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    Re: June BTBOTM - Extreme Championship Wrestling by Stojy

    Final card for Anarchy Rulz
    October 6th, 2002
    Los Angeles, California
    Grand Olympic Auditorium


    ECW World Heavyweight Championship Match:
    Jeff Jarrett (c) defends against The Sandman

    ECW World Television Championship Match;
    Three Way Dance:

    AJ Styles (c) vs. Jerry Lynn vs. The Amazing Red

    Christopher Daniels vs. Yoshihiro Tajiri

    Low Ki vs. Samoa Joe

    Best Two Out Of Three Falls:
    Bryan Danielson vs. Doug Williams

    Street Fight:
    Michael Shane vs. Paul London

    ECW World Tag Team Championship Match:
    CW Anderson and Justin Credible (c) defend against The Briscoes

    Special Challenge Match:
    Spanky vs. Super Crazy

    Questions
    What will be the longest match? TV Title match
    What will be the shortest match? Spanky vs Super Crazy
    Who will be first eliminated in the TV Championship Three Way Dance by who? Jerry Lynn by Amazing Red
    What will the end score be in the Two out of Three Falls match? 2-1
    Will there be any alignment changes (face/heel turns)? If so, who? None I can think of
    Will there be any surprise appearances/debuts? If so, who? The Harris Brother most likely to help Jeff Jarrett as they were a thing in TNA around this time (regrettably)


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    Re: July BTBOTM - Extreme Championship Wrestling by Stojy

    ECW Anarchy Rulz
    October 6th, 2002, Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California

    The show opens up with the cameras panning around the packed auditorium, those enthusiastic “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants being heard in the background as always. Despite no pyro, there’s a bit of a smoky haze in the air, and whilst the fans continue to go nuts, JOEY STYLES formally welcomes everybody to the show from up in the commentary position. Our voice of ECW then runs through the card tonight, paying special attention to the ECW Championship match between Jeff Jarrett and The Sandman, as well as the Three-Way Dance for the TV Title which will open up tonight’s proceedings.

    Match One
    ECW Television Championship;
    Three Way Dance:
    AJ Styles (c) vs. Jerry Lynn vs. The Amazing Red


    Once all three men are in the ring, the ref calls for the bell and an agitated Jerry Lynn immediately begins lecturing both men, talking about how they will respect him. He points his fingers in both his opponents faces, really laying it on thick, until AJ and Red share a knowing glance, and they both begin beating the hell out of Lynn!!! At first, they both come at him with a barrage of blows and all Lynn can do is cover up, until they begin spacing out their punches, both men pinballing Jerry around the ring. Eventually, the TV Champ lands a kill shot which causes Lynn to collapse to the canvas, but Styles and Red quickly drag him back up and throw him out of the ring.

    As Lynn gets his wits about him on the outside, there’s a huge ovation from the audience as AJ and Red now stare each other down. The two share another respectful nod, before AJ shoves Red in the chest and immediately runs to the ropes, before coming back straight into a Heel Kick from Red.

    The blow causes AJ to fall to the mat, when Red notices that Lynn is getting back to his feet on the outside. Of course, Jerry is yelling at the fans who’re cheering for his opponents… WHEN RED SPRINTS ACROSS THE RING… BEFORE LEAPING OVER THE ROPES WITH A PLANCHA!!!

    BUT LYNN MEETS HIM WITH A PUNT KICK TO THE GUT IN MID AIR!!!

    Immediately groans can be heard throughout the arena, from the fans and Red, as the amazing one clutches at his mid-section. Lynn gets a sinister smirk on his face, before quickly dragging Red to his feet… AND LYNN SENDS RED FLYING INTO THE CROWD BARRICADE WITH A BIEL TOSS!!!

    Another high impact move allows Lynn to leave Red laying, and now he rolls into the ring, turning his attention to the champ. AJ is still a little dazed after the heel kick, on his knees, only for Lynn to aggressively pie face him to the mat and begin stomping the life out of him. The veteran continues to go to work with stomps and kicks, with Styles doing his best to crawl towards the ropes, eventually pushing through the blows to make his way to his feet.

    Lynn looks a little shocked at first, before throwing a right hand, but AJ blocks, and fires back with a forearm of his own. Lynn swings again, but the champ blocks it a second time, landing another forearm, followed by a quick succession of forearms to rock Lynn. The shots continue to come thick and fast from Styles, backing Lynn into the ropes, before AJ takes a few steps back, and runs at Lynn, Clotheslining him over the top rope and to the outside.

    This time after landing on the outside (the opposite side to where Red is located), Lynn gets back to his feet rather quickly… BUT THIS TIME HE GETS DRILLED WITH THE PLANCHA… ONLY ITS FROM AJ STYLES!!!

    The first successful high risk move of the night gets a nice pop from the crowd, followed by the obligatory “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants. Knowing there’s no time to waste, AJ desperately drags Lynn back to his feet and rolls him back inside of the ring. The champ then heads to the apron, before climbing up to the top rope. Staying just out of AJ’s lateral vision, The Amazing Red has gotten onto the apron… AND RED LEAPS ONTO THE TOP ROPE… SPRINGBOARDING INTO A HURRICANRANA WHICH SENDS AJ FLYING OFF OF THE TOP ROPE AND ACROSS THE RING!!!

    That’s a bigger spot than the last one, meaning the “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants are that much louder and enthusiastic. On his knees, sensing his chance, RED CRAWLS ACROSS THE RING AND HOOKS AJ’S LEG…1…2…NO!!!

    JERRY LYNN LANDS AN ELBOW TO THE HEAD OF RED TO BREAK THE COUNT!!!

    Our audience seems a little confused with why Lynn would break up the count, and so does Joey Styles on commentary. Lynn however goes to work, dragging Red off of AJ and stomping the life out of him. As the brutal stomps continue, Lynn yells at Red, “DON’T YOU DARE STEAL MY OPPORTUNITY!!! I’M THE GUY WHO’S BEATING AJ TONIGHT”!!!

    Clearly unhappy with Red trying to still ‘his opportunity,’ when he’s had enough of the stomps, Lynn drags Red up, only to send him back to the canvas with a Scoop Slam. Now it’s Lynn’s turn to experience some high risk, as he heads to the apron and ascends up to the top rope. Once up top, Lynn looks down at Red… BEFORE JUMPING OFF THE TOP WITH A FLYING LEGDROP!!!

    WHICH CONNECTS WITH NOTHING BUT CANVAS AS RED ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY!!!

    With Lynn down and holding his hamstrings and, well, ass, Red quickly rebounds to his feet… AND DRILLS LYNN WITH A BUZZSAW KICK!!!

    With Lynn disposed of for the moment, Red senses his chance, climbing up to the top rope, but before he can get anything off, AJ pulls Red’s left foot out from under him. Red’s now crotched on the top rope, which allows AJ to land a few hard slaps to the chest, before climbing up the ropes himself. Once in the right position… AJ BEGINS LOOKING FOR A SUPERPLEX…

    SO RED BEGINS SWINGING WILD ELBOWS TO THE TEMPLE OF AJ… BREAKING HIS GRIP…

    AND THEN LYNN COMES FROM NOWHERE… POWERBOMBING AJ STYLES OFF OF THE MIDDLE ROPE!!!

    That gets some appreciation from the fans, whilst AJ now lies in the centre of the ring, in a fair bit of trouble. Instead of going in for the kill, Lynn now turns his attention towards Red, who’s seated in a precarious position on the top rope. Lynn climbs the top rope himself, adjusting the position of Red…AND LYNN GOES FOR HIS PATENTED SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!!!

    BUT RED GRABS THE ROPES TO HANG ON FOR DEAR LIFE… NOT ALLOWING LYNN TO COMPLETE THE MOVE!!!

    As Lynn continues to struggle to complete the move… RED USES THE ROPES TO PUSH OFF AND SEND LYNN ACROSS THE RING WITH A DESPERATION HURRICANRANA!!!

    The quickness of Red is on display as he’s on his feet as fast as lighting, whilst Lynn has just pushed off his knees, still hunched over. Red sees this…. AND SPRINTS TOWARDS LYNN…

    HITTING LYNN WITH THE CODE RED!!!

    RED REMAINS HOLDING LYNN… IN A PINNING POSITION…1…2…3!!!

    Elimination #1: Jerry Lynn @ 4:46

    There’s no rest for the wicked here, as well Lynn rolls to the outside and makes his way to the back, yelling at the fans as he does so, the match doesn’t slow down. The Amazing Red gets right back to his feet, only to notice AJ doing the same, and Red meets AJ with a bunch of stiff body kicks to keep him softened up. As Styles is forced to bend down and grab at his mid-section, Red bounces off the ropes, but when he comes back, Styles leapfrogs him. Red bounces off the ropes on the other side of the ring, but this time AJ drops to belly, forcing Red to jump over him. For the third and final time, Red bounces off the ropes… STRAIGHT INTO A STANDING DROPKICK FROM THE ATHLETIC CHAMPION!!!

    That blow does plenty of damage and from here the match slows down some, with AJ using a different tactic than normal. He focuses is on slow, grinding moves, doing all he can to keep Red on the mat. Red shows his resilience though and eventually fights out of a neck crank, getting back to his feet and landing some elbows to the gut to break AJ’s grip. Once free from Styles’ grip, Red lands a few hard kicks to the left knee of AJ. The champion is forced to grab at his leg for a moment, allowing Red to run the ropes and connect with a Swinging Hurricanrana!!!

    The momentum of the move sends AJ tumbling underneath the bottom rope and to the outside. Somehow, AJ doesn’t collapse to the floor, instead leaning on the crowd barricade for support… ONLY TO GET TAKEN DOWN BY RED COMING THROUGH THE ROPES WITH A SUICIDE DIVE!!!

    More of those famous “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants ring out again, as Red decides not to stay on the outside for long. He rolls AJ back into the ring, before getting onto the apron and waiting for his opponent to get back up. After a few moments, Styles does get back to his feet… SPRINGBOARD MISSILE DROPKICK TAKES STYLES BACK DOWN!!!

    RED MAKES THE COVER…1…2…NO!!! AJ MANAGES TO GET A SHOULDER UP!!!

