Jake Roberts ECW Review for Dec. 2, 2008

jakesnake.jpegHabits are hard to break, so once again they start off just like the others on the microphone. Yet only used 5-1/2 minutes but that’s all relevant to a one hour show, isn’t it? Disappointed with their main event, the Champ Hardy vs MVP. Maybe I’m wrong, but don’t see anyone holding their breath for that one. But then again, haven’t watched the show.

Jack Swagger vs Ricky Ortiz
Both undefeated, and RO fresh off getting guest appearance on TV program called “Chase.” Which I thought was brutal. But that is how Vince does it, he creates stars by involving them in TV shows, singing and dancing ,yadda, yadda … anything to give the talent the aura of stardom. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it works too damned well. Example, Rock. Ortiz, on the other hand, a grain of sand. Has a great look, but seems a bit slow. JS, on the other hand, has a lot of quality, looks like he might be offspring of someone that knew what the hell they were doing. What I did like about all of this, no not making fun of someone with a speech impediment, cause it might be cute, but is that really what a baby face does? By the way, it was RO’s biggest pop. From there he went down hill.

Seemed to be 1/2 speed and when it was time for comeback, it takes more than silly faces and floppy hair. No fire, and your splash, or big O, as it was called, was 1/2 assed at best. Have no idea why you would roll out of the ring or is that just to complete the next spot. Yeah, the one where you got clotheslined. Bottom line no fire, intensity, or quality moves executed. Jack Swagger, does have it going on though. Am sure will see more of him climbing up the ladder. At least I hope so. Yet, I did enjoy this match, as there was more wrestling holds applied, reversed, and executed properly in just this first match than a two hour show of Raw. So I thank you. And it was only 5 minutes, folks, so there is time to wrestle.

Mr. Kennedy movie. Again, Vince raises another one up for the world to believe in as a bona fide superstar. By the way, Shannon loves Kennedy, Kennedy.

Mark Henry, Tony Atlas interview and challenge for Finley and Hornswoggle. Please. What the hell is this horseshit? So, as a Father, Finley, you will let your son take you to
crucifixion. Does anybody in their right mind believe that any Father would sacrifice their own sons in such a ridiculous and odds against situation. Granted, Hornswoggle’s not that cute, but he does look like you! Then again, this is TV, isn’t it. What to expect. No doubt, nothing that makes sense. This is the first hint of Raw.

One minute commercial to push Smackdown cage match on Friday with Taker and Big Show. That should help the ratings. Bet Sci-Fi likes them pushing the other channel though. There was a day when that was unheard of. Look for Taker to go over as that horse has been beat enough. Who’s next? Possibly the Russian, keep your fingers crossed, Taker, that I’m wrong.

Again, another taste of Raw as we are blessed with 1-1/2 minute of dancing. With DJ Gabriel and Alicia Fox, wow. That sells tickets. DJ has a great look and they are pushing a solid background. They are claiming another British star. I don’t know, wrestles, Josh Daniels , a strict enhancement match, and not too bad. Typical Vince with not giving DJ anything other than some solid forearms, and showcasing DJ’s work. This is one I always have problems with, and had my butt chewed many times by Vince himself. His idea was to squash. My idea is to make a star shine, and then jerk it down, out of the heavens, and put it out. It always seemed so ridiculous not to give them anything. Maybe that’s the reason I’m not there. DJ, showed a lot of promise, except in dancing. I always , ah, maybe this is it! Hated a guy who could dance. Does anybody else think DJ is built like a Mr. Peterson of old? Just a thought. IF so, one of the old brains thought of it, as none of the current would know DJ Peterson. Although more time spent dancing than wrestling I still find this show more palatable than Raw.

Now we get a Raw commercial! Again, Sci-Fi must love it. Probably as much as I would if I were to watch the 3 hour special next Monday, which includes the Slammys.

Now we get another commercial for the IC DVD. Sincerely, fans, buy it. If only to see Steamboat’s work. No doubt one of the very best of all time. There was absolutely none better at selling as a baby face. Steamboat, got a question for you. Did you ever want to turn heel? If not, why? I think that might have been interesting to see. There are some other greats on there also, but watching Ricky will be worth the price of the set.

Main Event.
Matt vs MVP
Maybe my earlier comments were a bit strong so if I offended, sorry. But I still think I’m right. I understand there is a lot of history with these two, but at the same time announcers bringing up MVP’s one loss record and correct me if I am wrong, but hasn’t won a match in 4-1/2 months. Wow. That’s the way to build somebody.

First thing that I didn’t like was hammerlock reversal by MVP, even though Hardy ducked elbow to face. They took this match, back and forth, so I guess that was the point they were trying to make, that both knew everything there was about the other. What I saw just told me, sloppy, as if someone’s going to reverse out of my headlock, I would at least make them deliver an elbow to mid section or a few forearms to the back, or pull hair, tights, or even shove a finger up my … oh never mind…then you can reverse, or pull out. Just seemed to easy, which is what happens when choreographed. Ga-ga starts to run its course. Trying to get to the next spot, and overlooking the fine tuning. Too many false starts and too many times that you outsmarted each other, supposedly due to the picture they were trying to paint, which was knowing each others’ style. Granted see-sawing back and forth can make it look like opponents are evenly matched. And nothing wrong with that. Unless you do this the whole match. Point is MVP never set heat and let the fans in building and at home, desire to get involved. Guys, remember and granted there are many in the back, that should be sitting in the audience, but those chairs should be for fans. And they should be catered to. Forgetting about them, is forgetting about what you are doing. Both of you guys worked very hard but have you ever heard the expression, “less is more.” Again, never set the heat never had a true comeback, yet 10 minutes was given and plenty enough time for all. Hopefully we aren’t pissing anybody off, and if I do, then you are guilty. It was great to see a great talent in the ring, yes Mr. Armstrong, you are from a family of great talent. When all is said and done, they may talk about the Von Erichs, the Gagnes’, the Smiths and Roberts, Race’s, Valentines, Rhodes, Dibiases, Harts, yet I’m here to say the best damned family of workers in my mind are the Armstrongs. Brad, who I felt was worthy of a strong push from any organization, simply wouldn’t give up his family life for that push. Damn you piss me off, Brad. Ever since Cincinnati, hey folks, get him to tell you the story, either that one, or the hard way attempt in locker room. But then again, those are stories you can all get if you buy into Snake Tales.

Hopefully the reason I liked this show wasn’t because it was shorter, and I’m sure that’s not the reason. What I did like was actual wrestling even though sometimes sporadic but overall much more than I’ve seen on any other programs. We’ll be jumping around and doing different reviews as no one should have to watch all three. I know many of you would like to have reviews on each program weekly, and PPV’s, and TNA. Truth is, I do spend a lot of time just doing one. As its not something that I just spit out. I would like to get in more depth but if so, it creates a need for even more time. So in future, look and see what I’m doing as I’m toying with idea of continuing jumping around but going in depth and dissecting a match move for move. So, if that isn’t’ what you want look somewhere else. Cause as much as I love you guys, I love this business more. And I do it in hopes that someone will read this and change what we are seeing.

See you soon.

Jake

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