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I GET LETTERS: Well, PM's anyway. SinisterOrthodoxy wrote: Zed,

A few questions. Was it really 98 degrees in Minneapolis today? It's 68 here in PA, although technically that's because I'm inside with the AC on. I'd imagine it's hotter outside, but still not 98.

About The Big Show... I was pleased to see you seamlessly pick up the "Well it's a big..." gimmick after, what six years away from the sport? Now I'm sad it's gone again. I'm thinking since The Big Show is so "extreme" these days, you should change it up to, "Well it's an extreme headbutt".

Also, what's up with his theme? "Get ready for somethin' that you'll never know. You won't see it comin', but I promise you'll know. The Big Show."

The dude just said I'd never know, and now he's promising that I will know. That makes absolutely no sense. And what kind of amateur rhymes a word with itself?

Finally, why don't they bring back the huge leather blazers that Show would wear when Heyman was managing him? They looked good, and it would make sense with recent storylines. I need sartorial continuity.


See, what he's saying is that although you'll never know, and you won't see it coming, when it hits you, baby, you WILL know that you're being hit by it. Whatever it is. THE BIG SHOW.

EXPERIENCING HISTORY IN REAL TIME:Let's take a quick look at the main events we've been given during the short history of this show.

#1: EXTREME BATTLE ROYAL won by Sabu
#2: EDGE & RANDY ORTON v. KURT ANGLE & ROB VAN DAM
#3: KURT ANGLE v. ROB VAN DAM
#4: THE BIG SHOW v. ROB VAN DAM (ECW)
#5: RIC FLAIR v. THE BIG SHOW (ECW)
#6: THE BIG SHOW (ECW) v. THE UNDERTAKER
#7: THE BIG SHOW (ECW) v. KANE
#8: THE BIG SHOW (ECW) v. BATISTA

You REALLY think they'll keep this up after SciFi announces the 52 pickup? Hell no, they will stop "stacking" this show as soon as possible. And really, you'd think they'd have to put out official word pretty soon now, with only four shows left in the original order...


2.3

LET THE BODIES HIT THE FLOOR

WE ARE LIVE from the Hammerstein Ballrom in Manhattan, NY for ECW #8, 1.8.2006, broadcast on SciFi, rated TV-14-DLSV, transmitido en espanol SAP and given that the SUPERSHOW was last night, it's probably safe to say that the fans who bought tickets to tonight's show paid to see ECW - but what KIND of ECW?

TONIGHT: What a main event we claim to have for you tonight! THIS week's opponent that makes no sense is Batista. He takes on The Big Show for the world title!

UP NEXT: EXTREME RULES tag pitting-- wait, next means NOW!

As THE SANDMAN appears in the balcony deck, fans fail to chant "your music sucks". Let Us Take You Back 3 Weeks as Sandman canes Knox after he stops Kelly & Candace's "dancing." 2 Weeks Ago, Sandman caned Kelly as Knox used her to block the shot. Last Week, Sandman almost caned Kelly again but stopped, but then Test showed up and that'll get us to tonight's tag match...right after Sandy is done opening himself with beer cans. Sandman's partner is TOMMY DREAMER - Let Us Take You Back 2 Weeks as Heyman kissed Dreamer, then Test showed up to do some damage . Last Week, Dreamer went after Knox and Test with a garbage can. It's ALMOST as if this match had been set up with angles!