    Outside of a minor shake of his head, Red doesn’t get deterred by the failed attempt, immediately bringing AJ back to his feet. The challenger lands a few right hands, backing Styles into the corner, before whipping him into the opposite corner of the ring. Red charges in after AJ, but AJ turns his body and raises his elbow, causing Red to charge face first into AJ’s elbow. As Red staggers away from the shot, AJ turns his back on Red… LOOKING TO SPRINGBOARD FOR THE PHENOMENON DDT!!!

    ONLY FOR RED TO LAND A DESPERATION DROPKICK TO AJ’S BACK… WHICH SENDS HIM FACE FIRST INTO THE RING POST!!!

    After the blow, AJ falls off the ropes and ends up flat on the canvas. Still checking on his own jaw, Red shakes out the cobwebs before climbing up to the top… AND RED COMES OFF THE TOP WITH A MOONSAULT!!!

    WHICH CONNECTS!!! RED STAYS ON TOP FOR THE COVER…1…2…NO!!! AJ GETS A SHOULDER UP AGAIN!!!

    This time when Red gets to his feet, Styles is a lot slower to try and do the same. Wanting to keep the momentum, Red forces AJ back up, only to immediately begin torturing him with some kicks to the body. Whilst the champ does all he can to remain standing, Red runs off the ropes, and looks for a Tilt-A-Whirl, when AJ simply tosses Red across the ring! Somehow, Red lands on his feet, although a little unsteadily, and AJ immediately wipes him out with a Spinning Heel Kick!

    Finally, Red has been put down and AJ remains down to, catching his breath and trying to recover from some of the shots he’s taken. After a few seconds, Styles does get back to his feet, and now it’s his turn to drag the battered Red back up to a vertical base. AJ does exactly that, but only to take him down with a Hangman’s Noose Neckbreaker!

    There’s surprisingly no pinfall attempt from the champ, instead he looks down at the stirring Red, before pointing towards the top turnbuckle. AJ patiently waits for Red to fight back to his feet, and when he does… AJ SPRINGBOARDS OFF OF THE TOP ROPE INTO A MOONSAULT… FALLING RIGHT INTO NAILING RED WITH A PHENOMENEN DDT!!!

    “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants greet the athleticism of AJ, AS STYLES MANEUVERS HIMSELF INTO A LATERAL PRESS…1…2…NO!!! THIS TIME RED GETS A SHOULDER UP!!!

    Now it’s AJ’s turn to look a little bewildered, glancing at the referee, who confirms it was a two count. ‘The Phenomenal One’ then gets back up, and sets Red up for a Powerbomb, getting him into the air… ONLY TO LOOK TO TRANSITION INTO POSITION FOR A STYLES CLASH!!!

    BUT RED FIGHTS HARD TO BRING HIMSELF UP AND OVER AJ’S HEAD… FALLING INTO A SUNSET FLIP…1…2…NO!!! AJ GETS OUT!!!

    Both men immediately bounce to their feet and charge at each other. AJ swings wildly with a Clothesline that Red is able to duck under, before bouncing off the ropes… AND COMING BACK WITH A SATELLITE DDT!!!

    RED HOOKS THE LEG…1…2…3!!! NO!!! AJ GETS A SHOULDER UP TO BREAK THE CLOSEST NEARFALL YET!!!

    The Amazing Red is quickly back to his feet, running off adrenaline as he steps to the apron, and climbs up to the top rope. He remains perched on top, until Styles fights back up… RED LEAPS OFF THE TOP FOR A FLYING HURRICANRANA!!!

    AJ CATCHES RED… AND LOOKS TO MANEUVER HIM INTO POSITION FOR THE STYLES CLASH!!!

    RED WRIGGLES LIKE CRAZY… SLIPPING OUT OF AJ’S GRIP AND LANDING ON HIS KNEES!!!

    Before AJ can react, Red uses his right arm to sweep both of AJ’s legs from under him. This causes Styles to take a rough bump, landing on his back, and Red leaps back to his feet… BEFORE LEAPING AGAIN TO LAND THE RED STAR PRESS!!!

    THE AMAZING RED STAYS ON TOP FOR THE COVER…1…2…3!!!

    NO!!! THE CHAMP JUST ROLLS A SHOULDER OFF THE MAT!!!

    Bouncing back up, the exciting and excited Red gets right back up onto the top rope. This time he doesn’t wait for Styles to get up, LEAPING OFF WITH THE INFARED!!!

    BUT AJ ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY!!!

    Red connects with nothing but canvas and now both men are down, allowing the audience a chance to take a breath. The match has really started to take its toll now, with both men taking a fairly long time to get back to their feet, however they both do at roughly the same time. The two meet in the centre of the ring, trading punches, only for AJ to get on top, landing some punches, and then grabbing the neck of Red to bring him in close for some hammering forearms.

    With Red seemingly dazed, AJ looks for the Rolling Lariat, but he rolls straight into a Sidekick to the stomach from the resourceful Red. AJ bends over, gasping for air… SO RED CHARGES AT HIM… LOOKING FOR THE CODE RED… BUT AJ SWINGS RED’S LEGS BACK… REVERSING INTO A MODIFIED BACK BODY DROP!!!

    After a pretty rough landing from Red, AJ drags him up… AND AJ GETS HIM IN POSITION FOR THE STYLES CLASH AGAIN!!!

    RED SHOWS TREMENDOUS CORE STRENGTH… BRINGING HIMSELF UP AND TURNING THE STYLES CLASH INTO A SNAP RANA!!!

    RED LANDS ON TOP OF AJ… AND STAYS ON TOP FOR THE PIN…1…2…3!!!



    NO!!! ANOTHER SHOULDER UP FROM AJ!!!

    The fans can’t help but applaud Red after that, whilst on commentary, Joey Styles mentions that Red clearly has the Styles Clash well scouted. Well and truly in control now, Red gets back up, keeping a watchful eye on AJ, and when Styles gets up… RED RUNS AT AJ BEFORE JUMPING…

    THIS TIME HE CONNECTS WITH THE CODE RED…

    AND HE KEEPS AJ PACKAGED FOR THE COVER…1…2…3!!!





    NO!!! STYLES GETS A SHOULDER OFF THE MAT AGAIN!!!

    For the first time tonight, Red really shows his frustration, questioning the ref and shaking his head in disbelief. He’s quick to snap out of it, instead planning his next form of attack. Red waits for AJ to basically crawl his way to his feet, and when he does, Red takes him down with a Windmill Enzuiguri!

    This time Red doesn’t wait for AJ, dragging up his dead weight, and placing him in a seated position on the top rope. Red climbs up after the champion, landing a few right hands in the process to keep him under control. Once Red is where he wants to be… RED LEAPS OFF THE TOP… LOOKING FOR A FRANKENSTEINER!!!

    BUT AJ HOLDS ON TO RED… SLOWLY TRYING TO POSITION HIM FOR A STYLES CLASH!!!

    RED USES CORE STRENGTH TO FIGHT HIS WAY UP, BASICALLY PERFORMING A MODIFIED SIT UP…

    AND HE FORCES THE FRANKENSTEINER FROM THE TOP ROPE!!!

    AJ ROLLS THROUGH INTO A SUNSET FLIP…1…2…3!!!





    !!!

    Elimination #2: The Amazing Red @ 15:05

    Winner: AJ Styles @ 15:05


    After the bell rings, amongst the cheers from the fans, AJ Styles struggles to his feet, being on the bad end of that match for a majority of the contest. Once he’s up, the referee raises his hand and gives him the TV Title. ‘The Phenomenal One’ raises the title above his head, allowing the fans a kodak moment, whilst Red remains on his knees.

    The Amazing Red runs his hands over his head, clearly distressed, before getting up and approaching AJ. Reds nods at AJ, and puts his hand out, and Styles immediately accepts the offer. The two share a nice handshake, before AJ actually raises Red’s hand in the air, really putting over his effort here tonight.

    Red thanks AJ and the fans, only to look at AJ and say, “I’LL BE COMING FOR YOU AGAIN REAL SOON”! Styles nods, looking as if he’ll enjoy it, as Red finally leaves, allowing the champ to have the squared circle to himself. AJ continues to celebrate with the title…

    UNTIL HE’S CHEAP SHOTTED FROM BEHIND BY
    JERRY LYNN!!!

    Lynn has appeared out of nowhere, and being the much fresher man, he’s able to pummel Styles, keeping him down on the mat. With AJ defenceless at his point, Lynn shoves AJ’s head between his legs… AND CONNECTS WITH THE CRADLE PILEDRIVER!!!

    It’s easily the loudest heat of the night so far, as Lynn looks down at AJ on the canvas, before picking up the discarded TV Title. He stares deep into the title, perhaps seeing his reflection in it, before he yells “I DESERVE THIS”! Lynn points to himself as he keeps repeating those same words, trying to convince the audience who clearly disagrees.

    With AJ down, and Red nowhere to be found, Lynn straps the title around his waist… AND LEAVES THE RING WITH IT!!! The champ can’t stop him, and the heat is tremendous as Jerry Lynn storms up the ramp and to the back, having seemingly stolen the ECW Television Championship…



    We now head to the commentary position, where
    JOEY STYLES looks pretty unhappy with what we’ve just seen.

    Joey Styles: What a terrible act by Jerry Lynn. He talks about wanting respect but then after losing, he attacks the champion and steals the Television Championship. It’s hard to respect somebody after they d-…

    ‘The Voice of ECW’ suddenly pauses and purses his lips, because appearing next to him is the leader of The Network, CYRUS. With a major smile on his face, clearly trying to irritate Joey, Cyrus takes a seat next to him and places on the spare headset that happened to be hanging around. There’s an awkward moment of silence where the two stare at each other, clearly some tension there, before Cyrus breaks it.

    Cyrus: Sorry to interrupt, Joey. I know you’re doing your best but I’ll be joining you on commentary for the rest of the night. It’s nothing personal, we just want to make sure The Network’s message is properly sent out to the world.

    Styles looks quite displeased, shaking his head but clearly biting his tongue. The arrogant smirk getting even bigger, Cyrus continues.

    Cyrus: Okay, you want to sit there and give me that look. Well, I lied. It is personal, you have heat with the office, kid.

    The condescending tone makes Joey hate Cyrus that much more, but he can’t do a thing about it.

    Cyrus: There’s been some talks about wholesale changed to the entire ECW product and that includes commentary. To be frank, you’re on the chopping block. So, I suggest you remove that look from your face and you better shape up well I’m out here.

