Starting right off with The Pitbulls vs Chad Austin and Joel Goodhart
Pitbull #1 goes right after Austin pummeling him to the mat with fists, a body slam and some Irish Whips. Austin turns the tide for a split second, but #1 shakes that right off. Austin tries to get more offense, but #1 is having none of it and no sells everything Austin throws his way. He tags in #2 and they give Austin a double suplex. #2 press slams Austin into his own corner so he can tag in Goodhart who comes in and gets murdered by a running clothesline from #2.
Goodhart looks like a meth head complete with shitty unfinished tattoos. The Pitbulls double team him on the floor, Austin just stands on the apron. He's checked out. The Pitbulls hit a Super Bomb on Goodhart and this is over. Vicious squash. The Steiners and Bulldogs would be proud.
Recap of last week's Cactus Jack beatdown. It's just as brutal this time around.
This is ECW Hardcore TV Episode #98
Joey Styles recaps the big news and takes us to an interview post beatdown with Sandman, Woman and Terry Funk. Terry Funk says Cactus Jack is a fat nobody who doesn't even know a wrestling hold. He can never walk in Funk's footsteps.
We see the other locker room where Shane Douglas tells Cactus Jack how he has always believed in him. Jack knows that Douglas has always believed since their days in wrestling school. Cactus Jack will still always look up to Terry Funk and it makes him sick he can never be the man that Funk is, but he promises he will get his hands on him. BANG BANG.
Tommy Dreamer adds his two cents in his own promo. He tells Jack not to trust Douglas, and they run down the old Dreamer/Douglas feud. Dreamer then goes into his past with Terry Funk. Which leads him to Raven. He calls him a sell out for his Scotty Flamingo/Johnny Polo days. He then says everyone know that if Raven ever gets a call from a big promotion he would fly the coop, but if he ever got the call he would stay in ECW because it's in his blood. Ha.
Joey Styles takes us to the main event
Shane Douglas vs Tully Blanchard for the ECW World Heavyweight Title.
Blanchard starts off a house on fire and even gives Douglas a Slingshot Suplex within the first minute. Blanchard follows that up with a sit down pile driver that gets three, oh but no Douglas got his foot on the rope.
Blanchard then settles in with a chinlock, which eventually lets Douglas make a mini comeback. Some back and forth until Douglas gives Blanchard a running clothesline that sends both men over the top down to the floor. The pace slows. Blanchard gets the upper hand and works Douglas over on the guard rails, and slams him around on the ground a bunch.
Blanchard gets in the ring and looks to suplex Douglas in off the apron, but Douglas lands on Blanchard and gets the three. What? Styles says that finish came out of nowhere and he wasn't kidding. Not sure what the point is of that.
Sidenote: There is another CRZ sighting bringing us to five weeks in a row.
Joey Styles takes us to ... Public Enemy sitting in a vacant lot with a camp fire babbling like morons. They're 'Hoodies'. This leads to Public Enemy doing a bunch of recapping and story telling. We see an event where Chris Beniot and Dean Malenko beat them down while Rock is in a wheel chair. Back at the camp fire and more Public Enemy nonsense and we are out of time.
Nothing of note here again. I guess the Cactus Jack and Terry Funk interviews were something. If you like watching jobbers getting roughed up there was some of that too, otherwise we will just move on and hope for better next week.
I believe Goodhart was the unmasked Young Dragon from #94 after a shave and a haircut. (I have said this so many times that when I try to Google it for confirmation, I only find previous times I'VE said it - so perhaps I have now repeated it enough times for it to be true, even if it wasn't.)
And because I forgot to mention it four shows ago, I'm pretty sure sometime in the last 20 years I learned that the other Young Dragon that night was former "Mr. 500/499/498 in the PWI 500" Don E. Allen. (Oh... that's what Meltzer said back in 1995. Some day I should talk more about the night Dave Meltzer danced atop to the ECW Arena)
I haven't found my photos of me with The Public Enemy or The Sandman, but some day.
I'm probably done commenting on these now. I like reading them, but when I try to watch them I just get annoyed that they don't start with that White Zombie track. Of course, I ALSO can't bring myself to experience the genuine VHS-quality of the Daily Motion versions - like this version of episode 98:
I guess they put different guys in the gi depending on what was up. Whipwreck and Lauria had their own match at Double Tables so they weren't pulling double duty - interestingly, the night before in Jim Thorpe, the Young Dragons competed against 911 - it might have been Lauria and Whipwreck then...except Whipwreck ended up as an impromptu opponent of Shane Douglas later that night, so maybe it wasn't. Again, I have some photos somewhere (which won't clear any of this up, granted, but I'd still like to find 'em)
Last note on Goodhart: he was the man behind the Tri-State Wrestling Alliance, which was the precursor to NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling; partner/money mark Tod Gordon ended up buying Goodhart out to make that transition, replaced then-booker Eddie Gilbert with (late of WWN) Paul Heyman, and the rest...
Megumi Kudo Dynamite Kansai Bull Nakano Aja Kong Manami Toyota Mariko Yoshida Akira Hokuto ...and many more, all on these tapes. Yeah, this is as good as it gets. Expect a review either later today or tomorrow (most likely tomorrow...) Ringmistress