September 9, 2009
ECW TV Report for September 8, 2009
From Rockford, Illinois
Gregory Helms v. Paul Burchill
I guess it’s because he’s a comic book fan but it annoys the heck out of me when Matt Striker goes on and on about what if Gregory Helms and the Hurricane are not the same person (without a hint of sarcasm). He did that for the first several minutes of the broadcast. Helms hit a crossbody off of the middle rope for an early near fall and then went into a headscissors. Hurricane used an arm drag into an octopus. Burchill hit a back suplex and went into a chin lock. Burchill tried a short clothesline for a two count. Burchill hit a double flying knee for a near fall. Burchill used a backbreaker as the crowd went to a USA chant (welcome to 1988). Burchill hit another short clothesline for a near fall. Hurricane managed to get Burchill to the floor and hit a plancha onto Burchill. On the outside, Burchill hit a bicycle kick in a cool spot. After a commercial break, Burchill held a reverse chin lock for a bit and then hit the ring post going for a charge in the corner. Hurricane hit a Thesz press, a hanging neckbreaker into a backbreaker and a flying crossbody off of the top rope for a two count. Burchill and Hurricane went up top into superplex position where Burchill hit a power slam coming down. That only got a two count (that really should have been the finish). Hurricane then hit a huracanrana for a middle rope for a two count. They then did a spot where Katie Lea jumped on the apron; Hurricane rammed Paul into her and then hit the eye of the hurricane for the finisher. This was a very good opening match with a couple of excellent spots.
Helms d. Burchill, Pin. 11:29, ***˝.
Savannah (who I think is Angela Fong from FCW) is the new backstage interviewer, which means either Courtney Taylor got fired in record time or they somehow feel the need to have two models in the same exact role on a one hour weekly show. Anyway, Christian and Tommy Dreamer did a promo promoting the main event and trying to play Bill Regal, Kozlov and Jackson off as threats to the legacy of ECW. By the way, it was mentioned as an afterthought that Christian and Regal wrestle this Sunday on the pay-per-view.
Goldust & Yoshi Tatsu v. Shelton Benjamin & Sheamus
I thought Benjamin had turned face? Benjamin started and worked Goldust into his corner. Tatsu and Sheamus came in next. Tatsu was having the upper hand until Shelton distracted allowing Sheamus to clothesline him down. The heels got the heat for a bit until Yoshi tried to escape with a sunset flip. Shelton took out Goldust to deny the tag. Yoshi got it a minute later and Goldust went to work on Sheamus. Goldust tried to charge in the corner and Sheamus got his boot up. Benjamin did a blind tag and came in and got the pin. That’s the finish? A guy eating a boot of a charge in the corner seldom results in a bump yet alone the pin. After the match, Sheamus knocked Shelton down with a cheap shot and they brawled for a bit. For what it’s worth, the crowd was twice as hot for the opener as they were for this one.
Shelton & Sheamus d. Goldust & Yoshi, Pin, 4:39, *.
Zack Ryder v. Rory Fargo
Ryder actually gave Fargo a near fall early on with a rollup but then it turned into a basic squash match with Ryder working in a slingshot a power bomb. Ryder won quickly with the Zack attack.
Ryder squash: 1:30.
Backstage, Tiffany was calling Tyler Reks a winner and giving him a pep talk. Sure enough, Regal and company walked in and Reks walked out meekly, looking anything like a winner. Regal said last week’s kendo stick attack was despicable, Tiffany said it wasn’t and that was that.
Christian & Tommy Dreamer v. Vladimir Kozlov & Ezekiel Jackson
Christian started with Kozlov and tried some wrestling unsuccessfully as Kozlov hit a shoulder tackle. Jackson and Dreamer came in and Jackson overpowered him. Christian came in and drop kicked Jackson and Kozlov; he tried a plancha onto the floor but was caught by Jackson. However, Dreamer followed with a cannonball roll onto both men to send the match to break. After the break, the heels were working over Dreamer with shoulder blocks. The heat segment dragged big time because the heels know next to no offensive maneuvers except for the occasional Kozlov suplex. Kozlov tried to put Dreamer on the second rope but it backfired and Dreamer was able to connect with a clothesline. Christian got the hot tag and Kozlov sold nothing until Christian hit a missile dropkick off of the top rope. Kozlov turned it around with (you guessed it) a shoulder block. Jackson came in with a backbreaker and went to a submission. He hit a back suplex for a near fall. I think I heard a “this is boring” chant somewhere in here. Kozlov tried a backbreaker submission and then a fallaway slam (except Kozlov didn’t fall away). Christian came back with an elbow off of the middle rope as Kozlov missed a charge. That led to a hot tag to Tommy who hit a crossbody on Jackson. Dreamer followed up with a swinging neckbreaker for a near fall. Dreamer hit a reverse DDT and went up top connecting with a bullfrog splash. That forced Kozlov to make the save. Christian cleared the ring of Kozlov, but Jackson, not selling the near fall at all hit his uranage finisher on Dreamer for the win. After the match, Regal applied the Regal stretch on Dreamer and rammed Christian into the barricade.
Christian and Dreamer carried the match to better than you would almost ever see from Kozlov or Jackson, but this was still a weak match given the time it was given.
Kozlov & Jackson d, Christian & Dreamer, Pin, 16:10, **.