Written by: Bob Colling
Extreme Championship Wrestling House Show
From: Warren, OH
Opening Contest: Johnny Swinger vs. Chilly Willy: Early on, Willy knocks Swinger to the mat with a shoulder block and plays to the crowd. Swinger does the same, but Willy regains control with arm drags and a sit out slam. Willy chops Swinger in the corner several times. Swinger boots Willy in the corner and comes off the middle rope with a clothesline. Swinger pummels Willy with strikes in the corner. Willy is sent to the floor and Swinger sends Chilly into the railing. Willy tries for a sunset flip, but Swinger sits down for a two count. Swinger leg drops Willy on the groin. Swinger continues with a cobra clutch leg sweep for a near fall. Willy comes off the ropes with a leaping butt strike. Willy plants Swinger with a side slam for another two count. Swinger plants Willy with the Stroke but Willy kicks out. Willy counters a slam attempt with an inside cradle to win the match. (*1/2. The match felt like it was two students wrestling and they kept it really basic to just get the crowd going a little bit. Fans seem to be behind Chilly.)
Second Contest: Mikey Whipwreck vs. Tom Marquez: Marquez attacks Whipwreck from behind as Simon Diamond was insulting Whipwreck about his hair and not shaving. Whipwreck dropkicks Marquez to the floor and takes everyone out with a slingshot crossbody. Mikey delivers a leg drop over the middle rope to keep control of the match. Marquez tosses Whipwreck with a German suplex as Mikey got distracted. Marquez continues with an overhead belly to belly suplex. Whipwreck gets attacked on the floor for a few moments. Whipwreck superkicks Marquez for a two count followed by a side Russian leg sweep. Mikey punches Marquez over the middle rope to hit another leg drop but the other misfits enter the ring only for Mikey to take them out with a stunner and low blow. Simon Diamond enters and is met with a stunner, too. Marques drops Whipwreck with a clothesline and a slam. Sinister Minister crotches Marquez on the top turnbuckle and Whipwreck hits a middle rope stunner for the win. (*1/2. Similar to the first match, but this was more designed as an extended squash for Mikey Whipwreck. It wasn’t too bad for a short match, really.)
Third Contest:Chris Chetti & Nova vs. Little Guido & Sal E. Graziano: Guido and Chetti start the match with Guido stalling for a few moments. They focus on some mat wrestling at the beginning of the contest. Guido dropkicks a seated Chetti and stomps away in the corner. Chetti fights back with a scissors kick coming off the ropes. Chetti and Nova drop Guido with kicks for a two count. Guido tags in Sal as Nova is the legal man now, too. Nova tries to slam Sal and that doesn’t work very well. Nova hammers away on Sal several times and tried for a monkey flip, but got tossed away. Chetti tries to help with one and they get tossed away. Sal delivers a double shoulder block and tags in Guido. Chetti springboard kicks Sal to the mat. Guido runs into a backdrop and Nova takes both Sal and Guido out with a slingshot crossbody to the floor. Chetti is tripped by Sal from the floor and Guido comes off the middle rope to hit a leg drop for a near fall. Chetti comes off the ropes to heel kick Guido for a two count. Guido leg sweeps Chetti for a two count. Guido spits at Nova and leaps off Sal’s shoulders to hit an elbow drop. Sal hit an elbow drop but Chetti still kicks out. Chetti heel kicks Guido and tags in Nova as Sal gets tagged in. Nova forearms Sal into the corner. Nova punches Guido coming off the top and hit a running bulldog for a two count. Sal splashes Nova in the corner. Chetti superkicks Guido into the corner and Sal accidentally splashes his own partner. Nova pins Guido for the win. (*. Lackluster match and with Sal actually wrestling, I can’t say it surprised me.)
