Changes and chases

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April 14, 2009

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Less than two weeks before Backlash, change was in the air in the Land of the Extreme. Its roster was altered by the departure of The Miz and the arrival of the gigantic Vladimir Kozlov, sitting on the brink of more additions and subtractions with the ensuing Supplemental Draft just more than 12 hours away. But the self-proclaimed face of ECW, champion Jack Swagger, looked to stop change before it infects Backlash and his status atop the Extreme brand.

John Morrison def. Evan Bourne (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Only 24 hours after losing his tag team partner and fellow "Dirt Sheet" host in The Miz, John Morrison scored an impressive win against the high-flying Evan Bourne. Despite losing the Superstar who helped him win a World Tag Team Championship, the Tuesday Night Delight proved once again he is as sharp in solo competition as he was when he earned the ECW Title.

Vladimir Kozlov def. Local Athlete (PHOTOS)
ECW's newest addition only has about a minute of experience performing for the brand, but that's all Vladimir Kozlov needed to polish off a win in his Tuesday night debut. Afterward, he announced that he has dominated everywhere he has ever competed and ECW will be no different.

Tommy Dreamer eliminated from the Elimination Chase to Backlash in a Triple Threat Match (WATCH | PHOTOS)
For the second week in a row, Finlay was the hero when he pinned Tommy Dreamer to further narrow down the hunt for ECW Champion Jack Swagger's title. The Irishman brings his love to fight to the debut edition of WWE Superstars, where he will face Christian in a battle to become No. 1 contender to the coveted prize. Much to Swagger's disappointment for not being granted a question and answer timeslot on the show, ECW interim General Manager Tiffany scheduled the contest for Thursday night in her second major decision since acquiring Theodore Long's responsibilities.

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