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Rebooking ECW: ECW Orgy of Violence (06/28/97)

Extreme Championship Wrestling presents: ECW Orgy of Violence 1997! Tonight, there is no time to waste. The lines in the sand have been drawn and tonight is sure to live up to its name. Every belt is on the line and it is truly every man for himself! Looking for a three way dance, hardcore tag team action, a submission match, a grudge match, a steak defense, an in-ring debut… strong-style Japanese Puroresu!? Then, you are on the right channel… Now, get ready to watch history violently unfold. Will YOU even be able to survive this Orgy of Violence!?

Extreme Championship Wrestling presents:

ECW Orgy of Violence 1997 – 06/28/97 (Philadelphia, PA)

MATCH CARD:

Singles Match 

Danny Doring Vs. AJ Fatal

Singles Match

Roadkill Vs. Spike Dudley

Three-Way Tag Team Match for the ECW Tag Team Championships

The Prime Time Killers (c) Vs. The Triple Threat (Lance Storm & Mike Awesome) Vs. The Gangstas

Three Way Dance

PG-187 Vs. Mikey Whipwreck Vs. Stevie Richards

Submission Singles Match for the ECW Television Championship

Taz (c) Vs. Saturn

Special Attraction Tag Team Match

Gran Naniwa & The Great Sasuke Vs. Chris Candido & Davey Morton Jericho

Singles match for the ECW Heavyweight Championship

Sabu (c) Vs. Terry Funk

The results were as follows:

1. Opening Segment: Joey Styles opened up tonight’s super card event by announcing some of the matches and special appearances. “Tonight, in this very arena, we will witness debuts as well as the end of a legendary hardcore career. Our main event for ECW Orgy of Violence marks the last appearance of Terry Funk in Extreme Championship Wrestling… Will he walk out with his hand in the air as champion or in a blaze of defeat. We will find out right here in the city of brotherly love. Also, three teams go head-to-head for the ultimate tag team prize, the ECW Tag Team Championships! And, will “The Human Suplex Machine” Taz force Saturn to submit within the five-minute time limit he has promised? We will see who the better man, and ECW TV Champion, really is! Finally, I have it on good authority that Rick Rude will speak publicly on behalf of his client tonight, in the middle of this very ring! All that and much, much more as we come to you live with an Orgy of Violence!

2. Danny Doring realized perhaps the most crushing defeat of his career as his winning streak since his debut was cut short at the hands of the nameless-faceless newcomer, AJ Fatal! A “Who-The-F***-Are-You” chant broke in where entrance themes and introductions stopped. As the match progessed, momentum shifted. The crowd went nuts for this, as this marked the first time Doring was speechless! After hitting a quick spinning TKO and jumping immediately on the cover, Fatal was able to upset Doring with a victory over the more experienced man. Without hanging around too long for Doring to jump up in a fit of rage, Fatal took his victory and headed to the back to cheers. (12:17)

3. Roadkill stomped to the ring in a fit of rage to start this one off. Spike would keep his opponent waiting, forcing Roadkill to grow impatient. After several minutes of no Spike Dudley in site, Roadkill grabbed a microphone and began a tirade. “Spike, you little bastard, come down to this ring and take your beating like half the man you are! If I have to come back there and pull you out here by your overalls, I’ll do it. Might as well get out here and get it over with!” With still no answer, Roadkill began up the aisle way in the direction of the locker room. ECW cameras would catch up with Roadkill as he went through the curtain. As Roadkill lurked, Spike Dudley finally exploded from the men’s bathroom, smashing Roadkill’s face with the door as he did so. With the crowd growing restless in the arena, man attending fans piled into what was the area the two began this match in. In such a confined space, it wasn’t hard for Spike to stick and move on his bigger opponent, keeping him at bay for the time being. Spike was first to emerge from the backstage area through the curtain and back into the area, running and waiting for Roadkill around the corner of the barricade. In a blind spot, as Roadkill came down the aisle again, Spike again was able to blindside him with a flurry of rather weak attacks. Roadkill responded by picking his opponent up by the throat with both hands and smashing his spine into the ring post. From there, Spike was barely able to make a solid rally again. Roadkill unloaded on his former partner with the intent of punishment for all he believed he had done to him. One hand would pin Spike to the mat by the time this one was over. (17:10)

4. Commercial break + Hype Central for merchandising information

5. By the time the broadcast returned, The Gangstas were halfway through their entrance. Next out was the Triple Threat members of Lance Storm and Mike Awesome. The two teams couldn’t hold their composure from destroying each other and began doing just that as the champions’ music began to play. After a few seconds of confusion, Brian Lee and Kronus came running down to the ring to defend their titles, automatically joining the fray. Another chaos-induced battle ensued, even more violent than the match prior. The Triple Threat and The Prime Time Killers found themselves on the same page frequently as they pooled their efforts several times to cool The Gangstas momentum down. Mike Awesome nearly killed Mustafa as he delivered and Awesome Bomb through a table, causing one half of The Gangstas to land directly on his neck. With The Gangstas temporarily on ice, Awesome and Storm shifted focus to the champs. Lee and Kronus were ready though as they seemed to get the better of Triple Threat. In the end it was The Prime Time Killers that were just able to squeeze out the victory. The Gangstas would take the fall, as Lance Storm and Mike Awesome exited before the ending of the match fed up and frustrated. Defending their championships successfully came at a high price though, as Mustafa Saed and New Jack got up after the bell to fight again. After beating Kronus and Lee down pretty well, the two took the ECW Tag Team Championships and ran off! (23:31)

