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One Night Stand
There are things that are amazing when they happen but don’t
manage to survive in the popular memory. Matches like Austin/Michaels
vs. Owen/Bulldog on RAW or even that 2004 Ladder Match,
they’re not brought up today at all. The ECW One Night
Stand isn’t one of those events. In fact, I think
we’ll be talking about it for twenty years or more.
Nostalgia acts have sold of late, so the
timing was right, but the levels that Vince McMahon was
willing to go to were incredible. They spent actual money
bringing in real talent. Masato Tanaka don’t come
cheap, as an example. They gave the ECW folks a lot of leader
to play with and they came up huge. This was the perfect
example of how to do the right thing when promoting nostalgia,
and how to make amends for the past.
The show was a collection of emotions and
they played all over the faces of the guys. Joey Styles
was announced and when he hit the ring, you could tell that
he was fighting back tears. It’s been four and a half
years and he’s announcing again. Paul Heyman was openly
in tears when he started his shoot promo. RVD got misty.
From what I’ve heard, after the show, Dreamer stayed
in the ring a long time and just broke down. The fans were
hot and managed to live up to my memories of ECW from late
night TV and Revere’s Wonderland Dog Track shows.
This was the most emotional wrestling show I’ve ever
off with Chris Jericho vs. Lance Storm. Jericho was announced
as Lionheart Chris Jericho, his gimmick up until he became
Y2J. Lance Storm had been saying that this was his last
match, and he put on a good show. They had a few missteps,
but they worked the type of match I’d expect from
these guys. The opening, with mirror spots and fast take-down
work, was just about perfect. They did a lot of great wrestling
and pulled some big spots, like Jericho Dropkicking the
back of Lance’s head when he went for a flying back
elbow off the rope.
was a ‘We miss Candito’ chant in the middle.
The match moved on, thankfully without Lance’s classic
weak chairshots, until Justin Credible, who was Aldo Montoya
in WWF before becoming an ECW guy, and Jason came out, hit
Jericho with a kendo stick and gave Lance the win over Jericho.
Nice way to send him out. Dawn Marie came out with Lance
Storm and you could tell that she was pregnant. Still, she
was one hot pregnant broad.
They have Pitbull Gary Wolfe introduce the
segment about the fallen ECW brothers. They showed Big Dick
Dudley, Pitbull Anthony Duarte, The Sheik (for Sabu and
RVD), a guy I never heard of, Mike Lockwood (Crash Holly
and also Erin O’Grady when he was in ECW), Flyboy
Rocco Rock, Terry Bam-bam Gordy and Candito. It was a nice
tribute for the guys who passed after ECW folded.
show was ON FIRE!
The three-way match between Super Crazy,
Tajiri and Little Guido wasn’t great, but it had a
big spot, and it let us see The Sinister Minister, Mikey
Whipwreck, and The FBI one last time. The match had it’s
up and downs, was too short and Super Crazy and Tajiri missed
a couple of spots. Little Guido was a great choice for the
third as he and Tajiri did some nice spots with Guido going
for an armbar. Super Crazy took Guido into the crowd and
then ascended the first balcony and did a moonsault off
of it onto the FBI and Guido. Wow! I know he’d done
that spot on a couple of ECW PPVs, but this one was sweet!
Guido was eliminated and it ended up with Super Crazy and
Tajiri. These two had a great feud in 1999 and 2000, but
they seemed confused and it sorta fell apart. Super Crazy
did the Three Moonsaults to get the win.
shocker, Rey Misterio (spelt like they did back in his ECW
days) had a weak match with Psicosis. Psicosis came to the
ring in his mask, then took it off. They should have had
him wrestle in it, which would have been more authentic.
The two of them had a WWE-style match, with Psicosis working
like a big man. The crowd actually booed Rey when he did
the 619. Psicosis did get a big spot when he did a Guillotine
Leg Drop from the Top Rope onto Rey, who was on the guard
rail. Rey did his dive out over into the crowd. This was
a weak match and I’ve seen folks list it as the worst
of the night. Still, we got to see the Psicosis bump out
of the corner, which I always loved, and no one takes a
rana from Rey as well as Psicosis.
The SmackDown! crew come down and get the
kind of heat Tommy Rich and Austin Idol had when they shaved
Lawler’s hair. It was dangerous heat. They guys came
in and the crowd just gave it to them hard. I know a lot
of ECW folks thought that this was a bad thing, but JBL
was perfect in his role as the Anti-ECW heel. Plus, they
gave a lot of room for the guys to shoot on.
