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ECW: Christian earns title match
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on ECW on Syfy: We'll find out who faces Tommy Dreamer for the ECW Championship at Night of Champions as Christian battles Vladimir Kozlov. And my info reads "Tiffany's new Superstar Initiative," so that should be excellent, I'm sure. Should be a good one!

And we are TAPED! from Bakersfield, Calif. Josh Mathews and Matt Striker are our hosts. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG,V).

Match #1 - Nikki Bella (Scottsdale, Ariz.) vs. Katie Lea Burchill (Chelsea, England)

The last ECW recap I wrote started out with Evan Bourne vs. Tyson Kidd. Now we get the Bella Twins. What a waste of time.

The best part of this match was Striker making a reference to Jacob and Eli Blue. Oh, and the twins switched in the middle of the match. The Bella hit an X-Factor on Katie Lea for the win.

Winner via pinfall: BrieNikki Bella

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Match #2 - Yoshi Tatsu (Tokyo, Japan) vs. Shelton Benjamin (Orangeburg, S.C.)

Benjamin isn't fooling around this week. Also, Tatsu's music is awesome.

Benjamin takes control, hitting a nice elbow drop and working the neck, but Tatsu comes in with a backslide out of nowhere for a near fall and then goes for the high kick which has Shelton getting the heck out of dodge.

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We're back and Benjamin is dishing out the pain. Shelton works a camel clutch but Tatsu escapes and goes to town on Shelton with some kicks. He hits a double knee in the corner and a kick for a two count. Shelton misses and Tatsu hits a springboard spinning heel kick for a long two. Tatsu charges at Benjamin but takes a knee. Shelton follows up with a belly-to-belly suplex and both men are down.

Tatsu ducks a Shelton kick. Shelton tries one of his own, but Tatsu ducks, but Shelton is able to counter right into Paydirt for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Shelton Benjamin

Kozlov video package.

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Match #3 - Ezekiel Jackson (Harlem, N.Y.) vs. Jack Meridol (Bakersfield, Calif.)

Meridol hits a kick that just upsets the big man. Jackson locks in a bearhug and drives Meridol into the corner. He no-sells a punch and clubs Meridol over the head. Jackson hits an absolutely vicious clothesline but still goes for more. He finishes him shortly thereafter. Awesome, awesome squash match.

Winner via pinfall: Ezekiel Jackson

Backstage, a woman falls off a ladder only to be caught by The Hurricane (complete with wacky sound as he runs away). Tiffany runs in wondering what's going on. Note to Tiffany: You got completely swindled in a trade two weeks ago AND GOT GOLDUST AND THE BELLAS IN RETURN. You have more to worry about than The Hurricane saving people.

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It's time for The Abraham Washington Show!

Washington cracks a bunch of jokes and welcomes his guest for the night, ECW Champion Tommy Dreamer.

For once, they actually use the couch set up in the ring. Washington calls Dreamer the biggest superstar in ECW history literally. He says they are lucky enough to have a couch that fits him. He says last week he had twins and this week he has a guest that looks like he could be carrying twins. Dreamer gives a great fake laugh to this.

Washington asks Dreamer if his toughest opponent was Jenny Craig. Dreamer retorts by saying that's real funny from a guy who looks like he had his hair spraypainted on tonight. He then calls him a Lego-head (no offense, of course).

Washington asks Dreamer who he believes will win the main event tonight and he says Christian. That brings out Kozlov. They stare each other down as Washington introduces them to each other. When Washington introduced Kozlov, he gave this wacky smile that made me chuckle. Face Kozlov is going to be so hard to handle.

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Match #4 - No. 1 Contender's Match - Kozlov (Moscow, Russia) vs. Christian (Toronto, Ontario)

Christian gets going by low-bridging Kozlov. Kozlov climbs back up on the apron and Christian dropkicks him off. Kozlov climbs back up again and Christian charges back at him only to take a headbutt to the gut and and back-body drop over the top rope to the floor. Ouch.

Kozlov hits a fallaway slam for two. Kozlov racks Christian but he gets out and goes for the Killswitch but can't turn him. Christian goes for a tornado DDT but is thrown off. He tries to knock down the giant but can't and Kozlov throws Christian out of the ring.

On the outside, Christian is able to throw Kozlov into the ring post. And I must report my DVR recording stops as Christian is climbing the top rope. When setting this recording, I did not expect there to be an overrun outside of their usual timeslot. An overrun which runs INTO ANOTHER WWE SHOW. Holy moley. Does anybody at that company think? All WWE.com can provide me with is that Christian won with the Killswitch. Hooray. I'm sure it was thrilling.

Winner via pinfall: Christian

Matt Bishop can be reached at bishop20@msu.edu. Please include your name and hometown. Click here to follow Matt on Twitter. And if you're interested in mixed martial arts, check out Matt's weekly podcast -- Lights Out Radio. Should be a good one!.