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John Paul Jones Arena - Charlottesville, Virginia

 

TV Schedule:

USA: Tuesday 22nd January on Sci Fi at 10/9c - LIVE

UK: Thursday 24th January on Sky Sports 3 at 11.30pm

 

Third Time's A Charm

22nd January 2008

 

Chavo Guerrero finally earned his chance at an ECW Title Match when Edge nailed Punk with the World Heavyweight Championship, and Guerrero beat the ECW Champion to become the No. 1 contender. This week, CM Punk will face Guerrero, who will have Edge in his corner. Will the SmackDown Superstar be victorious or will the Straightedge Superstar hold on to his gold?

 

The next ECW (on Sci Fi) will be broadcast in high-definition, and a real treat for the eyes is promised. If you think the ECW Divas look good now, wait until next week when the ECW Best Body Contest will be broadcast in crystal clear, HDTV. Who is the hottest – Kelly Kelly, Layla or Lena Yada?

 

Kofi Kingston, the Jamaican Superstar who has promised to bring trouble to paradise, will finally make landfall on ECW next week. Just what does he have in store for ECW?

 

Finally, Colin Delaney returned to ECW for the fourth time, where he faced another one of SmackDown’s giants, Kane. The Big Red Machine quickly demolished Delaney. Will the youngster have enough guts to revisit the Land of the Extreme for a fifth time?

 

Find out the answers to all of these questions and more on the next ECW this Thursday Night at 11.30pm on Sky Sports 3![/Quote]

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I thought ECW was better this week. As a matter of fact, it seems to be getting better and better recently. It was a bit odd at first to see a stage that huge for an ECW show. I also noticed that they started putting the WWE logo in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen instead of the ECW logo. Might as well, I say.

 

I'm not overly surprised that Chavo won the title, though I did originally expect Punk to retain against Chavo once or twice and then lose the belt, but after it was revealed that Edge would be in Chavo's corner, I was about 97% sure Punk would drop the title. So now, SmackDown's WWE Tag Team Champions are ECW Superstars and the ECW Champion is a SmackDown! Superstar. It doesn't get much more inter-promotional than that.

 

I was really impressed by Kofi Kingston's WWE/ECW debut. He's got some remarkable moves. Very reminiscent of Shelton Benjamin, in my opinion. Possibly better than Benjamin.

 

The Over-The-Top-Rope Challenge was pretty good. I was surprised Benjamin won. They usually go with the biggest guy in the match to sort of "throw off" the fans. I think that it would certainly be a surprise if Kane won the Rumble Match. It's very unlikely that he will, but I think seeing Kane challenge Edge for the World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania would be a decent match. Going against Undertaker would be good, too, but they've already faced each other at WrestleMania twice, so a third time might be overkill. If you think about it, Edge Vs. Kane for the World Heavyweight Title is a match that, I don't think we have ever seen. Kane being the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania via the Rumble Match or No Way Out seems unlikely. I would like to see him break his own record of eliminations (11) this year.

 

I am actually really enjoying this Colin Delaney angle. I like the idea of him coming out every week more and more "injured" and then having to job in a squash match again and again. Though I think it's too early for it, I would love to have seen Finlay and/or Hornswoggle interfere in the Colin/Khali match and have Colin defeat Khali. I think it's time Khali was a jobber for once.

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97%? Really? I was only 92% sure, at best. I calculated it and everything using a combination of the Power 25 rankings and Triple H's booking power.

 

But on a serious note, I really like Chavo as Champion. It opens up a few possibilities later on down the line and it's gotten me really interested in where they'll take this.

 

Also, Colin Delaney will have his day. It's coming. One day.

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And where the F*ck is Elijah Burke!

 

I was wondering the same thing actually, never heard anything about him being injured or anything and someone should really stick his face on the side of milk cartons. He should be getting the push that Shelton Benjamin is getting because he is about a billion and three times more talented.

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I was wondering the same thing actually, never heard anything about him being injured or anything and someone should really stick his face on the side of milk cartons. He should be getting the push that Shelton Benjamin is getting because he is about a billion and three times more talented.

 

I couldnt agree more

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I dont really like this as I like Punk and I really, really dont like Chavo, but whatever.

 

And I was decidedly unimpressed by Kofi Kingston, I thought he was really sloppy, albeit with a couple of cool moves. I'll reserve judgment for a while I think.

 

And I predicted Kane eliminating everyone and then Shelton tipping him over for the win. Seemed obvious to me. I'm also predicting Shelton to be the last ECW guy (unless Punk is entered) left in the Rumble.

 

Still a good episode.

