TV REPORTS 8/18 ECW on SyFy Report: MAYER'S alt. perspective review of Regal's New Faction, Hurricane's in-ring return, Washington hosting Goldust and Sheamus
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ECW on Sci-Fi TV report
August 18, 2009
Report by Dominick Mayer, PWTorch specialist
Grisham brings us into the arena plugging Summerslam. Striker brings in tonight's main event: Christian and Dreamer vs. Kozlov and Regal.
An introduction takes place for Hurricane Helms, who gets a decent reaction. Striker does a full superhero introduction for him. Paul Burchill comes out as the opposition with Katie Lea in tow. They re-air the return of Hurricane last week.
1 -- THE HURRICANE VS. PAUL BURCHILL (w/Katie Lea)
Burchill takes Hurricane to the corner early on, which gets a loud "Hurricane" chant going. Burchill with elbow strikes while yelling "Is this your hero?" Hurricane goes into the hero pose, which aggravates Burchill, but when Burchill charges at him Hurricane low-bridges him to the outside. Hurricane hits a cross body block off the top rope onto Burchill at the floor, and it's time for a commercial. Helms looks like he's back in old form so far.
Close up on Hurricane in a chinlock out of the break. During the commercial, Burchill sent Hurricane down on the top turnbuckle pretty hard. Hurricane goes for a comeback with an irish whip, but Burchill takes him down with a hard clothesline. Burchill locks in a modified chinlock, which gets the crowd hot for the rally. Striker's been great putting over the superhero angle of Hurricane. Burchill dropkicks Hurricane in the corner for two. He goes for a second pin, but nothing. Another modified chinlock, but at least a different one. Crowd is really into Hurricane. Burchill sits Hurricane on the top turnbuckle and goes for a superplex, but Hurricane forces him off and gets a high cross body block.
Hurricane gets a clothesline for a nearfall. Hurricane with a modified backbreaker for another near two. He misses a corner charge, and Burchill hits a Pele kick. Wow, I didn't expect that. That gets a nearfall, but Hurricane kicks out. Something that cool should be a finisher, I've said that about Styles too. Burchill heads up top, but Hurricane gets a huracanrana for a close two. He goes for the Shining Wizard, but Burchill gets free. Burchill goes for a neckbreaker, but Hurricane counters into the Eye of the Hurricane for the pin and the win.
WINNER: Hurricane in 11:00. Really good return match. For being out a long time, Helms looked really strong, and Burchill finally had the competitive match a lot of the writers here have been clamoring for. (Wasn't expecting a Pele out of him; that was a highlight.) I've said here before that Hurricane is a perfect character for PG WWE going forward, and I hope they give him a sizable push. Special credit goes to Striker for coming out strong with the superhero references and putting Hurricane over despite all the holes in this character's logic as best he possibly could.
Backstage, Courtney Taylor is the new interviewer for ECW. Her first guest: Tommy Dreamer. Dreamer says he and Christian are still friends despite their Extreme Rules match. Dreamer segues into talking about tonight's match, and in mid-sentence tells Courtney "You need to go" and pushes her away as Regal shows up. Regal starts messing with Tommy's injuries, and as a fight is about to go down, Kozlov attacks Dreamer from behind. Kozlov puts Dreamer in a surfboard while Regal kicks him in the face. Dreamer is down going into the commercial.
EMTs are in the back checking on Dreamer, as well as Christian. He tries to sit up, but can't make it.
In the arena, time for the Abraham Washington Show. Grisham tries the "outspoken and controversial" intro. Striker tries to back him up. Both sound like their hearts are not even a little bit in it. Crowd's boos getting even louder every week. I almost wish people would stop booing him, so that nobody in the back thinks he's getting good heat. He says he's hearing mixed reviews from the crowd, boos and cheers. Louder boos. He calls the Kansas City crowd illiterate. Hooked on Phonics reference. I'm telling you, I was probably seven or eight when those were popular, so an average crowd right now doesn't know what he's talking about. Washington puts over Summerslam, and then introduces his guest for tonight: Goldust. This could save the segment.
