Punk has now progressed to outright squashes, and his appeal has less to do with his style or look than the fact that rasslin fans often love to see someone dominate. He hasn't busted out a one-move match yet (a la Magnum TA or King Kong Bundy) but last night was pretty close. Also, his feud with Knox has no heat because Knox hasn't done anything except push Kelly around. Knox is a fence post out there. No character at all.
Matt Striker, on the other hand, has plenty of character, but shows me nothing in the ring. He controlled the tag match with simple attack moves highlighted by the theft of Samoa Joe's corner-boot combo. He's just a weasly heel. Talks up a buffet, wrestles like vanilla.
Thorn, a guy I was high on all along, beat Dreamer with a crappy prop finish, He's a head taller and hes strong like bull. He shouldn't have to cheat to that degree to beat Tommy. Frankly they should be running buddies. Thorn loves blood, and Tommy likes to bleed. He's even bleeding on his t-shirt image.
Big Show shaved his head though so that's his character development for this month.
(edited by Matt Tracker on 5.10.06 1020) "To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
Why do you ignore the great main event match that took up a third of the show? RVD/Test was an even better ECW match than RVD/Holly.
To those who say people wouldn't look; they wouldn't be interested; they're too complacent, indifferent and insulated, I can only reply: There is, in one reporter's opinion, considerable evidence against that contention. But even if they are right, what have they got to lose? Because if they are right, and this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate, then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost. This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires, and lights, in a box.-Edward R. Murrow
Originally posted by oldschoolheroWhy do you ignore the great main event match that took up a third of the show? RVD/Test was an even better ECW match than RVD/Holly.
I'm on record as loving Test's return, and I caught mucho flak for my earlier statement that RVD/Angle was my match of the year. This week's main event was a good bout, but the rest of the show eclipsed it. Also, I'm tired of Heyman and his guards. I want this feud to move forward.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
I'll agree that Test has been pretty good since his return, but seriously, the main event? Who thinks Test is dynamic and engaging enough to be the show's main event, especially following a title defense last week? Of course, I didn't care for the show in general, either. I think that even if they're not going to really do anything with Punk, at the very least he could stop wrestling the exact same squash match every week. I mean, mix it up, do something we haven't seen a million times by now.
Nothing extraordinary for the first 40 minutes, but the RVD/Test main-event made this show great. Excellent match, and I'd rank it as being better than the Holly/Van Dam match the week prior (this match didn't have the drama of the back-gash, but it also didn't have the shitty first half).
ECW as a show is just there. I never leave the show thinking "Well, that sucked", but I also never leave thinking "I MUST tune it next week!" It's a fine program, but they need something more to hook the viewer than just "Who'll wrestle an extreme rules match NEXT week?"
I think some other people have mentioned this but I'll rehash anyway. HHH looks like he's losing some mass ... and that's a good thing. He's getting closer to the sleek, mobile bad ass we used to know. Or, maybe it's just the clean shave.