August 2, 2009
Philip DiLiegro

ECW TV Report for July 28, 2009
From Baltimore

Tyler Reks v. Paul Burchill
Reks hit an arm drag and worked an arm bar down on the mat. Burchill caught Reks going up to the second rope and set him up for a knee drop off of the second rope of his own. Burchill then hit a senton for a two count. Burchill went for a bodyscissors for a bit. He then hit a double flying knee on Reks in the corner, leading to a Saito suplex (which has become the official move of this show). Burchill went for an abdominal stretch before Reks countered into a roll up. Reks came back with some sloppy strikes before clotheslining Burchill to the floor. Reks then hit a plancha onto Burchill on the floor and a flying crossbody from the top rope for a near fall. Burchill then placed Reks on the apron; he then went to ram Reks into the post, but Reks swing around the post and dropped Burchill on the top rope. That led to Reks connecting with a springboard dropkick for the victory.
I like the idea of giving someone back-to-back wins over someone in consecutive weeks. It’s an easy yet effective way to advance a wrestler plus it also serves the broader purpose of making wins and losses seem meaningful. By the way, it’s worth noting that Burchill never got any kind of a chance like the modest pushes being given to Reks and Yoshi Tatsu right now.
Reks d. Burchill, Pin, 4:09, **¼.

Vladimir Kozlov v. Bill Baine
Matt Striker managed to work in both Babe Ruth and Eddie Murray’s (all-time great first baseman) names here on a count of being in Baltimore and the fact that Baine, allegedly, was a college baseball player. Kozlov started with some headbutts and a belly-to-belly suplex. He threw Baine in the corner and pounded away. He hit a fallaway slam and the iron curtain to finish.
After the match, Ezekiel Jackson came out and hit his uranage-like finisher on the jobber. WWE changes plans all the time, but it sure looks like we will be seeing a Kozlov-Jackson feud and match fairly soon.
Kozlov squash, 1:18.

In Tiffany’s office, Tommy Dreamer was thanking Tiffany for the chance to be champion. Shelton walked in and asked if he could be on the Abraham Washington show (is he drunk or something?). Tiffany said that Abraham felt that Shelton wasn’t entertaining enough to go on the show. Great, they are intimating that Shelton now has that “boring heel” gimmick which did wonders for the careers of Steve Blackman and Lance Storm. Except even their characters weren’t forced to say they wanted to be on the Abraham Washington Show.

Goldust v. Sheamus
There actually was a chant for “Goldust” at the onset of the match. Sheamus held the early advantage on the mat and with a chin lock. Goldust powered out after a while a dodged a charge in the corner. He hit a knee lift for a near fall and then a powerslam for another near fall. Sheamus then hit a chicken kick which barely connected to setup. Sheamus then hit his uranage into a backbreaker for the victory. This match was weak.
Sheamus d. Goldust, Pin, 5:06, DUD.

Christian came out to do a promo next. He said losing the title a couple of months ago was a good thing because it reminded him of how much the title means. He was about to put over Dreamer when the former champion came out. Tommy said they had one hell of a match and congratulated Christian. Tiffany gave Tommy his rematch next week in an extreme rules match. Well, you had to believe that Dreamer wasn’t making it to another PPV. Zach Ryder interrupted and it’s off to this week’s main event.

Christian v. Zach Ryder
They worked around a top wrist lock to start. Christian hit a couple of arm drags and a roll up for a two count. Christian moved from a hammer lock to a dropkick for a two count. He dropped Ryder’s neck over the top rope and hit a charging clothesline in the corner. Ryder reversed an Irish whip and took control. Ryder held a chin lock before Christian escaped. The champion hit a sunset flip from the second rope for a near fall. Ryder rolled out to the floor where Christian hit a baseball slide. Christian then hit flying shoulder tackle from the inside turnbuckle to the floor as the match went to break. Returning, Ryder shoved Christian off of the top turnbuckle and to the floor. Ryder looked for a countout victory but Christian beat the count at nine. Ryder hit a knee lift onto a charging Christian for a near fall. Ryder then held a bodyscissors for a bit. Christian escaped a got a near fall off of a rolling cradle. Ryder then got the advantage on the turnbuckle and landed a superplex. Ryder tried for a superplex again but Christian pushed him off and hit a flying crossbody for a near fall. Christian landed a reverse DDT for a near fall. Christian hit consecutive missile dropkicks off of the middle rope for a near fall. Christian tried to go up top again but Ryder caught him with a hot shot and then a leg lariat for a near fall. Christian retook the advantage in the corner and hit a tornado DDT for another near fall. Christian tried a charge in the corner and ran himself into the post. Christian then slipped out of the Zach attack and hit an elbow off of the middle rope for another near fall. Christian then finished with the kill switch.
This was a tremendous match, better than anything on Sunday’s pay-per-view. Hopefully, Ryder gets some sort of a sustained push out of this one.
Christian d. Ryder, Pin, 17:17, ***¾.

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