Quick hits on ECW
• Jack Swagger was all over Tuesday night’s episode of ECW. He cut a promo to open the show, appeared in a couple backstage segments and wrestled in the main event. In addition, WWE put together a nice video package of him. Knowing WWE’s booking tendencies, all of that could only mean one thing: Swagger was going to lose his ECW Homecoming match against Yoshi Tatsu. It became even more apparent that Swagger was going down when he dominated a good portion of the match and the announcers basically said that it was a foregone conclusion he would win. When the ECW Homecoming concept was announced, I said that I didn’t want to see the current ECW guys get buried by having to put over the former ECW wrestlers in every instance. Still, it would have been nice for Swagger to get the victory after all that buildup and having such a good showing against John Cena the night before on Raw.
• Over the past six days, Swagger has lost on WWE Superstars (to MVP), Raw (to Cena) and ECW (Tatsu). I think what Swagger meant to say a couple months ago was that he was not going to win again this year.
• The Swagger-Tatsu match started a bit slowly, but they picked up the pace the last few minutes and there were several good near falls before the finish.
• Tommy Dreamer has left WWE, and his loss to Zack Ryder was his last match in the company. There was no mention on TV of it being his swan song. I think WWE wasted an opportunity with Dreamer’s departure. Earlier this year, when Dreamer said in an emotional promo that he would retire if he didn’t win the ECW title in a triple threat match with Christian and Swagger, instead of Dreamer winning the title, I would have had Swagger beat him. It would have helped elevate Swagger, who could’ve claimed that he retired the last remaining ECW original. With Dreamer returning to the ECW mid-card after his title run, Ryder beating him does nothing for Ryder’s career. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Dreamer as a performer, but the guy obviously loves the business and always worked hard. I wish him well.
• Vance Archer continues to gradually climb the ladder, as he scored his biggest win to date over Goldust. Since the show took place in Orlando, Fla., I wonder if Archer and Goldust got nostalgic about wrestling as Lance Rock and Black Reign at the Impact Zone. Probably not.
• Abraham Washington got off a great line. When Trent Barreta and Caylen Croft complained about the mugs that were sitting on the table being empty, he said: “I can’t afford drinks on this show. This is ECW, not Monday Night Raw.”
• Some of Washington’s jokes weren’t very kid-friendly. I’m thinking about the one about Tiger Woods and 18 holes, and his comments about being a pimp. Then again, the show does air after 10 p.m., which is past what is considered the “family hour.”
• Washington introduced Barreta and Croft as “the hottest tag team in ECW.” Now that Ezekiel Jackson and Vladimir Kozlov have split, aren’t they the only tag team in ECW?