New Breed gets the straight edge

New Breed gets the straight edge

For weeks, the Land of the Extreme wondered whether CM Punk would join the New Breed. At first, the straightedge Superstar told the New Breed he didn't need their help. Then, he kept them -- and all of ECW -- guessing as he repeatedly said he would "think about it." The New Breed, led by Elijah Burke, told Punk that he belonged with them because he, like them, was the future of ECW and they could help him achieve his dreams. The ECW Originals, the New Breed's arch enemies led by Rob Van Dam, told Punk not to sell out and that he didn't need the diabolical faction to succeed.

Tonight, CM Punk shocked ECW -- and his loyal legion of fans -- by shaking Burke's hand and joining the New Breed. Rob Van Dam, Sandman, and Tommy Dreamer could only watch the New Breed celebrate their newest acquisition after RVD lost a hard-fought battle to New Breeder Marcus Cor Von. (WATCH)

It was a rough night for the Originals. Earlier that night, Dreamer lost to the New Breed's Kevin Thorn. To make matters worse, it appears that Sabu, one of the foundations of the Originals, is severely injured. Sabu, who was wearing a neck brace after being put through a table by Burke in an Extreme Rules Eight-Man Tag Team Match last week, was attacked again by the New Breed leader during RVD's match. As the New Breed hoisted CM Punk on their shoulders at the conclusion of ECW on Sci Fi, the Homicidal, Suicidal, Genocidal ECW legend lay motionless in pain at ringside as Van Dam attended to him. It seems like the advantage in the ongoing war between the Originals and the New Breed has shifted decisively in the young upstarts' favor.

Mr. McMahon seemed to enjoy the surprising momentum shift in his war with ECW World Champion Bobby Lashley. The maniacal, bald Chairman made a surprise appearance on ECW on Sci Fi one night after helping his son Shane and Intercontinental Champion Umaga beat Lashley bloody on Raw.

Lashley was home recovering from a concussion. But, he will be ready when he has to defend his championship in a 3-on-1 Handicap Match against Mr. McMahon, Shane McMahon and the Samoan Bulldozer at Backlash on April 29. Mr. McManiac said that WrestleMania 23 may have been "the worst day in the history of a McMahon," but vowed to complete his vengeance on Lashley at Backlash.

"Lashley, if WrestleMania was the biggest night of your life, Backlash will be the worst night of your life.... I can hear it now. The ring announcer saying, 'Here he is, your winner and new ECW World Champion -- Vincent Kennedy McMahon!'" (WATCH)

Superstars have been wary of Mr. McMahon's wrath since he was shaved bald at WrestleMania, and few have escaped Snitsky's path of rage since he arrived in ECW. He broke Hardcore Holly's arm last week, and this week, he stalked Extreme Exposé's Layla. The deranged ECW monster followed the trio just as they finished their dance number. Kelly Kelly, Brooke and ECW fans watched in horror as Snitsky cornered Layla and appeared to have some bad intentions on his mind.

But before anything could happen, Balls Mahoney came to Layla's aid like a gap-toothed, tattooed knight in shining armor and struck Snitsky with a chair. Unfazed by the chair, Snitsky proceeded to beat Mahoney. He left Mahoney lying after a thunderous boot to the face, making him pay for his chivalry.

Can't get enough of ECW on Sci Fi? Or did you miss any of the action? Be sure to catch Hardcore Hangover throughout the week as brings you each of the matches from Tuesday night.

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