    Joey still doesn’t say anything, damn near trembling with anger. Sensing the effect he’s having, Cyrus is all giddy, enjoying himself far too much.

    Cyrus: That’s enough doom and gloom, let’s focus on the positives. We’re live here for Anarchy Rulz and I guarantee you it’s going to be a real big night.

    During the conversation between Joey and Cyrus, the competitors for the next contest have made their way to the ring so let’s get to it…

    Match Two
    Spanky vs. Super Crazy

    Being the loyal ECW man that he is, Super Crazy gets a really nice ovation from the fans, whilst Spanky’s is still positive, but leaning more towards a mixed reaction. As the two stare each other down in the centre of the ring, a pretty passionate “SUPER CRAZY”, “SUPER CRAZY”, “SUPER CRAZY” chant kicks off. On commentary, Cyrus is irritated by the fans behaviour as Joey Styles explains that ECW have the smartest fans in the world. They are showing their appreciation for Super Crazy and his loyalty to ECW, because Spanky has signed a developmental contract with the World Wrestling Federation. As a matter of fact, this will be Spanky’s last match in ECW.

    Some of the fans clearly still want to cheer for Spanky, whilst there’s others that aren’t impressed, but it doesn’t look like Spanky is going to change his mannerisms. Despite the tension between the two competitors due to some failed attempts at teaming together, they shake hands before preparing for their face vs. face battle.

    They start off with some pretty elementary chain and mat wrestling, feeling each other out. Crazy is able to get the advantages in these exchanges, so Spanky tries to separate, but Crazy clings on and ends up getting Spanky in a Headscissors. As fast as Crazy is, Spanky might be that much quicker, so the Mexican looks quite content to keep Spanky grounded and slow the pace of the match.

    It doesn’t last long though as Spanky is able to kick himself out of the Headscissors and beat Crazy back up to his feet. Immediately, Super Crazy is on the back foot, as Spanky takes him down with a few Arm Drags, followed by a Dropkick, which sends Crazy staggering into the ropes. A dazed Crazy stumbles back towards Spanky, who lands a second Dropkick, which again sends Crazy tumbling into the ropes. The ropes somehow keep Crazy standing, so Spanky jumps up for a third Dropkick, this one finally sending Crazy down to the canvas. The youngster drops to his knees, looking to make a pin attempt, but Crazy shows his experience, rolling underneath the bottom rope and to the outside.

    Normally, the man on the outside would receive some abuse from the fans, but the ECW crowd decides to encourage Super Crazy. He just seems to want to take a breather, a little shocked by the pace of Spanky, but as Crazy tries to regain his composure… SPANKY COMES FLYING OVER THE TOP ROPE WITH A PLANCHA!!!

    Spanky nails the unsuspecting Crazy with that one, and the fans greet him with an “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chant. Knowing the extreme environment he finds himself in, Spanky is quick to get back to his feet, and roll Crazy into the ring. Once back inside of the ring, now it’s Spanky’s turn to want to keep Crazy grounded. The slower pace worked earlier for Crazy, but now that Spanky’s already in control, he’s able to implement his will on his more experienced opponent. After beating on Crazy for a little bit, Spanky locks in a Surfboard submission attempt, but just gets booed from the fans.

    After breaking the hold, Spanky shakes his head at the audience, who have admittedly been getting more and more against him as the match progresses. Spanky flips the crowd the bird before arrogantly flipping his hair, before he begins stomping the life out of Crazy. Spanky then grabs Crazy by the head and slaps him across the face. This draws plenty of heat from the crowd, who are clearly behind Crazy now.

    The cocky slap from Spanky may have been the worst thing he could have done, as it seems to have awoken Crazy. Super Crazy shoves Spanky away, almost hulking up as he fights back to his feet. With the crowd getting louder, Spanky is in shock, before charging at Crazy, but he runs straight into some vicious Knife Edged Chops. With Spanky reeling, Crazy sends him to the ropes, and takes him down with a Tilt A Whirl Backbreaker!

    Arching and grabbing at his back in agony, Spanky literally shrieks as he rolls underneath the bottom rope and to the outside. Now that it’s Spanky’s time to take a breather, the fans get on his case, but he just leans on the apron, exhausted, until Crazy takes him out with a Baseball Slide Dropkick!

    The blow sends Spanky crashing into the crowd barricade, whilst Super Crazy steps through the ropes and onto the apron himself. Spanky is slumped against the barricade, eventually pushing himself back to his feet… ONLY FOR CRAZY TO TAKE HIM OUT WITH AN ASAI MOONSAULT!!!

    This time its Crazy’s high risk move that garners some “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants from the fans. Crazy lands a little awkwardly and probably spends a little longer on the concrete floor than he would like, but eventually battles back to his feet. The veteran picks up Spanky and rolls him back inside of the ring. Crazy takes another moment to recover, before getting onto the apron and climbing up to the top rope, only for Spanky to explode and sweep Crazy’s leg, crotching him onto the top rope.

    Groans come from the fans and Crazy as his balls cop a blow, meanwhile Spanky begins climbing up to the top rope. After getting up, Spanky lands a few right hands on the defenceless Crazy… AND SPANKY THEN COMES OFF THE TOP WITH A FRANKENSTEINER!!!

    Another “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chant gets started up, as Spanky is forced to crawl across the ring to reach the body of Crazy. SPANKY MAKES THE PIN…1…2…NO!!! CRAZY GETS A SHOULDER UP!!!

    There are some signs of frustration from Spanky after that, as he glares at the ref, before roughly pulling Crazy to his feet by the hair. Spanky simply sends Crazy back down to the canvas with a Scoop Slam, before heading to the top rope yet again. Spanky takes a moment when perched on top… SPANKY LEAPS OFF THE TOP… AND CONNECTS WITH A FROG SPLASH!!!

    Spanky grabs at his mid-section, selling the blow, BEFORE HOOKING A LEG…1…2…NO!!! ANOTHER SHOULDER UP FROM SUPER CRAZY!!!

    Despite supposedly being the heel in this scenario, it’s clear Spanky’s move set at this point is based around being a good guy with all the exciting, high risk. Trying to mix things up, an irritated Spanky begins kicking Crazy in the ribs, sending him tumbling towards the corner of the ring. Once Crazy’s in a position that Spanky is happy with, Spanky leaps up and sits himself onto the top rope. He then reaches down and grabs the head of Crazy, getting him in a Front Facelock… SPANKY THEN LEAPS OFF WITH A TORNADO DDT!!!

    BUT CRAZY SHOWS STRENGTH… THROWING SPANKY ACROSS THE RING!!!

    SPANKY LANDS ON HIS FEET…

    BUT CRAZY IS THERE TO DROPKICK HIS KNEES OUT!!!

    Spanky falls to his knees… CRAZY LANDS A BUZZSAW KICK!!!

    Full of adrenaline, Crazy immediately grabs Spanky… AND DRILLS HIM WITH A LIGER BOMB!!!

    CRAZY KEEPS SPANKY PACKAGED FOR THE COVER…1…2…NO!!! NOW IT’S SPANKY’S TURN TO ROLL A SHOULDER OFF THE MAT!!!

    Even though that didn’t put Spanky away, the sudden run from Crazy gets a nice ovation from the fans. Super is the one being relentless now, as he pulls Spanky back up, only to send him back to the mat with a Scoop Slam. Super Crazy now runs towards the corner… BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A BOTTOM ROPE MOONSAULT!!!

    Ignoring the pain from the impact of the blow, Crazy is right back, and runs towards the corner… MIDDLE ROPE MOONSAULT CONNECTS!!!

    One more time, Crazy is up and running towards the ropes, he leaps up… TOP ROPE MOONSAULT CONNECTS!!!

    WITH THE CANVAS AS SPANKY MANAGES TO ROLL OUT OF THE WAY!!!

    Crazy tries to bounce back to his feet, but is clearly labouring, grabbing at his stomach and ribs… SO SPANKY QUICKLY GETS AN OKLAHOMA ROLL…1…2…NO!!! CRAZY BATTLES OUT!!!

    Still, Crazy is in trouble after the missed Moonsault, and is only able to make it to a knee, by the time Spanky gets to his feet. Spanky waits a moment for Crazy to get up, and then drills him with a Step Up Enzuiguri! With Crazy sprawled out on the mat, barely moving, Spanky steps through the ropes, and begins his way up to that familiar top rope yet again. SPANKY JUMPS OFF THE TOP ROPE… FLYING ELBOW DROP CONNECTS!!!

    WITH THE CANVAS… AS THIS TIME CRAZY ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY!!!

    Both men remain down after that, feeling the effects of the match so far. Crazy is the first one back to his feet, and he waits for Spanky to get up, who does, albeit clutching his arm. When Spanky turns to face Crazy, the Mexican connects with a Swinging DDT! CRAZY IMMEDIATELY MAKES THE COVER…1…2…NO!!! SHOULDER UP FROM SPANKY!!!

    Taking a deep breath, maintaining his composure, Crazy is back up to his feet, and he brings Spanky up to. SUPER CRAZY HOISTS SPANKY UP FOR A BRAINBUSTER!!!

    BUT SPANKY WRIGGLES FREE AND LANDS BEHIND CRAZY!!!

    SPANKY LOOKS FOR THE SLICED BREAD #2!!!

    BUT CRAZY MANAGES TO PUSH SPANKY AWAY… CAUSING HIM TO BACK INTO THE CORNER!!!

    Crazy charges in after Spanky but runs straight into a boot to the face. With Crazy checking his teeth, spaghetti legged… SPANKY HOOKS HIM UP FOR SLICED BREAD #2 AGAIN!!!

    BUT CRAZY SHOWS TREMENDOUS STRENGTH… ALMOST THROWING SPANKY OVER HIS HEAD WITH A MODIFIED BACK SUPLEX!!!

    SPANKY LANDS ON HIS FEET!!!

    Trying to build more momentum, Spanky runs off the ropes but runs straight into a Dropkick from a charging forward, Super Crazy. The impact is vicious as the fans react accordingly, but Crazy wastes no time. He drags Spanky back up… AND THIS TIME CRAZY IS ABLE TO CONNECT WITH THE BRAINBUSTER!!!

    SUPER CRAZY HOOKS THE LEG…1…2…NO!!! SPANKY GETS THE SHOULDER UP YET AGAIN!!!

