December 2, 2009
ECW: Weak show doesn't build towards TLC
By PHILIP DILIEGRO - TheFightNetwork.com

The show, taped in Hampton, Virginia, opened with the Abraham Washington Show. Washington ridiculed Tony Atlas as he rambled about his Thanksgiving. Washington then told us all about his Thanksgiving as this segment has already gone on too long. Washington then cracked on the crowd for a bit before bringing out Zack Ryder and Rosa Mendes.

Ryder began by reading Rosa a poem. And Rosa read Zack a poem, which was written in total valley girl style. Ryder then began jumping up and down on the couch, ala Tom Cruise, as the segment mercifully ended. This was one of the worst Washington shows to date which says a lot.

Backstage, Regal and Jackson apologized to each other for last week. Jackson was saying that he would never apologize to Kozlov. At that point, Kozlov walked in and the two big men had a stare down as Regal tried to play mediator.  

Goldust v. William Regal

Goldust started with a suplex and sent Regal to the floor. Back inside, Goldust used an atomic drop. And set up for the shattered dreams, but Regal stepped away. Regal hit a big boot and asserted control. Regal used a couple of knee drops to the back of the head and a neck vise. Goldust made a brief comeback with a couple of clotheslines, but Regal turned it back around with a suplex off of a distraction from the outside. As Regal setup for the knee trembler, Jackson and Kozlov began shouting and shoving each other on the outside. Regal began to admonish both men, which allowed Goldust to come from behind with a rollup for the victory.

Goldust d. Regal, Pin, 4:11, *½.

Backstage, the Burchills were asking Tiffany for their job back. Tiffany reiterated that the stipulation must stand. Trent Baretta and Caylen Croft walked in and said they were the tag team that would change the world. Croft used a weird metaphor saying they were going to make Tiffany look like Stephen Hawking; a genius. They should have used Lanny Poffo's name instead.  

Trent Baretta & Caylen Croft v. Tyler Hilton & Bobby Shields

In the superficial world of WWE, it doesn't bode well for the newcomers that their bodies and physiques do not stand out from those of the job guys. Baretta & Croft started with a double gutbuster After a bit of garden variety wrestling, they finished with a combination of an inverted atomic drop followed by a flying knee. That's a different finisher if nothing else.

Beretta & Croft squash, 2:23. 

Backstage, Savannah interviewed Vance Archer. They interrupted his dull promo periodically with quick cuts to highlights of his squash wins. The gist of his promo was that he was in no rush to get to the top, but was enjoying putting together a body of work. I hope this doesn't mean we are in for more squashes.  

Shelton Benjamin & Christian v. Vladimir Kozlov & Ezekiel Jackson

Shelton and Christian took the early advantage, using speed moves to work around Jackson. But Jackson caught Shelton on the apron and propelled him off and into the guardrail as the match went to an early commercial break. After the break, Jackson was holding Shelton with a waist lock on the canvas. Shelton fought his way up and into the corner where he simultaneously tagged out and hit a moonsault off of the middle rope. Jackson no sold the first move, but Christian came in with a crossbody which put Jackson down. The champion then knocked Kozlov off of the apron. Jackson then came back with a pair of body slams. He then tagged in Kozlov for this first time in the match. Kozlov caught a short knee from Christian but managed to slam the champion off of the middle rope. That got a two count. He then tagged out to Jackson again. After another rest hold, Christian teased a comeback but Jackson overpowered him with a shoulder block. As the referee was busy with Shelton, Regal rammed Christian into the ring post. Kozlov tagged himself in as Jackson was using a chin lock in his own corner. Kozlov connected with a snap mare for a two count. Kozlov then went to work in the corner with strikes until Christian surprised him with a tornado DDT. Both men rolled over to their corners looking for a tag. Christian tagged out to Shelton but Jackson left Kozlov hanging. Shelton hit a Stinger splash from behind and then the pay dirt to pick up the victory. You just cannot have much of a match with Jackson and Kozlov as their limitations force them to stay on offense for 90% of the match. There, their limited move set exposes them after very little time as there are only so many punches, stomps and body slams you can see before growing bored.

Christian & Benjamin d. Jackson & Kozlov, Pin, 11:21, *½. 

This was one of the weaker ECWs of late, as it had atypically no good matches and the only purpose of the show was to draw out the infighting between the Ruthless Roundtable. They didn't even make much of an effort to promote the Christian - Shelton Benjamin ladder match, which draws a lot more interest.


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