Wednesday, February 3, 2010

ECW Thoughts - February 2, 2010

Lots of talk heading into this show, you may have heard that ECW is being "canceled" and replaced with a show centered around the next generation of Superstars.  We've all heard the rumors for the last month or so that this would happen, but WWE hyped this show by saying Vince McMahon himself will be stopping by to address the future of Tuesday nights.

But before we could get to something interesting, it's The Abraham Washington Show!  If ECW's gone, can Abe go with it?  Luckily Christian was the guest and to made this show somewhat entertaining; it worked because Abe didn't do a lot of talking and Christian got to control the conversation.  It wasn't long before Zack Ryder made his way out, and surprisingly, he brought up Hurricane Helms' arrest, saying it made everyone on ECW look bad.  Christian said everyone makes mistakes, like Zack Ryder walking out of the house dressed like that, the two brawled a little and set up tonight's main event.

Speaking of Zack Ryder, if you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed my latest cause, and that's raising awareness over the Zack Ryder/Wikipedia debacle.  For whatever reason, the Wikipedia dorks (who are way more nitpicky and dorkier than even the smarkiest of smarks), refuse to give Zack Ryder his own Wikipedia page, he's still combined with Curt Hawkins.  Yes, the same Curt Hawkins who hasn't been on WWE television in nearly a year, while Zack Ryder went to ECW to become a bigger star than he ever was as a tag wrestler.  They always say he "hasn't done enough" to warrant his own page, which isn't true, but operating under that line of thought, please explain to me how Trent Baretta and Caylen Croft have their own individual pages.  Your move, Wikidorks.

Shelton Benjamin vs. Vance Archer was our opening contest and I struggled to care.  Poor Shelton Benjamin, could've been the next big thing on Smackdown, was sent back to ECW, presumably to be a big fish in a small pond, but has since become a replacement for Tommy Dreamer.  And while I rarely like to just flat-out rag on a guy, Vance Archer sucks.  It's a bummer because I enjoyed his work in TNA, but under the bright lights of WWE, the guy bores the hell out of me.  I've seen a lot of people suggest that Kofi Kingston's push is stopped because he's "sloppy" for messing up a couple high-risk moves, but Archer couldn't even properly hold the ropes for a cheap win in this match, that's bad.  Rest of the match wasn't much better.

Yoshi Tatsu vs. Trent Baretta was way better than our opening contest, and if this is the kind of action we're going to get on Tuesday nights, I don't care what you call the show.  Yoshi has quickly proven himself to be a valuable asset, I hope around the time of the Draft, they move him to Smackdown and let him work in the IC Title scene.  Baretta was fairly impressive here too, though his primary job was to get his head kicked off by Yoshi Tatsu, and he did that incredibly well.  That kick was NASTY!

FINALLY!  Vince McMahon was out next to address the future of ECW and... didn't?  Here's a summary of Vince's speech:  "ECW has been a great success, in three weeks ECW won't exist anymore, a new show will be in its place in the same timeslot, kthnxbi!"  Uh, okay?  Why is ECW going away if it's the success you claim it has been?  What about the ECW Title?  What is this new show?  People have done some digging and found out WWE has registered a trademark for WWE NXT, which seems likely to be the name for the new show.  If it's starting in three weeks, it would've helped to hear that, or anything regarding the new show.  Vince's announcement was lame, anticlimactic, and honestly, ECW deserves better.  Not even the old Paul Heyman ECW, WWE's ECW deserves better; it's been the most consistent wrestling program in the industry, give us a reason why it has to go away.

I want to address the situation with Ezekiel Jackson and William Regal beating up Gregory Helms and WWE acknowledging Hurricane's "bad week."  If this is a situation to write out The Hurricane for even a brief period of time, then this is exactly what I'm talking about when I attack bad wrestling websites.  If Hurricane loses work, or worse, loses his job, just because TMZ and a slew of copy and paste sites latched onto a complete non-story, then you're seeing a prime example of how these sites hurt the industry.  Tabloid journalism can kill a career, and when you make a living off tearing someone else down, you are pure scum, plain and simple.  Helms was out having fun and things got a little out of hand, who cares?!  Why is this story getting non-stop attention from TMZ?  The people they usually cover probably have a small pharmacy on them wherever they go, but we're worried about one pro wrestler who was drunk in a taxicab?  Really?!  TMZ obviously has no shame, but for all the wrestling sites out there who thrive on these kind of non-stories, grow up.

Christian vs. Zack Ryder was our main event, and I always like when these two lock-up, makes Ryder look like a guy that deserves his own Wikipedia page.  Unfortunately, a good match was cut short by William Regal & Ezekiel Jackson, who didn't take kindly to losing on Sunday or Christian helping out Gregory Helms.  Like I mentioned in my Royal Rumble predictions, don't be surprised if Christian eventually drops the ECW Title to Big Zeke, and don't be surprised if that leads us directly into the first episode of NXT.

Overall, a decent ECW, overshadowed by the news that there will soon no longer be an ECW.  I'm not entirely opposed to the name ECW going away, especially if it means no longer shying away from the original ECW in terms of putting out DVDs or acknowledging its history.  What I don't want to see happen is a dramatic shift from the current incarnation of ECW, which has done wonders for so many Superstars: John Morrison, The Miz, CM Punk, Sheamus, Kofi Kingston, etc., they all made a name for themselves on SyFy.  You can't deny ECW's ability to refresh a stale character, and I'd hate to see that door closed before guys like Dolph Ziggler, Carlito, Charlie Haas, or MVP could benefit from it.  Call it ECW, NXT, or FFS for all I care, just don't change up a formula that works.


  1. No he does NOT deserve his own Wikipedia page, he already has one with Curt Hawkins, they were a tag team for FIVE YEARS and on Wikipedia independent promotions are just as important as WWE, so SHUT UP AND GET OVER IT.

    (..okay I lied this is Sousa. <_< )

  2. Wikiproject Pro Wrestling is kind of a mess.