Written by: Bob Colling
Extreme Championship Wrestling House Show
From: Cleveland, OH
Opening Contest: Psychosis vs. Julio Dinero: Dinero works over Psychosis with several strikes and tries for a powerbomb, but Psychosis counters. Psychosis comes off the ropes to hit a spinning heel kick and a dropkick to knock Dinero down. Psychosis hits a head scissors coming off the top to send Dinero to the floor. Psychosis heads to the top and takes Dinero out with a crossbody to the floor. Psychosis head scissors Dinero, but Dinero drops Psychosis over the middle rope throat first followed by a side Russian leg sweep for a two count. Dinero elbows Psychosis and connects with a leg sweep for a two count. Dinero runs into an elbow and Psychosis delivers right hands followed by dropkicks for a two count. Psychosis runs into a belly to belly suplex and Dinero goes to the top rope. Psychosis stops Dinero managing to hit a middle rope German suplex. Psychosis leaps off the top to hit a leg drop and wins the match. (**1/2. I really dug this match as it started the show on a good note with Psychosis hitting his regular spots and looking good in the process.)
Second Contest: Bilvis Wesley & Prodigy vs. Christian York & Joey Matthews: Prodigy and Marquez attack before the bell. Matthews head scissors Wesley to the floor and Prodigy gets clotheslined to the floor. York and Matthews hit stereo suicide dives to opposite sides of the ring to maintain control of the match. Matthews hits a middle rope crossbody on Wesley a couple of times. Wesley plants Matthews with a swinging slam for a two count. Wesley works over Matthews lower back. Prodigy and Wesley work over Matthews on the mat. Prodigy drives Matthews down with a few backbreakers and a fallaway slam for a near fall. York tries to get involved and distracts the referee. Matthews back is messed up to a point he can’t run the ropes, apparently. Prodigy clotheslines Matthews leading to a near fall. Wesley sends Matthews back first into the corner, but Matthews plants Wesley with a reverse DDT. York and Prodigy enter with York cleaning house. York plants Wesley with a neckbreaker for a two count. Prodigy stops Matthews with an elbow. Matthews hits a hurricanrana and York comes off the top to hit an elbow drop for the win. (*1/2. A mostly lifeless match as the crowd didn’t seem to care for much of what was happening. York and Matthews are a solid young team and their offense was fun to watch.) After the match, Chris Chetti whacks York and Matthews with a steel chair.
Chetti gets a microphone, which isn’t turned on. Chetti says he’s the best pure athlete in the company. He’s pissed that he doesn’t have a belt around his waist. He blames Nova and calls out his former partner for a fight. Nova runs into the ring and brawls with Chetti. Chetti bails to the floor and they continue to brawl. The locker room empties to keep them apart.
Third Contest: ECW World Champion Justin Credible vs. Nova: Credible works over Nova with a knee lift and strikes in the corner. Credible rubs Nova’s face over the top rope, but Nova delivers a low blow in the corner. Credible proceeds to bail to the floor. Nova baseball slides Credible and hits a slingshot crossbody to the floor. Nova sends Credible into the ring and gets a backslide for a two count. Nova shoulder blocks Credible for a two count. Nova drives Credible with a gut buster and gets a two count. Nova grabs Francine, but Credible delivers a superkick. Credible works over Nova in the corner with several stomps. Credible plants Nova with a powerbomb out of the corner for a two count. Francine gives Credible a chair. Credible drives Nova face first onto the chair for a near fall. Credible keeps Nova on the mat with a sleeper hold. Credible drives Nova down to the mat to prevent Nova getting any momentum. Nova avoids a right hand and nearly pins Credible, but is met with a clothesline. The referee shoves Credible leading to a near fall for Nova. Credible taunts the crowd as he stomps on Nova. Nova fires back with right hands and plants Credible with a DDT onto the chair. Nova sends Credible into the corner and hits a neckbreaker for a two count. Nova tries for a tombstone, but Credible counters. Nova counters with a sloppy Flatliner for a two count. Credible gets out of a rollup and Francine whacks Nova with a kendo stick. Credible has a rollup for a two count. Credible goes to the floor and slides a table into the ring. Nova puts Credible through the table, barely, with a tornado DDT in the corner for a two count. Credible low blows Nova and spikes Nova with the That’s Incredible to win the match. (**. A rather sloppy match and several times the crowd let out notable groans and seemingly didn’t buy into what was going on here. I didn’t hate the match and thought it was decent enough. A weak defense for Credible as it makes this show feel like a lower level of importance, as a result.)