THIS CONTEST WILL BE HELD UNDER EXTREME RULES: THE SANDMAN and TOMMY DREAMER (Yonkers, NY - 265 pounds) v. TEST & MIKE KNOX (555 pounds - with Kelly Kelly Kelly Kelly Kelly Kelly Kelly Kelly) - Is it just me, or is the referee "Extreme" Scott Armstrong? I could sworn he was on Smackdown last week. "You suck dick" chant is very quickly turned down to almost mute. "She's got herpes" lasts about as long. It's Dreamer and Knox, and Dreamer with the hiptoss - well, now Test is in and Sandy's in and let's not even bother. Knox and Dreamer end up outside. Sandman with a dropkick! Outside, Dreamer is crotched on the barrier, and Knox comes in to save Test. Two on one - I like two here. "You can't wrestle" is deemed less dangerous to the airwaves than "Fuck 'im up, Sandman, fuck 'im up." Test has the cane, but poses too long and Dreamer is back in with a crotch shot. Simultaneous Dreamer DDT/Sandman White Russian legsweep. They're outside and they're finding weaponry. Signs, cake sheets, garbage cans. Crowd wants tables. Crowd needs to get used to disappointment already. No, wait, they're out AGAIN - and this time going under the ring and producing the big sheet of plywood covered with barbed wire! "ECW" chant. Knox taking punches - whip into barbed wire...no, Knox stops short. Set up for a double suplex - but Test makes the save by caning both men. Double stomp attach on Sandman. ECW Replay of the cane shots. Dreamer's bladed next time we see him. Test on Dreamer - three back elbows. Knox with knees and forearms to Sandman. Dreamer sidesteps a charge in the corner, and Test ends up putting his shoulder into the post. Knox tossed outside when Sandman reverses the attempt - Test eats a garbage can to the head by Dreamer, and NOW Sandman is back in possession of the kendo stick. Out he goes, but Kelly has once again placed herself between Sandman and HER man. Will he say "fuck it" and whack her anyway? Nope - he grabs her and throws her underneath the top rope, ducks a clothesline attempt by Knox and WHACK - Knox takes a cane to the head! And one to the back for good measure. Somebody gives Sandman a second cane and we watch them head to the back and off the show. Kelly, meanwhile, is left back in the ring with Dreamer, who only wants to see the goods. "Show your tits" chant. Boy, when he lovingly takes your hand, NO woman can resist Dreamer - especially when he's bleeding from the temple! Kelly is turned, held close, dipped...and then bent over Dreamer's knee for a bare-assed spankin'. Well, at least he didn't get his own blood all over her... This fun can't last, though, and PAUL HEYMAN'S SECURITY OF THE 1ST WORLD is out to put the nightsticks and boots to Dreamer. PAUL HEYMAN himself is also out (the opinion of the crowd is that he sold out) striking Dreamer's crucifix pose. Dreamer directs the men in black to shove Dreamer back first into the barbed wire - owch - and they head backstage. "Holy shit" chant is left near full volume. Meanwhile, Test has reappeared...I have no idea where he was, but there he is - picking Dreamer off the barbed wire - and then shoving him RIGHT back onto it. Dreamer ALMOST screams as loud as Kelly did! Here comes the spinning neckbreaker - and that'll do ya. 1, 2, 3. (8:24) Let's take some replays - Dreamer shoved onto the barbed wire by the security...and by Test.
2.2

Quick check of the board reveals Dreamer's blood all over it - same goes for Test's chest.

NEXT MONDAY: Umaga takes on Triple H! Prepare to complain if Triple H wins! Prepare to complain if Triple H DOESN'T win!

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Here's a look at the entrace to the ballrooms of the Manhattan Center - and an Empire State Building without lights. Tazz explains that Con Edison is practicing conservation. (How hot WAS it?)

Backstage, Paul Heyman looks very sweaty. Eye contact is averted by Danny Doring & Roadkill, Stevie Richards, Little Guide and...is that FRANCINE making her ECW on SciFi debut? Thanks for showing up! "That's the problem...they all wanna pick fights, and when you answer the challenge, they have a problem." One of the security guys....nods. Heyman stops as he spies someone else in another room. Hey, it's Sabu! He wraps his headgear over his shoulder, making sure we can see all the fun scars on his abdomen. "I know...same thing you wanted last week, right? Same thing." "I told you, I want The Big Show!" Sabu speaks English?!? "Sabu...I appreciate everything you've done for ECW. But The Big Show is our champion now. And that's a long-term investment for us. And The Big Show, as champion, needs our support. Sabu, look at you. You're all scarred up because you're willing to do ANYTHING to win. I can't subject The Big Show to that. So I respectfully have to say...no. Not tonight, not next week, not next month, never. Sabu, please. Last week is the past. This week, I need for you to leave the arena...or I'm gonna have you escorted out." As we zoom in on this faceoff...

