Written by: Bob Colling
Extreme Championship Wrestling House Show
From: Kansas City, MO
Opening Contest: Kid Kash vs. Redd Dogg: Kash gets out of a back suplex and dropkicks Dogg. They had messed up the back suplex spot and the crowd let them know about it. Kash messes up a leapfrog and the fans let him know about it, again. Kash clotheslines Dogg for a two count. Dogg works over Kash in the corner with strikes and a back elbow to stop a charging Kash in the corner. Dogg tosses Kash with an overhead belly to belly suplex. Dogg nails Kash with an awful standing heel kick for a two count. Dogg comes off the ropes to deliver a big splash for a near fall. They trade overhand strikes until Kash takes Dogg down with.a Thez Press, but they both sell the move as if they were hurt. Dogg gets a two count on Kash before missing a leg drop. Kash clotheslines Dogg several times followed by a backdrop. Kash hits a double springboard crossbody to win the match. (1/2*. Kash was off tonight and that prevented this from being anything enjoyable. I’m thinking that Kash is the new Sabu for ECW. When he’s on, he’s really good, but when he’s off, it’s a little bit of a train wreck.)
Second Contest: Chilly Willy vs. Little Guido: Willy drop toe holds and arm drags Guido to start the match. Willy takes some time to taunt Guido while keeping arm control, as well. Willy comes off the ropes to nail Guido with his butt. Willy tosses Guido with an overhead belly to belly suplex. Willy slingshots Mamaluke into the ring before hammering away on Guido with chops against the ropes. Big Sal strikes Willy from the floor to allow Guido to get control with strikes. Guido stomps away on Willy in the corner with stomps. Guido elbows Willy but is met with a powerslam out of the corner for a two count. Guido plants Willy with a swinging neckbreaker for a two count. Guido sends Willy to the floor and Big Sal attacks hitting a splash against the railing. Guido dropkicks a seated Willy for a near fall. Willy takes Guido over with a snap suplex and a backdrop. Willy drops Mamaluke throat first over the top rope and knocks Big Sal off the apron. Guido plants Willy with an Un-Prettier and wins the match. (*1/4. They relied a lot on interference to distract the fans and get through the match. I’m glad that Guido was able to get a win here.)
Third Contest: Tajiri vs. EZ Money: Tajiri takes Money down to the mat, but Money reaches the ropes quickly. Money takes Tajiri down to the mat to control with a hammerlock. Tajiri counters with a rollup for a two count. Tajiri works over Money with chops in the corner. Tajiri gets out of a piledriver and rolls to the floor. Money moonsaults off the top rope and dropkicks Tajiri to the floor where Chris Hamrick gets a few cheap shots in. Money comes off the ropes to dropkick Tajiri again and hits a standing moonsault for a two count. Tajiri kicks Money and follows up with a dropkick and standing moonsault of his own for a two count. Money counters a sunset flip in the corner and drives Tajiri down to the mat for a near fall. Hamrick has a chair on the apron and is waiting for several moments. Tajiri kicks the chair into Hamrick’s face and superkicks Money. Money powerbombs Tajiri and puts Tajiri in a tree of woe. Tajiri baseball slides Money in the corner causing Money to bail to the floor. Money drops Tajiri over the top rope throat first. Money hits a slingshot somersault clothesline into the ring for a two count. Tajiri nails Money with a handspring elbow followed by a kick and a brainbuster for the win. (**1/4. A decent match between these two. Money could be a fun singles wrestler and could work well with other midcard acts if given the chance. I think Money has enough unique offense to hold my interest. This felt like a fresh match and something I’d like to see with more time and on a bigger stage.)
Fourth Contest: Simon Diamond & Johnny Swinger vs. Belvis Wesley & CW Anderson vs. Chris Chetti & Nova vs. Danny Doring & Roadkill: Diamond and Doring start the match with Diamond showing off his body after shoving Doring to the mat. Doring back elbows Diamond followed by a clothesline and a dropkick. Nova gets tagged in and Diamond is met with several kicks. Anderson and Swinger tag into the match with Swinger hammering away on Anderson. Wesley tags himself into the match and Roadkill hits a side slam. Roadkill splashes Wesley in the corner and Chetti delivers a heel kick for a two count on Wesley. Chetti gets kicked by Diamond and Anderson clotheslines Chetti. Swinger takes Chetti down with a side Russian leg sweep and plays to the crowd. Doring and Wesley try to get a pin, but they can’t. Wesley and Doring brawl outside the ring as the match appears to be breaking down at this point. Prodigy hits Diamond on the apron and Nova hits Diamond with a reverse DDT for the first elimination.
