ECW Report (September 30, 2008).

On this week’s episode of ECW from Green Bay, Wisconsin:

Matt Hardy, Mark Henry, the Miz, and John Morrison all talk.   Teddy Long sets up tonight’s main event.

Jack Swagger pins Lenny Lane after a Doctor Bomb.

Mike Knox hits a Knox-out on Tommy Dreamer for the pin.

The team of Mark Henry, the Miz, and John Morrison beat the team of Ricky Ortiz, Evan Bourne, and Matt Hardy after Mark Henry hit the World’s Strongest Slam on Evan Bourne.

Thoughts:

Is Tiffany the only woman on ECW?

Tommy Dreamer continues in his role as mentor to younger talent.  Either on camera, coming to the aid of Lenny Lane.  Or off camera, selling his ass off for Jack Swagger and Mike Knox, thus giving them the opportunity to have more successful careers than Dreamer.  Now, I don’t think Lane will be given a WWE Contract, much like Colin Delaney‘s storyline; but there must be some future star that can be given a rub here.  What about the Smackdown jobbers?  Scotty Goldman or Ryan Braddock would kill to be involved in this feud.  It might even mean that one of them could win a match on TV.

Miz and Morrison continue to be the best tag team in wrestling today.  They’re so good in the ring, and have so much heat that they are now being used to get other people over.  Ricky Ortiz could be a solid goofy midcard level guy for years to come.  Evan Bourne is the new Rey Mysterio, with the possibility of breaking into that main event level.

But what is there to do with Mark Henry after this feud?  Most fans feel that this is as far as he will ever go, and don’t perceive him as a legitimate threat any longer.  Matt Hardy will always be cheered and pushed (at least by the fans).  I think Mark Henry needs to win at No Mercy or else face a career stalling that he may never recover from.

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ECW results for July 15, 2008.

Highlights of Tony Atlas and Mark Henry from last week’s episode.

Tazz introduces Mark Henry and Tony Atlas.  Atlas puts over Henry and his strength.  To show how strong he is, Mark Henry bends frying pans with his hands.  Tommy Dreamer comes out, he wants to try to bend frying pans too.  Dreamer “tries” to bend the pan and then bashes it across Henry’s head.  The pan bends, Dreamer leaves the ring.

Teddy Long gives Tommy Dreamer the rest of the night off, because (to paraphrase) ECW is not Raw and he will not condone anarchy.

Mike Knox vs. Shannon Moore

Knox hits a sick looking Knox-out for the pin.

Chavo Guerrero (with Bam Neely) vs. Evan Bourne

Bourne does a pre-taped interview before the match: “I will defy the odds, because I defy gravity.”

Bourne hits moves I’ve never seen before and pins Chavo after a Shooting Star Press.

Tiffany and Colin Delaney talk backstage.  Tony Atlas and Mark Henry interrupt.  Mark Henry bear hugs Colin and tosses him onto some equipment.

The Miz and John Morrison (WWE tag champs) vs. the Hardys

Morrison hits the Moonlight Drive on Matt.  Morrison goes for the pin, but Jeff jumpts off the top rope and hits a Swanton bomb onto Morrison.  Matt Hardy rolls over and pins Morrison.

-end-

WWE Monday Night Raw Results June 23, 2008.

3 Hour Draft Edition of Raw

Live from San Antonio, TX.

Tonight’s password for the McMahon’s Million Dollar Mania is:  Night of Champions

The matches tonight will be interpromotional, the winner of the match gets one draft pick for his/her brand.

Triple H vs. Mark Henry

Triple H wins after hitting the Pedigree on Mark Henry.

Rey Mysterio is drafted to Raw.

Vince McMahon brings out Kelly Kelly, and gives away $100,000

Triple H and Rey Mysterio talk backstage.  John Cena interupts.  Cena and H have words.

Finlay and Hornswoggle vs Santino Marella and Carlito.

Finlay hits a Celtic Cross on Santino, followed up by a Tadpole Splash from Hornswoggle.  Hornswoggle pins Santino.

Jeff Hardy is drafted to Smackdown.

Randy Orton is watching tonight’s show backstage.

Vince brings out Randy Orton, who cuts a short promo.  Vince gives away $100, 000.

Ted Dibiasie joins the announcers for the next match.

Hardcore Holly and Cody Rhodes vs Chavo Guerrero and Bam Neely

Hardcore hits the Alabama Slam on Chavo for the pin.

CM Punk is drafted to Raw.

Chris Jericho trashes Shawn Michaels and introduces Lance Cade to the feud.  Shawn Michaels comes out and goes after Jericho.  Jericho knocks Shawn into the announce table, injuring Shawn’s face even more.

John Morrison and the Miz vs Curt Hawkins and Zach Ryder

Vickie Guerrero comes out and says that “in light of recent developments” the match has been changed.  The match is now:

John Morrison and the Miz vs the Hardys

John Morrison rolls up Matt Hardy and hooks the tights for the pin.

