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Extreme Rules: Tommy Dreamer v. Colin Delaney
Dreamer confidently strode out carrying a bunch of weapons. Then, Colin stumbled down to ringside before trying to run to the back. Dreamer caught up to him despite the fact that the smaller man had a large head start. That doesn’t make any sense but nothing about this feud does. Dreamer fired Colin into the cart with weapons and then went to work with a kendo stick. Dreamer then used the stick to lift Colin for a T-bone suplex that looked ugly. Dreamer sent Colin into the corner and came sliding in with a garbage can. Tommy missed a second attempt, this time with the garbage lid. Colin tried a cover but Tommy got out. He won shortly thereafter with a DDT on a stop sign.
Dreamer d. Delaney, Pin, 3:11, squash.
Lena Yada congratulated Miz & Morrison on the debut of the Dirt Sheet last week. They then went to a video package of it. They should have aired one of the superior internet versions of the segment. The two then cut a brief promo on Hardy and Henry to hype tonight’s main event.
Evan Bourne v. Bam Neely
Matt Striker mentioned that Neely suffered a concussion last week on Smackdown. He actually mentioned Bourne’s experience in Dragon’s Gate. Grisham then talked about how Bourne had his mark while other young talents just go away (it wasn’t enough to just release Braden Walker?). Neely hit some generic strikes to start until Bourne made a comeback with kicks and a standing back flip. He followed with a DDT and a shooting star press. Bourne looked pretty good again but the match never got enough time to really get going.
Bourne d. Neely, Pin, 3:07, *¼.
Backstage, Armando Estrada shoved his new contract into the face of Teddy Long and demanded that he sign it. Long did but then made a match between Estrada and Finlay.
Finlay v. Armando Estrada
Finlay had the advantage early with chops and elbows. Finlay landed a clothesline and a headbutt, then Mike Knox made his way out to the top of the ramp. Finlay kept the advantage with a powerslam and rest hold until Knox, from a distance distracted. That makes the babyface look so dumb when that happens. Estrada actually kept the advantage with a clothesline and snap mare as Knox moved to ringside. Eventually, Finlay rallied back and hit the Celtic cross (called the emerald fusion by Striker) to win. Finlay and Hornswoggle danced as Knox headed to the back. This was a total filler segment.
Finlay d. Estrada, Pin, 5:30, *.
Backstage, Ricky Ortiz is trying to sell Teddy Long on the idea of marketing towels (ala Ron Garvin which Striker surprisingly did not point out). Long said he needs to win more and would face a debuting superstar next week.
Before the main event began, Matt Hardy and Mark Henry teased dissention. Well, you’d hope so.
Mark Henry & Matt Hardy v. John Morrison & The Miz
Henry worked some power stuff with the heels early on. Hardy then jumped in and helped clear the ring as the match went to an early break. Coming back, Henry still had the advantage on Morrison. Hardy tagged in and missed an elbow leading to a tag to Miz. Hardy quickly hit a clothesline and a bulldog for the two count. The heels finally got the heat after Hardy was run into the steel steps outside. Back inside, Miz hit his clothesline in the corner. Morrison tagged in and worked over Matt in the corner while Henry cheered. Didn’t I just see the match yesterday? Hardy turned it around with an elbow as Morrison charged in the corner. That led to Hardy hitting a side effect off of the middle rope for the win. Yes, he actually won with that move. Henry then single-handedly cleared the former tag champions out of the ring. After the bell, Henry offered to raise Hardy’s hand but instead gave him the world’s strongest slam on the championship. The story of the match from a crowd perspective was that the only really reacted strongly to Matt Hardy. They seemed fairly indifferent when the heels were wrestling each other as you’d imagine.
Hardy & Henry d. Miz & Morrison, Pin, 9:21, **.
Final Analysis: I am still at a total loss as to what the purpose of the Tommy Dreamer–Colin Delaney feud is. It would be roughly akin to a Koko B. Ware-Brooklyn Brawler feud in 1990 (where all of the matches were squashes). I also remain puzzled by the complete lack of push given to Morrison and Miz who have done an excellent job with what they have been given on the past few months. Yet they were half-squashed tonight by a team that wasn’t even working together. Last night, WWE made it clear that the top two faces in the promotion could not beat an inferior team because they didn’t work together. But Morrison and Miz go down decisively to a weaker duo of parejas increibles? Furthermore, they made sure to beat them up again after the match one week after the show ended the same way. And when they gave them a chance on the microphone last week, they gave them very poor material to work with. It says an awful lot about the state of the writing team when throw away web-only segments have vastly superior material to television product.