Joel Gertner came out and JBL kicked him
around a bit before he could get going. I really wish they
would have let him do the announcing on the Dudley’s
Match. This led to JBL and Angle getting mic time and running
down ECW and their fans. This led to RVD coming out and
saying all sorts of crap about the way he’s been handled
in the WWE. He said he was told to lose his vocabulary and
they dropped his catch phrase ‘RVD 420 means I just
smoked you ass’. He said that ECW knew how to do RVD
and that those guys had no business there. Rhyno then came
in and gored RVD and worked over his hurt knee before the
lights went out and Sabu came into the ring.
The two of them had a really good little
ECW style match. Sabu looked good considering he spent 90
days in the hospital only a few months ago. He hit a lot
of his great spots, including his triple jump plancha onto
Rhyno in the entryway. There were ‘you got fired’
chants hurled at Rhyno. This was the type of match the crowd
wanted to see and it ended with Sabu getting the pin after
RVD and Bill Alphonso came in, gave Rhyno the skateboard
chairshot in the corner and set him up for Sabu to hit the
Arabian Skull Crusher off the top through a table. Fun match
and Rhyno worked very hard, perhaps trying to get his job
In the single greatest transition interview
of all time, Al Snow had a little chant with Head saying
that it was her fault that the SmackDown! guys found out
about the show and came to interrupt the PPV. I really wanted
to see Al wrestle, but no. He then introduced more clips.
The RAW guys arrived and Joey Styles said
that he was glad he didn’t bring his wife because
Edge was there and he’s a wife stealer. That sorta
said to me that Styles was actually on a bit of a leash
at points, because that feeds right into the Edge/Kane storyline
and not really the Matt Hardy one, though it’s obvious
the meaning is there for the taking.
Eddy Guerrero (the ECW spelling) and Chris
Benoit had a good WWE style match, though in the beginning,
the crowd was so into chanting against Edge and Bischoff
that they missed the match. The guys worked as their WWE
characters, but still had a good match. At one point, when
it was obvious that the crowd wasn’t into it, Eddy
took a break and walked outside. The guys traded Superplexes
and Eddy’s nose got busted. This pulled the fans back
in and they had a fine match ending with Benoit getting
the crossface for the win. The SmackDown! guys gave this
a big ovation.
matter how you spell him,
he comes up quality!
Gertner came back and kissed up to Bisch
in hopes of getting a job. Bischoff did a beer spit-take
that lacked the subtlety of the ones that I’ve been
perfecting, but he got a good spray. He then threw his beer
on Joel. This was funny.
announcing moment of the night, and in my opinion the best
shoot segment of the whole show, Joey Styles just buried
Mike Awesome for leaving ECW when he was champ because Eric
Bischoff offered him $250,000 up front on a million buck
contract to jump and he almost threw down the ECW on Nitro
except they got a court order that he couldn’t. There
was so much bile in his voice that you could tell he was
being straight and also that he blamed Awesome for the fall
not a minority opinion, by the way.
tried to play nice and mentioned that Awesome was a great
wrestler and a star until he was criminally misused in WCW
as The 70s Guy. No one mentioned that the guy can’t
even walk down the street without blowing out his knee.
match between Masato Tanaka and Mike Awesome was the highlight
of the show. I’m one of the few who was really looking
forward to this one because these two had some wars back
in the day. This was a garbage wrestling match in the style
of FMW in Japan. These two did some matches like these in
ECW, but mostly this was a Japanese type spotfest.
the gist was you could do anything to Masato and he’d
come back. Tanaka actually didn’t get too much offense,
though he took two powerbombs through tables. The first
one, where Awesome was on the apron, landed him wrong, almost
completely on his neck. The second one went perfect and
was from inside the ring to the outside. Awesome followed
this up with a slingshot over the top onto Tanaka who was
still laying in the pile of the broken table. Tanaka did
get a few spots in, like a great swinging DDT onto the pieces
of a broken table. Awesome also did a jumping back demon
bomb onto the same remnants.
the slingshot onto Tanaka, the ref counted three on the
outside and that was the match. Great stuff. A brilliant
match that purists will hate but it did establish Awesome
as a major bad ass. JBL watched it and seemed to appreciate
And Mike Awesome had to limp back to the
Paul Heyman comes out and cries. It’s
so obvious that it meant so much for him to have his night
and when he finally got the mic he said “I’m
not crying, my eyes are red because I just split a joint
with RVD.” He then ripped one of the greatest shoot
promos in the history of the business. He wailed on Bischoff
for a while, mentioning that it must kill him to see that
they are having an ECW reunion and not a WCW reunion. I
actually wouldn’t mind seeing one of those. He then
turned to Edge, who he said was a wife stealer and then
said he had two words for him: Matt Freakin’ Hardy.
