Its hard to believe ECW has managed to come back this far. Its made it 4 months and continues to do new things. Raw's ratings have impacted ECW's but even pulling 1.8's and 1.9's thats higher than what ECW ever pulled at its peak.
The roster has even changed. Guys like CM Punk , Test and Matt Striker are getting over well. Paul Heyman's wacky ECW has done its job wierdly and has saved the careers of Big Show & Bob Holly !
WWE Changes Main Event for No Mercy
Posted by Larry Csonka on 10.03.2006
What is it now?
According to WWE.com, the main event for the No Mercy PPV has been changed from King Booker defending against Bobby Lashley to a fatal four-way match, with King Booker now defending against Bobby Lashley, Batista and Finlay.
We see Paul Heyman and Bob Holly as they watch the ECW show from last week. Paul's a master and puts over Bob Holly as a legit tough man. This is great follow up booking by Heyman who uses Holly's 24 stitches to sell how hardcore legit Holly is.
Holly wants one thing. He wants Rob Van Dam tonight ! No excuses as Paul tries to tell Bob about lawyers as Holly grabs him nearly ready to KILL. Test however shows up and nails Bob Holly with the chair , thus turning him face. This is smart because its gonna be hard to boo Holly after last weeks iron man effort.
Now its time for the tag match as we see Sandman & Sabu team up to face Big Show & Matt Striker. These 2 make quite a team ( Striker/Big Show) as 2 cocky heels. Great opening match as we see Sabu finally make the hot tag after taking a beating.
Sandman tags in and starts laying into Striker as fans are pleased. He even does the Hiekenrana by god ! I have to say this....THE ECW guys want it ! They want to be the top brand and as Paul Heyman said in May , they have the hearts to do it.
All 4 men are in as Sandman forgets Show is in as he goes for the russian leg sweep on Striker as Show holds him. Then splashes Sandman for the win. Awesome opening match. We can tell this Sandman/Striker fueds not over...yet.
Next up is Kevin Thorne and Ariel vs Tommy Dreamer. As a Dreamer fan I wish he had a fued to do but he's the old hand and he'll get one soon I'm sure. He works a great match against Thorne. I think its the fact Fertig and Dreamer had some time down in OVW.
The 2 have a short decent match that Thorne uses his cane end to help score the win. Him and Ariel celebrate by taunting Joey Styles as usual.
Well the weekly CM Punk destroys someone didn't last long. This weeks victim ? The former ECW alum Danny Doring. Doring loses when CM Punk makes him his b-tch. So now out comes Kelly who wants to do a strip tease for her man.
She starts as Mike "I'm Next " Knox arrives. He wants to fight Punk as CM tells him to come on down as he's ready. Knox backs off though. But we all know Knox/Punk will happen and CM Punk will make Knox , just another victim.
Now....its the Main Event. Last weeks ECW Main Event was Holly/RVD and this week its Test/RVD. By god to top that Rob would have to be a miracle maker. But this is ECW and this is the arena where Rob can brag he is " Mr. Main Event " again.
Test works his ass off here. I mean legit working as he takes table shots. Rob nails a rolling thunder on the f-cking ring steps ! This is getting good. I loved watching Test take that monkey flip thru the table.
This match is rolling along making the fans come alive and out comes Paul Heyman. He has the Security Team try and beatdown Rob Van Dam at times . Fans boo Heyman and now its Rob having to beat Test and the Security Team !
Rob's putting on a showcase for a Main Event as usual and takes out the ST. Then he gets Test on the table and is ready to finish this Extreme Rules classic. Out comes Big Show to pretty much start " Show/RVD " and he puts Rob thru the table as Test nails his finisher.
See if you wanna book someone like a f'n Superman type the genuis at RAW should go to Paul Heyman. Rob kicked out numerous times. Took numerous punishment with chair shots/table spots ect ect. But he lost.....does that make RVD look weak ? Nope....he lost a fair Extreme Rules match but people will go " Rob's the f-ckin man. He could take them all if it was a fair fight . He lost but he's the man. "
The show ends as Test, Heyman and Show celebrate as we know Rob Van Dam will get his revenge. Awesome Main Event again ECW.
Not into the Extreme Poker Challenge. Sorry , if that gets a better rating than UFC then Dana White needs to call Vince McMahon and beg him to start promoting his cable show on Spike TV. Because if Shamerock & Ortiz fall to a bunch of Diva's stripping then....wow.
OVERALL: **** Outta 5. 2 Great matches in the hour and a general wrestling night. Not many vignettes or anything. Its like this show was geared towards pleasing ECW fans more or less and a " Lets do lots of action before next weeks fluff show ".