ecw.jpgVince McMahon who’s ego is so big, he has to make sure he gets his face seen on every weekly show kindly informed us that Bobby Lashley’s steel cage match for the ECW Title against Hardcore Holly would have to be won by the champion in under 5 mins, or else he was stripping him of the title.

A nice stipulation then to keep the match short and the way they have booked Bobby Lashley over the last couple of weeks has been right on the money.

The feud with Umaga is progressing and although the match won’t be anything special at Mania, at least it will have the crowd involved with the great buildup and with the presence of Trump an McMahon.

Good show last night, ECW is really good at the moment.

MATCHES

Mr. Kennedy def. Sabu in a “Money in the Bank Qualifing” Match – 2 and a half stars

Did anyone really give Sabu a chance in this match?

Loved the announcing of the wrestlers when they were already in the ring again… it so works for these big matches.

I wonder what type of a match Sabu would have if he didn’t have extreme rules. Would he actually have more than 2 spots that could be legal?

Fun match, which didn’t have much flow but some nice spots. Kennedy wins with a stiff looking DDT onto a broken table… and he advances to the MITB match at Wrestlemania. 

Balls Mahoney def. Matt Striker by DQ – 1 star for Balls’ cool leg drop

Match lasted about two minutes (although Balls did manage to actually get a top rope leg drop on Striker in that time) before the bald acne ridden Snitsky came down to the ring and gave him a big boot.

Balls declared the winner by DQ, and then Snitsky comes back in and decides to give him the boot as well.

I just can’t wait for the Lashley/Snitsky feud…. *sarcasm*

Kevin Thorn & Marcus Cor Von def. Rob Van Dam & Tommy Dreamer – 2 and a half stars 

Another fun match…. this is ECW, I had to pinch myself! We’re not suppose to have two good matches on one show!

RVD is show over right now, I’d say the most he has been over since he was WWE Champion.

Imagine if they actually programmed a good feud between Cor Von and RVD… it could be something that was really high up on the WM card. Of course that ain’t gonna happen with RVD’s contract situation the way it is right now.

The New Breed win, when Elijah Burke interferes. RVD does the job for Thorn.

CM Punk def. Stevie Richards – 2 and a half stars

Hands up everyone who thought Stevie Richards was dead!

CM Punk dominates and looks as good in the ring as ever. Poor Stevie, we probably won’t see him for another 3 months now.

Bobby Lashley def. Hardcore Holly in a 5 Minute Time Limit Steel Cage Match for the ECW World Title – 2 and a half stars

Obviously Lashley goes straight after Holly and wastes no time in trying to win the match.
Umaga comes down with about 3 minutes left on the clock and throws a chair into the ring for Holly to use… and oh my god did he use it. An absolute sickening chair shot to the head of Lashley, which was really quite disturbing actually…. with 2 mins to go.

Lashley of course is Superman and kicks out.

Lashley gets the advantage and gets his revenge on Holly with multiple chair shots, gives him The Dominator and picks up with the win with 30 seconds left on the clock.

Post-match, in a very memorable spot, Lashley runs off the ropes and actually jumps onto the cage, with one side falling down and crushing Umaga.

Final Rating – B+

ECW has actually become watch able viewing on Tuesday nights and yet again I thought this was a really fun show. The Umaga and Lashley feud was progressed and they give him a clean win over Holly which pushes Lashley’s stock up slightly. Two good matches with Kennedy/Sabu and the tag match… and also a nice win for Punk.

If only TNA could do this much in their 1 hour show.

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