On the outside, everybody was cheering for the end of this show and the beginning of a new era, but deep inside, it breaks my heart a little bit that one of the greatest shows in WWE history is coming to the end.
Now, I wasn't around when ECW was really extreme, but watching enough matches through old PPVs, YouTube, and other sources showed me that ECW really was a great brand back in its heyday.
And believe me, compared to NXT, ECW is going to look great. Now, I know there can't be that many goods and bads in a one-hour episode. But I think the final ECW deserves a good overview.
Let's start with the bad news first, The Abraham Washington Show. This show is, simply put, the saddest act the WWE has ever put together.
This show really doesn't get talked about enough. It is just so bad. Yes, Tony, whatever Vladimir Kozlov was saying in Russian was so funny that you had to laugh for the next five minutes.
Doesn't the WWE have better things to televise than this garbage? I mean, who the heck is Abraham Washington? And for that matter, what is Tony Atlas's purpose for the show? He laughs, and he laughs, and he laughs the most pitiful laugh I have ever heard.
But he never talks. He just walks up to the mic and laughs; laughs when they're trying to be funny, hell, laughing when their trying to make a serious point, too. I don't know if this is the WWE's idea of a sarcastic joke or if this is the best they can come up with.
This took valuable time off what could've a killer and memorable main event. It looked OK at first with 20 minutes left, Christian came out, gave a five minute speech, then two minute commercial, another two minute entrance, a little bit of play fighting, commercial, and then BAM, five minutes left in the main event and only one weapon used.
OK, it shouldn't really be considered a serious usage of a weapon. A kindle stick to the finger. Woo hoo, that's hardcore for you. I would have bitten his fingers off, and it probably would've hurt more anyway.
Yoshi Tatsu and Goldust vs. The Miz and The Big Show.
First off, I got to admit, the tag team of the Miz and The Big Show have a tight theme. A similar style to the old tag team of Chris Jericho and Big Show.
This match was a decent beginning to ECW. The problem? It was kind of obvious that Goldust and Yoshi Tatsu were not going to become unified tag team champions. Sorry guys, it's just not going to happen.
Kind of a throwaway match, but a not bad start to ECW.
There was one good thing with the Abraham Washington Show. A new tag team has been born: Shelton Benjamin and Vladimir Kozlov. And it doesn't look like it's going to be a bad tag team either.
I like this tag team, but it's just I don't like the path to how they became one. All hell broke loose on the Abraham Washington show, and then Vladimir Kozlov and Shelton Benjamin looked at each other. And it was love at first sight....
Not really, but it seemed kind of, what else, awkward, that they would stare at each other for 10 seconds, shake hands, and start hugging. I mean, it just felt random and awkward. And I bet it felt even more awkward for the superstars.
I'd like to give the WWE writers major props for using their last ounce of unpredictability for a good cause. Making Ezekiel Jackson ECW champion, nobody expected this.
Everybody expected a guy like Christian to put the icing on the cake and retain the ECW championship and walk into the sunset on a high note.
Instead, Ezekiel Jackson cleaned house pretty well and left a bitter taste in the WWE audience... I LIKE IT!
Overall, I was a bit disappointed on the final match. But it was ECW. What do you expect? Smackdown and RAW are more hardcore.
One last question: Does it really matter that Ezekiel Jackson now has the ECW Championship? I mean, he'll hold it for two minutes, and then it won't exist anymore.
No offense to them, but if you win, nobody is going to care cause at the end of the show, it's not going to exist.
It might as well have been a one on one ECW extreme rules match. The title basically meant a bonus two minutes of glory.
Just a thought.
So long ECW: 1994-2010
You will be missed.....
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