It's easy to critique a show like Raw when it's as bad as it is right now and Smackdown's keeping me guessing, but ECW is difficult. What more can I really say about this show other than the fact that it's consistently awesome? This week is no exception.
The opening bout, Christian vs. David Hart Smith, was not as good as Christian vs. Tyson Kidd, but few TV matches are. This was definitely Smith's most impressive outing since debuting in WWE, Christian certainly helped him along, but he definitely has all the tools to be the next big thing in ECW. That Uranage on the apron was one of the nastiest things I've seen in quite some time and I really don't know how Christian not only escaped serious injury, but then went onto hit his patented dive to the outside that always freaks me out. Lots of great action in this one, definitely check it out if you missed it.
Finlay attacking Christian after the match wasn't too surprising, I figured he'd be getting a bit more edge to his character after Hornswoggle got drafted to Raw. The injury he suffered after trying to break up Dreamer and Christian makes for a good reason to get that started.
I was a bit bummed that Mark Henry made such quick work of Evan Bourne, a waste of a good feud in my opinion. Bourne was still selling the rib injury, so I guess that makes it somewhat okay, but I would've liked to see Bourne get a bit more offense in, especially since he's been on such a tear since returning from injury back in April. I'm pretty sure this was only his second loss in one-on-one competition since coming back, but I guess there's only so many times that you can get lucky against a guy who outweighs you by 200 lbs.
Gregory Helms shows up late to an interview, adjusting his suit and tie? Nice touch.
Grizzly Jack Swagger is also a nice touch, everyone knows that beards = heel. Nice match with Swagger and Tommy Dreamer, I'm glad that Swagger won with an Oklahoma Roll rather than the Gutwrench Powerbomb so Tommy doesn't look easily dominated. Finlay returns and cleans house, taking out Dreamer, Swagger and Christian, who attempted to make the save. Probably not a full blown heel turn (yet), but it looks like the man who loves to fight is back. One thing though, if they're going to make Finlay a bad ass again, he needs to lose the Hornswoggle music, it's way too cheery. May I suggest this theme? It's a shame it was only used for about two weeks after Finlay turned face because it's really cool.
Finlay getting involved adds a fourth man to the Dreamer/Swagger/Christian feud and if reports are accurate, it looks like the ECW Title will be up for grabs in a Championship Scramble at The Bash: Tommy Dreamer defends against Christian, Jack Swagger, Finlay and Mark Henry. I really wish they'd have put Bourne in the match instead of Henry, would've opened the door for a lot more excitement, but Henry's been known to step it up in these types of matches, so I'm sure the match will still be enjoyable.
Great matches, smart feuds, simple booking, Smackdown needs to watch its back because ECW is quickly becoming the best brand in all of sports entertainment.