TV REPORTS CALDWELL'S ECW ON SCI-FI REPORT 5/29: Ongoing coverage of live show
May 29, 2007 - 10:08:00 PM
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By James Caldwell, Torch columnist
ECW TV on Sci-Fi Live Report
May 29 in London, Ontario
Week 51 on Sci-Fi
We start with Joey Styles and Tazz ringside to discuss the One Night Stand PPV.
Randy Orton's music then hit and he walked out in jeans and a black jacket. Styles said RVD was diagnosed with a concussion last night and he's not medically cleared to compete tonight. Tazz assured us that RVD will be medically cleared for One Night Stand. Orton stood center ring and said he's not exactly making friends lately after what he did to HBK and RVD lately. Quick fact: RVD and HBK teamed up as a two-man tag team only once on WWE TV - December 15, 2003. They cut to footage from Orton's attacks on HBK and RVD to hammer home the point. Orton then talked about RVD's concussion and he said he doesn't feel bad about it because it wasn't illegal and it happened during a sanctioned match. Orton said RVD challenged him to a stretcher match at One Night Stand and that's how RVD will be carried out on Sunday. Tommy Dreamer then interrupted and slowly walked to the ring. He said he's not going to stand by and let Orton talk badly about HBK and RVD. Dreamer then challenged Orton to a match tonight. Orton slowly turned around and walked to the other side of the ring, then he accepted the challenge. He said he would kill the legend of ECW, though. Orton dropped the mic and left as Dreamer screamed down at Orton from inside the ring.
Tazz plugged a face-to-face "interactive interview" between Vince and Lashley tonight. Up next: C.M. Punk vs. Elijah Burke in a No DQ match.
Styles plugged Saturday Night's Main Event featuring Lashley and Vince in an arm-wrestling contest. Wonderful.
C.M. Punk came out first, followed by Burke, who was alone. Tazz then talked about the Originals vs. New Breed six-man tables match at One Night Stand.
1 -- C.M. PUNK vs. ELIJAH BURKE -- No DQ match
The bell sounded and the crowd greeted Punk with a loud chant in his favor. They locked up and Punk went for a hammerlock, but Burke slipped out and went for an elbow, only to find canvas. Punk picked up Burke and kicked him square in the chest. We're two minutes into a sound technical match and some fans started chanting for tables. This is what happens when you promote a Lockdown-style PPV, promote a No DQ match, then give fans a basic wrestling match to start off with. Punk continued to work on Burke's left arm before catching him with a high kick to the face.
Burke rolled to the corner and suddenly had a fit of rage, but Punk cut him off with a turnaround splash from the top rope. Punk then clotheslined Burke over the top rope to the floor. Punk smiled inside the ring, then Burke threw a fit on the floor and picked up a chair. Punk quickly cut off that potential threat by kicking the chair into Burke's arm. Punk smiled again, while Burke screamed in pain as they cut to a break.
Back in the ring, Burke was working on Punk's ribs. They showed us a clip from during the break when Burke slammed Punk ribs-first into the ringpost on the floor. Back live, Punk fought out of a waistlock with back elbow smashes, but Burke drove him hard into the corner before landing uppercut blows. Burke then hit a nice elevated elbow smash, using the corner ropes to propel himself into the air before crashing down onto Punk's gut with his elbow. Back to center ring, Burke went for a reverse bear hug, but Punk slipped to the mat and went for a roll up, but it was good for a nearfall only. Burke quickly went back on the attack and scored a series of nearfalls before taking a verbal whipping from the ref for complaining. Burke then introduced a table in the corner of the ring, but walked into a roll up from Punk for a two count.
They teased a few table spots before Punk landed a high knee lift and held the move in place for a few seconds for dramatic effect. Punk then went for a top rope springboard smash, but he slipped off the top rope and ate the mat. Burke quickly covered for Punk's error by covering him for a nearfall, cutting off the brief "You f---- up" chants. Suddenly, Marcus Cor Von hit the ring with chair in hand. Punk took it away, though, and threw the chair into Cor Von's face. Punk then lowered his knee pads and tried to give Burke the Elijah Express through the table, but Burke blocked. Punk went for the Go 2 Sleep instead, but Burke slipped out and Cor Von drove Punk right through the corner table with the Pounce. Yeoch! Burke then took his time rolling over Punk to make the cover for the win.
WINNER: Burke in 14:00. Very dramatic final three or four minutes. Probably one of their better all-around matches in the series, but a notch or two below their Judgment Day match. Good technical wrestling that didn't drag except for a few minutes early on. Burke got his win back by using the rules to his advantage, while Punk had enough offense to stay credible. (**1/2)
Styles and Tazz welcomed us back and introduced Vince McMahon, who was standing by on location. Vince then questioned what kind of name Joey is. He said Joey sounds like a 12 year-old-name. Tazz chuckled, but Vince questioned that name. He said it sounds like a medieval gargoyle. So, there goes the credibility of the announcers who are supposed to be selling a PPV. Anyways, Vince then said Lashley stands for loser. They cut to Lashley, who was on location elsewhere. Lashley said he's very relaxed because he has an easy match at the PPV. Vince said he doesn't understand why Lashley keeps coming back for more. Lashley said what makes him tick is that he's a champion and he wants to get his championship back. Vince then held up the ECW Title belt and said it's his title. He said he's not in Lashley's world and doesn't intend to enter Lashley's world, instead he's going to make Lashley enter his word of street fighting. He said he was born on the streets and grew up on the streets.
