December to Dismember (2006)

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December to Dismember (2006)
Tagline(s)You Better Watch Out...
"Bodies" by Drowning Pool[1]
PromotionWorld Wrestling Entertainment
Brand (s)ECW
DateDecember 3, 2006
VenueJames Brown Arena
CityAugusta, Georgia
Pay-per-view chronology
Survivor Series (2006) December to Dismember (2006) Armageddon (2006)
December to Dismember chronology
December to Dismember (1995) December to Dismember (2006) Final

December to Dismember (2006) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view show made by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It was held on December 3, 2006 at James Brown Arena in Augusta, Georgia. It was the first December to Dismember event held by the WWE and the second overall. The name came from the December to Dismember event which was held by the original Extreme Championship Wrestling in 1995. Even though it was an ECW brand pay-per-view, wrestlers from both the Raw and SmackDown! brands also worked on the pay-per-view.

The main event was an Extreme Elimination Chamber match for the ECW World Championship. The six wrestlers in the match were Bobby Lashley, Rob Van Dam, Hardcore Holly, CM Punk and Test and defending champion Big Show. Lashley won the match and the championship after he hit Big Show with a spear and pinned him.[2]

The pay-per-view had an attendance of 4,800 and 90,000 people payed to see the event, with 55,000 of the buys being domestic. This was the lowest buyrate in WWE history.[3]

Reception and aftermath[change | change source]

December to Dismember received very negative reviews. Matt MacKinder of SLAM! Wrestling rated the event 4 out of 10 stars and said "the two matches that were promoted saved this thing from being a debacle".[4] December to Dismember was voted as the "worst major wrestling show of the year" in the 2006 Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards.[5]

Not even 24 hours after the pay-per-view, WWE announced that Vince McMahon had sent Paul Heyman home, and cited "slumping television ratings and a disgruntled talent roster as causes for Mr. Heyman's dismissal".[6] McMahon was trying to put the blame on Heyman for the poorly received pay-per-view, and after he had a meeting with both Vince and Stephanie McMahon, Heyman legitimately left the company but still remained under contract.[7] Heyman did not want to see Lashley booked to win the ECW Championship but McMahon said that the fans would be happy to see a new champion and a 10-minute celebration.[8] During an early 2008 interview with The Sun, Heyman said how he would have booked the Elimination Chamber main event. He said that he would have had Punk enter first and quickly eliminate Big Show by submission. He said that McMahon did not like the idea, but Big Show did and that he was eager for the opportunity to help "make" a rising star like Punk. Heyman also said that he continued to go to McMahon on the night of the pay-per-view to tell him that "The people are going to throw this back in our face".[9]

Tommy Dreamer and Stevie Richards both did not like how the event turned out and they both asked for their contract releases after the pay-per-view. Both McMahon and Vice President of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis refused to release them.[10]

Results[change | change source]

# Results[11] Stipulations Times[12]
Dark Stevie Richards defeated René Duprée Singles match n/a
1 The Hardys (Matt and Jeff) defeated MNM (Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro) (with Melina)[13] Tag team match 22:33
2 Balls Mahoney defeated Matt Striker Striker's Rules match 07:12
3 Elijah Burke and Sylvester Terkay defeated The Full Blooded Italians (Little Guido Maritato and Tony Mamaluke) (with Trinity)[14] Tag team match 06:41
4 Daivari (with The Great Khali) defeated Tommy Dreamer[15] Singles match 07:22
5 Kevin Thorn and Ariel defeated Mike Knox and Kelly Kelly[16] Intergender tag team match 07:43
6 Bobby Lashley defeated The Big Show (c), Rob Van Dam, Hardcore Holly, CM Punk and Test[2] Extreme Elimination Chamber match for the ECW World Championship 24:42
(c) - refers to the champion heading into the match

Elimination Chamber entrances and eliminations[change | change source]

Eliminated Wrestler Entered Weapon Method of elimination Time
First CM Punk Third Steel chair Pinned after a Five-Star Frog Splash from the top turnbuckle by Van Dam 12:35
Second Hardcore Holly First n/a Pinned by Test after a big boot 12:45
Third Rob Van Dam Second n/a Pinned by Test after a diving elbow drop onto a steel chair from the top of The Big Show's pod 14:00
Fourth Test Fourth Crowbar Pinned by Lashley after a spear 19:42
Fifth The Big Show Sixth Barbed wire
baseball bat
Pinned by Lashley after a spear 24:42
Winner Bobby Lashley Fifth Table

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Medalis, Kara (2006-11-27). "Bodies". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Lashley won the Extreme Elimination Chamber Match (new ECW World Champion)". WWE. Retrieved 2015-01-14.
  3. "The Worst Wrestling Shows Ever: December to Dismember". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2015-02-18.
  4. "Lashley has a December to remember". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Archived from the original on 2015-04-19. Retrieved 2015-02-18.
  5. Meltzer, Dave (2007-01-22). "2006 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Campbell, California: 1–12. ISSN 1083-9593.
  6. "Heyman out". WWE. Retrieved 2015-02-18.
  7. "Heyman ousted: Storyline or fact?". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2015-02-18.[permanent dead link]
  8. Williams, Scott E. (2007-04-01). Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of ECW. Sports Publishing. pp. 257–258. ISBN 978-1-59670-225-7.
  9. "Paul Heyman: Why I left WWE". The Sun. Retrieved 2015-02-18.
  10. "The true story of the ECW relaunch". WWE. Archived from the original on 2012-12-22. Retrieved 2015-02-18.
  11. "WWE December to Dismember '06 results". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved 2015-02-18.
  12. "The History of Extreme Championship Wrestling". Retrieved 2009-02-15.
  13. "The Hardys def. MNM". WWE. Retrieved 2015-02-18.
  14. "Elijah Burke & Sylvester Terkay def. F.B.I." WWE. Retrieved 2015-02-18.
  15. "Daivari def. Tommy Dreamer". WWE. Retrieved 2015-02-18.
  16. "Kevin Thorn & Ariel def. Mike Knox & Kelly Kelly". WWE. Retrieved 2015-02-18.

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