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ECW TV Report for October 14, 2008
Live from Las Vegas, Nevada
Mark Henry and Tony Atlas opened the show by coming to the ring for an interview. After highlights from last week’s show, Tony Atlas said Herny sent Hardy a message and would send him another tonight. He wants a title match, so out on cue came Teddy Long. Did you ever wonder how quickly guys come to the ring after being called out and how their music is always ready to play? It’s almost as if they are on cue or something. Anyway, Long made a stipulation whereby the fans will choose Hardy’s Cyber Sunday opponent from a group of three including Henry. There will be two qualifying matches tonight to determine the other two.
Evan Bourne v. Chavo Guerrero
Chavo took Bourne down to start the match and retook him down with a shoulder block after Bourne fought his way up. Bourne connected with an arm drag and Chavo took a powder to the floor. Chavo hit a leg sweep and went to some more mat work.. Chavo worked the arm on the ground which Bourne sold when he failed to land an arm drag. Bourne eventually did some acrobatics off the top rope to work out and then went to an arm wrench of his own. Chavo hit a European uppercut to escape. Chavo was then sent out to the floor and Bourne followed him out with a corkscrew plancha. The match went to a break. Coming back, Bourne went for the standing moonsault but Chavo got his knees up. More mat work for Chavo and another escape by Bourne. Chavo caught him with a spinning heel kick. Chavo then lost a kicking contest to Bourne as the match continued to go back and forth. Bourne ducked under a clothesline and went for a roll up from behind for a near fall. Bourne hit a stiff flying knee and set Chavo up for a rana on the top rope. But Chavo moved and Bourne landed squarely on his crotch on the turnbuckle. That got Chavo a two. He went for a half-crab but made the ropes. Chavo hit two of the three amigos but Bourne slipped out of the third and countered with a head kick. Chavo countered back but rushed to the back and was caught with the huracanrana off of the top rope. Bourne then won with the shooting star press. I liked the story they told here as Chavo continually tried to ground Bourne which was an effective, indirect way to put over Bourne’s aerial game.
Bourne d. Chavo, Pin, 12:21, ***¼.
After the bell, Henry ran in and laid out Bourne with the world’s strongest slam.
Finlay v. John Morrison was announced as the other qualifying match. Backstage, Tiffany was dressed up as a Vegas showgirl, which isn’t too far from her usual wardrobe. She proposed that Teddy wear an Elvis suit. Jack Swagger asked why he wasn’t in a qualification match. Teddy said he hadn’t been around long enough. Tommy Dreamer asked for a shot after the PPV leading Swagger to bury by claiming it’s not 1996 anymore.
Also, as already is noted on the web, WWE in what is a first is offering fans a choice between three totally separate matches for Cyber Sunday: Miz & Morrison v. Cryme Tyme, Punk & Kingston v. DiBiase & Rhodes, and Noble & James v. Regal & Layla. The latter will not win for sure and I would favor the Raw tag team match to win given that Punk is probably the most over out of any of the above.
Finlay v. John Morrison
For the record, Matt Striker will dress up as either the Repo Man or Bastion Booger for Halloween. I wonder what a relatively new fan thinks of Striker as an announcer. They do some jockeying off a collar and elbow tie up to begin the match. Finlay pulled a single leg takedown and went to work on the mat with a leg lock. Finlay got up and dropped an elbow on the leg to keep the pressure on. After a knee drop, Finlay worked a knee bar on the mat and went into a half crab. Morrison reached the ropes but Finlay kept the pressure on in the corner. Morrison finally came back with a flying knee to get the heat. The fans actually picked up a “Johnny Nitro” chant (Morrison’s original gimmick as Eric Bischoff’s assistant after winning Tough Enough). Maybe Striker is having an effect on this audience. Finlay escaped from a chin lock by back dropping Morrison onto Miz on the floor. Finlay distracted the referee to allow Hornswoggle to hit a tope (or a low-pe as Striker called it) onto both men. Hornswoggle then went under the ring and took Miz with him in a ridiculous moment. The match then went to a commercial break. Returning, Morrison had the advantage working the arm and shoulder. Finlay connected with a reverse (Northern) Irish whip but rammed himself into the ring post. After more work on the arm, Morrison hit a lariat for a near fall. Morrison went for a charge in the corner but the two collided and went down. Finlay fought for and won a backslide for a short two count. Finlay kept his comeback going with a few clotheslines and went for the Celtic cross. Morrison slipped out of the move prompting Hornswoggle to provide a distraction. It backfired as Mike Knox beat Finlay to the shillelagh and Morrison hit a springboard roundhouse kick. Meanwhile, Knox was pulled under the ring by what turned out to be Cryme Tyme. Knox fumbled the shillelagh so Finlay picked it up and blasted Morrison for the finish. This was a solid, if at times slow, match with a pretty overbooked finish.
Finlay d. Morrison, Pin, 15:53, **½.
After the bell, Finlay laid out both of Cryme Tyme with the shillelagh for whatever reason. While celebrating on the ramp with Hornswoggle, Finlay was jumped by Mark Henry as the show concluded.
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