When one turns the channel to ECW on Sy Fy, they think of the increasingly popular “Captain Charisma” Christian, or perhaps the “Innovator of Violence” Tommy Dreamer. However, the impacts of William Regal and Paul Burchill can not be neglected. Over the past couple weeks of ECW, the writers have seemingly showed more faith in the Englishmen. Burchill, who has been predominantly utilized as a glorified enhancement talent ever since arriving to the brand, has recently been featured in a handful of interview and backstage segments. As opposed to simply “jobbing” to Yoshi Tatsu on this past week’s ECW, he used typical dastardly heel tactics and ambushed Tatsu to go along with his disqualification. Prior to the match-up, Burchill revealed his clear distaste to interviewer Gregory Helms, claiming Gregory’s blatant Hurricane act is immature. Burchill proceeded to knock Helms to the ground with a stiff knockout punch, and walked away as if proud of his actions. This of course, is one of the few opportunities that the writers have given Burchill to develop a heel persona. As evidenced in his stints in WWE’s developmental territories, Burchill is more than capable of becoming an over heel for the company to use.
Not to be forgotten, is the vicious presence of one, William Regal. The cunning, brutal Brit has made it a tradition of tearing his foes to shreds, and has acquired a reputation of being one of the stiffest workers in the company. Regal is seemingly being portrayed as a credible threat to Christian’s ECW Championship, as he handily and convincingly defeated the former champion Tommy Dreamer, even locking in his potent Regal Stretch after the match to further the deviousness of his character. Surely, such a push is long overdue for Mr. Regal. Since his 2008 King of the Ring push, he has been scattered around the midcard, usually enhancing young talent like current United States Champion, Kofi Kingston. To some extent, Regal is ideal in the role of putting up and coming talent over. However, let’s not forget the pristine skill that Regal brings to the table. With the ability to talk on the stick, and technically out-perform any man on the roster, Regal is capable of carrying a brand, and what better fit than ECW.
Putting it all into focus, the tandem of William Regal and Paul Burchill has yet to be put into play, at least on a consistent basis. On a recent edition of WWE Superstars, the English duo defeated Tyler Reks and Yoshi Tatsu in tag team action. Unfortunately, the creative team has not expanded on the idea of them teaming for the long haul. Certainly though, it is an idea that can be implemented at any time. For instance, one night on ECW, Regal could be experiencing some misfortunes against Christian. Insert “The Ripper” Paul Burchill, and suddenly Burchill is instituted as Regal’s enforcer, thus creating the stable of William Regal, Paul Burchill, and Katie Lea. The foreign heel has slowly become a lost art, usually dismissed as cheap heat for those who can’t get over on their own. But to think, on an international scale, a British stable would be huge for overseas publicity, and people in the States would certainly pay to see this particular stable get dethroned. William Regal is deserving of a decent run as a brand’s top champion, and Paul Burchill is deserving of the rub that the ECW main event can give to him. Make this happen, and you have two upper midcard heels at your disposal.