    Spanky shows his resilience but showing no mercy, Crazy drags him right back up. Spanky seems barely able to defend himself now, so Crazy puts Spanky’s head between his legs, getting him up in the air, and sends him crashing to the canvas with a Powerbomb! Spanky isn’t moving, the match is probably over, but instead of going for the cover, Crazy wants to make sure of it. He heads to the corner and ascends to the top rope… SUPER CRAZY LEAPS OFF WITH A MOONSAULT!!!

    AND THIS TIME IT CONNECTS WITH SPANKY!!!

    CRAZY STAYS ON TOP FOR THE COVER…1…2…3!!!

    Winner: Super Crazy @ 9:31

    After what has been a tough period in terms of the win/loss ratio, Super Crazy looks more relieved than anything else after the match. He gets up and graciously has his hand raised by the referee, before heading to different corners of the ring to celebrate. The fans give him quite a respectful ovation, and Crazy soaks in the moment, before making his way towards the back.

    All of the spotlight has been on Super Crazy, but now that he makes it to the back, his music cuts off. Our cameras once again focus on the inside of the ring, where an exhausted Spanky defiantly refuses the referees help, and pulls himself up to his feet. Once his up, albeit still a little dazed, he takes a look around the arena, and he gets a BIG ovation from the extreme fans.

    Spanky mouths “THANK YOU” to the fans, appreciating being appreciated, before he slowly turns to face each side of the ring, giving a little bow as he does so. Whilst the feel-good moment continues, suddenly the fans begin to stir, and Spanky looks a little confused, so he turns around to see what the commotion is about…

    BUT HE TURNS STRAIGHT INTO A SUPERKICK… FROM
    MICHAEL SHANE!!!

    There is major heat from the fans as the smug Shane looks down at Spanky, having owned him throughout his time in ECW, and now one final time tonight. Amongst the boos from the crowd, Shane now stands over Spanky, performing the ‘HBK’ bicep post to even more heat.

    “FUCK YOU”, “FUCK YOU”, “FUCK YOU” chants are directed at Shane…

    WHEN HE GETS SPEARED TO THE MAT BY
    PAUL LONDON!!!

    A furious London has come to get him some of Michael Shane, but also to rescue his best friend. Much to the delight of the fans, London goes wild, nailing lefts and rights to Shane, until Shane manages to roll London off of him.

    The two are immediately to their feet, and the referee who is still in the ring for the last match, decides to start tonight’s scheduled Street Fight right now…


    Match Three
    Street Fight:
    Michael Shane vs. Paul London


    After the initial attack, both men bounce to their feet, and there’s no hesitation as they charge towards each other. They meet in the centre of the ring, grabbing at each other’s necks with left hands, and swinging haymakers with their rights. It’s a god damn hockey fight to start things off! Both men continue to go to town, neither wanting to lose this battle, until Shane’s punches start to lose their sting, and he wobbles more and more with each shot from London. The fans begin to cheer loudly because London just keeps throwing strikes, letting out all of his aggression and not showing any signs of fatigue. After even more shots, London keeps hold of Shane’s neck and tosses him outside of the ring.

    It’s still early in the match so despite copping a bunch of shots, Shane is back to his feet rather quickly… ONLY FOR LONDON TO TAKE HIM BACK DOWN WITH A PLANCHA OVER THE TOP!!!

    Immediately “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants break out, as the frenetic pace of the match continues, with London mounting Shane and mauling him on the outside. The next few moments consist of London just battering Shane on the outside, landing a lot of punches and kicks, whilst throwing him into the apron, crowd barricade and whatever else he can find that does damage. With Shane down, London pays special attention to the Timekeeper’s table, dragging it away from the ring so that it’s not positioned right up against the ring apron.

    Once it’s seemingly in the position he likes, the vengeful London drags Shane back to his feet, and rams him face first into the table. Shane’s legs buckle upon impact, but London rams his face into the table again… and again… and again… all the way up until TEN TIMES as the crowd count along. On the final shot, London uses a bit more strength, actually throwing Shane’s body forward so he’s now sprawled out on the table. London hits a couple more right hands for good measure, before climbing onto the ring apron.

    When he gets onto the apron, London surveys the unmoving body of Shane, but shakes his head. Not feeling high enough, London begins climbing up to the top rope, which gets a huge pop from the fans. They know something crazy is about to go down, but the mood immediately changes as Shane manages to roll off the table, maintain his feet and climb onto the ring apron himself.

    Stuck in a rather awkward position, London tries to land some desperate right hands as Shane approached, but one shot from Shane knocks London severely off balance. Sensing his moment… MICHAEL SHANE GRABS LONDON AND THROWS HIM OFF THE TOP ROPE… SENDING HIM CRASHING BACK FIRST INTO THE CROWD BARRICADE!!!

    London landed flush on the barricade with the middle of his back, almost being broken in half in the process. As the fans chant “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, London rolls around the floor in absolute agony. Being the terrible man that he is, the descendant of Shawn Michaels can’t help but smirk at his handiwork, before jumping off of the apron and back to the floor.

    There are no signs of recovery from London at this stage, and this allows Shane to take a bit of a breather, jaw jack with the fans, but make sure he’s all good after being on the receiving end of an initial onslaught.

    Slowly but surely, Shane approaches London and drags him up by the hair, only to use his shoulder to ram London right back into the crowd barricade. London screams on impact, and Shane rams him into the barricade a few more times, inflicting as much damage as possible. The victim in all of this, London arches his back and drops to his knees, but the relentless Shane is quick to pick him back up and roll him into the ring.

    The cockiness from Shane is really growing now, as he tells the fans that “NOW I’M GONNA’ DO WHAT I SAID AND RUN THIS BITCH OUT OF THIS PLACE. I ALREADY GOT RID OF SPANKY”!!! Obviously, that gets some heat from the fans, but Shane simply chuckles to himself, before finding an unused steel chair at ringside. Shane holds the chair in front of his chest, again turning to smirk at the fans, wasting far too much time… AND LONDON COMES OUT OF NOWHERE WITHN A CROSSBODY SUICIDA WHICH SENDS THE CHAIR CRASHING INTO SHANE’S CHEST… AND SENDS SHANE CRASHING INTO THE CROWD BARRICADE!!!

    The hatred between these two is clear, neither refusing to stay down for a long period of time, as London changes the momentum yet again. Plenty of “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants go up for the epic spot, as now Shane is the one feeling his back on the outside. Still hobbling slightly, London picks up the steel chair and slides it into the ring. He then turns his attention towards Shane, picking him up, only to hammer away at him with some more right hands.

    Somehow, Shane remains on his feet, but London doesn’t seem to mind as he rolls Shane back inside of the ring. After taking a deep breath, London slowly steps onto the ring apron to get back into the ring, but as he leans through the ropes… SHANE THROWS THE STEEL CHAIR… AND IT NAILS LONDON RIGHT IN THE HEAD!!!

    From the canvas, Shane thinks fast, having been somewhat lucky to be rolled into the ring and right next to the chair. More of those famous “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” calls can be heard for the sickening impact, as London simply loses all self-control, and falls forward, tumbling through the ropes and into the ring. With a chance to change the state of the match now, Shane begins using a less Hardcore approach, just grounding London and beating him down.

    This goes on for a little while, with London continuously trying to fight back, but Shane relies on some trusty eye rakes to stop any of London’s momentum building attempts. Even when London does manage to battle back to his feet, he doesn’t have any offense in him, so Shane is able to just pinball him around the ring with stiff shots. After a final big right hand which sends London to the canvas, Shane once again turns his attention towards the steel chair he used earlier.

    Instead of hitting London with it, Shane has devised a plan, as he heads to the corner, and wedges the steel chair between the middle and top rope. Shane then turns back to London, bringing him to his feet and slowly dragging him towards the corner. Once they are close enough… SHANE LOOKS TO RAM LONDON INTO THE STEEL CHAIR… BUT LONDON GETS BOTH HANDS ON THE TOP ROPE… STOPPING HIMSELF FROM CONNECTING WITH THE CHAIR!!!

    Shane grits his teeth and lets out a yell, trying hard to apply pressure, but London manages to land a few elbows to the gut to get Shane off of him. London now turns to face Shane, hammering away with some punches, only for Shane to once again cut him off with an eye rake. As London grabs at his eyes, Shane lands a quick Clothesline, before immediately applying a Reverse Chinlock!

    As you can imagine, this just pisses the fans off, as they give quite a bit of heat for the rest hold. Luckily for them, London is quick to show signs of life, fighting his way back to his feet, and using his hands to pry open the grip of Shane. London then stuns Shane with a few punches…BEFORE LONDON GRABS SHANE AND RUNS ACROSS THE RING… SENDING HIM CRASHING FACE FIRST INTO THE CHAIR SET UP IN THE CORNER!!!

    “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants greet the chair shot, as London collapses inside of the ring, whilst the impact of the blow has caused Shane to fall through the ropes and to the outside. One of the camera men does a tremendous job of showing Shane lying on his back on the concrete floor, blood trickling down from his forehead.

    London manages to crawl his way towards the ropes, rolling onto the apron, and then rolling off of the apron to get back to his feet. He greets Shane, who is trying to get up himself, with some right hands, before dragging Shane up, but Shane gets a desperation knee to the groin.

    Groans emanate from the male heavy audience and London himself, as he drops to his knees after the nut shot. Meanwhile, Shane drops to his knees as well, but for a different reason, as he searched under the ring apron… AND PULLS OUT A LADDER!!! The mood in the arena completely changes, with a buzz of anticipation, as Shane gets the complete ladder from under the ring and gets back up. Shane then picks up the ladder, holding it close to his chest… ONLY FOR LONDON TO LEAP ONTO THE APRON!!!

    PAUL LONDON NOW LEAPS OFF THE APRON… CONNECTING WITH A SIDE KICK… SENDING THE LADDER CRASHING INTO SHANE!!!

    Both men tumble to the floor, landing awkwardly, as the sound of the ladder crashing on concrete echoes throughout the arena. As both men remain down, another sound echoes throughout the arena also, and that’s the chants of “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”. Feeling the effects of the match, both men are very slow to their feet, but London is up first. He focuses on the ladder, hoisting it up and sliding it inside of the ring. With the ladder taken care of, London now picks up Shane off his knees, and he rolls Shane into the ring as well. As fast as he can muster, London looks to slide in after Shane, but as his head comes through the ropes… SHANE ROLLED TO BEHIND THE LADDER… AND SHANE PUSHES THE LADDER… SENDING IT SMASHING INTO LONDON’S FACE!!!

