First and Last Matches of WWE’s ECW – Bell to Bell

First and Last Matches of WWE’s ECW – Bell to Bell


(bells ding) – [Zach] So we’re doing
something a bit different on Bell to Bell. With WWE’s ECW shutting
down ten years ago today, I thought it would be fun to look back at the first match that
ever happened on the show and the very last. Let’s just jump in to it
and see how this goes. So to summarize ECW’s revival, in 2004 the Rise and Fall
of ECW DVD was released. It did well enough for WWE to
put together a reunion show a year later called One Night Stand. It too was a hit so another
event was held in 2006. Up till about this
point, WWE’s usage of ECW had been pretty good but all this success ended
up being its downfall. On top of having another
“One Night Stand” show, WWE also decided to bring
back ECW on a weekly basis with its own show on Syfy. This sounded awesome, but the premiere episode
showed exactly why it wasn’t. A lot of that can be seen
in the first official match of WWE’s ECW so let’s take a look. The first wrestler who entered wasn’t even someone on the roster, it was a character named The Zombie. All he did was walk with his arms out and moan into a microphone. At least his opponent was an
actual wrestler on the roster. Sandman entered from the crowd to combat his undead opponent. The actual match was faster than either of these guys’ entrances. How quick was it? I can cover the whole
thing in one sentence. The Sandman beats Zombie
with his Singapore cane and hits the White Russian
Legsweep for the win. Now just changing this
match wouldn’t have fixed all of the problems
this version of ECW had but it would have helped a little. Why not have Sandman or another ECW original take
on a younger, new talent? Perhaps someone from development who was going to make their debut on ECW. That could have been a great
passing of the torch moment and would have also fit with
the “New Breed Unleashed” slogan they were promoting. If they had to have
this match on the card, move it to somewhere in
the middle of the show. It still wouldn’t have been great but at least it wouldn’t stand out. Having it as the first
match for this new brand just put a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. On the positive side, at
least they were being upfront with what they were going
for, so I can respect that. Anyways, after the debut episode, it was clear that this wasn’t
the ECW fans had loved. It tried to be similar while
also doing its own thing, which seems like a good
combination but it didn’t work. Like I’ve said, there
were a lot of reasons why WWE’s ECW wasn’t
good but one big reason was because of the company culture. The original ECW was a smaller promotion that was fan-driven and wasn’t
really corporate at all. WWE was the exact opposite,
with sponsors and shareholders and it was just a lot larger so it didn’t have the connection
to the fans that ECW had. Regardless, there was
enough of an audience that ECW stuck around and
found its place below Raw and SmackDown as the third brand. While it had it’s growing pains, I think ECW eventually
found it’s own identity. As the show went on, more and more of the
original ECW wrestlers left and the void was filled by
talent from development. Now, of course, this made it
bare even less of a resemblance to the original ECW but I think this helped give
the brand it’s own image. It became a show where new
talent could get TV time and weren’t just going to be used to enhance other performers. There were still veterans too but I think an emphasis on younger stars helped give ECW its own
identity and more of a purpose. Sure, if you wanted to see big stars and huge storylines you
had to check out Raw or SmackDown but if you
wanted to see a smaller star get featured, ECW would have you covered. Honestly, I think WWE going PG helped ECW get out of
that weird rut it was in. Sure, ECW becoming a PG show goes against what the original company was about but it forced them to focus
on talent and wrestling, rather than hardcore violence and sex. So after a couple of years of trying to be like the
original promotion and failing, ECW finally found its position in WWE. It had a good run but
the beginning of the end started when Vince McMahon made an announcement
on February 2nd, 2010. He stated that in two weeks’ time, ECW would be going off the air and replaced with a new show. We’ll get to that in a bit but let’s jump ahead 14
days to February 16th, 2010 to the main event of the
final episode of ECW. The last ECW contest was fittingly an Extreme Rules match
for the ECW Championship. First to enter was the
champion, Christian, along with a cart of weapons. He grabbed a mic and reflected on his time in the land of extreme. Captain Charisma said he was proud to be a part of the ECW roster and glad to have been able
to work with both veterans such as Tommy Dreamer, and
younger talents like Yoshi Tatsu. Next came out Christian’s opponent, Ezekiel Jackson who was
accompanied by William Regal. Once the bell rang, Jackson was able to easily
overpower the ECW champion. Realizing he couldn’t beat
the challenger with strength, Christian used his speed and
reflexes to combat Ezekial. Jackson adjusted his strategy accordingly and threw some weapons into the ring. It proved to not be a smart move since Christian got his
heads on a Singapore cane and kept the muscle monster
at bay on the outside. From behind the Titantron,
Zack Ryder came out and ambushed Christian. These two did face off a few months back with Christian getting