Nova knee lifts Wesley and Doring hits a clothesline. Chetti is met with a low blow and Anerson plants Nova with a spinebuster after Wesley shoved Nova off the top. That led to the second elimination. Doring sends the referee into Electra and Lou E. Dangerously gets splashed Roadkill in the corner. Doring plants Wesley with a jumping jawbreaker. Doring leg drops Anderson coming off the top and wins the match. (*. I really didn’t have any interest in this and it felt like a complete filler match.) After the match, Anderson and Wesley argue with Anderson leaving on his own.
Fifth Contest: Spanish Angel & DeVito vs. Balls Mahoney & Mikey Whipwreck: Whipwreck gets beaten down by Angel and DeVito in the ring after getting the early advantage. Mahoney eventually comes out and attacks Angel and DeVito with a fork. The referee calls for the bell as all four men are brawling outside the ring. Sinister Minister gets a few shots in. Apparently, the referee called for the bell to start the match. DeVito side slams Whipwreck for a two count after a chair shot. Mahoney is busted open as is Angel. Whipwreck continues to be beaten up by Angel and DeVito for a few minutes. Whipwreck is driven down with a double flapjack. Angel elbow drops Whipwreck on the stage. Mikey continues to be worked over by Angel. Mikey avoids Angel in the corner and tags in Mahoney. Mahoney cleans house with strikes. Angel and DeVito are sent into each other. Mikey hits a top rope clothesline on Angel for the win. (*. Again, I didn’t care about this match.)
Sixth Contest: ECW Television Champion Rhino vs. Jerry Lynn: Rhino works over Lynn with a few right hands, but Lynn comes back with a head scissors. Lynn springboard dropkicks Rhino off the apron. Rhino sends Lynn back first into the railing. Rhino plants Lynn with a spine buster for a two count. Lynn takes Rhino over with a hurricanrana, but Rhino comes back with a clothesline for a two count. Rhino shoulder rams Lynn in the corner. Rhino body scissors Lynn on the mat to keep control and doesn’t get a submission. Lynn gets a rollup on Rhino managing a near fall. Rhino press slams Lynn by dropping Jerry to the mat gut first for a two count. Rhino goes back to a body scissors to keep Lynn on the mat. Lynn comes off the ropes to hit a crossbody and hammers away on Rhino. Lynn nails Rhino with a spinning back elbow strike. Lynn hits a running bulldog for a two count. Rhino elbows Lynn in the corner for a two count.
Lynn boots Rhino in the corner and hits a tornado DDT for a near fall. Lynn tries for a cradle piledriver but settles for a backdrop. Rhino recovers to hit the GORE. Rhino spikes Lynn with a piledriver and wins the match clean. (*1/2. I’d much rather had gotten rid of the previous two matches and give that time to this match. They rushed through the match and as a result the match was rather disappointing.)
Seventh Contest: Rob Van Dam vs. Scotty Anton: Anton tries to attack before the bell, but RVD connects with a spinning heel kick and a standing spin kick. RVD slams Anton before hitting a rolling thunder splash. Anton bails to the floor to regroup. Anton sends RVD back first into the railing, but RVD takes Anton out with a somersault dive off the railing. RVD puts Anton over the railing and leaps off the apron to deliver a spinning heel kick onto Anton, who had a chair over his back, too. RVD rams Anton face first over the apron before returning to the ring. RVD works over Anton with a few strikes and hits a rolling fireman’s carry followed by a moonsault for a two count. RVD press slams Anton followed by a standing moonsault. RVD crotches Anton over the top rope. Anton takes a chair from Alfonso and smashes RVD with the chair to send RVD crashing to the floor. Anton whacks RVD over the head with a chair shot and taunts the crowd. Anton knee lifts RVD and drops RVD chest first over the railing with a bulldog. Anton clotheslines RVD against the railing. Anton tosses a chair onto RVD a few times.