Fourth Contest: EZ Money vs. Balls Mahoney: Mahoney starts off with a headlock on Money and comes off the ropes with a shoulder block. Mahoney hip tosses Money followed by an arm drag. Mahoney jabs Money several times and drops Money with a right hand. Money ducks a running crossbody and Mahoney crashes over the top to the floor. Money nails Mahoney with the ring bell. Mahoney has been busted wide open. Money connects with a slingshot somersault clothesline for a two count. Mahoney plants Money with a powerslam. Mahoney slams Money and heads to the top rope. Mahoney misses a leg drop and Money connects with a superkick for a two count. Money slams Mahoney and hits a top rope moonsault for a near fall. Money sends Mahoney into the corner and counters a sunset flip, looking to try a reverse piledriver, but loses his footing and awkwardly falls down. Money spikes Mahoney with a piledriver for a two count. Money yanks Mahoney down to the mat. Mahoney jabs Money several times. Mahoney decks Money with a right hand and a clothesline. Mahoney hits a sit out spinebuster for a near fall. Money hooks Mahoney to hit a superplex for a two count. Mahoney plants Money with the Nutcracker Suite to win the match. (1/2*. I didn’t care for this at all and it was quite sloppy.)
Lou E. Dangerously makes his way out for the Danger Zone with Scotty Anton. Dangerously is pissed about Steve Corino turning his back on the Network. Dangerously promises that he’d kick Corino’s ass and that brings out Corino with Jack Victory. Corino challenges Dangerously and Anton to a tag match right now. Dangerously says that Scotty Anton has broken ribs and they have issues a restraining order against Corino. So, if Corino touches Anton he will be fired. Victory decks Anton and Corino superkicks Dangerously before telling Dangerously F-off.
Fifth Contest: ECW Tag Team Champions Little Guido & Tony Mamaluke vs. Danny Doring & Roadkill: Guido and Doring kickoff the tag title match. Mamaluke enters instead and wants Roadkill, and that’s what happens. Roadkill puts a headlock on Mamaluke for a moment and shoulder blocks Mamaluke. Roadkill tosses Mamaluke over the top into Big Sal’s arms. Roadkill decks Mamaluke with a right hand but misses a clothesline. Mamaluke hits a tornado DDT for a two count. Guido tags in and sends Roadkill into the corner. The champs double team Roadkill hitting a double seated dropkick for a two count. Roadkill catches Guido with a slam. Roadkill hits a middle rope elbow drop and tags in Doring. Roadkill hits a side slam on Guido and drops Guido to the mat gut first. Doring hammers away on Guido with right hands. Big Sal stops Doring from the apron and Guido hits a swinging neckbreaker. Guido punches Doring on the middle rope and hits a powerbomb with Mamaluke for a two count. Guido sends Doring through the ropes to the floor. Sal sends Doring into the railing and delivers a splash. Doring low blows Guido followed by a DDT. Doring tags in Roadkill and Mamaluke storms the ring only to be clotheslined by Roadkill. Roadkill hits a TKO on Mamaluke and a side slam on Guido. Roadkill goes to the top rope and hits a double clothesline.
Roadkill splashes the champs in the corner. Doring hits a jawbreaker on Mamaluke. Roadkill has Guido in a wheelbarrow as Doring hits a top rope leg drop for a two count due to Big Sal pulling the referee out. Mamaluke htis Roadkill with a championship and Guido manages to steal the pin to win the match. (**. The finish was a little flat for me, but Doring and Roadkill came across as a viable babyface tag team and the action between the two teams was enjoyable for a rather quick match.)
Sixth Contest: ECW Television Champion Kid Kash vs. Chris Hamrick: Hamrick elbows Kash and hits a monkey flip and shoulder block. Kash catapults Hamrick across the ring followed by an arm drag. They counter each other eventually leading to a standoff. Kash arm drags and dropkicks Hamrick to the floor. Kash takes Hamrick out with a dive to the floor. Kash leaps off the top to clothesline Hamrick, but Electra gets on the apron to distract the referee. Kash gets distracted and decked by Hamrick from behind. Hamrick drives Kash face first over the knee. Hamrick delivers a few leg drops to the lower midsection area. Hamrick scoop slams Kash and heads to the top rope. Hamrick hits an elbow drop for a two count. Kash continues to work over Hamrick in the corner until he’s met by an elbow strike. Electra gets a few cheap shots in on Kash while the referee was distracted. Hamrick slams Kash and hits a springboard leg drop for a two count. Kash hits a springboard moonsault off the top. Hamrick superkicks Kash after avoiding him in the corner. Kash nearly pins Hamrick with a rollup. Kash clotheslines Hamrick a few times. Hamrick connects with a powerslam for a two count. Hamrick misses a top rope leg drop. Hamrick pokes Kash in the eyes. Kash goes for an under hook piledriver and plants Hamrick leading to the pin. (*1/2. Hamrick wasn’t really given a chance to shine at all in the match. That’s rather disappointing since Hamrick is capable of so much and provides good entertainment when given the chance. They weren’t given nearly enough time to deliver, really.)
