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October 28, 2009

Quick hits on ECW

• It seems that every time I do an ECW review, I write the following phrase: “Christian had a good match with [fill in the blank].” On Tuesday night’s episode, it was with Yoshi Tatsu in an ECW title match. Once again, Christian successfully defended his title and elevated his opponent at the same time.

• You just knew that William Regal and his henchmen were going to do a post-match beat-down on Christian and Tatsu. It got a lot of heat because it ruined a feel-good moment for the fans, who clearly enjoyed the hard-fought, exciting match between two babyfaces.

• I usually enjoy Regal’s work, but I thought his rage over being denied an ECW title match was a little too over the top.

• The Sheamus-Shelton Benjamin match was good, but it made Benjamin look bad to lose clean, basically proving the Raw-bound Sheamus right about him being an underachiever.

• When asked by Abraham Washington about ECW not making an impact at Sunday’s Bragging Rights pay-per-view, Tiffany replied that ECW made a big impact because stars such as Kofi Kingston and John Morrison got their starts on ECW. The WWE creative team set up Tiffany to look ridiculous on that exchange.

• Byron Saxton did an adequate job in his debut as a commentator. He replaced Matt Striker, who is taking over for Jim Ross on Smackdown while Ross deals with his health issues.

Posted by Kevin Eck at 10:23 PM | | Comments (18)
        

Comments

A lot of people thought that Shelton Benjamin would be in the main-event picture in ECW but I guess his role there is to simply elevate the newcomers. What a waste of his talents.

Hey Eck, do you think Christian and Edge will reunite upon Edge's return to have a tag team run again for a while? Man that'd be great having them 2 together again.

RESPONSE FROM KE: I think it's inevitable that they will team again at some point -- even if it's a one-shot deal

Kevin, I have two questions about Christian to run by you. Have you noticed the past couple of weeks that Christian is looking a little bit jaundiced? (no, really, it's a serious question)
And secondly, do you know if Christian has commented anywhere (since his return to the WWE) about his time in TNA?

RESPONSE FROM KE: I don't remember seeing Christian talking about TNA, but that doesn't mean that he didn't.

Shelton should have definitely won this match. If Sheamus was staying on ECW then it wouldn't have mattered who won, but no reason to put Sheamus over on his way out. Sheamus who's had absolutely no reaction on ECW, i guess it's time that he moved to RAW to get victories over Bourne, MVP, and Primo due to him being buddies with Triple H

In my opinion, Sheamus getting "promoted" to Raw is the worst thing that could have happened to him...the only one it helped was Jamie Noble, who actually got to be on TV for a change...In one hour of ECW, you generally get 3 well worked, good matches (with the occasional Kozlov/Zeke vs. 2 "Local Competitors")...in two hours of Raw, you get 4 or 5 rushed, barely adequately worked matches, with a main event that starts at 10:55...I can't remember the last time an ECW main event match started after 10:45...Raw is definitely the "entertainment" show, whereas ECW and Smackdown have become the "wrestling" shows...though, with the return of The Undertaker, and the arrival of Batista, Smackdown may end up in my eyes as the number two "wrestling" show...I've been watching the "new" ECW since it started, and I may be one of only a few (hopefully you are included, Kevin) who are still watching every week from the very beginning...I've always found ECW's style to be more focused on in ring competition (which may be due to time constraints), and it works out for the better for them...just goes to prove that the top guys are not the best wrestlers, but we've known that forever

They should move Christian to Raw. That show is in need of something different.

I was shocked that Benjamin jobbed to Sheamus.As he's moving to the "A show" *sarcastic cough* a victory on the C show does nothing to get Sheamus over. What it does do is further bury Benjamin. A win for Benjamin would have kept him in the picture in ECW and wouldn't have hurt Sheamus in the least, since it was his last match. You can feel the energy of the crowd wanting to get behind Benjamin in one for or another, be it cheering him or booing him. Something is wrong when the marks can better appreciate a talent than the people hired to call the shots.

On a related note, Kevin, have you ever considered compiling a "most underrated" list? I'd be interested to read your thoughts on that.

Whew, I thought Striker had been fired or something.

Shelton Benjamin would probably be better off in TNA given his past association with Kurt Angle.

