Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Kick-Out's ECW Thoughts - April 14, 2009

Another week and another show that proves ECW is the best little wrestling show on television. Much like last week, not a whole lot going on, but we did get two rock solid matches and a reintroduction to the Moscow Mauler.

Returning to singles action, John Morrison opens the show to take on his opponent Evan Bourne, I had high hopes for this one as soon as Bourne's music and I'm happy to say I was not disappointed. Lots of hard-hitting moves from both guys in this one, which is an odd contrast to their usual flashy styles, but it works out in the end and we get one of the best matches on free TV in 2009. Matt Striker calls it a match of the year candidate, which may be a bit silly considering Undertaker and Shawn Michaels was just nine days ago, but it's definitely a match you need to check out if you missed it.

Vladimir Kozlov makes his ECW debut next by taking on a man dubbed "Local Athlete" by WWE.com, and no, I'm not making that up. Kozlov does nothing we haven't seen before, hitting all his major moves in quick succession, and effortlessly puts down Local Athlete for the three.

Paul & Katie Lea Burchill are backstage with interim GM Tiffany worrying about being split up in tomorrow's Supplemental Draft. I'm sure somewhere a smark is complaining that the two were just one day moved to ECW without being explanation and that Rorschach doesn't wear jeans. ECW Champion Jack Swagger comes in and does his best Sylvester J. Cat, requesting time on the premiere of WWE Superstars this Thursday. Tiffany declines the offer, telling him that the finals of the Championship Chase will take place on Superstars instead.

Speaking of the Championship Chase, Finlay vs. Tommy Dreamer vs. Christian is our main event and it's much better than last week's Fatal Fourway. Some innovative spots from the Innovator of Violence, Tommy Dreamer make this one a fun main event, but sadly he takes the fall and is out of the Chase to Backlash... there goes my awesome idea of Swagger getting drafted and Tommy being ECW's last hope to get its belt back. Christian vs. Finlay should be a good match for the premier episode of Superstars though and I think it's pretty much a foregone conclusion that it will be Christian vs. Swagger at Backlash. Christian with the ECW Championship? Make that happen!

To quote myself from last week,
ECW continues to be the place to be for top notch wrestling and this week was an even better show than last. After only getting one draft pick last night, I expect ECW to pick up a few more Superstars in tomorrow's Supplemental Draft beginning at noon est. on WWE.com. Make sure to check out Kick-Out!! tomorrow afternoon for my complete thoughts on the changing of the WWE landscape.

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