Your commentary team is JOEY STYLES & TAZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. We may never see Big Show take on Sabu, but tonight he'll take on Batista! Uhh...again, WHY?!

"I am a man of discipline. The key? The key is to quell my passion before the battle - release my passion IN the battle. Tonight, there's no more quelling of my passion for competition. The waiting is over. I got the opportunity of a lifetime; tonight I debut in ECW. The time is now and I'm gonna make the most of this opportunity. My name is C.M. Punk." UP NEXT: CM PUNK DEBUTS - LATER ON HE'LL MASTURBATE IN THE RING AND RELEASE HIS PASSION and fifteen thousand smarks will circle jerk right back

Want YOUR chance to chant like an idiot? Catch ECW LIVE in Poplar Bluff on the 5th, Jackson on the 6th, Elmira on the 12th, White Plains on the 13th, and Salisbury on the 14th! Maybe you'll see Superstar Steve Austin attack Sandman as Woman looks on - but I doubt it!

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JUSTIN CREDIBLE (ready for action - Ozone Park, NY - 245 pounds) v. C.M. PUNK (Chicago, IL - 222 pounds) - Hey, somebody let "Extreme" John Finnegan into the building tonight! Unfortunately, they STILL had Stephen DeAngelis stay home. I'd say "Anybody seen Bob Artese?" but I'm afraid someone might think that's not a rhetorical question. All right - here we go. "C.M. Punk" chant. Lockup, gobehind by Punk, Credible switches back, leglace by Punk drops Credible to a mat - and Punk floats over to the headlock. Dare I say, the FINEST headlock I've ever seen. Takeover to a pinning position - 1, 2, no. Punk still has a forearm in the face - back to the front face. Credible shoves Punk back into the corner as we watch the ticker of live events. Credible with a shoulder into the gut into the corner - backs up and connects with another shoulder in the gut. The way Punk takes this power move from Credible is nothing short of exemplary. Credible wants another, but Punk is up, has a body scissors, over the top rope, locks both of Credible's arms behind his back with his legs AND wraps his hands around his neck for good measure. Whatever that was, it only lasts until Finnegan gets to 4. Punk on the apron - top rope springboard...but caught into a powerslam by Credible for 2. Punk put into the ropes, and Credible lands a forearm to the back as he backs out. Another one of another set of ropes. Suplex attempt - no, Punk lands on his feet, round kick,
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kick, into the ropes, head down so Credible catches him into a suplex, rolling into a second, and there's a Northern Lights - 1, 2, no! So far Credible is gamely ignoring the "C.M. Punk" chants - chop in the corner, opposite corner whip, drops down as Punk comes back out and rolls into a half crab! I've never wanted Credible to win more in my life. Somehow I find a tapout an unlikely prospect at this point. Punk yells, does a pushup and powers Credible into a roll and right out of the hold - but Credible is right back on him with a forearm in the back. Going again for a forearm after shoving him into the ropes, but THIS time Punk meets him first with a back elbow. Back kick, front kick, Punk knows 'em all. Credible shot into the corner, Punk charges in but Credible dumps him up and over onto the apron. Punk with "Iblockyourpunchyoudon'tblockmine," top springboard, into the greatest clothesline since the dawn of man, hooks a leg, 1, 2, no. Has his arms around Credible's neck, left knee, right knee, left knee, sent into the corner, running flying knee that causes everyone to say "WHOA," bulldog out. Right hand slap, left hand slap, spinning for a backhand, roundhouse kick, uranage, and grabs his left arm for a kinda chinlock/armlock thing - quite possibly The Most Divine Submission Manoeuvre The World Has Ever Seen - and Credible decides maybe a win streak isn't everything and taps, choosing instead to live to fight another day. (4:12) OH MAN, *NOW* I BELIEVE THE HYPE. Replay of the flyin' knee and bulldog (because submission holds are boring). Let's take a close look at the tongue stud and lip ring. He's so HANDSOME, too!