Matt Hardy is drafted to ECW.

Vince brings out Ric Flair.  Vince gives away $100,000.

The next match is an “announcers only” draft pick.

Melina and Mickie James vs Natalya and Victoria.

Melina injures herself falling off the ring.  The Divas all brawl on the outside, leading to a double disqualification.  Therefore, both shows get a draft pick.

Jim Ross to Smackdown.

Michael Cole to Raw.

Vince brings out Great Khali.  Vince gives away $100,000.

Edge vs John Cena

Edge and Cena fight outside the ring.  Cena comes back in the ring at the count of 9, Edge doesn’t make the count.  John Cena wins the match by countout.  Batista comes out and briefly fights with Edge.

Batista is drafted to Raw.

Backstage, Vince talks to Edge and Vickie Guerrero.  He reminds Vickie that no matter who is traded tonight, it doesn’t effect the card for Night of Champions.

MVP vs. Tommy Dreamer (with Colin Delaney)

MVP pins Dreamer after a mafia kick.

Umaga is drafted to Smackdown.

Umaga beats down Dreamer and Delaney.

JBL vs. Kofi Kingston

JBL hits the Clothesline from Hell for the pin.

Kane is drafted to Raw.

Vince gives away $100,000 to a random fan who is also in the live crowd.

15 Man Battle Royal.  Winning brand gets two picks.

from Raw: Triple H, John Cena, Kane, Batista, CM Punk

from ECW: Matt Hardy, John Morrison, the Miz, Shelton Benjamin, Chavo Guerrero

from Smackdown:  Big Show, Edge, Great Khali, Jeff Hardy, MVP

Everyone gangs up to eliminate the Great Khali.

CM Punk eliminates Shelton.

Batista eliminates John Morrison and the Miz

Big Show eliminates CM Punk.

Jeff Hardy eliminates Chavo Guerrero.

Matt Hardy eliminates MVP.

Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy fight.  Jeff eliminates Matt.

Edge and Batista go for spears at the same time, and accidently collide their heads into each other.  Batista gets busted open.

Triple H eliminates Jeff Hardy.

Big Show eliminates Batista.

Big Show eliminates Kane.

John Cena and Triple H eliminate the Big Show.

Edge runs Cena into Triple H, thus eliminating Triple H.  Edge then tosses Cena over the rope and onto Triple H.

Edge is the sole winner, Smackdown gets two draft picks.

Mr. Kennedy is drafted to Smackdown.

Triple H is drafted to Smackdown.

Vince gives away $500,000.  Suddenly, the entire stage collapses, trapping Vince underneath it.  All of the wrestlers still out by the ring rush towards him to try to lift the scaffolding up in order to let the EMTs get to Vince.  Vince is screaming for “Paul” (Triple H) and yelling that he can’t feel his legs as Raw goes off the air.

WWE – ECW taping Results for 6/10.

from PWInsider:
Dark Match:   Jimmy Wang Yang and Shannon Moore def. Jason Styles and Brian Cage.

ECW Spoilers from 6/7/08 to air on 6/10/08 from Fresno, California
Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne def. Mike Knox and “The Gold Standard” Shelton Benjamin.  Evan Bourne with a missile dropkick to Mike Knox who was sitting in the middle of the ring.
Victoria def. Kelly Kelly – referee stoppage.  Victoria counters a move from Kelly and tossed her over the ropes onto the mat below.  The bump to floor was sick.
Teddy Long gives Armando his chance to earn his contract tonight.  He will face Finlay and that is next.
Finlay w/ Hornswoggle def. Armando Estrada.  Finlay with the Celtic Cross to Armando.   Teddy Long comes out and gives Armando a second chance.  His second chance will be Colin Delaney.
Colin Delaney def. Armando Estrada.  Delaney with a DDT on Estrada who was still fazed by the Celtic Cross.
Teddy then gives Estrada another chance.  This time it’s against Hornswoggle.
Hornswoggle def. Armando Estrada.  Hornswoggle hits the Tadpole splash on Estrada.   The Estrada dilemma wasn’t explained to the live crowd.   After the match Hornswoggle, Delaney and Finlay celebrate in the ring.  Delaney takes Hornswoggle’s hat and puts it on him, then onto Finlay.  Finlay gets annoyed, then he hits Delaney with the shillelagh.
Mark Henry cuts a promo on Big Show and calls him out.  (Huge “You Suck” chant) Big Show responds.  Henry congratulates Big Show in advance for beating Kane at Night of Champions.  This leads to Henry leaving the ring and the ECW Champion, Kane coming out to confront the Big Show on the ramp way.
Kane and partner vs. The WWE Tag Team Champions, The Miz and John Morrison is next.   The Miz and John Morrison def. Kane and CM Punk to retain The WWE Tag Team Championship. John Morrison with his finisher to Punk for the 1-2-3.

