MANCHESTER, N.H. – As 2008 came to a close, the Superstars in the Land of the Extreme made their final bold statements as 2009 and the Royal Rumble loom on the horizon.
The Miz & John Morrison def. Finlay & The Boogeyman (Non-title, No Disqualification Match)
Finlay came into the tag team encounter against the World Tag Team Champions hoping for some payback for a 2-on-1 attack he received earlier in the night on a live edition of “The Dirt Sheet.”
In an unlikely pairing, the Belfast Brawler had The Boogeyman at his side. The creepy Superstar from the Bottomless Pit saved Finlay once from getting pinned by Morrison. After the near pinfall, Finlay fought back, but could not prevent the Tuesday Night Delight from picking up a win for his team. After the match, the Fighting Irishman got some payback by dropping Morrison with a hard-hitting Celtic Cross.
Live edition of “The Dirt Sheet”
The World Tag Team Champions kicked off ECW in the sold-out Verizon Wireless Arena with a special live edition of “The Dirt Sheet.” After reminding the WWE Universe of their two Slammy Awards – as well as the World Tag Team and WWE Tag Team titles they won in 2008 – the duo offered up their 2009 resolutions for fellow Superstars in typical “Dirt Sheet” style. Find out what they had to say in the ECW Quick Cut.
ECW Champion Matt Hardy def. Mark Henry (DQ, Non-title Match)
From the start, Mark Henry came at ECW Champion Matt Hardy with a powerful offense. It was clear that the World’s Strongest Man wanted to end the year with a victory over his arch rival. But before Henry could finish off Hardy, Jack Swagger interfered in the bout, driving Hardy to the canvas with a vicious gutwrench powerbomb. The maneuver immediately resulted in a disqualification win for Hardy. Henry was not happy about how things ended, and let his emotions show by dropping the ECW Champion with a World’s Strongest Slam after the match.
DJ Gabriel def. Paul Burchill
Making his first appearance on ECW, Paul Burchill was hoping for a strong showing. He did just that, delivering a good beating to DJ Gabriel. But just when it looked like Burchill was going to pick up the win, Gabriel turned the tables with a quick counter maneuver to get the pinfall over his fellow Superstar from Great Britain. The victory kept Gabriel’s undefeated streak alive.