ECW Recap 09.08.09
ECW Recap from Rockford, IL:Josh Matthews and Matt Striker welcomed fans to the show less than a week ahead of Breaking Point, the WWE's "revolutionary new PPV concept". Tonight's main event will feature Christian and Tommy Dreamer teaming up to take on William Regal's henchmen, Vladimir Kozlov and Ezekiel Jackson. The Hurricane's video entrance and music came on to start the show, as Hurricane came out for the opening bout.
The Hurricane vs. Paul BurchillKatie Lea accompanied her brother to the ring for the match. Hurricane and Burchill each have won against the other once before. Early on after both men ducked each other's clothesline attempts, Hurricane jumped on the corner and flipped back for a flying crossbody onto Burchill. As the two were down on the mat, Burchill was able to take control briefly. Hurricane came back though and was applying a stretch "Octopus" submission, but Burchill picked him to slam Hurricane down.
Burchill had control for a while, then charged at Hurricane near the ropes. Hurricane pulled the top rope down so Burchill flew out of the ring. From there, Hurricane leapt over the top rope onto Burchill with a crossbody. ECW took a break with both men down outside the ring. Outside the ring, Burchill hit a Pele kick on Hurricane, but as they got back in to fight, Burchill charged at Hurricane in the corner. Hurricane moved away and Burchill hit shoulder first to the ringpost. Hurricane took control but couldn't capture the pinfall, so he went to the corner and hit a crossbody. Burchill managed to boot Hurricane as he charged at him in the corner. Burchill then sat on the corner, but Hurricane came over to attack, eventually climbing up. Burchill grabbed Hurricane to hit what Striker called a "Bam Bam" slam off the corner.
Hurricane landed a Hurricanrana from the corner with Burchill, but again Burchill kicked out of the pinfall. Katie Lea got on the side apron to distract Hurricane. He went over and pointed at her, then turned around to go at Burchill. Hurricane avoided Burchill's attack and shoved him into Katie Lea, knocking her off the apron. Hurricane grabbed Burchill from behind and hit the Eye of the Hurricane to collect the pinfall.
Winner: The Hurricane wins via pinfall over Paul Burchill.
Strikers and Matthews discussed the ECW title picture and showed highlights from last week as Christian and Tommy Dreamer went to the ring and used Singapore Canes to attack Vladimir Kozlov and Ezekiel Jackson on the ramp.
Josh Matthews introduced another new female member of ECW's broadcast team backstage, Savannah. Savannah interviewed Tommy Dreamer and Christian backstage. They said they're ready for a fight and taking a stand against Regal and his allies.
Shelton Benjamin & Sheamus vs. & Yoshi Tatsu & GoldustThe Gold Standard and Goldust started off with a frenzy of moves. Goldust after a few hip tosses, was in control, as Shelton backed away to his corner. Sheamus and Yoshi were soon in, with Yoshi delivering a series of kicks to Sheamus in the corners. Shelton distracted Yoshi from the apron, allowing Sheamus to deliver a massive clothesline. The heels started to dominate, until Yoshi was able to duck Shelton near the ropes. Shelton fell to the outside, and then yanked down Goldust so Yoshi couldn't make a tag to him. Yoshi managed to escape though as he fought off Sheamus in the ring, and jumped to tag in Goldust.
Goldust whipped Sheamus from corner to corner. Shelton made a blind tag on Sheamus after he delivered a huge boot to Goldust near their corner. With Goldust down, Shelton snuck into the ring and covered Goldust for the win. Sheamus was not happy with Shelton's taking the pinfall and confronted him after the bell.
Sheamus punched Shelton down to the mat, then prepared to pick him up for a move. Shelton jumped on Sheamus and started punching away, and the two started rolling around to the outside. The brawl continued outside the ring with about 4 referees trying to break it up. At one point they had them separated, but Shelton broke away and tackled Sheamus down again for more punches.
Winners: Shelton Benjamin & Sheamus win via pinfall over Yoshi Tatsu & Goldust.
