Kevin McElvaney’s Take On ECW: 03/04/2008 Edition

Kevin McElvaney

Let’s see what we’ve learned from this week’s edition of ECW:

1) WWE loves rematches.

2) WWE will throw Kane into a feud with ANYBODY.

3) I am absolutely horrible at predictions.

My first prediction gone awry was for the night’s opening contest. Last week, I was nearly positive that Tommy Dreamer and Colin Delaney would defeat The Miz and John Morrison for the tag titles this week. I was, obviously, not correct. The match ended with Colin Delaney attacking his opponents with a chair, getting his team disqualified. The rematch, next week, will be “Extreme Rules.”

Note: Colin Delaney was pulled off the CHIKARA King of Trios tournament this weekend, so it seems he’s truly full-time WWE now. Plus, you know, the contract he signed is probably proof of that. I hope they give him and Dreamer the titles sometime soon.

Shelton Benjamin took on Stevie Richards. Shelton hasn’t been pinned since his debut on the ECW brand, and Stevie is undefeated since making his most recent return. Err, I should say, was undefeated. Shelton won a competitive match with his inverted bulldog finisher. I really enjoyed seeing this match, and I’m glad the two were so evenly matched. Look for Shelton to put on a star performance in this year’s Money in the Bank match. Even though I’m terrible at predictions, this one’s a lock.

Kane defeated Curtis E. Bear, the Courtesy Bear (aka Curtis James, KC James). Quick match, with Chuck Palumbo on his bike at ringside, distracting Kane. Still, a one-sided affair, with Kane hitting the chokeslam for the pinfall. Wasn’t KC James a number one tag title contender a year or so ago? This doesn’t really seem fair to make him such a pushover now. I mean, he didn’t even get any real offense in when Kane was distracted.

My biggest problem with this segment is my newfound fear that we might be seeing Kane vs. Palumbo at WrestleMania. Let’s just hope this is another one of my terrible predictions.

And the night’s main event was, like, the night’s opening contest, a rematch. Also like the tag title match, we’ll probably be seeing yet another one of these matches very soon. Chavo won clean, after working over Punk’s knee and landing the frog splash. It was a good match, and, though I didn’t want to see Chavo get this run, they’re pushing him as a solid champion. Nonetheless, I predicted a DQ or count-out ending here and we certainly didn’t get that!

So, essentially, this week’s show didn’t wow nor annoy me. There were two matches with solid endings, one squash (expected per episode), and a good match which was cut short by DQ. I’m not sure how much longer we’re seeing Punk vs. Chavo but, at this point, Punk might need to go to Smackdown or Raw to stay fresh. This would probably hurt the ECW brand, though, so I’m not exactly recommending it.

The March 4th ECW gets a 7.5 / 10.

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