jonathan Coachman is in the ring and says he's here to continue his investigation as to what superstar is Vince's illegitimate child. Oh, good, so he's going to interview all ten ECW superstars. Wonderful.

Coach then introduces the new general manager of ECW - Armando Estrada! The "Alejandro" part is now obselete I guess. Estrada heads down and introduces Morrison and Punk for the contract signing. They both sign, jaw at each other, but don't come to blows. Estrada then books Morrison against The Boogeyman and Punk versus Big Daddy V tonight. Punk's match is next.

Match # 1 - CM Punk vs. Big Daddy V w/ Matt Striker

Big Fatty dominates right from the get-go. Joey Styles and Tazz hype Mabel as if he's the second coming of Jesus or something. Why? Vis hits a rolling heel kick and then knocks Punk from the apron into the announcer's table. Punk can't answer the ref's count and V wins.

Winner via countout: Big Daddy V

Next up is a Boogeyman video package highlighting his time in WWE thus far.

Tommy Dreamer approaches Estrada in the back and says he wants the winner of Morrison and Punk at SummerSlam. Estrada says he doesn't think Dreamer deserves a shot, but asks to prove him wrong. Dreamer has 60 seconds to get to the ring for his match. Nunzio, Stevie Richards, Extreme Exposé and The Miz and then Coach try to talk to Dreamer, but he avoids them all, runs into a rolling cart and heads to the ring with 15 seconds to spare. Only one problem - his opponent is already in the ring waiting - Big Fatty.

Match # 2 - Tommy Dreamer vs. Big Daddy V

Dreamer gets squashed. When was the last time this guy won? Vis hits a sidewalk slam and drops a big elbow for the duke.

Winner via pinfall: Big Daddy V

Kelly Kelly is looking in a mirror and Balls Mahoney finds her and starts chatting. Miz, Brooke and Layla show up and Miz does his chick magnet routine and gets Kelly to leave with them. Balls looks crushed and I would to if I had to do a lame segment like that.

Match # 3 - Stevie Richards vs. Kevin Thorn

This feud has legs. At least I hope it would. Thorn drills Stevie with a spinebuster and gets the pin. Vamp attacks Richards after the bell and KO's Stevie with the Crucifix Bomb, causing the ref to snap and reverse his decision.

Winner via reverse decision: Stevie Richards

Richards, technically, is now 3-0 against Thorn. An "Extreme Rules" match at SummerSlam or even next week on free TV would seem to me to be the next step, but hey, what do I know?

Backstage, Coach is with Elijah Burke, who says his mother traveled a lot. He tells Coach he's been told he has Vince's smile. Yawn. Not funny.

Punk's win over Morrison last week gets a rerun. I admit, it was a decent match. It was. I only hope they take it up a notch on Aug. 26.

Match # 4 - The Boogeyman vs. John Morrison

Morrison seems "off" tonight. The champ misses a corkscrew moonsault and then botches his springboard kick by slipping off the second rope. That's the second week in a row he's totally destroyed that move. I still find it odd that the ECW champ is a former gymnast.

Morrison goes for a pin, but Boogey is under the bottom rope. Morrison pounds away and the ref pulls Morrison off. Morrison shoves the ref and gets disqualified. Brutal.

Winner via disqualification: The Boogeyman

Morrison argues with the ref and then turns into a choke bomb from Boogey. The bag of worms come out and Boogey ingests a few. As he grabs Morrison, the champ scurries to the floor and up the aisle as the show comes to a close.

Definitely a very below-average show this week. Nothing special. So, to you in Canada, if you're busy on Friday, keep those plans.

'Til next week...


MACKER'S MAILBAG

I didn't see all of the show (last week). I caught a couple of minutes at the start and finish, then read your report. And yet I feel as if I've seen it all before.

Is Wormbreath, I mean Boogeyman, being played by someone new? He looks about a size smaller than before to me. Quite frankly, I think that is about the stupidest character since Terry Taylor pissed off someone and had to be the Red Rooster.

And for God's sake, make Vis put his jammie top back on!! That's just nasty! It did, however, cause me to look in the mirror and decide that now is the time to go back on the South Beach Diet.

I was lucky enough to miss Miz and Extreme Skank. I was watching a taped Burn Notice with Gabrielle Anwar who is just smokin' hot, as opposed to Extreme Skank who aren't.

The writing/booking team at the Dub is just sucking. At least Heyman made the product exciting. Vince needs to realize his view of the world isn't the only one that can work. It just sucks because (ECW) could be soooo much better with the talent that is there.

In looking at the roster, ECW has 17 (on the roster) - three are Extreme Skank, two are Tazz and Joey and one is RVD who is gone. That only leaves 11 active wrestlers. Doesn't seem like the proper way to man an ongoing venture to me. I actually thought there were more guys on the roster than that.

What can save ECW from the train wreck it's become?

--Darryl Wood, Waterford, Mich.


Pushing Stevie Richards - looks like Vince is making some good decisions.

--Deepak Grover, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


Just read through your recap after having skimmed the (Aug. 7) show on DVR. That has to be a different guy playing the Boogeyman, doesn't it?

Has Stevie Richards always sounded like HBK?

And in the end, did you notice Tazz acting like Punk had to pin Morrison? He was all excited that he barely beat the clock. Did that even matter? The concept was good, but yet again, they screwed it all up.

I just can't figure it out. It does not seem that hard to write a decent one-hour wrestling program. There have to be more wrestlers than the eight we see every week. These days, Dreamer either needs to win sometimes or stop (wrestling). It just screams "boring" to me now when he comes out because you know the outcome.

--Brian Kane, Juneau, Ak.



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. Also be sure to listen to Matt on the Lights Out Radio podcast every Thursday.