    London doesn’t move after the shot, grabbing at his face for a moment, but he remains with his legs dangling off the apron, and only his upper body inside of the ring. Whilst Shane takes his time getting to his feet, we now see that the ladder has caused London to be busted open as well. Once he’s back up, Shane drags London into the ring completely, before mounting at him and he begins biting at the cut of London, wanting to open it up further.

    Eventually, London manages to push Shane away, but Shane simply spits drops of London’s blood on the canvas (which you can visibly see), before mounting London again. This time it’s a simpler approach, as Shane rains down right hand upon right hand. Having felt like he’s inflicted enough damage, Shane gets off of London and grabs the ladder, leaning it against the corner of the ring. Shane now turns his attention back towards London, dragging him up by the hair, before dragging him towards the corner where the ladder is set up. After taking a moment to set himself… SHANE LANDS A BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEX… SENDING LONDON CRASHING INTO THE LADDER!!!

    As the “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants can be heard for an umpteenth time, Joey Styles points out on commentary that all the impact went to London’s back. The same back which is already in trouble after the earlier barricade shot. London doesn’t get a chance to really sell the back though, as Shane grabs him by the arm and drags him to the centre of the ring. With evil intentions in mind, Shane now grabs the ladder and sets it up, so that he can start climbing it. Channelling his inner Shawn Michaels (his relative), SHANE THROWS UP A TAUNT AT THE TOP OF THE LADDER… BEFORE LEAPING OFF WITH A SPLASH CIRCA WRESTLEMANIA X!!!

    AND SHANE CONNECTS…

    WITH THE CANVAS… BECAUSE LONDON MANAGES TO ROLL OUT OF THE WAY!!!

    The fans are ecstatic that London got out of the way, mixing in a tremendous pop, with more chants of “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”. Knowing that he doesn’t want to be pinned, despite being in agony, Shane has the wit to roll across the ring and underneath the bottom rope. He remains lying on the apron as London lays in the ring. Much like earlier, they both stay down for a little while, until London uses the ropes to slowly pull himself to his feet.

    As London stumbles across the ring, Shane incredible pulls himself to his feet on the apron… BUT LONDON SLINGSHOTS HIMSELF OVER THE TOP ROPE… AND TAKES SHANE OFF OF THE APRON WITH A HEADSCISSORS… WHICH SENDS SHANE FLYING THROUGH THE TIMEKEEPER’S TABLE!!!

    Both men remain down on the floor after that one, as the audience loses their shit. This is a spot heavy match so there’s yet ANOTHER chant of “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, but this is easily the loudest of the night so far. With Shane barely showing any signs of life, London pulls his way to his feet using the ring apron, before he slides back into the ring. Once he’s into the ring, London is forced to crawl to the ladder, and he then uses the rungs of the ladder to pull himself back up to a vertical base.

    The man can barely stand but he’s still ready to get moving, as he finally folds up the ladder and carries it with him towards the ropes. London stands the ladder up close to the ropes, but Shane sees this, and despite not being up, he doesn’t want to be jumped on. Even completely out of it, Shane has the intelligence to crawl behind the ring post, so London can’t dive onto him. There’s some heat from the fans at this, but London simple shrugs, folding up the ladder, and instead leaning it against the corner. Shane slowly battles his way to his feet behind the ring post… AS LONDON RUNS UP THE TILTED LADDER… BEFORE COMING OFF WITH A FLIPPING SENTON TO WIPE OUT SHANE ON THE OUTSIDE!!!

    After ANOTHER big-time spot, both men remain down on the floor again, although even though he’s down and out, London has a smirk on his face. “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” echoes throughout the arena yet again, whilst Styles and Cyrus discuss the fact that the hatred between these two is real, due to not even one pinfall being attempted yet. Much like after the last big spot, it’s slow slog, but London is to his feet first, but this time he drags Shane up with him and sends him into the ring.

    There isn’t any alarm of Shane getting up fast at this point, so London slowly climbs his way onto the apron, hobbling along and grabbing at his back as he does so. Wiping some blood and matted hair from his face, London leans through the ropes, grabbing the ladder, and he sets it up to be climbed just in front of the corner. With Shane still down, London now ascends to the top rope, before transferring himself from the top rope to the top of the ladder. Remaining on top, showing tremendous balance, London waits until Shane is on his feet… AND LONDON LEAPS OFF THE LADDER WITH A FRONT DROPKICK!!!

    BUT ON POINT OF IMPACT… SHANE CATCHES HIM AND TURNS IT INTO A SITTING POWERBOMB!!!

    SHANE REMAINS SITTING FOR THE COVER…1…2…3!!! NO!!! LONDON JUST GETS A SHOULDER UP!!!

    One more huge reversal from Shane changes the game, whilst the fans show their appreciation with an “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chant. Outside of getting a shoulder up to not lose the match, London isn’t really showing any signs of life. This allows Shane to roll away and get back to his feet, stomping on London once or twice as he does so. Satisfied with his stomps, Shane now looks towards the ladder that remains standing. With a sense of urgency, Shane climbs his way to the ladder, getting to the top, and surveying London, who still isn’t moving. Knowing this is his chance… SHANE DIVES OFF THE LADDER… LOOKING FOR THE PICTURE PERFECT ELBOW DROP!!!

    AND HE NAILS IT!!!

    Shane doesn’t go for the pin straight away, grabbing at his arm and wincing in pain. “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” fills our ears again… AS SHANE MANAGES TO PUT AN ARM OVER THE CHEST OF LONDON…1…2…3!!!

    NO!!! LONDON MANAGES TO GET A SHOULDER UP AGAIN!!!

    The eyes of Shane open wide and his jaw drops, he is in complete shock, but the referee confirms that the match will continue. As he fights his way back to his feet, Shane looks down at London and yells, “I FUCKING HATE YOU”! Shane then makes his way to the corner of the ring, before he begins stomping his foot on the mat, using the same set up as HBK does for Sweet Chin Music.

    The boos for this are ungodly, as Shane continues to tune up the band, waiting for London to get to his feet. Once London is up… SHANE CHARGES AT HIM AND SWINGS THE SUPERKICK!!!

    NO!!! LONDON DUCKS!!!

    As Shane looks to regain his balance, London manages to pick up the steel chair from earlier… SO SHANE TURNS INTO A BRUTAL CHAIR SHOT TO THE SKULL FROM LONDON!!!

    Shane drops to the canvas, lying on his back, damn near unconscious. London staggers on his feet, almost collapsing, but he somehow keeps his balance. He discards the chair to the mat, before looking down at Shane and yelling “I FUCKING HATE YOU TOO”! The defiance gets some cheers from the fans, as London looks towards the ladder yet again. He slowly climbs the ladder, rung by rung, getting right to the top, with the adoring fans cheering him on. He looks down at Shane, who still hasn’t moved… SO LONDON LEAPS OFF THE LADDER…

    CONNECTING WITH A LONDON STAR PRESS ONTO THE PRONE BODY OF MICHAEL SHANE!!!

    HOLY SHIT!!! London doesn’t move, MEANING HE’S STILL ON TOP FOR THE PIN…1…2…3!!!



    !!!

    Winner: Paul London @ 16:59

    The ovation is TREMENDOUS from the audience, as the referee signals for the bell. All London has the energy to do at this point is simply roll off of Shane, but he remains down on the canvas, dried up blood across his face.

    A broken Shane ever so slowly rolls himself out of the ring, as London manages to find his way to his feet. He lets out a roar as he sways a little on his feet, but the referee is there to signal that he’s the victor.

    After that moment, London begins scaling the ladder one more time. Once he gets up there though, we realise he’s not up there for another high-risk move, it’s just to create a moment. He stands on top of the ladder, closes his eyes, and raises his hands above the head, enjoying the incredible ovation that he’s receiving.


    Joey Styles: What an incredible display from both men, this is what ECW pay per view is all about. That was amazing but Paul London in particular, the grit and determination he showed after everything Michael Shane has put him through, this kid is going to be a star. Did you see some of the stuff he did out there, Cyrus? All those high risk moves, that London Star Press off the ladder, this was the type of performance that tells me that this man could well be a champion in ECW one day!

    Styles puts over London pretty hard after the fun match, and Cyrus adds nothing. He’s clearly unhappy that his Network member lost as he sort of just sulks in silence. A bunch of replays play as London makes his way towards the back, and this allows Joey to further put over the performance.

    Once London has disappeared and Styles continues to put over the performance, the competitors for the next match begin to make their way out. Only then does Cyrus begin to chime in with his usual witty/asshole remarks, as he’s pumped up because The Network are in action again…


    Match Four
    ECW World Tag Team Championship
    CW Anderson and Justin Credible (c) w/Dawn Marie vs. The Briscoes


    The early stages of this one is just pure heat gaining tactics by the champs, as they make fun of the younger duo of The Briscoes. They just jerk them around with some simple chain wrestling, riding them around the mat, but adding extra salt to the wounds. They slap the back of Jay’s head a few times, and even push him face first into the canvas when getting up off of a rope break. As the referee separates them, Jay bounces up, full of fire, and yells “LET’S GO”! He then looks to charge towards Credible, but Credible quickly leaps to the outside, where Anderson quickly joins him. The champs laugh at Jay from outside of the ring, even giving him the Scott Hall “fear fingers”.

    As they continue to chuckle away at Jay, whilst Mark watches on from the apron, the older Briscoe decides he’s had enough. He moves the referee out of his face… AND SPRINTS ACROSS THE RING… TAKING BOTH TAG CHAMPS OUT WITH A SUICIDE DIVE!!!

    The fans go nuts for the big move, breaking out an “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chant, as Jay jumps to his feet and pumps his fist. CW is closest to him, and ECW doesn’t give a crap about the legal man rule very often, so Jay brings CW to his feet and clobbers him across the back a few times. After that, Jay snarls down at Credible, before following Anderson into the ring. Showing tag team smarts, Jay basically just shoves the dazed CW into the Team Briscoe corner, and then goes to town with some brutal right hands.

