ECW used to be the best show of the week, every week. Now, I barely feel like reviewing it. I’m not going extremely in depth this week, but here are the things that bug me: Finlay and Hornswoggle apparently getting another tag title shot; guys changing their names after their debut (Atlas Ortiz is now Ricky Ortiz), and Hall of Famers making heel turns on C shows.
Whatever – the review, after the jump.
Miz and Morrison kicked off the show, complaining that they beat everybody they’ve faced and are out of competition. So, who comes out to interrupt them? A new team to challenge for the titles? Nope. The same team they beat two weeks ago at Night of Champions. That’s right, Finlay comes out, getting the attention of the tag champs – who then get sprayed with a Super Soaker by Hornswoggle. When we get back from break, it’s Miz vs. Finlay. Finlay looks to use the shillelagh, but has it taken away by Morrison, who then gets kicked in the head by Hornswoggle. Off the distraction, Miz gets hit with the Celtic Cross, giving Finlay the win.
Armando Estrada wants his contract back. Teddy Long says he can take on the newest member of ECW by way of the ECW Talent Initiative, a guy who looks extremely familiar, Braden Walker. Hey wait a minute, that’s former TNA “talent” Chris Harris, the guy who James Storm carried for all those early years of TNA. Well, after a pathetic match, Harris Walker gets the win.
Tony Atlas is in the building for some reason, and he’s asked by Teddy Long to be the special ring announcer for the main event. He accepts. Mark Henry tells him that he may have been Mr. USA, but he’ll never be the World’s Strongest Man.
Atlas Ortiz tells us that we can call him Ricky.
Tony Atlas (holy crap – I get it now! WWE doesn’t want us to confuse the young white kid with the afro with the bald black hall of famer, so they stopped calling the white kid Atlas!) talks to Tommy Dreamer, who tells Colin Delaney that Atlas helped him out during his rookie year.
Nunzio is out after the break, and will be jobbing this week to Evan Bourne. Bourne wins with the Shooting Star Press, which, last I heard, is banned from the WWE. Go figure.
Mark Henry tells Tony Atlas that if he wants some extra money, he can carry Henry’s bags after the show.
Mark Henry and Tommy Dreamer ended up outside of the ring. Henry went after Dreamer on the outside, where Colin Delaney tried to trip him up, unsuccessfully. Henry went after Delaney but was stopped by Tony Atlas – who then drops Delaney on the announce table. The match is ruled a double countout, but Atlas announces Mark Henry as the winner.
Blah. I guess this is the post-Punk era for ECW. They need another guy like Punk or Kingston quick, or this show is going to keep sucking.
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