Unpopular Opinion: Original ECW
by, 10-02-2011 at 11:03 PM (5616 Views)
This is not a opinion that many people will like, cause its about the Very beloved Orginal ECW..... The Original ECW was unique and was very different from the usual that was showcased in the U.S.. But it wasnt nearly as Great as most fans Think it was.
ECW had a habit of pushing some of the more unpolished guys and made more talented men take a back seat to them... ECW had alot of guys go thru their promotion and they were not pushed properly or pushed at all. ECW missed the ball on alot of guys and chose to push wrestlers who were much less talented.... The names on this list are some of the biggest Names in Wrestling and some of the Greatest in History.
These men were never in the main event picture and if they were they were never considered serious contenders. When these men left for WCW and WWF they became huge stars. ECW didnt capiltize on any of these men.... Austin and Foley were doing incredible work in ECW, Eddie and Dean were having the best matches on the Card, Chris Jericho showed alot of talent but they used him as a Generic baby face and Chris Benoit wasnt given a chance. Lets not forget that ECW refused to give RVD, The most talented guy in their company at one point a ECW World title...
Who did ECW push?
Now nothing against the men on this list, Some of them are very talented but look at their names compared to the names above. Who would push these men over People like Austin, Jack, RVD, Jericho, Benoit, Guerrero and Malenko?. ECW would.
ECW Also had some really untalented people in the mid card such as Hack Myers, 911, Blue Meanie, Stevie Richards, New Jack and many more.
ECW also didnt make sence most of the time. In one match a wrestler could hit someone with a frying pan, Beat him outside the ring for several minutes, the entire locker room could get involved in the match but they never be a DQ. But in some matches, If someone gets involved in the match or a weapon is used they call for a DQ? that makes no sence. They were no real established rules for a match.
ECW had some Great storylines, but for every Great one they had 100 bad ones... BWO was just plain dumb... Raven Brain Washing Sandmans family and son was so stupid...The Network storyline was poorly done....FBI was very Indy like...ECW did alot of hookey and just were plain childish or dumb.
ECW had very Few Good or Great matches... I really cant think of many great ECW matches. Most matches were crowd brawls which the camera couldnt follow, Then it was just a bunch of weapons and no selling, Then 5 to 10 people would get involved and match over..... The Gimmicks in the match (Barded Wire, Ladder, Weapons) Werent there to enhance the match or to show the hate the 2 men in the match had for each other, NO, The Gimmicks were the match!. ECW booked the wrestlers and the feud (if there was one) as secondary to the actual Gimmicks in the match.... Alot of poor quality wrestling in ECW. Alot of ECWs matches are also very dated.
Paul Heyman was good at hiding The many Flaws in his wrestlers, Anywhere else the Sandman Would be a jobber or not even hired. But the problem is Heyman didnt know how to handle wrestlers with great talent, He put them in matches and situations that were beneath them, He would only allow them to reach a certain level cause he coudnt properly use them.
ECW was gritty and it added to the atmosphere , But sometimes ECW would look down right 2nd rate and like backyard wrestling, Which hurt its credibility....Some of ECWs TV shows are impossible to sit thru with the crappy matches and Most their PPVs are unwatchable (they might be 1 decent matches in ECWs PPVs)... ECW was a great alternative but it wasnt a Great promotion.