Written by: Bob Colling
Extreme Championship Wrestling presents Hardcore TV
From: Villa Park, IL
1.) Skull Von Krush fought Spanish Angel to a no contest
2.) ECW World Champion Taz defeated Rhino
3.) Little Guido defeated Tajiri
4.) Jerry Lynn defeated Justin Credible in a number one contenders match for the ECW TV Title
1.) Spanish Angel is pushing Jack Victory in a wheelchair to the ring to start the show. Angel is competing in action against Skull Von Krush. Angel wants the people in Chicago to shut up.
2.) The match between Angel and Krush is joined in progress as Krush hit a top rope elbow drop. ECW World Champion Taz makes his way out to cut the match off. Taz tosses Krush with an overhead suplex. Jack Victory is pissed at Angel and gets back in his wheelchair after Taz threatens him. Taz is in a bad mood tonight. Steve Corino makes his way out mocking Taz’s catchphrase. Corino asks how many more times they have to hear it. Corino has Rhino with him on the aisle. Taz asks how did Corino get out of Heyman’s ass so quickly. Corino calls Taz stupid and claims this is all part of the plan. Corino says they have developed a killer in Rhino. Corino promotes Rhino as being a “Taz Killer.” Taz stops Rhino on the apron to give him a warning. Taz says he will slap Rhino so he doesn’t need to slap himself.
3.) This is Rhino’s debut.
4.) Rhino drops Taz with a powerbomb, but Taz no sells it and clotheslines Rhino. Taz follows to the floor and sends Rhino into the guard railing shoulder first. Back in the ring, Taz tosses Rhino with a suplex. Taz sits Rhino on the top rope to hit an overhead belly to belly suplex. Taz slides a table into the ring and sets it up in the corner. Taz puts Rhino through the table with a suplex. Taz signals for the end and locks in the Taz Mission for the win. (1/2*. I’m not sure why you’d job out Rhino in this fashion since this is his TV debut.. That didn’t seem necessary.)
5.) Guido and Tajiri miss a few strikes to start the contest. Guido slaps Tajiri to the floor and quickly follows to send Tajiri into the guard railing. Sal splashes Tajiri against the railing to help out Guido. Guido stomps away on Tajiri to maintain the advantage in the ring. Tajiri quickly hits a handspring back elbow followed by an axe handle strike. Tajiri slaps Guido to the floor and sends Guido into the guard railing shoulder first. Tajiri suplexs Guido into the front row. Tajiri nails Guido with a kick to the head before putting Guido in the tree of woe. Tajiri connects with a dropkick to knock Guido back down to the canvas. Tajiri pulls Guido up for a back suplex, but Guido breaks free to put Tajiri in the tree of woe. Guido connects with a stiff looking dropkick and locks in a Boston Crab, but Tajiri refuses to give in. Guido low blows Tajiri and is met with a dropkick to the knee. Tajiri delivers another dropkick to a kneeling Guido for a two count. Tajiri takes Guido over with a German suplex for a near fall.
Tajiri rams Guido face first into the guard railing and scoop slams Guido on the floor. Tajiri has a steel chair and runs down the aisle to smash Guido over the head with it. Tajiri goes to the floor again and delivers another running chair shot causing Guido to be busted wide open. Guido tries to escape the ring, but Tajiri stops him. Tajiri bites Guido’s forehead to open the wound some more. Tajiri drops Guido with a kick to the head. Tajiri kicks Guido against the ropes, but Big Sal gets on the apron to help Guido. Guido collides with Sal and is met with a kick. Sal pulls Tajiri to the floor to get a few strikes in. Sal slides a chair into the ring and Guido delivers a chair shot off the apron. Guido plants Tajiri with a DDT and locks in the Boston Crab forcing Tajiri to submit! (***. I audibly said “holy crap what an upset.” Guido winning here is a complete shock and not something I would have ever guessed. I love that Sal getting involved actually helped Guido win a match. Guido winning these matches is necessary to justify rematches on house shows and likely more to come on TV. This is a big deal for Tajiri to submit, too.)
