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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.36
    Originally posted by WWE.con
    World Wrestling Entertainment has come to terms on the release of SmackDown Superstar Kenny Dykstra and ECW's Elijah Burke and Lena Yada as of Nov. 10, 2008. WWE wishes them the best in all future endeavors.


Really surprized to see Dykstra go, I thought he was a great talent. Burke...we didn't see enough of him, and Yada, well...I don't know.

First Palumbo, London, Super Crazy, and maybe Adamle...now these three. Is this the WWE's version of spring cleaning, but in fall?

(edited by Oliver on 10.11.08 1116)

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.74
I was a big fan of Burke in ECW last year, but I don't think he's been on TV since the Royal Rumble, so I presumed he was injured. I thought he had a lot of potential...hopefully he'll be back someday.

Kenny is young enough to return to the 'E at some point.

Lena Yada...I got nothing.



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#3 Posted on
I think Dykstra will be back once everybody forgets about the Spirt Squad. Burke should be able to get over in TNA. I had to look up who Lena was, and I still can't remember her so no big loss I guess
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.79
Lena Yada's fate was sealed when Gail Kim was rehired. Don't need two hot Asians on the Divas roster when one of them can't wrestle or do much of anything.

According to the few seconds I glanced at the Torch online, this round of cuts has to do with Linda McMahon's plan to cut $20-million minimum from WWE's operational procedures. WWE is going to increase international tours in 2009. The rest of the world is still lucrative with the US economy forcing the home market to dry up. But unless things turn around, the global economy will soon follow.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.76
Burke and Kenny are both full of potential, but Burke seemed a little more polished to possibly make an immediate impact somewhere. Kenny is still green and vanilla, but at least maybe now he can go by Kenny Doane (sp?), assuming that is his real name.




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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.07

Was it Burke that was hit by car while jogging st night?
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.27
Read it and weep, fella


    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    Lena Yada's fate was sealed when Gail Kim was rehired. Don't need two hot Asians on the Divas roster when one of them can't wrestle or do much of anything.
I guess the same can be said for Elijah Burke/Kofi Kingston, except I guess they can both wrestle.

Did they ever attach some sort of ethnicity to Burke? I cant remember.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
I guess Vince was wrong about Elijah being the future of ECW? Naaaaah, impossible.

    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    The rest of the world is still lucrative with the US economy forcing the home market to dry up. But unless things turn around, the global economy will soon follow.


Too late. I know the latest Mexican tour was down off what they've done before (which follows their trend there). It'll be interesting to see if that's the same with the Europe tour, since wrestling seems as overexposed there.


    Did they ever attach some sort of ethnicity to Burke? I cant remember.


The 4-UP on his wrist tape always led me to believe he was some sort of mushroom person.

The thing about these guys is you really can't get beter or more interesting to the writers by not having matches and not being on TV. And if you're called up and not already on TV, there's no way to get on TV or have matches in front of a live audience. (insert sad poem about Velocity here.) The recent FCW guys might have it better off, because at least they're still working in FCW too, but guys like Kenny and Elijah weren't going to become better wrestlers by never being in the ring.

(edited by thecubsfan on 10.11.08 1422)


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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.40
    Originally posted by thecubsfan
    The thing about these guys is you really can't get beter or more interesting to the writers by not having matches and not being on TV. And if you're called up and not already on TV, there's no way to get on TV or have matches in front of a live audience. (insert sad poem about Velocity here.) The recent FCW guys might have it better off, because at least they're still working in FCW too, but guys like Kenny and Elijah weren't going to become better wrestlers by never being in the ring.


I missed all of Burke's work with Terkay, but his singles work in ECW was consistently good. He could talk, he had good moves, and he just looked ready for primetime. His later Thorn/Gangrel gimmick was a thousand times wrong.



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.56
    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    His later Thorn/Gangrel gimmick was a thousand times wrong.


Wait... I must have missed this. Was this on actual WWE television, or in Florida?
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.40
    Originally posted by sentonBOMB
      Originally posted by Matt Tracker
      His later Thorn/Gangrel gimmick was a thousand times wrong.


    Wait... I must have missed this. Was this on actual WWE television, or in Florida?


This was his last run in ECW. On TV.



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.49
    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    Lena Yada's fate was sealed when Gail Kim was rehired. Don't need two hot Asians on the Divas roster when one of them can't wrestle or do much of anything.



Plus Gail costs more. If they are trying to cut money and hire more expensive wrestlers then cuts are needed. There are also the rumors of Christian coming back to WWE so they may need to clear up more money.



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.37
    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
      Originally posted by sentonBOMB
        Originally posted by Matt Tracker
        His later Thorn/Gangrel gimmick was a thousand times wrong.


      Wait... I must have missed this. Was this on actual WWE television, or in Florida?


    This was his last run in ECW. On TV.


Just to be clear, you are NOT talking about Mordecai/Kevin Thorn the Vampire, right? You are talking about Elijah Burke?

Not:


But:


Right?

EDIT: Well shut my mouth. I sure don't remember that.

(edited by hansen9j on 10.11.08 1445)

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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.40
    Originally posted by hansen9j
    Just to be clear, you are NOT talking about Mordecai/Kevin Thorn the Vampire, right? You are talking about Elijah Burke? ...

    Right?




I'm talking Burke, with a new version of Gangrel's goblet. He combed out the dreads and went goth. And then he was gone.





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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.36
I really thought they viewed Kenny as a long-term project. As Cubs & others have alluded, they may have just decided to send him out in the big bad world for a while for seasoning. I'm notoriously bad at predictions, but I'm gonna speculate that he does Japan & Mexico type things, but not TNA. Then the E brings him back once he gets some world experience.
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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.35
    Originally posted by Above Average 1
    I think Dykstra will be back once everybody forgets about the Spirt Squad.


I think we might have to forget he was also stuck with the name Kenny Dykstra.

Elijah Burke is what I don't get about ECW. Granted the show is only an hour, but how do you not find a spot to showcase this guy? I know you can't show everybody, but he was one of the best parts about the early WWE/ECW shows?

This is where Heyman is dead on in his Sun articles when he says that Vince and the WWE don't get it when it comes to the youth and new talent.
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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.02
    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    I'm talking Burke, with a new version of Gangrel's goblet. He combed out the dreads and went goth. And then he was gone.


I'm almost positive that never made it to TV.



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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.56
    Originally posted by CRZ
    I'm almost positive that never made it to TV.


Yeah, I'm going to have to second this; I have seen all but like three or so episodes of ECW since they brought it back, and I definitely don't remember seeing this.
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.71
    Originally posted by Above Average 1
    I think Dykstra will be back once everybody forgets about the Spirit Squad.

People (other than us) still remember the Spirit Squad?

    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    Lena Yada's fate was sealed when Gail Kim was rehired. Don't need two hot Asians on the Divas roster when one of them can't wrestle or do much of anything.

Wrong, sir! You can never have too many hot Asians.






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#20 Posted on
    Originally posted by sentonBOMB
      Originally posted by CRZ
      I'm almost positive that never made it to TV.


    Yeah, I'm going to have to second this; I have seen all but like three or so episodes of ECW since they brought it back, and I definitely don't remember seeing this.

He didn't have this look on TV, the last time he was on TV was the Smackdown that aired May 30th. He had the different look for a couple of dark matches in June and August. See here for match details.
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