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It seems like WWE is revolving some of the same jobbers around these days. I guess it's easier to pull them from FCW or OVW. Which I'm assuming is where David Owens is from. I think this is Owens' second time jobbing. I believe the first time was on Heat.

 

I wouldn't bet money on it, but I doubt Punk will be in the Rumble Match, seeing as he's automatically the #1 Contender for the ECW Title and will be until he gets his rematch for the title, which may come at the Rumble event.

 

I think Chavo winning the title is more about driving the Edge/Vickie angle further home. I don't believe that it's a matter of WWE thinking that Chavo is necessarily better than Punk, it's just to enhance the angle of the faction holding as much WWE gold as possible. I don't expect Chavo to hold the ECW Title for very long. Probably just the duration of this angle. I think that Edge, Vickie, & Chavo helping Ryder & Hawkins win the WWE Tag Team Titles would be a good direction to go from here, but I think that it would be a decent idea to give them the tag titles, but have them lose the titles back to "Miz" & Morrison somewhere down the line. I still strongly believe that Theodore Long will "rebel" against the faction soon and possibly fight to be the General Manager again, instead of the assistant. I think it will be like a smaller version of the whole Union/Corporate Ministry feud, where there is a large group of powerful people (the Edge/Vickie faction), but there is a smaller group of individuals who combat the larger group. I don't think it's far fetched to see Batista & The Undertaker be the ones to fight the faction (with help from Long, I imagine). I know the Union was made up of four guys or so, but I think it's believable that Batista & Undertaker could thwart the plans of Edge, Chavo, Vickie, Ryder, & Hawkins.

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Not his fault at all. That jobber was all-around terrible. There's a match from DSW with Kofi against TJ Wilson on YouTube.

 

Agreed. From what I saw it was his opponent who was botching 75.77% of the moves he took. I though that "BOM BOM" double leg drop was pretty lame, though.

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Now that I think of it, I think Chavo or Edge will turn on the other and implode the faction from within.

 

So in the case of David Owens and others, are they just giving them multiple tryouts?

 

Maybe, or maybe they've got a deal with a indie promotion in the area where they only use their talent when WWE is in the area. You look at the developmental territories that WWE has (and had) and you watch Heat from past years, or TV squash matches, I think you'd find most of OVW has been squashed by someone. CM Punk and Colt Cabana reappeared on Heat a plenty of times before being signed.

 

Anyway, I really, really enjoyed ECW this week. The opening mini (no Midgets though :() Rumble was perfectly exceptable with a cool finish. The new set looked epic for Kane's entrance. I LOL'd twice during the dance off, first for the graphic that came up on-screen "ECW is not in HD for UK Viewers" after the 657th time someone mentioned WWE TV IN HD~! Too many e-mails huh MG? Coach dancing was epic, I LOL'd HARD! I want to do things with Layla, dirty, dirty things. Same for Kelly Kelly, Lena is..meh!

 

Add me to the love for Kofi Kingston, his music is so awesome. His MOVES~ were also pretty awesome, but that damned Jobber. Everytime the crowd was about to go "yay" for Kingston, the jobber would f*ck something up and bring the crowd down. Kingston's 'bop..bop' legdrop was fantastic.

 

Speaking of Fantastic, the greatest jobber of all time Colin Delaney was back! The CHOPADOOM~ was utterly awesome, thanks to Delaney looking like he was killed but it. Even more fantastic-ness with the Royal Rumble video, they had facts that'd put TPIB to shame. 73% of Rumble winners have gone on to Wrestlemania and won the World Title, bet ya didn't know that one TPIB! The Main Event was alright, I couldn't care less for Chavo as champ.

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Maybe, or maybe they've got a deal with a indie promotion in the area where they only use their talent when WWE is in the area. You look at the developmental territories that WWE has (and had) and you watch Heat from past years, or TV squash matches, I think you'd find most of OVW has been squashed by someone. CM Punk and Colt Cabana reappeared on Heat a plenty of times before being signed.

 

I saw Snitsky try to lick Colt's foot, actually...

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Great to see the title off of Punk. Means I can start watching ECW again. Hopefully they've given up on him and he's just going to get jobbed out to Edge on a week-to-week basis.

 

Not that I'm a big fan of Chavo, although he's vastly underrated, but I'm elated that the crappy reign is finally over. ECW finally has a chance to re-rise in the ratings and put on some great shows.

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Great to see the title off of Punk. Means I can start watching ECW again. Hopefully they've given up on him and he's just going to get jobbed out to Edge on a week-to-week basis.

 

Not that I'm a big fan of Chavo, although he's vastly underrated, but I'm elated that the crappy reign is finally over. ECW finally has a chance to re-rise in the ratings and put on some great shows.

 

You honestly think this will change anything? :lol

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