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Since BigDaddyLoco is way behind on his reviews, I though I'd chip in my .02 on the latest Hardcore TV episodes. I'll be giving some highlights for those curious as to what's worth watching. I won't be doing a move-by-move commentary but a more general sense of what happened that week.

102
-Pretty much entirely a clip show, nothing really worth watching here. There are some decent clips of the Cactus Jack & Douglas vs Funk & Sandman match, including the infamous branding incident. There is a pretty awesome Funk promo where he's holding the still-flaming branding iron, using it to spit fire and damn near setting his bandage on fire a few times.

103
-Pretty awesome match between Eddie Guerrero and 2 Cold Scorpio. Eddie always was one to lie, cheat, and steal, and he manages to steal one from 2 Cold Scorpio along with the TV Title. Afterwards the two have a legitimate handshake and Eddie shows he's a gracious winner by raising Scorpio's hand.
-Terry Funk and Cactus Jack cut some pretty nasty promos on each other. Funk runs down Cactus' parents and his kids as well. He wants Cactus as mad as he can get him, so that he'll be a worthy opponent.
-Shane Douglas faces Sandman w/Woman. Douglas manages to get the Singapore Cane barred from the match, though after a pretty solid match Woman gets sent to the back to retrieve it anyway. While Sandman is arguing with the referee, Woman slips the cane to Douglas! Douglas crotches Sandman with it and wins the match, and Woman is now in HIS corner. Afterwards, Douglas cuts one of his never-ending promos, but somehow they're a bit more tolerable with some eye candy at his side. BDL is right, Woman just stares at the camera like she wants to crawl right through the TV into your lap. Then kick you in the junk and take your wallet.

104
-Stevie Richards fires the random flunkies by having the Pitbulls beat the crap out of him, then brings out a girl that Raven and Dreamer both knew in summer camp. Yup, we get the debut of the gorgeous Beulah, the hottest girl ECW has ever had. Then Raven and Dreamer have an all-over-the-place brawl. Includes what may be the first time we've seen a cheese grater used in a match in ECW, and it gives Raven quite the crimson mask. Dreamer could have won if he'd went for the pin after a nasty-looking spike piledriver, but he wants to punish Raven some more. He ends up losing after Richards pretends to choke Beulah and Beulah sprays hairspray in Dreamer's face when he comes to the rescue. Superkick by Richards followed by an Evenflow on the concrete and it's over. Good match, and I think the first time these two faced off one-on-one.
-They show the end of last week's TV Title match, and Eddie cuts a promo.
-We get highlights of the Sandman vs Shane Douglas feud.
-A rematch between the Sandman and Douglas, this time with Woman in Shane's corner. She may be evil, but damn she's got the sex appeal. They brawl back and forth for awhile, with Sandman occasionally stopping to chase Woman around and getting stopped by Douglas each time. While Douglas has Sandman in a cross-face chickenwing, Woman sneaks around and ... canes Douglas in the back of the knee! Douglas goes down with Sandman on top of him, 1-2-3, new champion! Douglas has a rather fake tantrum then puts on a Monday Night RAW shirt. How lame is it that WWE has to censor their own old logo? Apparently Douglas jumped to RAW for awhile, though I don't remember him there at all.
-We get a clip show about Douglas' title reign.
-Backstage, Funk and Ron Simmons congratulate the Sandman and ask about future title shots. Then Sandman and Woman cut some brief promos.

105
-Stevie Richards decided he needed to prove himself to Raven, and decides to do so on poor Mikey Whipwreck. Surprisingly, Whipwreck dominates the early matchup after going to get Hack to stand in his corner to counter Raven. For the record, Stevie has some HORRIBLE ring gear, wearing Daisy Dukes and a shirt cut off halfway. This is his first time wearing that ring gear but unfortunately, not his last.
Mikey ends up winning with a Frankensteiner, then Raven comes in to kick him in the head. Hack starts beating on Raven, then the Pitbulls come out to defend Raven, and then Public Enemy come out to counter the Pitbulls! PE clears the ring and then steals the money out of Hack's wallet while he's down.
-We find out what everyone in ECW thinks about the Sandman as the new champion. The general consensus is that he sucks. EVERYONE wants a shot at the Sandman! Cactus Jack is up first, though, on May 5th.
-Highlights of last week's Dreamer/Raven match.
-Raven and entourage come out to the ring to be interviewed by Styles. Richards says Dreamer is crazy for wanting to keep fighting Raven. They talk about how Beulah used to be fat and covered in acne, and Dreamer treated her like garbage while Raven was nice to her, and now she's a Penthouse centerfold. I've seen those pictures, not shabby at all.
-Dreamer hits the ring, and we've got the third round of Dreamer vs Raven. This may be one of the best feuds of all time, in my humble opinion. Raven dominates at first as they go brawling all through the ECW Arena. They disappear behind a door that says 'no admittance' and the crowd, growing restless, suggest Beulah show them her tits. The wrestlers resurface and Dreamer's been busted open. The two continue to battle past the stage under the broadcasting area, the momentum going from one to the other, and hit each other with everything, including a plastic dinosaur, a dozen eggs AND a kitchen sink! Styles has a ball with that one. Raven gets control again and hits 3 Evenflow DDTs on Dreamer, only to have him kick out. Dreamer manages to rally and hits a DDT of his own on the outside, right on the concrete. He rolls Raven back up and tries to pin him but Richards makes the save. Styles wonders why the ref isn't DQing Raven, apparently this is before run-ins became a weekly thing. Dreamer DDTs Richards, and is pissed John Finnegan didn't DQ Raven; DDT for the ref! Guess Finnegan will have to begin again. Beulah weakly tries to beat on Dreamer's back, and Dreamer lifts her up for a spike piledriver, rotating so that everyone in the crowd gets a nice long panty shot. Afterwards Dreamer mocks Hogan's 'I can't hear you' pose and heads out into the crowd to celebrate.
-Apparently, Dreamer got DQ'd for that. Meh, he was still clearly the winner. When he'd laid out Raven, Richards and Beulah all the in the same ring, there's not really any way you can claim Dreamer lost that fight. Still, Raven goes up 3-0 in the feud.
-Sandman cuts a promo about his dad buying him his first shot of Scotch when he was 9 years old. We also hear from Douglas' 'lawyer' and Cactus Jack.