This got a big pop. Heyman then said that the only reason
JBL was champ for a year was that HHH didn’t want
to work Tuesdays. Ouch. The guys played these off, but it
was a great and stinging promo.
main event was really where they gave the fans what they
wanted. The Dudleys came first, complete with old skool
tie-dye, though no Sign Guy. They got into the ring when
they announced Tommy Dreamer, who came in with a look of
pure delight on his face. Enter Sandman then kicked up and
The Sandman was on the balcony, hangin’ with the fan.
of the funnier moments, a fan standing next to The Sandman
grabbed the cane and hit himself in the head a whole bunch
of times. Sandman didn’t seem happy with that, but
that’s what happens when you’re in the crowd.
He made his way down and the entire crowd was singing along,
something I don’t even remember when ECW was hot.
he got to ringside, he joined Dreamer after drinking a beer
and dumped a beer over a woman who I think was his wife
and licked some of it off and then went over to a blonde
Eleckra and poured some on her chest and they licked some
of it off. I wonder how Beaulah felt about that. They also
show CW Anderson, who the WWE has started to show an interest
in, and Chris Chetti.
as the match was going to start, the bWo showed up! Big
Stevie Cool, Hollywood Nova and The Blue Guy. Sadly, only
Stevie got to talk. This led to Stevie giving Sandman a
StevieKick! Kid Kash came in and did a plancha! This led
to Axl Rotten and Balls Mahoney coming out with their chairs.
They cleaned house, and give chairshots to Nova, which led
Joey Styles to note “that’s what you get for
playing Simon Dean, Nova.”
were eventually run off and the match started. They used
a cheese grater. They brawled. They used tables. This was
a good brawl, kinda like the Cena vs. JBL match, but more
traditional. After a while, Dreamer and Sandman put the
Dudley in stereo figure fours, and the Impact Players, Credible
and Storm, came out with a barbed wire globe-thingee. Justin
gave Sandman That’s Incredible on the sphere of wire.
came out and gave Dreamer a low blow, which brought out
Beaulah! CAT FIGHT! CAT FIGHT! CAT FIIIIIIIGHT!!!!! Only
Joey Styles can make that call right. They rolled around
and Credible went to nail Beaulah, but she ducked and he
hit Storm instead. This brought in Dreamer, who was bleeding
bad to give him a giant hug. They then gave stereo DDTs.
It’s nice to see a family doing things together.
After a lot more brawling and craziness, the Dudleys hit
the 3D through a table, and then get another table. Spike
Dudley, with his old gimmick, came out and gave the guys
lighter fluid. They set up a table, put it on fire and powerbomb
Dreamer through it. Unlike Japan, Dreamer didn’t catch
fire himself and looked OK after. This allowed the Dudleys
to get the pin.
that, Sandman was standing over Dreamer and started calling
for a beer. Mike Florez said that he was obviously calling
out Stone Cold, and indeed as if summoned, Stone Cold, who
was in ECW for a few months and did the greatest promos
in the history of the sport while he was there, entered
the ring to a tremendous response. He called down the entire
ECW locker room (with exceptions like RVD, Sabu, and a few
others, and also included CW and Chetti) and then WWE guys,
who made their way down and Bischoff joined the announce
table. This led to a brawl that the ECW guys won. JBL went
after The Blue Meanie and potatoed him with real punches,
busting him open. There’s been heat between the two
for a while.
they ran them from the ring and Stone Cold called for Mick
to drag Bischoff to the ring. Mick paused at the top of
the ramp while the WWE guys were leaving, which was weird.
Mick delivered Eric to the ring where Austin had Rey give
him the 619, Benoit the Flying Headbutt, and The Dudleys
the 3D. This was the ultimate finish, as they finally beat
the guy who put them out of business. Austin then gave Eric
the Stunner after referencing the fact that he joined ECW
after Eric fired him over the phone.
I can’t say how great a PPV this was.
Easily the best in a couple of years. Probably as good as
WrestleMania XX. I loved it and it was like watching my
wrestling past come back to life. There’s word that
this may be a huge success, with at least one insider saying
‘We’ve never got this sort of load for Wrestlemanias’
and the WWE’s site couldn’t handle the number
of requests. It’s looking like they may try and launch
something out of this, or at least give a few guys jobs.
I’m ultimately happy.
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