the better of Ryder, so I’m assuming in kayfabe Zack Ryder’s still upset about losing and wants to see Christian defeated. Anyways, the ECW champion quickly took out the Long Island Iced Z but
received a slap from Rosa Mendes, Ryder’s on-screen girlfriend. Then, the ECW General
Manager Tiffany ran in and took out her fellow female worker. One commercial break later and both Christian and Ezekiel
Jackson were in the ring. After an elbow to the face, the champion went to the top rope only to receive a lite shove
from his adversary, oh well. With the fight on the outside, Jackson pulled out the steel steps to inflict some serious damage. He decided to step it up with a trash can that ended up backfiring
right in his face. It was only a slight setback
as Ezekiel Jackson was back in control almost instantly. Christian did show he
still had fight in him by dodging a shopping cart but
Jackson’s monstrous strength continued to overpower Captain Charisma. The match returned to the ring, where Christian once again countered the challenger’s offense but like before, his comeback was stopped before
he could build any momentum. With some help from William Regal, Jackson pulled out a table and, after a literal
push back from Christian, the Personification of
Domination got it set up. Both men fought to avoid smashing
through the piece of wood and it was finally the Singapore cane that gave Christian the advantage. Knowing that he was a threat to the match, Christian exited the ring and sent William Regal
running to the back. The fight had taken its toll
on the Canadian wrestler and Christian knew he had
to end the match soon. To finish the battle,
the champion motioned to hit the Kill Switch. Just then, William Regal
returned and ambushed Christian. The instant classic made
quick work of Regal, but Ezekiel Jackson used the distraction to slam Christian through a table and became the final ECW champion, a title he held for
less than three minutes. I actually thought it
was a pretty good match. I like the back and forth they had, and I thought Jackson looked
like a competent threat. Even with Regal’s assistance. It is also the final episode of ECW so a bit more emotionally
invested than I normally would be. It’s interesting to compare this match to the one in 2006. The winner of the first
represented the original ECW and the winner of the last match more or less represented WWE’s ECW. It wasn’t a bad move
to have Ezekiel Jackson win the title but I think it
could have been more emotional and powerful to have Yoshi Tatsu win it. I’m gonna do a bit of fantasy
booking so hear me out. Let’s have Yoshi Tatsu debut
in June of 2009 on ECW, as he did in real life, and his
first opponent is Christian. Tatsu loses the match but
Christian still applauds him and sees he has potential. However, as things go on, Yoshi Tatsu continues to lose his matches until Christian takes him under his wing and helps guide him both in
the ring and outside of it. Over the next few months, we see Yoshi keep getting
better and better. He has a few little rivals
while also becoming more and more skilled. Finally, on the second
to last broadcast of ECW, Christian gets to choose who
he will defend his championship against on the final episode. He chooses Yoshi Tatsu and we have a classic
teacher verses student match. It’s a tough battle but
we see Yoshi has grown since the first time he
and Christian wrestled. Ultimately, Tatsu wins the match and his mentor hands him the
belt and raises his hand. I didn’t know, that’s just something
that popped into my head while I was making this video. So let me know what you guys think. Anyways enough of how
WWE should have booked, let’s get back to reality. So after 193 episodes, ECW shut down and in its ashes rose NXT. That’s an entirely different story but I think ECW was in
a way NXT before NXT. It was a place for new
talent to start their careers and for veterans to restart theirs. Sure, ECW was always the little guy but that’s what I liked about it. People like Jack Swagger were
able to receive strong pushes that weren’t derailed. Others like Zack Ryder were able to develop their personalities. The show started off as
this weird hybrid of WWE and the original ECW but by the end, it found its own identity
and created its own legacy. So yeah, this was a bit
different and don’t worry, next time we’re looking at a wrestler. Let me know what you think of this video and if you’d want to see
me do something like this in the future. In the meantime, check out the first and last matches of MVP, who
apparently is still in WWE? But with that, I’m Zach from Tap Out Corner and
that was Bell to Bell!

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48 Replies to “First and Last Matches of WWE’s ECW – Bell to Bell”

  1. Is it Groundhog Day? Nope, just a reupload. This episode of Bell to Bell was originally uploaded on February 16, 2020, but later received a copyright notice.

    It's back online and to make it a bit better, I added in a little fantasy booking I originally left out. It's nowhere near Adam Blampied's How WWE Should've Booked but hopefully, it's alright. If you just want to see the new stuff, jump to 6:44.

  2. i like how ecw is a show revolving around doing things extreme aka things not appropriate for kids yet somehow vince turned it into a pg show

  3. ECW was toned down so heavily it wasnt even truly ECW. It was a much more tame version and to me, they failed when they tried doing that. They shoulda kept it hardcore and a show for older viewers. Maybe they coulda had more success.

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