ECW Recap 02.16.10 - Final Episode
ECW recap from Kansas City, MO:Tonight's episode of ECW on SyFy marked the final show for the ECW brand, as it will transition into the new TV show "WWE NXT". The show opened with an "ECW is over" style promo vide highlighting tonight's main event: Christian defending the ECW title under Extreme Rules against Ezekiel Jackson. They rolled the ECW opening video for the final time, then the pyro went off before Josh Matthews and Byron Saxton were on hand to commentate. Next week WWE NXT will premiere, and tonight they'll introduce the cast of the show.
Yoshi Tatsu & Goldust vs. The MizShowThey showed highlights of how Miz and Show won their titles from DX in a Triple Threat match on Raw. In the late stages of this match, Yoshi made the stretch towards Goldust for a tag and got it. Goldie came in on fire as he leveled Miz several times, then dropped down to punch him in the face. An atomic drop and face first plant to the mat were next. He had a nearfall after a powerslam, but Big Show started to get into the ring. Yoshi Tatsu rushed over and Show pushed him over the ropes to the floor. Goldust climbed on the corner to work on Miz. The ref directed his attention to check on Yoshi out of the ring, allowing Show to walk over on the apron and punch Goldust in the stomach. Miz followed it up with a Skullcrushing finale for the win.
Unified Tag team title match
Winners: The MizShow wins via pinfall to retain the Unified Tag Team titles.
Byron Saxton and Josh Matthews discussed the theme of WWE NXT, where 8 wrestling rookies will be guided by 8 wrestling pros in a reality style show. They show pictures of two of the rookies. Pro Chris Jericho will mentor/guide rookie Wade Barrett. Matt Hardy will mentor Justin Gabriel.
ECW GM Tiffany was on hand backstage to address the WWE Universe. She said as one era comes to a close, a new exciting one begins with WWE NXT. She started talking more about it, but suddenly Zack Ryder and Rosa Mendes showed up. Ryder complained that he's not part of the main event. Tiffany said he lost to Christian last week. Rosa started yelling at Tiffany in Spanish, but the GM said it doesn't matter what language, the answer's still no. Ryder said since the main event is Extreme Rules, he can make his presence felt and nobody can stop him.
ECW returned with another preview of who will be on the new WWE NXT show. Raw superstar MVP will be mentoring a newcomer named Skip Sheffield.
Tony Atlas was in the ring with Abraham Washington to introduce him to the crowd. Leather furniture was set up in the ring for the final show on ECW. Washington referred to their location as St Louis, setting the crowd into a chorus of boos. Washington said that since ECW is ending tonight he becomes a free agent, meaning he's rich. He said Raw and Smackdown will have to open up the bank accounts to try to get him. Atlas kept laughing the whole time.
Washington said he went to Vince McMahon and asked for the biggest star in the company for the final show. Abe introduced his guest, the biggest name in sports entertainment, "Abraham Washington". Washington started to interview himself, when Shelton Benjamin's music came on. The Gold Standard came down to the ring with Atlas laughing about it. Shelton said his show has been unwatchable overall, so what would make him think anyone wants to watch it when Abe is his own guest. Shelton reminded Abe that everyone is a free agent as of the end of ECW. Just then, Vance Archer came out from backstage and arrived to the ring to get in Shelton's face.
Archer told Shelton he better not be on the same show as him, or else he won't have a future. Just then, Croft and Barreta came out to interrupt, saying nobody cares about the guys in the ring, but they care about where the 2010 Slammy award winning team of the year Croft and Barreta is going to be. Vladimir Kozlov came out next and began to speak in Russian. Vance Archer got up in his face saying nobody understands him. Archer shoved Kozlov, so Kozlov responded by boot kicking him down. Atlas and Abe exited the ring, so Kozlov and Benjamin cleaned up Croft and Barreta tossing them from the ring. Washington kept complaining outside the ring about his rented furniture. The two superstars looked at each other, shook and hugged before posing from the ring corners.
Carlito will guide Michael Tarver, a knockout specialist on the WWE NXT show. His dad was a sparring partner for Mike Tyson.
