Written by: Bob Colling
Extreme Championship Wrestling House Show
From: Cocoa Beach, FL
Opening Contest: Super Crazy vs. Mosco de la Merced: Crazy takes Mosco down to the mat to keep some basic control, but Mosco counters to get arm control. They have a standoff after Mosco monkey flips Crazy and Crazy landed on his feet. Crazy kicks Mosco in the midsection followed by a shoulder block. Mosco chops Crazy but is met with a tilt a whirl backbreaker. Mosco sends Crazy over the top to the floor and hits a somersault dive through the middle rope to the floor! Crazy sends Mosco chest first into the guard railing and gets a steel chair. Crazy smashes the chair into Mosco’s face. Crazy hammers away on Mosco in the corner and plays to the crowd. Crazy stops Mosco with a shoulder ram from the apron and dropkicks Mosco to the floor. Crazy takes Mosco out with a springboard moonsault! Crazy slams Mosco on the floor and hits a standing moonsault. Mosco hits a top rope crossbody and an arm drag out of the corner to send Crazy to the floor. Mosco connects with a slingshot hurricanrana on the floor. Mosco misses a dropkick attempt but clotheslines Crazy for a two count. Mosco missile dropkicks Crazy and goes to the top again to hit a second missile dropkick for a two count. Crazy plants Mosco with a powerbomb in midair to win the match. (**1/2. Some of the pacing seemed to be a little weird, but the action was solid and made for an enjoyable opening contest for the show. Mosco performed pretty well and his offense was strong enough to make him look like a challenger to someone like Crazy.)
Second Contest: Battle Royal: Skull Von Krush decided to spit right on a fan in the front row for reasons that I’m not sure of. It would appear that everyone in this match have a match later on in the show. I think Mustafa is in there, who appears to not have another match on the show so I’m a liar. It sure feels like this was done to just fill time on the show. The winner of this match is going to get an ECW Television Championship shot later on in the program. The final four are the Dudley Boys, Spike Dudley and Balls Mahoney. Mahoney gets tossed out quickly leaving Spike by himself to take on his evil brothers. Spike is double teamed for a few moments. They want to pin Spike, but the referee tells them that its only by being tossed over the top to the floor. The referee ends up slapping Bubba to get his message across. Bubba accidentally decks D-Von over the top to the apron and Spike forearms D-Von to the floor. Bubba plants Spike with a sit down powerbomb and appears to have the match in order. Spike fights back with a hurricanrana out of the corner. Spike tries for the Acid Drop, but gets tossed away by Bubba. Bubba misses a senton splash and Spike dumps Bubba over the top to the floor with a hurricanrana to win the match. (NR. It’s actually not a bad battle royal. The finish was a little flat since I don’t think the fans were expecting that, but they are clearly behind Spike and his underdog ways.)
Third Contest: Steve Corino vs. Nova: Early on, Nova has arm control working over Corino’s left arm. Nova comes off the ropes with a shoulder block and Corino complains to the referee for a hair pull, which didn’t happen. Nova arm drags Corino and dropkicks Corino to the floor from behind. Nova continues with a shoulder block and a drop toe hold upon Corino’s return. Nova nearly wins with a rollup and is stopped by a boot to the midsection. Corino puts the referee in the way and heel kicks Nova for the cheap advantage. Corino takes Nova over with a snap suplex for a two count. Nova gets a rollup on Corino after the referee shoved Corino for a two count. Corino splashes onto Nova over the middle rope to regain control of the contest. Corino knee lifts Nova, but Nova counters a DDT with a sit down powerbomb/elbow drop to the groin. Corino drops Nova with a reverse neckbreaker and taunts the crowd. Corino scoop slams Nova and taunts the crowd by dancing. Corino signals for the top rope and the fans call him a “flamer”. Nova crotches Corino and hammers away with right hands on the middle rope. Nova hooks Corino for a suplex, but Corino fights off with right hands. Nova hits a middle rope jawbreaker for a near fall. Nova misses a clothesline but hits a swinging reverse DDT that has Corino land on his face for a near fall. Nova threatens to hit the referee and walks into a superkick by Corino. Corino puts his feet on the ropes and steals the match from Nova. (**. It was okay, but it never got out of first gear. Their match in Poughkeepsie was much better and a better indicator of what these two can do.)
