February 3, 2010
ECW TV Report for February 2, 2010 (and for one of the last times as well, at least under the ECW name)
From Memphis, Tennessee
Only three ECW wrestlers participated in Sunday’s Royal Rumble. They were in the ring for a grand total of 1 minute, 49 seconds. That fact serves as the proverbial canary in the coal mine as tonight Vince McMahon addresses the future of ECW. (On the other hand, 16 different wrestlers lasted less than 3 minutes in the Rumble, so ECW was not alone in being made to look small on Sunday).
The show began with Abraham Washington explaining his absence the last few weeks by saying NBC has offered him the Tonight Show spot. And here I thought his absence was because of divine intervention. Anyway, he turned down NBC’s offer to stay with the WWE Universe. He then bickered with Tony Atlas before bringing out Christian. Abe mentioned that Christian has held his title longer than any other champion in WWE. Christian actually said he didn’t know that, which lends great credibility to the title. Zack Ryder, fresh off of the career making one minute Royal Rumble appearance, interrupted. Incredibly, he then introduced Gregory Helms’ mugshot on the Titantron. He pointed out that Helms was a hypocrite and that he was the heart and soul of ECW. Christian came back by saying that Ryder was jealous because Helms was on TMZ and that he gets recognized in public. He then defended Helms by saying that everyone makes mistakes; like Tiffany giving Abe Washington a show, Christian appearing on the show, Ryder’s hairstyle and choice of “Tila Tequila” as a girlfriend. At that point, Washington and Atlas stepped between the two men and the show ended. By the way, it was never explained what Helms was arrested for, so that part of the segment went over a lot of people’s heads. This was a tolerable Washington Show, solely because of Christian.
Shelton Benjamin v. Vance Archer
Early on, Benjamin hit an impressive tope over the top rope and onto Archer on the floor. Returning to the ring, Archer tried to work a headlock but Shelton powered into a back suplex. Shelton sent Archer to the floor and tried a leap from the apron. Archer moved which sent Shelton crashing into the barricade. After a commercial break, Archer was working a pressure hold. He moved to a vertical suplex and then a side suplex for a couple of near falls. Archer missed a flying knee which led to Shelton’s comeback. He hit a hanging neck breaker into a near fall. In the corner, Archer sat down when Shelton tried for a sunset flip. Archer grabbed the ropes too soon and the referee had no choice but to disallow the pin. They awkwardly moved to a double takedown and pinning combination with Archer using his legs on the ropes for the pin. The first near was supposed to be the finish, I assume as they went for the same thing just a moment later. Archer completely blew the timing on the first one as he failed to wait until the referee got down to count the pin. All in all, this was just a mediocre match with a botched finish. After a couple months on television, it should be obvious by now that Vance Archer has nothing whatsoever to offer and is taking a roster spot and a push away from someone.
Archer d. Shelton, Pin 10:01, ½*.
The Raw Rebound focused on last night’s Bret Hart-Vince McMahon segment (well, it wasn’t going to focus on the Kofi Kingston-Big Show match). They plugged that they would show what happened between John Cena and Batista after the show went off the air on Smackdown, which is something different. And turning the Bret-Vince event into a tag team match is an obvious, but very wise decision, as I just do not see how Bret Hart and Vince McMahon can do anything credible in the ring at this point for any extended period of time.
Also, Christian and Zack Ryder was announced as the main event, not for the ECW championship presumably.
Yoshi Tatsu v. Trent Barreta
Each man’s tag team partner was at ringside. Yoshi started with a drop kick and arm drag combination. Barreta then used the referee as a shield to land a forearm which dropped Yoshi. Barreta got a near fall off of a standing drop kick. After a rest hold, Yoshi came back with a back body drop and a series of kicks. Going up to the top, Yoshi was caught by Barreta and a huracanrana. A rollup gave Barreta a long two count. Barreta argued the near fall which allowed Yoshi to hit a roundhouse kick to the head for the victory. The finish worked because the near fall prior to it was close enough where you bought Barreta arguing the call.
Yoshi d. Barreta, Pin, 3:59, **.
Vince McMahon came out to the top of the ramp and announced that in three weeks time, ECW will go off the air. He then announced a replacement in the timeslot, which would be the next evolution in television history. The whole promo lasted less than one minute.
In the ring, Gregory Helms introduced William Regal and Ezekiel Jackson. Helms tried to talk about Jackson losing on Sunday, but Regal turned to the arrest last week without actually explaining what happened. Regal and Jackson then double-teamed Helms for a minute. Christian ran down with a kendo stick, cleared the ring and made a belated save.
Christian v. Zack Ryder
Christian started with a spinning heel kick, sending Ryder to the apron. There, Christian tripped Ryder and followed up with a drop kick through the ropes sending Ryder to the floor. Christian went up top, but Ryder sidestepped Christian. Ryder then slingshot Christian under the bottom rope. Ryder connected with the rough Ryder leg lariat for a near fall. Ryder tried for a superplex but Christian pushed off and connected with a body press off the top rope. Christian used a flapjack and a missile dropkick off of the top rope for another near fall. The champ then attempted a springboard sunset flip but couldn’t get the leverage to pull over Ryder who nearly picked up the win with a counter. Ryder tried to follow up with a charge in the corner but Christian slipped out of the way and hit his pendulum kick. He then came off the middle rope with an elbow and connected with the kill switch. As Christian went for the decisive pin, Ezekiel Jackson and William Regal ran in for the disqualification. After the bell, Jackson fired Christian to the floor where Regal hit the knee tremble. Jackson fired Christian into the steps as the antepenultimate edition of ECW on SyFy concluded. Christian d. Ryder, Pin, 5:29, **¼.