Lauren Mayhew, Lillian 2.0, did the ring announcing, although I don't think they identified her or actually showed her on camera except briefly when she was standing in the corner of the ring or scampering to her seat after a match started. Her delivery needs work, but I was impressed they made her announce each wrestler's hometown and weight. She seemed to read the weights like she was impressed.
Tiffany is back with her left arm in a sling. I gotta say, I love the way William Regal smiles at her. Half-disingenuously, half-"I want to kiss this strumpet and give her the Regal Stretch." She also acknowledged the possibility of John Cena losing at Bragging Rights and coming to ECW. Dream big, Tiffany.
I never really thought about it before last night but is Tiffany, attractive Southern woman, being GM of ECW in some way a commentary on Dixie Carter and TNA? Anyone care to weigh in on that?
Kozlov and Ezekiel beat Dreamer and Goldust. Plodding and ugly.
Yoshi Tatsu beat Regal but they made a huge deal of Regal's foot being underneath the bottom rope. Which it was. The referee was out of position.
I had to LOL over the timing of Lauren's announcement: "Here is your winner - Christian!" when Christian was flat on his back after getting triple teamed with the Ruthless Roundtable standing over him.
Shut out of Hell in a Cell and maybe out of Bragging Rights (RAW vs. Smackdown in a battle of brand supremacy!), ECW is becoming its own insular world. But hey, they might get John Cena!
It appears TNA ran more house shows in previous years, which would've allowed them to run more matches for the tournament. But it doesn't sound like TNA canceled a whole bunch of shows, so they should've had this planned out.