Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Kick-Out's ECW Thoughts - April 21, 2009

I gotta give it up to the London crowd, despite getting just one real match, they were red hot for tonight's ECW. With the Draft not in full effect and a PPV on Sunday, WWE put this edition of ECW on cruise control, but we did get one really good match, so I'm not complaining.

Finlay & Hornswoggle start things off for the lovable leprechaun's farewell address, but it's cut short by Tyson Kidd & Natalya. After some trash talk and a commercial break, Natalya vs. Hornswoggle is officially underway... seriously. Hornswoggle shows us that there are Irish pirates too when he plunders a piece of Natalya's booty (that's my classy way of saying he bit her on the ass) and gets a roll up victory after some shenanigans between Kidd and Finlay. Normally I'd be rolling my eyes at something so silly, but the London crowd was going absolutely nuts for Hornswoggle, so the segment did its job. One thing though, I'm pretty sure at the end of the match, Matt Striker referred to ECW as "The Dub"... Matt, please don't ever do that again.

Is Evan Bourne the most exciting superstar in WWE right now? I'm hard-pressed to think of anyone else. For the second week in a row, Bourne tore the house down, this time against Paul Burchill, who was wrestling like his job depended on it (maybe it did). Probably not a match of the week contender due to the stiff competition from Cena vs. Jericho and Triple H vs. Orton last night, but another stellar performance from Bourne.

After crushing Local Athlete last week, Vladimir Kozlov travels to the UK to squash... Local Competitor! Again, I'm not making that up. Okay, I understand we're rebuilding Kozlov after he fizzled out on Smackdown, but didn't we just get six months of him plowing through nobodies in late 2008? We get it, he kicks, he headbutts, he hits his modified spinebuster (as JR would call it) and demands better competition. Someone get this guy some better competition already!

Jack Swagger and Christian close the show with their contract signing and it is your typical WWE contract signing. Sylvester J. Cat runs his mouth, Christian plays it cool and says it's all about Sunday, Swagger gets in a cheap shot, then powerbombs Christian through the table. The crowd was alive during it, so much like the opening of the show, we close with something that accomplished exactly what it needed to do.

None of the talent acquired in the Supplemental Draft appeared tonight, so again, more of a placeholder show than anything else. ECW keeps up its tradition of at least one great match and they set up the tag match for Superstars between Finlay/Hornswoggle and Kidd/Natalya, so that has potential to be a lot of fun. Hopefully Christian gets the win at Backlash and next Tuesday, it'll be like a whole new show with a new champion and a new roster.

1 comment:

  1. Good one Razor. Wish I could watch ECW, but Canada doesn't show it on Tuesdays :(