Royal domination

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January 19, 2010

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Domination is the one thing on No. 1 contender Ezekiel Jackson's mind, and with his mentor, William Regal, on his side, Big Zeke is ready to do whatever it takes to become the new ECW Champion at Royal Rumble.

ECW Champion Christian def. William Regal (Disqualification) (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Captain Charisma earned his second win against The British Brawler in just six days. But this week on ECW on Syfy, Christian defeated Regal by disqualification when the gargantuan No. 1 contender Ezekiel Jackson became involved in the match. The ECW Champion never had a chance to have a victory celebration, as Regal and Jackson double-teamed him with a devastating, brutal attack, leaving him helpless in the ring.

With less than two weeks to Royal Rumble, Big Zeke is gaining the momentum he needs to be victorious in the ECW Title match against Christian. But will the ever-resilient Captain Charisma bounce back and prove why he's held the ECW Title since July, as the longest-reigning champion in WWE? Or will the powerhouse Jackson continue his path of total domination with William Regal at his side?

Zack Ryder's major announcement (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Zack Ryder returned to ECW on Syfy this week, still bragging about ending Tommy Dreamer's career weeks ago, and boasted about his recent win over The Hurricane. The cocky Long Island loudmouth announced to the WWE Universe that he is "the new heart and soul superhero of ECW, Zack Ryder." But after ECW ring announcer Savannah accidentally botched the exact wording of Ryder's new self-given title, his girlfriend, Rosa Mendes, took care of the situation, telling off Savannah in Spanish. But during the Divas' scuffle, The Hurricane appeared, attacking Ryder out of nowhere.

Will The Hurricane and Ryder get a rematch in the ring? Or will another Superstar step up to try to quiet the Long Island loudmouth?

Trent Barreta & Caylen Croft vs. Goldust & Yoshi Tatsu (PHOTOS | WATCH)
The ongoing rivalry between ECW newcomers Trent Barreta & Caylen Croft and ECW's odd couple, Goldust & Yoshi Tatsu, intensified this week when these duos met in tag team action. In recent singles action, Barreta and Tatsu each earned victories, but this week, it was the video game-playing team who stole a victory when Croft pinned the battle-tested veteran, Goldust, giving them the upper hand for now.

These brash best buddies have promised they're going to change the world and have Slammy Award aspirations. But is this the end of their rivalry with Goldust & Tatsu? Who will challenge ECW's newest tag team next?

A special edition of ‘The Abraham Washington Show' (PHOTOS | WATCH)
"The Abraham Washington Show" sported an international flair Tuesday night, as Raw's Santino Marella filled in as special guest host of the critically-acclaimed talk show. After offering WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas an Italian lesson, ECW's Moscow Mauler, Vladimir Kozlov, joined the show. The former Ruthless Roundtable member wanted to clear up a few misconceptions the WWE Universe may have about him, and admitted he was hanging around with the wrong crowd before. He also professed his love for the United States, as well as all it has to offer, such as chili cheese fries and Hannah Montana.

What's next for Kozlov in the Land of the Extreme? Will he be able to convince the WWE Universe he's changed his wicked ways?

ECW in Royal Rumble
Five ECW Superstars will participate in the Royal Rumble match Jan. 31 -- Shelton Benjamin, Yoshi Tatsu, William Regal, Zack Ryder and The Hurricane. Will one of these Extreme Superstars be the last one standing and earn a main event match at WrestleMania XXVI? Tune in to Royal Rumble, live and only on pay-per-view, Jan. 31 at 8/9 CT.

ECW on ‘WWE Superstars"
WWE Universe, don't miss ECW's Shelton Benjamin take on Vance Archer this Thursday on "WWE Superstars" on WGN America. See these two ECW rivals in their first one-on-one match since their explosive scuffle during last week's ECW Homecoming Finale.

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