Quick and dirty because I had to deal with nasty bug on the computer.
Opening: Reviewed last weeks happening of Knox/Test union and Heyman helping them take out Dreamer.
Knox and Dreamer mix it up in opening of the show. Goes about five minutes until Heyman and riot squad come out an interfere. 1...2...3! Dreamer loses. Sandman comes out.
Back: Heyman tells Sandman has a match against Knox and Test starting now. Not extreme rules. Well they beat the tar out of him until he gets back to his cane and gets DQ'ed.
Back: Kevin Thorn takes on Al Snow who gets in a lot more offence this time on TV than last time. Whole time he's making out with Arieal. His Razor Edge...1...2..3.
PROMOS: Punk, Balls, Show live with a tweener promo wasn't exactly heel even though he was trying. Crowd seems to half love and half hate. Really weird.
Back: Sabu vs Angle the number on contendership match for the ECW title. An very intense match between Angle and Sabu. Why do I have a feeling Heyman is going to screw job Sabu too? Rolling german into BIG release german. Sabu escapes the Angle Slam. Wow...Sabu escapes the Ankle lock. Sabu cross arm breaker...Angle Ankle lock. WAIT it's not Heyman screwing Sabu it's RVD. He takes out Angle...DQ! He nails Sabu too! Out of no where RVD is back!
Hmm...I think now that they're rolling ECW is starting to piece together well. It's not an old school ECW but it's gotten better.
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The Passion of the Dreamer angle would be a tad more interesting had we not seen him die so often before. It's worth noting that he demolished Knox before the guards intervened. It was as close to a squash as I've seen Dreamer enjoy. From that side, anyway.
A nice main event withered into a sucky finish. As much as I admire the effort Show is giving his title reign, all the main events on ECW have surpassed his championship matches. Tonight was a stark contrast to what we've gotten in the main event since RVD was suspended, and then his return ruins a fun match.
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I guess a non-finish in the main event is now considered extreme. Since Sabu and Angle were wrestling for the spot of #1 contender, does that mean Steve Lombardi is the #3 contender due to his loss to Angle last week? Lombardi would be more credible at this point than others who have had the dream of holding the ECW Title.
Wow, drastic change in look for Dupree. Works better for him than...whatever the Hell that last one was. It was like some weird combination of Snidely Whiplash, James Mitchell, and John Travolta in "Grease." Is it just me, or did Dupree look smaller? And if so - gee, I wonder why?
Overall, I enjoyed the show and thought it was a good follow-up to last week's show (which was easily the best of the shows that've aired thus far).
- Dreamer vs. Knox wasn't bad for what it was. For as much as he gets criticized by some smarks for being too green, his selling of the after-effects of Dreamer's DDT post-match was a really nice touch.
- Sandman vs. Test/Knox ended exactly the way it should have, and I was waiting for them to emphasize that Sandman's one of those guys that doesn't give a crap if he's disqualified. That being said, I will be a happy man if I never have to see Sandman do another dropkick.
- Alright, enough of the Ballz talking about himself backstage in two-minute intervals. It's as if the guy hasn't debuted for the new ECW yet, and it's getting quite repetitive.
- The Kevin Thorn gimmick actually comes across quite well - the look suits him (a LOT better than the Mordecai gimmick did) and he seems to have improved a bit in the ring. I'm still not sold on 21st Century Elvira accompanying him to ringside, but she's been fine in her role as well and seems to be a decent talker.
- Big Show's promo got across the point - that he's ECW champ and doesn't care if people don't like it - but the promo as a whole seemed to fall flat. Then again, maybe that was the Nashville crowd, who didn't seem too hot for it (or much else other than the main event) tonight. I assume that they didn't turn down the crowd noise this time around, even though they seemed into it at the beginning of the show.
- Going into Sabu/Angle, I was thinking that this match could be either really fun or a horrible mess. I'm glad it was the former. That being said, this means that the issue of who's going to take on Big Show for the title at Summerslam won't be resolved until five days before the event, even if Show/Sabu has been hinted at for the past several weeks. Oh, and nice Phantom Van Daminator by RVD. By the way, was that Van Dam missing or Angle ducking out and going out of position too early? I'd have to see it again (thankfully ECW was smart enough this week to NOT replay a BLOWN SPOT).
All in all, I found it more enjoyable than what little I watched of RAW last night. Sure, the show still feels rushed since they're trying to cram so much into a one-hour show with what seems to be a LOT of commericals, but what're you gonna do. Also, I wonder if the disaster of Moore's dark match last week meant the plug got pulled on his debut - isn't this the first time in quite awhile that we didn't see a "Shannon Moore sitting around doing nothing and being pseudo-punk" vignette? Maybe I missed it.
Originally posted by Deputy MarshallWow, drastic change in look for Dupree. Works better for him than...whatever the Hell that last one was. It was like some weird combination of Snidely Whiplash, James Mitchell, and John Travolta in "Grease." Is it just me, or did Dupree look smaller? And if so - gee, I wonder why?
Definitely smaller, saw Dupree at a house show in Abilene the night after SNME, and he looked about half as big as I remembered him with the evil Frenchie gimmick w/ the mustache etc.
So noticed the new apron for ECW, which is leading me to believe it's not just a 13 week run, this is gonna be continued for some time.
While I do have plenty of problems with this "ECW", not to mention the entire company, it is nice to tune in a see a good wrestling match every now and then (Sabu/Angle). With RVD back, I hope we get a few more matched with Angle, their match a few months back was very good. This is definitely a show to tape and watch later to cut through the (90%) crap.
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Meh show, thought Thorn and Ariel are a refreshing change of pace from the usual cookie cutter look.
So, I gotta take exception with Todd Martin's review on the Observer.
He wrote: "There is no sympathy for Dreamer as a face because he always loses. Thus it doesnt help the heels when they beat him."
Isn't just the opposite true? It seems like now we're building to Sandman and Dreamer getting the big blowoff win (and presumably sending Knox and Test to the "B" or "A" rosters.) Won't months and months of the babyfaces being screwed and cheated lead to the climactic win?
ECW is at the least doing episodic booking. This plays more like a episode of "Superstars," non-competitive matches leading to angles than anything else.
Maybe it's just me, but we've now seen two of Kevin Thorn's matches and one of CM Punk's, and I think so far I like Thorn better. He has some nice, crisp power offense and a unique look. Punk's alright, but he didn't look nearly as sharp last week. These guys have both barely started in ECW, and I guess we'll see how both of them develop over time, but like I said; so far I like Thorn better than Punk.
Originally posted by EddieBurkettShouldn't Thorn be scared of the crucifix powerbomb?
Heh. You'd think. If this were the indies, he'd turn it into a comedy spot where he'd get all scared once he had the guy in the crucifix position.
I just think the rope stunner should be his finisher. His matches just seem to putter to an end once he hits it. If he could sharpen that move up a bit (DVD position to ropes to stunner in one smooth motion), it would be one of the best finishers in the business.
It sucks that they put Dupree on ECW. I LOVED the french phenom gimmick, I thought it was money, especially with the robe instead of fifi. It's still not "ECW" but last week and this week with Heyman getting more control over the product are definatly the best hours of WWE tv of the year. Sidenote, after reading all the house show reports, I really wanted to hear the crowd start chanting "The power of Christ Compels you!" to thorne.
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Good show. Santino has gone from best part of the show to incredibly annoying comic mascot in record time. This is the first time in years that anything involving HHH has been even remotely interesting.