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ECW: Scrambling to enter the Championship Scramble
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on ECW on Sci-Fi: Not to be outdone by RAW and Smackdown, ECW's announces its own Championship Scramble for Unforgiven. The only question left is: Who will participate? Should be a good one!

And we are TAPED! from Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Todd Grisham and Matt Striker are our hosts. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG,V).

The Assistant to the General Manager, Tiffany, is out to introduce her boss, Theodore Long. (And I use that title because of the show's proximity to Scranton, home to our favorite Assistant to the Regional Manager.)

Anywho, Long announces ECW's own Championship Scramble, with qualifying matches going on throughout the night. Holla, holla, holla!

Match #1 - Matt Hardy (Cameron, N.C.) vs. John Morrison (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Well, this is a heckuva way to start the show off.

The tide turns back to Hardy when Morrison misses Starship Pain. Hardy hits the Side Effect and goes for the Twist of Fate, but Morrison picks him up and crotches him on the top rope. He then gets a running start and hits a big forearm that sends Hardy crashing to the floor.

(Ads)

We're back and Morrison is firmly in control. Hardy is able to power out of an armlock and hits a running bulldog for two. He goes to the second rope and hits his elbow and calls for the Twist of Fate again, but Morrison pushes him off. Morrison goes for a backslide with his feet on the ropes but the referee sees it. Hardy counters up a roll-up for two.

They exchange another series of near-falls but Morrison nails his springboard kick but only gets two.

Morrison mounts Hardy in the corner, Hardy pushes him off and then they collide in the center with a double-clothesline. They get up and Morrison goes for the Moonlight Drive, but he is countered right into a Twist of Fate.

Winner via pinfall: Matt Hardy

Matt Hardy advances to the ECW Championship Scramble.

Long and Tiffany are backstage when Mark Henry and Tony Atlas interrupt. Henry is unhappy about the rules of the Scramble, with Atlas backing up all his points with "That's right!" Ha! Then it goes nowhere.

(Ads)

Match #2 - The Miz (Cleveland, Ohio) vs. Evan Bourne (St. Louis, MO)

Wow, this is another interesting match. I'd like to see both these guys advance to the Scramble.

Bourne gets the early edge with an arm drag into an arm/shoulder lock. Miz tries to drag out but Bourne drags back to keep it applied.

Bourne, though, is sent hard to the outside. Miz pursues and works Bourne over on the outside. Back in the ring, Miz just goes to work on Bourne, hitting a face-first suplex.

Things start to turn around for Bourne with some hard kicks and Bourne is able to counter the Reality Check and hit a standing moonsault. Bourne gets Miz on the top rope and follows up and goes for a hurricarana but instead gets "the capital of Thailand" (according to Grisham -- think about that one). It's a painful miss, as Bourne is prone for the Reality Check and his first pinfall loss in ECW.

Winner via pinfall: The Miz

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Match #3 - Chavo Guerrero (El Paso, Texas) vs. Tommy Dreamer (Yonkers, N.Y.)

Slow start to this one, but Dreamer gets rolling with a bulldog and a running powerslam for two. Guerrero gets put up in the Tree of Woe and Dreamer hits it. Bam Neely, though, hops up on the apron, distracting Dreamer. Chavo kicks Dreamer into Neely and then rings his neck on the rope. With Dreamer down, Guerrero heads to the top and hits the Frog Splash.

Winner via pinfall: Chavo Guerrero

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Match #4 - Finlay (Belfast, Northern Ireland) vs. Mike Knox (Phoenix, Ariz.)

There's one spot left in the Scramble -- and this will be a power match if there ever was one.

(Ads)

We're back and Finlay has Knox locked in an armbar. Knox goes for a walk on the outside and Finlay goes after him but walks right into a nice powerslam on the floor. Back in the ring and Knox is rolling. He hits an absolutely vicious clothesline. Knox then works a chinlock with knee on back. Finlay gets up but Knox runs him into the corner.

Knox then gets distracted by Hornswaggle and Finlay sends him over the top rope and to the floor. He follows it up with a clothesline on the floor. Back in the ring, Finlay hits the atomic butt drop, but can't follow up as Knox hits a big boot.

From there, Knox goes to untie the top turnbuckle but is busted by the ref. While the ref is checking on the turnbuckle, Finlay gets the Shillelagh from Hornswaggle, but has it knocked out of his hands by Knox. Knox goes to pick it up, but the ref stops him. While the ref is dispatching of the Shillelagh, Hornswaggle sends a second one in and Finlay belts Knox with it and that's all she wrote.

Winner via pinfall: Finlay

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!.