|what's (still) wrong and kind of right with ecw
||[Jul. 4th, 2006|10:13 pm]
Wrestling Geeks Unite!
i've mostly blocked the fiasco that was the first ecw-on-scifi show out of my mind. i've also missed the couple of shows inbetween then and tonight. after all, most hotels don't carry scifi. so let's see if they're getting on the right track yet.|
kelly the exhibitionist. treating ecw fans to a half-assed pole dance without the pole that's perpetually cut short by an intruding boyfriend is like showing a homeless guy a blurry picture of a steak. he's had better before and it's really not doing him any good now.
mike knox vs. guido. great, just what we need: another big guy who's wrestling is mediocre at best. whatever you do, don't push the guy who actually wrestled in ecw and shows some fire in the right. the crowd was dead on with their chant of "boring" after the string of bodyslams.
anyone taking bets on rvd dropping the belt to big show in light of his drug-related arrest in ohio over the weekend? didn't think so...
they're getting better with keeping the production more in line with the old ecw. they should take more hints from tna, which is ironic since tna is trying to look like a bigger promotion in line with the wwe. the vignette they produced for test to mark his return smacks of mainstream wwe as well. however, the sabu vignette looks like it should - close-up of the wrester talking interspersed with footage from matches.
test vs. al snow. again, crush the ecw alum to push a guy who has no business on tv, much less in front of an ecw crowd. jesus, vince won't be happy until every wrestler of significance on this roster is out of wwe or from one of the develomental territories like deep south or ohio valley. tazz claimed that al snow is no push-over. right. can you remember the last time al won a match on tv? i think it was back when test was still on raw...
nice c.m. punk vignette. if they let him run with it, he could go a long way to turning this thing around. maybe once kurt's back from resting his hurt whatever-it-is-this-time, they can start on their series of classic matches that will be immortalized as a 2 dvd set.
rvd vs. big show. this was a great tv match. lots of back and forth, believable near falls on both ends, good storytelling. both men have really stepped things up over the last month - rvd is showing some real enthusiasm in the ring for the first time in a long time and big show is playing the slow-and-lumbering giant. yeah, the title change was a sucker bet although i wasn't expecting big show to get the win as a result of paul's interference. we'l see how long rvd and sabu are going to get suspended for. that is, if they aren't in jail.
ok, so it wasn't a total clusterfuck. but they still have a long way to go and making all of the major players in the promotion fit the mold of a wwe superstar is not the right move. we don't need or want this to be raw/smackdown jr. and what about the tag division? again, i think they should take a page from tna. when you only have an hour every week to tell your stories, it's ok to alternate storylines from show to show. granted, the roster needs to be bulked up a bit for this to work but it can happen if vinnie mac is serious about having this work as a stand-alone promotion.