~Backstory~December 3, 2006 – Mere hours after the conclusion of the disastrous ECW brand pay-per-view, December To Dismember, Vince McMahon is faced with the task of admitting failure on his resurrection of ECW. With Paul Heyman tendering his resignation due to the creative direction of the show, Spike TV officials unhappy regarding dwindling TV ratings, former ECW wrestlers complaining at the tarnishing of the legacy they helped build and the prospect of a humiliating pay-per-view buyrate set to be revealed, Vince is forced to call time on the ECW brand.
December 5, 2006 – It is announced that ECW will not survive into the new year. The December 26th episode, scheduled to be a “Best of ECW 2006” show, will be the last episode of ECW on Sci-Fi. The other five participants in the extreme elimination chamber, Rob Van Dam, CM Punk, Hardcore Holly, Test and former champion Big Show would face off to determine who would face new champion Bobby Lashley on the December 19th episode. Many members of the current ECW roster naturally fear for their jobs within the company, with it seeming only the main eventers of the brand guaranteed jobs in the near future.
December 17, 2006 – The Armageddon pay-per-view arrives, with the card needing the help of Raw superstars to drive the storylines heading into the show. Many feuds were wrapped up, including the Hardy Boyz/MNM feud, the Booker T/John Cena feud that started at Cyber Sunday and the Mr Kennedy/Undertaker and MVP/Kane feuds would also come to a close. A portion of the card would be devoted to the ECW Championship, with Bobby Lashley declaring in an interview that as an impending free agent, he and the rest of the ECW roster would soon be making a decision with regards to what brand they would be joining.
Kane def. Montel Vontavious Porter in an inferno match
The Holligans def. The Bluebloods, MNM and the Hardy Boyz in a ladder match to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship
The Boogeyman def. The Miz
Chris Benoit def. Chavo Guerrero to retain the United States Championship
Gregory Helms def. Jimmy Wang Yang to retain the Cruiserweight Championship
The Undertaker def. Mr Kennedy in a Last Ride Match
Batista and John Cena def. King Booker and Finlay
December 18, 2006 – On Raw the following night, a 30 man battle royal would see Edge emerge victorious, earning him a WWE Championship match with John Cena later in the evening. However, the title match would be riddled with interference, leading to a six man tag featuring Cena and DX against Edge, Randy Orton and Rated-RKO’s newest recruit Kenny Dykstra. Elsewhere, Umaga would continue his wave of destruction in a squash match victory, Carlito and Chris Masters would continue their feud during a ringside brawl, while Johnny Nitro and Melina would hype up the January 1st appearance of Kevin Federline.
December 19, 2006 - The penultimate episode of ECW on Sci-Fi airs, with former champion Big Show challenging Bobby Lashley for the ECW Championship in what was Show’s last match for the foreseeable future. Lashley would pick up the win, retaining the title, however the future of the championship remains in the balance. Elsewhere, ECW Originals Tommy Dreamer, Sabu and Sandman would all make appearances, while Rob Van Dam and CM Punk would steal the show with a great match, with both men shaking hands afterwards. Also on this date it is announced that the scheduled New Year’s Revolution pay-per-view has been cancelled, with little reason given for doing so.
December 22, 2006 – Over on Smackdown, Batista would defeat Sylvan Grenier, who dressed as Santa Claus for the night, while King Booker and Finlay looked to bounce back in a tag team effort against The Brother’s of Destruction. Chris Benoit would again defend the United States Championship against Chavo Guerrero, while Joey Mercury would appear with a mangled face suffered at the hands of Matt Hardy during the ladder match at Armageddon. Due to the injury suffered by Mercury, plus the “second degree burns” MVP was subjected to at Armageddon, JBL launches a campaign from the announce desk to have Teddy Long removed from his position as Smackdown general manager. In the main event, Kane and The Undertaker made quick work of Booker and Finlay.
December 25, 26 and 29, 2006 – With Raw presenting Christmas in Baghdad, ECW reminiscing over its 6-month run and Smackdown having a “Best of 2006” show, the WWE ended 2006 in a sombre mood, with the demise of ECW only adding to the company-wide dejected feeling. Surely things could only get better in 2007?