January 5, 2010
ECW: Homecoming Finale field set
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Tonight on ECW on Syfy: The ECW Homecoming Finale is almost set. With a potential shot at Christian's ECW Championship on the line, Shelton Benjamin battles Chavo Guerrero and CM Punk faces Mark Henry. The winners will be the final two to advance to the over the top rope challenge next week with the winner facing Christian at the Royal Rumble. Should be a good one!
And we are"LIVE!" from Louisville, Ky. Josh Mathews and Byron Saxton are our hosts. This show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG,V).
Christian is out for a promo and nearly immediately he is interrupted by CM Punk.
Punk says the ECW Championship is the first of many titles he plans to collect to show Straight Edge means he's better than us. They trade barbs and Christian says Punk is going to get squashed by Mark Henry tonight. He doesn't drink, doesn't do drugs, etc., and he will not be facing Christian for the title at Royal Rumble.
Match #1 - ECW Homecoming Qualifying Match - Shelton Benjamin (Orangeburg, S.C.) vs. Chavo Guerrero (El Paso, Texas)
Guerrero works over the left leg to some success. Guerrero with a roll-through into a half-crab. Head scissors connects for Chavo. He goes to the top for the Frog Splash but Benjamin moves and Guerrero rolls through. He charges at Benjamin but walks right into Paydirt.
Winner via pinfall; Shelton Benjamin
Match #2 - Ezekiel Jackson (Harlem, N.Y.) vs. Kozlov (Moscow, Russia)
Jackson with a big vertical suplex and William Regal tells Jackson to finish him. And Jackson does just that, hitting the uranage for the fall.
Winner via pinfall: Ezekiel Jackson
Regal gives Kozlov the bad mouth after the match.
Match #3 - ECW Homecoming Qualifying Match - CM Punk (Chicago, Ill.) vs. Mark Henry (Silsbee, Texas)
Punk gets Henry down and starts working him with some knees and kicks but can't finish him. Punk starts hitting some more strikes but Henry Hulks Up and puts Punk down. He hits the big avalanche in the corner. He softens Punk up and goes for it again but misses.
Punk hits the running knee and goes for the bulldog, but Henry pushes him off and Punk almost collides with the referee, who turned his back to avoid the collision. Luke Gallows steps up on the apron and drills Henry in the head with a kick. Punk does the same to the reeling Henry and it's over.
Winner via pinfall: CM Punk
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