Because the Cyber Sunday ECW Championship match options debut on WWE.com tomorrow, tonight's matches are packaged as try-outs to impress GM Estrada.
+ Big Daddy V vs. Tommy Dreamer Squash. Or a squish. Take your pick.
+ Kevin Thorn vs. James Curtis Tazz rightfully chides Curtis for wearing tights that bear his first name. Thorn clubs and clubs and clubs, eventually putting Curtis in the corner for a while. Then we get a scary botched spot where Curtis falls off Thorn's shoulders for what seemed to be a Torture Rack-style backbreaker. They quickly set up the "Original Sin" ring-draped Stunner to end the match.
No Mercy footage shows me for the first time that Punk was smashed and left to crawl away exactly as Triple H did on the next night's RAW. Huh. Even had the bevy of refs help him up the ramp.
+ The Miz vs. Balls Mahoney I have no joy in admitting this, but Miz is really putting out an effort in the ring. He sells and steps into his spots well. He's good. He wins by countout when Balls smashes into the announce table. And then Miz punts the teddy bear into the stands.
+ John Morrison vs. CM Punk Punk wears the DDP rib tape, and Morrison goes to town. And frankly he proves he's the best guy on the roster. His only failing may be too much reliance on kicks, but Punk does the same thing in his moments of offense. Punk eats a front suplex slam onto the ring steps and a brilliant slingshot dropkick to the torso. Punk can't hit the G2S, and Morrison gives him an inverted suplex from the top rope. He pins him, and it's only now that I find that this isn't for the belt. I wouldn't have minded a title change here as Punk was clearly weakened, and Morrison attacked with style. His various kicks are stylish, even if there are too many of them.
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I found it interesting that they did play up how strange it was that Matt Striker would essentially cost Big Daddy V the championship, interfering when his man was actually winning. Hopefully they're going somewhere interesting with that.
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Originally posted by Torchslasherhe main event was good, but now if anyone is going to pretend that CM Punk is not being punished for his interactions with Tony "Cellaphone" Atlas last week, they are just incorrect.
Punk's been booked exactly the same for the past three months. Why anyone would assume that him jobbing to Morrison is punishment - especially after the dirtsheets have repeatedly stated that a return to the Morrison feud was planned as soon as Morrison returned - is beyond me. If Punk was being punished, he probably would have dropped the belt.
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Maybe it's just me, but it looked like that Austin/Hennig match tonight was squarely marketed at the "gimme wrestling" fans like the ones complaining in this thread. (Not saying that the complaining is bad.)