TV REPORTS CALDWELL'S ECW TV REPORT 11/6: Ongoing coverage of Sci-Fi show
Nov 6, 2007 - 10:12:04 PM
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By James Caldwell, Torch columnist
ECW TV Report
November 6, 2007 in Bakersfield, Calif.
Year 2, Week 22 (Week 74 overall) on Sci-Fi
They opened with In Memory for Fabulous Moolah. The opening video package focused on Punk vs. Morrison for the ECW Title tonight.
1 -- KANE vs. MARK HENRY
They're opening with a big man battle from Smackdown. They went slow motion two minutes into the match and Henry splashed Kane in the corner before calling for the bear hug. Kane answered with an uppercut, though, and landed a big boot to the face. He then came off the top with a clothesline before Henry blocked a scoop slam and kneed Kane in the gut. Henry then grabbed a chair from ringside and brought it into the ring. Before Henry jabbed Kane in the gut with the chair, the ref called for the bell. Afterward, Henry slammed Kane onto the chair in center ring for the heck of it.
WINNER: Kane via DQ in 4:00. Just a match to continue just another feud. Crowd was into the action, which made it passable for TV. (1/2*)
Tonight, it's Kelly Kelly vs. Leyla and Punk vs. Morrison.
They aired a video package on the die-hards showing up in Orlando to wait in line for Mania tix.
2 -- JAMIE NOBLE vs. NUNZIO
Noble produced a one-sided video package from his match against Rey Mysterio last week on Smackdown to hype his cross-appearance tonight. Does ECW have anyone left on the roster? Nunzio is working face this week. One week he's the tough guy Italian from the streets. The next week he's the fan-friendly pizza delivery guy. Noble went to work on Nunzio in center ring with a modified neck vice before landing clubbing forearm blows. Nunzio tried to make a comeback, but Noble finished him off with a fallaway gut buster to finally score a TV win. He just needed a change of scenery to pick up a win.
WINNER: Noble in 4:00. Basic TV match with no hype or build-up. (3/4*)
They aired a video package on John Morrison trying to be a poet.
Backstage, Kelly Kelly was all-smiles walking backstage for her match while still selling a neck injury from Beth Phoenix. Marketing needs to get on that Victoria Secret endorsement deal pronto.
The Save_Us video aired. Same one from Raw last night. The Answer is the Code. The Code is the Answer.
3 -- LEYLA (w/The Miz) vs. KELLY KELLY
Before the match started, Miz took the mic and said he would make Kelly's life miserable, which is why he got her a match with Beth Phoenix last night. Well, that makes sense. The bell sounded and Leyla attacked Kelly from behind. Kelly came back with a kick to the gut, but Leyla quickly went back on the offensive with a double knee strike to the face. She finished off Kelly with a scoop slam for the win. After the bell sounded, Balls Mahoney showed up to save Kelly from further damage. Miz wanted to get in the ring to take a piece of Balls, but Leyla held him back. Styles sarcastically pointed out that Leyla is holding Miz back.
WINNER: Leyla in 1:00. Leyla had a bit of Melina's mean streak in the ring. Grasping at straws here, as the program is stalling. (n/a)
They aired a video package on the Punk vs. Morrison feud, focusing on Punk taking the belt from Morrison two months ago. Tazz didn't think Punk could leave California with the title.
They showed some footage from Rey Mysterio's DVD from the early days of ECW. Tazz and Styles plugged the DVD, then plugged Rey vs. Finlay on Smackdown.
4 -- ELIJAH BURKE vs. SHANNON MOORE
Moore is back on ECW, but he's visiting from Smackdown. Moore slipped up early on, but smashed Burke with rapid-fire kicks. Burke had enough and hit a running splash to the back while Moore was on the middle rope. He then landed the Elijah Express double knee smash in the corner for the win.
WINNER: Burke in 3:00. Just reinforcement of Burke as the #1 contender to the ECW Title. There's like five people on the ECW roster right now. (1/2*)
Styles and Tazz talked glowingly about Fabulous Moolah. They aired the video package from Raw on Moolah.
Before Morrison went to the ring for his title match, Miz confronted Morrison backstage. Morrison reminded Miz that he lost to Punk at the PPV, then said the only thing Miz has proved around here is that he can manage a couple of girls, which he's not even good at. Miz said Morrison's luck is about to run out tonight against Punk.
Styles and Tazz plugged DX's return to Raw last week. They continue to act like 2006 never happened. Tazz emphatically said it was a one-night-only return, reassuring fans who might be tired of their antics.
They went to footage from the last few minutes of Raw when Michaels hit the superkick on Orton for the tag match win. They went to a Mobile Exclusive between Orton and William Regal from after Raw. Orton sat quietly by his locker and talked about adding some stipulations to his title defense against Michaels at Survivor Series. Orton said he wants the superkick banned and if Michaels uses it, Michaels loses the match and never gets another title shot. Orton gave his own stipulation that if he gets disqualified or even hints at trying to get himself DQ'ed, then Michaels win the WWE Title. Regal said, consider it done.
John Morrison walked out for the ECW Title match.
At nearly the top of the hour, C.M. Punk walked out to defend his title. Not a lot of time given to the main event.
[Q5 -- over-run]
5 -- ECW champion C.M. PUNK vs. JOHN MORRISON -- ECW Title match
Morrison kicked Punk in the face with a springboard move, then he settled into a cross-arm neck vice on the mat. Punk slipped out, then landed punches to the gut before hitting a knee lift. Punk snapped off a powerslam, then toyed with Morrison with kicks to the face. Miz walked out for a closer look as Punk landed a running bulldog for a nearfall. Punk was blinded with an eye poke, but he ducked a clothesline and went for the Go 2 Sleep. Morrison slipped out and scored a very close nearfall on the crucifix pin. The whole crowd lost a breath on that one. Morrison then hit a headstand kick to the head for a nearfall. Miz distracted Morrison from the outside, then he tossed his goofy hat into the ring and hit Morrison in the back. Morrison turned around to bark at Miz, which allowed Punk to roll up Morrison from behind for the win. Afterward, Morrison stared a hole through Miz, who just backed away with his toothy grin and said it just happens. Punk celebrated with the belt to close the show.
WINNER: Punk in 6:00 to retain the ECW Title. Pretty good action until Miz walked out to distract everyone. I'd really like to see them give Punk and Miz 20-30 minutes just to see what they can do in the ring. It's not like they have anyone else on the roster to fill TV time, and Punk and Morrison seem to have good chemistry in the ring, so let them live or die in a lengthy TV match. (*1/2)
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