ECW on SciFi results for June 3, 2008.

from PWInsider.com:

ECW for June 3rd opened with security removing items from Armando Estrada’s office.  Armando asked what they were doing, and one of the men said they were told to do it by “the general manager”.  Armando said he was the general manager, then Theodore R. Long walked in and said “Not anymore, playa.  Holla, holla, holla.”  The ECW opening then aired.
Fatal Four Way with the winner to face ECW Champion Kane later tonight in a non-title match:  CM Punk vs. Tommy Dreamer vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. John Morrison.
Clips of the Singapore Cane match from One Night Stand was shown as Dreamer made his entrance.  This might have been done so we didn’t have to watch Dreamer walk out in his new (ugly) white and red pants.  Tazz and Mike Adamle talked about Big Show’s injury and whether he would be ready for his match with Kane at Night Of Champions.
Dreamer and Morrison paired off at the bell in one part of the ring while Punk and Chavo went at it in the other.  Morrison gave Dreamer a kick to the back, but missed a legdrop and Dreamer hit an arm drag and dropped an elbow.  Punk suplexed Chavo onto “Tommy Morrison” (that’s what Adamle said).  Punk went for a cover on Morrison, but Dreamer pulled him off.  Dreamer and Punk slugged it out while Chavo and Morrison brawled.  Punk ran over to Chavo and cradled him for a two count.  Morrison mounted Dreamer and pounded him.  Dreamer clotheslined Morrison to the floor, then hit a clothesline off the ring apron to the floor on him.  Chavo gave Dreamer a pescado.  Punk hit Chavo with a tope.
Punk tossed Chavo into the ring, but Morrison hit Punk from behind, then pulled out Chavo and dropped him face first on the apron.  Morrison tossed Punk into the ring, but Punk hit a jumping knee.  Morrison avoided a Punk bulldog and hit him with a springboard kick.  Morrison went for the cover on Punk, but Dreamer broke it up.  Dreamer and Morrison went into reversals, with Dreamer ending up applying the Texas Cloverleaf on Morrison.  Chavo broke it up and gave Dreamer the Three Amigos.  Chavo went to the top rope, but Morrison stopped him and set up for a superplex.  Punk jumped on the apron and knocked them down.  Morrison fell into the Tree of Woe, while Chavo got hung up in the ropes on the outside of the ring.  Dreamer gave Morrison a baseball slide kick.  Punk gave Dreamer a springboard clothesline.  Chavo pulled himself to the top rope and gave Dreamer a frog splash.  Punk grabbed Chavo and gave him the GTS and got the pin at the six minute mark.
Winner: CM Punk
Punk checked on Dreamer, then celebrated with his Money In The Bank briefcase.  The announcers noted that Punk had never wrestled Kane before.
Backstage, Theodore R. Long was showing the letter from the WWE Board Of Directors that made him the new ECW General Manager.  He said Armando couldn’t be an active member of the roster and General Manager at the same time.  Long also said he felt Armando was overpaid.  Armando asked Long to “work with him” and Long said he had a match for him tonight.  Armando asked who his opponent was, and Long said he had brought over Smackdown’s U.S. Champion, Matt Hardy, to face him tonight.
Kofi Kingston joined the announcers for the next match.
Shelton Benjamin vs. Matt Sydal.
The replayed Benjamin attacking Kofi last week during the introductions.  Benjamin gave Sydal a pumphandle slam at the start, then choked him against the ropes.  Sydal came back with a enzugiri, hurricanrana and a double flying knee to the chest form the top rope for a two count.  Benjamin kicked out and hit a flapjack, then brutalized Sydal, including a press slam into a gutbuster.  Benjamin flipped Sydal into the corner, then dragged him out and put him in an overhead wristlock.  Sydal fought up, but Benjamin hit him with a clothesline.  Benjamin tossed Sydal out of the ring, right in front of Kingston.  Benjamin came out of the ring and argued with Kofi.  Benjamin picked up Sydal for a powerbomb on the floor, then turned and threw him into Kofi instead.  Benjamin rolled into the ring as Sydal was counted out at the four minute mark.
Winner via countout: Shelton Benjamin.
Kofi got up and dove into the ring to attack Benjamin.  They brawled to the floor, and Adamle said that stupid “Yamakin’ me crazy” line.  Kofi went to whip Shelton into the steps, but Shelton reversed it and sent Kofi hard into the ringsteps.  Benjamin walked off while Kofi clutched at his shoulder.
United States Champion Matt Hardy vs. Armando Estrada.
Armando went for a kick at the bell, but Hardy caught it and gave Armando a clothesline.  They traded shots, with Hardy getting the better of it.  Matt slammed Estrada, then hit a second rope elbowdrop to the back of the head.  Matt hit the Twist Of Fate and got the pin in about a minute.
Winner: Matt Hardy.
