Just as a precursor, this will probably be my last WWE-related blog for quite some time. It all started when Vince McMahon "died", and I wanted to blog about it and see what kind of progress they would make. Then WWE Superstar Chris Benoit was found dead, and before any information was released, they put together a three-hour tribute show for him.
Under the circumstances, you can't blame WWE for putting on a tribute show. They were showing respect for one of their peers.
But then on Tuesday so much more information was found out. Benoit killed his wife Nancy and seven-year-old son Daniel before offing himself as well. There are documented pieces about famial abuse here. Steroids were also found on the premises.
Tonight to start off the ECW show, McMahon apologized for the tribute show they put on last night. He said that Benoit's name will not be mentioned anymore during the telecast (which it never was) and that WWE would be performing tonight.
And that they did.
They had the company Superstar, John Cena, face ECW World Champion Johnny Nitro to start the night. They put on a brilliant 15-minute performance.
Then we got some comedy with WWE Hall of Famer "Rowdy" Roddy Piper coming out to the ring, only to have the heel character Matt Striker interrupt him. In the end we all get some laughs and the heel gets beat up.
Then for the main even we got a 2 out of 3 falls match involving Elijah Burke and C.M. Punk. Punk ended up winning, and he is now the No. 1 contender for Nitro's title. The show went off the air with Nitro and Punk staring each other down.
In my opinion, the WWE has handled itself well on both "Monday Night Raw" and Tuesday's ECW. With little information, they put together a nice tribute show for one of their own. And the "dead" McMahon opened that night stating that his alleged death was obviously a storyling, but Benoit's isn't
And then on Tuesday we get McMahon at the beginning again, regretting the tribute show. He then says the show will go on, and it does.
Under the terrible circumstances I feel like Vince did the best he could. Now hopefully they can try to get things back to normal as much as possible, without having the chairman "dying" again.
RIP Nancy and Daniel. And my heartfelt condolences go out to anyone involved in any way in this terrible tragedy.