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Count Anywhere! My name is Chris and I’ve watched
a lot of old ECW over the last two nights
went to a rodeo on a college scholarship.
Sadly, the hottest PPV in ages was followed up with the
weakest RAW in a while. There were just so many glaring
mistakes and strange choices made and nothing that addresses
the main problems.
show opened with Stone Cold Court. This was a strange angle,
but it was nice to see Stone Cold around anyhow. He made
some reference to Sand People when Hassan and Daivari entered
the ring. Hassan said he’d never lost (I think he
meant he’d never been pinned, which is true, as he’s
only lost via DQ) and Austin granted him a title shot at
Shelton Benjamin with Austin as the Enforcer.
match with Shelton ended with Hassan winning by DQ. While
Shelton did show a little athleticism (a Springboard Bulldog
on Daivari) this was pretty much a match all about the finish.
After the ref missed a low blow, Hassan put on the Camel
Clutch. Austin entered and gave Daivari the Stunner, then
tried to give one to Hassan, who escaped but met with a
Benjamin kick allowing Austin to hit the Stunner. The crowd
liked that. Shelton and Steve celebrated with beers after.
Not nearly as hot as it should have been.
I missed a lot
of the next section, which I understand was mostly Bischoff
and Jericho and Christian talking about title matches and
beat Sgt. Slaughter in The Masterlock Challenge. Sarge started
by putting the Cobra Clutch on, but Masters made the ropes.
The Masterlock put Slaughter out and he was dismissed. I
really don’t care for Masters, but I do like the challenge
notion because he’ll eventually get beat and then
likely go away.
A very nicely
done Batista-HHH video aired. I’m not into the program,
but these are so well done that they almost make me care.
Maybe I’m too cynical.
Cena and Jericho
beat Christian and Tomko in a tag match that was really
about Jericho turning on Cena. Basically it was a short
Rock ‘n Roll Express match where Jericho played face
in peril and Cena made the hot tag and came in, cleaned
house on Tomko and got the pin with the FU. After the match,
Jericho attacked Cena and threw him into the steps and put
the Walls on him. There were better ways to do it, but that
at least made it official. Jericho went to see Bisch who
said that he had earned a title match. Christian came to
complain and Eric announced a Triple Threat match. I think
Jericho is a legit challenger, but Christian still needed
They showed early
signs of who was going to be on the Diva Search. I’m
not looking forward to it, but there were some beautiful
ladies and a couple who seemed to actually have personality.
There was a girl who went to college on a rodeo scholarship.
happened in my dreams last night, too,
only I was in my underwear.
Big Viz came
out with a leather-clad Lillian Garcia to take on Maven.
The match sucked, but what do you expect?
There was a good
segment with Kane. Kane beat Sylvan Grenier. No, he destroyed
him. The crowd really got into Kane giving several Choke
Slams to the French-Canadian. The crowd likes evil Kane.
Then they brought
turned into the soft and hurt Kane again when Lita came
out. She also called out Gene Snitsky and said that it wasn’t
his fault, that it was Kane’s fault. She then kissed
him. The new Lita gimmick is that she’s a slut. How
quaint. Edge then came out and made out a little with Edge.
Way to build him up and knock him down.
and Flair came out and H talked about the Batista program.
Then, Kurt Angle arrived as the next Draftee. He and Flair
did dueling ‘Woo’s for a while, which was funny.
H cried gimmick infringement. Angle talked about liking
other people’s wives, mentioning that whole Stephanie
McMahon angle from several years ago that I thought ruled.
Angle said Batista impressed him and Batista arrived and
introduced himself to Kurt. H then got Angle and Batista
to set up a match for next week and that brought out Shawn
Michaels who said he would take his rematch from WrestleMania
at Vengeance. The guy then brawled to close the show.
got you, babe.
