Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Kick-Out's ECW Thoughts - June 2, 2009

I'm having a hard time remembering the last time ECW featured more than three matches. They definitely got a lot in this week, how'd it all play out?

Evan Bourne vs. Mark Henry once again, even though this match wasn't nearly as good as last week's, I really like this little feud. Evan Bourne keeps getting little victories, last week a count-out, this week a disqualification due to interference from Tony Atlas. Hopefully this trend keeps going until Bourne makes Henry tap-out (yes, I'm kidding); a pinfall victory with the Shooting Star Press would be nice though.

Local Competitors, they're not just for Kozlov anymore! Zack Ryder vs. LC was a little more competitive than your average Kozlov squash, but you know how these things work by now. I really don't want to admit it, but Ryder's gimmick is so over-the-top ridiculous that I... kinda like it? His finisher is one of the coolest moves I've seen in a long time and until they come up with a proper name for it, I'm dubbing it "The Blowout."

Finlay's eye looked disgusting.

Tommy Dreamer vs. Paul Burchill was rather enjoyable and I continue to be impressed by Burchill, who continues to improve every week in ECW. Decent match that got Tommy Dreamer over for his big match on Sunday and everyone did a good job of selling that this could be his final match on ECW. I liked the promo after the match, I wish Tommy could've said a bit more before he was interrupted, but I suppose that was the whole point. Jack Swagger ignoring the history and legacy of ECW makes him the perfect heel for the brand, it was a nice touch to have his words get Dreamer fired up and seemingly more confident than he was before.

Well, WWE's 2 for 2 this week in terms of having one awesome match per show, Kofi Kingston and MVP tore the house down on Monday night and then Tyson Kidd and Christian put on another show stealer just 24 hours later. Hot damn, that was a fantastic match - quick-paced, meshing styles, near falls, drama with Dreamer & Swagger, and even a sick bump when Kidd tossed Christian into the steel stairs... ouch. Christian made Kidd look like a bonafide superstar, but the champ rightfully went over here. If WWE can give me a match even half as good as this one every week, I'll be a happy guy.

Once again, ECW is the place to be for solid in-ring action, and now apparently solid storylines to boot. The Christian/Swagger feud has incorporated the Tommy Dreamer retirement angle, that caused Finlay's injury, Finlay was feuding with Tyson Kidd, which gave birth to The Hart Dynasty. All these angles weave together seamlessly; plus, we have a supporting cast of characters like Evan Bourne, Zack Ryder and Vladimir Kozlov, who could really jump in any of these storylines at any time...
it makes for gripping television.

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