NOW, let's take a Special Video Look at Batista - he is the Animal - also, he does that thing with his thumbs a lot...funny, we didn't see Sandman do that tonight

TONIGHT: WORLD TITLE: Batista vs. Big Show - I guess this ISN'T extreme rules or they'd put it in the graph?

AD BREAK: SciFi's "Eureka"
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And here's "THE REJECT" SHANNON MOORE sitting in a subway car. I think he's looking at you.

"I'M THE BROOKLYN BRAWLER." YAAAAAAAAY "You people know I'm too extreme for RAW - I'm too hardcore for Smackdown - actually, I'm in the perfect place right now. E - C - W! And I WILL BE *YOUR* ECW World Champion!"

BROOKLYN BRAWLER (ready for action) v. KURT ANGLE (he is the only gold medalist in the history of ECW) - "Welcome back" chant. Double leg by Angle, wants the anklelock but Brawler quickly grabs the bottom rope. Angle decides to paintbrush Brawler until ref "boss mustache" (from last night's RAW) pulls him off. Brawler is perturbed. They're nose to nose - Brawler with a shove - Angle with a HEADBUTT. And quickly to the anklelock and Brawler may have tapped before Angle's ass hit the canvas. (1:10) Ladies and gentlemen, your NEXT ECW World Champion - well, at least he really knows how to take a headbutt - we get two angles of that in the replays. Did I mention Angle has a new T-shirt?

Here's a Special Video Look at the *current* ECW World Champion

Here's another look at the graphic representing tonight's main event - it is NEXT

Funny....we never got a tale of the tape for tonight's match

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In a candlelit room, ARIEL has a few words...and two boobs. "Confined for centuries in the darkness, society forced those like us to lurk only in the shadows. But last week, the world witnessed - Kevin Thorn finally stepped into the light." And there he is. And there's some makin' out. "In the dark...in the light...I am...KEVIN THORN. And the blood of ECW WILL be mine." Wow, is that...unsexy

As Show makes his way to the ring (champ comes out first because it helps create that "big fight" feel), Styles tells us this is the type of matchup that could be a WrestleMania main event, but we lucky people get to watch it right here, right now on SciFi! Ask the live crowd how lucky they are and you will probably get a different answer - also, spit upon. Speaking of Styles' talking points, you may have heard this before, but television just does not do Big Show justice. Crowd is forming an opinion about Big Show - and has settled on an "RVD" chant to express it. I wonder if Batista will get to do his machine gun pyro thing - you know since he's come back he hasn't been able to get the timing right on that ONCE? It's weird, because he puts his fist on the floor, but then we cut to a reaction shot of Show, and then we cut back and strangely that kinda silent place in the music where the pyro usually goes has been completely skipped and NOW I'm wondering if perhaps this show isn't live after all. I'll have to go back and check...did I actually SEE a "live" graphic tonight? Nobody cares about this but me? ANYWAY. I guess they forgot to load the Smackdown graphic package because Batista gets no chyron love. Crowd is *slightly* more friendly to Batista...but that's not exactly saying much. I guess Mickie J. got the night off because Scott Armstrong is in there again. "The following contest scheduled for one fall is for the ECW World title! Introducing first: the challenger. From Washington, DC, weighing 290 pounds - Batista! And his opponent, standing at seven feet tall, weighing 507 pounds, he is the current ECW World Champion - The Big Show." Both men get more boos than cheers - so who do you root for? Say, remember when it was called the ECW World Heavyweight Championship? That seems like only a few short weeks ago...

WELL IT'S THE BIG SHOW (champion) v. BATISTA for the ECW World Championship - Lockup, Show shoves him away - Batista right back to it - arm wringer, Show punches, out, elbow to the shoulder, elbow. "You both suck" chant. Show lifts him up by one arm, but Batista goes to the eyes. Punches in bunches from Batista. Crowd booing lustfully. Kick sends Show to the outside - and that'd be our cue to take the final

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A "Who Wants To Be A Superhero?" encore is NEXT - PASS

