Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Kick-Out's ECW Thoughts - June 9, 2009

Sorry for the delay on getting this ECW review posted, but getting Episode 2 of Kick-Out!! Radio online took precedent. For whatever reason, I also forgot to do The Five Count this week, but it worked out okay since this last week was just packed with awesome moments. Yep, WWE pulled it off and we got The Perfect Week - every show from Raw to the PPV had at least one great match on it, so here's a mini Five Count for you:

5. MVP vs. Kofi Kingston
4. Christian vs. Tyson Kidd
3. Jeff Hardy & R-Truth vs. Chris Jericho & Dolph Ziggler
2. CM Punk vs. Umaga
1. Jeff Hardy vs. Edge

So can this week live up to last? We'll only know one show at a time, Monday's Raw was certainly memorable, how about last night's ECW?

Looks like Tommy Dreamer's here to stay! Word on the dirtsheet says he's signed a 3-5 year deal, but if I were going to bet money, I don't think he'll spend all of those 3-5 years wrestling. Then again, I remember back in 1999 when Dreamer's back was supposedly such a mess that his time was winding down, but here we are ten years later and he's ECW Champion. I was surprised by the amount of people thinking Christian had turned heel or "tweener" when he powerbombed Dreamer through the table. As he said, he was just getting revenge for the DDT Dreamer gave him last week.

Okay, I have to admit, Tony Atlas vs. Evan Bourne was actually not bad. And for a guy in his mid-fifties, Atlas looked damn good out there, he's phenomenal shape. This feud between Bourne and Henry is the most interesting thing I've seen involving Mark Henry in years, I'd love to see them escalate this just a little more.

Man in green saving some guy backstage? Gee... I wonder who that could be? Awesome idea though, I'm all for it and I can't wait to see him tear it up in the ring on ECW.

Okay, what was up with Vladimir Kozlov, he was smiling and waving to the audience? Are they trying to turn him face or did Putin drug him like he was a Russian spy? Either way... weird. Oh and he also squashed two Local Competitors, but I'm sure you knew that by the time I mentioned Kozlov in an ECW review.

Christian & Jack Swagger vs. The Hart Dynasty was pretty good, mainly because we got to see Christian and Tyson Kidd lock up once again. Tiffany punishing Christian by making him team with Swagger was a nice touch, even if it was a bit too much like a handicap match for my liking, but they made it work. Tyson Kidd looked amazing in there and David Hart Smith continues to improve, I'd just like to see a little more of this "intensity" that Matt Striker talks about.

ECW continues to be the most consistent wrestling show on television. All the storylines are simple enough to follow along if you've missed a week or two and like I mentioned last week, they're easily interwoven. I'd really enjoy seeing a big eight man tag sometime: Christian, Tommy Dreamer, Evan Bourne and Finlay vs. Jack Swagger, David Hart Smith, Tyson Kidd and Mark Henry. They could give it most of the show too so they don't have to fill time with Kozlov vs. two jobbers and Zack Ryder vs. one jobber.

Aside from the weirdness from Kozlov, this was another fun episode of ECW. Not as good as last week's show, but this one did more in terms of storyline progression.


  1. I think I am probably the only person out there that is sort of sad to see Kozlov, whose gimmick was wanting competition, getting thrown jobbers every week. I just want him to fight some people on the roster. Is that too much to ask really?

  2. Apparently, yes... yes it is.

  3. Talk about burying someone with a winning streak.

  4. Every time Christian (or now, Dreamer) prepares to look ahead to some new opponent, I keep expecting Kozlov to come barreling out...but instead, he keeps getting jobbers to kill. Ah, well, my DVR can now get through ECW in 35 minutes instead of 38. :-P

    And ye gods, I hope the Colons can survive Legacy and keep the tag titles, because it'd be damn entertaining to see Primo and Carlito against the Hart Dynasty.

    ECW's just that show that I want to show to my friends who've lapsed on watching wrestling, because I think it'd be enough to get them to dip a toe back in. It's never difficult to sit through, as Raw and SD can sometimes be. Only one hour and almost all of it given to a very entertaining roster.

  5. Starr -

    Give 'em the one-two punch of ECW and Superstars. Quick shows, heavy on the wrestling, light on some of the more embarrassing things that can plague the main brands, generally always entertaining.

  6. Yeah, Superstars is surprisingly good. I didn't expect that, but it has had some great matches.