Wednesday, January 27, 2010

ECW Thoughts - January 26, 2010

As you may know, I was in Cincinnati for the ECW/Smackdown taping last night, and it may have been one of the best WWE events I've ever been to. Definitely the best Smackdown I've seen since an October 2001 show that featured Stone Cold vs. The Undertaker and Kane vs. Kurt Angle, in a match that I still say is Kane's best ever. Smackdown was a blast, but I'll save my thoughts on that for after the show airs, so let's turn our attention to last night's ECW!

Really dug the opening promos with Ezekiel Jackson and Christian. As I've been saying for months, Jackson has a unique way with the mic, he doesn't need to do the "I'M A BIG SCARY MONSTER, ROAR!!!" stuff, but he also doesn't come across as boring and monotone. Christian, as always, delivered the goods and his line "I like Biblical quotes too, after all, I am Christian" had me laughing out loud. As had been advertised, Christian enlisted the help of Kane, but I found it a bit odd that they decided to go with this match first.

Kane & Christian vs. William Regal & Ezekiel Jackson was a lot of fun and got me excited about Zeke again after that horrible match he had against Vladimir Kozlov a few weeks back. Big Zeke has the proverbial "it factor," and barring a total trainwreck this Sunday (and I don't think Christian's had a bad match since his return), I think Jackson is on the road to a major World Championship. Perhaps a bit early to make such a bold claim, but the guy has all the tools and if he can deliver in his first match on a big stage, he's going places.

But that's the future, let's talk about this match, which I really enjoyed, especially thanks to the red hot Cincinnati crowd, we were really into this one, and I think a lot of credit has to be given to Kane for that. Cincinnati LOVES Kane, regardless of whether he's a face or heel, and I honestly think it's because of the "Big Red Machine" nickname. If Cincinnati Reds fans could time travel back to 1975 to see the original Big Red Machine again, they would. Hot crowd, good action, great hype for the ECW Title match at the Rumble, you can't really ask for much more when it comes to televised wrestling.

I found it strange that there were only two matches on ECW (again), but when you get stuff as fun as our opening tag match and then Yoshi Tatsu, Goldust & The Hurricane vs. Trent Baretta, Caylen Croft & Zack Ryder, I can't really complain. Again, I thought it was strange that these two matches weren't reversed in terms of card position, but it's nice to see the other guys on ECW get some main event exposure. That's the beauty of this brand, everyone can be a top guy on any given week. You couldn't have a Raw main event featuring Jack Swagger, Carlito and The Miz against MVP, Evan Bourne and Chris Masters, but these six guys can main event ECW and it works.

I really like the idea of teaming Ryder with Croft & Baretta, they're the best d-bags on TV (take that, cast of Jersey Shore!), and since ECW doesn't have much of a tag division, using them as Ryder's boys might be the best course of action for them. As for the match, they did a good job keeping control and wearing down The Hurricane, getting the crowd psyched for the eventual hot tag and the comeback win for the good guys. A great ending to the most fun hour of wrestling television every week. If they are still planning on changing ECW, I hope the only thing that changes is the name and the action stays as exciting as it currently is.


  1. Changing the name would do the same as when WWF changed to WWE... It will go to hell & never learn how to please the WWE Universe again... The same as WWF is billions of times better then WWE could even attempt to comprehend let alone be. _ Kit

  2. Wow, that's the most retarded comment I've read in a long time. You should be given some kind of medal for that.