It was a history making moment as EC3 tapped out for the very first time in his career to Alberto El Patron. Saying that this fight was hard fought is a complete understatement. Both men battled for their dignity. We watched as El Patron and EC3 landed kicks and strategically executed moves to get the other competitor down. One thing is certain, both heavy hitters created a magical match that the world will talk about for years to come with excitement. With the controversy recently surrounding El Patron, he was destined to give 110% in the ring against his next opponent. When he came to the ring during the beginning of the show to address the relinquishing of the World Title, El Patron made it known that the IMPACT Zone is his house and IMPACT is his home. He went on to say that IMPACT Wrestling allows him to be himself and not pretend to be something he’s not. A confident El Patron called out Walking Armageddon, Lashley to demand his rematch for the World Title, but instead got the Ass-Kicking Machine, EC3.
If we think back to what happened last week on IMPACT, it’s obvious why EC3 came out to stake his claim. While in the ring with El Patron, Bruce Prichard, and Lashley last week, EC3 made it known that he wants and deserves a World Title shot. But EC3’s statement seemed to fade into what became background noise when controversy between El Patron and Lashley erupted. During the World Championship match between Lashley and Patron, EC3 stood ringside observing.
Comparing the instances from last week Patron VS Lashley to this week Patron VS EC3, we can find similarities. It’s intriguing that both Lashley and EC3 had intentions of using outside resources to their advantages. It is also interesting that both men that had these intentions ended up losing the match against Patron. However, EC3 had every opportunity to capitalize on this moment, but again he did not. Could he have learned from Patron’s mistake the previous week? Drastically different turnouts could have been the case in back to back weeks in the IMPACT Zone had no illegal objects or underhanded tactics come into play.
When EC3 came out to the IMPACT Zone at the top of Thursday night’s show, he made sure that his voice was heard. Listening to the bold words of El Patron, EC3 argued that HE is indeed the Top Man in IMPACT Wrestling and that the IMPACT Zone is his house, not Patron’s. This is when tension reached its highest point as verbal shots were fired. With emotions running high, both men were eager to get in the ring and settle their dispute. We watched both men strategically use the entire enclosed space surrounding the six-sided ring as their playground. Ironically, during the match EC3 was just moments away from getting himself into the same kind of trouble that Patron found himself in the previous week. EC3 jumped out of the ring to grab a steel chair that hesitantly looked to hit Patron with. But being a role model and an upstanding man, EC3 refrained from this action. His gut, drive, and choices throughout the entire match gained EC3 the respect of Patron later in the evening.
After the match, a disappointed yet exhausted EC3 displayed sportsmanship by shaking the hand of Patron after his defeat. His actions backstage, however, told a different story. We saw him kicking objects, screaming, and clearly letting his months of frustration come out. Was the reality of his loss finally setting in? Furthermore, was EC3 just remembering that his streak of never tapping out had come to an end? Or, was EC3 disappointed in himself for not taking advantage of the moment that he had to use a steel chair on Patron? Whatever the reasoning may be, it is obvious that EC3 is going through much distress. Any person that has ever played a sport knows that athletic slumps are a real thing. A slump can be mental or physical, or the combination of both. Is this something that EC3 is experiencing or was he just having a bad moment backstage?
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A broadcast journalism graduate from The University of Mississippi, McKenzie utilizes her professional skills through writing and on air hosting. She is currently the female backstage interviewer for IMPACT Wrestling.