    Our referee begs for a clean break but doesn’t really get one, until Jay decides to make a tag to younger brother, Mark. Surprisingly, Mark moves away from the heavy brawling offense of Jay, instead beginning to focus on the left arm of Anderson, wringing it a few times, and applying a Wrist Lock. On commentary, Styles talks about how this could be a smart strategy to eliminate Anderson’s deadly left hand. Meanwhile, Mark continues to stretch the arm, and then makes a quick tag back to Jay.

    Instead of stepping straight into the ring, Jay heads to the top rope, whilst Mark keeps a hold of Anderson’s arm. Once up on the top rope, Jay steadies himself… BUT DAWN MARIE GETS ONTO THE APRON AND GAINS HIS ATTENTION!!! DAWN PULLS DOWN HER DRESS, SHOWING OFF SOME EXTRA CLEAVAGE AND ONLY JUST KEEPING HER NIPS COVERED…

    AND THIS DISTRACTS JAY, WHO STARES… ALLOWING CREDIBLE TO SWEEP HIS FEET AND LEAVE HIM CROTCHED ON THE TOP ROPE!!!

    Having completed her job, Dawn leaps off the apron and whilst the fans want to boo her, there’s wolf whistles as well. Jay finds himself straddled on the top rope for a moment, before Credible pushes him off, sending him crashing to the mat. During the commotion, CW has managed to shove Mark away, and Mark steps through the ropes to the outside, looking concerned for his brother. From here though, the heat period of the match commences, with Credible and Anderson using basic heel offense, and cutting the ring in half to keep Jay down.

    Jay shows a tremendous amount of resilience, refusing to stay down for the three count, but he keeps taking a smashing. Mark is doing all he can from the ring apron, cheering Jay on, but as the beatdown progresses, Mark’s demeanour changes. The younger Briscoe begins becoming less encouraging, and is instead berating his big brother, telling him to “JUST FUCKIN’ GET HERE AND MAKE A TAG”!

    Jay doesn’t answer his brother’s demands right away; however, he does manage to eventually muster a fight back. CW Anderson attempts his famous Anderson Spinebuster, but Jay is able to punch himself free. Once back on the canvas, Jay lands further right hands to Anderson, which leads to Credible sprinting into the ring. The referee keeps an eye on Mark, making sure he can’t get to the action, which allows CW and Credible to regain control. They then send Jay to the ropes… AND THE TAG CHAMPS DUCK DOWN FOR A DOUBLE BACK BODY DROP!!!

    JAY STOPS AND REVERSES INTO A DOUBLE DDT!!!

    All three competitors inside the ring remain down after that, as both Mark and the fans urge Jay to make his way across the ring for the tag. Finally, Jay does start making his move, crawling past the prone bodies of his opponents and towards his corner… ONLY FOR CW TO GRAB ONTO JAY’S ANKLE!!!

    Anderson gets to his feet, pulling with all of his strength to stop Jay from making the tag, when Jay frees himself with an Enziguri! Jay lands on his knees before climbing back to his feet… BUT CREDIBLE SPRINTS PAST HIM AND SHOVES MARK BRISCOE OFF OF THE APRON!!!

    Mark lands awkwardly against the crowd barricade on the outside, seemingly stopping himself from taking a severe bump, but it hurts him enough to be down. Back inside of the ring, a smirking Justin Credible points at his temple, demonstrating how smart he is. That’s clearly not the case though as he turns straight into a barrage of Knife Edged Chops and forearm blows from Jay.

    With Credible on spaghetti legs in the middle of the ring, Briscoe bounces off the ropes, and takes Credible down with a Spinning Wheel Kick! Head on a swivel, Jay immediately realises that CW is back to his feet… SO JAY RUNS AT HIM AND CONNECTS WITH A YAKUZA KICK!!!

    The blow sends Anderson staggering and collapsing into a seated position against the corner… JAY CHARGES IN…AND LANDS A HARDER CORNER YAKUZA KICK!!!

    Anderson loops like he’s knocked loopy now, a glazed look in his eye, as Jay drags him back to his feet and towards the centre of the ring… AND JAY CONNECTS WITH A RELEASE URANAGE!!!

    JAY HOOKS CW’S LEG…1…2…NO!!! CREDIBLE IS ABLE TO BREAK UP THE COUNT!!!

    Credible stomps on Jay’s back a few times, before dragging him to his feet and sending him into a corner. The former ECW Champion runs in after Jay, but he runs straight into an elbow. The blow causes Credible to stagger backwards, falling to a knee, whilst Jay quickly steps out onto the apron. Whilst Credible checks his jaw, he gets back to his feet… ONLY TO STEP INTO A SPRINGBOARD FLYING DROPKICK FROM JAY!!!

    This time “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants ring out for the awesome performance of Jay, whilst he remains down, clearly exhausted. The adrenaline rush well and truly out of his body, Jay slowly crawls towards his teams’ corner, desperate to make the tag to his brother. As Jay gets within reaching distance, our cameras show that Mark is only just getting to his feet after the bump that he took earlier. Mark sees that Jay is close and takes a step towards the ring… BUT DAWN MARIE STEPS IN FRONT OF MARK!!!

    AND DAWN MARIE PLANTS A KISS ON THE LIPS OF MARK!!!

    You can bet your ass the junior Briscoe does some groping during their make out session as well, folks. The fans chant “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” for the shock, but eventually Mark breaks away from Dawn, who looks like she loved it. Mark takes a step closer to the ring, only for Credible to appear from nowhere, leaning between the ropes and almost paint brushing Mark with his boot. It must have felt more severe than it was, as the blow causes Mark to fall to the floor.

    After taking care of Mark yet again, Credible turns back towards the centre of the ring, but turns straight into a Clothesline from Jay! As Credible falls to the mat, Jay turns to see where CW is… BUT HE TURNS STRAIGHT INTO ANDERSON’S DEADLY LEFT HAND!!!

    The audience groans but Anderson doesn’t go for the cover, instead dragging the lifeless body of Jay back up… AND ANDERSON DRILLS HIM WITH A WATERWHEEL SUPLEX!!!

    CW MAKES THE COVER…1…2…3!!! NO!!! JAY SOMEHOW ROLLS A SHOULDER OFF THE MAT!!!

    There’s a hint of irritation that comes across Anderson’s face, before he puts his thumb across his throat, signalling that the end is near. ‘The Extreme Enforcer’ then drags Briscoe back up and sends him to the ropes… BEFORE TRYING TO GET HIM UP FOR THE ANDERSON SPINEBUSTER!!!

    BUT JAY SWINGS WILDLY WITH RIGHTS AND LEFTS… MANAGE TO SWIVEL FREE BEFORE CW COULD GET HIM UP IN THE AIR!!!

    Jay’s quicker to react than Anderson, landing as kick to the gut… AND HE HOOKS ANDERSON UP FOR THE JAY DRILLER!!!

    ONLY TO GET NAILED WITH A SUPERKICK FROM JUSTIN CREDIBLE…

    THE MOMENTUM SENDS CW COLLPASING INTO A JACKNIFE PIN…1…2…3!!!

    NO!!! JAY JUST GETS OUT OF THE PREDICAMENT!!!

    CW almost got the cover but stays down, meaning Credible is quick to pounce on Jay, nailing him with some right hands. The former ECW Champion brings Jay to his feet, lands a few more shots, and sends him to the ropes. When Jay comes back… CREDIBLE GETS HIM UP FOR THE THAT’S INCREDIBLE!!!

    JAY SLIDES OUT BEHIND CREDIBLE… AND TAKES HIM DOWN WITH A GERMAN SUPLEX!!!

    CW is still in recovery mode, only just making it to his knees, so Jay stands over him. On commentary, Joey is going nuts, not believing that Jay’s about to make this happen. JAY HOOKS ANDERSON’S ARMS FOR THE JAY DRILLER… CREDIBLE IS DOWN…

    BUT THEN MARK BRISCOE… RUNS THROUGH JAY WITH A CLOTHESLINE!!!

    What the fuck? The fans can’t believe it. There’s major heat as Mark has a sour look on his face, immediately bringing his brother back up… MARK DROPS JAY WITH THE CUTTHROAT DRIVER!!!

    Dawn Marie is laughing and clapping on the outside, no shock on her face, almost like she knew this was going to happen. The fans are shocked though, booing loudly, AS CW CRAWLS OVER AND PINS JAY…1…2…3!!!



    IT’S ALL OVER!!!

    Winners: CW Anderson and Justin Credible @ 9:03

    Everybody is in a state of shock as Mark immediately rolls out of the ring, receiving plenty of abuse from the fans at ringside. He mouths off back at them, whilst inside of the ring, Justin Credible and CW Anderson both get back to their feet.

    They are handed their tag team titles, and they begin celebrating, much to the dismay of the audience. Jay still isn’t moving but his treacherous younger brother LINKS ARMS WITH DAWN MARIE… AND THEY LEAVE RINGSIDE TOGETHER!!!

    Mark doesn’t even take a second look at his brother, and the visual of him leaving with Dawn gets plenty of boos from the fans. The tag champs just shrug their shoulders, seemingly not caring that Dawn is leaving with Briscoe. Instead, the champs continue to celebrate, raising the titles above their heads and enjoying their moment, even if nobody else is.

    On commentary,
    JOEY STYLES is in complete shock, however the arrogant CYRUS is laughing uncontrollably. Eventually he stops laughing so that he can actually speak, but Joey still isn’t happy.

    Cyrus: Well, well, well, what a surprise. It looks like we just found out who the smarter Briscoe brother is because it looks like Mark has accepted the offer.

    This statement draws a quizzical look from Styles.

    Joey Styles: What are you talking about? What offer?

    Cyrus smirks, knowing that question was going to come his way.

    Cyrus: It’s simple. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, The Network always has a plan. Both of The Briscoes had offers from The Network on the table. We weren’t sure what that would lead to initially, and as it turns out, Jay Briscoe made it very clear that he wasn’t accepting. But I knew how to get to Mark. I promised him Dawn Marie for the night, and I promised him wins and a promising singles career, which is something big brother Jay hasn’t been able to accomplish. The incentives were enough, and Mark Briscoe HAS JOINED THE NETWORK!!!

    The leader of the hands claps his hands together and leans back on his chair, full of excitement. Joey looks disappointed though, shaking his head, trying to organise his thoughts. When he does speak, it’s with a sombre tone.