I'm sure these two guys have gone at it nonstop and turned this crowd around, whipping them into a veritable frenzy during the ad break...well, perhaps not, but when we DO come back, Show is standing over Batista. Well it's a big right, right, right. During the Break shows a big kick. "Same ol' shit" draws the bird from Show. Batista attempts to fire back - goozle by Show, elbowed out by Batista, clothesline, clothesline, Show with a clothesline of his own. "Goldberg" - make that "boring" chant. "Change the channel" chant - ha, I'll give 'em that one. Well it's a big bodyslam. I think it's probably time for Show and Batista to totally tank it. Show sniffs his armpit and smiles at the crowd - huh? Well it's a big headbutt. Batista stood up in the corner. Well it's a big chest slap. Scoop...and another bodyslam from the champ. Show having some words with the crowd as he climbs to the second rope - may have been too distracted - Batista up, many punches - and manages to suplex Show off of the second rope to the floor! Crowd boos. This crowd was going apeshit over "ECW Extremist" Kurt Angle earlier in the show, by the way. Batista with four shoulders to the gut in the corner, Show reverses, but Batista gets up the boot. Clothesline, clothesline, ducks Show's clothesline and spears him down! 1, 2, no. "Boring" chant is back. Batista seems unhappy. Kick to Show, Show shoves him off, catches him in the choke - AHHHHHTHECHOKESLAAAAAM - 1, 2, NO!! Show grabs the belt
2.8

as we are reminded that we're not running under Extreme Rules here. "Big Show knows he's in trouble!" Why, because he kicked out of a chokeslam? Just chokelsam him again! Anyway, Batista manages a takedown before Show can swing the belt. He wants a Batistabomb, but that seems unlikely - instead, Show picks up Batista over his back, then drops down on Batista's neck. 1, 2, NO! Show has the belt again - and there's the shot. (DQ 9:35) Measuring him - and there's another belt shot. Crowd shits all over this. Crowd suddenly perks up, which can only mean SABU is out to throw a chair at Show. Sabu back out, has ANOTHER chair - up in the corner, double legdrop to the chair to Show's back! Climbing another corner - attempting to dropkick the chair into Show's head - he totally whiffed, but Show dutifully takes the Nestea plunge off the apron into/through the timekeeper's table. Replay (from a friendlier angle) of what we've just seen. Sabu back to the entrance - and pointing to the sky! Show hasn't woken up yet. Looks like we're ending early again - no, we'll take another shot of unconscious Show, and pointing Sabu. One more replay from one more angle. Wait, Show is stirring...oops, WWE copyright notice is up. I guess we're done at 10:04.

So WHY was Batista on this show tonight? Why was THIS match not an "Extreme Rules" match when it sure seems like all of Show's OTHER title defenses HAVE been? Well, I can at least answer that LAST one: lazy booking.

I'm pretty sure Vince will never run this building again, no matter HOW much money he can make in ticket sales. It just ends up looking bad to the television audience. The thing is, knowing in advance what kind of crowd this is, how hard would it have been to actually schedule a main event that would have made this crowd happy? Perhaps something, oh I dunno, involving an actual "ECW" talent? Or did they think a Sabu run-in would be good enough? What ARE they thinking? Will we ever know? Will we care by the time we DO know? These and other questions will be answered on the next episode of SOAP

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    Originally posted by CRZ
    Funny....we never got a tale of the tape for tonight's match
I think they did it in the pre-show commercial that aired during "Eureka".
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    Is it just me, or is the referee "Extreme" Scott Armstrong?


He was on Heat last week too. Scott gets around, and distracts me into the "is he a better wrestler than the guys in the match" debate everytime.

ECW wasn't really back until they remembered the random man on woman violence. I guess you can't tease a piledriver on Sci Fi?

They seem to really have trouble ending the show without 2 minutes of post match nothing to get to :05 after.



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C.M. Punk fails to enter to a Minor Threat song, and I question his commitment to the gimmick.
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    Dare I say, the FINEST headlock I've ever seen.


    The way Punk takes this power move from Credible is nothing short of exemplary.


    Punk with "Iblockyourpunchyoudon'tblockmine," top springboard, into the greatest clothesline since the dawn of man, hooks a leg, 1, 2, no.


