ECW's New Superstar Class 2008
With ECW's new Superstar Initiative by Teddy Long, WWE fans are getting treated to some new faces, and a large potential of talent. Throw in R-Truth who recently debuted on Smackdown as well as beautiful new Smackdown diva Brie Bella, and there's potential for some great new feuds, stories and championship potential on the respective brands.
ECW's brightest new superstar is easily Evan Bourne, a high-flyer who finishes off opponents with a Shooting Starpress, an impressive and beautiful flip from off the corner turnbuckle, splashing down on opponents. This past Tuesday night, Bourne displayed the move with his usual grace as he landed on the World's Strongest Man, Mark Henry. Something tells me that maybe WWE should have Bourne in the Championship Scramble and not The Miz, but it needs 2 heels. Nonetheless, Bourne seems capable of a title, maybe a tag title run to start things off. It wouldn't be a bad idea for WWE to bring back the Cruiserweight title either.
Next up on ECW is Ricky Ortiz, who uses the "Big O" as his finisher, While not as impressive aerially as Bourne, Ortiz comes off the ropes and leaps up in the air for a move similar to a belly splash on his fallen opponent. He displays brute force and has a hairstyle similar to Carlito. Ortiz also has the fans behind him with the rally towels they wave to get him pumped up when the opponent has the upperhand. As of his ECW career, Ortiz is impressively undefeated, but has yet to face top caliber talent. He definitely has the look of a United States Champion, and WWE might consider moving him to Smackdown. Either that, or we'll see him defeat Shelton in an inter-brand matchup for the title. It seems like the best scenario for him at the moment.
ECW also has two new heels looking to establish themselves in Gavin Spears and the latest, Ryan Braddock. Spears claims he's the crown jewel of the new initiative, but has yet to prove it, losing in consecutive weeks. Braddock has the look and style of a young Bradshaw/JBL, claiming he likes to win ugly. Both have lost their debuts, and Spears is 0-2 to start. They'll need to start picking up wins soon to stay with Teddy's initiative, although ECW and WWE can always use wrestlers to give rising stars victories.