6.) Backstage, Cyrus and Judge Jeff Jones are chatting and Joey Styles believes it could be them looking to ruin Steve Corino. Styles believes that Taz will kill Corino at some point.
7.) Lance Storm comes out and says that Jerry Lynn owes him a favor and he’s here to collect on that. Storm says that the company is about to takeover the industry and when it does the fights in the ring won’t compare to the fights in the back for power. Storm thinks Lynn should associate himself with people who have the power and that’s himself and Justin Credible. Storm wants Lynn to pay him back by aligning together to take the company over. Lynn responds by saying that Credible and Storm have gotten their chance to shine in ECW. Lynn says he’s finally getting the respect for his work in the ring after ten years. Lynn tells them that it’s time for him to work his way to the top the right way. Storm is offended that Lynn would turn them down. Storm respects that and notes that Credible had to ditch the Aldo gimmick in the WWF to get his respect. Storm had to ditch Jericho and Candido to get his respect. Storm wants Lynn to lay down to allow Credible to get a title shot. Lynn doesn’t appear interested in that.
Tommy Dreamer’s music hits and Dreamer makes his way out with Francine. Dreamer can’t believe that Lynn hasn’t decked Storm for what he’s talking about. Lynn mentions that nobody brought Dreamer to the hospital and that Storm did help him at the PPV. Lynn tells Dreamer that he knows what he’s doing. Security enters the ring to prevent Francine and Dawn Marie from fighting. Lynn says that he will do the job tonight just to stop the madness.
8.) Lynn fakes Credible out by nearly winning with an inside cradle. Credible chops Lynn against the ropes and misses a clothesline. Lynn head scissors Credible to the mat followed by strikes in the corner. Lynn decks Credible off the apron onto the railing chest first. Lynn hits a slingshot crossbody to the floor. Lynn rolls Credible into the ring and gets distracted by Jason allowing for a superkick by Credible. Credible hammers away on Lynn in the corner. Credible gets a chair from Jason and lays it down in the ring. Credible powerbombs Lynn out of the corner for a near fall. Credible rams Lynn face first onto the steel chair for a two count. Credible beats on Lynn in the corner with a few chops. Lynn gets a rollup out of the corner for a near fall. Lynn ducks a clothesline and Credible low blows Lynn. Credible slams Lynn and comes off the middle rope to deliver a forearm drop for a near fall. Credible keeps Lynn on the mat with a sleeper.
Lynn elbows free only to run into another sleeper. Lynn breaks free with a jawbreaker. Credible misses a baseball slide dropkick and hits the ring post groin first. Lynn tries for a sunset flip, but Credible counters and they trade rollups. Lynn powerbombs Credible for a two count. Lynn kicks Credible in the corner and connects with a tornado DDT for a near fall. Credible clotheslines the referee in the corner on accident and Lynn hits the stunner. Jason gets in the ring to attack Lynn. Jason tries for a slam, but Lynn hits a reverse DDT for a near fall. Jason hits Lynn with a kendo stick and Credible plants Lynn with a DDT for a two count. Credible taunts Lynn with boots to the face and goes for That’s Incredible. Lynn counts, but Credible counters again. Lynn counters Credible managing to get a rollup for the win. After the match, Lance Storm storms the ring and attacks Lynn. Storm hammers away on Lynn to keep him on the mat. Storm and Credible hit a spike piledriver! Storm gets on a microphone and says that Lynn still owes him one. Storm says he will take Lynn’s shot at Rob Van Dam and he’s going to take the belt back to Canada. Storm hopes that Lynn can find someone to bring him to the hospital. (***. An enjoyable match as they have some good chemistry. Lynn brings the best out of Credible and they delivered a solid encounter here. The aftermath was fine to advance the feud, too.)
A good episode this week for ECW as there was a surprise outcome with Guido getting a submission victory over Tajiri to go along with a solid main event. I didn’t like Rhino being jobbed out in his first appearance to Taz as it wasn’t necessary. I am enjoying the Corino/Taz feud, though.
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