Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Kick-Out's ECW Thoughts - May 26, 2009

I hope those fans in LA took my advice from Monday and went to check out ECW & Smackdown last night. I haven't read the Smackdown spoilers, so I don't know how that show turned out, but I just finished watching last night's ECW and it was another home run from the best little wrestling show on television.

Opening promo with Christian was what we've come to expect from Captain Charisma, some of the best mic work in the business today. Jack Swagger came out and did his shtick, but the segment just got plain weird once Tommy Dreamer made his way into the ring... what the hell was he doing? He's dancing, swiveling his hips and then doing bodybuilder poses? The Innovator of Violence just became the Innovator of Making Me Feel Uncomfortable.

Oh here we go, it's not Vladimir Kozlov vs. Local Athlete this week, it's Vladimir Kozlov vs. TWO Local Athletes! Totally different. Actually, I have to give some love to this match because those two guys bounced around great for Kozlov and let him hit some pretty sick moves like that kick off the ropes to the outside and that headbutt out of the crossbody. Also have to give Matt Striker the award for commentary line of the night for saying one of the guys looked like C. Thomas Howell from Soul Man. That might actually be the best line from a commentator that I've heard since JR called Big Show's punch "malignant."

Evan Bourne vs. Mark Henry was surprisingly enjoyable and mismatches like this usually have lots of potential to suck. The ending was particularly good, with Bourne showcasing his ability to defy the laws of physics; that diving double knee to the outside was just plain awesome. It's about damn time they put Bourne back on ECW, he's been gone far too long, but can we give him something to do? Why not a one-off match with Christian once the champ finishes up with Swagger and Dreamer?

The Hart Dynasty is the official name for Kidd/Smith/Natalya group, I wonder if they moved away from "Trilogy" because they may add another member somewhere down the road? Just a thought. Glad to see the crowd reacting so strongly to them, this is one of the coolest teams in a long time and I'm really excited to see what's in store for them.

Despite being a handicap match, the main event was good. I don't know why they felt the need to take Finlay out of the match, but at least there was an explanation for making it 2-on-3. Christian and Dreamer were a good team, which was odd considering they were just beating each other backstage before the match started, but I liked it. The whole "tense partnership between rivals" thing is overdone, here we saw two veterans putting aside their issues and actually working together. Of course, it was all for naught since Swagger and The Hart Dynasty came out on top after The All-American American hit Christian with the Gutwrench Powerbomb. I'm not the biggest Jack Swagger fan in the world and I hate seeing Christian lose, but I'm not going to complain when they manage to throw together a decent handicap match and the show ends with Tyson Kidd, David Hart Smith and Natalya standing tall.

New stars, fresh feuds, exciting matches and Christian as champ, I don't think I can say a bad thing about this show;
even Kozlov's weekly squash was better than usual! In one hour, ECW managed to create a more exciting show than Monday's Raw did in two, and both shows featured most of the top stars in their respective main events. But I'm tired of ragging on Raw all the time, so I'll simply congratulate WWE on making ECW an incredibly exciting brand. If ECW can still be called the "C-brand" after the last few weeks of shows, I don't know what constitutes an "A-brand."


  1. Imraan NoormohamedMay 28, 2009 at 5:40 AM

    Great review. This week's ECW was really good. (btw Finlay was hurt in the eye, which is why they did that story).
    I really really like watching that main event. Christian and Tommy showed the importance of detail, and how to make everyone shine...

  2. I was not aware he was really hurt. What happened?

  3. I thought Dreamer was doing a Val Venis impression, and I thought it was actually really funny. Ever read Mick Foley's Hardcore Diaries where he says the WWE was pushing Dreamer as a complete unknown? Well they're FINALLY giving him a decent push. About damn time, even if it is his last hurrah, it's a step above being dunked in a urinal by the Undertaker.

  4. I was a little puzzled about Tommy's gyrations myself, but when he complained about Jack and Christian ignoring him, it made a lot more sense. He could have whipped his junk out mid-ring, and it probably still would have been just Christian and Jack glaring at each other.

    Still a great show, and I honestly can't believe I'm saying this, but I really dug the Mark Henry match...or should I say, the Evan Bourne match that Mark Henry happened to be in. Evan jumping off Mark's back to get into the ring was smooth.

  5. I think it's evidence that Evan Bourne could have an entertaining match with a brick wall. As long as he's got something to jump off or slam into, he's gold.