Rory Fargo vs. Zack RyderRyder took Fargo down early and started to slap him around cockily. Ryder put Fargo onto the middle rope and drove his knee into the amateur's back. Fargo started to punch back, but Ryder yanked his tights to toss him to the corner turnbuckle. After a running boot to Fargo in the corner, Ryder quickly set up the Zack Attack to take the pinfall victory.
Winner: Zack Ryder wins via pinfall over Rory Fargo.
Matthews and Strikers ran down the card for this Sunday's Breaking Point, which includes Christian defending the ECW title against William Regal.
Backstage, new ECW star Tyler Reks spoke to GM Tiffany. Reks said his favorite part of being there is the people. Just then, William Regal came into the room with Jackson and Kozlov. He exchanged words with Reks, and Reks said he'd catch Tiffany later. Regal then asked Tiffany how she could allow Christian and Dreamer to attack his men with weapons last week. Tiffany reminded him of the brutal attack they did on Christian and Dreamer for several weeks. Regal then said his men will demonstrate how ruthless they are in the ring tonight, and he will make Tiffany proud this Sunday when he becomes the new ECW champion.
Tommy Dreamer & Christian vs. Vladimir Kozlov & Ezekiel JacksonRegal accompanied his men to the ring for the main event. Christian and Kozlov started things off, with Kozlov wrapping his arms around Christian's torso. Christian elbowed out to put a headlock on Kozlov. Kozlov sent Christian at the ropes then rammed him down. The crowd erupted into an E-C-Dub chant early on.
Kozlov went over and tagged in Jackson, so Christian tagged in Dreamer. Jackson shoved Dreamer down early, but Dreamer got right back up and ducked Jackson's punches. Dreamer managed to avoid Jackson as he ran at him, causing Jackson to go outside the ring, landing on his feet. Dreamer made a quick tag to Christian who did a series of baseball slide dropkicks, one to kick Jackson outside the ring and then one to kick Kozlov off the apron. From there, Christian tried to jump on Jackson, but Jackson caught him. Dreamer ran off the apron to jump onto Jackson and Christian.
ECW returned with a double Russian Legsweep by Dreamer and Christian on Jackson. Jackson fought back from the apron to take control against Dreamer, and soon Kozlov was in to punish him. The duo continued their doubleteam efforts to wear Dreamer down. Dreamer kept struggling for a tag, but couldn't get over to Christian. Kozlov set Dreamer in the corner, but Dreamer managed to kick him away, then jumped off the middle ropes to clothesline Kozlov down. Dreamer made the hot tag to Christan who came in to go at Kozlov. Christian kept trying to knock Kozlov down, and after two missile dropkicks Kozlov was down. Christian attacked Jackson on the apron, and at one point was punching back and forth on both Jackson/Kozlov. Kozlov rammed Christian down to the mat, and Jackson tagged in. Jackson soon had the ECW champ in an excruciating submission move.
Kozlov and Jackson worked over Christian, with Kozlov taking control. Kozlov put Christian up in a torture rack, with Dreamer looking on. Christian slid off and punched Kozlov, then tried to jump past him to tag Dreamer. Kozlov caught Christian to cut him off and hit a Fallaway Slam. Jackson was back in again with yet another submission hold to wear Christian down. Christian was able to elude Kozlov in the corner, then jumped off to knock him down. Christian with the tag to Dreamer as Kozlov tagged Jackson.
Dreamer gained serious momentum, eventually hitting a Frogsplash off the corner onto Jackson. Kozlov came in and kicked Dreamer to break up the pin. Christian rushed in and took Kozlov to the outside. Meanwhile, back in the ring Regal came over to the side area to distract Dreamer. Jackson grabbed Dreamer and hit his one armed slam on Dreamer to collect the pinfall.
Regal got in the ring with his thugs and stood over the fallen Dreamer to raise their arms. Regal then put the "Regal Stretch" on Dreamer on the mat. Christian was still outside the ring and tried to pull himself up near the ropes. Regal went over and kicked him to send Christian down towards the crowd barricade.
Winners: Ezekiel Jackson & Vladimir Kozlov win via pinfall over Christian & Tommy Dreamer.