Wednesday, July 29, 2009

ECW Thoughts - July 28, 2009

Tyler Reks vs. Paul Burchill in a rematch from last week, starts things off on SyFy. I'm seeing slow improvements as Reks continues to get more comfortable in the ring, but as I was watching this match, I kept wondering why Burchill isn't getting the push instead? With Kozlov, Zeke, Regal, Shelton Benjamin and Zack Ryder, ECW is admittedly heavy on heels, but Burchill has really stepped up his game in the last few months, I think WWE should take a chance on him. Match was fine, but as cool as it is to see a guy that's 6'3", 250 lbs. do springboard missile dropkicks, Reks really needs a new finisher.

Vladimir Kozlov demolishes Local Competitor (again), but at least they keep it interesting by having Ezekiel Jackson give The Moscow Mauler his receipt for last week. Seriously, pair these two up, WWE needs tag teams and these two would be the scariest damn team I've seen in a long time. Zeke and Vlad would make The Powers of Pain shake in their boots!

Really? Abraham Washington has the audacity to say that Shelton Benjamin isn't entertaining? Next week on ECW, Sheamus tells William Regal to get a tan.

Speaking of The Celtic Warrior, Sheamus vs. Goldust was a fun little match, not as good as Goldy's outing with Shelton Benjamin last week, but I don't think it was supposed to be. Sheamus pretty much dominated this one and finished Goldust off with that brutal Rock Bottom into a backbreaker he uses as a finisher. I was worried the move wasn't going to look as impressive on bigger guys... I was wrong! Needs a name though and since I like to take it upon myself to name all the unnamed finishers, it is now known as "Beyond The Pale!" Okay... maybe not. Got a better suggestion? Leave it for me in a comment.

Christian's out next to cut a promo, but doesn't get very far before Tommy Dreamer interrupts. Dreamer invokes his rematch clause next week and the match will be EXTREME RULES! Yes, it needs to be in all caps. Definitely looking forward to that, although I would've been fine waiting till SummerSlam for that, perhaps bigger things are in store? Zack Ryder chimes in and tells Christian he needs to worry about tonight.

Christian vs. Zack Ryder is your main event and it is hands-down the most impressive that Ryder has ever been. Christian continues to play the role of WWE's star-maker (© 2009 treyirby inc.), making Ryder look like a force to be reckoned with on ECW and Mattews & Striker did a great job putting him over on commentary as well. Let this match serve as the most recent piece of evidence that you can get over despite losing. It's safe to say that you, the Kick-Out!! readers, were absolutely right when you voted Christian as the most underrated Superstar in WWE today.

I don't want to get ahead of myself, but I think the brand might be back on track since the big adjustment of the 15-Superstar trade from a few weeks back. Christian's champ again, new faces continuing to impress and most importantly, solid in-ring action. Huge thumbs up for this week's ECW.


  1. I thought the show was really good as well, overall, except that I'm just not feeling Tyler Reks. He seems kind of blank, and like he just doesn't have that natural spark of charisma that would get people genuinely excited to see him. Plus, his pic-in-pic promo was pretty weak, and I'm not buying his John Morrison-ish/The Rock hand raising motion which is too generic to set him apart. I did think the missle dropkick was pretty cool, but it didn't look sharp and I thought for a second he'd lose his balance and crotch himself on the ropes.

    I definitely agree that Burchill needs a push instead as he was intense out there, especially throwing those running knees and whatnot.

    I also think the brand is doing pretty well post-trade, except I can't help but ask why they seem to be giving the big dudes the same finisher: Kozlov, Big Zeke, and Sheamus all have a variation of the rockbottom/chokeslam. Actually, they need to either distinguish these three some more, or else put them in a "World" stable ala TNA, cause otherwise, they're just fighting-game style variations of each other.

  2. I move for "Isn't It A Sheamus?"

  3. I nominate "The Celtallica", on account of Sheamus' uncanny (and clearly untanned) resemblance to James Hetfield.

  4. how about the

    "Pog Mo Thoin" ?

    ;) it's the most popular irish phrase where I grew up in Belfast ;)