January 28, 2009
Philip DiLiegro

ECW TV Report for January 27, 2009
Taped 1/26 from Cleveland

The program opened up with Teddy Long stating that Matt Hardy has asked for his release from ECW and that Long had granted it. What reason would Long have to grant Hardy his release? Doesn’t that just weaken his show? If Hardy wanted out so bad, couldn’t Long have arranged for a trade? And why would Hardy have to ask for his release from ECW to go to Smackdown anyway? He just wrestled on the show less than two weeks ago and he has free reign to go there and back so many times I’ve lost count. That was a stupid first sixty seconds. Jack Swagger walked out and said that they should celebrate himself tonight with an official championship celebration. As Swagger was playing to the crowd, the Boogey Man came out and chased Swagger from the ring.

The Boogey Man v. Ricky Ortiz
Can you imagine if they give these guys five minutes to wrestle? Remember when they gave Ortiz and Armando Estrada eight minutes, it turned into hands down the worst ECW match of the year. Ortiz walked out and tried to offer Boogey a rally towel. Boogey knocked him down and clotheslined him out of the ring. Ortiz just took a walk, perhaps signaling a heel turn that no one will care about. No match. Backstage, Jack Swagger complained to Teddy Long that he had lost his title belt. Teddy suggested that he look for it with Tiffany. Is that why she is employed?

Finlay v. Paul Burchill
The announcers put over that Finlay lasted nearly one half hour in the Rumble which sounds impressive until you consider that nearly every top star lasted at least that long. For a company that has no problem with its top guys losing singles main events on Raw, WWE was sure petrified to have any of its top guys look weak at all in the Rumble. Of course, having everyone go long in the match makes the idea of lasting a long time mean nothing. The match began with Matt Striker putting over the fact Burchill was once the handpicked tag partner of Terry Funk for a “series of battles” in the UK (is that true?). Finlay got the advantage early on but Burchill caught Finlay with a clothesline off of an early whip. Burchill went to a chin lock as Grisham did the WWE usual of confusing the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Burchill hit a double flying knee in the corner when Hornswoggle began chasing Katie Lea around outside. That distracted Burchill and allowed Finlay to connect with a baseball slide. Back inside, Finlay hit a pair of clotheslines and a splash. Finlay got a near fall off of the rolling hills. Finlay followed up with a back drop and the Celtic cross to finish. This was perfectly acceptable for a short, TV match. It’s good to see that Burchill is at least a regular on television again because he sure seemed perilously close to a release for a while there.
Finlay d. Burchill, Pin, 4:37, *½.

Tiffany was speaking with Ricky Ortiz which led Jack Swagger to remind her that she was supposed to help him find his championship. They aired the trailer for 12 Rounds which is strikingly similar to the first John Cena film and, invariably, its sequel starring Ted DiBiase.

Swagger and Tiffany asked Mark Henry and Tony Atlas if they had seen his championship. Swagger let Henry punk him out which is another small piece of bad booking. Why would the number two heel ever intimidate the number one heel? Up next was the Raw Rebound which featured the immortal Shane McMahon taking on and taking all three members of the Legacy. If that doesn’t end up as one of the worst segments of 2009, it could be a very long year.

Tommy Dreamer v. Mark Henry
There actually was a loud ECW chant to start the match. Striker mentioned that Dreamer was trained by Johnny Rodz along with Big Vito and Bill DeMott (Hugh Morrus); so there is the winner for most obscure and fun reference of the week. Dreamer went for an early sunset flip but Henry sat down and Dreamer immediately sold his shoulder. Henry went to work with an arm bar as Striker mentioned the Nation of Domination. Henry hit a clothesline and went back to the arm bar. Henry turned it into a hammer lock as the match is going nowhere fast. Henry finally got a body slam but missed an elbow. Dreamer came back with a low dropkick and a clothesline off of the top rope. Dreamer went back to some dropkicks to the leg and then hit his baseball slide in the corner. Dreamer went up top but was caught by Henry who hit the world’s strongest slam for the win. This was a poor and dull match and not a very inspiring start to Dreamer’s last four months in the company.
Henry d. Dreamer, Pin, 5:31, ¼*.

Backstage, Jack Swagger and Tiffany had no luck in getting the championship belt back. Teddy Long said they had to go out to the ring to get the belt back.

Coming back from break, Long, Swagger and Tiffany were in the ring. Long ordered whoever stole the championship to come out now else face disciplinary action later. Finlay came out without the championship as Matt Striker posited that it was Col. Mustard with the candlestick. Finlay unveiled the real culprit as Hornswoggle who was hiding under the ring. Finlay tried to apologize but Swagger had none of it. Finlay said if he wanted the title he would take it from him. Swagger came back by knocking Finlay’s parenting skills and shoving down Hornswoggle. Finlay then attacked and laid out Swagger with the championship. Thank goodness they didn’t have Boogey Man, or worse, Shane McMahon do it. Jack Swagger and Finlay could be a pretty fun feud which is really the only positive to take out what was a well below average ECW show.

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