On the other hand, depending on what role Hogan plays, Benjamin could get buried there too.

Benjamin's big problem is that he's not very good on the stick. But he's not the first wrestler with that problem and he won't be the last.

I don't think it takes WWE creative to make Tiffany look horrible. I am convinced that woman is a robot.

You know, Edge could come back from injury, be all mad about the stuff Jericho was saying about him after Edge went out, and demand his share of the title back. Big Show says "no way", then Edge says, "Well, I'll just do it the old fashioned way and WIN the titles back." Jericho says, "You and what army?" Edge replies (slowly to build tension), "I don't need an army." Christian's music hits (or their old music when they used to tag together, followed by "For the benefit of those with flash photography..."), the crowd POPS, and wah-lah..instant tag team fun!

"It seems that every time I do an ECW review, I write the following phrase: “Christian had a good match with [fill in the blank].” On Tuesday night’s episode, it was with Yoshi Tatsu in an ECW title match. Once again, Christian successfully defended his title and elevated his opponent at the same time."

I hope you don't think thats a bad thing...I'd much rather watch well worked matches each week than a 2 hour variety show that features rushed/botched matches and "acting"

RESPONSE FROM KE: No, it's a good thing.

christian is so great, its a shame we dont get more promo time with him but since its an hour show i guess theres not enough time.
i know it would never happen, but i was hoping cena would lose the ironman match and go to ECW. he and christian could be very entertaining together, provide some comedy, and it would be a new and exciting matchup and open up raw's main event picture a little bit.

Agree with Jon in Bradenton - Edge and Christian, at least for a short run, would be entertaining. Hey Jon - I hear RAW is looking for new writers. You should apply!

"The Sheamus-Shelton Benjamin match was good, but it made Benjamin look bad to lose clean, basically proving the Raw-bound Sheamus right about him being an underachiever."

Not only that, but it sort of made all of ECW look bad. Sheamus has lost in ECW before, yes, but not very often. And based on what Tiffany said, Sheamus wanted to leave because he thought he was too good for ECW by now. Beating Sheamus clean while representing ECW would've not only helped Shelton get over with the ECW audience, but also would've made the ECW roster look good.

"When asked by Abraham Washington about ECW not making an impact at Sunday’s Bragging Rights pay-per-view, Tiffany replied that ECW made a big impact because stars such as Kofi Kingston and John Morrison got their starts on ECW. The WWE creative team set up Tiffany to look ridiculous on that exchange."

I feel a little embarrassed that I didn't get just why that was ridiculous sooner. At first I thought it was ridiculous because neither of them were representing ECW any more. Later on I remembered that both of those guys LOST.

I'm just echoing what a sheam it was for Benjamin to job for Sheamus. It's got to upset every single person on ECW - hammering in the fact that it's considered a minor league - just as Tiff's explanation about their "participation" in the last PPV did.

Not only that, it's promoting a guy with only mediocre potential over a potential main-eventer. You just don't give up on a Shelton Benjamin - even if he has been there 8 years. If they think of Sheamus being an elite talent and future champion, they're in worse shape than I thought they were.

Since Sheamus was moved to RAW due to his connections with Triple H; wouldn't this be a wise move to take someone like Zack Ryder and push him into Smackdown. I don't know why, but having Ryder and Matt Hardy as rivals would be perfect.

Mentioning moves, Primo, Noble and Kung Fu Naki should be moved to ECW. All three are talented and are just being wasted within their selected brands. I rather see the likes of Tyler Reks & Primo become a tag and Hurricane asking Nobel or Naki to become his sidekick... Only for Nobel to reject the offer and help the fantastic (And restricted) Burchill in his quest in unmasking him.

However that wont happen. Instead... The red underwear duo Spinebuster two Light Heavyweights before roaring at the crowd as if to prove there inability to work the mic.

"They should move Christian to Raw. That show is in need of something different."

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If they were to move Christian to Raw, he would not be in the main event. He would - at best - be the United States Champion. I totally agree that Raw is in need of something different, but that something has to include a change in philosophy, not just a new face on the show. Who knows? With an Orton-Kingston program getting started, maybe they have gotten the message.

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