Seventh Contest: Simon Diamond, Johnny Swinger & CW Anderson vs. Tommy Dreamer, Mikey Whipwreck & Jerry Lynn: All six men brawl on the floor after three baseball slides to the heels. Lynn gets a rollup on Anderson for a two count. Anderson decks Lynn with a left hand. Dreamer sends Diamond into the railing. Lynn head scissors Anderson while Whipwreck spits a drink into Diamond’s face on the floor. Swinger clotheslines Lynn to help out Anderson. Whipwreck decks Swinger while Dreamer throws a trash can at Diamond. Swinger drives Whipwreck down with a reverse DDT over his knee. Lynn brawls with Anderson around ringside. Anderson sends Lynn face first into the post. Diamond gets a few shots on Whipwreck. Diamond takes Dreamer down with a side Russian leg sweep. Diamond slams Dreamer, but gets distracted by the Sinister Minister. Dreamer low blows Diamond with Minister’s cane. Dreamer puts Diamond in a tree of woe. Minister grabs Diamond’s groin with his long nails. Dreamer puts a chair in front of Diamond’s face and hits a dropkick. Anderson takes Dreamer over with a snap suplex. Diamond continues to deliver several strikes in the corner. Dreamer gets driven down by Diamond and Swinger with a double Flatliner. Swinger keeps Dreamer on the mat with a chin lock and a few stomps to the back. Anderson enters and beats on Dreamer with strikes. Anderson misses a splash in the corner and hits the turnbuckle groin first. Whipwreck enters and cleans house with punches. Swinger is driven down to the mat and dropkicked by Lynn and Whipwreck for a two count.
Lynn connects with a tornado DDT on Diamond for a two count. Anderson plants Lynn with a spinebuster. Dreamer hammers away on Anderson with right hands. Dreamer boots Anderson, but runs into a left hand. Lynn plants Swinger with a cradle piledriver, Whipwreck with a stunner on Diamond and Dreamer finishes Anderson off with the Death Valley Driver to win the match. (*1/2. This went exactly as I figured it would. It was just a way to give three faces a chance to shine and get a win over three lower level heels that don’t really have much of an impact on the business. It was just a mindless brawl to fill out the show, for the most part.)
Eighth Contest: The Sandman & Chilly Willy vs. The Baldies: Willy starts the match with Angel as Sandman sits at the top of a ladder to watch his partner in action. Angel takes Willy over with a backdrop, but Willy regains control quickly with a kick to the midsection. Angel continues to work over Willy in the corner. Willy avoids Angel and hits a hip toss and arm drag. Willy kicks Angel to the mat causing Angel to tag in DeVito. Sandman slaps DeVito. DeVito hammers away on Sandman with strikes and kicks. Sandman fights back with strikes and an elbow strike. Sandman keeps a headlock on DeVito for a few moments. Willy comes off the middle rope with an axe handle. Willy clotheslines DeVito a few times. Willy delivers a jumping butt strike on DeVito, but Angel enters and pulls on Willy’s lips. Willy is double teamed in the corner for a few moments. Willy slams DeVito and tags in Sandman. Angel gets tagged in and Sandman works over Angel in the corner. Sandman hits a top rope hurricanrana on Angel. DeVito gets knocked off the apron to the floor by Sandamn. Sandman tosses a ladder onto Angel’s back in the ring. Sandman puts Angel through the ladder with a suplex. Sandman sets a table up in the ring while Willy tosses DeVito off the stage they are performing on. Sandman bulldogs Angel onto the ladder. DeVito returns to the ring and trades strikes with Sandman. All four men are exchanging blows in the ring. Baldies hit both men with kendo sticks. Low blows stop the Baldies and Willy hits a sit out slam on DeVito to win the match. (DUD. I didn’t enjoy this at all. When you’ve had several mindless brawls on the show and don’t do anything all that different, it just feels stale and uninteresting.) After the match, Rhino enters the ring and GORES both Willy and Sandman. Rhino GORES them both through the table setup in the corner.
Main Event: Rhino vs. Rob Van Dam: Rhino attacks RVD on the floor during his entrance. RVD boots Rhino and tries to leap off the railing, but is shoved into the crowd instead. They brawl through the crowd and go outside the building. They remain in the crowd with Rhino sending RVD into the wall. They get back to the ringside area and continue to brawl. RVD nails Rhino with a springboard kick on the floor. RVD leaps off the railing to axe handle Rhino. Rhino hits a vertical suplex on the floor. Rhino works over RVD in the corner with a strike to the midsection. Rhino plants RVD with a powerbomb leading to a near fall. RVD hits a spinning heel kick to drop Rhino. RVD nails Rhino with a step-over heel kick. RVD comes off the top to deliver another kick to Rhino’s face. RVD hits the rolling thunder. RVD atomic drops Rhino and gets a chair to dropkick in Rhino’s face in the corner. RVD has Rhino on his shoulders to hit a rolling fireman’s carry and a moonsault for a two count. Rhino shoulder rams RVD in the corner and delivers a running clothesline. RVD kicks a chair into Rhino’s face. RVD leaps off the top to hit the frog splash to win the match. (*. I honestly would have been pissed if I was in the live crowd. They brawled all around the venue and had very minimal action inside the ring. The booking of Rhino here is drastically different compared to how he’s been presented on television, so that’s a bit bizarre to me, as well. A majorly disappointing main event to end the show.)
The show started off well with a strong opening match, but the show failed to produce anything of much value afterward. I’m noticing that when ECW runs a show with less than 1,000 people in attendance the quality is often less than desirable. Thus, this gets a thumbs down from me.
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