Lashley said Vince was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and never had to work hard for anything in his life. Vince cut him off, then said he would bring an equalizer to the PPV. He said it's Lashley's last stand and if Lashley loses at the PPV, he would drop down the ladder to the bottom. Lashley and Vince argued over each other, then Lashley said he could beat Vince without even needing a weapon. Lashley briefly shut up Vince with a line that he's old enough to be his dad's uncle. He closed by saying he would beat Vince for the ECW fans and become ECW champion once again.
Little Joey and the Gargoyle then broke down the One Night Stand PPV card. Joey asked whether RVD should compete at ONS even if he is medically cleared. They showed footage of Orton taking out Michaels, then RVD last night. Joey plugged Orton vs. Dreamer still to come.
Extreme Expose walked to the ring and waved to the crowd before doing a Nelly Furtado number. As a great segue, Styles and Tazz talked about Extreme Expose possibly being broken up when the Draft Lottery occurs on Raw in two weeks.
Kevin Thorn then walked out alone for a match against Balls Mahoney.
3 -- KEVIN THORN vs. BALLS MAHONEY
Mahoney met Thorn with a kick to the gut in the opening minute before Thorn landed a knock-down clothesline. Styles said Thorn has become more focused by removing himself from the New Breed. No mention of Ariel. Thorn took Mahoney to the corner and drove his shoulder into the ringpost before hitting a sit down slam. He then dropped Mahoney with the Kiss of Death a/k/a Original Sin hanging front neck breaker for the win.
WINNER: Thorn in 2:00. Basic, formula squash. (1/4*)
Backstage, the Major Brothers talked about RVD being messed up last week. Matt Striker then entered the picture and tried to name them, but he couldn't get their first names right. He then talked about RVD and said if he were smart, he wouldn't even show up at One Night Stand. Striker said RVD is like a tuskless elephant and he can't defend himself. He then segued into a discussion of the Draft in two weeks and how it could affect their team. The Majors then interrupted and said they already made it to ECW, and no one can take away that dream fulfillment from them. Striker was tired of their attitude and said he would have a challenge for them next week. Confident promo from the Majors.
They aired the carny SNME video package to hype the show on NBC this Saturday night.
Randy Orton slowly walked out, followed by Dreamer.
4 -- TOMMY DREAMER vs. RANDY ORTON
They danced around the ring before locking up center ring. Orton went to a standing headlock, but Dreamer slipped into a headlock of his own. Brief chant of "Let's go Dreamer" before Orton ran over Dreamer with a hard shoulder tackle. Tazz said if you're looking for morals and values, you're looking at the wrong guy with Orton. He was talking about the concussion angle, not the other stuff. Dreamer and Orton battled on the apron, then Orton drop kicked Dreamer clear off the apron to the floor. They aired several replays of the dropkick before Orton pulled Dreamer back into the ring for a cover and a two count.
[Q5 -- over-run]
Orton settled into a headlock on the mat, trying to create a bit more movement than usual. Orton then surprisingly went up top, and Dreamer met him with a right hand blow. They battled on the top turnbuckle before Dreamer hit a superplex. Crowd was quiet here as both men recovered on the mat. Dreamer came up wit the offensive advantage, landing knock down right hands before avoiding a dropkick and rolling up Dreamer for a nearfall. You can tell this crowd is worn out entering hour 4 of wrestling tonight. Dreamer then hung up Orton in the corner and hit a basement dropkick. He followed with a reverse DDT for a nearfall, which drew an exasperated aah! from Styles. Dreamer tried to follow up with his DDT, but Orton slipped out and hit the RKO for the win.
WINNER: Orton in 5:00. Blah match. Crowd was worn out and Orton isn't exactly the type of wrestler to wake up a crowd. Dreamer had enough offense to have a good showing. (*)
After the match, Orton picked up Dreamer's lifeless body and gave him another RKO. Orton wasn't done, though, and he stalked Dreamer, who pulled himself up to his feet. He then went for the charging kick to the head, but barely scraped an eyebrow. Orton wasn't done, so he lined up Dreamer again and kicked him in the gut this time. RVD then entered the ring from behind in street clothes and missed with a spin kick before Orton nailed him with a quick jab to the forehead. Orton stared down at RVD, who instantly went into sell-the-concussion mode with his eyes staring blankly up at the ceiling. Styles closed by asking whether RVD should even be competing this Sunday at ONS. (WWE's way of advertising RVD, but not advertising RVD, which is questionable when trying to hammer home a PPV card.) Styles closed out the show by asking whether Lashley would recapture the ECW Title.
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