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    ECW ECW House Party 1996 Review

    House Party
    January 5, 1996



    Joey Styles opens up the show in the middle of the ring, but is quickly interrupted by Fonzie. He’s upset at the lack of interview time for Taz and all of the disrespect he’s getting from the fans due to the negative signs. Styles eventually has enough of Fonzie, bad mouths him, and tries to end the segment, readying to do it again later. Instead, Fonzie gets in his face, prompting Styles to lay his hands on him. That brings out Taz to punk Styles out for daring to touch his manager. Taz intimidating Styles causes 911 to come out to the ring with a big stand off with Taz. Tod Gordon than ran out to deck Fonzie and a bunch of lowcarders then ran in to be involved in the pull apart between Taz and 911. To show how much the ECW fans hated The Bad Crew, despite everything that’s happening, once they noticed that Bad Crew were in the ring, the fans begin chanting “Bad Crew Sucks DICK”. Eventually everyone except for El Puerto Ricano leaves Taz and Fonzie alone in the ring. The heels seem to have a problem with whatever is on Ricano’s t-shirt. Taz ends up suplexing Ricano on his head with Styles begging Taz to leave him alone. That brings 911 back out, but he’s jumped by The Eliminators. 911 is given Total Elimination, prompting Rey Mysterio Jr to run out leading to…

    The Eliminators w/Jason vs 911 and Rey Mysterio Jr.
    Less of a match and more of a chaotic angle that just carried over from the opening madness. It’s pretty fun though seeing Mysterio battling one of ECW’s top teams and hanging in there well thanks to his crazy spots. Taz kept returning to the ringside to use his towel to choke out 911, essentially making this an unofficial handicap match for the majority of the bout for Mysterio. Even when 911 got back to his feet, he’s hit with another Total Elimination. While 911 wasn’t able to get in any true offense, he was booked like a monster who kept returning to his feet regardless of the Total Eliminations or the choking by Taz. The wacky finish saw Mysterio talk 911 to get back to his feet despite the big man still being extremely groggy. Mysterio climbed up on 911’s shoulders, daring The Eliminators to do the same. With that, it’s suddenly a game of chicken with Saturn on Kronus’ shoulders. It’s all a ploy by Mysterio though as he jumps off of 911’s shoulders and catches Saturn by surprise with a Frankensteiner, sending Saturn off of Kronus. Mysterio would pin Saturn to get the victory. Is the finish goofy? Absolutely, but goofy is okay as long as it’s fun. I do have an issue with the match that I’ll address in the post-match angle, but otherwise this was an entertaining segment based match to kick off the show. ** ¾


    After the match, The Eliminators jumped the babyfaces, laying into them. Mysterio sustained two vicious looking power bombs, one from Kronus and one from Saturn, during all of this. That brought out Francine and her Pitbulls. Francine went after Jason while Pitbulls attacked The Eliminators. During the mayhem, The Eliminators shocked the ECW Arena by performing Total Elimination for the first time on Francine. You know you found an effective spot when the rowdy and loud ECW crowd suddenly goes completely silent. Great angle. My issue is that I’ve now seen two Eliminators 1996 matches within a couple of days and in both cases, they lost matches that I feel they should have won and then got their heat back in a post-match attack. There’s zero need to have 911 and Mysterio win. Mysterio hanging in there was good enough to protect him. Meanwhile, 911 sustained a pair of Total Eliminations and a lot of attacks from Taz. Had Mysterio been the one pinned, 911 wouldn’t have been hurt either. Heyman clearly sees The Eliminators as a boss team, so book them to win.

    Axl Rotten vs Rob Van Dam
    This would be RVD’s ECW debut. He had last been seen on US TV back in mid 1993 during his short stint in WCW as Robbie V. Since then, RVD had mostly been working tours with AJPW where I don’t think he necessarily mattered, but he would team up with some of the gaijins that did matter (Stan Hansen, Johnny Ace, The Patriot, ect). Not a bad gig for a young worker still waiting for his big break. With ECW being pretty brutal with their fans quick to judge wrestlers, a lot of wrestlers had pretty terrible debuts where they were immediately booed out of the building. Then there’s guys like Rey Mysterio Jr (at Gangstas Paradise) or here with RVD where the crowd are initially hostile towards the debuting stars, but over the course of the match they end up respecting the new talent. At this point, RVD is more about showcasing a martial arts rather than be a showboat. It’s perhaps a little cheesy, made worse by Axl mocking him, but RVD put in a hell of an effort and made sure to hit a couple of high flying spots such as a dive to the outside, a top rope splash (Basically a Five Star Frog Splash, but without the frog motion), and the match winning Split Legged Moonsault. I have to assume that RVD going over here came across as a massive surprise. Although Rotten hadn’t won any gold in ECW at this time, The Bad Breed was a big team back in the early days after ECW became extreme and Axl had been the one to win the blood feud with Ian Rotten. So beating Axl meant more than had RVD just beaten someone like El Puerto Ricano. Axl’s performance in the match was well done as well with him taking RVD pretty lightly early on, but by the end, he had quit all of the mocking and had upped the aggression. A highly effective debut with surprisingly sound booking. Welcome to the land of the extreme, RVD! ***


