Saturday, 27 August 2016

TV REVIEW: WWE ECW - October 13th, 2009

ECW: 13/10/09
Lexington, Kentucky

With tensions rising at the top of the ECW mountain, William Regal teams up with Zack Ryder to take on Yoshi Tatsu and ECW Champion Christian in tonight's main event.


Ezekiel Jackson vs. Goldust

Before that however, we get this; one half of last week's tag team contest going at it in a fairly standard wrestling match between the wily veteran and the aggressive rookie.  Though not quite the kind of excellent opening match ECW is capable of delivering, it's nonetheless a passable effort in which Ezekiel Jackson picks up the win thanks to some help from Vladimir Kozlov.
Your Winner: Ezekiel Jackson


Backstage, Zack Ryder catches up with William Regal. The two discuss their tag team match later tonight and it's abundantly clear that the two upcoming partners do not get along. What's also clear is that, whilst Ryder sounds almost wooden, Regal is brilliant in this exchange.

A Word from Sheamus

The Celtic Warrior heads to the ring to rag on his arch-rival, Shelton Benjamin. Bringing up Benjamin's failure to reach the top of the WWE, Sheamus vows to use The Gold Standard as a stepping stone to reach the top himself. It's a decent promo from Sheamus, even if does start to grate after a while to hear his thick Irish accent refer to the company as the 'dubye dubye eee'.

The Hurricane vs. Paul Burchill (with Katie Lea) 

As the rivalry between them grows deeper, Paul Burchill dominates the ever-popular Hurricane for the majority of their average eight-minute match. Gregory Helms' alter-ego does put in some decent offence, but ultimately he proves no match for the powerful Brit as Burchill puts him away with a Jackhammer.
Your Winner: Paul Burchill

Heading to the back, Christian discusses the upcoming main event with his partner, Yoshi Tatsu. In a spot of light comedy to round off the segment, the two out-do each other on their trademark exchange of 'thank you's.

Main Event: William Regal & Zack Ryder vs. Yoshi Tatsu & ECW Champion Christian 

Despite rising tensions between them, Regal and Ryder seem to be able to put their differences on the backburner; functioning reasonably well as a team in a good main event match against Christian and  Yoshi Tatsu until it all breaks down at the finale, allowing the champion and his partner to pick up the win.
Your Winners: Yoshi Tatsu & Christian

Final Thoughts: 
As in previous weeks, the ongoing power struggle surrounding the top of the ECW mountain dominated this week's show, and that's just fine by me. Concentrating on one particular story, that being the saga between Regal, Christian, Ryder and Tatsu, helps to give the show a purpose and focus that other shows can often seem to lack. And of course, when we did take a break from the main story, we were treated to a win by Paul Burchill, which has got to be a good thing, right? Congratulations ECW, another enjoyable show. 

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