Anton nails RVD with a standing dropkick in the ring. Anton catches RVD in the corner and drives RVD back first into the corner. RVD is put in the tree of woe and Anton chokes RVD from the floor. Anton crotches RVD on the top rope and connects with a back suplex for a two count. Anton keeps RVD on the mat with his knee wedged into RVD’s back followed by a DDT for a two count. Anton leg drops RVD for another near fall. Anton puts RVD in the tree of woe and works over RVD’s knee. Anton gets a chair kicked into his face, but catches RVD coming off the top to put a Boston Crab on for a moment. Anton takes a chair from Alfonso, but RVD spin kicks Anton to the mat. RVD atomic drops Anton and gets a chair as Anton stumbled into the corner. RVD dropkicks the chair onto a seated Anton for a two count. RVD slams Anton and hits a split legged moonsault for a near fall. Alfonso holds a chair onto Anton in the corner and RVD hits a rolling thunder onto Anton. Anton is still able to kick out on the cover. Anton hits RVD on the knee with a chair shot.
Anton locks in the Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring. Anton lets go and double stomps RVD on the back before whacking RVD with a chair. Anton chokes Alfonso for a moment and then locks in the Sharpshooter but RVD kicks a chair into Anton’s face. RVD springboards off the top and kicks the chair into Anton’s face. Steve Corino and Jack Victory enter the ring to attack RVD. RVD dropkicks both Corino and Victory. I guess there wasn’t a finish to this match. (**1/2. Anton has a little sloppy in parts, but for a house show match I felt that this was a solid enough match and it didn’t drag along like I had been expecting it to.)
Main Event: Raven, Sandman & Tommy Dreamer vs. ECW World Champion Justin Credible, Steve Corino & Jack Victory: Credible nails Sandman from behind with a kendo stick shot after Sandman had a five minute entrance. Sandman is triple teamed in the ring by the heels. Tommy Dreamer has his music play and Dreamer cleans house with strikes on the heels. Dreamer works over Credible with strikes but Corino whacks Sandman with several kendo stick shtos. Dreamer has been stopped on his offense, as well. Raven gets his music and makes the save, too. Raven cleans house with spinning strikes and a backdrop. Credible is sent flipping upside down into the corner. The faces remain in the ring and play to the crowd. They begin to stall by trading words on the microphone for a few moments.
Dreamer and Credible start the main event with the crowd reminding Credible of his Aldo Montoya character in the WWF. Corino tags in, but Raven wants the tag. Corino works over Raven with strikes against the ropes. Raven plants Corino with a DDT and Gabe Sapolsky enters the ring to cover Corino as Raven held the camera, but Corino kicks out at two. Sandman and Victory enter the ring and taunt each other. Sandman is backed into the heels corner and is worked over until Sandman fights out with strikes. Victory hammers away on Sandman in the corner until Credible tags in and continues to beat on Sandman. Credible jabs Sandman in the corner several times and sends Sandman hard back first into the corner. Corino enters the match and jabs Sandman several times followed by an elbow strike. Dreamer tags in and cleans house with strikes. Raven tapes Corino’s boots together allowing Dreamer to hammer away on Corino. Dreamer hits a snap suplex and Raven puts tape over Corino’s mouth. Dreamer is sent shoulder first into the ring post and worked over by Credible with right hands. Credible grabs a chair from Francine. Credible drop toe holds Dreamer face first onto the chair for a two count. Credible comes off the ropes to deliver a spinning DDT for a two count.
Victory tries to keep control on Dreamer, but Dreamer comes off the ropes to collide with Victory. Corino prevents Dreamer from tagging out and delivers a right hand. Dreamer grabs Corino’s groin, but Corino stops Dreamer with a heel kick for a two count. Corino tries to set a chair up in the corner, but Sandman punches him. Corino sets the chair up in his own corner. Dreamer has Corino on his shoulders and drops Corino face first onto the chair. Raven and Sandman enter the match to pummel the heels with right hands and stomps. Dreamer tries for a DVD, but Francine low blows Dreamer. Credible with a kendo stick shot and tries for That’s Incredible. Jazz low blows Credible and that allows Dreamer to hit the DDT and pins Credible while Jazz pinned Francine. (*1/2. I was disappointed that they kept this to being a rather formula six man tag match. Ideally, this would have been a wild brawl all over the venue, but that wasn’t the case. A rather lackluster main event.)
A mostly disappointing show, which really bugs me since the card looks rather strong on paper. This should have been so much better.
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