Like I said,
JBL is a piece of crap. On the biggest night for any of
the ECW guys in ages, he chose to attacked The Blue Meanie
for real in the giant brawl at the end of the show. This
goes back a long way and is just plain stupid. There’s
no doubt that JBL’ll get away with it without even
There is a lot
of news about the expected buyrate of One Night Stand. WWE’s
webcast was so popular that they couldn’t meet the
demand. There were cable systems, mostly on the East Coast,
reported that they’ve never had PPV activity on the
level of One Night Stand, including one who said that he
expects that it’ll end up doing 2 million buys! This
won’t happen, as the West Coast buys won’t be
nearly that level and I think 4-500k is about right, which
is still huge.
My Top Ten ECW Moments
10) Shane Douglas
grabs on to Gary Wolfe’s Neck Halo and shakes- This
had to be one of the greatest angles ever. They had so completely
sold Gary Wolfe’s broken neck that when Shane grabbed
it and shook, everyone went bananas. I was at the show before
that one and still don’t know whether or not Wolfe
was faking it or not.
9) Prime Time
Brian Lee gets knocked off the scaffold through a bunch
of tables- This is the visual that I loved, much like that
chairshot that Dreamer gave to Raven. It was amazing to
me that Lee didn’t end up crippled because he went
through those tables all wrong.
8) Taz and Sabu
face off for the first time in more than a year. When the
lights went out after Taz choked out 911 at November to
Remember, you knew that when they came back on, it was going
to be Sabu, but it didn’t matter. This was what everyone
was waiting for. There was so much electricity in the audience
that it carried over through the TV showing. Amazing.
7) Chris Candito
debuts on ECW- Chris Candito was in the first show at the
ECW Arena, and when he returned after being fired by the
WWF, it was nice. He gave a great little promo, playing
like he was a face, but then turned and called all the fans
idiots. It was a sweet promo that I completely marked out
6) Sabu puts
2 Cold Scorpio through a wall- This wasn’t great for
most folks, as it happened at the dog track they ran in
Boston, but it almost knocked me completely over. These
were my two favourite wrestlers in the world at the time
and getting to see them live, and nearly get squished by
them, was awesome.
5) Taz goes through
the mat- When Bam Bam Bigelow fell backwards and put Taz
through the ring to win the World TV Championship, I was
amazed. To this day that’s the greatest single visual
I’ve ever seen from ECW. The fact that it led to Taz
jobbing is what keeps it from being Number 1 on this list.
Not ECW. We know what drives traffic --
would-be Divas in bikinis.
4) The Lesbian
Kiss- Watching Beaulah and Kimona Wanalaya fake making out
on the mat of the ECW arena is a classic. You can’t
go wrong with Hot Lesbian Action.
3) Barely Legal-
From the start, it was obvious that ECW on PPV was going
to be incredible, and that first show, with Taz vs. Sabu
and the Three-way dance main event was without a doubt the
first shot in what could have been a real war for Number
1. Sadly, the WWF heard the shot and stole their thunder.
The Double Turn of Taz and Sabu with Bill Alfonso going
with Sabu was great.
Misterio vs. Psicosis in the Mexican Death match- Wow, hard
core Lucha. They brawled in the parking lot and Misterio
hit a Rana off of a car! HE finished the match with a Hurrancanrana
off the stage. This was the greatest match in ECW history,
in my eyes, because it was everything that ECW wanted to
be: great work rate, lots of innovative moves and brawling.
Eddy vs. Malenko may have been better pure matches, but
this was amazing.
many times do I have to say it? The Pitbulls vs. Raven and
Richards in Double Dog Collars- How much booking can a match
handle? This had just about as much as the finish of One
Night Stand. Almost every major ECW storyline was represented
here. They had Richards get bloodied up in the back. They
had Raven with a crimson mask. Tommy Dreamer got his first
pin against Raven, though admittedly, it was disallowed
by Alfonso and never counted. 911 came to the ring and after
Big Dick Dudley chokeslammed Dreamer, Alfonso said that
the Choke Slam was legal and 911, who had been waiting nearly
a year for the chance, finally got to Choke Slam Bill. There
were powerbombs through tables, off the top, one that nearly
killed Raven. There was ether used! There was a great match
that everyone has been talking about for years. Rick Scaia,
the brother of my pal Steve and the editor of Online Onslaught
for more years than I can say, said this was the best match
he’d ever seen live.
all for today. On Friday, I’ll have more.
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