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ECW: Tag bout steals the show
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on ECW on Sci-Fi: The World Heavyweight Champion makes his first foray into the Land of Extreme since August 2006 as he rematches Elijah Burke in the main event. Should be a good one!

And we are LIVE! from Boston and tonight, we have World Heavyweight Champion Batista taking on Elijah Burke and a 2-on-1 Handicap Match with Kelly Kelly facing Layla and Victoria.

Match #1 - CM Punk (Chicago, Ill.) & Kane (Hell, Fire & Brimstone) vs. Deuce & Domino (Other Side of the Tracks)

An interesting pairing here to start the show. I had already written down Mark Henry and Big Daddy V as the faces were making their way to the ring.

Punk and Kane work over Domino early with some nice teamwork but Domino counters with knees to the gut when Punk goes for the springboard clothesline and that turns the tables on the match as the former champions cut the ring in half.

A miscue by D&D allows Punk to get the tag and Kane comes in on fire (no pun intended?) and this leads to Kane hitting a chokeslam on one while Punk hits GTS on the other. Good night!

Winners via pinfall: CM Punk & Kane

Coming up next: The WWE Tag Team Champions, John Morrison and The Miz (HOO-RAH!) are in action!

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Backstage, it's Shelton Benjamin and he's here to talk to us about gold. He gives us a history lesson about the 1849 Gold Rush and how they'd dig and dig and come up with fools gold. He says, unlike the 49ers, he attracts gold. He'll continue to dig until he brings up the mother load. He is the new gold standard in ECW.

Match #2 - John Morrison (Los Angeles, Calif.) & The Miz (Cleveland, Ohio) vs. Jimmy Wang Yang (Austell, Ga.) & Shannon Moore (Whispering Pines, NC)

Yang and Moore come out complete with cowboy hats. Hmmph. I had no idea that a cowboy hat was punk these days.

This match is all Yang/Moore for the opening minutes. The speed of Yang and Moore is the story as they just out-maneuver the champions using quick tags and high energy to control the match. This culminates in Moore and Yang hitting stereo moonsaults off the middle rope onto the outside. With all four men down, let's go to...

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Back from break and the match has taken a complete 180 as Morrison is in control of Yang but not for long as Yang hits a back suplex and each man gets the tag. Moore comes in and starts running all over the place but Miz takes control by throwing Moore off the turnbuckle by his hair.

Now the champs are the ones making quick tags and working over Moore's neck. Moore is still being worked over and finally get the tag to Yang who hits a flying crossbody on Morrison and a monkeyflip that words cannot describe (as it was awesome).

In all the excitement, Yang goes for a moonsault but Morrison moves and Yang lands on his feet. After Morrison tries to get some illegal pinfalls, he finally finds an opening for the Corkscrew Neckbreaker on Yang for the three. Great match.

Winners via pinfall: John Morrison & The Miz

Match #3 - Handicap Match - Layla (Miami, Fla.) & Victoria (Los Angeles, Calif.) vs. Kelly Kelly (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Layla starts out but quickly gives way to Victoria who commences a beatdown on Kelly Kelly. With Kelly in a heap, Layla comes in to pick up the scraps and she lays her own personal beatdown on Kelly including an ARMBAR. But it's from the ARMBAR that Kelly fires up a tad, but when Layla sees this, she goes running to Victoria for the tag.

The duo start to make quick tags. Kelly gets a little bit of hope but it's quickly squashed by Victoria. She tags in Layla who hits a big boot the head that puts Kelly down for good.

Winners via pinfall: Layla & Victoria

Post match, the duo put the boots to Kelly but Michelle McCool makes the save and chases Victoria and Layla from the ring.

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Backstage, Matt Striker can barely be seen as he talks up Big Daddy V and Mark Henry. Big Flabby has a few words for Kane while Henry says some not-so-nice things to Punk. Hey, at least they weren't wrestling.

Match #4 - Batista (Washington, DC) vs. Elijah Burke (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Burke cuts a promo on Batista then we'll off to our last commercial break.

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Burke takes a walk early on but Batista outsmarts him and puts the boots to him. Burke takes control with a hybrid Million Dollar Dream but Batista powers out.After a tepid exchange, Burke lines Batista up for the Elijah Express but Batista comes charging out of the corner and hits the spear followed by a nasty Batista Bomb for the cover.

Winner via pinfall: Batista

I feel like I say this every week, but it wasn't a bad effort by any means but it wasn't anything memorable. The main event was, to be nice, not good, but the MorriMiz/Moore&Yang match was pretty good. See you next week, gang!

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!.