Mr. McMahon promised that the ECW Originals would be in trouble, but even after their suffering on ECW on Sci Fi, it seems as if the rebellious ECW mainstays won't be going to the proverbial Principal's office without a fight.
One night after Mr. McMahon had Umaga make an example of Balls Mahoney on Raw, the Chairman assembled the quintet of Mahoney, Rob Van Dam, Sabu, Sandman and Tommy Dreamer in the ring. He reiterated that they "suck" and told them that some of them would be in action, but if any Original touched an official or got involved in another's match, they would be fired.
The first match for the Originals saw Tommy Dreamer take on Kevin Thorn. Matt Striker began a busy night as the match's guest referee, and his officiating cost Dreamer the match. Dreamer looked to have Thorn beat after a modified powerbomb, but an apparent knee injury kept Striker from counting. However, when Thorn used him as a prop to take Dreamer down moments later, Striker was somehow able to make the three-count. Mr. McMahon was shown watching in his office, seemingly pleased with the result.
Later, Striker was the guest timekeeper as a still-injured Mahoney took on Marcus Cor Von; The Alpha Male won easily with a Cobra Clutch, and Mr. McMahon was once again seen in his office smiling broadly as Striker clapped at ringside.
Striker then went on to interrupt Extreme Expose, revealing that he was the special guest ring announcer for the main event. Before introducing participants Rob Van Dam and Elijah Burke, however, he introduced the guest commentator (Cor Von) and timekeeper (Thorn). Striker also reminded everyone that anyone other than the involved ringside officials that got involved in the match would be fired by order of Mr. McMahon.
Once again, Striker (along with the rest of the "new breed") cost an Original the match. After RVD hit the Five-Star Frog Splash, Thorn rang the bell loudly. Both RVD and the referee were caught off guard, and Burke used the distraction to give RVD a low blow. He then covered Van Dam for the three- count, and Striker happily announced him as the winner.
Striker, Thorn and Cor Von entered the ring after the final bell, ganging up for a 4-on-1 attack on RVD. At that point, the Originals finally had enough, as Dreamer, Sabu and Sandman stormed the ring with chairs and a Singapore cane in tow. They used their signature weapons to send the new breed scurrying, finally standing tall as the night came to an end. Have we seen the first shots of a vicious war between the ECW Originals and Mr. McMahon's new breed of extreme? (WATCH)
ECW World Champion Bobby Lashley was also in action, taking on Hardcore Holly in a non-title match. The champion was able to win the grueling match with a powerslam, but was unable to enjoy his victory. Following the match, Snitsky made a shocking appearance to attack the champion. The clean-shaven monster leveled Lashley with a clothesline and a Big Boot before feeding him to Holly for a vicious Alabama Slam. Snitsky and Holly gloated as they left the ring, while Lashley was left to pick up the pieces. Has a new alliance been formed, and will it finally be the combination that slows down Bobby Lashley? (WATCH)
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