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ECW Hardcore TV 4/23/1996

Written by: Heels Inc.

TV 1996-04-23 (matches taped 1996-04-20)

World: Raven
TV: 2 Cold Scorpio
Tag Team: The Eliminators

We open the show and Joey Styles is outside the ECW arena with the fans. Hostile City Showdown is about to begin!

Instead of the normal TV opening we get a video package showing what has gone down between Dreamer, Beulah, Kimona Wanalaya, Raven and Shane Douglas.

To Joey who talks about what happened tonight with out giving anything away. He throws it to the opening interview with the Gangstas from Hostile City Showdown.

The crowd goes crazy with a loud “New Jack” and “Mu” chant. New Jack tells us that the last time he was in the arena it was the first time in his life he got his ass kicked. He calls out the Tag Team Champions Eliminators for a fight. The champs hit the ring and we’ve got a brawl! After a few minutes the locker room empties to the boos of the crowd.

Back from commercial and Joey who brings us to the opening match of the night.

El Puerto Ricano vs. Super Nova ref Jim Molineaux
Nova hiptosses Ricano over the top rope to the floor and hits a somersault plancha from the top rope. Ricano back in with a drop kick. Nova reverses the corner whip and pulls him out with a powerbomb. Victory roll by Ricano and drop kicks Nova out fo the ring. Springboard moonsault to the floor gets an “Oh my Gooood” from Joey. The Eliminators hit the ring and lay out both Ricano and Nova with some nasty looking suplexes and Total Elimination.

Saturn calls out the Gangstas and we’ve got a brawl!!!! Chairs, garbage cans and garbage are all over the ring. The two teams fight into the crowd. Saturn lands a stiff looking right to New Jack. They go at it for another five minutes until the locker room again clears out. JT Smith and Little Guido hit the ring and Smith tries to make peace between the two times. D-Von comes and chases them away with a chair. The Gangstas and The Eliminators brawl down the aisle to the locker room.

Back from commercial and Styles tells us we are going to see Shane Douglas shock the world tonight. The FBI are getting cheese steaks and arguing with each other because Little Guido is yelling at the people behind the counter. He wants a cannoli instead. JT Smith tells Guido that he has a terrible temper and needs to stop disrespecting everybody. They sing a little bit and thankfully it ends. We got back to Styles who again hypes the announcement from Shane and leads us into our next match.

“Primetime” Brian Lee vs. Tommy Dreamer ref John Finnegan
Prerecorded comments from Lee and he tells us that Dreamer is his. Lee tries to attack Dreamer in the aisle but Tommy takes control. Tommy puts a chair on his head and gives Lee a jawbreaker. Irish whip and a back body drop. They go to the floor Dreamer gets a chair and puts it against Lee’s face and the ropes. Lee moves out of the way of a baseball slide and uses the chair on Dreamer. They go into the crowd as Lee continues to hit Dreamer with the chair. To the stage and Dreamer hits a bulldog and a chair to the head. Tommy with a crossbody from the eagle’s nest to the stage below. Lee fights back with a chair shot. Tommy gets thrown into the bleachers. Tommy gets wedged under the guardrail and Lee shoves it repeatedly it is groin. Dreamer able to fight back and they go to the ring at the five minute mark. Tommy ducks a clothesline and the ref goes down. The Bruise Brothers come to ringside as Tommy hits a DDT. With the ref still down the Bruise Brothers hit the ring with chairs and nail the chair sandwich big boots. Tommy is still able to kick out at 2 though. He hits another DDT but the Brusie Brothers come back in take out Dreamer and but a cinder block on his crotch Lee smashes it with a chair and covers for the win at 6.48 according to my stop watch but its announced as 7.07.

We get a black and white video package of The Sandman and Missy Hyatt with the video to Love is Strong by the Rolling Stones inserted into wrestling footage. These are always well done.

Hype central Hostile City ’96- The Week After April 26th and April 27th. Keep checking “Oh My God” for my reviews on those shows.

Joey tells us when we come back from commercial the biggest story in ECW history is going to be shared.

World Champion Raven (w/ Stevie Richards & The Blue Meanie) vs. “The Franchise” Shane Douglas (w/ Kimona Wanalaya) ref John Finnegan
Meanie and Stevie do their HBK/Diesel parody tonight. Shane gets on the mic and tells Raven that Beulah wasn’t only cheating on Raven but she was also cheating on Tommy Dreamer. Dreamer is in the end now and he tells Douglas to just shut up. Douglas tells us that Beulah was never actually pregnant. Tommy wants to know who he is but Douglas tells us “It’s not a he, Dreamer!” Kimona lets us know she was the one Beulah was cheating with. Beulah hits the ring. Kimona walks towards her and we get a “…To be Continued Next Week on ECW” “”…You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet!” “…It’s About To Get EXTREME”

My thoughts on the show
Well if you’ve been following my reviews and paying attention to what I tell you to do you went and watched Hostile City Showdown already so save yourself 48 minutes and skip this episode. It’s an okay episode, but I’d strongly encourage everyone to watch the entire Hostile City Showdown event than catching the bits and pieces here.

Bob Colling Jr. View All

34-year-old currently living in Syracuse, New York. Long-time fan of the New York Mets, Chicago Bulls, and Minnesota Vikings. An avid fan of professional wrestling and write reviews/articles on the product. Usually focusing on old-school wrestling.

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