    Mikey Whipwreck © vs 2 Cold Scorpio w/Woman - ECW TV Title
    It was just one week ago at Holiday Hell that Whipwreck defeated Scorpio to not only win the TV Title, but also Scorpio and Sandman’s ECW Tag Titles thanks to a little help from Cactus Jack. The storyline implication to this is that Cactus “Volunteered” to be the co-holder of the tag titles with Whipwreck which sorta makes Whipwreck a member of Raven’s Nest since Cactus is already a member. Whipwreck doesn’t want that and Raven isn’t thrilled either. The match is rather good with Scorpio in full on showboat mode. Multiple times in the match, he’d pull up Mikey during a cover, forcing the match to continue despite the fact that he seemingly had the match won multiple times. Every once in awhile, Mikey would mount a comeback making Scorpio pay for his light treatment of the champion. Joey Styles did a swell job of informing the viewer that it was this same attitude that played a role in Scorpio losing the TV Title in the first place at Holiday Hell. Even Woman is screaming at Scorpio to just pin him at points. So it seems pretty clear that this is going to end up being a disaster for Scorpio in the end. Ultimately, there’s a ref bump leading to Raven running in. It’s in this moment, that it’s a complete redo from Holiday Hell, except with it being Raven running in during a ref bump instead of Foley. Instead of laying Scorpio out with a DDT like Cactus did, Raven instead lays out Mikey with the DDT. Scorpio’s confused, but he uses the opportunity to climb to the top rope and nail his moonsault leg drop to pin Mikey once the referee wakes up to become the NEW ECW TV Champion. I imagine watching this and the Holiday Hell match back to back makes for a great watch with how closely the two stories are connected. Scorpio could be so damn good at this point and he easily carried Mikey to a thrilling match. You could argue that Mikey’s week long reign was too short, but ECW seemed to really relish these short reigns. As long as there’s a clear story to a championship reign, I wouldn’t hurt it against ECW for booking such short reigns. *** ½


    Taz w/Fonzie vs Hack Meyers
    Like most Taz matches around this time period, this was mostly a glorified squash to showcase his new MMA inspired style. Meyers only managed to get in the bare minimum to keep this from being a full fledged squash. Forget about the quality of the match though. What’s important is how fantastic the character of Taz is at this point. Heyman went all in on Taz’s new gimmick having Taz work a style filled with nothing but suplexes and judo holds. Joey Styles deserves a lot of credit too because he’s right there, calling every move. He’s not Vince McMahon screaming “What a maneuver!” when he doesn’t know the name of a move nor is he Eric Bischoff, needing to give the proper name in every usage in every match such as always saying “Back leg front kick” instead of just saying a kick. No, Styles carefully calls all of Taz’s moves because this is Taz’s character. Taz is supposed to be a serious wrestler that’s also a play on this new fad of UFC, so Styles is treating him like that. However, if such a move was done in a different match by someone other than Taz, Styles wouldn’t be commentating like this. Taz is special. Joey even gives an amazing kayfabe explanation for why he’s doing this because Taz told him a week ahead of time that he’s planning on doing a lot of judo. If Joey doesn’t correctly call all of these moves, Taz will “Break his fucking neck”. That’s gold, Jerry! Taz would predictably win with the Tazmission, which Styles naturally also refers to it by its proper name of the “Katahajime”. Taz is such a highlight of these 1996 shows. ** ¼

    After the match, Taz grabbed the mic and called Sabu out for being too scared to fight him before running down the crowd some. Taz tells the fans to “Fuck off” and promptlyleft. Taz is god.

