Kane def. ECW Champion Chavo Guerrero (New Champion)

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March 30, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. —  While Kane is revered for a combination of size, strength and agility that has allowed him to dominate WWE rings for the past decade, his in-ring strategy is often overlooked. But a brilliant plan is exactly what the Big Red Machine used to defeat Chavo Guerrero and walk out of WrestleMania XXIV as the new ECW Champion.

In his defense, Guerrero didn't have much time to prepare for his match against the Big Red Machine. Kane earned an opportunity at the championship earlier in the evening by defeating 23 other Superstars in a hard-fought Battle Royal. Upon finding out Kane would be his opponent, the self-proclaimed "Mexican Warrior" may have spent the brief time between matches trying to figure out how to combat Kane's raw power and brutal strength — or devising an underhanded way to hold onto his championship. What he didn't prepare for was a sneak attack.

After entering the ring, Guerrero was greeted by the fiery blaze of Kane's pyro. But instead of making his usual entrance through hellfire and brimstone, the Big Red Machine appeared from under the ring and took the ECW Champion completely by surprise. Before Guerrero even had a chance to react to the 7-foot monster, he was hit with a thunderous chokeslam and pinned. Guerrero never saw it coming. In a matter of seconds, Kane was declared the winner, adding a new championship to his collection. 

Of course, it can be argued that Guerrero was given a taste of his own medicine. The Guerrero family has always prided itself on brilliant in-ring strategy, and two months earlier, Guerrero had taken advantage of interference from Edge in order to defeat CM Punk for the ECW Championship. What can't be argued is that Guerrero will be dead set on getting a rematch against Kane and regaining the gold. Now that he's champion, Kane will not only have to deal with an angry Guerrero, but giants like The Great Khali and Mark Henry who are hungry for the title. Kane's reign won't be an easy one, but the Big Red Machine wouldn't settle for anything less.

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