Every week, I heavily anticipate the next showing of ECW. This week was no different, featuring a wide array of matches and even an intriguing segment featuring Goldust and newcomer Sheamus. William Regal certainly looked like a formidable contender, and I can’t wait for this Sunday’s Summerslam for his championship match against Christian. Moving on…..
Hurricane Helms defeats Paul Burchill w/Katie Lea
Being a big Burchill fan, and enthused by the return of the Hurricane, I was very much into this match. Going into it, it was fair to say that the Hurricane, or rather, Hurricane Helms as the E insists on calling him, was going to run all over “The Ripper” in this contest. Burchill hasn’t been able to salvage a singles victory in quite some time, and Tuesday night was no different. Certainly however, one can not take away the effort Burchill put into this match, as well as Helms. Both men were booked to look credible, each delivering some of their trademark moves. Perhaps my two favorite spots in the match, were Hurricane’s splash onto Burchill on the outside, and of course, Burchill’s unexpected “pele” kick, which displayed agility that is not normally seen from a man of Burchill’s size. Like many others, I was hit by nostalgia seeing Helms compete as the Hurricane. Everything about the guy is catchy- his theme music, his wrestling style, and his attire. He is definitely an over face that ECW can use to perfection. While he will never be ECW champion, or make it past the midcard, Hurricane has what it takes to make a solid, consistent living where he’s at right now. Burchill, on the other hand, is a man who creative is ridiculously underutilizing. With a similar aggressive style to that of William Regal’s, Burchill has what it takes to make it in the E. He’s got the size, the moveset, the agility, and the mouth. When given time to cut a promo backstage, Burchill has been solid. His ring work needs no further backing, as he delivers each and every time he’s out there. It speaks volumes for a wrestler when his primary job is to enhance others who aren’t nearly as efficient in the ring. Making other’s look good will make a paycheck for Mr. Burchill, but he deserves more than that role. Hopefully Helms and Burchill will do battle once more, as this match was excellent. On a side note, Matt Striker’s commentary was fantastic throughout the match. Although, that’s to be expected from the E’s best commentator.
Backstage Interview with Tommy Dreamer (Courtney Taylor debuts)
So after the match we go backstage for an interview, and who do we get? Guess what, another attractive blonde chick. Oh well, doesn’t really matter much. Dreamer doesn’t get much time to promote himself, as William Regal quickly steps into the shot, taunting Dreamer by tapping his injured arm over and over. The dastardly Regal doesn’t waste any time, orchestrating a massive beatdown courtesy of the “Moscow Mauler” Vladimir Kozlov coming up from behind and crushing Dreamer. Kozlov attacks Dreamer for a few moments, battering him quite effectively. Before you know it, Kozlov has Dreamer hoisted up, and Regal hits a devastating knee trembler across Tommy’s chops. Pretty much brief, and to the point. I give this little segment a thumbs up, as the attack was stiff and brutal. What else would you expect from Regal?
The Abraham Washington Show (featuring Goldust & Sheamus)
Okay, what the heck was this all about? I was starting to really dig Abe Washington’s character before this segment, and bam, this show was a complete downer. Part of it may have been Goldust, and creative’s knack for remembering something so utterly stupid. In other words, Goldust’s electrocution angle that happened years ago. Don’t get me wrong, I like Goldust. He’s great in the ring and has the ability to put on an interesting character, but creative is dropping the ball with him. This stuttering obsession is not fitting for the “Bizarre One”, it’s just plain stupid. I’ll admit, it was comical once during this segment, and only once, which is when Goldust awkwardly broke the silent intensity between he and Sheamus. Speaking of Sheamus, he was the lone bright spot of this segment. He talked a little in his cool accent, made his point, and stared down Goldust all dramatically. Sheamus could be a star someday, but time will tell. He has the physical size to do so, and might I add, amazing theme music. That being said, come on Abe, you can do better. And so can you, Goldust. Let’s get Abe in the ring, by the way. I feel like he’s more than capable.
Zack Ryder defeats Yoshi Tatsu
Just a short, but entertaining match, and it served its purpose. Either man could have gone over here, and nothing negative would happen. The up and coming heel, Zack Ryder, has become a hit with the fans over the past couple months, arousing them to a decent chorus of jeers everytime he steps down to the ring. Ryder is certainly someone that is easy to despise, what with his arrogant demeanor, feminine theme music, and obnoxious headband. He has what it takes to be a consistent heel midcarder for any brand, and perhaps even ECW Champion if booked credible enough. Yoshi Tatsu was the beaten superstar in this match, yet as noted previously, this won’t hurt Tatsu in the least bit. Tatsu will still be over with the crowd, and as these two men are essentially even on the totem pole, a rematch wouldn’t hurt with Tatsu going over. ECW is always a good show because of straightforward matches like this. Yes, they’re random, but I’ll take this as opposed to that catastrophe on Raw featuring Mickie James and Gail Kim.
William Regal & Vladimir Kozlov defeat ECW Champion Christian & Ezekiel Jackson
It should be noted that the match was originally booked with Tommy Dreamer as Christian’s partner, but with Dreamer being laid out earlier in the evening, Christian had to make another selection. In a segment aired previously to the match, Ezekiel presumably emerged into general manager Tiffany’s office, and Christian’s choice was before his eyes. Getting to the match, it was essentially Regal and Kozlov tearing apart Christian, as Christian never was able to make the hot tag to Big Zeke. It was a successful showing of Regal’s near flawless technical skill, and relentless nature inside the squared circle. The match also did justice for Kozlov, restoring his credibility as a main event competitor on ECW. While it was expected to see Kozlov and Jackson commence in a brawl, it was not to be. Instead of keeping Jackson’s alignment as blurred, he immediately turned to the heel side of things, abruptly turning on his partner Christian and dismantling him with his finishing move. To a loud chorus of boos, Regal reluctantly covered Christian and scored the victory. This match was effective in all areas- displaying Regal as a main event caliber talent, maintaining Kozlov as a legitimate threat on the brand, and establishing Ezekiel as a full blown heel. The show concludes with Regal, Kozlov, and Jackson standing tall over champion Christian, all of their arms raised in the air. Will a stable come out of this, or was it merely a one night association between the three men? Regardless, I see a tag team of Zeke and Kozlov for sure. Whereas Regal, I’m not so sure. Optimistically however, he will become the ECW Champion, just probably not at Summerslam. This looks to be Christian’s win at Summerslam, but hopefully we will see some rematches in the future.