Written by: Bob Colling
Extreme Championship Wrestling presents Hardcore TV
From: Houma, LA
1.) Jazz defeated Jason
2.) Tajiri defeated Little Guido & Simon Diamond in an elimination match
3.) ECW Television Champion Rob Van Dam defeated Spike Dudley to retain the title
1.) Backstage, the Impact Players cut a promo with Justin Credible asking what haven’t they done in ECW. They ran Shane Douglas, Sandman and Sid out of the company. They took years off of Jerry Lynn’s career and decades off of Tommy Dreamer’s life. Lance Storm chimes in and says they are coming for the tag titles. The titles belong to them because they make a difference. They challenge Dreamer and Raven to a match, essentially.
2.) Joey Styles is in the ring to welcome everyone to the show and introduces the battle of the sexes match to begin the action.
3.) Jason clotheslines Jazz to start and they go to the floor where Jazz sends Jason into the railing a few times. Jazz chops Jason around ringside several times, but Jason eye rakes her. Jazz fires back with more chops and sends Jason over the railing into the crowd. Jazz can’t lift the railing so she goes to the apron and plays to the crowd before leaping off and hits a crossbody onto Jason in the crowd. Jazz gets a two count back in the ring. Jason counters a backdrop by hitting a sit down powerbomb for a near fall. Jason elbows Jazz and delivers a forearm drop and humps Jazz on a cover attempt. Jason scoop slams Jazz followed by a leg drop. Jazz gets a rollup on Jason, but Jason gets out and clotheslines Jazz. Jason takes Jazz over with a snap suplex for a near fall. Jazz sends Jason chest first into the corner and nearly wins after a crossbody. Jason drops Jazz with a back elbow. Jason takes some time to pose for the cameras. Jazz avoids a kick and kicks Jason only to be met with a kick to the face. Jason hits a middle rope forearm drop for a near fall. Jason tries for a slam, but Jazz counters. Jason almost wins with a rollup and delivers a kick to the head. Jason goes to the floor and grabs a chair. Jazz gets the chair and hits the Jazz Stinger onto the chair to win the match. (**. That wasn’t so bad, really. I’m liking Jazz in ECW and feel like she holds her own very well with male talent. I’m not sure how far she will rise up the card or if she’ll mostly wrestle with Jason level guys.)
4.) Footage from ECW on TNN where Rhino attacked David Kash and Tom Marquez is shown. Steve Corino cut a promo insulting Kyle Turley and Josh Wilcox from the Saints. Rhino goes over and attacks them leading to officials pulling them apart.
5.) Simon Diamond is in the ring with Dick Hertz. Diamond says that he’s looking to prevent slander regarding his character from the fans. Diamond introduces his friend, Dick. Dick will be watching his rear. Dick slapped Diamond on the ass, but Diamond will let it slide.
6.) Backstage, Danny Doring cuts a promo saying he wants to dedicate their tag matches to Chris Chetti, who is dealing with a back injury. Doring knows that Chetti wants to come back and hang with his girl, but he can’t. Doring says that Chetti will always be a punk bitch no matter what he does.
7.) Diamond wants Tajiri to speak one word of English, but Tajiri responds by spitting mist into the air. Tajiri tells Diamond he sucks dick and kicks Diamond. Guido takes Tajiri down to the mat with a go-behind. Tajiri shoulder blocks Guido and delivers a dropkick to the knee. Tajiri hits a handspring back elbow to knock Guido down. Tajiri stomps on Guido, but Diamond begins to trade chops with Tajiri. Tajiri nails Diamond with a kick to the head. Tajiri chops Diamond in the corner and plays to the crowd. Diamond ducks a clothesline and drops Tajiri with a flapjack. Diamond hits a slingshot crossbody to the floor. Guido knocks Diamond off the apron and tries for a crossbody, but Diamond avoids it. Tajiri hits a springboard moonsault onto both men on the floor and plays to the crowd. Tajiri hammers away on Diamond on the top rope. Tajiri hits a superplex and Guido hit a frog splash for a two count. Tajiri delivers a jawbreaker to Diamond in the corner. Tajiri clotheslines Diamond and Guido elbows Diamond. Tajiri misses a clothesline in the corner and Guido puts an arm bar on Diamond. Tajiri dropkicks Guido to break the hold. Tajiri low blows Diamond but Guido plants Diamond with an Un-Prettier to pin Diamond.
