I wasn't planning on writing on ECW this week (or even watching it for that matter) but there were so many new faces, I feel that I must. ECW not only received five great draft picks, according to GM Tiffany, but also a number of young new superstars.
Yoshi: Although we didn't see much from him, I have a feeling he's got potential. He showed one athletic move and will obviously be getting a push since he beat The Gold Standard. Hopefully we'll see him actually wrestle next week.
Shelton Benjamin: Even though he lost to a brand new wrestler, this is probably the best place for Benjamin right now. Here he can shine among the newer superstars and hopefully go after the ECW title soon. At the very least, he can give the new guys a bit of a push, but I hope to see more of him actually wrestling soon.
William Regal: Regal showed dominating force in his main event tag match with Kozlov. He showed that he will be a force-to-be-reckoned-with and we may even see him in the title hunt soon, too. I have no doubt that he, too, will be aiding the younger talent get a push.
Kozlov: True, he's not actually new, but this was his first real match on ECW. Before tonight, he was taking out jobbers left and right. Now, in his nice new red outfit, he tagged with Regal and made a definite statement for himself. Could we even possibly be seeing a new tag team? I hope so.
Abraham Washington: Umm...this is wrestling, not Comedy Central's stand-up night. Bad jokes, a lame "talk show", and he didn't even show us if he could wrestle. First impressions are important as a fellow B/R writer said recently, and Abe did not make a good one. All I can say is, he better be one hell of a wrestler.
The Bella Twins: The only two divas on ECW right now if I'm not mistaken. So unless they feud with each other, there isn't much for them to do here. Their positives? They look good I guess. Oh, and we found out tonight that they are excellent on the mic...
Sheamus: This guy is hard to look at, no doubt about that. His match tonight was against a jobber, so it was kind of hard to tell how good he actually was. Hopefully we'll see more of his wrestling ability in future weeks. Dan also reminded me that Sheamus' finisher is quite impressive, so hopefully we'll also see more of that in the future.
Goldust: Goldust did not appear on ECW tonight, and I can't say I'm disappointed. The only thing I see him being used for is to push the new talent over anyway so I guess ECW is the best place for him.
Where does ECW go from here?
There was one more new superstar that is now a part of ECW but I can't quite remember his name. He introduced himself to Zack Ryder and will be competing against Ryder this Thursday on WWE Superstars.
A lot of people have voiced their opinions on how ECW got robbed in this mini-draft. I wholeheartedly agreed with them until watching ECW tonight.
I must admit, ECW gave up alot. The Hart Dynasty, Finlay, Bourne, Mark Henry, and Jack Swagger all left and it seemed like ECW didn't get much in return.
On paper, the names drafted to ECW don't seem too impressive. However, I think ECW won't be too badly off after all.
Sure the Bella twins were a waste, but Regal tagging with Kozlov has real potential and finally gives the writers something to do with Kozlov. Benjamin can do some great things, and if not can push younger wrestlers along with Goldust.
Add those to the young new talent, and ECW might not be too badly off after all.
Thanks for reading and feedback will be much appreciated.