    Joey Styles: It’s disappointing but I guess it’s not surprising. You’ve promised wins that you can’t really guarantee, and you’ve given the kid a night with a goddess, admittedly a goddess who has been around the block to many times, but a goddess nonetheless. It makes sense for the kid to accept based on what the deal was.

    There’s no verbal response from Cyrus, he simply nods his head in agreement with Joey’s words.


    Joey Styles: Sometimes kids can be swayed by bad influences when they don’t have the life experience to understand what they’re getting themselves into. The Briscoes might be prodigies, and hopefully he’ll see the error of his ways, but Mark Briscoe is still just a seventeen year old guy.

    Cyrus is still in good spirits and decides to chime in yet again.

    Cyrus: You can justify it anyway you want, Joey. But after two years I thought you’d understand, The Network ALWAYS gets what they want!

    If looks could kill, Cyrus would be dead. He’s gleeful but Joey is downright furious, however he knows he still has a job to do. Instead of turning this into a bickering war, Styles sends us to a video package to hype the next match…

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    This video package shows highlights of the first two matches between Bryan Danielson and Doug Williams. We then see BRYAN DANIELSON sitting in a room, seemingly watching the highlights, paying attention to match two, where Williams really did a number on his neck.

    Bryan Danielson: I expected Doug to target the neck, but I didn’t expect it be so severe because I couldn’t counter in. Doug always targets the neck for the Chaos Theory, but it had a much bigger impact than that. The neck damage hurt my bridging. Quite a lot of my go to moves need me to bridge including the Cattle Mutilation which I like to use to end matches.

    We now see clips from the second match where Danielson attempts to lock in the Cattle Mutilation, but his neck can’t handle it. Back in the room, watching the footage, Danielson nods his head and rubs his neck.

    Bryan Danielson: I’m working on it, and I’ll be more prepared than ever next time. My bridge is going to be perfect by October sixth.

    Suddenly, we cut to another scene which shows PAUL LONDON and SPANKY sitting in a similar room to where Danielson was.


    Paul London: We’ve been training partners and friends of Bryan’s for a long time, and I don’t think we’ve ever seen him like this. He’s determined to prove he’s the best in the world, but he’s been obsessed with that loss. His training regime was already untouchable and now he’s turned it up another notch.

    Spanky: Ever since the two out of three falls match at Anarchy Rulz was announced, Bryan’s been doing all neck strength training. He’s going to be ready; I guarantee it.

    We cut to a new scene for the third time which shows DOUG WILLIAMS sitting in the same room, at a different time of course.

    Doug Williams: I can understand the obsession with the neck but now Danielson expects neck work. I’m a strategist at heart and I’ll change the game plan, I’m not going to be that stupid.

    Williams is smirking, full of confidence in his ability.

    Doug Williams: There’s a reason I beat Danielson and it’s because by the second time, I figured him all out. I promise you; I still have him figured out.

    Williams still looks confident as ever, as clips play again of the first match where Williams struggled, versus the second match where Williams managed to get on top.

    Doug Williams: I respect Bryan Danielson, I really do, but he can train whatever he wants. He can work as hard as he wants, but he can’t stop pure British technical knowledge. I’m the best wrestler in ECW and I’m going to teach Bryan that for good in Los Angeles.

    Finally, we cut back to the two sharing a handshake at the beginning of both matches, setting the scene for when they meet for a third time…

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    Match Five
    Best Two Out Of Three Falls
    Bryan Danielson vs. Doug Williams


    Despite sharing some slightly heated words towards each other in the build-up, the two are as honourable as ever, shaking hands as the referee calls for the bell. They start with a really rough Collar and Elbow Tie Up, both seemingly trying to brutalise the other. Williams has a clear strength advantage, as he begins pushing Danielson back, but ‘The American Dragon’ digs in. Once Danielson fights back, Williams locks in a Side Headlock, before quickly turning it into a Side Headlock Takedown.

    They trade some real basic takedowns and mat work in the early stages, flowing through with some reversals, with both showing some of their amateur wrestling skills. They take turns riding each other around the ring, whilst also trading wrist locks, hammer locks, Headscissors and other basic, control holds. Williams even attempts to lock in an early Nerve Hold, but Danielson manages to spin around and get a Double Leg Takedown to avoid the hold. It’s a little slow moving, neither man wanting to over commit, and on commentary, Joey talks about how important the first falls is and both men know that. Considering how deadly the other is, neither man wants to make the first mistake because that could be all it takes.

    As the mat-based battle continues, The Brit really begins to focus on the arms of Danielson, wringing the left arm consistently. Williams manages to flatten out Danielson and when he can’t quite lock in an Arm Bar, he instead isolates the arm and drives repeated knees into the shoulder joint. With Williams starting to gain a bit of an advantage, he once again looks for an Arm Bar, but Danielson manages to roll away from danger, and immediately take Williams down with a single leg.

    After the incredible display of quickness from Danielson, Williams lands on his back and expects top pressure. Instead, Danielson keeps a hold of the left leg, and throws himself backwards, locking in a Knee Bar! The Brit screams in agony, feeling pain in his leg right away, but he craftily uses his right foot to kick Danielson off of him. Both men have tried some early submissions, but the others defence has been too good. Still, Williams favours his leg ever so slightly as he crawls towards the ropes, and Styles talks about how that will take away some of Doug’s power advantage when both men are standing and fighting. As Williams continues to try to crawl to the ropes, Danielson pounces with an STF, but just as he applies pressure, Williams gets to the ropes.

    The referee asks for a clean break and Danielson grants exactly, backing away but keeping his hands up to defend any potential strikes from Williams. We almost get a reset of sorts here, as ‘The American Dragon’ backs to the centre of the ring, allowing Williams to his feet. Once Williams is back up and heading to the centre of the ring, they have a face off, whilst the fans applaud the gruelling yet technical action we have seen so far. Much like at the beginning of the match, they lock up again but this time, Williams is able to use his power advantage, backing Danielson into the corner. Not for the first time, the referee gets in between them, imploring for a clean break, and the aggressor allows it to happen.

    It’s Groundhog Day as both men make it to the centre of the ring and lock up again. The Brit continues to have the strength and leverage advantage, using them to easily back Danielson into the corner of the ring. Our referee looks for a break again, and Williams takes a step back, before exploding forward with an unexpected European Uppercut! That gets some heat from the fans and the ref isn’t happy, but Williams is content as Danielson crumbles to the canvas.

    Sensing his opportunity, Williams pounces, dropping to his knees and attempting a Guillotine Choke! He arches his back, trying to apply all the pressure in the world, as he wraps his legs around the back of Danielson, however Danielson manages to squeeze his hands between Williams’ arm and his chin. This means Danielson is still able to breathe, and not wanting to burn all his energy, Williams relinquishes the hold. He quickly rolls over though, flattening Danielson onto his stomach, and Williams applies a Waist Lock from the top. He uses the Waist Lock to simply control the body of Danielson, before he angles to the side and lands some vicious knees to the ribs of Danielson.

    As Danielson sells the ribs shots and tries to block those, Williams decides to mount the back of Danielson, before pounding away with hard forearm shots to the back of Danielson’s neck. After landing a barrage of shots, Williams wants to land something big, so he gets back to his feet, and slowly brings Danielson up as well. Williams nails Danielson with a few forearm shots, before sending him to the ropes. The Brit ducks his head though, AND DANIELSON COMES OVER THE TOP WITH A SUNSET FLIP…1…2…NO!!! WILLIAMS KICKS OUT!!!

    Both men bounce back up to their feet, although Danielson is a little faster, so he meets Williams with a kick to the gut… FOLLOWED BY AN INSIDE CRADLE…1…2…NO!!! WILLIAMS GETS OUT AGAIN!!!

    Danielson is up much quicker than Williams again, and with Williams still on his knees… DANIELSON GRABS WILLIAMS’ WRIST AND ROLLS THROUGH WITH A MAGISTRAL CRADLE…1…2…NO!!! WILLIAMS GETS OUT OF A PINNING ATTEMPT ONE MORE TIME!!!

    Still relatively early into the match, they are both back up to their feet at an incredible pace once again. This time as Danielson approaches though, Williams immediately reels off a huge European Uppercut. It staggers Danielson but he comes back for more, and Williams delivers with another European Uppercut! The second shot was harder than the first, and it spins Danielson around in a 180, allowing the Brit to drill him with a Neckbreaker!

    From here, it’s a completely different ball game. For all the work Danielson has done to strengthen his neck, it’s clear it didn’t like that move. ‘The American Dragon’ grabs at his neck, remaining on the canvas, whilst Joey Styles is explaining the shock on commentary. In the build-up, Williams said he wouldn’t use the same strategy again, but it looks like it may have just been gamesmanship, as now he focuses on the neck. Even though Williams is a face, he’s not on the level of Danielson, so the fans begin to give him a hard time as he lands some stomps to the back of Danielson’s neck. Williams doesn’t care though, shrugging his shoulders and telling them “I CAN’T HELP IT THAT I’M SMARTER THAN HIM”!!!

    There’s now a portion of the match where Danielson remains grounded, with Williams viciously attacking the neck at every opportunity. Despite the rough nature of the blows, and a savage neck crank that Williams locks in, ‘The American Dragon’ manages to keep himself into the contest. Eventually he battles back to his feet, and tries to shrug Williams away, but Doug leans back, building some momentum for a brutal European Uppercut! But before he can connect, Danielson uses his quickness, firing off seven brutal, rapid European Uppercuts of his own. Williams backs away, a little dazed, but as Danielson pressed forward, Williams lands a desperation knee to the mid-section.

    Danielson bends over, gasping for air, and Williams lands a vicious Clothesline to the back of the neck. Not wasting anytime, Williams manhandles Danielson, bringing him to his feet with ease. Williams gets a Waist Lock… LOOKING FOR THE CHAOS THEORY!!!

    BUT DANIELSON GRABS ONTO THE TOP ROPE!!!

    Danielson holds on for dear life, not allowing Williams to roll through. The Brit tries desperately to yank Danielson away, but Danielson begins throwing elbows to the face of Williams. The third elbow is enough to force Williams to break his grip, as he stumbles backwards and drops to a knee. With Williams holding at his jaw, Danielson scoots to the corner, and quickly jumps onto the second rope. Now Williams pushes himself back to his feet… ONLY TO GET NAILED WITH A FLYING EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!!!

