By Jerome Wilen
What I have felt has been the best wrestling night in televison has come to an end. Yes, while I do agree that the WWE version of ECW wasn’t working as a ratings draw. The hardcore longtime wrestling fans never really accepted the branded verison of ECW even when they first tried it with the TV-MA format back in 2006 and really drew criticism when the WWE changed last June back to TVPG. The big question was how could you make a program ‘extreme’ under a PG format? Being on at 10:00pm, they could have used a little blood and maybe a hardcore match or two which more moderate violence by still maintaining the PG theme.
The WWE could not re-create what Paul Heyman did with the original ECW. Would have things been different if the WWE used the WCW name instead? Probably not.
I will miss the show that I felt had the best action over RAW and SmackDown. I do look forward to ‘NXT’ which is a new version of tough enough that will makes it debut on February 23rd. I am excited to see some talent from Florida Championship Wrestling that have potetial to be the future of the WWE that could end up on RAW or SmackDown.