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ECW: Delaney no match for Henry
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on ECW on Sci-Fi: Another monster reigns as champion in the Land of Extreme. What will Mark Henry's first night as ECW Champion entail? Tune in and find out. Should be a good one!

And we are "LIVE!" from Tulsa, Okla. Mike Adamle and "The Tazz" are our hosts. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG,V).

Right off the bat, ring announcer Justin Roberts introduces us to our NEW ECW Champion, "The World's Strongest Man" Mark Henry. Adamle informs us this is Henry's first major title. Considering Henry's been in WWE for so long, it's kind of crazy to think he hasn't even held a tag team title.

Also of note, six wrestlers who are currently on or were on ECW 10 days ago hold titles in WWE now. ECW must really suck.

Henry proclaims himself the savior of ECW because Kane planned to take the title to RAW. But at Night of Champions, he brought it back to "the ECW." Is Henry taking lessons from Adamle all of a sudden?

Henry talks some more but is interrupted by the lone ECW Original, Tommy Dreamer, who heads to the ring with Colin Delaney.

Dreamer says he didn't come out to congratulate Henry, but instead to challenge him for the ECW title. Henry says Dreamer's time has passed and that he's the future. He tells Dreamer and "his little friend" to walk.

Dreamer runs down what the ECW title means to a lot of people. Henry says Dreamer doesn't deserve a shot and will have to earn one. But, in a confusing moment, Henry says Delaney has earned a title shot and if Delaney beats Henry, then Dreamer will get his shot. But wouldn't Delaney be the champion?

The announcers quickly backtrack and clear things up, as Finlay, Hornswaggle and Matt Hardy make their way to the ring for a six-man tag team match and it's NEXT!

(Ads)

Match #1 - Matt Hardy (Cameron, N.C.), Finlay & Hornswaggle (Belfast, Northern Ireland) vs. Chavo Guerrero (El Paso, Texas), John Morrison (Los Angeles, Calif.) & The Miz (Cleveland, Ohio)

Tazz ponders the humour in Hornswaggle bringing in a "squirt gun" to the ring. I don't know whether to laugh or die a little inside.

Hardy connects on Miz early, hitting a bulldog for two before giving way to the man who loves to fight, Finlay, who socks Miz with a stiff clothesline before getting pushed into the opponent's corner, where Morrison tags himself in. Morrison doesn't fare much better before Morrison pushes Finlay back into their corner where Guerrero tags himself in.

Guerrero goes for a baseball slide, but Finlay pulls the ring apron and starts beating on Chavo. This draws Miz and Morrison over but they are met with a flying crossbody from Hornswaggle.

(Ads)

We're back and Chavo has Hardy in a chinlock. Hardy tries to fire up but is pushed right back into the wrong corner. The double-team elbow from the tag champs gets two while Morrison locks in a "submission hold" as Adamle calls it. Hardy breaks free but can't get to his corner before Morrison tags Miz in. Miz works an aggressive chinlock and screams at Hardy to tapout. Hardy does no such thing and comes back with a sunset flip for two before eating a clothesline.

Now it's Morrison's turn to beat up Hardy, but a ducked punch leads Hardy to a Side Effect. Hardy makes it to his corner and in comes Finlay, who is the proverbial house o' fire on the opposition. Guerrero takes a back body drop and gets put up for the barrel roll, which connects. Hardy comes in and hits the Twist of Fate on Morrison while Hornswaggle hits the Tadpole Splash on Chavo. A Shillelagh shot to the gut knocks a curious Bam Neely off the mat and Finlay follows that up with the Celtic Cross on Guerrero for the fall.

Winners via pinfall: Finlay, Hornswaggle & Matt Hardy

Coming up later tonight: Mark Henry and Colin Delaney battle for Tommy Dreamer's ECW title shot.

(Ads)

Dreamer and Delaney are backstage. Dreamer tells Delaney he didn't have to do it. Delaney says maybe not, but he's doing it for all the things Dreamer has done for him.

Theodore Long and Tiffany are backstage with ECW's newest acquisition. I have no idea who it is. They are interrupted by Armando Estrada, who says he's tired of playing games and wants to know the status of his contract. Long says it's under review. Long says he's started a new superstar initiative and his first signing, Atlas Ortiz, will go one-on-one with Estrada next.

(Ads)

Match #2 - Armando Estrada (Cuba) vs. Atlas Ortiz (Paradise Valley, Ariz.)

Estrada is all over Ortiz in the early going, working him over with a variety of hammerlocks, chinlocks and Mark Henry's favorite move, the armbar.

With Ortiz in an armlock, the crowd actually fires up a "Let's go Atlas" chant. He responds with some arm drags and a big dropkick for two. Estrada hits him with a big kick to the chest, but Ortiz immediately surprises Estrada with a backslide for the pin.

Winner via pinfall: Atlas Ortiz

(Ads)

Match #3 - Mark Henry (Silsbee, Texas) vs. Colin Delaney (Rochester, N.Y.)

Adamle proclaims Delaney's chances at "slim and none." He forgot to mention slim left town. Both Adamle and Tazz give him about 30 seconds.

Delaney ducks a clothesline and is surprised. Henry backs him into a corner but Delaney ducks another clothesline and starts firing, but Henry no-sells it all and throws him to the mat.

The crowd, ever supportive, hits a "Let's go Colin" chant and Delaney slides out of the way of a Henry elbow but another burst of offense is squashed by Henry.

Henry press slams him to the ground (Tazz: He almost hit rain he was so high) and picks him up for the World's Strongest Slam. Good night now.

Winner via pinfall: Mark Henry

Tazz proclaims Hell is still hot as Dreamer checks on Delaney. Henry gloats his way up the ramp to end the show.



Send Matt e-mail about ECW, wrestling, MMA or 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!.