Fourth Contest: Little Guido vs. Tajiri: Guido tries to go on the attack but Tajiri sends Guido running to the floor to avoid kicks. Guido takes Tajiri down to the mat and slaps the back of his head before getting back to their feet. Tajiri takes Guido down and rolls on the mat to drive Guido down to the mat. Guido bails to the floor to regroup for a moment. Guido hammers away on Tajiri in the corner with stomps and a kick to the head. Tajiri kicks Guido several times and delivers a kick to the head to knock Guido loopy. Guido counters a springboard with an arm bar submission, but Tajiri reaches the ropes. Guido hits a dropkick off the top onto Tajiri’s arm. Guido misses a slingshot dive and crashes to the floor. Tajiri drops Guido over the railing gut first and returns to the ring. Guido gets out of a powerbomb and forearms Guido. Guido takes Tajiri down with an arm bar, but doesn’t get a submission. Guido dumps Tajiri to the floor where Big Sal sends Tajiri into the guard railing back first. Guido tries for a cover, but only manages a two count. Guido stomps on Tajiri in the corner. Tajiri superkicks Guido in the corner and hits a head scissors. Guido plants Tajiri with a powerbomb and puts an arm bar on Tajiri again, but doesn’t get a submission. Tajiri dropkicks Guido on the left leg and stops Guido’s momentum. Tajiri delivers a knee breaker to keep Guido on the mat. Tajiri goes for a cover, but Guido kicks out at two. Guido continues to obsess over an arm bar submission and fails to get a submission each time. Tajiri spins around with Guido on his back and drops Guido to the mat. Tajiri puts Guido in the tree of woe and delivers a baseball slide. Tajiri kicks Big Sal off the apron, but Guido hits a Samoan Drop for a two count. Tajiri kicks Guido from behind and plants Guido with a brainbuster for the win. (**. A slower paced match than normal between these two, but it was okay for what it was. Guido is underrated and doesn’t get the credit he deserves. This didn’t overstay its welcome either which is always a good thing, too.)
Fifth Contest: Rod Price vs. Balls Mahoney: The fans are chanting for Goldberg because Price looks a little bit like Goldberg in the face and that’s about it. Mahoney has a beer can and hits Price with it. Mahoney uses the can on Price in the corner. Mahoney clotheslines Price to the floor. Price has been busted wide open thanks to the beer can. Price sends Mahoney into the guard railing back first and uses a chair on Mahoney. They brawl into the crowd with Price keeping control and sending Mahoney into a trash can. Price uses the trash can on Mahoney to hit him over the head. Price sends Mahoney into a few empty seats in the crowd. Mahoney digs at Price’s open wound to get control in the crowd. Mahoney sends Price into a wall and delivers a few more strikes. Price sends Mahoney back first into the railing to regain control at ringside. Price powerslams Mahoney for a two count. Price hits a twisting leg drop off the middle rope for a two count. Mahoney superkicks Price to stop his momentum leading to a near fall. Mahoney scoop slams Price and heads to the top rope. Mahoney hits a frog splash in the middle of the ring, but Price kicks out at two. Mahoney goes under the ring to grab a table. Mahoney lays Price onto the table and goes to the top rope again. Mahoney is stopped by Price, who hits a superplex through the table for a two count.
