ECW on Syfy Report – Airing July 9th, 2009
Report by Richard Trionfo, PWInsider
We are live on tape from Bakersfield, California and your announcers are Matt ‘New Name Same Commentary’ Striker and Josh ‘I thought I would get away from these guys but they keep following me’ Mathews.
Before our first match, Brie and Nikki introduce themselves to the crowd and they don’t even know which one is which.
Match Number One: Nikki Bella with Brie Bella versus Katie Lea Burchill
They lock up and Nikki with a clean break but Katie throws her out of the ring and then hits a double sledge from the apron. They return to the ring and Katie gets a near fall. Katie slams Nikki’s head into the mat and then into the turnbuckle. Katie chokes Nikki in the ropes and then the referee admonishes Katie. Katie with a back breaker for a near fall. Nikki with forearms and a wrist lock and then she hits an arm drag and drop kick. Nikki gets sent over the top rope and then she lands hard on the apron. Katie with a knee to the head and a neck breaker using the ropes for extra impact and she gets a near fall. Katie kicks Nikki but Brie switches when Katie argues with the referee. Brie hits an X Factor for the three count.
Winner: Nikki and Brie Bella
Josh and Matt talk about the New Superstar Initiative and the trades. We see footage of Shelton Benjamin losing to Yoshi Tatsu in one move.
Match Number Two: Yoshi Tatsu versus Shelton Benjamin
Yoshi is ready for action and Shelton is not joking as much as he did last week. They lock up and Shelton pushes Yoshi down as the match has now gone longer than their first meeting. Benjamin with a fireman’s carry. Benjamin runs Yoshi into the turnbuckles and he punches him until the referee pulls him away. Benjamin with a kick and punch followed by an Irish whip but Yoshi with a forearm and a drop kick. Yoshi tries for a splash but Benjamin gets his knees up. Benjamin with punches and a short arm clothesline. Benjamin with a snap mare and an elbow drop. Benjamin with punches and kicks as he wears down his opponent. Yoshi blocks a neck breaker and gets a near fall. Benjamin goes to the floor to avoid a big kick from Yoshi and we go to commercial.
We are back and Benjamin with an elbow to Yoshi’s head. Yoshi with a cross body for a near fall. Benjamin holds on to the ropes when Yoshi tries for a drop kick. Benjamin tries for a power bomb but he turns it into a modified snake eyes. Benjamin with a reverse chin lock. Benjamin pulls Yoshi down by the hair out of the view of the referee. Benjamin with head butts to Yoshi. Benjamin with a rear chin lock. Yoshi with a kick to Benjamin but Benjamin blocks a second kick. Yoshi with a rollup for a near fall. Yoshi with more kicks to Benjamin followed by an Irish whip and knees in the corner. Yoshi with a rolling snap mare and a kick for a near fall. Yoshi with a forearm to the back. Benjamin misses the Stinger Splash and Yoshi with a springboard spin kick but Benjamin is able to kick out at the last moment. Benjamin with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex and both men are down. Benjamin misses the dragon whip but he hits Paydirt for the three count.
Winner: Shelton Benjamin
We have a Vladimir Kozlov training video package and whatever he hits . . . he destroys.
We go to commercial.
We are back with the Million Dollar Raw Rebound.
Match Number Three: Ezekiel Jackson versus Jack Meridol
Jackson stares at Meridol and then they lock up. Jackson with a knee and forearm. Jack with a kick but then he gets tossed in the air and caught before being sent into the turnbuckles. Jackson with a bear hug and Meridol tries to escape with elbows. Jackson runs Meridol into the turnbuckles. Meridol with a punch that Jackson does not even feel and Jackson responds with a punch of his own. Jackson with a forearm followed by a clothesline. Jackson gets a three count after an uranage.
Winner: Ezekiel Jackson
We are in the back and someone falls off a tall ladder but they are saved by Hurricane Helms. He leaves before Tiffany can see what happened. We go to commercial.
We are back and did you know that ECW’s streak on SciFi/Syfy probably ended.
We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of someone being unsafe only to be saved by Hurricane.
It is time for Abraham Washington’s talk show. He welcomes everyone he reminds us that he is the host. Abraham talks about his ratings from last week and he says that he needs a #1 guest for a #1 show. He brings out ECW Champion Tommy Dreamer.
He tells Tommy that he is the biggest superstar in ECW history. Washington says that he means it literally because he says that Dreamer is huge. Washington says that he is glad that he has a big couch. Washington suggests that Dreamer is carrying twins. Dreamer comments on the quality of Washington’s show. Dreamer says that ECW is his life and he is proud of the superstars who have been in ECW. Washington asks Tommy about the matches he has been involved in during his career. Dreamer fights back with some comments about Washington’s hairstyle. Washington asks Dreamer who he would like to see win the match between Christian and Vladimir Kozlov. Dreamer says that he would like to see Christian win and that brings out Vladimir Kozlov in his shorty robe.
Dreamer and Kozlov stand face to face and Washington tries to stop them from destroying his set. Washington says that Dreamer is looking at the man he will face at Night of Champions. We go to commercial.
We are back and Tommy Dreamer has joined Josh and Matt to see who his opponent will be at Night of Champions.
Match Number Four: Vladimir Kozlov versus Christian in a Number One Contender Match
They lock up and Kozlov backs Christian into the corner. Kozlov with an arm drag take down. Kozlov with a waist lock and Christian with a standing switch. Kozlov with a fireman’s carry. They lock up again and Kozlov with a knee but Christian with a side head lock. Christian with an elbow to Kozlov and a punch. Kozlov responds with a big boot and a back breaker. Kozlov charges at Christian but Christian ducks down. Christian with a drop kick to send Kozlov off the apron. Christian runs into a head butt and then he gets back body dropped to the floor. Kozlov runs Christian into the apron and then gets a near fall when they get back into the ring. Kozlov returns to the back breaker. Kozlov catches Christian and hits a fallaway slam for a near fall. Kozlov with a waist lock. Kozlov works on the back and he gets Christian on his shoulders. Christian tries for the Killswitch but Kozlov escapes. Christian with forearms to Kozlov and then Kozlov sends Christian over the top rope to the floor. Kozlov sends Christian into the ring steps but Kozlov is sent into the ring post. Christian goes up top and he hits a missile drop kick for a two count. Christian goes to the turnbuckles and Kozlov with a forearm to the back. Kozlov hits Shock Treatment but Christian had exposed the turnbuckle. Kozlov charges and Christian moves. Kozlov hits the exposed turnbuckle and Christian hits the Killswitch for the three count.