Written by: Bob Colling
World Wrestling Entertainment & Extreme Champion Wrestling present ECW on Sci-Fi
From: Corpus Christi, TX
Kelly Kelly starts the show with her expose but that is eventually stopped by Mike Knox, again. Knox brought her to the ring and wants her to see what happened to him last week because of Kelly. Knox tells her that she will never take her clothes off in public ever again.
Opening Contest: the Sandman vs. Mike Knox in an extreme rules match: They brawl on the floor where Knox is getting the better of Sandman by choking Sandman with a television camera cord. Sandman fights back in the ring with a running bulldog out of the corner. On the floor, Sandman goes to hit Knox with the kendo stick, but Knox puts Kelly in the way and she gets hit with the cane. Knox low blows Sandman twice and wins the match with a roll up. (*. Honestly, Knox isn’t great in the ring but his actions are getting him good heel heat. A really tame match, but the point was to put over the Knox/Kelly story.) After the match, Knox just leaves Kelly laid out on the floor. Eventually, Kelly is put on a stretcher to end the segment.
Another vignette promoting the debut of “the Reject” Shannon Moore is aired.
Paul Heyman comes to the ring with the riot squad and talked about the fans believing in everything he did with ECW. Tommy Dreamer came out and demanded to know why Heyman turned on Rob Van Dam. He had never demanded one thing, but needed to know why. Heyman’s response was a kiss on Dreamer’s lips and Test entered the scene to attack Dreamer with a running big boot.
Balls Mahoney talks about having the name Balls Mahoney and trying to survive in the world. He likes to be a little nuts.
Second Contest: Steven Richards vs. Sabu: This is a rematch from last week’s SNME match these two had. Richards wanted a normal match to outwrestle Sabu, and here we are. Richards cheap shots Sabu in the corner to gain the advantage. Richards sends Sabu shoulder first into the ring post for a two count. Sabu battles back with clotheslines and a spinning heel kick. Sabu hits a somersault leg drop from the apron into the ring for a near fall. Sabu plants Richards with a springboard DDT and wins the match with a camel clutch submission. (*. Sabu looked rather sloppy, but that is usually expected. A fairly quick squash for Sabu.)
A vignette promoting the debut of CM Punk. He lets us know why he should be in ECW. He is a wrestler and has trained all over the world. Punk says it’s time to show how discipline he is.
Backstage, Kevin Thorn and Ariel drew the card of death for ECW World Champion the Big Show.
Main Event: ECW World Champion the Big Show vs. The Undertaker: Seventeen minutes remain in the show, so this will likely be a long one. They trade strikes until Show delivers a head butt. Taker ducks an imaginary clothesline but soon runs into a big boot. Show clotheslines Taker over the top to the floor. Taker drops the champ throat first across the top rope from the apron. Show hits a spear for a two count. Show runs over Taker with a clothesline after a head butt from the challenger. They brawl briefly on the floor before returning to the ring. Taker gets a knee bar on the champ but can’t get a submission. Taker chop blocks Show and hits a DDT for a near fall. A clothesline in the corner by Taker and goes for Old School but Show crotches him on the top rope. Show hits a superplex but Taker kicks out at two. They both go for choke slams. Show elbows Taker and drops Taker with a strike. Taker counts a cobra clutch and hits Old School! Taker big boots Show to the floor. Here comes the Great Khali. Taker goes to brawl with Khali and rams Khali into the ring steps. Taker is worked over by Show and Khali. Taker has a chair and whacks both men with it. Taker goes to the announce table but is choke slammed through the table by both men! Khali stands over Taker to end the show. (1/2*. This is exactly what ECW was not. A pretty boring match between these two WWE guys.)
A boring show all around this week. The only interesting aspect about the brand is Heyman turning on RVD and not revealing why he did so. This show is coming across like a Sunday Night Heat program, for the most part. A thumbs down from me.
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