Wednesday, January 20, 2010

ECW Thoughts - January 19, 2010

Never a good sign when ECW starts off with The Abraham Washington Show, but this was a very special Abraham Washington Show, because Abraham Washington wasn't there! Filling in for Abe was Santino Marella and his guest was Vladimir Kozlov. Unfortunately for Santino, the Abraham Washington Show is a black hole of entertainment, and this segment bombed. I dunno if it was the fact that you couldn't understand anything anyone was saying (you know it's bad when Santino is the most intelligible), the fact that the jokes were awful, or the saddest part of all, Santino's just not that funny anymore. And really, trying to turn Kozlov face? I can't see this ending well, but hopefully for Vlad, it ends a little better than it did for Eric Escobar.

Our opening contest was Yoshi Tatsu & Goldust vs. Caylen Croft & Trent Baretta, which was definitely a good way to showcase the new tag team, but I go back to the point I made on last week's Kick-Out!! Radio, what reason do I have to care about a traditional tag team that competes on ECW? That's nothing against Croft & Baretta, they play their roles well and have shown themselves to be serviceable in the ring, so the upside is there, but again, they're on ECW, which has no tag division. Match was good and I love the bizarre partnership with Gold Yoshi (isn't that the one that ground pounds in Super Mario World?), it kinda takes me back to the awesomeness of Booker T & Goldust. Croft & Baretta pick up the win with some shenanigans, but the match itself was solid. Issues with the lack of tag teams aside, I'll always take wrestling like this every Tuesday night.

Zack Ryder wants to known as the "Heart & Soul Superhero of ECW" now that he's retired Tommy Dreamer and took out The Hurricane. Well... The Hurricane didn't agree with that so much and attacked the Lord of Long Island during his promo. These two should provide some fun matches, but let's hope it doesn't drag on as long as Hurricane/Burchill.

And it's already time for the main event? Christian vs. William Regal again, and it's also a rematch from last week's episode of Superstars. Weird there were only two matches on this week's show, and quite frankly, it's unforgivable considering how much time was given to that embarrassing segment with Santino & Kozlov. At least this match got enough time, and it was a match between Christian & Regal, so that's a plus. Unfortunately, this match also had a lame DQ ending, but it makes sense in the context of the Christian/Ezekiel Jackson feud, and it didn't keep the rest of the match from being awesome.

So decent enough wrestling, but it's still not enough to get ECW out of this rut. Much like the rest of WWE, I feel like we're just spinning our wheels here. We're getting on the entrance ramp to the Road to WrestleMania, there's no excuse for resting comfortably.

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