    Bubba Ray Dudley w/The Dudleys vs Jimmy Del Ray w/Mr. Hughes
    Joining Bubba are Big Dick, Sign Guy, Chubby, and Dances with Dudley. At the end of 1995, The Heavenly Bodies joined ECW and immediately became members of Raven’s Nest. At the time, The Dudleys were also members of the Nest. For one reason or another, Heavenly Bodies ended up attacking Bubba Ray at December to Dismember ‘95, probably because he was dancing with Public Enemy, Heavenly Bodies’ opponents for the night. This ended up triggering The Dudleys leaving Raven’s Nest and embracing their babyface side fully. Before The Dudleys/Heavenly Bodies feud could lead to any matches, Tom Prichard, fresh off of an one off match at Survivor Series 1995, ended up being re-hired by the WWE, leaving Del Ray by himself. I’m guessing this match ended up sucking pretty badly because it’s only shown in clip form. I know it’s not a WWE Network edit since this is how it appears on the original home video. We’re just shown a few random spots with the match looking perfectly fine. Bubba would win with a DDT. Not Rated.

    After the match The Dudleys and Mr. Hughes/Del Ray are having a face off in the ring when Mr. Hughes announces that he’s found someone to fix Bubba Ray’s speech problem. That brought out the returning Shane Douglas, last seen in ECW back at Hardcore Heaven when he was choke slammed out of the company by 911, allowing him to join the WWE. Douglas announces that he’s back in ECW, slaps Bubba Ray, and somewhat plays his Dean Douglas character. This segment was such a mess. You have the surprise return of one of ECW’s top stars, only to bring him back as part of some random lowcard program where he comes across as a heel, despite the fact that he’s meant to be a face now? If all he was going to do for his return was to cut a promo announcing his return, he should have came out and been in the ring alone.

    Up next is quite possibly the most iconic non-wrestling segment in ECW history. Joey Styles is in the ring with Stevie Richards, The Blue Meanie, and Beulah McGillicutty. Stevie is feeling on top of the world now that he received a kiss from Missy Hyatt on a recent episode of Hardcore TV. He now wants to be referred to as ‘Studley’ Stevie Richards. With this newly found confidence, Richards announces that Raven has been on a bender for a month so since Beulah hasn’t been receiving any loving lately, he’s going to do her a favor and give her a kiss. Beulah isn’t interested though causing Stevie to beg some out of fear that this scene is making him look bad to Missy Hyatt. When Stevie continues to try and force a kiss, Beulah drops the first of three bombshells - she’s pregnant. This causes Raven to run out and get in Beulah’s face, calling her stupid for getting herself knocked up. This sets up the second bombshell of this segment - Raven isn’t the father. Oh shit! Raven immediately attacks Stevie, suspecting his buddy to be responsible for this, but after Beulah screams that it’s not Stevie’s either, she drops the biggest bombshell of all - “It’s Tommy’s…” Raven grabs Beulah by the throat, but Tommy Dreamer runs out to the ring to start brawling with Raven. Raven is laid out with a shot from a stop sign and given a piledriver on a blueberry pie. Dreamer and Beulah leave together ending what remains one of the most fun segments in ECW history. This segment remains amazing to this day. Everything is just perfect. From Stevie’s early over confidence because of one stupid kiss from Missy Hyatt, to each of the bombshells that Beulah announced. In the mid to late 90s, wrestling companies tried creating their own Jerry Springer-like segments, but nothing captured that spirit quite as well as this one did.

    How is anything supposed to follow THAT?

    The Sandman © w/Woman vs Konnan - ECW World Title
    This would mark Konnan’s final match with ECW. He had only been with the company since October 1995, stopping by a handful of times, but serving the bigger role as the reason for why the likes of Rey Mysterio Jr, Juventud Guerrera, Psychosis, and La Parka came into ECW in 1995 in the first place. The fact that Konnan had already signed with WCW meant the ECW crowd were immediately giving him a hard time, hating on Konnan throughout the match. I wouldn’t say that it’s the sole reason why the match sucked, but it certainly didn’t help. It was a total clash of styles, Konnan trying to work a mat based style early on and then Sandman wanted to just throw punches for the majority of the bout. Konnan was busted open pretty badly which Joey Styles claimed was a re-opening of a wound caused in AAA. Sandman would use the Singapore cane a bunch of times before Rey Mysterio Jr. popped up to toss Konnan a Singapore cane of his own. There’s a big battle of the Singapore canes that is a little fun before both men are knocked out. The referee began his ten count with Sandman making it back to his feet (Thanks to Woman dragging him by his hair) while Konnan is unable to do so. Sandman wins this shit match. The match looked terrible on paper, but moreso than terrible, it was just boring. *

