Evan Bourne defeats Chavo to advance to voting for Cyber Sunday. Mark Henry comes out to beat him down.
Dreamer and Jack Swagger had confrontation in GM office. Where Jack said,
"Swagger told Dreamer that it wasn't 1996 anymore, and that ECW was now about people like himself who are building legacies, not people like Dreamer who are bastardizing there legacy. Dreamer glared at Swagger as he walked away.
Finlay defeated John Morrison to advance to voting for Cyber Sunday.
***Notes: Crowd chants at Morrison "Johnny Nitro" with Matt Striker pointing it out a passing manner. "Lets Go Finlay" chant. Mike Knox tries to help John out but Finlay kicks out and we find out why people start disappearing under the ring. Why the HELL is Cryme Tyme under the ring? Everyone living under the ring now?
Voting for Cyber Sunday goes as follows: Henry, Bourne, and Finlay.
This was a good episode of ECW. I liked it better than last week. It's always solid when they focus on good wrestlers wrestling. They could have Bourne vs Chavo every week and I wouldn't mind.
(Also I'd make a "You have to earn an ECW title shot around here and work your way up... or hope the #1 contender kills himself and his family instead." joke, but is it still too soon?)
EDIT: I also just realized by reading this that there was only two matches tonight. Wow. This might be a good idea for ECW because their roster is so limited and it'll help prevent burnout. As long as Mark Henry isn't in 20 minute marathons every week I really like the way ECW seems to be heading nowadays.
Also, Jack Swagger is the man. I'm really starting to like him.
Ricky Ortiz d. Gavin Spears was the opening dark match, & was really pretty good. They seemed to work together well, & it was a good, solid opener.
Yeah, being there, it was quite apparent that there were only 2 ECW matches.
I like Evan Bourne lots, but I didn't feel like Chavo was doing a whole lot on his behalf. Especially with Chavo being the senior guy & the heel, it seemed to me like he could have let Evan do more. Evan's finisher is a pretty-pretty thing in person.
Morrison actually acknowledged the "Johnny Nitro" chant. :-)
Since it hasn't been mentioned, I gather that "Hatgate" didn't come across on TV. Finley got hold of Miz' hat, threatened to toss the hat to the crowd, then just tossed it in front of the announcers. Boos from the crowd for not properly tossing the hat. So Finlay retrieves the hat (in the context of the match), then flings it well into the crowd. Beautiful catch by a guy in the crowd, who handed it to a kid. Security guy comes charging over to retrieve the hat. Barrage of boos at the concept of taking the hat away from the kid. Security guard delivers the hat back to some WWE staff, rather like an Irish Setter proudly retrieving the garbage. Pretty clear that they weren't expecting to get it back. Shortly, a WWE guy goes over & has a nice chat with the guy & the kid. Meanwhile, there's a match going on, & all this activity resulted in a bunch of booing when Finlay was on offence, & general ignoring of the match.
Also, did y'all get Miz eventually getting dragged out from under the ring, gagged & tied up? It wasn't at all clear what the heck all was going on! And apparently Crime Time was supposed to stay out there & entertain during the changeover ... but nobody told them that. Camera guys having to chase them down & tell them to stay. Not exactly clockwork precision in the presentation, but it was all entertaining.
Another thing I noticed during the changeover, which I've never seen before: Some staffer came scampering out with a big pile of paperwork, handing out copies to all the important people. I have to assume that it was the SD running order for the show. Not something I'd expect to see getting handed out at that point in the evening!
Ahhhhh, good ole ECW to wash the taste of the terrible RAW out of my mouth. I love ECWs formula of being just a wrestling show. You can usually count on decent matches that get decent time without overloading on promos and backstage junk.
Bourne/Chavo was a nice match that got time to develop and the right guy went over. Loved how Henry "shook" Bournes hand after he laid him out.
I could do without the Boogeyman.
I enjoyed the Morisson/Finlay match, even if this was a little dull at times. I DON'T enjoy the fact that Finlay has to use the shilelagh to win EVERY match. I know the act is over, but let him win clean. Or at least have one of his heel opponents call him on the using it.
From Meltzer's daily update: "--Armen Ketayian, who is hosting tonight's HBO piece, was on WEEI radio in Boston this morning, and said the death rate among wrestlers is about 400% higher than that of non-athletes in that same age group.