Fourth Contest: Raven vs. CW Anderson: Anderson works over Raven in the corner with strikes and taunts the crowd. Raven avoids a punch and pummels Anderson in the corner with ten punches. Raven dumps Anderson through the ropes to the floor. Raven gets distracted by Wesley on the floor and that leads to Anderson and Wesley colliding in the ring and shoving each other. Raven decks them both with right hands. Anderson runs the ropes as Raven slides to the floor. Anderson falls to the mat and is nearly pinned by Raven. Anderson low blows Raven to stop his momentum. Raven drop toe holds CW onto a chair for a two count. Anderson superkicks Raven nearly winning the match. Anderson punches Raven ten times in the corner. CW dumps Raven to the floor and the referee is distracted by Francine, who is trying to get her hands on CW. Francine gets in the ring and puts a sleeper on CW. CW slams Francine to the mat while Raven is getting double teamed on the floor. CW gets a sleeper hold on Raven for a few moments. Raven gets a sleeper on CW, but is rammed back first into the corner. CW bulldogs Raven onto a chair for a near fall. CW rams Raven face first onto a chair several times. Anderson kicks Raven in the corner several times, but misses a big splash. Raven clotheslines and knee lifts Anderson to the mat. Raven gives Lou E. Dangerously the snot rag and plants Anderson with the DDT, but Electra gets in the ring to break the over. That leads to a cat fight with Francine. Francine delivers a bronco buster in the corner. Raven saves Francine from Anderson and Dangerously throws powder into CW’s face. CW plants Wesley with a spine buster and Raven hits another DDT for the win. (*1/2. The match probably could have gone half the length and would have been better. Anderson didn’t really get a chance to showcase what he can do and that was disappointing. I wasn’t a fan of the finish.)
Jazz comes out and confronts the Da Baldies. The trio corner Jazz after she slaps DeVito for tossing a dollar at her. Danny Doring and Roadkill make the save by slowly walking to the ring and cutting a promo.
Fifth Contest: Spanish Angel & Tony DeVito vs. Danny Doring & Roadkill: Angel and DeVito try to get the cheap advantage but that doesn’t work as they get sent into each other in the corner. Roadkill slams Angel to the mat and Doring comes off the top with an elbow drop. Grimes grabs Doring boot and attacks him on the floor. Grimes press slams Doring back into the ring. DeVito works over Doring with jabs and a standing dropkick. DeVito continues with a neckbreaker/elbow drop combo for a two count. Angel tags into the match and continues to work over Doring in the corner. Grimes drops Doring over the guard railing chest first. Angel tosses Doring overhead with a suplex. DeVito plants Doring with a side slam for another near fall. Angel misses a splash in the corner and is upside down for a moment. Roadkill gets tagged in and cleans house on the heels with clotheslines. Roadkill side slams DeVito and powerslams Angel. Jazz decks Grimes off the apron with strikes. Roadkill drives DeVito down with a side walk slam. Roadkill holds Angel for Doring to hit a weak looking clothesline off the ropes. Grimes misses a splash and hits Angel. Roadkill comes off the top to clothesline Grimes. Jazz plants DeVito with a face buster. Roadkill has a wheelbarrow and Doring comes off the top with a leg drop for the win. (*1/2. This show has been full of mediocre wrestling to say the least. Another finish that involves a miscommunication by the heels, which happened in the previous match. Poor placement and the finish didn’t need to be protective of the Baldies.)
Sixth Contest: ECW Television Champion Super Crazy vs. ECW Tag Team Champion Lance Storm: Storm yanks Crazy down by his hair and then bails to the floor to stall. Storm reminds the fans that Crazy is Mexican and not American. Crazy plants Storm with a DDT and they go to the floor where Crazy hammers away on Storm before sending Lance into the guard railing. Crazy misses a clothesline in the ring and Storm drops the champ with a superkick. Storm dropkicks a kneeling Crazy and gets a steel chair to wedge in the corner. Crazy chops Storm in the corner and nearly pins Storm with a rollup. Crazy gets another two count with a rollup. Storm stops Crazy with a jawbreaker. Storm dropkicks Crazy for a two count. Storm sends Crazy over the railing into the crowd. Crazy fights back with a springboard missile dropkick for a near fall. Crazy nearly wins with a twisting crossbody off the top for a near fall. Storm plants Crazy with a side Russian leg sweep. Storm nearly wins with a snap powerslam. Crazy hits a middle rope moonsault after a slam. Crazy misses a top rope moonsault and drops Storm over the ropes before hitting a springboard moonsault. Dawn Marie gets in the ring and is kissed by Crazy. Crazy also punches Marie in the corner a few times. Storm comes over and powerbombs Crazy for a near fall. Crazy counters a go-behind with a rollup for the win. (*1/2. This never got out of first gear and it didn’t seem like they were trying to do anything all that compelling. Basic wrestling and a rather disappointing match for me.)
