The 187th edition of ECW on Syfy was the first ECW of 2010 and it came to you from Freedom Hall in Louisville, KY. Two former ECW Champions would go one-on-one as “The Straightedge Superstar” CM Punk would face “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry in an ECW Homecoming Qualifying Match.
- ECW Homecoming Qualifying Match: Shelton Benjamin def. Chavo Guerrero by pin following Pay Dirt to qualify.
- Ezekiel Jackson def. Vladimir Kozlov by pin following Total Domination.
- Final ECW Homecoming Qualifying Match: CM Punk (with Luke Gallows) def. Mark Henry following a martial arts kick to the head to qualify.
With the referee distracted, Luke Gallows delivered a kick to the head of Mark Henry, followed by a kick by CM Punk that won the match for Punk. The eight entrants for next week’s ECW Homecoming Finale Battle Royal are: Kane, Ezekiel Jackson, CM Punk, Matt Hardy, Vance Archer, Evan Bourne, Yoshi Tatsu, & Shelton Benjamin. The winner of the Battle Royal will face Christian for the ECW Championship at the Royal Rumble.
- CM Punk Vs. Mark Henry
- Shelton Benjamin Vs. Chavo Guerrero
- Ezekiel Jackson Vs. Vladimir Kozlov
The show kicks off with the ECW Champion Christian, who reminds everyone that the ECW Homecoming Qualifying Matches will conclude. The champion is quickly interrupted by CM Punk and his “Straightedge Follower” Luke Gallows! Punk states that “nothing” is more important than what he has to say and proclaims that he intends to “beat” Christian for the ECW Championship at the Royal Rumble! Punk then states that he is a “natural born leader” and he will become that for ECW after he wins the championship. Punk then vows to show the ECW roster the “straightedge way”. Christian responds by telling Punk that he will get “squashed” by Mark Henry and that he will not be facing Christian for the ECW Title at the Royal Rumble! Does the ECW Champion speak the truth or will CM Punk be able to overcome “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry and qualify for the ECW Homecoming Finale next week?
Two spots remained in the ECW Homecoming Finale as Shelton Benjamin went one-on-one with former ECW Champion Chavo Guerrero with a spot in the Finale Battle Royal on the line. After hitting Chavo with Pay Dirt, “The Gold Standard” Shelton Benjamin secured his spot in the ECW Homecoming Finale. Who will join Kane, Ezekiel Jackson, Matt Hardy, Evan Bourne, Yoshi Tatsu, Vance Archer, and, now, Shelton Benjamin in the Finale Battle Royal next week? Will it be CM Punk or will it be Mark Henry?
With William Regal in his corner, Ezekiel Jackson went one-on-one with his former Ruthless Roundtable cohort, Vladimir Kozlov. With Regal mentoring “Big Zeke” from ringside, Ezekiel Jackson picked up the win over Vladimir Kozlov.
Then it was time for the main event as the final entrant into the ECW Homecoming Finale would be determined as “The Straightedge Superstar” CM Punk went one-on-one with “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry. With a huge assist by Luke Gallows, CM Punk was able to use one of his signature kicks to finally put down Mark Henry and earn the last spot in the ECW Homecoming Final! Kane, CM Punk, Ezekiel Jackson, Matt Hardy, Vance Archer, Evan Bourne, Yoshi Tatsu, & Shelton Benjamin will all go to war next week in the ECW Homecoming Finale Battle Royal. Who will emerge from the star-studded Finale and earn a shot at the ECW Championship at the Royal Rumble?