TEN YEARS AFTER: ECW on Sci-Fi (06.19.07)
ECW on Sci-Fi
June 19, 2007
Since Bobby Lashley was drafted over to RAW as the ECW world champ, the title was vacated. Tonight, we will see CM Punk battle Marcus Cor Von while Chris Benoit will meet Elijah Burke where the winners of those two matches will square off at Vengeance: Night of Champions to find us a *new* ECW world champion.
LET THE BODIES HIT THE FLOOR! Your hosts are Joey Styles and Tazz. (VIDEO INCLUDED BELOW~!)
Styles and Tazz speak for the entire WWE family to say they are still in mourning over the loss of Mr. McMahon seven nights ago. Naturally, there’s a video package showing a memorial more than likely outside of WWE Headquarters, but then they once again show the car exploding in the same video package, which is a HORRIBLE thing to do. No one is buying any of this as this feels like one of those deals where literally only WWE cares. Why wouldn’t they have just said that Mr. McMahon has gone completely bonkers and needs to get some psychological help? Wouldn’t the people at least suspend disbelief to buy that? Isn’t that a good enough reason to take him off TV?
- ECW World Title Tournament Semi-Final: Chris Benoit vs. Elijah Burke
When they come to a stalemate after some mat wrestling, Benoit seems to feel disrespected as he slaps and chops back at Burke. Not to just stand there and take it, Burke rolls up Benoit only to end up in the Crippler Crossface. Burke makes the ropes, but then goes low on Benoit. He beats Benoit down into the corner and whips him hard across the ring for the Bret Hart bump. He tries to stretch Benoit, but Benoit fights up and delivers a bridging northern lights suplex for two. Burke hangs Benoit out to dry, but misses a Bossman straddle. Benoit fights back with suplexes including the Hat Trick of Germans, but Burke brings up the knees to block the Swandive Headbutt. STO to Benoit gets 1-2-NO! He goes for the Elijah Express, but Benoit moves out of the way and locks in the SHARPSHOOTER to get the tapout victory and advance to Vengeance: Night of Champions. (6:37) Unfortunately, this would end up being the final match ever for Chris Benoit as we all know about the horribleness that occurred the following weekend. **½
They replay the Stephanie McMahon promo from the night before on RAW where she thanks the fans for their sympathy and remarks how no one liked her dad, but he meant the world to her. Blah blah blah. Next week will be a three hour celebration for the life of Mr. McMahon. Oh boy. Apparently on WWE.com, Styles and Tazz explain that fans can discuss who they think may have murdered Mr. McMahon. Not only is this in bad taste, it’s just poorly done. Right?
- The Boogeyman vs. Sean Alexander
Boogeyman fails at first, but gets the BOOGEYBOMB on the second try and ends this jabroni in :24. Afterwards, Alexander gets worm’d.
Federal investigator Daniel Beck says some stuff about the Mr. McMahon murder investigation at a “press conference”. Meanwhile, Joey Styles talks about how Beck was very qualified for the job.
- Tommy Dreamer vs. Kevin Thorn
Thorn blasts Dreamer with a sitout uranage and tries to keep Dreamer grounded, but can’t. The crowd wants tables. Dreamer avoids a corner charge and hits a running bulldog. The Sky High connects for two. Dreamer wants a ten-count corner punch, but Thorn moves away and punches Dreamer in the ankle to cause him to crash and burn really awkwardly on the mat. Thorn hooks the hurting leg and covers Dreamer for the three-count. (3:20) Nobody in Charlotte cares about Tommy Dreamer. ¾*
They replay the limo explosion – AGAIN.
- Johnny Nitro vs. Nunzio
Waistlocks and headlocks to start. Nitro shows off with the Flying Chuck. None of his moves have names yet, but you’re reading this in 2017 and beyond, so why not tell you the names of the moves instead of giving you the technical terms. Nunzio escapes a cravat and gets a fiery comeback, but Nitro stops him with a mule kick. Nunzio charges into the STO backbreaker and neckbreaker combo for two. Having had enough of this guy, Nitro delivers the MOONLIGHT DRIVE for the win. (3:06) Nitro looking good here. *½
In the back, Marcus Cor Von meets with Elijah Burke and vows to beat Punk and go on to win the ECW world title at Vengeance: Night of Champions. He gives Burke a hard slap on the shoulder. Gah, I miss Monty Brown.
Here’s a promo for the Miz because he is coming to ECW!
Elsewhere, we catch Extreme Expose hanging out watching the monitor. Brooke gushes over how hot she thinks the Miz is and how she used to watch him on “The Real World”. Layla says he’s hot also, but in a “I don’t want my friend to feel stupid, so I’ll just go along with it” sort of way. Wow, Layla is such a decent human being. Brooke wants them to help her get the hook-up with him. As she leaves, Layla asks Kelly Kelly about a recent hook-up with the Miz. Well, he does have a thing for blondes. With all the charisma and the angst of a brick wall, KK tells Layla to just mind her own business and walks off. Now all by herself, Layla laughs about the whole situation. Is she *trying* to break up the crew? I hope so!
Styles and Tazz run down the three main events for Vengeance: Night of Champions.
- ECW World Title Tournament Semi-Final: CM Punk vs. Marcus Cor Von
Man, I love Cor Von’s theme song. It’s like Jim Johnston went, “For you, I’m thinking…Night Court? Yeah, NIGHT COURT. That’ll work.” They trade blows to start. Punk hits a crossbody block out of the corner and works the arm. To make Punk pay, Cor Von delivers an armbreaker DDT and runs Punk’s shoulder into the ringpost. He stays on the arm for a while. Punk gets caught for a Fallaway Slam. The one-armed man comes back with a bunch of clotheslines. The corner knee strike and the running bulldog connects. He tries the Springboard Clothesline, but Cor Von tries to catch him in mid-air only to screw it up and dump Punk on his head. Not sure if his knee buckled or he was too far away or what. Anyways, they go for the finish pretty quickly after that as Punk hits the GO2SLEEP for the win. (6:46) This would prove to be Marcus Cor Von’s last match in WWE as well. He soon takes a leave of absence to attend to unspecified family problems. A few months later, it was announced he had been released and has yet to show his face again in any wrestling promotion as far as I know. **
To close out the show, Chris Benoit and CM Punk have an awesome staredown. Look in Punk’s eyes. He wants this BAD. Benoit has the same steel blue-eyed look he always has. They shake hands as if to say, “May the best man win on Sunday”. YOU DANG RIGHT.
Until next time, so long for now.
WWE presents Vengeance: Night of Champions
June 24, 2007
TRIPLE MAIN EVENT
WWE Championship: John Cena (c) vs. Randy Orton vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Mick Foley vs. King Booker
World Heavyweight Championship: Edge (c) vs. Batista
ECW World Championship: Chris Benoit vs. CM Punk
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Santino Marella (c) vs. Umaga
WWE U.S. Championship: MVP (c) vs. Ric Flair
World Tag Team Championship: Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch (c) vs. The Hardyz
WWE Tag Team Championship: Deuce N Domino (c) vs. ???
WWE Women’s Championship: Melina (c) vs. Candice Michelle
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Chavo Guerrero (c) vs. Jimmy Wang Yang
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