    Sabu vs Stevie Richards w/The Blue Meanie
    On paper, this looked oddly interesting despite the fact that I mostly just see people trashing the match in other reviews. Watching it, I feel it’s pretty great. It felt like Richards’ coming out party where he showed that he can be more than just a goofy lackey. Even during his entrance, Joey Styles noted that Richards was acting more serious than normal. Throughout the match, Richards got in plenty of offense and had The Blue Meanie there to interfere whenever Sabu got in too much offense. There’s plenty of weapon spots including broken tables and Meanie at times laid out with a chair shot. Late in the match, Sabu’s former manager, Paul E. Dangerously came out to the ring to attack The Blue Meanie and to help cheer on Sabu. I’m not entirely sure when Heyman stopped being a manager, but I believe it was sometime in 1995 after previously managing the likes of Taz, Sabu, and 911. What’s really impressive is that Stevie didn’t solely depend on The Blue Meanie to hang in there with Sabu, sometimes he managed to handle it himself such as a great Stevie Kick spot where Sabu had sent Richards into the corner to allow for a Sabu spot, but Richards surprised him with a LOUD Stevie Kick. In the end, Sabu got a chair from Paul E. and finished Richards off with an Atomic Arabain Facebuster. I imagine this match played a large role in Richards’ greater push towards the launch of the PPV era of ECW. *** ¾


    After the match, The Blue Meanie carried Stevie Richards in his arms to the back while a good portion of the crowd shows respect to him.

    The Public Enemy vs The Gangstas
    It was announced in late 1995 on Hardcore TV that The Public Enemy had signed with WCW and that this would be their final match. As expected, this was just a garbage match. Plenty of weapons were used with Grunge and New Jack spending a large portion of the match fighting outside of the ring. Mustafa is the only one who seemed to miss the memo that no one is meant to do any wrestling holds. Throughout the match, he applied a spinning toe hold, a Figure Four, a drop kick, and even a Vader Bomb through a table. While his partner is under the impression that this was a wrestling match, New Jack is diving off of the Eagle’s Nest to land on Grunge. Once everyone returned to the ring, the mindless fighting continued until Rocco Rock hit a top rope senton to Mustafa to win the match. The most positive thing I can say about the match is that before even seeing it, you know it’s going to be a mindless garbage match. It’s not good, but it also wasn’t boring unlike with what happened with Konnan/Sandman. Should Public Enemy go over in their last match with ECW? It’s debatable, but the fact that they did go over suggests how much Heyman and ECW appreciated Rocco and Grunge for all they did for the company. Still, it’s Gangstas vs Public Enemy, it wasn’t good. * ¾

    After the match, The Public Enemy got on the mic to properly say their goodbyes. The crowd showed them respect as they put over ECW.

    From there, we’re shown a montage featuring Public Enemy’s time in ECW. Plenty of wackiness and garbage spots. The comedy skits seem like they could be fun to binge through.

    Overall
    ECW kicked of 1996 with a fairly notable event. With the Monday Night War heating up, ECW was becoming a big target by both WCW and the WWE to score new wrestlers. One of the big notable events of this show is that it’s the farewell of The Public Enemy, losing them to WCW. Losing the team is hardly going to hurt ECW from a workrate perspective, but they were a huge part of ECW during the era after Heyman came in, but before the first PPV. House Party also features the ECW farewell of Konnan. Konnan is the opposite of Public Enemy where he wasn’t around long enough to leave an impact, but that also meant the ECW crowd didn’t have a reason to show respect in his exit. Although she’d stick around until the end of the month, Woman was about to return to WCW in the middle of the month, leading to her split from The Sandman and ECW exit as well. While Tom Prichard opting to cut short his ECW stint to return to the WWE in late 1995, the effects of it was shown here with Jimmy Del Ray forced to just use Mr. Hughes as backup in the failed feud with The Dudleys. Yet, despite losing all of these talents, the turnover is really high for this time period which means wrestlers are also often debuting/returning to ECW. In the case of House Party, we get two significant returns/debuts in Shane Douglas and RVD. Shane’s surprise return sucked. Watching his return segment so soon after watching Brian Pillman’s return at Cyberslam makes it look even worse in comparison. Luckily, they’d sort out the shit with Douglas once he forms an unlikely alliance with Tommy Dreamer due to similar foes, the war with Cactus Jack, and his eventual heel turn. RVD’s debut was great though. It’s just an undercard match, but RVD looked good and despite a rough initial reaction from the ECW crowd, by the end he won them over. Both Scorpio/Whipwreck and Sabu/Stevie ended up delivering. He’s not delivering strong matches, but the Taz character is possibly the best thing going in ECW at this point. Obviously, since this is an ECW event, there’s plenty of shit from the usual suspects of The Sandman and Public Enemy though. Despite all of this, the most memorable addition to House Party was the incredible segment featuring Beulah’s three revelations. I imagine most fans have already seen this segment, but it worked so well. It perfectly encapsulates this time period and it’s also something you just can’t replicate, especially in a different time period. Overall, House Party was a mostly fun show, but there’s matches and segments to skip over.
    Last edited by Jim; 07-23-2019 at 06:20 AM.