Theodore R. Long came out on the stage, and said he was going to give Armando a chance to prove he was worth “all the money in his contract”.  Long introduced his opponent, Colin Delaney.
Colin Delaney vs. Armando Estrada.
Colin rolled up Estrada in La Magistral before the bell even rang.  It rang, and Armando kicked out at two.  Armando hit Delaney with a few shots, then went for a reverse suplex, but Colin floated over and rolled up Armando.  Armando’s feet hit the ropes, and Delaney grabbed the pants of Estrada, but the referee counted three anyway, ending this match even quicker than the last one.
Winner: Colin Delaney.
Matt Hardy got in the ring to raise the hand of Colin Delaney as Estrada rolled to the floor.
After the break, Armando was begging Theodore R. Long to not fire him.  Long noted that he lost two straight matches.  Armando said he would renegotiate his contract, but wanted to wait until the draft, saying he might go to Raw or Smackdown.  Long said he could remain as a wrestler in ECW, but he would not be under contract any longer.  Long said Armando had to earn his contract, just like Colin Delaney did.  Long left, but said he had one more word for Armando.  Armando turned, and Ron Simmons was standing there.  “Damn!”
A video package on today’s press conference and the million dollar giveaway was shown. Mike Adamle was shown filling out the registration form.  I think he entered a bunch of numbers for his address.
ECW Champion Kane vs. CM Punk (non-title).
Punk tried to grab Kane’s leg at the bell, but Kane shoved him away.  Punk grabbed a headlock, but Kane shoved him off and hit a shoulderblock.  Punk grabbed an armwringer, but Kane shoved Punk to the mat. Kane backed Punk into a corner, then worked him over with punches.   Punk came back with kicks and forearms, then clotheslined Kane over the top rope and to the floor.  Kane landed on his feet, and dragged out Punk.  Kane decked Punk with a right hand, then threw him back into the ring.  Kane rammed Punk into the turnbuckles and hit him with a forearm and an uppercut.  Kane choked Punk in the corner, then lifted him in a Hangman. Kane flipped Punk to the mat, but Punk got up and charged him with a knee to the gut.  Punk hit some knees to the head, but when he tried a jumping knee in the corner, Kane lifted him and dropped him across the top rope.  Kane gave Punk a big boot, knocking him to the floor as they went to break.
Back from the break, Kane had Punk in an abdominal stretch and was pounding him in the ribs.  Punk battled out and tried his own abdominal stretch, but Kane blocked it with a hiptoss.  Kane snap mared Punk and dropkicked him in the face for a one count.  Punk and Kane exchanged shots, then Kane began pounding Punk in the back.  Kane put Punk in a bodyscissors.  Punk struggled in the hold, then elbowed out.  Punk gave Kane some leg kicks, then Kane reversed a whip and went for a backdrop.  Punk dove over Kane into a sunset flip for a two count.  Punk hit some punches, but Kane decked him with an uppercut.  Kane went for a slam, but Punk floated over and pushed Kane into a corner.  Kane charged back with a clothesline for a two count, then put Punk back in a bodyscissors with an armlock.
Punk tried to fight out of the hold again, but Kane held him down, then released the hold and drove one leg across Punk’s face.  Punk came back with some kicks and punches, but Kane delivered one boot to the face and Punk went down hard. Kane missed a charge in the corner and Punk hit three consecutive jumping knees in the corner.  Punk went for the bulldog, but Kane lifted Punk and hit a back suplex for a two count.  Kane whipped Punk in a corner and charged, but Punk hit a boot to the face.  Punk hit a second rope bulldog for a two count.  Punk went for a whip, but Kane blocked it and hit a side slam.  Kane went to the top rope and hit a clothesline for a two count.  Kane called for a chokeslam.  Kane grabbed Punk, but Punk kicked him in the head to get him to release his grip.  Kane threw Punk over the top rope, but Punk held on and landed on the apron.  Punk went for a springboard clothesline, but Kane grabbed him by the throat.  Kane went for the chokeslam, but Punk reversed out and went to lift Kane for the GTS.  However, Punk’s back gave out on him, and he dropped Kane to his feet. Kane grabbed Punk and hit the chokeslam for the clean pin at the fourteen minute mark.
Winner: Kane.
John Morrison and the Miz ran out and attacked Kane.  Punk was kicked to the floor, and wasn’t seen again.  Kane tried to fight back, but Morrison gave Kane a running knee to the head.  Miz then gave Kane the Reality Check neckbreaker.  Miz and Morrison stood over Kane.  They showed some replays, and when they came back, Miz and Morrison were in the aisle staring back at Kane, who was lying on the mat, staring and Miz & Morrison, while smiling. That ended the show.