Extreme Championship Wrestling House Show
From: Columbus, GA
Opening Contest: El Mosco vs. Taka Michinoku: Taka gets the early advantage with strikes on Mosco against the ropes. Mosco dropkicks Taka to the floor and fakes a dive to the floor. Mosco misses a slingshot crossbody and crashes to the floor. Taka decks Mosco with a right hand. Taka chops Mosco against the ropes a few times. Taka shoulder blocks Mosco and avoids a leapfrog attempt. Mosco hits a middle rope head scissors and a running head scissors. Mosco baseball slides Taka into the crowd. Mosco takes Taka out with a springboard moonsault into the crowd. Mosco rolls Taka into the ring and goes to the top rope hitting a missile dropkick. Mosco overhand chops Taka on the ropes and hits a springboard hurricanrana for a two count. Taka counters a hurricanrana with a Boston Crab, but Mosco reaches the ropes to break the hold. Taka scoop slams Mosco and goes to top missing a twisting dive. Mosco connects with a leg drop and tries for a moonsault, but Taka got his knees up. Taka hits a spinning heel kick off the top rope. Mosco counters a Michinoku Driver, but is planted by a powerbomb. Taka hits the Michinoku Driver for the win. (***. For a quick opener this was a lot of fun and the ideal way to start a live event. The action was fun and the crowd reacted well to all the action. A good start to the show.)
Second Contest: Nova & Chris Chetti vs. Danny Doring & Roadkill: Doring and Nova kickoff the tag match with Nova backing Doring into a corner, but backing off cleanly. Nova shoulder blocks Doring and tries for a backslide, but Doring doesn’t go down. Nova arm drags and hip tosses Doring. Chetti enters to hit a spinning heel kick for a two count on Doring. Roadkill tags into the match to try his luck against Chetti. Roadkill backs Chetti into a corner and delivers a few right hands. Chetti hits a tilt a whirl head scissors and a powerslam for a two count. Chetti hammers away on Roadkill in the corner. Roadkill misses a splash in the corner. Chetti atomic drops Roadkill and Nova does to the same leading to a double clothesline. Doring is taken over with a double suplex. Nova takes both men out with a suicide dive on the floor. Roadkill sends Chetti into the guard railing. Roadkill trips Nova from the floor, but Chetti punches Roadkill. Roadkill splashes Chetti in the corner and Doring hits a jawbreaker on Chetti for a two count. Doring elbows Chetti to the mat and Roadkill tags into the match. Roadkill plants Chetti with a side slam for a near fall. Roadkill powerslams Chetti and tags in Doring. Doring hits a springboard elbow drop for a two count on Chetti. Doring backs Chetti into his corner and delivers a stomp to the midsection.
The referee is distracted by Nova, but Chetti plants Doring with a sit out slam. Doring prevents Chetti from making a tag by hitting the Stroke. Doring takes Chetti over with a snap suplex. Roadkill misses a top rope elbow drop. Nova misses a clothesline, but hits a forearm smash. Nova clotheslines and bulldogs Roadkill out of the corner for a near fall. Nova hits a DDT/stunner combo on Doring/Roadkill for a near fall. Chetti forearms Roadkill in the corner while Doring works over Doring in the opposite corner, Nova monkey flips Chetti into a double clothesline on Doring and Roadkill. Nova pummels Doring with right hands in the corner. Roadkill plants Nova with a side slam for a near fall. Nova drives Roadkill down with a DDT while Chetti clotheslined Doring. Nova and Chetti hit Tidal Wave on Roadkill for the win. (***. A well worked tag match with constant action and kept the crowd invested in the action. These two teams have some good chemistry and was a solid, competitive match.)
Third Contest: Lance Diamond vs. Steve Corino: Diamond takes Corino down to the mat and Corno retreats to the corner to complain that Diamond cheated. Corino punches Diamond several times in the corner and takes Diamond down with an arm drag. Diamond responds with arm drags and locks in arm control. Corino eye rakes Diamond followed by a right hand to the face. Corino chops Diamond in the corner, but Diamond comes back with a side Russian leg sweep. Tommy Rich trips Diamond from the floor and rams Diamond into the apron back first. Corino taunts Diamond and delivers a leaping heel kick for a two count. Corino eye rakes Diamond and chokes Diamond against the ropes. Diamond runs into a heel kick and Corino taunts the crowd. Corino has a chair, and the fans want him to use it, but Corino sits down and puts a sleeper on Diamond instead. Diamond collides with Corino and falls onto Corino’s groin. Diamond nails Corino with a clothesline and backdrop. Diamond takes Corino over with two snap suplexs and a front suplex for a two count. Diamond collides with Tommy Rich and Corino accidentally punches Rich off the apron. Diamond rolls Corino up and wins the match. (*1/2. A mostly formula match with Corino working well as a heel when he faked using the chair to get crowd heat. Diamond didn’t seem to flow well as a face and the fans didn’t respond to him as a face.)
