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ECW: Christian, Tatsu engage in superb battle for title
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on ECW on Syfy: Yoshi Tatsu gets his first chance at the big time as he challenges Christian for the ECW Championship. Elsewhere, Tiffany is your guest on The Abraham Washington Show and Sheamus makes his final appearance on ECW. Should be a good one!

And we are "LIVE!" from the Rochester, N.Y. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG,V).

We open with what should be another epic edition of The Abraham Washington Show. His guest tonight is the esteemed general manager of ECW, Tiffany.

Washington and Tony Atlas admire Tiffany's hotness to start. Washington's first question is about ECW having no impact at Bragging Rights. Tiffany says just look at the members of those teams, many of them had their first big break on ECW. She guarantees next year, ECW will have a big impact on Bragging Rights. Washington says this isn't the Men's Warehouse, there's no guarantee. ECW doesn't need no suits, it needs superstars. He then asks him about Sheamus. She says if someone doesn't want to be on ECW, they are free to leave. She says she let him go, but he'll have his last ECW match tonight against Shelton Benjamin. Washington asks her how her arm is doing and she says it's healing well when she is interrupted by William Regal, Ezekiel Jackson and Kozlov.

Regal says he's here to appeal one last time for an ECW Championship match. She says no. He says he is losing his temper. She says perhaps he will never get another chance. Enjoy the show, folks!

Washington goes to wrap up the show but Regal is slightly upset. And by slightly upset, I mean super-duper mega upset. He destroys the set, sending Washington scurrying for cover by Atlas. Regal literally is going bonkers here.

Josh Mathews and the newest member of the ECW broadcast team, Byron Saxton, are our hosts.

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Match #1 - Sheamus (Dublin, Ireland) vs. Shelton Benjamin (Orangeburg, S.C.)

A brawl early, lots of punching and kicking. Benjamin clotheslines Sheamus over the top then hits a springboard moonsault onto Sheamus from the apron.

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We're back and Benjamin is working the arms. He keeps going until Sheamus pushes him into the ring post. On the outside, Sheamus picks Benjamin up and rams him into the post. Power slam connects for the Celtic Warrior. He grinds Benjamin's face into the mat and lands a knee to the back.

Sheamus locks in a modified camel clutch (but does not break his back or make him humble). Chinlock now, but Benjamin rises to his feet. Sheamus goes off the ropes but runs right into a belly-to-belly suplex and both men are down. Sheamus is up at six, Benjamin shortly after. They start trading centre ring. Benjamin breaks off and hits a springboard forearm and a Stinger Splash. Benjamin right a belly-to-back suplex and Sheamus grabs the bottom rope. To a vertical base for both men. Sheamus drops Benjamin on the top rope and lines him up and hits the pump kick and it's good night, Irene.

Winner via pinfall: Sheamus

Aren't you supposed to lose when you leave the territory?

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Rosa Mendes and Gregory Helms are backstage talking. Mendes is talking about herself when Paul and Katie Lea Burchill walk up. Katie Lea scares Mendes away. Burchill says he wants The Hurricane next week.

Savannah is backstage with Christian. He puts Yoshi Tatsu over as the top contender. He'll be a champion in years to come, but not tonight. He says tonight, Yoshi is going to learn the biggest lesson any young talent can learn: How to cope with defeat.

(Ads)

Match #2 - ECW Championship - (c) Christian (Toronto, Ontario, 227 pounds) vs. Yoshi Tatsu (Tokyo, Japan, 220 pounds)

Charles Robinson is the official assigned to this contest.

They shake hands to start and lock up. Both men showing a lot of respect for each other and their abilities early on. Tatsu hurts Christian with a leg kick but Christian catches the second one. Christian applies a headlock. Tatsu tries to power out but Christian keeps the hold. Tatsu tries to go off the ropes and skid to push Christian off but to no avail. Tatsu gets out by kicking Christian's leg out.

Off the ropes and Christian hits a flapjack and a springboard sunset flip for two. Rolling thunder gets two for Tatsu and a backslide gets another two.

Headlock for Tatsu. Christian throws him out over the bottom rope but Tatsu comes rolling back in and school boy's Christian for two. They stand off.

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Tatsu eats a back elbow in the corner. Christian goes to the top rope but Tatsu springs forward and knocks Christian to the floor. Tatsu goes for a springboard crossbody but Christian moves. He goes back in the ring and hit the springboard forearm. Back in the ring and Tatsu hits a crossbody for two but Christian takes right back over with a chinlock. Tatsu fights out but Christian hits a reverse DDT backbreaker. Back to the chinlock for Christian. Tatsu fights to his feet again but Christian retains control. He takes him to the corner and looks for a tornado DDT but Tatsu hangs on and pushes him off. Tatsu to the top rope and he hits a spinning heel kick for two.

Tatsu goes to work with a series of body kicks. He goes off the ropes but gets kicked in the gut. Christian charges him in the corner but he moves, goes off the ropes and hits the returning champion with a roaring elbow for two.

Christian goes for the Killswitch but Tatsu fights out and kicks him in the back. Tatsu charges Christian but takes a drop toe hold onto the middle rope and Christian does the rope pull. Christian with a dropkick from the second turnbuckle and goes to the top for another but Tatsu catches him and hits a jackknife cover for a near fall. Tatsu thought he had it.

Double knee in the corner connects for Tatsu. He rolls Christian into the center of the ring and goes for a big kick but Christian ducks, stands and hits a reverse DDT for a near fall.

Christian fires up the crowd and calls for the Killswitch but Tatsu kicks him in the gut. Tatsu throws Christian in the corner and goes to follow up but gets mule kicked. Christian hits the springboard sunset flip but Tatsu rolls through and hits the kick he missed moments earlier for 2 7/8.

Tatsu calls for the high kick but Christian ducks and goes for the Killswitch but Tatsu shoves him into the corner. Tatsu charges but Christian moves and hits the pendulum kick. Tatsu is reeling. Christian with a flying European uppercut and he calls for the Killswitch again and this time he hits it.

Winner via pinfall and STILL ECW Champion: Christian

Great match.

Christian checks on Tatsu after the match and goes to help him to his feet when Jackson and Kozlov attack from behind and lay out the two.

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!.