TV REPORTS CALDWELL'S ECW TV REPORT 11/13: Ongoing coverage of Sci-Fi show
Nov 13, 2007 - 10:12:59 PM
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By James Caldwell, Torch columnist
ECW TV Report
November 13, 2007 in Wichita, Kan.
Year 2, Week 23 (Week 75 overall) on Sci-Fi
They opened with the Hardy Boys making a tag team special appearance on the show. MVP then came out as one half of the heel opposition. Kennedy rounded out the match-up. Welcome to ECW, the new Sunday Night Heat.
1 -- MATT & JEFF HARDY vs. MVP & MR. KENNEDY
Jeff was painted halfway up his neck with green paint. Someone got carried away with the markers. Matt and Kennedy started things off with a quick exchange on the mat. The Hardys then set up a big splash by Jeff, who ran off Matt's back onto the opposition on the floor. Jeff clipped his foot on the top rope and just did graze the heels on the way down. Back in the ring, Kennedy and Matt had a mat exchange. MVP and Jeff then exchanged holds, with MVP kicking Hardy in the face to send him to the outside. MVP stalked Jeff on the floor, but Matt kept watch over his brother.
They returned with the heels cornering Jeff while Matt looked for a tag. Matt finally took a hot tag, but he slipped up on the ropes or Jeff's foot and killed the heat. He quickly got the crowd back with an axehandle from the middle rope.
Hardy hit the side effect on Kennedy for a nearfall, then Jeff tagged in and dropped Kennedy in the corner. He went for the Swanton Bomb, but Kennedy moved just in time. The crowd came down when Jeff missed, then the heels rebuilt momentum with an isolation on Jeff. MVP missed with a corner big boot to the head on Jeff, then Jeff got caught on the apron. Kennedy used a referee distraction and slammed Jeff hard on the floor on the back of his head. Kennedy rolled Jeff into the ring and MVP made the easy cover on Jeff for the win.
Afterward, MVP tried to make nice with Matt and explain that he was just making a pin, but Matt was upset at Kennedy throwing his brother down hard on the floor. Kennedy suddenly tried to enter with a chair and crack Matt over the head, but MVP stopped Kennedy and ripped the chair away. MVP said that's his partner. Kennedy, shocked, slipped out of the ring. MVP left and Matt checked on his brother, who sold a head injury.
WINNERS: Kennedy & MVP in 13:00. Good match showcase on ECW. The MVP and Matt dynamic is one of the more interesting programs in WWE, so they played that up well here. (**)
They showed a clip from Smackdown when C.M. Punk tried to have a competitive match with Jamie Noble, but The Miz and John Morrison interfered. So, tonight, it's Punk vs. Noble tonight on ECW in the main event.
They showed a Survivor Series Classic from '87 with the name-the-alive-wrestlers video clip.
Matt Striker was in the ring to cut a promo on behalf of Big Daddy V, who isn't here tonight. He's got a cold. Which reminds Striker to get that flu shot. Striker then said V will be at Survivor Series to dominate everyone in the ring. Suddenly, Kane's music hit and Striker begged off once Kane entered the ring. Striker said he's only here by proxy and the issue is with V. He told Kane to do everyone a favor and just walk away. Kane opted for a big boot to the face followed by a sidewalk slam. He finished off Striker with a chokeslam and walked out of the ring. Half-hour into the show and not a sign of a wrestler from the ECW roster.
Kelly Kelly and Michelle McCool were shown walking backstage. Those are some magical bras on Kelly, I tell ya.
2 -- KELLY KELLY & MICHELLE McCOOL vs. MELINA & LEYLA
Kelly and Michelle teamed up on a double-team suplex on Melina that went slightly array. Melina then punched Kelly in the gut and tagged out to Leyla, who tossed Kelly down on the mat. Michelle eventually took a hot tag and ran over Melina with clotheslines before landing a belly-to-belly suplex. Suddenly, Kelly tackled Leyla and knocked her to the floor. Michelle then dropped Melina with a kick to the shoulder for the win.
WINNERS: KELLY & McCOOL in 4:00. Have to get the T&A quota for the evening. Not good at all. Melina has obviously upset the wrong person to take the loss in this one and continue to be wasted away on TV. (n/a)
The Miz came out to join Styles and Tazz on commentary. The announcers then broke down the Survivor Series card. C.M. Punk walked out for the main event, then Jamie Noble started to walk out, but the Save_Us video interrupted. Miz: "What's that?" 5_days. 23_hours. 20_minutes. The video ended and Styles talked about people reading into the videos. Tazz said he can't wait until Monday to find out.
3 -- ECW champion C.M. PUNK vs. JAMIE NOBLE -- non-title match
The bell sounded, but Punk and Noble couldn't even lock up before John Morrison interrupted and did his pose. Time for a break.
Morrison and Miz argued with each other on commentary while Noble worked on Punk. He continued to work on Punk, reducing Punk's stature as champion with every minute he spends in the ring after Batista and Taker made ground beef out of Noble on Smackdown a few weeks ago.
[Q5 -- over-run]
Too many cooks at the announce table with everyone reiterating the Punk vs. Miz vs. Morrison title match situations at the PPV for how Punk could lose the belt. Makes your head swim more than the possibilities for the BCS Title game. Punk finally made his comeback at 10:00 and landed knee strikes to the chin. He did the bulldog and springboard clothesline spot, but Noble countered in mid-air with a crowbar submission. Punk escaped, though, and landed kicks to the head. Noble tried to come back with a gut buster, but Punk landed the Go 2 Sleep for the win.
After the match, Morrison hopped into the ring and tackled Punk. Miz followed out and got some shots in on Punk before dropping Punk with the reality check. Morrison, not to be outdone, picked up Punk and gave him the corkscrew neckbreaker. They stared down at Punk while glaring at each other to close the show.
WINNER: Punk in 13:00. Not much to the match. Just a match with the four men on commentary serving as a distraction more than an enhancement for the viewers. No surprise on seeing Punk getting kicked around after the match. He doesn't have the credibility of HBK to shake off the flat-on-his-back endings to so many of his matches for him to gain any momentum as the brand's champion. (*)
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