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March 5, 2008

ECW raises the bar

ECW champion Chavo Guerrero and CM Punk put on the best televised match of the week last night on ECW. I know, it’s only Tuesday, but it still was a great match and better than anything that was on Raw Monday night.

The Guerrero-Punk program has been OK, but it was starting to get a bit stale because they have wrestled each other numerous times. However, last night’s match – which Guerrero won – was by far their best one, and now I’m actually looking forward to seeing them meet again.

Both guys worked hard in what was a high-impact match that told a good story. I really thought Punk was going to win the title, and the fact that Guerrero retained was a little deflating. No offense to Guerrero, who is a fine worker, but unless WWE is planning to “graduate” Punk to Raw or Smackdown, I don’t understand why he isn’t wearing the ECW belt around his waist.

Other thoughts on last night’s show:

I’ve never been overly excited to watch Tommy Dreamer, I can’t stand The Miz and I wasn’t particulalry interested in Colin Delaney, but I enjoyed the tag-team match that pitted Dreamer and Delaney against Miz and John Morrison. I have gradually started to warm up to the Delaney underdog story line, and I thought Delaney showed some personality when he attacked Miz and Morrison with a chair. Delaney definitely has the likable-nerd thing working for him, and this is the perfect role for Dreamer. …

Shelton Benjamin and Stevie Richards had a good match in which Benjamin prevailed, but Richards was competitive. It’s pretty amazing that someone as talented as Benjamin has yet to get past mid-card status. Perhaps a valet or a manager would help get him over the hump. As for Richards, I think the crowd would really get behind him if given the right story line. …

Kelly Kelly and Layla had a nice pull-apart in the back. It was again teased that Kelly Kelly will be next year’s Playboy cover girl. If she keeps improving and WWE decides to give her a major push, Kelly Kelly could end up becoming the company’s top diva. By the way, has she dumped Balls Mahoney?

Posted by Kevin Eck at 3:27 AM | | Comments (6)


Hey, Kevin!

I also was disappointed that Punk didn't win the title. Without the change, it was almost "What was the point?" I also thought it was a bit on the long side, but again, that may have been due to the finish.

It's also how I feel about next week's Raw: Wrestlemania Rewind. Been there, done that, what's the point? And at an extra hour, to me it already seems like it's on the long side. As far as has been advertised, it's not like the anniversary show where they'll have guests coming in. Or is they? (/Homer voice)

I think the way they have the Dreamer/Delaney tag team is that Dreamer is more of a teacher/coach type of partner. With this tag team they will get a small push then be split up. I thought for a second that Colin was going to hit Dreamer in the back with the chair. I like what they are doing with Kelly Kelly, she seems to be improving a little each week, I would love to see her in next years Playboy. But please change her name. One kelly in a name is more than enough. I agree with you Kevin that Punk/Chavo have been going on for awhile and seeing them wrestle each other is getting stale. They need to come up with something better like gimmick match of some sort.I read a long time ago I think it was in JR's blog that the only thing holding Shelton Benjamin back is his attitude. He doesnt want to put all out and that rubs the creative team the wrong way. When he was IC champ he was good but take the belt off he is really bad as far as attitude goes..

ECW has had zero Wrestle Mania build.

They should have kept the title on Punk. That way all the young ECW heels like Burke, Shelton, and Morrison could be chasing him. Right now, Punk is the only title worthy face on the roster. Its getting very Batista like with him as the only face contender.

Shelton Benjamin needs a valet...maybe he needs to go find his "momma" again.

do you think there will be a punk-guerrero wrestlemania match (with some kind of stipulation) to blow off this feud? or am I silly to think an ECW title match is worthy of a slot on the card?

RESPONSE FROM KEVIN ECK: I would think that there would be an ECW title match at Mania. If not, I have to think that CM Punk would be on the card in some fashion (Money in the Bank?)

Due to the ECW/SD! exchange angle, here is good news for members of both rosters.

On Tuesday night, Paul Franklin of MyNetworkTV confirmed during an interview that Smackdown will air from 8-10 p.m. ET on either Thursdays or Fridays when the show moves to the network in September. The network will be working with WWE to decide which night is best for the show.

Also, The CW laid off its entire comedy staff yesterday to cut costs. It is possible they got rid off SD! for the same reason as CW currently pays WWE $700,000 a week for the rights to the show (WWE will continue to get the same amount from MNTV).

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