106
-We see the source of the controversy between Sandman and Douglas. Did the Sandman submit to the chickenwing before the 3-count? Or vice versa? Either way, Sandman's the new champ.
-We get a video package of the Dreamer/Raven feud so far, including Beulah's panty shot. Hooray for skirts. Dreamer wants a shot at Sandman too!
-The 'Extreme Encyclopedia' shows us the entries for Dean Malenko (Shootus Threatenus) and Eddy Guerrero (Champious de TVous), with a grammar mistake. It's 'whose', not who's! Also, apparently 'shoot' wrestling used to mean something else before the days of Russo.
-Finally a real match, and it's a classic; Malenko vs Guerrero for the TV title! Pretty awesome technical match-up. Partway through the crowd gets distracted with something to the right of the screen and starts chanting 'Blow it out, blow it out!' Did someone bring a birthday cake to the match? Styles ignores it so I guess we'll never know. The match goes for a hell of a long time, pretty much the entire length of this (for some reason rather short) episode. At one point Eddy puts on a submission hold that I've never seen before or since; he drapes Malenko across his back, staring up at the ceiling, with Malenko's legs being held against Guerrero's thighs while Eddy stretches him. Neither of the guys are able to beat the other, going to the 30 minute time limit and ending in a draw. Eddy retains.
-Apparently, Stevie Richards made a music video (said music has probably been replaced with the crappy soundtrack we're hearing now), and that sees us out.

That catches us up to the most recent episode. Aside from 102, all of the shows had some quality matches and were worth tuning into. Unfortunately I'll no longer have Network once the free trial is over, so I'll have to wait awhile to catch up again.
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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.00
    Originally posted by Blind_Guardian
    At one point Eddy puts on a submission hold that I've never seen before or since; he drapes Malenko across his back, staring up at the ceiling, with Malenko's legs being held against Guerrero's thighs while Eddy stretches him.


You've never heard of the Gory Special??

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.00
    Originally posted by JST
      Originally posted by Blind_Guardian
      At one point Eddy puts on a submission hold that I've never seen before or since; he drapes Malenko across his back, staring up at the ceiling, with Malenko's legs being held against Guerrero's thighs while Eddy stretches him.


    You've never heard of the Gory Special??

    http://i1.ytimg.com/​vi/​bOxb3Wx43so/​maxresdefault.jpg


I believe I've heard it referred to, but never actually seen it performed. Pretty awesome looking. I'm guessing it was invented by Gory Guerrero?
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.00
Yes, my apologies. What with Eddie being such a beloved figure all around, I'd assumed that damn near everybody would be familiar with his heritage/moveset.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.38
    Originally posted by Blind_Guardian
    How lame is it that WWE has to censor their own old logo?

Did they really blur it? The block logo was never an issue before, and now they're even able to show the scratch logo again. Seems odd they've gone to the trouble of blurring it.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.00
    Originally posted by CTX
      Originally posted by Blind_Guardian
      How lame is it that WWE has to censor their own old logo?

    Did they really blur it? The block logo was never an issue before, and now they're even able to show the scratch logo again. Seems odd they've gone to the trouble of blurring it.


It is a bit odd, because I've seen them use the logo elswhere myself ... maybe ECW had already blurred it on their original broadcast? The old "Monday Night RAW" logo was clearly displayed, but there was a blurred spot right on the top where I'm pretty sure their old logo went.

    Originally posted by JST
    Yes, my apologies. What with Eddie being such a beloved figure all around, I'd assumed that damn near everybody would be familiar with his heritage/moveset.



I am familiar with Eddy's WWE moveset, and vaguely familiar with his heritage (I couldn't name every member of the Guerrero wrestling family), but I can't remember him ever doing the Gory Special. Granted, my memory isn't what it once was and the announcers could have called it something else, further confusing me. No need to apologize, at least now I know what that move's called :)
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