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ECW: Former champion comes home
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on ECW on Syfy: Former ECW Champion CM Punk is back in the Land of Extreme. Tonight's a Survivor Series preview as Punk teams with William Regal to battle R-Truth and the current King of Extreme, Christian. Should be a good one!

Cold open right to CM Punk backstage. He says like Alexander the Great returning home, that's what it's going to be like tonight when he goes to the ring for his match.

And we are "LIVE!" from Philadelphia, Pa. Josh Mathews and Byron Saxton are our hosts. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG,V).

Zack Ryder and Rosa Mendes make their way to the ring and they have mics. He says he's not talk about himself, he's here to introduce us to ECW's newest diva Rosa Mendes. He says his whole life has changed since they started hanging out. He says he wants Mendes in his corner tonight for his rematch with Shelton Benjamin, who makes his way to the ring.

Benjamin grabs a mic and accepts his challenge, only he wants to do things differently. How about Ryder goes to the corner and he and Rosa have a little wrestling match. That would be a disaster. Benjamin says they should do the match now but Ryder says no way, not now. Then Mendes gets in Benjamin's face and Ryder cheap shots him and they run away.

(Ads)

Match #1 - Mask vs. Career Match - Paul Burchill (Chelsea, England) vs. The Hurricane (Smithfield, N.C.)

Hurricane sends Burchill to the outside with head scissors then does a roll over the top onto him. Pulls him back into the ring for two. Hurricane works a headlock but Burchill uses a distraction by Katie Lea to hit a back suplex.

(Ads)

Headlock now for Burchill. Hurricane gets to his feet but runs into a short clothesline. Somewhat of a modified Million Dollar Dream for Burchill. Hurricane flips out but again runs into a clothesline. Burchill charges at Hurricane in the corner but Hurricane moves. They trade punches. Off the ropes, Hurricane hits a reverse bulldog and calls for the Eye of the Hurricane but Burchill gets out and hits a Pele kick for two. Hurricane goes for it again but Burchill reverses into a Northern Lights suplex for two. Hurricane hits a Hurricane-rana for two. He calls for the Eye of the Hurricane again but Katie Lea slides halfway into the ring, distracting Hurricane. Burchill gets him up and hits a Jackhammer but only for two. Hurricane reverses a suplex attempt and hits the Eye of the Hurricane. He's slow to cover and only gets two.

Hurricane goes to the top but Burchill crotches him. Burchill goes to the top with him but Hurricane counters and hits a swinging neckbreaker off the top and that does it.

Winner via pinfall; The Hurricane

Tiffany is backstage with CM Punk. Punk confronts Tiffany about her drinking ways. She says she likes to party every once in awhile and that he should try being a human being. This was something.

(Ads)

Match #2 - Vance Archer (Dallas, Texas) vs. Johnny Andrews (South Beach, Fla.)

Archer squash, 65 seconds.

Winner via pinfall: Vance Archer

Christian is getting ready backstage when CM Punk walks up. Christian says he's kind of interested in this Straight Edge thing. He wants to know if Punk can hold hands with a girl, or if he misses curfew does he get grounded? Christian calls him a nerd and Punk runs off all his accomplishments, but Christian says Punk was a champion, but he still is.

(Ads)

Match #3 - CM Punk (Chicago, Ill.) & William Regal (Blackpool, England) vs. Christian (Toronto, Ontario) & R-Truth (Charlotte, N.C.)

It's a hot start for Christian and Truth and they hit stereo missile dropkicks on Regal and Punk, sending them to the outside.

(Ads)

We're back and Punk eats a kick to the outside. Regal goes to check on him and Christian hits a dropkick knocking down Regal and Truth picks off Punk. Truth tries to get back in the ring but Regal yanks him off the apron hard to the ground. Punk gets him back and goes after the injured left leg. Regal in and they are really going after the leg aggressively.

They keep working the leg until Truth kicks Regal and finally gets the tag to Christian. He goes to work on Punk. Tornado DDT for Christian and then knocks Regal off the apron. Flying European uppercut connects. He calls for the Killswitch but Punk kicks him. Punk hits the running knee and goes for the bulldog but Christian pulls up and hits a reverse DDT but Regal breaks the cover. Christian goes for the Killswitch, but Regal runs in and hits the knee trembler on Christian, allowing Punk to hoist Christian for the GTS and that'll do it.

Winners via pinfall: CM Punk & William Regal

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!.