Written by: Bob Colling
Extreme Championship Wrestling presents Hardcore TV
From: Columbia, SC
1.) ECW World Champion Taz defeated Spike Dudley in a falls count anywhere match to retain the title
2.) Jerry Lynn defeated David Kash
3.) Tajiri defeated Super Crazy and Little Guido
4.) ECW Television Champion Rob Van Dam defeated D-Von Dudley to retain the title
1.) Backstage, Balls Mahoney is interviewed by Steven Prazak regarding the Dudley Boys attacking him last week. Mahoney brings Prazak with him to make some news. Mahoney smashes CW Anderson over the head with a steel chair. Mahoney is stopped by security. Mahoney ends up getting attacked by the Dudley Boys from behind with a steel chair.
2.) Steve Corino cut a promo in the ring noting the history of talent that came through the area. Corino believes he’s the new age World Champion and thinks he will be the next ECW World Champion. Corino puts over his body until ECW World Champion Taz makes his way out to confront Corino. Corino says that Taz isn’t supposed to be here. Corino claims he’s having an appendix attack. Corino doesn’t want to be killed. Corino thinks they could get along. Corino thinks he could beat Taz if he wasn’t injured. Corino begs for someone’s music to be played and it doesn’t. Corino cries and claims he’s going to piss himself. Taz decks Corino with a right hand and stomps. Spike Dudley comes out for a match with Taz…
3.) Taz kicks Spike in the head to the floor. Taz sends Spike into the guard railing while we see Corino crying backstage about his eye. Taz backdrops Spike into the front row. They are brawling in the crowd with Spike controlling the action with forearm strikes. Taz hip tosses Spike down a few steps. Taz powerbombs Spike through a table on the staging area. Spike bulldogs Taz onto the broken table and slams a ladder over Taz back. In the ring, Taz tosses Spike with a German suplex. Taz drops Spike with a double leg slam. Taz hits an overhead suplex. Spike tries for the Acid Drop, but Taz counters to deliver a clothesline. Spike low blows Taz and tries for the Acid Drop, but Taz locks in the Taz Mission for the win. (NR. It’s a heavily clipped match, but it came across like it was an enjoyable brawl.) After the match, Taz shows respect to Spike and they shake hands.
4.) Lynn hammers away on Kash in the corner with chops. Justin Credible has come down to the ringside area with Jason. Jason is on the phone with Lance Storm and says everything is fine. Kash is choking Lynn over the middle rope. Kash misses a splash over the middle rope and falls to the floor. Lynn runs off the apron to hit a somersault dive onto Kash at ringside. Lynn sends Kash into the guard railing. Kash sends Lynn into the railing as well. Kash taunts a woman in the front row while beating on Lynn and the show goes to commercial.
Lynn counters a sunset flip by kneeling down and nearly wins. They begin to trade rollup attempts. Kash decks Lynn with a clothesline to the face. Kash tries for a suplex, but Lynn counters and hits a cradle piledriver for the win. (NR. It’s a mostly clipped match, again. Kash didn’t seem to display his fun offense that we’d see next year.) After the match, Lynn spikes Kash with another cradle piledriver.
5.) Backstage, Danny Doring and Roadkill cut a promo about some great wrestlers and teams have come out of South Carolina. However, none of those teams compare to Doring and Roadkill.
6.) Big Sal elbow drops Tajiri through a table off the apron. Crazy shoves Guido and hits a head scissors. Crazy follows up with a spinning heel kick to Guido. Guido dumps Crazy to the floor and misses a dive hitting the railing chest first. Crazy rams Guido face first into a steel chair on the floor and they enter the crowd. Crazy slams Guido in the crowd and goes to the balcony. Crazy hits a moonsault onto Guido in the crowd. Crazy misses a spear in the corner hitting the ring post. Guido comes off the middle rope to hit a leg drop to a hunched over Crazy for a near fall. Guido gets out of a powerbomb to put an arm bar on Crazy, but Crazy reaches the ropes. Guido slams Crazy and taunts the crowd. Crazy gets to his feet and powerbombs Guido off the middle rope to the mat for a two count. Guido gets up and decks Crazy with a clothesline. Big Sal gets involved with the referee distracted to hit an elbow drop. Guido hits a middle rope splash, but Crazy kicks out at two. Guido counters a head scissors by dropping Crazy to the mat face first.