    ...and grabs his left arm for a kinda chinlock/armlock thing - quite possibly The Most Divine Submission Manoeuvre The World Has Ever Seen...


This is exactly why I missed your recaps while you were on hiatus. Excellent recap this week!





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That was Vladimir in the front row, right?

A vampire named....... Kevin. That's like the monster on Pee Wee's Playhouse who was named Roger.



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I'll take a stab at answering your rhetoricals.


"You REALLY think they'll keep this up after SciFi announces the 52 pickup? Hell no, they will stop "stacking" this show as soon as possible. And really, you'd think they'd have to put out official word pretty soon now, with only four shows left in the original order..."

It'll be interesting to see the audiences response to that. A big complaint about ECW is that the mains aren't "ECW' matches. Now, if life had gone according to plan, it probably would have RVD fighting all these invaders to a much better crowd reception. I think a Van Dam vs whichever big lug is athletically more promising than Show. With Show in the main events y'know they should have flipped up the plan and had him defend against fast flippy guys like Benjamin or Mysterio, that may have gotten the audience a little more hyped for it. But overall, will the critics prefer main events of, I dunno, the FBI against Sabu and Van Dam? More importantly, will the 2.0+ crowd still watch it. That's going to be interesting.

"So WHY was Batista on this show tonight?"

I guess the idea is that the ECW title is SOO prestigious that everyone wants it. Main eventers like Batista, UT, Kane will forget whatever issues they have and come to ECW to take this World title. It also gives off the vibe that ECW exists out of the brand by-laws and guys can come and go as they please. Not bad in THEORY, but the execution has been poor.

"Why was THIS match not an 'Extreme Rules' match when it sure seems like all of Show's OTHER title defenses HAVE been?"

Yep it's lazy booking. The ECW title should be defended in no DQ matches, simple as that. They're trying to protect the imported superstars. It goes back to the question of why book Batista and Undertaker if they're not going to job to the champ? 'Taker lost to a chop a few months back but can't lose on ECW TV to the champion. They're numerous ways Batista could have lost that match and retained heat.

"The thing is, knowing in advance what kind of crowd this is, how hard would it have been to actually schedule a main event that would have made this crowd happy? Or did they think a Sabu run-in would be good enough?"

I would assume so. Honestly, I was suprised they turned on Show and Batista the way they did. I think the fans had it in their mind that they were going to have some sort of protest, but the rest of the show had nothing of note to rail against. Show got a good response at ONS II and Batista certainly is the charismatic brawler that ECW fans always liked. Hell, they used to give SID standing ovations. They wanted Van Dam y'know and it wasn't gonna happen. If Batista's being there got 'em a 2.8, then I guess it was worth it.

Okay, so I've been reading you since, uh, '98 and I can't even tell whether you really hate Punk or dug his match but hate the fact that the smarks drool over him. I gotta say that the remark about him being handsome nearly caused me to laugh out loud at my cubicle. Good recap.
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    That was Vladimir in the front row, right?
Shit, I forgot to mention that! It was good to know he's still alive (for some reason), yet seeing him piss all over the main event made me question his formerly lifelong commitment to the WWF.



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    These and other questions will be answered on the next episode of SOAP


That reference made my week. If there's one show I miss being aired in reruns, it's that. I also loved the recap of the Punk match, even if I am one of those idiots who marks out over him.

In response to your query about Con Edison turning the lights off and asking "how hot WAS it?" - the heat index was at 105 up where I am, and from what I can gather it was even worse down there, with the temperature itself hitting triple digits for the second consecutive day (today will be the third). With the problems Con Edison's been having the past week plus (particularly in Queens), they're strongly urging anyone and everyone to conserve as much as they can so the situation doesn't get worse than it already is. So, there ya go.

Stupid question - who is Vladimir?



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.31
Sharp eyed ROHbots like myself also noticed Mary Kate Grasso, ROH ringside photographer and all-around babe extraordinaire at ringside, right next to Vladmir, assuming that's who I think you mean.

(That guy who's at every WrestleMania and a lot of the other shows too, shaved head, wfie-beater and glasses)

That is, unless there's another redhead with a camera, a CM Punk fixation and a Franchise T-shirt.



