Written by: Bob Colling
Extreme Championship Wrestling presents Hardcore TV
From: Detroit, MI
1.) Chris Chetti fought Roadkill to a no contest
2.) Lance Storm defeated Spike Dudley
3.) Tajiri defeated Super Crazy
4.) ECW World Champion Taz defeated El Diablo to retain the title
1.) ECW Tag Team Champions Rob Van Dam, Sabu and their manager Bill Alfonso cut a promo backstage. Alfonso says there is a historical night tonight. Sabu will be make his mark in Detroit for the next 25-years. RVD chimes in and reminds us he’s here. Rob Van Dam makes it sound like he’s the main draw and Sabu is a special bonus. RVD wants everyone to chant his name, but Sabu isn’t about to do that and does his arm taunt.
2.) Earlier in Detroit, there was a brawl between the Dudley Boys and Public Enemy, which will be covered a little later on.
3.) Shane Douglas and Francine make their way down to the ring. Douglas gets the crowd riled up and wants the fans to chant for Francine to show her breasts. Shane sends Francine backstage to grab Joey Styles to start the show naked. Chris Candido has a microphone and tells Douglas to not send his woman backstage where a real man is. Candido attacks Douglas on the aisle way as Douglas made his way there for the save. Tammy Sytch jumped on Shane’s back. Candido rolls Douglas into the ring and pummels him with right hands to end the segment.
4.) According to Joey Styles, the Public Enemy had to go to the hospital following the Dudley Boys attack.
5.) Roadkill misses an elbow drop as the match with Chetti has been joined in progress. Judge Jeff Jones comes out and says that no mercy is shown in his court. Sid makes his way out and plays to the crowd, who gives him a big pop. Sid boots Chetti in the corner followed by a few heart punches. Sid decks Chetti with a clothesline. Sid clotheslines Roadkill off the apron to the floor. Sid plants Chetti with a chokeslam. Roadkill gets up onto the apron and Sid chokeslams Roadkill off the apron to the floor! Sid plants Chetti with a powerbomb. Sid pulls Chetti up and delivers another powerbomb. Sid leaves the ring playing to the crowd. Styles notes that Sid is psycho several times.
6.) Lance Storm cuts a promo saying that he told Paul Heyman that he doesn’t need a get over match. He needs a chance to show that Spike Dudley is a one hit wonder. They remind us that Spike pinned Storm at the end of 1998 with an Acid Drop within seconds.
7.) Storm hits a missile dropkick to the back of Spike’s head as Tammy Bytch provided a distraction. Storm hits a cartwheel splash in the corner and taunts Dudley. Storm chokes Spike with his own arms. Dudley low blows Storm and tries for the Acid Drop, but Storm counters with a back suplex for a near fall. Spike hits a standing hurricanrana for a near fall. Dudley knee drops Storm followed by a forearm smash for a two count. Storm flips over in the corner and misses a clothesline. Dudley knocks Storm off the apron into the railing. Spike takes Storm out with a crossbody to the floor! Spike drops Storm throat first over the railing and has a steel chair. Dudley whacks Storm over the back. Francine shoves Spike off the top and Spike somersaults off the top and crashes onto a table. Storm powerbombs Dudley a few times leading to a three count after a sit down powerbomb. (**. It shouldn’t be a surprise that Storm got his revenge here in an actual match with Spike. Personally, I might have put Spike over again and draw this out to a pay per view match where Storm can finally beat him after getting really frustrated with Spike.)
8.) Joey Styles says that someone paid the Dudley Boys to call out Public Enemy at House Party. Styles notes that the Dudley Boys are cheap thugs who can be bought off. Styles reveals that they will be wrestling in a tag match in Queens, NY.
9.) Justin Credible cuts a promo backstage and says that fans are wondering what he’s up to next. Credible took out Great Sasuke and Grand Hamada. Credible also took Jerry Lynn out of action. He used a kendo stick to send Sandman packing to WCW. Credible he did the dirtiest deed of all. He cutoff a ceremony for Tommy Dreamer’s dead grandpa. Credible says that fans haven’t even seen the beginning of what he can do.
10.) Tajiri tries to spin kick, but Crazy blocked it only to fall down anyway. Crazy gets control of Tajiri on the mat with some basic holds. They counter each other a few times leading to Tajiri taking Crazy over with an arm drag. Crazy gets to the ropes to break Tajiri’s offense. Tajiri head scissors Crazy followed by a cartwheel forearm to send Crazy to the floor. Tajiri keeps Crazy on the mat with an arm drag and rolls around the ring. Tajiri dropkicks Crazy on the knee and taunts the crowd. Tajiri rolls around the ring again, but Crazy counters with a modified single leg Boston Crab. Crazy locks in a surfboard and begins to roll around the ring before putting a dragon sleeper on Tajiri. Tajiri avoids a tilt a whirl but gets arm dragged. Tajiri comes back with an arm drag and they have a standoff. Tajiri dumps Crazy to the floor and takes Crazy out with a springboard moonsault to the floor. Tajiri waits on the apron and kicks Crazy a few times. Tajiri locks in the tarantula, but has to let go since it’s not legal.
Tajiri kicks Crazy before he can return to the ring. Crazy avoids a kick and hits a missile dropkick off the top. Crazy slams Tajiri to the mat and hits a springboard moonsault for a two count. Crazy plants Tajiri with a sit down powerbomb for a near fall. Tajiri counters a powerbomb with a DDT for a near fall. Tajiri takes Crazy over with a German suplex for a near fall. Tajiri hits a standing hurricanrana and wins the match. (**3/4. They didn’t do nearly as many big spots as they had done in the previous match. They have seemingly the same formula for each match. They are enjoyable, but it gets a little dull knowing which spot is next.)
12.) Footage from earlier in the night where the Dudley Boys took out Public Enemy with a 3D on Johnny Grunge. New Jack made his way out with a garbage can, but we cut away from Jack getting involved.
13.) Joey Styles notes that New Jack was mauled by the Dudley Boys. Dudley Boys must have also gotten a bonus from someone to take out New Jack alongside Public Enemy. Who would have an issue with both Public Enemy and New Jack?
14.) Taz goes right after Diablo not waiting for the bell. Taz decks Diablo with a clothesline and taunts him with the championship in the corner. Taz tosses Diablo with an overhead suplex and an overhead belly to belly suplex. Taz continues with a t-bone suplex before signaling for the end. Taz locks in the Taz Mission to win the match. (*. Taz has a new mean streak and this was effective to get that over.)
15.) Taz gets a microphone and cuts a promo. Taz likes Detroit because it’s hardcore like Brooklyn. Taz issues a challenge to any champion in WWF or WCW to come to ECW and try to take his championship. Taz does his usual catchphrase to end the segment. The crowd is chanting for Sabu to come out. Taz says he has battled Sabu for years and wants Sabu to come out with his FTW Championship. Sabu storms the ring and Taz decks Sabu with a clothesline. They trade right hands until security enters the ring to break them up. Sabu tries to leap over officials to get his hands on Taz. Taz breaks free to try and get a few shots in on Sabu, too.
A productive week of television for ECW this week. I can get into an undercard feud between Douglas and Candido involving Francine and Tammy. Storm/Spike was a fine match and the ending clearly setting up another title match between Taz and Sabu was effective. Sabu is probably the best challenger for Taz considering their story and how Taz recently cost Sabu a chance to compete for the title, which allowed Taz to win the title in the first place. It feels like ECW has some strong angles going on here in 99 so far.
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