By Steve Carrier | May 27, 2008
The Big Show vs. Tommy Dreamer
Adamle equated Dreamer to the third-down NFL back who picks up the extra yard to move the chains. I suppose. The problem is you can't market a third-down back when pro wrestling is about marketing individual stars, not team players. Show dominated the first two minutes until Dreamer took out the knee with a dropkick. Dreamer tried a move from the second rope, but Show smashed him in mid-air with a double axehandle to the face. Show then finished him off with a big chokeslam for the pin and the win.
Winner: Big Show About what you'd expect for Show to look dominating heading into the PPV at the expense of the third-down back. (1/2*)
Video package: They went back to July 4, 2006 when RVD was ECW champion and Big Show won the belt thanks to help from Paul Haymen back-stabbing RVD. Very interesting to seeing clips of RVD and Heyman on this show.
Ringside: Shelton Benjamin was with Adamle and Tazz to discuss his one-on-one victory over Kofi last week. They showed clips of Shelton's W, then Kofi came to the ring, prompting a "Jamaican me crazy" line from Adamle. Kofi stared down Shelton, then The Knox walked out to face Kofi.
Mike Knox vs. Kofi Kingston
Kofi jumped around the ring to start things off, but Knox quickly grounded him with power offense. Kofi fought back with a series of kicks, then he nailed a forearm smash that busted open Knox hard-way around the left eye. Knox missed with a corner splash and took a back soccer kick to the face, then Kofi nailed the Jamaican buzzsaw kick to the head for the win.
Post-match: Shelton tried to jump Kofi, but Kofi fought back. They had a brawl in the ring with Kofi on the advantage until Knox clotheslined Kofi from behind and nailed the Knox Out corkscrew facebuster to silence Kofi. Shelton collected himself and left the ring with a big smile while Kofi collected himself.
Winner: Kofi in 3:00. Fine action here. I like Kofi establishing an edgier personality, and smart move to "keep him hungry" by ending the segment with Shelton having the upper hand. Knox taking that blow to the eye added to the realism of the segment. Well done. (*)
Video package: They focused on C.M. Punk finally winning the ECW Title from John Morrison in November 2007.
Video package: They focused on Chavo Guerrero winning the ECW Title in January 2008 with help from Edge.
In-ring: On cue, Chavo Guerrero walked out with Bam Neeley, who has pretty much dropped the suit and tie look in favor of a club bouncer. C.M. Punk came out as the opponent, which prompted Adamle to quiz Tazz on why he hasn't cashed in the briefcase yet. Tazz said Punk is still waiting to pick his spot.
CM Punk vs. Chavo
Punk teased the G2S in the opening seconds, which sent Chavo to the floor to regroup. Punk much more charismatic tonight to start things off. Certainly helps that he can get a little shine in the opening minutes rather than instantly taking a beating in a match. Chavo then cut off Punk and slapped on a chinlock. They suddenly cut to break.
Back from break, Punk flipped Chavo over the top rope to the floor. Punk tried to measure Chavo for a dive to the floor, but Bam pulled down the back rope behind the ref's back that took Punk to the floor. Back in the ring, Chavo settled into a mat-based attack on Punk's back while the crowd tried to rally behind Punk. Punk broke free with a roundhouse kick, but Chavo countered a move off the ropes into a rolling half-Boston crab. Excellent move. Punk fought the hold, then reached the bottom rope for a break at 10:00. Chavo followed with two of the three amigos suplexes, but Punk turned the third into a G2S attempt. Only, Chavo blocked and rolled into a head scissors takeover for a nearfall. Moments later, Punk tried the high knee smash in the corner, but Chavo ducked and rolled up Punk with a hook of the tights for the pin and the win.
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