October 7, 2009
Philip DiLiegro

ECW TV Report for October 6, 2009
From Trenton, New Jersey

By the way, they gave Lauren Mayhew a shot at ring announcer this week. Regal was introduced as interim general manager again this week. Regal announced himself as the number one challenger before he was interrupted by Zack Ryder. They started arguing before Christian came out. Christian brought out a janitor, Tony Atlas and Yoshi Tatsu. Christian said the janitor was more deserving of the number one contendership because he accomplished something. Atlas was more deserving because of his goofy laugh. Yoshi was more deserving because he beat both of Regal and Ryder. They played off the “Bill” thing and Yoshi saying “thank you” a bunch of times. It got worse as Tiffany came out and said that everyone would wrestle tonight. Ryder versus Christian for the title, Tatsu versus Regal and a tag match next.

Tommy Dreamer & Goldust v. Ezekiel Jackson & Vladimir Kozlov
Dreamer started with Kozlov and was slammed in the corner. Jackson was tagged in and Dreamer switched with Goldust. Jackson missed a charge on Goldust and went out to the floor. Dreamer hit a cannonball roll from the apron, followed by Goldust ramming Jackson into the post. Kozlov came from behind and rammed Goldust into the ring. The heels got the heat on Goldust. They’re very limited in what they can do, so this is predictably a boring couple of minutes. Jackson eventually missed going for an avalanche in the corner and Dreamer tagged in. Tommy came in from the rope with a crossbody onto Jackson and a low dropkick. A hanging neckbreaker led to a near fall for Dreamer. Kozlov made the save which brought all four men into the ring. Jackson ended up hitting a terrible looking uranage (Dreamer didn’t get more than four feet off the ground) for the sudden finish. Predictably, this was a lousy match given the severe limitations of the heel team. You cannot even do the hot tag spots and fast finishes commonplace in most tag matches, because Jackson and Kozlov cannot work at anything more than a very slow pace.
Jackson & Kozlov d. Dreamer & Goldust, Pin, 5:21 ½*.

Backstage, William Regal was kissing up to Tiffany, who casually mentioned that John Cena may come to ECW after Bragging Rights (well, you cannot blame her for trying). Regal was looking to be named the number one contender but Tiffany just told him that he wrestles next.

Yoshi Tatsu v. William Regal
There was a “let’s go Yoshi” chant before the match ever started. Yoshi started with forearms and a dropkick. They then were on different pages when Regal went for a side Russian leg sweep. They went to a chin lock for a bit to regroup. Coming out of it, Yoshi landed a kick and a baseball slide as they went to commercial. Returning from break, Regal caught Yoshi going for a crossbody and casually dumped him on the floor. Regal took the match to the mat as Matt Striker referenced Hirohito. Regal connected with a butterfly suplex as the crowd began chanting “this is boring.” More on that later. Yoshi used a legwhip and a series of kicks to retake the advantage. Yoshi then missed a leg lariat from the top rope. But as Regal prepared to follow up, Yoshi hit his finishing maneuver for the victory. So, I suppose that is the end of William Regal as a top contender to the championship. On the other hand, they mentioned that Regal’s foot may have been under the bottom rope. This match was disappointing as both guys were off on a handful of spots.
Yoshi d. Regal, Pin, 9:40, *.

So, the boring chant (or “this is boring”) is now back in vogue in WWE. You can blame Shawn Michaels (or whoever wrote that line for him) for that one. Several years ago, they had Lance Storm about to wrestle a match on Raw until Steve Austin (who wasn’t wrestling at the time, but was a recurring babyface character as I recall) came out and went on-and-on about how Storm was putting him to sleep and boring him. Austin got the boring chant going and it was all of a sudden all over TV for a month. That also killed Storm’s WWE career. You can relive that piece of WWE history on Youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn11-18h_AM&feature=related.

Christian v. Zack Ryder
Regal, Jackson and Kozlov stayed at ringside to dispute the end of the last match. They did some chain wrestling to start, working each other’s arm. Christian hit a clothesline and went for a dropkick, but Ryder held the top rope. Ryder couldn’t kept the advantage as Christian hit a short elbow in the corner and then came off the middle rope with a spinning elbow. Christian went for the springboard sunset flip, but Ryder became the first person to avoid it. Ryder worked on Christian by the ropes and sent him to the floor as the match went to break. After the break, Zack Ryder used a leg lariat for a near fall. Ryder held a choke and went to a back elbow for another near fall, followed by a neckbreaker for another near fall. Ryder went for a back suplex, but Christian slipped out and hit a reverse DDT for a near fall. Christian used a series of clotheslines and a flying crossbody off of the top rope for a near fall. Christian then hit his pendulum kick and tornado DDT for another good near fall. Ryder slipped out of the kill switch and then hit a tiger bomb for another good near fall. Ryder sent Christian to the apron and tried for a suplex. Christian countered with a back body drop to the floor. Christian hit a plancha onto Ryder on the floor before Kozlov attacked Christian for the disqualification. After the bell, Jackson and Kozlov hit their finishers on Christian. Ryder objected to the fact that his match was ruined and was laid out for it. This was another good match up into the cheap ending.
Christian NC Ryder, 12:20, ***¼.

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