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    Mikey Whipwreck © vs 2 Cold Scorpio w/Woman - ECW TV Title
    It was just one week ago at Holiday Hell that Whipwreck defeated Scorpio to not only win the TV Title, but also Scorpio and Sandman’s ECW Tag Titles thanks to a little help from Cactus Jack. The storyline implication to this is that Cactus “Volunteered” to be the co-holder of the tag titles with Whipwreck which sorta makes Whipwreck a member of Raven’s Nest since Cactus is already a member. Whipwreck doesn’t want that and Raven isn’t thrilled either. The match is rather good with Scorpio in full on showboat mode. Multiple times in the match, he’d pull up Mikey during a cover, forcing the match to continue despite the fact that he seemingly had the match won multiple times. Every once in awhile, Mikey would mount a comeback making Scorpio pay for his light treatment of the champion. Joey Styles did a swell job of informing the viewer that it was this same attitude that played a role in Scorpio losing the TV Title in the first place at Holiday Hell. Even Woman is screaming at Scorpio to just pin him at points. So it seems pretty clear that this is going to end up being a disaster for Scorpio in the end. Ultimately, there’s a ref bump leading to Raven running in. It’s in this moment, that it’s a complete redo from Holiday Hell, except with it being Raven running in during a ref bump instead of Foley. Instead of laying Scorpio out with a DDT like Cactus did, Raven instead lays out Mikey with the DDT. Scorpio’s confused, but he uses the opportunity to climb to the top rope and nail his moonsault leg drop to pin Mikey once the referee wakes up to become the NEW ECW TV Champion. I imagine watching this and the Holiday Hell match back to back makes for a great watch with how closely the two stories are connected. Scorpio could be so damn good at this point and he easily carried Mikey to a thrilling match. You could argue that Mikey’s week long reign was too short, but ECW seemed to really relish these short reigns. As long as there’s a clear story to a championship reign, I wouldn’t hurt it against ECW for booking such short reigns. *** ½
    Yeah, this is really good. 2 Cold was great and the whole deal with him doing all his flashy shit worked as he was the cocky heel beating up his wimpy underdog opponent. Off my head, this might be Whipwreck's best match.

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    Re: ECW House Party 1996 Review

    Fucking loving these prime ECW reviews Jim. Hopefully you get the chance to do Big Ass Extreme Bash, The Dr. Is In, two great ECW shows from that era

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShinobiMusashi View Post
    Fucking loving these prime ECW reviews Jim. Hopefully you get the chance to do Big Ass Extreme Bash, The Dr. Is In, two great ECW shows from that era
    Coincidentally, the WWE Network has neither show. Not that it really matters though, but it'd be nice if they were so readily available like that.

    We'll see how long I'm in an ECW mood for though. I did end up downloading Big Ass Extreme Bash, but I was surprised to see that it's a two night event, but it seems like a lot of night one is highlights. If I get that far, I may just get a little choosy in what I end up watching from that show, skipping the matches that seem to be highlights and just focusing on the full ones.

    Considering how far away The Doctor is In, who knows if I'll make it. However, if I don't end up making it, you can still check out this mini-review for The Doctor is In with past reviews.

