I've been putting off this show, because of the hyped Public Enemy vs Sabu and Taz match. My three least favorite things in ECW off the top of my head
1. Public Enemy 2. Shane Douglas 3. The Rottens.
The gap between #1 and #2 is vast. Enough stalling. I have already bitten off more than I can chew here. Here’s hoping Sabu is on his game tonight.
We see that last week Joey Styles told us thatThe New Tully Blanchard had left ECW, but Oh My God The Old Tully Blanchard came down and made a statement and attacked Shane Douglas and then got beat down for his troubles by Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko. The whole New/Old Tully Blanchard seems really stupid, but I guess he was already Born Again by then.
They show us footage from last week and see the crowd throwing all the steel chairs into the ring as they leave. EXTREME.
This is ECW episode #93, take is away Joey.
Joey Styles tells us they are banned from Disney, but they are still in Florida and takes us to Shane Douglas standing by a pool. He cuts a really long winded promo, and says "Tully Blanchard" about 30 times. I'd go back and count, but I don't want to listen to Douglas again. The Triple Threat has been formed.
Public Enemy vs Sabu and Taz with Paul E Dangerously and 911 For the Tag Team Championships.
They go straight to the action. Sabu is wrestling on a fractured ankle and he is already flying around. Taz is still the Tazmaniac, which means he has a jungle costume that looks like something they picked up from the Halloween store, no shoes and a head of hair. Sabu destroys Johnny Grunge out of the gate hitting a series of leg drops and cross bodies. Taz hits a nasty Tazplex on Rocco Rock, but the ref is out of position and only gets two.
They all hit the floor and out comes the plunder and then they all go into the crowd. Grunge is busted open and hits Sabu with several unprotected chairshots to the head. More mindless brawling in the crowd.
All four men make their way back to the ring. Lots of crappy brawling. Tables are out. One in the ring where Taz and Rock battle. One outside where 911 sets up Grunge and Sabu dives on him sending them all sprawling. We all basically miss Taz going through the table where Rock gets the pin. 911 is upset and throws out piss poor chokeslams for anyone who gets in his way. Match is around nine minutes. Public Enemy retains.
Joey Style with Paul E and he is pissed and threatens revenge.
Raven is in an empty classroom. Talks about broken childhood dreams, being an outcast and of course threatens Dreamer. Camera pans to the chalkboard where I Hate Dreamer is written all over it.
Sandman with Woman vs Cactus Jack
No entrances. Jack comes barreling out of the back with a garbage can and Sandman is there to meet him and takes several shots to the head. Then Cactus absolutely waffles the shit out of him with a stiff chairshot to the dome. That chair looked heavier than usual and didn't give a bit.
Jack continues the assault in the ring. Getting a series of two counts. Woman distracts him with a cane shot and he chases her. Sandman cuts him off, and she gives Jack several more shots which gives Sandman a chance to give Jack a chairshot and a full soda can to the head which actually looked pretty painful. Sandman doesn't look okay, Styles think he might be concussed. Jack smashes him with a chair for good measure.
Back in the ring Sandman catches Jack with a DDT on a garbage can, then a legdrop off the top. Sandman keeps after Jack, driving his head into the garbage can with two knees from the top. Finally Jack has had enough and starts a comeback. This has gotten ugly as both men have taken a beating. Jack may have broken his hand on a punching a trashcan.
Sandman gives Jack a spike piledriver! Jack must have been crapping himself as Sandman held him upside down between his legs for a good twenty seconds before jumping in the air. There is no way I take that move from Sandman, and there is no goddamn way in hell I would take one from him when he has no clue where he is. They go back to the floor. Jack hits the elbow off the apron on Sandman and gets the pin.
Woman and Sandman aren't done. As they totally beat the hell out of Jack with a Singapore Cane. The cane more or less disintegrates on Cactus's head. He lights up a smoke and bashes Cactus in the head some more and then decides he wants to put the smoke out in Jack's eye! Sandman looks like he may actually do it, but Mikey Whipwreck comes in for a save.
Holy fuck, this match was brutally violent.
Sandman cuts a promo in the back that doesn't make much sense, so Woman takes over and says she is going to turn Jack into Sandman as Sandman stands there like a crazy person beating himself in the head with his own cane.
Cactus Jack cuts a promo with a bloody head and a swollen and split right hand. This promo is top notch, it's sad to think that most people will think of Foley as a bumbling dope because nobody cuts a madman promo like he used to. Cactus Jack gets on his knees and challenges Sandman to a Texas Death Match and if he can't beat Sandman in a match that his idols fought in he might have to walk away because he shouldn't be out there anyways, and we are out of time. Wow, that was really really good stuff.
Forget about the first match, but check out the second match if you want to see two men beat the piss out of each other for about ten minutes. It's certainly not for everyone, but if you want to see what 'E' in ECW was all about this is as good a spot as any. Stay for the closing interviews as Foley brings it all home with a chilling interview that almost made the whole thing make perfect sense, at least from his point of view.
I was more ragging on the "Magic Cell Phone you can hear" gimmick. Triple H should be asking himself why he insists on having telephone conversations on Live TV in front of the dozens *and dozens* of The Mick's fans? Or something.