SLAM! Sports SLAM! Wrestling
   Wed, January 16, 2008



News & Rumours
Bios
Obits
Canadian Hall of Fame
WrestleMania 30
WrestleMania 30 photos
Video
Movie Database
Minority Mat Report
Columnists
Features
Results Archive
PPV Reviews
SLAM! Wrestling store
On Facebook
On Twitter
Send Feedback




Photo Galleries

SummerSlam


Kevin Steen


Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fan Fest


Raw in Miami


Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame inductions


WWE Battleground


ROH in Detroit







SCOREBOARD
PHOTO GALLERY
VIDEO GALLERY
COMMENT





ECW: Punk gains an Edge
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on ECW on Sci-Fi: The World Heavyweight Champion makes his long-awaited debut in the Land of Extreme as he brings his show, "The Cutting Edge," to ECW! Should be a good one!

And we are LIVE! from true Hardcore Country -- Birmingham, Ala.! Let's go right to the ring for our feature attraction...

Tony Chimel gives Edge a hero's introduction as the World Heavyweight Champion makes his way to the ring for The Cutting Edge. Edge basks in all his ECW glory (a sound chorus of boos). He says is really excited to be on ECW tonight and is also excited for the Royal Rumble and his match against Rey Mysterio. The large contingent of youth in the crowd chant "619". Edge claims it won't happen to him. He shoots us to a video package of Smackdown! last week as to why it won't.

He blabbers some more about Mysterio and then starts to introduce his next guest, who he claims has butterflies in his stomach. His guest is the ECW World Champion, CM Punk.

Edge says it's a pleasure to have Punk on the show. Punk returns the favor.

They exchange some more pleasantries before Edge cuts straight to the bone by asking Punk who he's defeated since becoming ECW Champion. This leads to Punk saying he could beat Chavo Guerrero anytime. Edge says that's a bold statement. Punk has another one for him: He can beat Edge, too.

This elicits a loud "CM Punk" cheer as Edge gets angered. He says he'll let that one slide. Punk says he didn't say it to make Edge laugh. He says that this isn't Smackdown!, it's his show.

Before things get any more heated, Chavo Guerrero interrupts the proceedings.

Chavo challenges Punk for a third time for later in the night. Punk says it's on. With that, Chavo pie-faces Punk into Edge and the two start to lay a beatdown on the champ, repeatedly ramming Punk into the ring post.

(Ads)

Backstage, Edge is walking toward the exit.

Match #1 - John Morrison (Los Angeles, Calif.) & The Miz (Cleveland, Ohio) vs. The Highlanders (Oban, Scotland)

Ummm, when did I miss this trade? I'm sure they will go straight from RAW job boys to ECW contenders.

I missed much of the match due to technical difficulties, but I did Miz hit the Reality Check on Robbie for the win. Move along, nothing to see here.

Winners via pinfall: John Morrison & The Miz

Hey, Kofi Kingston is coming! Oh, hey, IT'S NEXT WEEK! Yay!

(Ads)

Back from break and Kelly Kelly comes out to the ring in a robe and grabs a mic.

She says ECW will be in HD next week and we will get to find out which ECW diva has the best body. She then reveals her body.

A quick, informative graphic informs us that it'll be a "Best Body Contest" between Kelly Kelly, Layla and Lena Yada.

Before Kelly can even get up the ramp, Tazz brings in Colin Delaney, the young lad who has been destroyed by Shelton Benjamin, Big Daddy V and Mark Henry the last three weeks.

Suffice to say, Delaney is bandaged up quite nicely. He is here to fight another week. Tazz tells him he is about to go head-to-head with a former WWE Champion.

Match #2 - Colin Delaney (Rochester, NY) vs. Kane (Hell, Fire & Brimstone)

The look on poor Colin's face when the pyro hit was priceless. Colin puts his fists up and Kane promptly boots him in the head. A few moves later, Kane hits the choke slam for the fall.

Winner via pinfall: Kane

You know what, this angle is really amusing me. I love how every week they have Tazz feed him to the wolves and him just coming back for more. It's hilarious to see him get destroyed every week. It'll just make the inevitable week when he pulls off a freak roll-up ever the more sweeter. Good job, ECW!

ECW General Manager Armando Estrada asks Punk if he'll be able to go tonight. Punk says he'll be there.

(Ads)

Now we get an update on both WWE Champion Randy Orton and Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy.

Joey Styles says Orton suffered back and neck trauma while Hardy staggered out of the medical facility before receiving treatment. Ooooh, that Jeff Hardy, such a badass.

Match #3 - Shelton Benjamin (Orangeburg, SC) vs. Nunzio (Rockland County, NY)

This is another glorified squash. Benjamin wins following the inverted bulldog that former ECW writer Matt Mackinder claims was stolen from TNA's Judas Mesias. Move along, nothing to see here.

Winner via pinfall: Shelton Benjamin

Post match, Shelton grabs a mic, says there ain't no stoppin' him NAHHHHHHH and gives poor Nunzio another inverted bulldog.

(Ads)

Match #4 - CM Punk (Chicago, Ill.) vs. Chavo Guerrero (El Paso, Tx)

Once again, if Guerrero wins, he will

Punk is still favoring his left shoulder from the attack by Edge and Guerrero earlier tonight.

Even though it appeared that Edge left the arena, his music fires up and he saunters down to the ring and joins Styles and Tazz on commentary. I'd say things aren't looking up for Punk right now.

Punk opens up with some kicks and eventually throws Chavo over the top rope and onto the floor.

(Ads)

Back from break and Chavo is working over that left shoulder. Punk goes for some offense but is quickly hit in the shoulder and Guerrero regains control.

Chavo goes to some mat-based offense on the shoulder and works on the shoulder relentlessly. Edge says that when Chavo isolates a body part and works on it, you'll feel it for weeks, even months.

Guerrero is just mauling Punk here, but Punk starts to fire up with some kicks, dropkicks and the like all using one arm. Punk makes an ill-advised trip to the top rope and is knocked to the outside by Chavo. Edge sees this, Chavo distracts the ref, Edge cracks Punk with the belt and that's all she wrote.

Winner via countout: Chavo Guerrero

Chavo Guerrero is the new No. 1 Contender for the ECW Championship.



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!.