ECW House Show 4/14/1995
Written by: Bob Colling
Extreme Championship Wrestling House Show
From: Flagstaff, PA
Opening Contest: Stevie Richards vs. Tazmaniac: Richards attacks before the bell hammering away on Taz in the corner. Richards delivers a head butt, but knocks himself down and Taz goes on the offensive with strikes. Taz clotheslines Richards and sends Stevie to the floor. Taz tosses a chair at Richards on the floor and drops Richards throat first across the railing. Taz picks up a table and whacks Richards over the back with it. Back in the ring, Taz continues his offense with a backdrop. Richards fights back with an eye rake but is sent chest first into the corner and Taz takes Richards over with an overhead suplex to get the three count. (**. Considering Richards is getting quite a bit of TV time at the time, and would be a bigger player later in the year, he got destroyed in less than three minutes. I enjoyed the action.) After the match, The Pitbulls try to attack Taz but they are tossed around with suplexs. Dean Malenko comes in from behind and clotheslines Taz to allow a four on one beating. Here comes 911 for the save and the heels bail from the ring quickly.
Second Contest: Dean Malenko vs. Mikey Whipwreck: Malenko has control on Whipwreck driving his knee into the arm of Whipwreck several times maintaining a hammerlock. Mikey arm drags Malenko and connects with a dropkick to the floor. They go with a test of strength until Malenko tosses Mikey over his head and keeps control with several strikes. Dean power slams Mikey and heads to the top delivering a double stomp, which the fans greatly appreciated. Malenko drives his shoulder into Mikey’s groin and dumps him to the floor to continue his offensive onslaught. Dean drops Mikey gut first across the guard railing. Mikey comes off the ropes and dropkicks Malenko, but his offense is short-lived. Malenko tries for a submission with a surfboard but Whipwreck doesn’t give in. Malenko stops Whipwreck with a low blow after Mikey botched a rollover. Mikey counters a power bomb with a hurricanrana and nearly steals a victory. Mikey runs into a big boot in the corner and is stopped by a right hand on a sunset flip attempt. Malenko casually hits a double under hook power bomb and locks in the Texas Cloverleaf in the middle of the ring. Tazmaniac comes into the ring and attacks Malenko causing the disqualification. (*1/2. There was some decent action here, but Mikey was a little sloppy and the early part of the match was largely rest holds it felt like.) It’s announced by some guy that Tazmaniac has been fined $500 for his interference. To show how much they care, 911 choke slams the random guy.
Third Contest: ECW Tag Team Champions Public Enemy vs. The Pitbulls: Grunge Pitbull #1 kick off the title match with Grunge getting sent hard into the corner and Grunge missing a splash in the corner. Grunge avoids a double axe handle off the top and connects with a clothesline and then a backdrop on #2. #2 is sent into the boot of Rock in the corner and the challengers bail to the floor to regroup. #2 is the legal man trying to luck against Rock. #2 works over Rock in the corner with stomps before sending Rock hard into the corner. #2 stops Rock in the corner, though Rock botched an attempted springboard it looked like. Grunge enters to stop a double team on his partner but #1 sends Grunge back to his corner. #1 press slams Rock and taunts the fans. Rock nearly wins following a springboard moonsault. All four men go to the floor and they begin to brawl, which isn’t surprising at all. Grunge works over #1 with a steel chair but #1 uses it on Grunge, as well. The fans are getting what they wanted and that is a bunch of weapons and blood. Pitbulls get the better of the brawling leaving Rock and Grunge on the floor and on the mat at one point. Rock recovered to enter the ring and hit the Pitbulls with a pipe. #1 nailed Rock with a spinning heel kick in the corner. Rock suplexs #1 from the ring to the floor. Grunge plants #2 with a reverse DDT and Rock botches a top rope move allowing #2 to nearly win with a rollup. Grunge is driven down with a double vertical suplex. #2 accidentally hits #1 and Grunge rolls #2 up for the win. (*1/4. It’s a brawl with not much wrestling. So, if you like guys just hitting each other with weapons, this is great for you.)
Fourth Contest: Axl Rotten vs. Ian Rotten in a strap match: I have a feeling this is going to be similar to the previous match. Ian whacks Axl with a chair several times on the floor. Axl sends Ian over the railing into the crowd. Axl returns the chair shots to Ian. Ian stops Axl hitting him with a small table over the head. Axl tosses Ian into the crowd and they continue to brawl throughout the crowd. Axl jumps off a platform to shoulder block Ian in the crowd. They get back into the ring where Ian is busted open and trying to touch all the corners but is stopped by Axl. Ian whacks Axl over the back with a chair in the crowd and runs at him with the chair. Ian whips Axl over the back with the strap and sends Axl face first into the ring post. Ian scoop slams Axl and heads to the middle rope but misses an elbow drop. Axl clotheslines Ian in the corner but runs into a big boot on a second attempt. Ian decks Axl and puts his feet on the ropes to win the match. (DUD. Yeah, I just wasn’t into this at all.)