Price goes to the floor to look for something. Price wants a second table, but the referee is stopping him. Skull Von Krush has come out and leaps off the top to hit an elbow drop on Mahoney. Price returns to the ring and covers Mahoney for a near fall. Price has a steel chair and gets that superkicked into his face as he came off the middle rope. Mahoney covers Price to win the match. (*. I’d say this went on far too long. It served a purpose in being the typical ECW brawl that went into the crowd and had some blood. I wasn’t overly entertained by it.)
Prior to the next match, the Dudley Boys take some time out of their day to get trash thrown at them while cutting a promo on the crowd. Danny Doring and Roadkill left the ring to allow them to cut the promo, but returned moments later to have a confrontation.
Sixth Contest: ECW Tag Team Champions Bubba Dudley & D-Von Dudley vs. Danny Doring & Roadkill: Bubba slaps Roadkill and Roadkill returns the gesture. Doring and Roadkill attack before the bell with Doring sending D-Von to the floor and they trade right hands. Roadkill splashes Bubba in the corner while Doring sends D-Von into the railing a few times. Roadkill slams D-Von while Bubba sends Doring into the railing back first. Roadkill takes D-Von down with a suplex. Roadkill clotheslines D-Von as Doring legally tags in and hammers away on D-Von. Doring kicks D-Von into the corner and Doring drop toe holds Bubba to the mat. Doring continues with strikes in the corner, but Bubba plants Doring with a powerbomb out of the corner. Bubba works over Doring and slaps him in the corner. Bubba yanks Doring down to the mat by his feet. Bubba chops Doring down to the mat. Bubba clotheslines Doring and tags in D-Von. D-Von hits a twisting elbow strike and an elbow drop to Doring’s groin. D-Von clotheslines Doring followed by a scoop slam and an elbow drop for a two count.
Bubba taunts Doring telling him to fight if he wants the belts. Doring fires back with a few right hands, but Bubba cuts him off. Bubba misses a sit down splash but plants Doring with a side slam for a two count. D-Von comes off the top to headbutt Doring in the groin. Doring comes off the middle rope and D-Von hits a powerslam for a two count. Doring gets a sunset flip on D-Von, but D-Von comes back with a quick clothesline. Bubba enters the match and staggers Doring with a few headbutts. Bubba has Doring on his shoulders and D-Von leaps off the top to deliver a clothesline. Bubba taunts Doring and is met with a low blow. D-Von enters to stop Doring, but Doring hammers away on D-Von for a moment. Doring plants D-Von with a double arm DDT and Roadkill enters to side slam D-Von. Roadkill takes Bubba over with a snap suplex. Dudley’s get sent into each other and D-Von is met with a Hart Attack for a two count. Roadkill hits a middle rope clothesline on Bubba and Doring nearly wins after a top rope leg drop.
Doring plants D-Von with a jaw jacker. Sign Guy whacks Doring over the back with his sign. Roadkill drops Bubba and comes off the top to miss a splash. Roadkill gets up and is met with the 3D leading to the pin. (**1/2. They got plenty of time and the challengers did a good enough job to hang with the champions here. Doring did well in the heat segment, I thought. It just felt like the Dudley’s were not overly interested in working hard for the younger duo. Doring and Roadkill challenging the Dudley’s in six months to a year would likely make for better matches.)
Seventh Contest: Justin Credible, Lance Storm & Dawn Marie vs. Tommy Dreamer, Jerry Lynn & Francine: Storm and Dreamer start off the six person tag match. Dreamer hammers away on Storm, but Storm tries for a hip toss. Dreamer counters with a neckbreaker. Credible and Lynn enter the match and trade chops in the corner. Credible misses a clothesline allowing Lynn to hit a head scissors and clotheslines Credible over the top to the floor. Francine and Dawn Marie are in the ring, but Dreamer drop toe holds Storm to allow Francine to hit a leg drop. Francine helps Lynn take Credible over with a vertical suplex. Francine plays to the crowd as Storm misses a knee strike in the corner. Francine splashes down onto Storm’s left knee a couple of times. Dreamer takes Storm over with a dragon screw leg whip. Credible pulls Dreamer to the floor and Dreamer sends Credible into the railing. Credible drops Dreamer chest first over the guard railing. Dreamer is being double teamed in the ring as the camera went out for a second. Marie enters to slap Dreamer and Storm returns to the match. Dreamer boots Storm in the corner but is met with a clothesline. Jazz is on the apron and gets tagged in. Jazz works over Dreamer with a few strikes. Dreamer blocks a kick and is met with a superkick by Credible.
