It's a slow rainy day, so why not spend it cluttering CRZ's board with another ECW Recap.
Before we get started I got new tires today and spent the time waiting at the K-Mart down the road. I saw a young member of the WWE Universe (age7-10?) debating heavily on two sets of action figures. In his right hand a Kofi/R-Truth two pack. Obviously he needs to flush out his lower card. In his left hand a John Cena/Scooby Doo two pack, because ... well, I call it a bad omen for Bray. I don't know how it turned out but I saw him at the register with his parents buying one of the two. Let's just hope the rest of his roster at home is more complete.
We start off with ... Public Enemy goofing around a train yard cracking jokes. Then a building that says Daily Planet. They crack more jokes. They're just as funny as the first set. This goes on to an alley. Vince's smartest move was flushing these guys as soon as they hit his roster.
ECW Hardcore TV #92
Joey Styles breaks it down for us. We're in Florida and there is six inches of rain outside and a Hurricane in tow. We start off with the fallout from last week. The Bad Breed is no more, call the Hardcore Hotline for more.
2 Cold Scorpio vs 'The Crippler' Chris Benoit
It's a real light crowd, it will be interesting to see if these guys go all out. Benoit is sporting the Pegasus tights this week. Scorpio gets the early advantage sending Benoit to the floor twice. Benoit does some heavy stalling on the outside and gets the advantage his second time in. Benoit works Scorpio's neck early and then goes for what Styles calls a Boston Crab, but it looks more like the old Walls of Jericho. Very slow pace as Benoit hits a lot of punches and kicks. Scorpio makes a mini comeback with a splash off the top and a flip kick on the mat for two. Benoit hits a pair of crisp suplexes and a powerbomb and only gets a two count. Benoit is looking really juiced up here by the way. Scorpio goes for a Tombstone, but Benoit reverses it and hits a jumping Tombstone of his own. He follows with a diving headbutt and only gets two. Scorpio hits the moonsault and only gets two. Benoit goes for a full nelson suplex that Scorpio escapes, but Benoit rolls him up for the quick pin. Match got about 13 minutes and was full of action. Neither guy looked especially sharp, but it was enjoyable none the less.
Paul Heyman hypes Taz/Sabu vs Public Enemy for next week's show. Goddamnit.
We also get Sandman vs Cactus Jack falls count anywhere next week.
Oh boy, it's the Raven walking through the snowy neighborhood/Dead End sign video again. I knew this looked familiar when I saw it earlier, it's because they loved it and played it all the time. The most interesting thing I can say about it this time is that we have come along way since 1995 in how you can film low budget videos.
Joey Styles tells us 'The New' Tully Blanchard is gone from ECW.
Raven cuts a promo on a swing set.
'The Franchise' Shane Douglas vs Ron Simmons for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship
If there is one thing that I have never been accused of it's being a Shane Douglas fan. I get why ECW backed him early on, but they just road that horse too long.
Simmons beats down Douglas early with a series of clubbing blows, clothes lines, a three point launch at the knee and a powerbomb. Douglas goes to the floor and turns the tide with the steel post and a chair. Simmons has an 'injured arm' coming into this match that Douglas works over. Douglas almost tears the arm off while holding it and jumping off the top rope to the floor snapping it on the ropes. Scorpio comes down to check on Simmons. The ref stops the match saying Simmons can't go on. We maybe got seven minutes here
Douglas challenges Florida. 'The Old' Tully Blanchard comes out in sweat shorts and a tank top and beats down Douglas. Sling Shot Suplex and Blanchard starts pounding away. Benoit and Dean Malenko come out and beat down Blanchard. Douglas puts him in the Figure Four while the other two hold Blanchard down. Styles says this is what Blanchard used to do to people when he was a Horseman, and we are out of time.
Benoit vs Scorpio made this worth while. Douglas was the usual turd in the punch bowl and Ron Simmons is Ron Simmons. Next week's episode could be ugly.
When the Rock comes back, it´d better be as a heel (although they´d have to time this so it doens´t interupt hype for his new movie I suppose). The guy´s incredibly stale as a face now. He´s been a face for what, over 3 years?