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ECW: Hardy survives Finlay's challenge
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on ECW on Sci-Fi: After earning a shot at the title last week, Finlay gets his long anticipated crack at the ECW Championship when he faces Matt Hardy for the silver tonight. Should be a good one!

To the delight of many, I'm sure, this will be an abbreviated report, as I have some schoolwork to take care of that, frankly, is more important than ECW.

And we are TAPED! from Manchester, England, Todd Grisham and Matt Striker are our hosts. This show is presented in WWE-PALHD (TV-PG,V).

Match #1 - John Morrison (Los Angeles, California, USA), The Miz (Cleveland, Ohio, USA) & Jack Swagger (Perry, Oklahoma, USA) vs. Cryme Tyme (Brooklyn, N.Y., USA) & Tommy Dreamer (Yonkers, N.Y., USA)

Grisham quips the heel team is "more cocky than a rooster farm."

And seeing Dreamer try to participate in Cryme Tyme's intro handshake was something else.

Things get going when Dreamer hits a reverse pump-handle face-plant slam on Morrison, but The Miz (HOO-RAH!) gets in there and breaks up the cover. In comes Shad in disgust and he slams Miz into the mat but is then railroaded by Swagger. Swagger hits the gut-wrench power bomb on JTG, but Dreamer comes from behind and hits the DDT. In comes Morrison and Dreamer tries to hit the DDT, but Morrison reverses and nails Dreamer with the Moonlight Drive for the pin.

Winners via pinfall: John Morrison, The Miz & Jack Swagger

(Ads)

Match #2 - Mark Henry (Silsbee, Texas, USA) vs. Oliver Biney (Leeds, England)

Poor Oliver.

Stuff. Clothesline. World's Strongest Slam. FIN.

Winner via pinfall: Mark Henry

(Ads)

Match #3 - ECW Championship - Finlay (Belfast, Northern Ireland) vs. (c) Matt Hardy (Cameron, N.C., USA)

Late in the match, Finlay has Hardy down and sends his head into Hardy's gut. Finlay charges Hardy in the corner but eats a knee. He goes for a clothesline but walks right into a Side Effect for two. Hardy picks Finlay up and hits another Side Effect, again for two. He tries for a third, but Finlay elbows out of it and tries a roll-up for two. Hardy goes for a Twist of Fate, but Finlay turns it into a backslide for two again. Finlay puts the boots to Hardy and hits the Atomic Butt Drop for two.

Finlay puts him up for the Celtic Cross, but Hardy gets out. Instead, Finlay hits the Rolling Hills. Finlay drags Hardy near the corner and it looks like he is going for a Vader Bomb but Hardy catches him and tries to roll through but gets two again. Hardy with a body slam and he follows up with a moonsault for two.

Hardy whips Finlay into the corner and goes after him, but they clash heads with Finlay stumbling out of the corner. Finlay falls on top of Hardy and the ref makes his count, but Hardy gets his foot on the bottom rope in the nick of time. They get up and out of nowhere, Hardy hits the Twist of Fate for the fall.

Winner via pinfall and STILL ECW Champion: Matt Hardy

After the match, Finlay offers his hand to Hardy, which he accepts as Finlay bows to him.

Good night, boys and girls.

E-mail Matt 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!.