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ECW: Invasion of other brands continues
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on ECW on Sci-Fi: The brand split is further blurred as superstars from all three brands appear in the Land of Extreme in preparation for Sunday's Survivor Series which will feature exactly three ECW superstars. Should be a good one!

And we are LIVE! from Wichita, Kan. and waste no time in getting to our first match.

Match #1 - The Hardy Boyz (Cameron, N.C.) vs. Montel Vontavious Porter (Miami, Fla.) and Mr. Kennedy (Green Bay, Wisc.)

Match starts slow until Jeff throws himself over the top rope (getting some serious air) onto Kennedy and MVP and the Hardy's take control for a while until Kennedy and MVP are able to isolate Jeff. They throw Jeff outside the ring which means it's a great time to take a break.

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And we're back and the heels still have Jeff cornered off and continue working him over until Jeff reverses Kennedy. Matt gets the hot tag and starts to go to town on Kennedy, hitting a flying standing elbow and the Side Effect, which only gets two.

Matt tags Jeff and Jeff hits Poetry in Motion but misses the follow-up Swanton Bomb, but Kennedy can't capitalize, only getting a two count. Kennedy tags in MVP who beats up Jeff some more.

Kennedy gets the tag and hits a leg-drop for two and then MVP tags in for a quick double team, but MVP screws it all up and allows Jeff back in the game.

MVP throws Jeff over the top but he lands on the apron. But Kennedy is there and slams Jeff by the hair onto the floor. He is thrown back into the ring and MVP covers him for three.

Winners via pinfall: Montel Vontavious Porter and Mr. Kennedy

Post match, Kennedy grabs a chair and tries to nail Matt with it, but MVP cuts him off and gives him a stern lecture before Kennedy high-tails it and MVP ditches the chair and takes off.

Tonight: CM Punk vs. Jamie Noble

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We're back and Matt Striker, Our Teacher, is in the ring.

Striker tells us he has some bad news: Big Daddy V isn't here tonight because he has a pretty bad cold/flu. He encourages everyone to get their flu shots to avoid the same downfall.

But he lets us know that Big Daddy V will be at Survivor Series and he will dominate all five members of the opposing team. Of course, that doesn't sit well with Kane, who comes on down and doesn't look too happy.

Striker tries to beg out, saying he's not dressed to fight nor is his issue with him. He tells Kane to do everyone a favor and walk away. And Kane did so because his definition of walking away is hitting a big boot, a sidewalk slam and a choke slam.

Up Next: Michelle McCool and Kelly Kelly in WWE Diva tag team action!

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Match #2 - Kelly Kelly (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Michelle McCool (Jacksonville, Fla.) vs. Melina (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Layla (Miami, Fla.)

With Kelly and McCool entering:

Tazz: It's just a great pair.
Joey Styles: Did you just say great pair?

Melina and Layla isolate the inexperienced Kelly, but she is able to get the mild tag to McCool, who starts kicking bootay. Layla breaks up a pinfall and is quickly taken out by Kelly.

Back in the ring, Melina misses a flying cross body and McCool hits a roundhouse kick and that's all she wrote.

Winners via pinfall: Kelly Kelly and Michelle McCool

Up next: CM Punk vs. Jamie Noble

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Back from break and Styles and Tazz are joined by The Miz (HOO-RAH!) for some commentary. Tazz puts over Miz's hat after it cost John Morrison his shot at the ECW Championship last week. Oh yeah, the ECW Championship is on the line this Sunday as Punk defends against Morrison and Miz in a triple threat match. Nice of them to not even promote that until 47 minutes into the show.

Match #3 - CM Punk (Chicago, Ill.) vs. Jamie Noble (Hanover, WV)

With Punk and Noble circling, Morrison makes his way to the ring, so, hey, let's go to some

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The match is joined is progress and Morrison (sans shirt) has joined the commentary table, bringing the total number of people at the desk to four. Miz and Morrison trade entertaining barbs including Miz saying "Who loses to a hat, Tazz?!" and Morrison retorting with "Did you get a can of soup with that hat?"

Oh yeah, there's a match going on and it seems like Punk is firmly in control but just as I write that, Noble takes over for a little bit before Punk hits a backbreaker for two and rams Noble into the corner.

But just like that, Noble gains control and starts working over Punk's left arm, throwing everything in the book at it. The two exchange chops before Noble pulls Punk down with the arm.

Back on commentary, Morrison backtracks when it suited him and admits that he jobbed to a hat last week, not Punk and that he'll beat him this Sunday.

Back in the ring and Punk starts hitting some kicks and hits a nice powerslam for two. Punk hits the jumping knee in the corner and a bulldog and goes to hit a springboard but is caught in an armbar, but Punk rolls through and hits a high kick and loads Noble up on the top turnbuckle and hits a hurricarana which Noble rolls through and gets a two count.

Back on the feet, Noble counters the GTS once, but can't twice as Punk hits it for three.

Winner via pinfall: CM Punk

Post match, Morrison runs in and tackles Punk and Miz comes in for some licks as well, hitting the Reality Check. Miz gloats and shows off, so Morrison tries to show him up by hitting the corkscrew neckbreaker on Punk. With that, we're out.

Well, they neglected their own match at Survivor Series until the last segment, but I'd say that, especially with Miz and Morrison on guest commentary, they did a good job of getting the match over. Other than that, the show wasn't anything special and there was certainly nothing memorable. Remember, gang, as Matt Striker said: Get your flu shot and as John Morrison would suggest: Don't job to a hat.



Send Matt e-mail about ECW/wrestling/MMA/hockey/ at bishop20@msu.edu. Please include your name and hometown. And if you're interested in mixed martial arts, check out Matt's weekly podcast -- Lights Out Radio where a preview of UFC 78: Validation is up! Should be a good one!.