ECW on Sci Fi
Date: July 24, 2007
Location: Save Mart Center, Fresno, California
Commentators: Tazz, Joey Styles
We’re done with the Great American Bash and John Morrison is still the ECW World Champion, having beaten CM Punk again. That means he needs a new challenger and I have no idea who that is supposed to be. The roster isn’t exactly deep at the top and that could become a problem. Let’s get to it.
Here is ECW World Champion John Morrison, billed as the reason you are here, the man who beat CM Punk in the middle of the ring, and the new face of extreme. Morrison says he is here to make us believe, which is because he is destined to do great things. That was the case at the Great American Bash, where he retained his championship. Some are born to sweet delight and some are born to endless night.
Punk does not have the glow of the ECW World Title to brighten his existence and will never get another shot. A real champion doesn’t face the same person over and over so it is time for someone to claim their Fifteen Minutes of Fame. If anyone can last fifteen minutes with him or somehow even beat him, they will get an ECW World Title shot. Morrison already has someone in mind, and they are from right here in Fresno!
John Morrison vs. ???
Non-title Fifteen Minutes Of Fame match and Morrison hits the flipping neckbreaker for the pin in about thirty seconds. Useful enough gimmick for Morrison going forward and a good way to start.
HHH is back at Summerslam.
Kevin Thorn vs. Stevie Richards
Thorn knocks him down with a clothesline to start but Richards hits a kick to the face. That’s enough to send Thorn outside, where he sweeps the leg to knock Richards off the apron. Back in and Thorn grabs an over the shoulder backbreaker to set up a series of slams. Richards kicks his way out of the corner but gets taken right back down. The Razor’s Edge out of the corner is countered though and Richards grabs a backslide for the huge upset.
Rating: C. I certainly didn’t see that one coming so well done on the surprise. Richards has been working hard as of late and he doesn’t feel like an easy win these days, so giving him a win isn’t the craziest idea. He isn’t going to be anything more than a meal for a bigger star later, but points for laying the ground work.
We look back at Extreme Expose dancing on Miz last week.
Miz vs. Nunzio
Before the match, Miz says he feels like the women of Fresno are undressing him with his eyes. He can’t help it that he’s a chick magnet, so he invites Extreme Expose to come watch at ringside. Miz’s headlock doesn’t get him very far to start so he shoulders Nunzio down instead.
Nunzio manages to send him face first into the corner though and a top rope shoulder gets two. The running corner clothesline gives Miz two of his own and we hit the chinlock, with Extreme Expose approving. Back up and Nunzio strikes away, including some running forearms. The Sicilian Slice gets two but Miz is right back with the Reality Check for the win.
Rating: D+. The match wasn’t exactly great, but the point is to get Miz in the ring and have him annoy people by winning matches. Throw in Extreme Expose having a thing for him and it’s easy to see why this is starting to work. It always helps to have someone with Miz’s punchable face, and I’m digging the whole thing a good bit more than I probably should.
Post match, Miz invites the ladies in for more dancing.
Big Daddy V vs. Jimmy Cruz/Victor Calvio
Matt Striker is on commentary. Calvio is taken over with a headlock, followed by a gorilla press toss to Cruz. A Samoan drop and something like a spinebuster set up a double splash in the corner. Cruz gets Boss Man Slammed onto Calvio for the fast pin. As squashish as it should have been.
CM Punk/Tommy Dreamer vs. Elijah Burke/John Morrison
Burke starts with Punk, who wants Morrison instead. That’s exactly what Punk gets, plus a headlock from Morrison for a bonus. Punk gets taken into the corner for some alternating stomping but he kicks Morrison to the floor. A backdrop sends Burke outside as well and we take a break.
Back with Dreamer suplexing Burke for two and handing it back to Punk for a hilo. Dreamer and Morrison come back in, with the latter being tossed away without much trouble. A catapult sends Morrison into the buckle for two and there’s the bulldog out of the corner for the same. The Texas Cloverleaf sends Morrison over to the rope, allowing him to get up for an enziguri.
Burke comes in to kick Dreamer in the head as well and we hit the chinlock. A heck of a running kick to the back of the head rocks Dreamer again and Burke hits the Vader Bomb elbow. Morrison’s figure four necklock is countered with an electric chair but Burke comes in to slam Dreamer’s face into the mat over and over.
Morrison comes back in for a slingshot dropkick to the floor and we hit the chinlock back inside. Dreamer fights up and catches him on top though, setting up a hanging neckbreaker. That’s finally enough for the hot tag to Punk so house can be cleaned in a hurry. There’s a Shining Wizard to put Morrison on the floor and the GTS puts Burke away.
Rating: C. This was your main event style tag match, ECW edition, meaning that it served its purpose perfectly well. It seems that we’ll be getting Punk vs. Morrison again, which answers the question of “how are they getting around having no one else but Punk”. Dreamer and Burke were fine seconds here, but the match never got above just ok.
Overall Rating: C-. Not the most thrilling show here, but it does seem that they are building things up for the future. The Fifteen Minutes Of Fame deal should work well and I could see Richards giving Morrison a run for his money. Other than that, there is nothing major going on, but at least they are trying to do something with someone else. It’s not a great show, but at least they are trying to do a few things.
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