April 23, 2008
ECW: Even Cutting Edge can't save weak show
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling

Tonight on ECW on Sci-Fi: Week two of the Mike Adamle era commences. Should be a good one?

And we are LIVE! from Greensboro, N.C. Mike Adamle and Tazz are our hosts (how weird is that to say?) and this show is presented in WWEHD (TV-14DLSV).

Coming up tonight, Kane joins Edge for a special edition of The Cutting Edge.

Match #1 - Kelly Kelly (Jacksonville, Fla.) & Tommy Dreamer (Yonkers, N.Y.) vs. Layla (Miami, Fla.) & Mike Knox (Phoenix, Ariz.)

This one has five-star classic written all over it.

Kelly Kelly hits the Fameasser on Layla for the win. Too short to even recap, or care about, for that matter..

Winners via pinfall: Kelly Kelly & Tommy Dreamer

Ever the sore loser, Knox comes in and hits the corkscrew faceplant on Dreamer.

(Ads -- Philadelphia has just defeated Washington in overtime. Over on Hockey Night in Canada, a guy is playing both the Canadian and American national anthems on his saxophone. Honestly, this is awesome.)

They replay the speeches from the American presidential hopefuls. I missed these on RAW last night because I forgot to set my DVD recorder to the correct channel. I chuckled.

Match #2 - John Morrison (Los Angeles, Calif.) vs. Jimmy Wang Yang (Austell, Ga.)

The Miz comes on commentary and almost immediately makes fun of Adamle, asking if Yang is "Jamaicain me crazy." Adamle then proceeds to botch Jimmy Wang Yang's name.

I guess I should recap the match. Yang hits a huge flying monkey flip. Morrison recovers and goes for a split-leg corkscrew moonsault but Yang moves and hits a moonsault of his own for the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Jimmy Wang Yang

Coming up tonight: The Cutting Edge with ECW Champion Kane.

(Ads)

Backstage, Kofi Kingston chats with Shelton Benjamin, who preview their match tonight. Kofi is all nice and Shelton tells him his undefeated streak ends tonight.

(Ads -- San Jose has just taken a 1-0 lead on a nice goal by Joe Thornton.)

Still to come, The Cutting Edge with Kane.

Match #3 - Kofi Kingston (Jamaica) vs. Shelton Benjamin (Orangeburg, S.C.)

Pretty much the second Kofi's music starts, Tazz yells out: "Jamaicain me crazy!!" and begs Adamle to say it. I laughed.

The two start with some chain wrestling but Shelton puts an end to that with a nice shoulderbreaker, the likes of which I haven't seen in some time.

Shelton tries to capitalize with an armbar but Kofi escapes but it doesn't last long as Shelton hits a flying armbar to put Kofi down again.

Shelton goes to the top for something, but Kingston dropkicks him right out of the air. Again, it doesn't last long, as Benjamin recovers and locks in another armbar.

Shelton's power appears to be too much for Kofi so far, here. Benjamin's attack is "damn near criminal," according to Tazz.

But then just as quickly as it was going badly for Kingston, he hits the Trouble in Paradise out of nowhere for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Kofi Kingston

(Ads)

Match #4 - Mark Henry (Silsbee, Texas) vs. Nunzio (Rockland County, N.Y.)

The two are staring each other down in the middle of the ring when they come back from the RAW Rebound.

Oh, yeah, Henry beats on Nunzio before hitting the World's Strongest Slam for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Mark Henry

This is a barnburner of an episode thus far.

Maybe it can be saved, though, as The Cutting Edge is next.

(Ads)

The former World Heavyweight Champion is out, flanked by Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder, for The Cutting Edge.

Edge stands in the middle of the ring to a chorus of boos. He brings out his guest, the ECW Champion -- Kane.

Edge invites Kane to have a seat, he chooses not to, so Edge stands up, as well.

Edge informs Kane that Kane's life sucks. He goes over Kane's history and their history together, bringing up the whole Lita saga.

This is honestly the worst tripe I've heard in a while. They are saying nothing new whatsoever. It's disappointing to me because I love Edge so much. Kane is just so awful right now.

Finally they start to pump up Backlash a little bit when Kane attacks Edge, but then Chavo Guerrero and his buddy join the party and Edge gives Chavo a chair. The other four grab a limb to hold Kane to the mat as Chavo pulls back and goes to town with the chair on Kane's left knee.

Chavo then goes back with the bent chair and nails him once more for good measure.

That's all she wrote, folks. Go Wings!

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