Guido and Crazy trade chops until Guido hit a rolling neck snap. Crazy pulls Guido down by his neck and hit a springboard moonsault for a two count. Crazy plants Guido with a DDT for a near fall. Crazy tries for a springboard, but Guido delivers a forearm in midair. Guido locks in a Boston Crab, but Tajiri has gotten back into the ring. Tajiri nails Guido with a kick to the head and a dropkick. Tajiri puts Guido in the tree of woe hitting a baseball slide dropkick. Big Sal is in the ring and the referee officially makes the match a three way dance. Sal is dropkicked by both Crazy and Tajiri. Crazy hits a trifecta of moonsaults on Guido for a three count. Tajiri kicks Crazy and delivers a brainbuster for the win. (**1/2. Having Tajiri taken out of the match from the start made it kind of obvious that he’d end up winning the contest. The action was solid and Tajiri is slowly changing his appearance.)
7.) Justin Credible wants to know why the Dudley Boys are making a big deal of beating Rob Van Dam to win the tag titles. Credible claims he could beat RVD all by himself. Credible says the tag titles are coming to him and Lance Storm. Credible knows that RVD has been ducking him for a long time. Bill Alfonso makes his way out and confronts Credible calling him a lucky bitch. Alfonso says that the Dudley Boys have just been talking. RVD comes out for a match.
8.) D-Von has wrist control on RVD to start the match, but is kicked to the mat. RVD forearms D-Von in the corner a few times. RVD kicks a charging D-Von and hits a standing hurricanrana. RVD nearly wins after a twisting crossbody from the middle rope. RVD dropkicks a kneeling D-Von and delivers more right hands. D-Von hammers away on RVD in the corner and runs into a boot. RVD tries for a slam, but D-Von counters only for RVD to counter with a standing leg drop. RVD forearms D-Von in the corner a few times. RVD tries for a sunset flip out of the corner for a near fall. D-Von plants RVD with a sit out powerbomb. Justin Credible whacks Bubba with a kendo stick a few times. D-Von plants RVD with a piledriver and sees Credible. D-Von brawls with Credible at ringside. Jason kicks D-Von but RVD takes everyone out with a crossbody off the top to the floor. The show goes to commercial.
D-Von hammers away on RVD and they begin to trade strikes. Bubba is bleeding on the floor. RVD dropkicks a chair into D-Von’s face for a two count. RVD hits the rolling thunder. RVD gets a chair from Alfonso. D-Von avoids RVD in the corner to hit a middle rope neckbreaker onto a steel chair for a two count. D-Von accidentally hits the referee with a forearm. RVD takes D-Von over with a German suplex and Bubba enters to hit RVD with a sign from Sign Guy. Dudley’s hit a powerbomb/neckbreaker combo but there’s no referee. Balls Mahoney runs out with a steel chair and whacks the Dudley Boys over the head. Mahoney crotches D-Von over the top rope and Sign Guy whacks Alfonso with his sign. Mahoney holds the chair for RVD to kick into D-Von’s face. RVD goes to the top as Mahoney but a referee shirt on. RVD hits the Five Star and Mahoney counts the fall. (**. I’m not entirely sure how Mahoney could become a referee out of nowhere, but whatever. The action was fine between these two, but there was never a doubt for RVD to retain the title. I’m thinking the Dudley Boys could be turning face to feud with Storm and Credible.) After the match, RVD realizes it’s Mahoney and not Alfonso and they shove each other. Mahoney wrecks RVD with a chair shot over the head after ducking a kick.
I honestly have zero desire for a Mahoney/RVD feud if that’s the direction they are going in. Taz and Spike had a seemingly fun match despite it being a clipped encounter. I’m looking forward to Taz squashing Corino, which has to be the blowoff. A good episode this week as they touched upon the key feuds.
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