Credible hits a middle rope forearm drop for a two count on Dreamer. Credible hits a jumping twisting DDT to keep Dreamer on the mat. Dreamer grabs Jazz by the vagina on a splash attempt, but Storm hit a top rope clothesline to stop Dreamer. Dreamer low blows Storm, but Storm counters a DDT by slamming Dreamer onto a chair. Dreamer crotches Storm on the top rope and hits an elevated neckbreaker. Dreamer tags in Lynn as Credible gets tagged in. Lynn uppercuts Credible and clotheslines Storm to the floor. Credible tries for a slam, but Lynn counters with a stunner and a DDT after Francine kicked Credible from the apron. Dreamer DDTs Storm onto Credible’s groin. Lynn grabs Dawn Marie, but Jazz and Jason low blow both Lynn and Dreamer. Francine spears Jazz and Jason to the mat. Marie grabs Francine for their cat fight where Francine hit a DDT and that leads to a triple pin to end the match. (**1/4. Not too bad of a match, if you want to call it that. This was just the heels stumbling and the faces getting a pop win on a house show. Lynn did virtually nothing that the camera caught, at least. Must have been an easy day at the office.)
Main Event: ECW Television Champion Rob Van Dam vs. Spike Dudley: Spike gets a rollup on RVD for a quick two count. RVD hits a springboard somersault dropkick to a seated Spike. RVD plays to the crowd and Spike almost wins with another rollup. RVD beats on Spike with a few stomps to maintain control. RVD drives Spike down to the mat chest first with a double under hook suplex. Spike fights back with a dropkick and a hurricanrana to send RVD over the top to the floor. Spike comes off the apron to hit a somersault dive on the floor. Spike drops RVD throat first over the railing. RVD sends Spike into the railing to stop his momentum. RVD forearms Spike on the floor and sends Spike back first into the railing again. RVD drops Spike gut first over the railing and leaps off the apron to deliver a leg drop. RVD tosses Spike into the crowd to continue the offense. The camera is cutting in and out showing this has been edited for some reason. RVD leaps off the railing to hit a crossbody on Spike, who had a chair in hand thanks to Alfonso. RVD sends Spike face first into the ring post before returning to the ring.
RVD hits a spinning leg drop for a two count. Spike gets another rollup but only manages a two count as RVD delivers a boot to the face. RVD puts a surfboard on Spike but doesn’t get a submission. RVD lets go by dropping Spike back first onto a steel chair. RVD kicks Spike on the top turnbuckle and tries to hook Spike for a suplex, but Spike fights back and plants RVD with a tornado DDT! Spike plants RVD with a Fame-Asser and a forearm strike for a two count. Spike comes off the top to hit a head scissors for a near fall. RVD takes Spike over with a German suplex. RVD follows up with a rolling thunder splash. RVD hits another rolling thunder splash. Spike avoids a kick and low blows RVD. Spike tries for the Acid Drop, but RVD counters and kicks a chair into Spike’s head. RVD goes to the top and hits the frog splash to pin Spike. (*1/2. Spike got a few moments to shine, but this was mostly an extended showcase for RVD. I don’t think anyone really bought Spike as having a chance to win here.)
A skippable house show for ECW this time around, but the action was decent throughout. There’s just nothing here to go out of your way to seek and watch. Dudley’s vs. Doring/Roadkill and the opening match with Crazy stood out as the most interesting or entertaining matches.
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