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ECW: Punk left lying by Smackdown refugees
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on ECW on Sci-Fi: It's Champion vs. Champion as ECW Champion CM Punk takes on United States Champion Montel Vontavious Porter. Should be a good one!

And we are LIVE! from Rochester, NY.

Match #1 - John Morrison (Los Angeles, Calif.) & The Miz (Cleveland, Ohio) vs. Jimmy Wang Yang (Austell, Ga.) & Shannon Moore (Whispering Pines, NC)

This is a rematch of last week's "hotly contested" bout which saw Yang and Moore battle hard but fall just short.

The speed of Yang and Moore prevails early as they work to grind down Morrison with a high flying offense. Morrison gets a tag to his partner, but it's more of the same as Yang & Moore work together.

But it backfires on them as, with the champs on the outside, they go for a double-baseball slide but are both caught and dragged hard to the outside.

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We're back and Morrison and The Miz (HOO-RAH!) remain in control, isolating Yang from his partner but it doesn't last long as Moore gets the "hot" tag and starts running over Morrison.

Moore goes to the top but is distracted by Miz and is then thrown from the position. Miz then gets the tag and goes to work. The champs are once again doing a great job of isolating Moore as Morrison gets the tag and continues to work on Moore's head and neck region including a European uppercut to the neck.

But the action turns outside where Moore hits a corkscrew moonsault on Morrison and Yang and Miz get back into the ring.

The two go back and forth until Yang counters the Reality Check and they run toward Morrison who is on the apron. Yang ducks and Morrison hits Miz with a roundhouse kick which sends him stumbling. Yang capitalizes by heading to the top and hitting the moonsault for the pin.

Winners via pinfall: Jimmy Wang Yang & Shannon Moore

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We're back and Tazz is in between a jobber (Colin Delaney) and ECW's "Gold Standard" Shelton Benjamin. Tazz gives job boy some mic time asking him some random questions and he reveals that it is his first match. Oh boy.

Match #2 - Shelton Benjamin (Orangeburg, SC) vs. Colin Delaney (Rochester, NY)

Tazz says that this is like a "Maserati versus a stagecoach."

Shelton hits T-Bone Suplex that puts Delaney down. Delaney gets up and punches Benjamin. That doesn't sit well with the former Intercontinental Champion who answers with a kick to the face.

After that, Benjamin hits a powerbomb into the top turnbuckle and follows that up with his new finisher which Joey Styles describes as a "leaping inverted bulldog," and that's all she wrote.

Winner via pinfall: Shelton Benjamin

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Match #3 - Kenny Dykstra (Worcester, Mass.) vs. Nunzio (Rockland County, NY)

Nunzio is out dressed like an elf and handing out candy canes to the crowd. Tazz believes that Nunzio has a fetish for costumes. Ooooook, buddy.

Kenny starts out in control after slapping a candy cane out of Nunzio's hand. He then grabs the sack that contained all the canes and dumps them out into the ring.

Mick Foley's wrestled in thumbtacks, Terry Funk in barbed wire. Kenny and Nunzio? Candy canes. ECW! ECW! ECW!

Kenny controls the whole thing before hitting the Guillotine Leg Drop for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Kenny Dykstra

Up next: It's the main event between CM Punk and MVP!

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Match #4 - ECW Champion CM Punk (Chicago, Ill.) vs. United States Champion "Half Man/Half Amazing" Montel Vontavious Porter (Miami, Fla.)

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Back from break and the match is in progress with MVP holding a chinlock. The two go back-and-forth for much of the early portion of the match before MVP takes over after stealing a page from Punk's book, using kicks to tame the ECW Champion. Later, MVP uses a series of knees to put down Punk.

MVP hits a jawbreaker that gets two and goes for a follow-up cover that goes nowhere. After a bit of a cable outage, MVP has Punk in a modified Camel Clutch but Punk powers up and slams MVP to the canvas.

MVP quickly regains the momentum and goes for a suplex but Punk counters by kneeing MVP in the head while he was in the air.

This creates an opening for Punk as he hits a running knee and a springboard cross body for two. MVP hits a German suplex with a bridge for two but Punk follows with an enziguri. He goes to the top but is reversed crotched into a Tree of Woe. From there, MVP goes nuts on Punk, hitting him with closed fists. Referee Scott Armstrong gave MVP three tries to back off, but he failed to answer the count of five.

Winner via disqualification: CM Punk

After the match, with Punk laid out in the ring, Chavo Guerrero comes out of nowhere (and I mean nowhere) and lays a beating on Punk with "the most deliberate, methodical Three Amigos" ever delivered, according to Styles. After that, Guerrero goes to the top and hits the Frog Splash. Guerrero stands over Punk and we go off the air with more questions than answers.



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!.