Saturday, October 29, 2011

Boo: Brains! Brains!

Epic! (from WWE.com)
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger on Twitter

When WWE renewed its interest in ECW and brought the company back to life, I wonder if the plan was to kill it off from the start.  I say this half joking, but when you look back and how the show was booked and some of the insanity that ensued, I think you'll agree with me.  Case in point: the Zombie.

I understand that ECWWE was airing on SyFy, the network of the paranormal.  On those early shows, there were all kinds of Halloween type gimmicks, or so it seemed.  Vampires like Kevin Thorn and Ariel, the monsters like Viscera, Kane, and Mark Henry squashed opponents left and right.

The Zombie came out the ring, moaning on that premiere episode.  At first, it seems like Joey Styles and Tazz are taking the guy seriously, but it doesn't take long for them to change their views.  Of course, the Zombie climbs into the ring and is handed a microphone and tries to cut a promo. It's awesomely bad.  Click here to watch.

Sandman offers a beatdown (from WWE.com)
Then cue the Sandman's music.  He makes his way out to the ring, beer in one hand, kendo stick in the other.  He beats the crap out the Zombie with the stick and pins him after a White Russian Leg Sweep.  The whole ordeal was only a couple of minutes.

That was the first and last time fans were subjected to the Zombie.  He was played by Indy wrestle Tim Roberts.  As far as I can tell, he hasn't wrestled much since that ECWWE stint.  Roberts did some time in Puerto Rico as well.  So the Zombie had a brief, but somewhat memorable run with WWE on a night when ECW rose from the dead too, but was eventually double tapped by Vince McMahon and NXT.

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