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ECW: Benji debuts, Thorn's back, girls fight
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on ECW on Sci-Fi: The rivalry that just won't die keeps on rollin' in the Land of Extreme as Matt Striker and Big Daddy V battle Kane in a handicap match. while a much misused superstar makes his ECW debut! Should be a good one!

And we are LIVE! from Tampa, Fla. and see a very festive Thanksgiving setup as we head right into our first match.

Match #1 - CM Punk (Chicago, Ill.) vs. Kenny Dykstra (Worcester, Mass.)

Holy cow, folks, this is another fresh matchup courtesy of the ECW/Smackdown! "talent exchange". I can dig it. I already feel pity for Kenny for being from Worcester, Mass. I went there once in 2005 and to say I wasn't impressed would be an understatement. I can't think of what's worse: Being from Worcester or being in the Spirit Squad.

Kenny works over Punk's neck early and tries a superplex, but Punk pushes him off an hits a flying crossbody for two. Punk hits the running knee in the corner, but on the follow up is sent shoulder first into the ring post by Kenny.

Kenny goes to the top rope, but Punk dropkicks the rope and crotches Kenny then lifts him right off the top turnbuckle and hits GTS for three.

Winner via pinfall: CM Punk

Coming up tonight: Kane vs. Matt Striker and Big Daddy V in a handicap match!

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We're back and Elijah Burke is in the ring and has a microphone. Burke tells us he's going to change ECW once again and has called over his good friend, Shelton Benjamin, who makes his ECW debut with the most pyro I've ever seen on ECW.

Match #2 - Shelton Benjamin (Orangeburg, SC) vs. Tommy Dreamer (Yonkers, NY)

For those keeping score at home, Dreamer came to the ring wearing a bright yellow bandana but quickly ditched it, handing it to someone in the crowd.

It appears as if Benjamin is now full-time ECW, as Joey Styles informs us that Burke has convinced Benjamin to join the ECW lockerroom.

This match is all Shelton, as he beats Dreamer from pillar to post outside of a few punches and a bulldog. The end came when Benjamin pulled Dreamer off the turnbuckle, waited for him to get up and hits some kind of modified-DDT that I've never seen before for the three. Styles described it as a bulldog turned into a DDT. I'd say that's a pretty accurate description.

Winner via pinfall: Shelton Benjamin

Coming up: We'll check out a confrontation that took place between Kelly Kelly and Layla after ECW went off the air last week! Ooh boy!

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Match #3 - Deuce & Domino w/ Cherry (The Other Side of the Tracks) vs. Jesse & Festus (On the Train Going Over the Tracks)

What is this? Tag team wrestling on ECW? Holy mackeral. In good news, the NEW WWE Tag Team Champions John Morrison & The Miz (HOO-RAH!) join Joey Styles and Tazz on commentary, "scouting" potential opponents. Morrison brings a shirt of his for Tazz and says he would've brought one for Joey, except they only come in adult sizes.

Deuce and Domino control Jesse before he gets the hot tag to Festus, who rolls over the duo. The crowd was actually chanting for Festus. Jesse tags back in and Festus launches Jesse into Domino for the three count.

Winners via pinfall: Jesse & Festus

Once again, Morrison and Miz are absolute gold on commentary. These guys, as a duo, are growing on me more and more each week. I might actually have to start watching Smackdown! now.

Backstage, Matt Striker cuts a promo on Kane saying that he shouldn't have touched him last week and now Big Daddy V will bring the pain to Kane.

Up next courtesy of WWE Mobile: We'll check out a confrontation that took place between Kelly Kelly and Layla after ECW went off the air last week! I can't wait!

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Coming up this Friday on Smackdown!, it's the return of The Cutting Edge as our faithful host, Edge, welcomes Batista.

Match #4 - Kevin Thorn (Phoenix, Ariz.) vs. Nunzio (Rockland County, NY)

Thorn is out with a completely new look (it doesn't even look like him anymore) as we see him in action for the first time since Oct. 9. Once again, an ECW Original will be used as a job boy.

I could pretty much copy my match description from the Benjamin-Dreamer match for this one, only it was shorter. Thorn hits Original Sin after about 90 seconds, tops, for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Kevin Thorn

And now it's what we've been waiting for...the backstage confrontation between Kelly Kelly and Layla. First, they poke each other, then they push each other, then they slap each other. Then Kelly throws milk on Layla. Then Layla shoves Kelly and throws powdered coffee creamer on Kelly. Then Kelly responds with more milk. Then two refs break them up. This is hard-hitting journalism right here, folks. That's 30 seconds of my life I'll never get back.

Coming up next, it's the main event of the evening as Matt Striker and Big Daddy V take on Kane in a handicap match.

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Layla is out with a mic and essentially runs down Kelly Kelly until Kelly comes out from behind and smashes a pie into her face. Of course, this sets off a food fight of not-quite-epic proportions. Move along, nothing to see here -- unless you like to see women throw turkey legs at each other.

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Match #5 - Matt Striker (New York City) & Big Daddy V (Harlem, NY) vs. Kane (Hell, Fire & Brimstone)

Kane and Big Daddy V staredown before the match before Striker and V try to beat on Kane to no avail but it isn't long before the numbers game catches up with Kane and Big Daddy V splashes him and hits the avalanche in the corner.

Kane fires up, hitting the flying clothesline on V and a sidewalk slam on Striker for two. The end quickly comes after Kane delivers a big boot to V and a chokeslam to Striker for the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Kane

Post match, Big Daddy V is quickly back up and hits a Samoan Drop and a very large elbow drop on Kane before standing over him as the show goes to black.



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. Should be a good one!.