Guido goes after Tajiri with right hands against the ropes. Tajiri tries for a handspring, but Guido counters with a neckbreaker. Tajiri hits a bridging German suplex for a two count. Tajiri kicks Guido against the ropes. Tajiri locks in the tarantula but Big Sal decks Tajiri from the floor. Sal holds Tajiri on the apron, but Diamond trips Guido. Sal goes after Diamond and Dick with a chair on the floor. Tajiri nails Guido with a spinning heel kick for a near fall. Tajiri puts Guido in a tree of woe hitting a dropkick for a two count. Guido counters a head scissors by driving Tajiri down to the mat face first. Guido stomps on Tajiri to keep control of the contest. Guido puts Tajiri in the tree of woe and delivers more stomps. Guido misses a baseball slide and hits the post groin first. Tajiri kicks Guido and chokes Guido with his gear. Tajiri spikes Guido with the brainbuster to win the match. (***. A fine triple threat and I like that Diamond was used in this match instead of the usual triple threat involving Super Crazy. There’s only so many times I can see that kind of match. Tajiri winning makes the most sense considering he’s actually in some top feuds. Diamond came across well in there, too.)
8.) Backstage, Jerry Lynn cuts a promo saying that he has not let injuries stop him. Steve Corino enters the scene and tells Lynn to stop whining and work hurt like everyone else. Lynn is annoyed by that and says he doesn’t take crap from assholes. Lynn looks for Corino and walks in on Danny Doring’s girl. Lynn opens another door and gets kicked by Tajiri in the ribs. Corino and Tajiri leave Lynn laying on the ground.
9.) RVD works over Dudley in the corner with a forearm and a kick. RVD delivers a few more strikes, but Dudley comes back with a forearm. RVD hits a standing moonsault after Dudley rolled over the champs back. RVD has a double under hook, but Dudley counters with a dropkick. Dudley head scissors RVD over the top to the floor. Dudley takes RVD out with a suicide dive and they go over the railing into the crowd as the show goes to a commercial.
RVD sits Dudley on the railing as Alfonso holds a chair in front of Spike’s face. RVD leaps off the apron and kicks the chair into Dudley’s face. RVD drops Dudley over the railing and hits a spinning kick off the apron. RVD works over Dudley on the floor before rolling Dudley back into the ring. RVD lays a chair over Dudley’s chest on the apron and hits a slingshot leg drop. RVD connects with a corkscrew leg drop a couple of times for a two count. Dudley gets a victory roll on RVD managing a two count. RVD kicks Dudley several times and delivers forearms. RVD puts Spike in a tree of woe and delivers a running dropkick with the chair in the corner. RVD hits a gut wrench suplex for a near fall. RVD sits Dudley on the top turnbuckle and delivers a few right hands. RVD hooks Spike for a suplex, but Spike fights off with right hands. Dudley shoves RVD off the middle rope and hits a tornado DDT onto the chair. Dudley dropkicks the chair into RVD’s face for a two count. Spike heads to the top rope hitting a head scissors for a near fall. RVD tries for a slam, but Dudley counters looking for the Acid Drop. RVD crotches Dudley over the top rope and proceeds to kick a chair into Dudley’s head. RVD hits the Five Star Frog Splash for the win in the middle of the ring. (**1/2. There wasn’t any real doubt about the outcome, but Spike did a fine job in there as an underdog. The action was okay, but the match probably went a little longer than it needed to go.)
A good episode this week as we got some solid in-ring action and some angle progression. I’m assuming that ECW is pivoting to a Corino/Lynn feud since Taz is gone or on the verge of leaving soon. There hasn’t been much promotion for November to Remember, which is a bit surprising. Hopefully that starts up soon.
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