Roundtable rift

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November 24, 2009

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — After the shocking events of Survivor Series and this Monday's Raw, the Land of the Extreme underwent some game changing moments of its own. In a night of unforgettable action, a new No. 1 Contender for the ECW Championship was crowned, a pay-per-view bout was announced and William Regal's once indestructible Ruthless Roundtable began to show cracks in the armor.

Yoshi Tatsu def. William Regal (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Viewing Yoshi Tatsu as his ticket back to the ECW Championship, William Regal was intently focused on winning tonight's match. The British Brawler was so driven, he implored his cronies, Ezekiel Jackson & Vladimir Kozlov, to do whatever they could to insure his victory. Yet, a miscue from Kozlov allowed Tatsu to kick Regal in the head and win the match.

After his devastating loss, Regal chewed out his two monsters, blaming them for this setback. The Moscow Mauler then falsely accused Jackson of costing their kingpin the bout. This did not sit well with Big Zeke who proceeded to destroy Kozlov and Regal, sending a message that he was not happy with The Ruthless Roundtable.

"The Abraham Washington Show" with Matt Hardy (PHOTOS | WATCH)
The self-proclaimed "most entertaining man in sports entertainment" Abraham Washington welcomed Matt Hardy to his show for some conversation on ECW on Syfy. While the not-so-charming host took every opportunity to offend his guest, Washington did reveal that Matt Hardy will be appearing on an episode of the popular show Scare Tactics next Tuesday on Syfy.  After airing a clip from the program, the smug Washington claimed he wasn't afraid of anything — then he was scared half to death by his jolly sidekick, Tony Atlas.

Vance Archer def. a local competitor (PHOTOS | WATCH)
The imposing Vance Archer continued his impressive win streak on ECW on Syfy with another dominating victory over a local competitor. Using his brute strength to toss his much smaller opponent around, the 6-foot-8 Archer seemed to enjoy punishing his adversary before he put him away. Like him or not, this big man from Dallas, TX is making a serious impact in the Land of the Extreme.

ECW Champion Christian's challenge (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Moments after Shelton Benjamin became the new No. 1 Contender, ECW Champion Christian made his way to the ring and got right down to business. Stating that he was tired of the ECW Championship being overlooked on recent pay-per-views, Christian challenged Benjamin to a bout that would surely steal the show at WWE TLC — a Ladder Match. Agreeing that they were two of the greatest competitors in this dangerous contest, Benjamin accepted Christian's challenge and vowed to take his title when they meet in three weeks.

Shelton Benjamin def. Zack Ryder (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Shelton Benjamin had a lot riding on this match with Zack Ryder. Not only was The Gold Standard looking for retribution after his loss to Ryder on last Thursday's "WWE Superstars," but ECW General Manager Tiffany had made it clear that Benjamin would become the No. 1 Contender for the ECW Championship if he won this bout. Rising to the occasion, Benjamin pulled out all the stops, using his preternatural athletic abilities to take down his rival. Despite the involvement of Ryder's lady friend, Rosa Mendes, Shelton was able to hit Pay Dirt on the Long Island loudmouth, winning both the match and the No. 1 Contender spot.

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