Five nights before WWE TLC, the 183rd edition of ECW on Syfy came to you from the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. Five nights before they face each other in a Ladder Match for the ECW Championship, champion Christian and #1 Contender Shelton Benjamin would make their last appearance on ECW before the big title match.
- Vance Archer def. Tommy Dreamer by pin following Archer’s Arrow.
- Caylen Croft & Trent Barreta def. Mark Franks & Danny Vaughn (jobbers) by Caylen Croft pinning Danny Vaughn following the Finishing Touch.
- 6-Man Tag: Christian, Yoshi Tatsu, & Shelton Benjamin def. William Regal, Ezekiel Jackson, & Vladimir Kozlov by Count-Out.
During the match, Ezekiel Jackson went to tag Vladimir Kozlov into the match, but, like Jackson did last week, Kozlov refused the tag and walked out of the match. Jackson pursued Kozlov and caught him with a shot from behind on the ramp. William Regal went out to try and calm the fight. While this was all going on, the referee counted Ezekiel Jackson out of the match.
- 6-Man Tag
- Caylen Croft & Trent Barreta Vs. Mark Franks & Danny Vaughn
- Vance Archer Vs. Tommy Dreamer
With a giant ladder set up in the middle of the ring and the ECW Title belt hanging high above the ring, ECW was set to kick off with an explanation of the Ladder Match between ECW Champion Christian & #1 Contender Shelton Benjamin for WWE TLC this Sunday, but Vladimir Kozlov interrupted with an agenda of his own! Kozlov stated that Ezekiel Jackson was a “coward” for walking out of their tag team match last week before calling “Big Zeke” to the ring! Jackson came out and the two big men were ready to clash, but William Regal intervened and pleaded with his cohorts to get back on the same page. The #1 Contender, Shelton Benjamin, comes out and declares that Regal should “let them fight”! Regal responds by advising Benjamin to choose his words carefully as Regal and company have a three-to-one advantage over “The Gold Standard”. Upon hearing this, ECW Champion Christian & Yoshi Tatsu came out to stand alongside Benjamin! The ECW Champion tells Benjamin that he does not want any “excuses” from Benjamin come WWE TLC. Christian then vows that they will “steal the show”, but that he will walk out as the ECW Champion! Benjamin then turns his attention back to Regal, Ezekiel, & Kozlov and tells the trio to “man up” and face himself, Yoshi Tatsu, & Christian! Regal tells Benjamin that Benjamin does not have the “authority” to make that happen. This leads to ECW General Manager Tiffany coming out and stating that she does have the “authority” to make the 6-Man Tag match happen, but that she is giving Regal and his “Ruthless Roundtable” the option of pulling it together and facing Christian, Tatsu, & Benjamin in the main event or having Ezekiel Jackson go one-on-one with Vladimir Kozlov! William Regal voted to have the 6-Man Tag, while Ezekiel Jackson voted to face Kozlov in a one-on-one match! Kozlov was left with the deciding vote and, at the plea of William Regal, opted to have the 6-Man Tag match! Can the “Ruthless Roundtable” hold it together to face Christian, Yoshi Tatsu, & Shelton Benjamin or will their partnership continue to crumble?
Vance Archer has been dominating ECW since his debut, but he would face his first true challenge as an ECW Superstar as he went one-on-one with the “ECW Original” Tommy Dreamer. Though Archer had some trouble with the veteran in the contest, he was able to defeat Dreamer and pick up his biggest victory to date!
Backstage, the masked wrestler who attacked The Hurricane on WWE Superstars last Thursday informed General Manager Tiffany that his name is “The Ripper” and the Diva with him is “The Beautiful Nightmare”. Seeing that “The Ripper” was obviously Paul Burchill in a mask and “The Beautiful Nightmare” was Paul’s sister, Katie Lea Burchill, Tiffany decided to give “The Ripper” the chance to earn an ECW contract next week; but he has to defeat The Hurricane to do it! Masked or not, can Paul Burchill earn his way back to ECW with a win over The Hurricane next week?
The new tag team of Caylen Croft & Trent Barreta picked up another impressive win on ECW; this time over Mark Franks & Danny Vaughn.
Then it was time for the main event as ECW Champion Christian teamed with his #1 Contender Shelton Benjamin and Yoshi Tatsu to face William Regal, Ezekiel Jackson, & Vladimir Kozlov in a 6-Man Tag match. In the middle of the match, Ezekiel Jackson went to tag in Vladimir Kozlov, but, like Jackson did last week, Kozlov refused the tag and walked out on the match! Not pleased with the actions of Kozlov, “Big Zeke” pursued Kozlov and attacked Kozlov on the ramp! William Regal quickly stepped in to try and prevent any more dissention in the group. However, while this was all taking place, the referee had reached his ten count; meaning that Regal, Jackson, & Kozlov lost via count-out!
After the match, Shelton Benjamin launched himself onto William Regal & Ezekiel Jackson on the outside of the ring! On the other side of the ring, ECW Champion Christian grabbed a ladder and set it up in the ring and climbed the ladder to grab his championship; much like he will have to do this Sunday! However, Shelton Benjamin recovered and spring boarded from the ropes to the ladder! Both champion and challenger ascended the ladder and both Superstars grabbed hold of the ECW Title belt as they argued over who would be champion come WWE TLC! Who will ascend the rungs of the ladder to greatness this Sunday and claim the ECW Championship?