Quick hits on ECW
• Tuesday’s episode of ECW definitely had an element of unpredictability. In a match between The Hurricane and The Ripper in which an ECW contract for The Ripper was on the line, Hurricane won and unmasked Paul Burchill in the process. So much for that superhero vs. super villain feud that we were all expecting. I’m not sure where this leaves Burchill and Katie Lea, but you would think they have to go to either Raw or Smackdown at this point. The other surprise occurred during the match between Ezekiel Jackson and Vladimir Kozlov. William Regal interfered on Jackson’s behalf and cost Kozlov the match. Regal and Jackson then beat-down Kozlov. That’s two times now that an apparent babyface turn for Jackson has ended up being a swerve. I’m guessing WWE goes the Great Khali route with Kozlov and tries to transform him into a lovable big oaf. Get ready for the return of the “I love Double Double E” catchphrase.
• The unpredictability did not extend to the main event, as Kane scored a decisive victory over Zack Ryder in an ECW Homecoming qualifying match. Other than the fact that former ECW wrestlers who are now on other brands could compete in the tournament, I didn’t quite follow Tiffany’s explanation of how the thing worked. Luckily, wwe.com posted the following: “Throughout the next four weeks, the ECW General Manager will invite former ECW Superstars to compete with current ECW Superstars in The ECW Homecoming. Sixteen Superstars will compete one-on-one and eight will advance to The Homecoming Finale, featuring an Over-the-Top Rope Challenge on the Jan. 12 edition of ECW on Syfy. The winner of the Challenge will receive an ECW Title Match against Christian at Royal Rumble!” I like the concept, but I hope all the current ECW wrestlers won’t be buried.
• It was a nice touch when Gregory Helms walked away after interviewing Burchill and his cape was sticking out from under his jacket.
• Tony Atlas was a riot during The Abraham Washington Show. “Mr. USA” hasn’t been this over since he pinned Hulk Hogan at Madison Square Garden in 1981.
• Trent Barreta and Caylen Croft used a new finisher this week, a cool-looking neckbreaker/powerbomb combination. They need a manager (if managers still existed) or a valet to enhance their act.