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ECW: Tiffany out, Regal in
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Yoshi Tatsu at the ECW taping at the TD Garden in Boston. Photo by Bruno Silveira, TopRopePhotography.com


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

Cold open with William Regal backstage. He tells us ECW General Manager Tiffany was involved in a car accident and the WWE Board of Directors has named him the interim general manager of ECW. He says he's not allowed to make any matches that impact the ECW Champion. He says tonight's main event of Christian against Zack Ryder is off and in its place will be Christian facing Ryder, Kozlov, Regal and Ezekiel Jackson.

We are greeted with Tony Atlas who is here to introduce The Abraham Washington Show. He welcomes his guest for the night Intercontinental Champion John Morrison, who faces Dolph Ziggler on Sunday at Hell in a Cell.

Washington says Morrison had one of the top shows on ECW previously, The Dirt Sheet. Morrison says if this were The Dirt Sheet, Atlas would be The Miz. Atlas then says "I'm awesome!" and laughs. This was awesome.

They banter some until Ziggler makes his way to the couch. Washington immediately says the show's over and shuts Ziggler out.

Regal is backstage talking on the phone. Ryder comes in with Regal still on the horn. Ryder says he's got it tonight, but Regal says he was on the phone with the Board of Directors and they have added Goldust, Yoshi Tatsu and Tommy Dreamer as Christian's partners in the main event. Ryder makes a snarky remark to Regal and Regal asks him if he is questioning his abilities as a GM. Ryder replies, "you know it." I love this man.

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Match #1 - Paul Burchill (Chelsea, England) vs. Shelton Benjamin (Orangeburg, S.C.)

While Benjamin is coming to the ring, Sheamus attacks him from behind. Sheamus is really laying the wood. He throws Benjamin in the ring for Burchill and they actually are going to let the match happen as Benjamin is writhing in pain on the mat.

Benjamin says he wants to go and the ref rings the bell. Burchill jumps in immediately. He posts Benjamin and Benjamin is down on the outside in big trouble.

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We're back and it's the same story. Burchill is putting it to Benjamin, working on the left shoulder. Burchill lifts Benjamin for a suplex but Benjamin drops down into a neckbreaker. Both men are down but it's not enough for Benjamin to turn the tide. Burchill puts Benjamin on the top turnbuckle looking for a superplex but Benjamin punches his way out, sending Burchill flying to the canvas. Benjamin goes for a flying rolling dive but Burchill ducks and hits a knee to the face.

Burchill back to work on the left shoulder. Benjamin powers up and sends Burchill into the corner. They start trading and Burchill goes off the ropes and runs right into Paydirt out of nowhere for the win.

Winner via pinfall: Shelton Benjamin

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Match #2 - William Regal (Blackpool, England), Ezekiel Jackson (Harlem, N.Y.), Kozlov (Moscow, Russia) & Zack Ryder (Long Island, N.Y.) vs. Goldust (Hollywood, Calif.), Tommy Dreamer (Yonkers, N.Y.), Yoshi Tatsu (Tokyo, Japan) & Christian (Toronto, Ontario)

Ryder goes for the Zack Attack early on Christian but Christian counters with a reverse DDT. Christian and Dreamer double team Ryder and then Dreamer takes over with a power slam.

(Ads)

We're back and Dreamer is being mauled by Jackson and Kozlov. Christian comes in and is immediately low bridged by Kozlov on the apron. The referee is counting and hits eight before finally being brought back in for a vertical suplex by Jackson. Regal comes in and stops Christian from making the tag. Ryder in now and works a body scissors. Kozlov in now and he is working Christian's ribs. He goes for a headbutt in the corner but Christian moves and hits a missile dropkick. Christian finally get the tag to Tatsu while Kozlov tags Ryder.

Tatsu is on fire hitting all sorts of moves on Ryder. Tatsu then greets the other team with strikes. Spinning heel kick from the top but the pin is broken up by Jackson. It's a pier-six. Christian flies out onto a mass of bodies on the outside and Regal blind tags Ryder and runs right into the high kick.

Winners via pinfall: Yoshi Tatsu, Christian, Tommy Dreamer & Goldust

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!.