Extreme changes

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June 30, 2009

FRESNO, Calif. -- Thanks to Donald Trump's blockbuster 15-Superstar trade and ECW's New Superstar Initiative, the Land of the Extreme is a changed place. The New Era of ECW is full of new faces and plenty of hungry ECW Superstars ready to make an Extreme impact on Tuesday nights.

Vladimir Kozlov & William Regal def. ECW Champion Tommy Dreamer & Christian (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Sunday night's Bash competitors became tag team partners on ECW this week, when ECW Champion Tommy Dreamer joined Christian to face Vladimir Kozlov and William Regal, the later who arrived via Trump's trade. Dreamer & Christian seemed to put their differences aside for the match, but their bond wasn't strong enough to withstand the impact of The Moscow Mauler and his English partner. The ECW Original lost the tag team match after the unstoppable Kozlov pinned him for the win. How will Regal's presence affect ECW? Who will dare to get in the ring the brutal Kozlov? What's next for Captain Charisma? And when will Dreamer defend the ECW Championship next?

Yoshi Tatsu def. Shelton Benjamin (PHOTOS)
ECW's General Manager, Tiffany, said ECW is the place to see the best, most talented, young Superstars in WWE today, and Yoshi Tatsu is proof. Shelton Benjamin made his return to ECW as part of Trump's trade, but was bested by one of Tuesday night's newest Superstars, Tatsu, who arrived via the New Superstar Initiative. The Japanese Superstar made an impressive debut in the Land of the Extreme, when he defeated The Gold Standard quickly with one swift kick and a pin after plenty of taunting and teasing from Benjamin. After making such a shocking debut, which Superstar will have the nerve to face brave newcomer Tatsu?

Sheamus def. local competitor (PHOTOS)
Irish eyes were smiling widely upon Sheamus during his ECW debut. Sheamus -- who also arrived in ECW as part of the New Superstar Initiative -- earned his first Extreme victory over a local competitor Tuesday night. Sheamus comes from Ireland and a long line of tough, Irish Superstars -- such as Finlay, who moved to SmackDown in Trump's trade. It's clear this new ECW Superstar is poised to make an impact in the Land of the Extreme. How will his arrival affect ECW on Sci Fi?

"The Abraham Washington Show" debuts with The Bella Twins (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Abraham Washington also made his ECW debut Tuesday night with his self-titled talk show. The special guests for his inaugural show were none other than the newest Extreme Divas -- Nikki & Brie Bella. The sisters told Washington and the WWE Universe that being identical twins has its advantages and its disadvantages, in and out of the ring. The Bellas' discussion turned into a bit of sibling rivalry-tinged argument, of which Washington found himself caught in the middle. How will Washington and The Bellas' arrival on ECW impact Tuesday nights?

Zack Ryder meets Tyler Reks
Enthusiastic newcomer Tyler Reks met his future competition Tuesday night. The Southern California-raised, surf-loving Superstar approached Zack Ryder in the ECW locker room just two days before their match on "WWE Superstars." Ryder quickly told the "rookie" to get a few things straight -- the best beaches are on his native Long Island, N.Y., and he better eat his "avocado rolls" to toughen up before their match Thursday night. Will Reks be as successful as the others in ECW's New Superstar Initiative when he faces Ryder on "WWE Superstars"? Tune in Thursday night at 8/7 CT on WGN America.

Next week: ECW on Thursday
WWE Universe: Don't forget, ECW on Sy Fy airs next week on a special night and time -- Thursday at 7/6 CT.

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