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.60
    Originally posted by Deputy Marshall
    Stupid question - who is Vladimir?

Don't feel bad....it seems whenever anyone mentions Vladimir, it's usually followed by a "who's that"?

He's the WWF's super-fan who's usually in the front row for their New York shows. A fairly built guy, with glasses and a crew cut. You could consistently see him on WWF/MSG shows from about 1984-1996.

There's a Piper's Pit from MSG in 1986 where Vladimir actually makes an appearance in the ring. Bobby Heenan is challenging the recently turned Piper to a tag team match against Harley Race and Paul Orndorff. Piper drops outside the ring to consult with his "manager" (the fans). He brings Vladimir up on the ring apron and asks him to name a partner. Vladimir shouts "Hulk Hogan!!"



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00

    HEYMAN'S SECURITY OF THE 1ST WORLD


Well-played.

Eventually you absolutely need to condense that to The Heyman S1Ws. If only the bodyguards could do a step show routine, though. That would rule.




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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.42
Now, if Vince really had a sense of humor, he'd force RVD to get a haircut and come back as Robert VanDermeir with a 1980 Bob Backlund persona. He's already forced Sabu to learn English, so it isn't out of the realm of possiblities.
For a power match, the main event wasn't bad. Especially compared to a Sandman match.
Brooklyn Brawler this week? Can we guess Angle destroys Tommy Rich next week, culminating in the dream match of Angle vs. The Duke of Dorchester Pete Doherty at SummerSlam?
Barry Windham in '85 had a better bulldog than CM Punk.
At this point, if they were to book a Dreamer vs. Horowitz match, I'd think Horowitz would be a prohibitive betting line favorite.


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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.62
    Originally posted by CRZ
    I wonder if Batista will get to do his machine gun pyro thing - you know since he's come back he hasn't been able to get the timing right on that ONCE? It's weird, because he puts his fist on the floor, but then we cut to a reaction shot of Show, and then we cut back and strangely that kinda silent place in the music where the pyro usually goes has been completely skipped and NOW I'm wondering if perhaps this show isn't live after all. I'll have to go back and check...did I actually SEE a "live" graphic tonight? Nobody cares about this but me?


Batista has two different versions of his music, one with the pause and one without. In cases where they know he's not going to do his pyro, like when he's won a match or is coming out for an interview, they'll play the version without the pause. So the show might still have been live. Or it might not have been with how they apparently were very quick to mute.

Oh well, only one more week until I can watch along in Canada too! Thanks for coming back to do the recaps in the meantime, because they're the only real way I have to find out what's happened.
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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.13
And before I forget to mention it, the ref with the boss mustache we've been seeing this week is actually legendary former WCCW & GWF official James Beard. I know, I can't believe it either! I used to love that guy. The mustache makes him THREE times badder. Easily.

The man himself posts on the experience over at the WC (read all three pages!) (wrestlingclassics.com).

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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.81
Great posts, but I got a definate "these young whippersnappers don't know what they're doing" feel, as he think he layed too much blame on Anderson and Moore, berating them for laying out a choreographed match when I'd be willing to bet it was Brisco who layed it out to begin with.
I think the mistake made to begin with was to book Moore as a babyface in front of a traditional ECW crowd. Obviously, whoever booked it really didn't know much about what would fly in ECW.
Guess it makes sense since he's trying to get in Ace and Brisco's good graces to get a job, but it's kinda crappy to lay all of the blame on these guys.
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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.33
    Originally posted by CRZ
    I'm pretty sure Vince will never run this building again, no matter HOW much money he can make in ticket sales. It just ends up looking bad to the television audience.

I have to disagree. If anything, I'd expect them to return as soon as possible and keep goosing the crowd, since they know they'll get a strong reaction.

Hell, they've been doing the same thing to Montreal for nearly a decade now.

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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.93
You could say it was EXTREMELY hot in NYC.

Sorry :(



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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.07
    Originally posted by Chumpstain
    Oh well, only one more week until I can watch along in Canada too!


But three days later, and in a much crappier timeslot.



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