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ECW: Tuesday night's best recapped
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on ECW on Sci-Fi: It's been an up-and-down year in the Land of Extreme. Tonight, it's the Best of ECW 2007. Should be a good one!

And we are TAPED! from the WWE Studios in Stamford, Ct. Our hosts, as always, are Joey Styles and Tazz and they are here to guide us through some of the best that ECW had to offer in 2007. I don't know if that's a threat or not.

Segment #1 - ECW Championship - Mr. McMahon (c) vs. Bobby Lashley

They go over the entire feud in video package form start at Backlash, where Mr. McMahon captured the ECW Championship. From there, it was onto Judgment Day, where Lashley pinned Umaga in a handicap match, but didn't win the title because he didn't beat McMahon.

Finally, at One Night Stand, Lashley overcame the odds again to beat Mr. McMahon, Shane McMahon and Umaga, pinning Vince to become the champ.

After finally beating McMahon, Lashley was drafted to RAW where he was promptly stripped of his ECW Championship.

(Ads)

Hey, Kofi Kingston is coming to ECW!

Segment #2 - The ECW Originals vs. The New Breed

Let's go back to WrestleMania, where (allegedly) over 80,000 fans (including myself) packed Ford Field in Detroit where The ECW Originals took on The New Breed.

Despite being physically outgunned, the Originals pulled out the win with a DDT from Tommy Dreamer followed by a Five-Star Frog Splash by Rob Van Dam.

Two days later on ECW on Sci-Fi, the two groups met again, but this time it was under Extreme Rules. This was one of the show's best matches of the year.

This time around, it was The New Breed that got the upper hand, beating the Originals at their own game.

These eight men put it all on the line, pulling out everything but the kitchen sink and beating each other from pillar to post but it was Elijah Burke viciously putting Sabu through a table with the Elijah Express that earned The New Breed the victory.

WIth that, we get a video package on Burke, who was anointed the new face of ECW by Mr. McMahon earlier in the year.

(Ads)

We're back and now we get a video package on the former ECW Champion John Morrison, who held the title from June until September.

Segment #3 - ECW Championship - John Morrison vs. CM Punk

Morrison (as Johnny Nitro) won the title at Vengeance: Night of Champions as a late replacement for Chris Benoit. We get a quick blip of that match and skip over the rest of their feud, which spanned the entire summer, and go to Punk's final chance on ECW on Sci-Fi in early September, where he finally captured the title in a back-and-forth match.

(Ads)

Now, for the first time ever on "free" TV, it's CM Punk defending the ECW Championship in a Triple Threat Match at Survivor Series against John Morrison and The Miz (HOO-RAH!) which we join in progress.

This was an extremely fast-paced, back and forth affair. Morrison and Miz tried to use their alliance against Punk but it ended up dissolving rather quickly. The finish came when Miz ran into Morrison on the apron and fell right into the GTS. Punk retains once again!

(Ads)

Segments #4 & #5 - Things You Couldn't Care Less About

Now it's onto a video package of the biggest piece of worthless flab in WWE, Big Daddy V. The meat on his body could feed a third-world country for an entire year.

Styles and Tazz proceed to slobber all over the pairing of Big Daddy V and Mark Henry and then go into the ECW/Smackdown! Talent Exchange which has brought many a talent to the Land of Extreme. Tazz is a big fan. Why am I not surprised?

Highlighting the talent exchange is Morrison and Miz winning the WWE Tag Team Championship from MVP and Matt Hardy.

But all three brands united for the Tribute to the Troops, which, although just one day old, gets a video package on the Best of ECW 2007. OK? I'll go back to perusing the Best Buy ad.

(Ads)

Hey, it's a video package for Kane!!!!! I feel like I've just downed an entire bottle of NyQuil.

Just nine days ago at Armageddon, Kane and CM Punk took on The World's Fattest Men - Big Daddy V and Mark Henry, in which the flabby ones won after Big Flabby hit Punk with a Samoan Drop.

That leads us to Punk taking on MVP last week, where the ECW Champion had another tough night, getting beat up by MVP after a disqualification and then even worse by a returning Chavo Guerrero, who hit the Three Amigos and the Frog Splash on Punk.

Then, Tazz aplogizes to Styles for treating him like a dog all year. Tazz says he has a gift for Styles under the Extreme Tree. When Styles bends down to inspect the gift, Tazz gives him a big boot to the bottom, sending him through the tree and to the ground. We end the year with Styles moaning, "The tree stand caught me right in the Mahoney's!" HA! Classic.

Thanks for reading everybody! See you next year and be sure to root on the Michigan State football team in the Champs Sports Bowl against Boston College on Friday! Go Green!



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!.