Upon ECW's return, they noted that The Miz will be mentoring rookie Daniel Bryan on WWE NXT which premieres next Tuesday on SyFy.
They rolled the Elimination Chamber promotional video as part of the "Road to Wrestlemania". Various superstars were shown in the barbaric chamber, including Rey Mysterio, MVP, Undertaker, Great Khali, Edge, Chris Jericho, HHH and Cena.
Christian will be on WWE NXT to mentor rookie Heath Slater, a "walking rock band without the instruments".
The ECW Champion came out first, wheeling a shopping cart full of weapons such as trash cans, crutches and kendo sticks. Christian got on the mic for a closing speech. He said he debuted on ECW a year ago, with some people viewing it as a demotion for him. Christian said ECW feels like home to him, because it gave him a chance to shine. ECW noted he's glad he got to fight an all-time legend and friend in Tommy Dreamer, and he got to mentor a rising star like Yoshi Tatsu. Christian said tonight ECW goes away forever, but he'll always be proud to say he was the very last ECW Champion.
Pro wrestler CM Punk will be mentoring rookie Darren Young on WWE NXT, next week on SyFy.
Ezekiel Jackson vs. ChristianJackson shoved Christian down to start it off, but not much later, Christian tossed Jackson to the outside. As Christian went out, Jackson began to attack. He tossed Christian back in, then threw several objects in as well. As Jackson got on the apron, Christian came back to punch away at him. Jackson was barely hanging onto the top rope, so Christian grabbed a Kendo stick and smashed it on Jackson's hand, causing him to fall to the floor. Just then, Zack Ryder rushed into the ring and began attacking Christian. He picked up a trash can and went at Christian, but Christian flapjacked Ryder onto the trash can then tossed him out of the ring. Rosa got in and began to yell in Christian's face, then slapped the champ. Christian turned to the corner and didn't know what to do, but suddenly ECW's GM Tiffany came charging down the ramp in her skirt and bare feet. She tackled Rosa in the ring and threw her to the side. Rosa escaped the ring, and Tiffany screamed at Ryder/Rosa to leave ringside immediately. ECW headed to its final commercial break.
ECW Title Extreme Rules match
When the show returned, Jackson had control in the ring as he hammered away on the champ. He whipped Christian to the corner, but got an elbow to the face when he charged. Christian went to the top corner, but Jackson shoved him off to the floor. Regal was at ringside, but really hadn't played a part yet. Jackson smashed Christian face first into the steps, then tried to smash a trash can on him. Christian moved away, then dropkicked the trash can into Jackson. As Christian came back to Jackson, Zeke shoved him into the steps.
Jackson tossed all of the items out of the shopping cart into the ring, then tried to ram the cart into Christian near the steps. Christian moved away, but moments later, Zeke grabbed him and threw Christian into the cart. Back in the ring, Zeke seemed to have control, but Christian made a brief comeback. Christian went at Jackson with a trash can, but Jackson flattened him. Jackson had a near fall, then he and Regal went to the outside to grab a table from under the ring. Christian got to his feet and dropkicked the tablge int oboth guys on the outside.
In the closing moments, Jackson tried to superplex Christian onto the set up table in the ring. Christian countered and tried to DDT Jackson onto it, but both men landed across from each other on opposite sides of the table. Christian used a Kendo stick on Jackson, then chased Regal away from ringside. Christian got back in the ring and smashed Jackson in the leg with the Kendo stick before Jackson could hit Christian with it. Christian was in control, but Regal showed up back in the ring. Christian dealt with Regal by using the Killswitch on him. Unfortunately, Jackson grabbed Christian and one arm slammed him through the table for the winning pinfall. Jackson is the new and final ECW Champion.
Winner: Ezekiel Jackson wins via pinfall in the Extreme Rules match over Christian to become the new ECW Champion.
Saxton and Matthews showed the final cast members of WWE NXT, R-Truth will mentor a rookie named David Otunga. WWE NXT premieres in the same time slot as ECW on SyFy next Tuesday night.