February 26, 2008
ECW: Tazz sings, Punk No. 1 again
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling

Tonight on ECW on Sci-Fi: It's time to crown a No. 1 Contender for the ECW Championship as Elijah Burke, CM Punk and Shelton Benjamin battle in a triple threat match. Should be a good one!

And we are LIVE! from Tucson, AZ, Joey Styles and Tazz are our hosts and this show is presented in WWEHD (TV-14DLSV).

Match #1 - Kelly Kelly (Jacksonville, Fla.) & Kofi Kingston (Jamaica) vs. Layla (Miami, Fla.) & Santino Marella (Patterson, NJ)

This is officially a mixed tag team match.

Santino brings the humour yet again, trying to mimic Layla's ring entrance. This was followed up by Tazz singing Centerfold by J. Giles Band. This is the stuff that makes ECW great, folks.

Kofi actually has to sell some in this match, as Santino hits some courtesy offense (mainly punches and kicks) before tagging in Layla, meaning Kelly must enter.

Kelly hits a flying crossbody but the pin is broken up by Santino. This draws Kingston back in and he takes out Santino. Kelly follows that up with the Fameasser for the cover.

Winners via pinfall: Kelly Kelly & Kofi Kingston

After the match, Tazz serenades us with a version of Peter Cottontail as they talk about the Bunny Match at WrestleMania. It just doesn't get much better than this.

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Match #2 - Mike Knox (Phoenix, Ariz.) vs. Stevie Richards (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Mike Knox is already in the ring, as if you needed another hint as to who is going to win this match.

Styles and Tazz once again point out how the scar on his neck can be a big target, especially for someone as ruthless as Mike Knox.

Knox works the neck over hard in the early going as the crowd gets behind Richards. It doesn't work as Knox hits Stevie with a vicious clothesline.

This match is all Knox until he yells "I'll show you, you'll see!" at Stevie as he bull rushes him in the corner. Stevie moves, hits two splashes of his own and then the Stevie-T for the fall.

Winner via pinfall: Stevie Richards

Sadly, Tazz did not sing any songs during this match.

Backstage, Tommy Dreamer gives an upstart and unbandaged Colin Delaney a pep-talk. And maybe one day, Dreamer says, Colin can be a champion. Delaney replies that if he is a champion, can he get his own entrance music? Dreamer totally no-sells the question, glaring straight forward. Ha!

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Match #3 - The Miz (Cleveland, Ohio) & John Morrison (Los Angeles, Calif.) vs. Tommy Dreamer (Yonkers, NY) & Colin Delaney (Rochester, NY)

The Miz (HOO-RAH!) and Dreamer start things off but Delaney accidentally blind tags himself in as Dreamer battled Morrison.

Delaney actually hits a drop kick on Morrison but the good feeling is short-lived as the champs start to have their way with Colin, including a mega-sweet double team move that's hard to describe.

Miz works over Delaney some more, but Delaney slips out of a suplex attempt and crawls between Miz's legs to tag in Dreamer. Dreamer puts Miz in the Tree of Woe/dropkick combo but Morrison intervenes before Dreamer can get a pin.

The end comes when Miz and Delaney, who was on the apron, clash heads, sending Miz right into Dreamer for a DDT.

Winners via pinfall: Tommy Dreamer & Colin Delaney

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In the crowd: the Chicago White Sox, who are spending a night enjoying ECW instead of what they should be doing: Figuring out how many game they'll be finishing behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. I'll go with 17.5

Backstage, Miz and Morrison opine on how they'll have to defend their titles against Dreamer and Delaney next week. It's alliteration gone wild!

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ECW Champion Chavo Guerrero makes his way to the ring and will join Styles and Tazz on commentary for the following bout.

Match #4 - No. 1 Contender Triple Threat Match - Shelton Benjamin (Orangeburg, SC) vs. Elijah Burke (Jacksonville, Fla.) vs. CM Punk (Chicago, Ill.)

All three men stare each other down and Benjamin swerves us all when he cold cocks Burke with a roundhouse kick, sending him to the outside.

Guerrero claims he would've ducked the kick. Hardy har har.

Burke returns the favor, though, by low-bridging Benjamin and taking his own shots at Punk.

Benjamin fights back and hits Punk with the inverted bulldog but is pulled out of the ring by Burke at the last possible second.

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They bring it strong right out of the break, as Punk is trying to suplex Burke to the outside, Benjamin comes out of nowhere to leap over both of them and power bomb Punk onto the floor. Amazing sight.

But it's Burke that ends up taking control until Benjamin leaps up to the top turnbuckle whips Burke off.

Burke and Benjamin gain brief control over the match, but Punk hits GTS on Burke out of nowhere for the win.

Winner via pinfall: CM Punk

Wow, that was just an extremely solid show. I'd actually be inclined to call it great. Probably the best one I've seen since I started recapping this show. The show had hilarity, great in-ring action and actually developed some storylines heading forward. I really hope they can use this show as a springboard for quality shows in the future.

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