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ECW: Changes starting already
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on ECW on Sci-Fi: We're less than a week away from the WWE Draft, but there's a few shake-ups in the Land of Extreme already. General Manager Theodore Long is moving on and named his replacement and there's a new voice in the broadcast booth. On top of that, the ECW Champion Jack Swagger proves that he is indeed still alive. Should be a good one!

And we are "LIVE!" from Austin, Texas. Josh Matthews (!) and Matt Striker are our hosts. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG,V).

ECW General Manager Theodore Long is in the ring. He says that, with Vickie Guererro becoming the new General Manager of Raw, he has been named the new General Manager of Smackdown. With that, he brings out his replacement his assistant Tiffany. She is now the Interim GM of ECW. She gets about three words into her speech when ECW Champion Jack Swagger's music hits.

Swagger hits the ring in a suit and congratulates Tiffany. He says there's one set of rules for dealing with everyone and another for him. She says she plans on giving the WWE Universe what they want. She says he might not even be on ECW next week. Then she says he has to worry about who he'll be defending his title against at Backlash. She says Christian, Mark Henry, Finlay and Tommy Dreamer will be participating in an Elimination Chase to Backlash and it starts tonight with a Fatal Four Way.

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Match #1 - John Morrison (Los Angeles, Calif.), The Miz (Cleveland, Ohio) & Tyson Kidd (Calgary, Alberta) vs. Evan Bourne (St. Louis, MO), Carlito (San Juan, P.R.) & Primo (San Juan, P.R.)

Morrison isolates Carlito and just hammers him with a big running knee. He goes to work with a headlock. Carlito escapes and tries to make it to his corner but is held back by Morrison. They continue to double, even triple-team Carlito. Carlito escapes a headlock and tags in Bourne.

Bourne head-scissors Morrison over the top rope, going with him. Kidd and Miz try to clothesline Bourne, but he just ducks and heads back into the ring.

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We're back and the heels have Bourne in trouble. Kidd comes in and puts a knee in Bourne's back while pulling his arms. Miz comes in and just goes to work on Bourne. Bourne somehow turns a bad position into a backslide, but it doesn't last long, as he is quickly dragged back into the wrong corner.

Miz, Morrison and Kidd are utilizing extremely quick tags. Miz and Morrison go for a double team but Bourne leg drops Miz while ringing Morrison off the top rope. He crawls over to Primo to make the tag, who comes in the proverbial house of fire against Kidd. From there, it breaks down. Primo sends Morrison over the top from the ground. Kidd loads up for his springboard elbow, but Primo moves and quickly hits the Backstabber. He tags in Bourne, who goes to the top for the Shooting Star Press. He hits it and that's all she wrote.

Winners via pinfall: Evan Bourne, Carlito & Primo

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Match #2 - Fatal Four Way - Mark Henry (Silsbee, Texas) vs. Finlay (Belfast, Northern Ireland) vs. Tommy Dreamer (Yonkers, N.Y.) vs. Christian (Toronto, Ontario)

In the Elimination Chase, the person who loses this match is eliminated. The other three move on.

This was the weirdest beginning to a Four-Way match I've ever seen. They just split up into pairs and went to collar-and-elbow tie-ups. It was great. Henry then destroyed everyone.

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We're back and Henry is standing on Dreamer. But then Christian and Finlay double-team him. It takes all three of them to suplex Henry. From there, Finlay and Christian take centre stage. Dreamer gets involved and hits the running dropkick on Dreamer. While celebrating, Dreamer runs right into a Henry clothesline. Christian hits a flying dropkick on Henry and gets two.

Dreamer goes for the DDT on Henry to no avail. Henry hoists Dreamer up for the World's Strongest Slam, but with the referee distracted by Tony Atlas, Finlay nails Henry with the Shillelagh and picks up the cover.

Eliminated from the Elimination Chase: Mark Henry

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!.