ECW Recap 01.26.10
ECW Recap from :A video kicked off ECW to hype up tonight's tag match, where Christian will team up with Kane to take on Ezekiel Jackson and William Regal. This match comes just days ahead of Christian's ECW title defense against Jackson at the 2010 Royal Rumble.
Josh Matthews and Byron Saxton were on hand in Cincinnati. William Regal was already in the ring, and introduced "ECW's next champion, Ezekiel Jackson". Jackson made his way down the ramp to the ring after flexing up at the top. They showed highlights from a week ago in the Christian versus Regal one-on-one match, where Jackson attacked Christian from behind, causing a DQ. Josh Matthews said Jackson's chances to win the ECW title in 5 days are looking good. Jackson got on the mic to tell Christian he's only got 5 days left as the champion. Jackson said the image of Christian laying at his feet on the mat will be replayed on Sunday. Jackson said that as Christian goes in and out of consciousness this coming Sunday, he'll hear Jackson proclaimed the new champ. Christian's music hit and he came out with a mic in hand.
Christian said it's funny that they both like biblical matches, since after all he is Christian. Christian quoted his own Ezekiel 25:17 that "I will strike down on those with great vengeance and furious anger, those who attempt to destroy my brothers, and you will know my, my peeps will know, my name is Christian, when I lay my vengeance upon thee." Jackson said Christian has yet to face anyone like him. Christian said it's true but he's beaten many of the ECW's best including Swagger, Dreamer and Regal. Christian said he looks forward to the challenge on Sunday at the Rumble. Christian said last week it was two on one, but tonight he's managed to even the score. Kane's pyro hit and out came the Big Red Monster.
Kane & Christian vs. William Regal & Ezekiel JacksonJackson and Regal worked the double team on Christian during the match, preventing him from tagging out to Kane. He escaped a near pinfall from Regal. Regal attacked him in the corner and the two ended up on the top corner turnbuckle area. Christian managed to knock Regal off to the mat. With both men down, Christian finally crawled over to make a tag to Kane. Kane came in with momentum and dominated Regal. He ultimately had the chokeslam set up, but Ezekiel Jackson came in to attack.
Kane tagged Christian back in and launched him at Jackson. Jackson and Kane ended up fighting on the outside, leaving Regal with Christian. Christian prepared for Killswitch but Regal shoved him away, then did a toss slam. Meanwhile, Jackson threw Kane into the ringpost outside. Christian dodged a knee trembler for Regal and put him into Killswitch, but was close to the ropes. Jackson got on the apron to tag one of Regal's outstretched hands. Christian hit Killswitch, but as he turned to pin, Jackson was there to grab him for a one armed slam to the mat.
Winners: William Regal & Ezekiel Jackson win via pinfall over Kane & Christian.
Still to come, a six man tag match with Yoshi Tatsu teaming with Hurricane and Goldust to battle Zack Ryder, Croft and Barretta.
ECW returned with its promotional stats of the Royal Rumbles past. There's been a total of 23 winners in the Royal Rumble ever, with Stone Cold having 3 of those wins. Previous winners include Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, John Cena, Randy Orton, HHH and The Rock. There's been 627 WWE superstars since 1988 who have entered the match but haven't won.
Josh Matthews and Byron Saxton questioned who will be "The 1" after this Sunday's Rumble. Backstage, Shelton Benjamin had some on camera comments about the Rumble. He said the only thing that will matter is the last man standing, because he'll go on to change the course of his career when he headlines Wrestlemania. As Benjamin continued, Vance Archer attacked him, knocking him down to the floor. Archer said hopes and dreams are all Benjamin has, but this is reality.
Goldust, The Hurricane and Yoshi Tatsu versus Zack Ryder, Caylen Croft and Trent BarrettaZack and Rosa came to the ring first, as they showed highlights from last week's encounter involving Savannah and The Hurricane. Rosa eyed Savannah the ring announcer as ECW took a break.
Mid match, Hurricane was knocked to the outside by Barretta. Ryder made a tag in and went to the outside to attack. After a leg drop move on Hurricane in the ring, Ryder beat away on Hurricane. Caylen Croft tagged in to continue the wearing down of Hurricane using a submission hold on the mat. Rosa scramed for Hurricane to "give up" several times from the outside. Hurricane escaped Croft's move and used a roll through pin for a near fall. Croft got up and leveled him for a near fall of his own. Barretta tagged back in and did some taunting, with Hurricane getting to his feet to punch back. Barretta dropped him with a dropkick.
Another tag back in for Rdyer and he held a knee against Hurricane's throat near the ropes. Rosa smiled from ringside approvingly. Ryder had a near fall, then went to a headlock on the mat. Hurricane was able to get a Sunset flip style pin but Ryder escaped and dropped him again. Croft tagged back in to continue keeping Hurricane down on the mat. Goldust and Yoshi tried to rally the fans from the apron area. Caylen Croft went over and knocked Goldust off the apron. Hurricane was able to hit the Shining Wizard kick on Croft, then tried to get towards Yoshi for a tag. He finally stumbled over, and Yoshi came in to take down Barretta several times.
Yoshi eventually had a pinfall, but Barretta's teammates came in to break it up. Goldust tossed Ryder out over the ropes near Hurricane. Croft and Baretta tried for a double move on Goldust. As they put their heads down, Goldust kicked and hit each guy. Yoshi did his roundhouse kick to the head of Barretta for the pinfall victory. The faces celebrated in the ring as Ryder and Rosa looked angry on the ramp.
Winners: Yoshi Tatsu, Goldust and Zack Ryder win via pinfall over Zack Ryder, Caylen Croft and Trent Barretta.