Masterpiece theater, Lashley-style

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March 21, 2007

An enraged Chris Masters vowed to break Bobby Lashley after the ECW World Champion shocked The Masterpiece on Raw and became the first man to ever break the Master Lock. But not even a motivated Masterpiece could stop the man who will represent Donald Trump against Mr. McMahon's Umaga in the Battle of the Billionaires Hair vs. Hair Match at WrestleMania 23.

Masters is one of the few WWE Superstars whose power rivals Lashley's. Their contest was a back-and-forth battle of wills and strength. But in the end, Lashley humbled the arrogant Masters by making him feel what it's like to be in the Master Lock. Lashley wrecked The Masterpiece by placing him in his own signature hold before ultimately finishing him off with the Dominator. (WATCH)

Lashley's victory only continued to fuel his momentum en route to WrestleMania and his showdown with Mr. McMahon on next week's Raw. He has been unstoppable in his march to WrestleMania, showing no fear of the Samoan Bulldozer and decimating everyone McMahon has thrown at him.

But The Chairman has "guaran-damn-teed" that he will defeat the ECW World Champion. The evil egomaniacal billionaire never goes into an encounter without a plan. Tune into Raw next Monday and see what he has in store for Lashley.

While McMahon has been trying to gain an advantage over Lashley in the weeks leading up to WrestleMania, the New Breed and the ECW Originals have been trading victories in their ongoing war. Last week, the Originals gained momentum when Tommy Dreamer emerged victorious against all odds in an ECW Originals-New Breed Battle Royal.

This week, Dreamer, Sandman, Rob Van Dam and Sabu weren't so fortunate, losing twice to the young upstarts. RVD & Sabu were inspired by the news that their mentor -- and Sabu's uncle -- The Original Sheik would be inducted into WWE's Hall of the Fame the night before WrestleMania. But the New Breed team of Kevin Thorn & Marcus Cor Von eked out a victory over "The Whole F'n Show" and Sabu after "The Alpha Male" delivered a thunderous spear to the Homicidal, Suicidal, Genocidal, Death-Defying Maniac. (WATCH)

Dreamer hoped to avenge the loss against Elijah Burke in a battle of the two factions' apparent leaders. But Burke defeated Dreamer with double knees to the upper back, a manuever he calls "The Elijah Express."

So, it seems the tide has shifted slightly in favor of the New Breed as their pivotal Eight-Man Tag Team Match with the ECW Originals at the sports-entertainment's grandest stage looms. They have looked for any edge and have sought it in the straightedge Superstar CM Punk.

Punk, the only ECW Superstar to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match at WrestleMania, is the New Breed's most coveted potential recruit. Smooth-talking Elijah Burke has tried to seduce Punk by telling him the New Breed can give him backing that he can enable him to win Money in the Bank and achieve his dream -- a world championship.

Tonight, the New Breed tried to further persuade Punk by giving him a little bit of help in his match with Hardcore Holly. With Burke at ringside, Punk watched as Thorn interfered and helped him get a victory over the super-tough veteran.

Backstage, Punk told Burke that he did not need the New Breed's help. But Burke told the young star that that was only a sample of what the New Breed could do for him.

"Punk, I know you didn't ask for our help. But that was just a little example of what the New Breed can do for you, especially at WrestleMania and Money in the Bank," he said.

Punk still has not given an answer to the New Breed. But it appears that he is open to accepting a victory by any means necessary. He has a lot to think about with the biggest match of his career less than two weeks away.

So many Superstars covet an opportunity to compete at WrestleMania, but few in the Land of the Extreme have coveted the chance to get in the ring with Snitsky. The deranged ECW monster continued his path of rage on ECW on Sci Fi, dismantling another unfortunate foe.

Want to relive the non-stop action of ECW on Sci Fi? Watch each match in its entirety on ECW.com's Hardcore Hangover.

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