ECW Episode One: "Return of Extreme"
Location: ECW Arena - Philadelphia, PA.
Heyman & Triple H segment:
The camera shows Hunter and Paul talking backstage. Heyman thanks Hunter for coming out and being apart of the re-launch of ECW. Triple H begins to smile and says "He's not here for ECW" He's here to talk about business and that's the WWE Brand that ECW is working under. That means that while Heyman has his "little" show back, The Authority are in charge full stop and if this falls through and ECW fails.. "again" then Hemayn will be soley to blame. Heyman will then become defensive and say Triple H should be more worried about what's going to happen when a "little show" is beating Raw in the ratings. Heyman then walks off and leaves Triple H pondering Heyman's words.
Foley & Styles welcome the crowd and announce the return of "ECW". They then announce the first match of the night and it's starting extreme.
Match One: Balls Mahoney vs Justin Credible - Extreme Rules Match.
The match see's Balls come out to a hero's ovation while Justin Credible is heavily boo'ed like the good ole' days. Both men are clearly wanting to put on a good opening bout and give it there all. Hitting each other with everything from trash cans to chairs, to cookie trays and even a road sign. The ending comes as Balls looks to power bomb Justin through a table that's been set up in the ring. Justin wriggles free and superkicks Balls onto the table before going top rope. Justin then leaps off the top rope and drives his elbow to the heart of Mahoney before scoring with the three as the crowd boo.
Heyman comes out to a huge ovation with chants of his name and chants of "E-C-Dub" being heard. He thanks the crowd for there support and loyalty now and throughout the years. Paul says without the crowd, none of this would or would have been possible. Heyman then announces that while this is certaintly not the "watered down" version of ECW from a couple of years ago, it's not going to be the one from many years back either. It's a new and improved ECW, "better then ever" with new idea's and a game plan to continue to grow.
Paul announces he's been searching the globe and scouting for talent that can light up the ECW ring and impress the crowd. Just like Jericho did! Just like Eddie Guerrero did! He also says that along with these new signings, He's brought back some familiar faces like we seen in the first match and like we will continue too see going forward with the show. Paul then says all good wrestlers need a title to chase and that's why he's as of now, bringing back the original ECW World Heavyweight Title.
He then announces that a new Champion will be crowned tonight as there will be four qualifying matches that will take place with each respective winner entering the Main Event. The Main Even will then be a Fatal Four Way World Title Match.
With the crowd cheering.. Heyman, attempts to leave the ring when this happens..
Cult of personality begins to play and the crowd go crazy with chants of CM Punk. Every single crowd member is in utter shock and it's clear that Paul Heyman is too as he looks on, mouth open and wyed eyed. Punk draw's closer and enters the ring with a smile on his face. Heyman ask's Punk what is he doing here, your not signed to ECW. "You're not meant to be here" says Heyman. Punk replys with.. "I know but, you need a star and I need a show" which draws the crowd to cheer loudly once again. Punk then address his hiatus from the WWE and wresling in general. Punk will talk about how he had enough, he was beat up and burn't out. Punk says that's changed though.. He's rested and healed up. ECW was where he got his break, it's where Heyman give him the chance. Now Punk wants to give back to ECW and beating Raw in the ratings is just the way to do it. Punk will say that him and Heyman together are unbeatable and if Paul truly want's ECW to be, the best it can be. Then to let him wrestle tonight and place him in a Title qualifying match.. tonight. Paul thinks twice but the crowd begin chanting "Yes!" over and over as Heyman gives in and announces Punk's in a qualifying match tonight before then shaking the hand of Punk.
Match Two: Rob Van Dam vs Rey Mysterio - Winner enters the Main Event Title match.
Both men get a great response from the crowd with RVD just edging the vocal support thank's to his ECW roots and history. The match is fast paced with both men rolling back the years and looking better then ever. Each men go through there arsenal of moves with the crowd enjoying the spectacle of the match. The match draws to a conclusion as Rey tries setting up for the "619" but RVD gets off from the ropes and catches the masked Mexican with a "Vandaminator" knocking him down before leaping from the ropes with the "Five star frog splash" before scoring the three count. Both men then shake hands after the match.
Punk is shown backstage, talking and sharing a joke with Tommy Dreamer as the crowd pop for the ECW legend. Dreamer then says it's good having Punk on board with ECW and back involved with wrestling. Punk thanks him before Tommy wishes him luck in his qualifying match tonight and Punk says the same to Dreamer as he walks out of the camera view. Heyman then enters the picture holding his phone out in his hand and looking annoyed.
Punk ask's what's wrong and Heyman says "What's wrong? What's wrong?! The Mcmahon's, that's what's wrong!" He then explains that's he had textes and phone calls from the Authority and the board of directors non-stop since Punk's appearance on the show. Punk then says.. "Sounds like they missed me" before smiling. Paul is not happy though and says.. "Punk, Please tell me you spoke with someone? Tell me, you cleared your return with someone?" Punk just smiles as Heyman shakes his head and looks worried. Heyman says that Punk's match is off tonight, He can't compete without sorting this out and clearing his return with the Authority first as he's still contracted to Raw. Punk then gets serious and tells Paul "I'm going out there.. I'm going to compete and I'm going to win the title. If that's a problem with the Authority, then they know where to find me" Punk then attempts to leave but Heyman pulls him back and says.. "Fine! But Punk, I'm not covering for you this time" Punk then leaves for his match as Heyman looks on worried and then appears to make a phone call on his cellphone.
Match Three: CM Punk vs Raven - Winner enters the Main Event Title match.
Punk and Raven put on a classic infront of a sold out ECW crowd. So much so, that a "This is awesome!" chant is sounded out numerous times during the bout. Both men are hard hitting but are using all there experience and ring knowledge to come out on top. The match finishes with Raven attempting to nail Punk with the "Raven Effect" DDT only for Punk to roll out and reverse a swinging neck breaker to the canvas. Punk then goes top rope and hits the Macho Man Elbow drop from the turnbuckle before hitting the go to sleep pose and taunt before lifting up a tired and unbalanced Raven and nailing the "G.T.S." in the middle of the ring and scoring with the.. One.. Two.. Three. Punk then celebrates as Raven exits the ring and watches on. The crowd are cheering for both as the show moves on.
Pre-Match Del Rio Promo:
Del Rio's theme hits the stage and the crowd are in utter shock. Del Rio then enters onto the stage via the curtain with a look of disgust across his face as he makes his way down to the ring. The crowd give Del Rio possibly the loudest jeers of the night as the Mexican does not even aknowledge them. He enters the ring and ask's for a microphone. He begins talking and degrading ECW and how he's too good, too classy to be on a show like this. He's Alberto Del Rio, he should be Main Event on Raw or Smackdown.. yet, he's here in this dump for "idiotas" who crave blood and violance. Del Rio will say he's been made to be here and it's a disgrace. He's a world class athelete, not a thug. Del Rio will say good bye to the fans and say that this was the first and last time, a world class wrestler enters an ECW ring. He will then try and leave when his opponent will come out..