Kid Kash comes out for his match with ECW World Champion Mike Awesome, but Judge Jeff Jones comes out by himself to confront Kash. Jones says that due to poor weather, Awesome wasn’t able to arrive to the building. Jones says he told Awesome to skip the town and go to Buffalo anyway. Jones attacks Kash but that’s short lived. Kash hits a spinning heel kick and splashes Jones through a table on the floor. Steve Corino runs into the ring and decks Kash with a cowbell. There is a bullrope match now…
Seventh Contest: Steve Corino vs. Kid Kash in a bullrope match: Corino mocks the match and touches three corners before Kash gets up. Well, Jack Victory decks Kash from behind and Corino touches the fourth corner to win the match. Corino cute a promo about hurting Tommy Dreamer and retiring Dusty Rhodes. He also takes credit for running Taz out of ECW. Dreamer comes out and attacks Corino. Here comes Tajiri leading us to a match.
Seventh Contest: Tommy Dreamer vs. Tajiri in a death match: Tajiri kicks Dreamer a few times to keep him on the mat. Corino makes the match a Japanese death match. Tajiri tosses Dreamer across the ring with the ropes around his neck. Jack Victory threatens the camera guy walking towards the backstage ares. Tajiri locks in the tarantula for a moment before letting go. Dreamer hits a side Russian leg sweep and puts a tarantula on Tajiri until Corino hits him. Tajiri accidentally baseball slides Corino on the floor. Dreamer sends Tajiri into the railing and hits Tajiri with a microphone. Dreamer says the match is a Warren, Ohio street fight and falls count anywhere now. They brawl in the crowd for a few moments before returning to the ring. Dreamer whacks the bell on Tajiri’s groin. Tajiri ducks a chair shot and kicks the chair into Dreamer’s midsection. Tajiri low blows Dreamer and kicks the chair into Dreamer’s face. Dreamer tells Tajiri to bring it in the corner and absorbs several strikes. Tajiri puts Dreamer in a tree of woe and jabs a chair into Dreamer’s gut. Tajiri misses a baseball slide in the corner.
Dreamer puts Tajiri in the tree of woe and steps on Tajiri’s groin. Dreamer puts a chair in front of Tajiri’s face and hits a dropkick in the corner. Dreamer low blows Corino in the ring and goes to the floor after decking Victory. Dreamer gets a table and slides it into the ring. Dreamer has Corino on the top rope and punches Tajiri who tried to jump onto the table and hit him. Tajiri spits mist into Dreamer’s eyes and Tajiri hits a double stomp, but the table doesn’t break. Tajiri does the move a second time to break the table, but Dreamer kicks out. Corino comes off the top rope with cowbell and accidentally hits Tajiri. Dreamer hits two DDTs and pins Tajiri. (*1/2. Do you see a trend on match ratings for this show? Yet another match that had a miscommunication lead to the finish. It’s as if they weren’t even trying on this show.) After the match, Rhino runs into the ring and beats on Dreamer with the other heels. The fans are chanting for Sandman. Victory sets a table up in the corner. Sandman comes out and makes the save but gets gored through the table in the corner by Rhino.
Main Event Rhino vs. The Sandman: Rhino is surprised that Sandman kicks out on the cover attempt. Rhino hits a Michinoku Driver, but Sandman still kicks out. Sandman decks Rhino and goes after Corino, but Victory saves Corino and Corino whacks Sandman with a kendo stick. The referee gets harassed by Corino and gets the fans to cheer for Sandman, which is a conflict of interest. Sandman fights out of the sleeper hold and hits a top rope hurricanrana. Victory holds Sandman on the apron, but Rhino misses. Sandman plants Corino with a side Russian leg sweep and whacks Rhino with the kendo stick several times. Corino superkicks Sandman but Sandman kicks out at two. Rhino brings a table into the ring but Sandman gets control of the match and tries for a hurricanrana, but Rhino powerbombs Sandman off the middle rope through the table for the win. (1/2*. It was a quick and disappointing conclusion to the show.)
Man, they noted that it was a spot show and it’s evident that nobody on the show seemingly even tried to produce anything of quality. This is one of the worse overall ECW shows I’ve watched. I feel bad for everyone in attendance for the show.
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