September 2, 2009
Philip DiLiegro

ECW TV Report for September 1, 2009
From Cleveland

Shelton Benjamin v. Zack Ryder
Benajmin hit an overhead suplex and a clothesline to start. He then missed a Stinger splash in the corner and Ryder followed with a swinging neckbreaker. Zack worked a chin lock on the mat before Shelton powered out. Ryder came back with a leg lariat for a near fall and then went back to the chin lock. Benjamin powered out and hit a flying forearm off of the top rope after quickly ascending. Shelton then hit a back body drop but got caught with a quick elbow. Ryder tried to throw Shelton to the floor. Shelton held on to the rope and came back quickly with a springboard blockbuster in a great spot. Shelton then hit paydirt for the victory. This was a strong but needlessly short match. After the contest, the announcers teased another match between the two.
Shelton d. Ryder, Pin, 3:28, **.

Tony Atlas is now the Ed McMahon of the Abraham Washington Show; right down to a “Heree’s Abe” introduction. I guess in keeping with the spirit of the week, the better comparison would be Rod Roddy. Except Rod Roddy never did his own version of Michael Cole’s phony laughter throughout the show. Washington took a shot a Cleveland native Arsenio Hall which got no heat. Dropping LeBron James’ name did get some heat. Anyway, Washington had Gregory Helms as his guest. Washington couldn’t get Helms to admit to being the Hurricane. He then brought out the Burchills. Paul, who’s not a bad talker, put down Helms as fraud and a joke. They then cut to a pre-tape from Gotham City where the Hurricane cut a promo on Burchill, challenging him to a match next week which Burchill accepted. With the addition of the fake laughter of Atlas, this show has officially become worse than the Chevy Chase Show and the Magic Hour.

Ezekiel Jackson & Vladimir Kozlov v. Jim Parks & Mike Tolar
Kozlov hit an overhead suplex on Tolar. Jackson came in with a couple of backbreakers and a hanging vertical suplex. Jackson then grabbed Parks on the apron and rammed him into the ring post. Jackson hit his uranage, followed by Kozlov hitting the final curtain for the pin.
After the match, Regal hit the Regal stretch on the fallen jobber before Christian came out. The champion brought out Tommy Dreamer and two Singapore canes with him and the two hit the ring. Dreamer and Christian got the better of Jackson and Kozlov with the canes and cleared the ring.
Kozlov & Jackson squash.

Tiffany introduced the replay of Shawn Michaels vs. the Undertaker from WrestleMania. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the actual match or even a clipped version of it, but rather a slick, post-produced music video of it. So, they really didn’t do it any kind of justice.

Goldust v. Sheamus
The match is no countout and no disqualification (formerly extreme rules, I suppose). Goldust started with a standing drop kick that sent Sheamus to the floor. Goldust hit a clothesline on the floor as the match went to an early break. After the break, Goldust continued on the offense. Sheamus turned it around by shoving Goldust into the ring post. Sheamus hit a body slam on the floor and stomped away. Sheamus hit a knee drop and worked a chin lock. He then used a bow and arrow submission around the post. Sheamus held a rear chin lock for a bit and then drove a knee into the back for a bit. Nine minutes into the match at this point and they haven’t really utilized the no-DQ stipulation. Goldust rallied back with a clothesline and an inverted atomic drop. Goldust got near falls off of a small package and power slam. The match went to the outside where Sheamus again used the ring post. Back inside, the two exchanged shots until Sheamus hit a chicken kick and backbreaker for the victory. Despite the fact that they didn’t go the route of weapons and plunder, they still had an enjoyable match in what has been an enjoyable feud.
Sheamus d. Goldust, Pin, 13:00, ***.

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