Written by: Bob Colling
Extreme Championship Wrestling presents Hardcore TV
From: Toledo, OH
1.) Rhino defeated Tom Marquez
2.) Jazz defeated Steve Corino
1.) Footage of a match between Uganda and Spanish Angel starts the show. Uganda splashes Angel and heads to the top rope hitting a splash for the win. Uganda is from AJPW and we see other footage of Uganda wrestling against David Kash at the ECW Arena.
2.) We see extended footage from Cleveland, OH where the Dudley Boys won the ECW Tag Team Championships when they defeated Spike Dudley and Balls Mahoney. It had been reported already that the Dudley Boys were leaving for the WWF.
3.) Backstage, ECW Tag Team Champions Dudley Boys cut a promo in the bathroom with Sign Guy Dudley. Bubba talks about being in a promotion full of misfits and outcasts. They are the biggest outcasts and misfits that anyone has ever seen. They may be goofy, but they did it their way. Everyone knows they are leaving, but will they do the right thing. Public Enemy passed the torch to the Gangstas. The Gangstas passed the torch to the Eliminators. Eliminators passed the torch to RVD and Sabu. They took the torch from everyone and says they will not pass the torch. They aren’t going to put anyone over. They are bringing the tag titles to Stamford, the real hardcore city. They are going to meet Vince McMahon’s office and hand him the titles and their souls. Bubba says the people don’t deserve to see them ever again. If you want to see the tag titles ever again then watch WWF RAW on Monday night. D-Von threatens the camera guy to leave the room.
4.) Backstage, Cyrus is with the Impact Players and says that he’s standing in for Steven Prazak before walking off disgusted. Justin Credible says they have become America’s Most Wanted. Credible notes that everyone has been gunning for them. Credible talks about RVD, Jerry Lynn and Sabu coming after them. Credible believes they will always be one step behind. Lance Storm says that they make ten guys beat themselves. Storm is confident that they are going to takeover the company. Credible finishes off with his catchphrase.
5.) Rhino charges at Marquez and is met with a dropkick. Rhino shakes it off and clotheslines Marquez. Rhino is talking crap to Marquez and the censors bleep whatever he’s saying. Marquez connects with a springboard dropkick for a one count. Rhino maintains control of the contest with stomps and a sit out slam for a two count. Rhino stops Marquez with a boot to the gut a sick piledriver for the win. (*1/2. It’s an extended squash for Rhino, but the crowd LOVED this and he’s going to be a player in ECW no question about it.)
6.) Backstage, Jason stops Rhino and wants to put him over. Jason has a problem and wants to talk to Rhino. Steve Corino and Jack Victory enter the scene and put over Rhino. Jason needs Rhino’s help with Jazz and they laugh at Jason. Corino tells Jason to not worry about it. Corino asks how much money they’re talking about. Corino takes the money and says that he’s never lost a match… especially to a girl. Corino is going to take the girl out. Victory wasn’t in the wheelchair, but Corino tells Victory that the camera is on and Victory begins to sell the leg again.
7.) ECW Television Champion Rob Van Dam and Bill Alfonso cut a promo. RVD is afraid that the fans will think this is a rerun of a promo because he’s been defending the title for over a year. RVD says he’s title run is the longest run in history. He’s the whole f’n show.
8.) Corino controls Jazz with a headlock followed by a shoulder block. Corino taunts Jazz by showing off his muscles. Jazz puts a headlock on Corino, but is backed into a corner and Corino delivers a few chops. Jazz yanks Corino down by his hair and delivers a few chops of her own in the corner. Jazz monkey flips Corino out of the corner followed by a hip toss and a clothesline to send Corino rolling to the floor. Corino regroups on the floor and appears to be leaving the match as the show goes to commercial.
Jazz gets a two count with a crossbody, but the camera wasn’t on the match. Corino plants Jazz with a sit out powerbomb and taunts Tommy Dreamer at ringside. Jazz manages to kick out at two on the cover attempt. Jazz almost wins with a rollup, but is decked by Corino. Jazz cartwheels to avoid Corino and delivers a few chops. Corino nails Jazz with a heel kick. Dreamer gets on the apron to distract Corino. Rhino sets a table up in the corner. Corino tries for a double leg slam, but Jazz slides off and grabs Corino’s groin. Corino stops Jazz with an eye rake, but Jazz hits an atomic drop and DDT. Jack Victory gets in the ring to stop Jazz, but Francine low blows Victory. Corino grabs Francine, but Jazz low blows Corino. Jazz and Francine hit stereo bronco busters in opposite corners. Corino and Victory almost collide, but they end up getting met with double facebusters and there’s a double pin. (1/2*. I’m not really a fan of this because it’s hurting Corino’s feud with Taz to be looking foolish against Jazz and Francine.) After the match, Tajiri attacks Dreamer with a kick to the leg and spits mist into Francine’s face again. Tajiri puts Dreamer in a tree of woe and hits a sliding dropkick. Corino stands over Dreamer taunting him. ECW World Champion Taz made his way out as the show goes off the air.
There’s nothing much going on here as it’s just a repetitive angle advancement for Corino and Taz. I’m not liking that Corino is being used to put over Jazz as it’s going to hurt his creditability towards Taz. I thought Rhino looked great and got a great crowd reaction. I think it’s obvious that Rhino is going to be major player from the jump here in ECW. It should be fun to see his rise.
Thanks for reading.
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