Fourth Contest: Little Guido vs. Tajiri: Big Sal holds Tajiri from the floor allowing Guido to get the advantage. Tajiri quickly dropkicks a seated Guido to get control. Guido sends Tajiri to the floor and misses a crossbody attempt crashing to the floor. Sal splashes Tajiri against the railing. Guido stomps on Tajiri in the corner. Tajiri kicks Guido followed by chops in the corner. Tajiri puts Guido in the tree of woe and delivers a dropkick. Guido battles back and puts Tajiri in the tree of woe. Guido drops Tajiri over the railing chest first. Guido gets a two count after a sunset flip. Guido leaps off the middle rope to leg drop Tajiri for a near fall. Guido takes Tajiri down with an arm bar, but doesn’t get a submission. Guido stomps on Tajiri in the corner to keep the advantage. Tajiri hits a handspring back elbow and a kick to the knee. Tajiri delivers a tilt a whirl backbreaker. Guido counters a second backbreaker and puts Tajiri in an arm bar. Guido low blows Tajiri, but runs into a dropkick on the knee. Tajiri hits a German suplex for a near fall and Guido bails to the floor. Tajiri slams Guido and grabs a chair from a fan. Tajiri runs and smashes Guido over the head with a chair shot. Tajiri delivers a second running chair shot. Guido collides with Sal and Tajiri sends Guido’s legs into Sal on the apron. Tajiri finishes Guido off with a kick to the head for the win. (**. A decent match, but a similar finish to the previous match is a bit lazy to me. For a condensed match they did fine.)
Fifth Contest: Balls Mahoney vs. Rod Price: Price splashes Mahoney in the corner, but Mahoney comes back with jabs and a backdrop. Price bails to the floor to regroup. Mahoney follows to the floor to attack Price. Price slams Mahoney to gain control and takes a weapon out of his pocket to dig into Mahoney’s forehead. Mahoney has been busted wide open. Mahoney kicks Price and delivers an overhand strike with the same weapon. Price has been busted open at this point, as well. Price sends Mahoney into the railing a couple of times and they go into the crowd to brawl. Price sends Mahoney into the wall. Mahoney sends Price over the railing back to the ringside area. Mahoney nails Price with a trash can. Mahoney whacks Price over the back with a steel chair. They return to the ring where Mahoney keeps control. Price backdrops Mahoney followed by a clothesline for a two count. Mahoney hits a superplex and goes to the top rope hitting a frog splash for a two count. Mahoney grabs a table from ringside and slides it into the ring. Mahoney lays Price into the table, but Price crotches Mahoney on the top rope. Price lays thumbtacks onto the table. Price suplexs Mahoney off the top onto the table covered with tacks for a two count. Price plants Mahoney with a DDT onto the table for a near fall. Mahoney superkicks Price coming off the middle rope with a chair. Mahoney hits the Nutcracker Suite onto the chair to win the match. (*1/2. This is the kind of the match that the fans wanted and fits the show to feed the blood hungry fans. Both wrestlers bled a bunch and the hardcore action was a fine change of pace compared to the action earlier in the show.)
Sixth Contest: ECW World Champion Taz vs. Skull Von Krush in a falls count anywhere match: Taz drop toe holds Krush to start the match and delivers several stomps. Taz backdrops Krush and kicks Krush through the ropes to the floor. Taz sends Krush into the guard railing several times. Taz sends Krush over the railing into the crowd. Taz tosses Krush into the wall. Krush sends Taz into the wall and hits Taz with a water cup. They wrestle outside the venue, but return to the venue where Krush puts Taz through a table. Krush whacks Taz over the back with a steel chair shot. Taz rolls Krush into the ring and they trade strikes. Taz tosses Krush overhead with a suplex and locks in the Taz Mission to win the match. Taz had been busted open during the match. (*. Interestingly this wasn’t a squash match that I expected it to be. Krush got a bunch of offense in and Taz just happened to finish him off with the Taz Mission. I’d rather have seen Taz destroy Krush in fifteen seconds.)
Seventh Contest: ECW Tag Team Champions Bubba Dudley & D-Von Dudley vs. Jerry Lynn & Spike Dudley: Bubba big boots Spike to start the match and chokes Spike over the middle rope. Bubba tosses Spike across the ring and taunts the crowd. Bubba tries for a press slam, but Spike lands on top. Spike rams Bubba into the corner and delivers a flurry of strikes. Spike hits a hurricanrana out of the corner and boots Bubba in the corner. Lynn tags in the match as does D-Von. Lynn arm drags D-Von, but D-Von shoulder blocks Lynn. Lynn kicks D-Von and delivers a boot in the corner. Lynn hits a head scissors out of the corner. Spike distracts D-Von allowing for a bulldog by Lynn. Lynn takes Bubba out with a dive to the floor. Bubba sends Lynn into the railing. Bubba misses a chair shot and Lynn decks Bubba. Bubba sends Lynn back into the ring while Spike works over D-Von. Lynn leg drops D-Von over the middle rope for a two count. Dudley’s hit a back suplex/neckbreaker combo on Lynn for a two count. D-Von shoulder blocks Lynn followed by an elbow drop to the groin. Bubba works over Lynn in the corner with strikes in the corner. Bubba slams Lynn and D-Von leaps off the middle rope to headbutt Lynn on the groin. Spike is dumped to the floor by Bubba. Bubba chokes Lynn in the corner, but Lynn monkey flips Bubba out of the corner. Bubba spikes Lynn with a sit down driver for a two count.
