The Land Of Extreme: What Happens Next?
Last night’s ECW was a very good show in my opinion. Near the end of the main event, which was a tag team match between the team of Zack Ryder and William Regal, and the team of Christian and Yoshi Tatsu, Zack Ryder turned on his partner, costing Regal the match.
Now given the recent on goings between Ryder and Regal, this was only expected. However, for me it was still surprising, and left one question in my mind: “Where are they going with this?” Instead of limiting myself to Ryder and Regal, I’ve decide to write about what the entire future of the brand will be.
The Hurricane vs. Paul Burchill
I find that this is really dragging on. This feud started about a month and a half ago, and doesn’t seem to be stopping. It’s been Burchill trying to reveal to the world that The Hurricane is really Gregory Helms, a member of the ECW broadcast team. While it seems to be painfully obvious that Helms is in fact, the Hurricane, and that the one incident on the Abraham Washington show was clearly pre-taped, the creative team doesn’t want to let this go.
At first there were some great matches, and they still fail to disappoint every time they’re in the ring together. However, the WWE has got to stop this feud soon, because it‘s really getting on my nerves. If I had to predict where this was going a week ago, I’d say that Burchill was just a stepping stone for the Hurricane, but Burchill pulled off an impressive win in the match-up this week.
I’d have to say that eventually, Burchill does something along the lines of ripping Hurricane’s mask off, then we don’t see him for a couple of weeks. Then let’s say The Miz is on Raw one week after the TLC PPV, bragging about his United States Championship victory over Evan Bourne, then The Hurricane’s music hits, and Hurricane comes out, saying that he talked to that week’s guest host, and that he is the new #1 contender for the U.S. title.
The Ruthless Roundtable
William Regal’s Ruthless Roundtable could be the most dominant team in the WWE today. I think that Kozlov and Jackson would have a fairly even match against Jerishow. However, where do they stand in terms of partnership? How much longer will they be at that ruthless table?
I think that they’ll be a team for a while longer. They’ll probably break away from Regal, after he gets his title reign. I think that when they break away, they really won’t have a purpose, accept for beating Goldust and Jobby Dreamer every night. So after Regal is out of the picutre, they probably won’t last that long.
There is a rumor that Jackson may be moving up to Smackdown soon, so if he goes there, possibly Kozlov will feud with Yoshi Tatsu or Zack Ryder for the ECW Title.
Christian, after his title reign
In the next couple of weeks, I believe that there will be a #1 contenders match for the ECW Championship. It will likely feature Yoshi Tatsu, William Regal and Zack Ryder. Those three men will be in contention for the title for a while, but the only man who will strip it off the waist of Christian, will be William Regal. Here’s how it will go.
Tatsu will win the triple threat match, and face Christian at Bragging Rights for the title. Christian will win that match. The next week on ECW, our General Manager, Tiffany, will start the show out with some announcements. Among those announcements, will be that Zack Ryder and William Regal will finally face each other. That match will be a #1 contenders match in a steel cage on the next week of action. Regal would win that match, and go on to beat Christian for the ECW title.
Now that is how I see Christian finally losing the title, but while Regal and Tatsu or Ryder feud for the ECW Championship, where will Christian be? Here’s how I see it. He’ll take a few weeks off, and then have a couple matches, and maybe feud with somebody such as Sheamus, or Paul Burchill for a while, then he’ll re-unite with Edge at Wrestlemania, to take on Jerishow, and win the Unified Tag Team Championship.
I highly doubt that he’ll stay on ECW after that. He’ll probably move on to Smackdown, or Raw when their title reign ends.
Zack Ryder vs. William Regal
I’ve pretty much summed up this feud in the previous predictions, but I’m going to give you a more detailed revision of what I think is going to happen.
At the start of next week‘s ECW on Syfy, the Roundtable comes out with Regal demanding a match with Zack Ryder. Tiffany then interrupts him, and says that Regal will get his match, but Yoshi Tatsu will also be included and it will be a #1 contender’s match.
During the match, Regal is about to pin Tatsu, when Ryder interferes. Regal, then goes on to attack Ryder. After Regal throws Ryder out if the ring and turns around, Yoshi is ready with the kick to the head, and the pinfall victory.
On the October 20th version of ECW, you will see Zack Ryder getting ready for his match with Tyler Reks, when out of nowhere, Jackson and Kozlov attack him, forcing him to forfeit the bout. On the Tuesday after Bragging Rights, Tiffany announces the steel cage match for the next week.
The steel cage match will be a good one, back and forth action, and eventually, Regal will catch the “Tool from Long Island” in Christian’s words, with a running knee, and end the match by pinfall. After Regal wins the Championship, the feud will tone down a bit, as Regal will eventually move on to Yoshi Tatsu.
During this article, I talked about how I think ECW will change over the next couple of months, and I also mentioned how I think that Christian, Ezekiel Jackson and The Hurricane will be Moving on to Smackdown and Raw. Now, when you give other brands your Superstars, to avoid crowding, you usually get some wrestlers back. Here’s who I think would replace the three leaving Superstars.
The first to come down will likely be someone along the lines of Charlie Haas, or R-Truth. A “low-carder” to replace Jackson. Then I would expect maybe Primo to make a switch for The Hurricane when he comes back up to Raw.
Finally, this would really be reaching into the bag, but since Christian would likely be a main event Superstar on Smackdown, you’d expect someone big back. The Great Khali fits into that category quite nicely. He is definitely not a good wrestler, but his size and strength would put him in the ECW title hunt for sure.
As always, comments are open. How do you think ECW will look two or three months from now? Will that look be good or bad for the brand?
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