ECW Tag Team Champions Public Enemy are in the ring to be interviewed until Stevie Richards entered the ring and confronted the tag team. Richards says that the Public Enemy aren’t the true champions and instead the Pitbulls are. This leads to the Pitbulls coming out and attacking Rock and Grunge. They also attacked the guy interviewing them and left him bloodied. Apparently, the guy will be Public Enemy’s partner against Richards and Pitbulls sometime in the future.
Fifth Contest: Raven vs. Tommy Dreamer: Raven charges at Dreamer but they roll to the floor where they continue to hammer away on each other. Dreamer sends Raven into the railing and uses a wooden bat on his hated rival. Dreamer tries to whack Raven with a crutch but misses and hits the ring post. Dreamer low blows Raven with the crutch, though. A fan holds a chair and lets Dreamer send Raven into it. The fan also whacks Raven over the head with it. Dreamer power slams Raven for a near fall. Dreamer drives Raven down with a neck breaker for another two count. Dreamer leg drops the back of Raven’s head while he was hunched over for a near fall. Dreamer attempts a piledriver but Raven counters with a backdrop and clotheslines Dreamer. Raven hits a running bulldog to maintain control of the bout. Raven dives over the top to hit a cross body on the floor. Raven whacks Dreamer over the back with a chair. Raven chokes Dreamer with a piece of the broken crutch. Raven continues by sending Dreamer into the railing but Dreamer does the same to Raven moments later. Dreamer gets a near fall after a snap suplex in the ring. Tommy continues to work over Raven with chair shots on the floor. Raven avoids a backdrop and plants Dreamer with a DDT but only gets a near fall. Dreamer counters a backdrop attempt by raven hitting two DDTs and that’s good enough for the win. After the match, Stevie Richards attacks Dreamer with a kick and stomps away on Tommy. Pitbulls enter the ring because we haven’t seen them enough tonight. Dreamer is saved by Public Enemy. (*1/2. I mainly got this show to see the match that Dreamer beat Raven before ’97, and the match isn’t anything special. The finish actually felt rather flat. So, it’s probably better off that Dreamer didn’t win for over two years. I don’t believe this match is ever mentioned in their feud or acknowledged as a match that Dreamer won.)
Main Event: ECW World Champion Shane Douglas & Cactus Jack vs. The Sandman & Ron Simmons: Cactus and Douglas double team Simmons at the start of the match since Sandman isn’t around, apparently. Cactus sends Simmons to the floor where Simmons is sent into a steel chair face first. Douglas enters and drop toe holds Simmons to maintain control on the mat with a front face lock. Sandman makes his way down to ringside at this point. Douglas attacks Sandman on the floor and Cactus gets in on the action sending Sandman over the railing into the crowd. Simmons lifts Douglas into the air and drops him gut first to the canvas. Simmons counters a bear hug with a belly to belly suplex on Douglas. Douglas stops Simmons with an atomic drop and dropkick before tagging in Cactus. Cactus is backed into the opposite corner and fights with Sandman to the floor. Cactus sends Sandman into a steel chair head first. Cactus comes off the apron ramming Sandman into another chair. Sandman stomps on Cactus in the corner and Simmons gets a cheap shot in while the referee was distracted. Sandman and Cactus trade shots on the canvas with Sandman getting the better of the exchange. Douglas enters and hits a delayed vertical suplex. Cactus comes back in and delivers a leg drop for a near fall.
Cactus continues his offense with a clothesline and Douglas comes back in hammering away on Sandman. Sandman scoop slams Douglas followed by an elbow drop. Douglas works over Sandman with more strikes but gets yanked down to the mat by his hair. Sandman lifts Douglas up with a vertical suplex and drives Shane down to the mat. Sandman slips off the middle rope and does it again to deliver a leg drop. Simmons enters to double team Douglas while the referee was distracted by Cactus. Sandman connects with a shoulder breaker and Simmons delivers a shot to the groin. Cactus saves Douglas from a double team in the corner and punches Sandman several times. Simmons runs into an elbow in the corner and Douglas leaps off the middle rope only to be caught with a power slam by Simmons. Simmons plants Douglas with a spine buster. Simmons choke slams both Cactus and Douglas and taunts 911. Simmons heads to the top rope but misses a shoulder block attempt.
Sandman is working over Cactus on the floor with a chair. Sandman leaps off the top to clothesline cactus. Simmons decks Douglas with a right hand and tags in Sandman who keeps control with knee drops. Cactus enters the ring and cleans house with right hands and clotheslines Simmons to the floor. Sandman spikes Cactus with a piledriver. Woman whacks Sandman with a kendo stick shot and Cactus hits a DDT to pin Sandman. After the match, Sandman and Douglas have dueling chairs but neither one connects with a chair shot. (**. This was not an extreme tag match and felt like a match you’d see on WCW Worldwide. They went nearly 20-minutes and I don’t know why. This is an example of star power being in the main event and not going the result you’d expect or want.)
Way too much brawling and meaningless weapon shots on this show. 1995 ECW appears to be a time when ECW was best due to the story lines that were going on and not necessarily the in-ring product. Recommendation to avoid.
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