October 22, 2009
Philip DiLiegro

ECW TV Report for October 20, 2009
From Columbia, SC

The show began with Abraham Washington pitching himself as a better host than Snoop Dogg. Chris Jericho walked in, stopped the music and thankfully stopped Washington’s promo dead in its tracks. Jericho asked to see Tiffany.

Yoshi Tatsu v. Zack Ryder
The winner here becomes the number one contender to the ECW championship. Matt Striker outrageously claimed that people in Tokyo gathered in front of large-screen TVs to watch this match. Yoshi tried La Magistral for an early pinning combination. Yoshi hit two arm drags and a dropkick for a near fall. Ryder came back by hot shotting Yoshi over the top rope and hitting a baseball slide. Ryder kept the advantage for a bit in the corner and on the mat with a body scissors. Yoshi came back with round and back kicks, his double knee lift and a tornado enzuigiri in an innovative and fresh spot. That led to a near fall. Both men up for a superplex and tumbled to the apron and floor in a planned spot that led to the commercial break. Returning, Ryder held a submission hold on the mat. Yoshi came back with some “Antonio Inoki like” kicks from the mat. Yoshi then went to a slingshot and double knee lift. Yoshi then hit a pseudo-huracanrana from the rear into a near fall. A dropkick led to another near fall. Ryder managed to back drop Yoshi to the apron. From there, Yoshi hit a round kick and a splash over the top rope for the decisive pinfall. This was an excellent nine minute match as Yoshi, in particular, went for some terrific and different offensive maneuvers. They kept up a very good pace throughout as well.
Yoshi d. Ryder, Pin, 8:57, ***½.

Backstage, Rosa Mendes was trying to pitch herself to Tiffany, saying she can wrestle and speak Spanish. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt and say she’s half right. Chris Jericho walked in and made Rosa disappear. He said he was scouting talent for the 7 v.7 match on Sunday. He was going for a perfect night of making stiffs vanish with Rosa, Washington and Atlas but Tiffany persisted and stayed. She said that he couldn’t pick anyone from ECW for the match and that Jericho had to either watch the show or leave. Yes, they made Jericho back down to Tiffany. And yes, they would make major changes to the 7 v. 7 match just days before the PPV on the Smackdown show. By the way, wouldn’t a GM want her brand to be represented at the show (there’s no ECW match on the PPV again)? A baffling segment all around.

After the break, Jericho was talking with Regal, Jackson and Kozlov. Jericho and Regal compared suits and Jericho fancied the idea of having Jackson and Kozlov replace Cryme Tyme. Tiffany walked in and was upset (I think) and made a match between Chris Jericho and Christian for tonight.

Sheamus v. J.T. Quinn
Sheamus used a chicken kick and picked up Quinn at two after going for the pin. Sheamus then used a uranage into a backbreaker and picked up Quinn again. The match ended when Shelton Bejamin ran in. Benjamin showed good fire and hit a big spear on the floor and a German suplex.
Sheamus NC Quinn, 1:11.

Paul Burchill came out for a promo and said that real heroes, like the ones in England, and people who excel in the lively arts and politics. Last week, he exposed the fraud known as the Hurricane. He called out Gregory Helms and asked him to unmask in front of everyone. Someone came out, looking like the Hurricane, and unmasked. Burchill threw the impostor over the top rope. The real Hurricane attacked from behind with an actual cane (in true superpower fashion) and cleared the ring.

Christian v. Chris Jericho
Jericho took the early advantage but Christian fired him to the floor as he went for the lionsault. Christian followed up with a baseball slide. After a commercial break, Christian held the advantage. Christian hit a missile dropkick off of the second turnbuckle. Jericho turned it around by hitting a back body drop, sending Christian to the floor. Jericho did some damage on the floor. Back inside, Jericho hit a back suplex for a near fall. Christian snuck in a roll up for a near fall but Jericho caught the ECW champion with a clothesline. Jericho played to the fans and then missed the lionsault. Christian hit a back elbow off of the second rope. Christian tried for the missile dropkick again, but Jericho stepped back and tried for the Walls of Jericho. Christian countered into a small package for a near fall. Jericho then tried for an enzuigiri which barely connected. Christian sold it anyway. Christian came back with a reverse DDT coming off the ropes for another near fall. Jericho tripped up Christian and tried for the Walls again. After being unsuccessful, he settled for a slingshot. Christian popped out of the corner with a springboard sunset flip. Jericho slipped out of the pin attempt and finally did get the Walls hooked in. Christian made the ropes for the break. Jericho tried to leap on Christian on the ropes but missed. That led to the kill switch for the decisive pin. There was nothing wrong with the match (aside from the one obvious blown spot), but you’d expect better from these two. The right wrestler won as ECW needs all the credibility it can get, particularly as it is now no longer even getting a single match on pay-per-views.
Christian d. Jericho, Pin, 13:58, ***¼.

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