Trying to assert his dominance in ECW, Kurt Angle squares off with ECW Original Justin Credible.01/27/2017 - 11:30
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Rob Van Dam made a surprise return from his 30-day suspension Tuesday night to ruin the No. 1 Contender's Match between Sabu and Kurt Angle. As ECW on Sci Fi went off the air, Angle and Sabu were left dazed from RVD's devastating attack and the ECW crowd was left wondering whom Big Show will face at SummerSlam.
The historic match was the first time that the Wrestling Machine and the Suicidal, Homicidal, Genocidal, Death-Defying Maniac had ever faced each other. Both men showed just how badly they want a chance at the ECW World Title in the intense match, as they traded the advantage many times. Sabu landed many high-flying moves off the ropes, but Angle showed off his Olympic mat work.
In the end, Angle got Sabu in his devastating Ankle Lock and it looked like it might be all over. But out of nowhere, Rob Van Dam sprang into the ring. Armed with a chair in hand, RVD hit a Van Daminator on Angle before going over and kicking a chair into the face of Sabu.
RVD was clearly on fire and had a lot pent up aggression to let out. The last time RVD was in the ring, he was screwed out of the ECW World Title by Paul Heyman. To make things worse, he was informed by Heyman that he was going on a 30-day suspension "for the good of ECW." Now that the 30 days are up, it is obvious that RVD is on a mission to get back what he has lost.
Earlier in the night, Big Show made it clear that he didn't care who he faced at SummerSlam, saying that he would "crush them like crackers for [his] soup." But is he as confident now that there are three very different, very accomplished Extremists that have him in their sights?
With no winner for the No. 1 Contender Match and the return of the former champion, many wonder who Big Show will face at SummerSlam. Many also wonder why Heyman is screwing the guys who originally built ECW - first suspending Van Dam and then denying Sabu's repeated requests for a match against Big Show. What will Heyman do now in light of this latest indiscretion?
Speaking of ECW originals screwed by Heyman, Tommy Dreamer limped to the ring to face Mike Knox. Dreamer was obviously still pretty banged up from last week's brutal beating at the hands of Test and Heyman's personal security guards. Despite his injuries, Dreamer dominated Knox and looked like he was about to get the win when Heyman and his private security force came out to the ring.
Heyman distracted the referee while his private security force pulled Dreamer out of the ring and beat him down. Knox was then able to hit the roughed up Dreamer with his signature Spinning Reverse STO and get the win.
But that was not enough for Heyman, who entered the ring with his guards and began stalking the battered Dreamer into the corner.
"How does it feel now, Tommy?" Heyman shouted as he and his henchmen inched closer. "Do you feel my pain?"
Just when it looked like Dreamer was done for, Sandman's music hit the air. The ECW fans erupted as The Extreme Icon made his way through the crowd to protect his old friend, but Heyman wasn't through yet.
"That man is a disciple of mine," ECW's self-proclaimed Messiah told Sandman, who was guarding Dreamer with his Singapore Cane. "I love him. I love that man like he was my own son."
Heyman ordered that Dreamer be taken away for medical attention, also informing Sandman that he would be facing Knox and Test alone in a Handicap Match. But there was one other catch: the match would not be held under Extreme Rules, so Sandman would be without his signature Singapore Cane.
Sandman, who was still furious, didn't look like he cared that it wasn't an Extreme Rules Match as he immediately started swinging his cane at Knox. It was knocked out of his hands before he could get a hit in though, and Knox and Test proceeded to take turns whooping him. When Sandman was finally able to fight his way back to his trusty friend, he jumped up and bashed both men in the head twice. Sandman was disqualified, but it did not look like he minded as let out a victorious scream in the middle of the ring.
Going from ECW old school to new school, Kevin Thorn made another impressive appearance in the ring this week, defeating Al Snow. Several times during the match, Thorn went to Ariel to share a dark moment with her, who seemed to be feeding off his performance. It has been rumored that the fanged duo frequent bite clubs all over the world, and after Thorn's win, the two shared a moment before leaving the ring.
Straight-Edge Extremist C.M. Punk also made an appearance this week to thank the ECW fans for the support they showed at his debut last week.
"Last week I was welcomed into the ECW family far more than I ever was into my own family," said Punk. He went on to say that he didn't want to dwell on the past, but would rather look to the future and promised to make the most of his return to the ring next week.
Former World and WWE Tag Team Champion Rene Dupree made his first ECW appearance as well, announcing that he would be making his way onto the extreme scene.
"Hello, I'm Rene Dupree…soon to be the most extreme athlete in the history of ECW."
Balls Mahoney, who is no stranger to the ECW brand, also made an appearance to say why he liked ECW.
"Everything here is a little more extreme - balls to the wall you might say," crowed a gleeful Balls.
ECW is always full of extreme violence, extreme matches and extreme action, but this week it was also full of extreme mayhem. With Heyman continuing to beat down the guys who made ECW, and with the shocking return of ECW original RVD, there is no telling what the repercussions will be or what will be in store for SummerSlam.