    Dr. Death and Tommy Dreamer w/Beulah vs Brian Lee and Taz w/Fonzie and Team Taz - The Doctor is In
    Billed as a dream partners match with Dreamer and Lee selecting special partners for this bout. Dreamer was originally going to select Terry Funk, but after Lee injured Terry Gordy with his own Asiatic Spike, Gordy gave Dreamer the number for Dr. Death. With this being Williams’ debut in ECW, he got a pretty good reaction. A bit impressive to me just because you’d have to go back to 88-89 for the last time Dr. Death had a lengthy stay on American television. Since then, he had mostly worked All Japan tours and only worked brief periods for US TV for WCW in 1992 and random Herb Abrams UWF. Since this is Dr. Death’s debut match, I do find it a little underwhelming in terms of the attention Williams received in the story of the match. The match featured Dreamer being Tazplexed off of the Crow’s Nest through tables, Fonzie and Beulah fighting, and Lee getting the pinfall on Dreamer following the Primetime Slam (Choke slam) on a garbage can. It just seemed to me that Dr. Death’s surprise debut was hardly among the bigger aspects about this. It’s still a fun little brawl to take place in the larger Lee/Dreamer program, which was a chapter of the much larger Raven/Dreamer program. We got a short sequence between Dr. Death and Taz to tease a future match not to mention the idea that with Dr. Death in ECW, we may be able to see Williams and Gordy together at a future point. ** ½

    Chris Jericho vs 2 Cold Scorpio - The Doctor is In
    Holy shit, there's a lot of Scorpio on this disc. This would be Jericho's farewell match. This earns him some lame "You sold out" chants despite being the babyface. This was entertaining, but not amazing. Scorpio controlled the first half while Jericho handled the second. The result is a back-and-forth battle with both guys taking stiff moves. I especially loved Scorpio's boots to Jericho's chest. They really looked brutal and Jericho being sent backwards created a cool image. They build a whole story of neither man being able to hit their big moves (Scorpio's Moonsault and Jericho's Lionsault). This eventually builds up to Scorpio surprising everyone and hitting a shooting star press for the win. Solid match, but they weren't fooling anyone in trying to have a Guerrero/Malenko epic sort of match. ***
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    Considering the Jericho/Scorpio match review is from 2011, I'll probably re-watch the match to give it a better review, but the tag match is just from 2017 so it will be fine for a copy and a pate.

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    Re: ECW House Party 1996 Review

    God damn this review really got me in an ECW state of mind, I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since I read this. The Beaulah's pregnant segment is so funny to me now. The way Raven acts is just drop dead hilarious. It's about the worst possible reaction a dude could ever have when finding out his girl is pregnant, the line he says "What are you stupid?! The pills says one day at a time moron!" That shit has me rolling on the floor every time, classic ECW line.

    Really liked how you touched on what was special about Taz at this point(and maybe in the other reviews). His 1996 run was about as bad ass as it gets. Growing up a big fan of the UFC/martial arts from this era Taz's whole year in ECW in 96 just tickles me pink, it was just about one of the most awesome things ever done in pro wrestling from a character standpoint.

    And I loved that you were as kind to Sabu vs Stevie with your rating, damn near giving it 4 stars. I think I gave that match an 8/10 in my review years ago. Stevie is pretty underrated. His arc from what he started out as in 94 to what he ended up as by Barely Legal is one of the more interesting things that stuck out to me when I watched through this period.

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    Re: ECW House Party 1996 Review

    Quote Originally Posted by ShinobiMusashi View Post
    The way Raven acts is just drop dead hilarious. It's about the worst possible reaction a dude could ever have when finding out his girl is pregnant, the line he says "What are you stupid?! The pills says one day at a time moron!" That shit has me rolling on the floor every time, classic ECW line.
    Raven does come across as a colossal asshole. There's also the fact that up until Beulah reveals that it's not his baby, he's not taking any of the blame.

    Really liked how you touched on what was special about Taz at this point(and maybe in the other reviews). His 1996 run was about as bad ass as it gets. Growing up a big fan of the UFC/martial arts from this era Taz's whole year in ECW in 96 just tickles me pink, it was just about one of the most awesome things ever done in pro wrestling from a character standpoint.
    Watching Taz here makes me a little disappointed with the booking of the Kama character in the WWE. The WWE started up this character months before ECW started Taz's new gimmick to play up the rising knowledge of UFC, only they failed to do anything with it. The Godfather was hardly a good worker, but I'm sure he could have pulled it off since it's mostly a gimmick of pure squashes while locking in judo holds. Instead, the WWE dubbed Kama "The Supreme Fighting Machine" and that was good enough for them.

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