6. PG-187 made a successful debut, knocking off the recently hot Mikey Whipwreck and the mean Stevie Richards. After an impressive showing of technical skill back and forth with Stevie, PG-187 highlight a little of his finesse with Mikey. Plenty of back-and-forth action was witnessed by an entertained crowd. All three men had a strong showing but it would be PG-187 that would ultimate win the match, with Stevie being first eliminated by Mikey and then Mikey by 187, compliments of a spinning-implant DDT! Mikey was noticeably upset with the lose and walked away from a handshake proposed by 187. (9:43)

7. Commercial break + Upcoming live event locations and dates are presented.

8. This match tone was the definition of seriousness. Both men went in with no intent to tap out. A five-minute time limit made this one’s pace lightning quick. Neither man wasted time going to work on the other’s body. Saturn had more offense than Taz and this only angered him throughout the match. The two traded belly-to-belly and German suplexes. Taz had a little more impact behind his suplexes, as one would expect. At one point, Saturn was forced to grab the ropes when Taz applied a mean rear naked choke. This got into the mind of Taz and it showed as the four minute mark came and went. He got over confident and Saturn capitalized. With Saturn able to get Taz down in the danger zone, anticipation  in the crowd grew. The bell rang and the time limit was reached with no tap, ending the match in a draw! In fact, it was Taz who was in danger of tapping out to a submission Saturn had him in! Saturn demanded more time and Taz just watched in rage, obviously upset that he wasn’t able to get Saturn to tap and that he was on the losing end of the battle as the bell rang. With Saturn arguing with the time keeper at ringside, Taz blindsided him with Tazmission. However, Saturn was only luring him in and was able to avoid it. With a Rings Of Saturn hit and Taz on his back, Saturn posed with the belt, hit Alfonso with it, and exited. (6:31)

9. Gran Naniwa and The Great Sasuke delivered a nice loss to Chris Candido and Davey Morton Jericho. The two men from the land of the rising sun ran circles around Candido and Jericho, in the aerial department that is! The two couldn’t mount a solid defense against these moves and finally it caught up with them. After only being slowed down briefly, Naniwa and Sasuke finished the match off with two flying moves from the top through a table and opponent each. This was a great match to break up the seriousness with a little fun and excitement. Jericho and Candido would begin fighting each other after the match after blaming the loss on each other. (13:50)

10. Commercial break + Main event hype video package is played.

11. Rick Rude entered the arena and headed for the middle of the ring. After entering and pausing for an arena full of boos, Rude began on the mic. “Good evening, pukes. I’m glad you’ve all waited for a real man to start talking to ya’! Without giving too much away, I just got off the phone with my client, a former ECW Heavyweight Champion, and he has made a decision. He has decided that whoever walks out the ECW Heavyweight Champion tonight, will have the ultimate honor and privilege of facing him at ECW Heatwave next month, on the nineteenth of July. And, I’ll let you all in on another little secret… Not only do we plan to leave Extreme Championship Wrestling with the title, but we also plan to hand it over on a silver platter, to the best mad genius of professional wrestling today, Eric Bischoff himself!” With that the crowd erupted with anger and began showing the ring with garbage and chants of “Get the f*** out!”. With all he needed to say out, Rude spit on the ring canvas and left.

12. Terry Funk’s full heart was not into this match. He knew it would be his last match in the ECW Arena fighting for Extreme Championship Wrestling, perhaps forever. Sabu took full advantage of this and put the boots to Funk for the majority of the match. The fans booed and were obviously upset with what was bound to happen. Funk swung wildly at Sabu, just trying to land some punches on him. The little offense Funk produced were not enough to keep Sabu at bay. With a top rope Frankensteiner crashing Funk through a table set up in the middle of the ring, Sabu covered him for the pinfall victory and more importantly, a successful title defense. Sabu waited for Funk to get to his feet before he left and after a stand-off, the two shook hands and Sabu held up the hand of a humbled Terry Funk. Funk, obviously moved, was then met by most of the ECW locker room as they flocked to the ring to hoist him up in thanks and respect. It was quite a real moment for all at the ECW Arena, as Terry Funk was given his final send off in Extreme Championship Wrestling. The broadcast went off air with Funk on the shoulders of his peers, and cheers of “Thank you, Terry!” and “E-C-W!” ringing through. (16:20)

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