Wednesday, October 14, 2009

ECW Thoughts - October 13, 2009

For the first time in over a year, I actually missed an episode of ECW last week. Not happy about it, especially considering how great the show has been lately, but if WWE would get their shows up on Hulu within a reasonable amount of time, things like that wouldn't happen! Anyway, back on schedule this week, so let's check out the Land of Extreme.

I heard a lot of bad things about the new ECW announcer, Lauren Mayhew, but I didn't think she was THAT bad. Rough around the edges, sure, but nothing that can't improve over the next few years. If you recall, Lillian Garcia was terrible for her first few years as well and went on to become the voice of WWE's flagship show.

The opening contest on SyFy was an odd one, Goldust vs. Ezekiel Jackson, but for two guys who you'd think would be a mismatch, I think they meshed well together. Jackson definitely outweighs Goldust, but since Goldust is deceptively tall, it didn't look like a total squash and the Bizarre One presented a credible threat. Big Zeke unsurprisingly gets the win here, but not without a little help from Vladimir Kozlov, which doesn't derail the momentum Goldust has been building. I'm honestly thinking this response to Goldust on ECW was completely unexpected, the guy's getting the kind of reactions he was getting in 1999, and I wonder if it's only a matter of time before WWE can't ignore it any longer. Goldust - ECW Champion, it sounds crazy, but I think it could happen within the next year.

Deliciously old school in-ring promo from Sheamus where he talks about taking over "Dobel-yah, Dobel-yah, E!" I loved the whole bit, but of course it had to be hampered by the crowd, who still can't get over the "WHAT?!" chant. Seriously, how long has Austin been out of WWE now, six years? Let it go!

Paul Burchill vs. The Hurricane once again, but it's nice to see The Hurricane back in action after a few weeks off TV. Another solid match from these two, but the big shocker is the fact that Burchill picked up a clean win! Not something you see too often. I like this feud between these two, but there's only so much you can do with constant one-on-one matches against each other. Why not highlight it a bit more by giving it some of that main event spotlight? Maybe Christian & Hurricane vs. Regal & Burchill in the future?

But speaking of the main event scene, the ECW main event this week is Christian & Yoshi Tatsu vs. William Regal & Zack Ryder. The ongoing story throughout this match is that Regal & Ryder cannot coexist because they both want a shot at the ECW Title, while the ECW Champion believes Yoshi Tatsu is most deserving. Great action here, Yoshi Tatsu continues to improve every week and I agree with Christian, he should be the number one contender. Despite controlling most of the match, Regal & Ryder can't overcome their differences and it winds up costing them the match when Ryder turns on Regal and allows Christian to hit the Killswitch for the victory! Another strong main event showing for Yoshi and Christian continues to shine brighter than almost anybody in WWE, it's no secret why he's the longest-running singles champion in the company right now.


  1. ...longest running men's singles champion at least. Michelle McCool's current reign as Women's champ is longer.

  2. Is it just me or is Christian starting to lose his hair? His hairline is definitely receding at least. Or maybe it's just too light to see.

    I love Christian and Yoshi's exchanges, always get a chuckle out of me. Once again, a great episode of ECW, but I wish they'd change things up soon. Start doing something more with Sheamus and Shelton, maybe let Goldust work with Regal and let Yoshi get his shot. If SD! didn't already have a Fatal Four Way, I'd suggest they do Christian/Ryder/Regal/Yoshi at Bragging Rights.

  3. Goldust...white gold? Why not?

    And good swerve that makes sense. I'm shocked that they've made Tatsu look like such a star on ECW, it's very much to see some initiative given to a guy like him.

  4. I forgot about McCool... but that's probably because she puts me into a coma whenever she's on TV.

  5. Just finished watching ECW right now, and I was impressed once again. Seriously, I know ECW is the SmackDown pre-show, but with the reaction superstars like Christian, Regal, Yoshi, and Goldust get and the high-caliber matches that are put on, it is very evident that ECW is its own brand, and it is a strong brand at that. I would put down money to attend an ECW-only event anyday (even though I know it won't be losing its pre-show status).

  6. I loved the Goldust match, maybe it's proper to say that I'm a "mark" for Goldust, but I just like his work ethic in the ring, and I totally believe that he IS capable of powerslamming Big Zeke. I wish they'd give him a title shot, but I don't think they will.

    I completely agree with you on the WHAT!?!? chance on principle, but I think of it as a sort of test of a heel. If you can get through your "I'm the man" schpiel in such a way that the crowd would rather listen to you then yell "what" or would rather boo you then say "what", then you probably will make a pretty good heel. If you can't, then you've got a lot of work to do.