Wednesday, November 4, 2009

ECW Thoughts - November 3, 2009

We begin with the ECW Champion, Christian, making his way to the ring and he's not happy. Christian's understandably angry about being assaulted last week at the close of ECW, he invites William Regal to the ring, but when he gets no response, he starts heading to the back to find his adversary. General Manager Tiffany (and her horrible theme music) doesn't like where this is going and tries to convince Christian to let her handle it. "You're just giving Regal what he wants" is exactly right, because William Regal finally makes an appearance and tells Christian if he wants him that bad, he's going to have to put the ECW Title on the line. Christian agrees and it looks like we have a match set for this evening, but Regal shoots it down, he wants the match on his terms - next week in Sheffield, England! Oh that match is going to be awesome for the crowd reaction alone. Tiffany informs Regal that The Ruthless Roundtable will be banned from ringside next week and that he's in action next, as Regal heads to the ring, Christian nails him with a baseball slide! Just for fun, I suppose. Great opening segment.

William Regal vs. Goldust is our opening contest, and this one was just a great old-school style match between two veterans. Regal and Goldust have never been top guys in any promotion, but they've always been tremendous utility players who can be put in any situation and deliver the desired results. This match was no exception, and proof that ECW doesn't have to just be about the younger guys, it's a place for under-appreciated veterans to get a chance to shine. Regal picks up the win in a hard-fought match after hitting the Knee Trembler, giving him momentum heading into next week's title match.

Did WWE really just do a Wayne's World "Dream Weaver" moment with Zack Ryder & Rosa Mendes? Wow. If there's one thing I could stop WWE from ever doing again, it's stuff like this, it's completely distracting and just looks lame.

Luckily, Zack Ryder vs. Shelton Benjamin was not lame, and was a fairly enjoyable match. Probably not the best these two could deliver, but hopefully there's more to come from this feud. Shelton Benjamin picks up the win after hitting Paydirt on a distracted Ryder, who was too busy looking at Rosa Mendes while she applied lip gloss. Speaking of Rosa, are they going for a Kelly Kapoor from The Office motormouth gimmick for her? If so, she'd make a great manager for Ryder, the two most annoying people in ECW teaming up to be the most infuriating couple since Edge & Vickie? I like it.

Looks like next week is the final confrontation between Paul Burchill & The Hurricane. If Burchill wins, Hurricane must unmask and put an end to his shenanigans, but if Hurricane wins, the Burchills will leave ECW. I'm assuming (and hoping) Burchill loses and heads to another show, preferably Smackdown. The Ripper's been amazing since heading down to ECW and I'd love to see him mix it up with John Morrison for the Intercontinental Title, who is pretty light on challengers at the moment.

That backstage walk with Abraham Washington & Tony Atlas was the funniest they've ever been. I'm sorry, I can't help but laugh when someone makes a Rent-a-Center joke. Abe goes to Tiffany's office to demand a new set after Regal destroyed the old one, but this freakishly huge man steps out of the office instead... wait a minute, that's former TNA wrestler Lance Hoyt! Hoyt looks strange with a haircut, and is now going by the goofy name, Vance Archer. He's in action next.

Vance Archer vs. Local Athlete is your typical ECW debut squash. It looks like Vance will be taking Sheamus' place as ECW's resident badass, but he's not exactly as intimidating and unique as The Celtic Warrior. Hoyt was always a guilty pleasure of mine in TNA, but I didn't see much here to get excited about. And when you're 6'8", 270 lbs., you need something a little cooler than a reverse DDT for a finisher.

Main Event Time! Christian & Yoshi Tatsu vs. Vladimir Kozlov & Ezekiel Jackson was a good tag main event. Dragged a little bit when it was just Kozlov & Zeke isolating Yoshi and beating on him, but once Christian got the hot tag, the match was a blast. Christian picked up the win for his team after hitting Kozlov with The Killswitch, which made me wonder, has Big Zeke been pinned at all since coming to ECW? Unsurprisingly, after the match, William Regal strikes and absolutely mauls Christian, finishing off his mugging with the Regal Stretch on the floor. Regal has a tendency to win titles when WWE goes to England, but after two weeks of destruction, I can't see Christian losing this match. I see Christian holding the ECW Title for awhile still, probably not until they're ready to move him off ECW. And hopefully soon after that, he'll win Money in the Bank, but that's just the fanboy in me talking. Anyway, good show tonight, but next week's ECW with Burchill vs. Hurricane and Regal vs. Christian looks to be a big one, so don't miss it.


  1. If there's one thing I can always count on, it's getting a good hour of wrestling with ECW. This last episode was full of pure old-school action like you stated.

    Burchill vs. Hurricane should be a fun match. I'm guessing Burchill will lose this one. The Ripper on SmackDown? I like the sound of that. It may give him an opportunity to develop his persona further.

    Regal vs. Christian will undoubtedly be one hell of a match-up. I always enjoy seeing the England crowd get behind Regal. Still, I don't see him winning the title just yet. Whatever happens, I'm ure it'll be a great match.

    Now, I must get back to work. I'm writing a review for Double Dragon III. I'm still looking for things worse than that game. I think the only thing that could possibly be worse is a Scott Steiner match.

  2. God. I skip ECW for a week and they bring in LANCE F'ING HOYT. This is what they try to do when they think I'm not looking.

  3. Don't worry Sousa, the one night I missed ECW earlier this year, Christian returned.