D-Von enters the match and punches Lynn several times in the corner. Lynn gets a rollup on D-Von out of the corner for a near fall. D-Von low blows Lynn and hits a swinging neckbreaker for a two count. D-Von knocks Spike off the apron with a strike. Bubba headbutts Lynn in the corner several times. Bubba yanks Lynn out of the corner and delivers a headbutt to the lower midsection. Lynn kicks a chair into Bubba’s face, but Bubba drops Lynn with an ace cutter onto the chair for a near fall. Bubba jabs Lynn several times, but Lynn dropkicks Bubba. Spike tags in and cleans house with forearms. Spike takes the champs down with a head scissors/headlock combo. Spike nails D-Von with a hurricanrana and a bulldog on Bubba. Spike takes Bubba out with a suicide dive on the floor. Lynn sends Bubba into the ring post. Lynn and Spike hit stereo facebusters, but can’t get a three count on a cover. Bubba clotheslines both men. Bubba is stopped on the top rope and Lynn hits a hurricanrana. Spike dropkicks Bubba and Lynn almost wins following a crossbody. D-Von drops Lynn with a DDT. Spike low blows Bubba and hits the Acid Drop! Sign Guy whacks Spike with his sign, but Lynn spikes Sign Guy with a piledriver. D-Von also spikes Lynn with a piledriver. Spike is sent into the ropes and is met with the 3D leading to the pin for the Dudley Boys. (***1/2. I enjoyed this match quite a bit as it was a enjoyable house show match. Spike and Lynn were an good underdog team and the Dudley’s always deliver in their heel role. This exceeded my expectations.)
Before the main event, Sabu was going to put a referee (Spanish Angel) through a table, but is stopped by Credible to start the match.
Main Event: Justin Credible vs. Sabu: Credible nails Sabu with a weak chair shot and the crowd lets him hear it. Credible stomps on Sabu for a two count. Credible eye rakes Sabu, but misses a splash and is met with a springboard heel kick for a two count. Sabu hits a somersault leg drop into the ring for a two count. Credible rolls to the floor to regroup. Sabu baseball slides Credible into the other referee and they are both sent into the crowd. Sabu takes them both out with a springboard dive. Credible nails Sabu with a right hand and tosses Sabu chest first into the guard railing. They begin to trade right hands on the floor until Credible rolls Sabu back into the ring. Credible stomps on Sabu and delivers a forearm drop off the middle rope for a two count. Sabu spikes Credible with a piledriver and goes to the floor to set a table up over the apron and railing. Credible takes Sabu out with a slingshot crossbody to the floor. Credible puts Sabu onto the table and goes to the top rope, but Sabu crotches Credible. Sabu takes Credible off the top with a hurricanrana for a two count. Sabu puts an arm bar on Credible, but doesn’t get a submission. Credible stops Sabu with a low blow.
Credible controls Sabu on the mat with a chin lock, but doesn’t get a submission. Sabu blocks a splash by getting his knees up and puts a chin lock on Credible. Jason enters and kicks Sabu. Alfonso gets in the ring, but Jason doesn’t budge. Sabu chop blocks Jason and Alfonso gets a few kicks in on Jason. Credible drop toe holds Sabu face first onto a chair. Credible sets a table up in the corner, but is met with a strike from Sabu. Sabu dropkicks Credible on the knee and delivers an Arabian facebuster through the table. Sabu covers leading to a near fall. Sabu accidentally splashes the referee in the corner. Credible rams Sabu face first onto a chair. Credible gets a kendo stick from Jason and whacks Sabu several times. Credible hits another referee (DeVito) with the kendo stick on accident. Sabu plants Credible with a tombstone, but only manages a near fall. Credible superkicks Sabu and misses a baseball slide in the corner hitting the post. Sabu connects with a slingshot leg drop. Sabu has a chair, hits another Arabian facebuster off the top, and pins Credible for the win. (**. It was not a bad match, but it just felt like the usual Sabu stuff and nothing more than that. I enjoyed it and it’s a fine way to end the show. There seems to be some good steam on the feud between Credible and Sabu, which helped the match, too.)
I thought this was a good overall house show for ECW with several good matches. This may be one of the stronger house show showings of the year for ECW.
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