Goldust comes out talking like Dustin Rhodes. That's hysterical when you consider the bumblebee outfit. Washington asks about Sheamus, and Goldust goes to respond, but kicks into stuttering mode. Goldust: "I get the tics from time to time, man." Washington picks on it. Classy. Washington makes a "Punk'd" joke. Ugh. Goldust says six years ago, he was electrocuted, and now he's on medication. Washington makes fun of the twitch some more, and then brings Sheamus out. Sheamus ignores Washington and turns to Goldust, saying he won't beat him twice. He calls him a gold freak, which leads to the stare down. It goes on for a while, and Goldust breaks the tension with his twitch. Washington acts uncomfortable, and ends the segment as Goldust and Sheamus stare each other down. Well, I was wrong. Goldust was awesome in his role, and Sheamus was appropriately intimidating, but Washington ruined it once again with the tired jokes and the overblown delivery. Kill this segment.
Backstage, Courtney is interviewing Tiffany about Dreamer's condition. He has a concussion, and is unable to compete tonight, as he's been sent to the hospital. Christian has to find a replacement, and if he does the tag match will still take place tonight.
Zack Ryder is on his way out after the break. Yoshi Tatsu comes out as the opposition. This could be good, though there's not a lot of time for this one.
2 -- ZACK RYDER VS. YOSHI TATSU
Tatsu dodges some forearms and hits an arm drag to start. Ryder gets a foot up in the corner, but Yoshi catches him on the top rope, only to have Ryder drop his arm over the top rope as he falls to the floor. Ryder with a modified sidewalk slam for an early two. Ryder continues to work Yoshi's arm. Armbar takedown into an armbar by Ryder. Yoshi powers out, and when Ryder tries to get a tilt-a-whirl slam, Yoshi counters into an armbar of his own. Ryder tosses him outside, but Yoshi sunset flips over his back. Yoshi tries to do the somersault roll out of the corner, and after a struggle he gets that and the kick for two. Ryder goes for the Zack Attack, but Yoshi kicks Ryder's leg out from under him. Rolling senton by Yoshi, and he heads up top. He goes for a springboard elbow, but Ryder gets a knee up. Nailing the injured arm is enough for Ryder to get the pin and the win.
WINNER: Zack Ryder in 3:00. Good match while it lasted. Right man won, as Ryder is too hot right now to take losses in shorter matches.
[Commercial Break: Spot airs for the WCW DVD coming next week. I'm surprised so many guys are willing to talk when TNA is becoming the greener pasture. Just saying.]
Floyd Mayweather is hosting Raw next week. Interested to see how the crowd recieves him after his far-better-than-expected WrestleMania match.
Raw Rebound: DX is back, and they got beat up a little. Striker and Grisham run down the card for Sunday, which now includes Christian vs. Regal for the ECW Championship.
Backstage, Tiffany won't let Christian go out for a handicap match. Somebody kicks the door in backstage, and Christian only points, saying "That'll work."
In the arena, William Regal comes out for the main event. Kozlov is out as his partner. Christian comes out first for the face team, and before we reveal his partner, time for a commercial break. This'll be a short match.
In the ring, Christian's partner: Ezekiel Jackson. Regal's face was absolutely priceless.
3 -- WILLIAM REGAL & VLADIMIR KOZLOV vs. ECW champion CHRISTIAN & EZEKIEL JACKSON
Christian and Regal lock up to start. Huge heat on Regal. Arm drag takedown and a corkscrew elbow out of the corner for a short fall by Christian. Kozlov tags in and puts Christian up in the modified torture rack. Christian low-bridges Kozlov on a charge and gets a running dropkick that sends Kozlov back to the floor, but Regal distracts Christian long enough for Kozlov to get a clothesline from behind. Christian gets shoved to the outside between the bottom two ropes. Regal tags in and works Christian over on the floor. Regal gets a pin for a short two. Kozlov tags back in. I'm not sure, but I swear I hear a faint "TNA" chant. Kozlov locks in a chinlock. Camera focused on Ezekiel looking intense. Regal tags back in, and Christian almost gets the Killswitch, but Regal escapes. Christian avoids a pair of corner charges and gets a sunset flip for a nearfall. Kozlov comes in, but Ezekiel scares him to the floor. However, Ezekiel then hits the uranage on Christian, allowing Regal to get the pinfall.
WINNER: Regal and Kozlov in 5:00. Okay while it lasted. They were wise to keep Kozlov and Ezekiel apart.
Post-match: Kozlov hits his uranage on Christian. Regal encourages Zeke to hit his again, which he does. Regal is very pleased. New faction? Close the show with the heels standing tall over Christian.
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