    “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants ring out, as the fans show their appreciation for the ‘different’ type of match they are seeing so far. Both men remain down, whilst Cyrus wonders how either man is still conscious with the savage European Uppercuts they have been trading. They both battle to their feet at roughly the same time, meeting in the centre of the ring, beginning to trade forearms. Initially, nobody looks like gaining an advantage, until Danielson shrugs off a forearm from Williams, lets out a primal roar, and unleashes a barrage of his own forearm shots in quick succession.

    Somehow, Williams remains on his feet, so Bryan bounces off the ropes, but as he charges at Williams, he runs straight into a boot to the gut. WILLIAMS THEN LEANS BACK…

    AND THROWS ANOTHER HUGE SWING FOR A KNOCKOUT EUROPEAN UPPERCUT!!!

    BUT DANIELSON TURNS AWAY… HOOKS BOTH ARMS…

    AND BRINGS WILLIAMS DOWN WITH A BACKSLIDE…1…2…3!!!

    WILLIAMS GETS OUT, BUT IT’S A SECOND TO LATE!!!

    Winner Fall #1: Bryan Danielson @ 9:26

    There’s a huge pop from the fans once the first fall is made official, and Danielson himself punches the air in delight. That’s about as much emotion as you get out of ‘The American Dragon’ as he then feels at his neck a little, cracking it from side to side. Williams remains on the canvas, in a seated position, clearly frustrated, but when his eyes lock with Danielson’s, he gives him a respectful nod. Not only that, but there seems to be a slight glimmer in Williams’ eyes when he realises that Danielson is still favouring the neck.

    Once Williams gets back to his feet, the two lock up yet again, jostling for position, but Williams decides to break the position, landing a quick punch to Danielson’s gut. The blow causes Danielson to go down on his haunches, allowing Williams to show a new aggressive, ramming multiple elbows into the back of Danielson’s neck. Danielson falls to the point where he’s lying flat on his stomach, and Williams continues to go to work, torturing the neck of his opponent.

    After a few more moments of neck work, somehow Danielson fights through the pain and gets to his feet, only for Williams to apply a Cravat! Williams cranks the hold, really applying as much pressure as possible, but despite the referee constantly asking, Danielson refuses to submit. Out of desperation, Danielson begins throwing some elbows to the gut, but whilst maintaining the Cravat, Williams Snapmares Danielson to the canvas. With ‘The American Dragon’ in a seated position, Williams is able to stand back up, and use that leverage to apply further pressure to the neck.

    The Britain native is pushing hard for a submission with this hold, but eventually, Danielson begins to fight his way back up to his feet. Even though Danielson gets back to his feet, Doug keeps the hold applied, until Danielson starts firing more of those desperation elbows. This time he fires them off quicker, and Williams has no choice but to break his grip from the neck. Sensing his chance, Danielson immediately explodes with some European Uppercuts, and as Williams back away, a combination of stiff forearms follows.

    The blows cause Williams to stagger backwards until he hits the corner of the ring. Danielson is right on him, sending him into the opposite corner. ‘The American Dragon’ charges in after Williams, Corner Forearm Smash connects!!! Feeling the momentum, Danielson backs away, and when Williams begins to stagger his way out of the corner, Danielson bounces off the ropes, but Williams explodes with a high knee to the face out of nowhere!

    That shot definitely put a stop to Danielson’s momentum, and Williams uses it to catch his breath. He then drags Danielson back up, only to drop him with the second Neckbreaker of the match. WILLIAMS HOOKS THE LEG… RUBBING A FOREARM INTO DANIELSON’S FACE AS HE DOES SO…1…2…NO!!! DANIELSON GETS A SHOULDER OFF THE MAT!!!

    There’s no wasted motion from Williams, as he’s right back on bringing Danielson to his feet, only to land some punches to send Danielson into the corner of the ring. Once there, Williams hoists Danielson into the air, setting him in a seated position on the top rope. The Brit climbs up after him, landing a few more punches as he does so… BEFORE WILLIAMS HOOKS UP DANIELSON FOR A SUPERPLEX!!!

    DANIELSON ERUPTS WITH RIGHT HANDS, FIGHTING OUT OF WILLIAMS’ GRIP!!!

    ‘The American Dragon’ manages to break the grip of Williams, and he then throws a stiff Headbutt! The blow causes Williams to almost collapse off of the top rope, but despite being dazed, he holds on. Meanwhile, the movement of the neck to nail the Headbutt seems to have bothered Danielson, as he holds his neck for a moment. Luckily, Williams is still out of it, giving Danielson time to change tact, as he delivers a flurry of forearms to Williams, before pushing him off of the top rope!

    Williams lands with a splat in the middle of the ring, whilst Danielson stands on the top rope… DANIELSON LEAPS OFF THE TOP ROPE… CONNECTING WITH THE DIVING HEADBUTT!!!

    A big pop and an “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chant erupts for the big move, AS A HURT DANIELSON DRAPES AN ARM OVER THE CHEST OF WILLIAMS…1…2…NO!!! DOUG GETS A SHOULDER UP!!!

    After the near fall, it takes a fair bit of effort for Danielson to push himself back to his feet, but once he’s up, he clasps at his neck again. He tries to push through the pain, dragging Williams up only to level him with some forearms to the face, followed by some body shots with the closed fist. The shots cause Williams to back into the corner, trying to create some space between them, but instead Danielson picks up Williams, placing him in a seated position on the top rope.

    Danielson climbs up after Williams and wanting to give him a taste of his own medicine… DANIELSON HOOKS UP WILLIAMS FOR A SUPERPLEX!!!

    THIS TIME WILLIAMS EXPLODES WITH BODY SHOTS TO BREAK THE GRIP OF DANIELSON!!!

    Now Williams foregoes the forearms, instead landing some closed fist punches to the face, before shoving Danielson off of the top rope. Danielson stumbles ever so slightly but manages to land on his feet… WILLIAMS JUMPS OFF THE TOP ROPE WITH A HIGH KNEE!!!

    DANIELSON MANAGES TO MEANUVRE WILLIAMS INTO A POWERSLAM!!!

    The awesome reversal in mid air is greeted by more “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants from the admiring fans. Danielson doesn’t take the time to soak it in, instead rolling Williams over… AND DANIELSON LOCKS IN THE CATTLE MUTILATION!!!

    Williams tries to scratch and tear his away across the canvas, but Danielson holds on, flipping over into the bridge. He keeps the hold on, with Williams raising his hand in the air, potentially contemplating tapping out… WHEN DANIELSON’S NECK GIVES OUT AND HE LOSES THE BRIDGE!!!

    Gasps emanate from the audience as they realise what a big moment that is, whilst Danielson punches the mat in frustration. ‘The American Dragon’ gets back to his feet though, bringing Williams up with him… DANIELSON HOOKS BOTH ARMS FOR A TIGER SUPLEX!!!

    WILLIAMS MANAGES TO FIGHT HIS ARMS FREE!!!

    WILLIAMS IMMEDIATELY GETS THE SWITCH, GOING BEHIND DANIELSON!!!

    THE BRIT LOOKS FOR CHAOS THEORY!!!

    DANIELSON IMMEDIATELY SWITCHES BACK!!!

    INCREDIBLE, WILLIAMS SWITCHES ONE MORE TIME…

    AND BEFORE DANIELSON CAN REACT, HE LANDS A BRUTAL EUROPEAN UPPERCUT TO THE BAD NECK OF DANIELSON!!!

    Danielson remains on his feet, but the blow sends him almost falling forward, and Williams pounces with the Waist lock… WILLIAMS ROLLS THROUGH…

    BEFORE CONNECTING WITH THE CHAOS THEORY!!!

    In a sense of irony… WILLIAMS MAINTAINS THE BRIDGE FOR THE PIN ATTEMPT…1…2…3!!!

    HE GOT HIM!!!

    Winner Fall #2: Doug Williams @ 16:47

    Just like that, we’re level at one fall a piece. There’s a slight pause from Williams, as Danielson continues to grab at his neck. Williams is quick to snap out of his momentary hesitation, and immediately shows his ruthless side, pummelling away at the already sore neck of Danielson again. Much like the beginning to the second fall, Williams is able to keep Danielson grounded, focusing all of his attack on the neck, including another vicious variation of a neck crank.

    Ever the warrior, Danielson fights back to his feet twice, getting the fans back into the contest, but each time Williams uses his leverage advantage to drag Danielson back to the canvas. ‘The American Dragon’ doesn’t give up though, battling back a third time, but this time he manoeuvres his body to face Williams. This makes it harder for Williams to try and break him back down, and as Williams tries to change his grip, Danielson explodes out of the hold. The Brit is a little taken aback as Danielson fires away with a bunch of chops, really lighting up Williams’ chest.

    Knowing he needs to put an end to this momentum as soon as possible, Williams throws a desperation Headbutt which connects with the bridge of Danielson’s nose. The blow causes Danielson to back pedal against the ropes, eyes watering from the nose shot. Williams bounces off the ropes, building his own momentum, but when he runs at Danielson, Danielson drops down, low bridging Williams over the top rope in the process.

    Without a hint of hesitation, Danielson is now the one to run across the ring, bouncing off the ropes… BEFORE LEAPING TO THE OUTSIDE WITH A TOPE SUICIDA!!!

    Somehow, Danielson is able to muster the energy to perform such an exhausting move, garnering an “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chant. ‘The American Dragon’ tries to keep himself going, not staying down on the concrete floor, and forcing himself straight to his feet. As he does get up, he yet again grabs at the neck that’s still bothering him before he focuses on his opponent. Danielson hoists the seemingly dead weight of Williams to his feet and rolls him back inside of the ring.

    A worn and torn Danielson follows Williams back in, but surprisingly, Williams pulls himself back to a vertical base. Danielson goes on the attack, landing several of his patented kicks to the chest, following up with yet another vicious European Uppercut! Despite being rocked, almost on instinct, Williams retaliates with a European Uppercut of his own. Danielson grabs at his jaw, nodding at the blow, and fires back, and so does Williams and now we have a fully-fledged European Uppercut war.

    Both men throw all of their might into each shot, the fans cheering along, until finally Danielson lands the killer blow, causing Williams to fall to the canvas. Danielson remains on his feet, but he’s spaghetti legged, allowing Williams to fight back up… ONLY FOR DANIELSON TO TAKE WILLIAMS DOWN WITH A RELEASE GERMAN SUPLEX!!!

    Big time move from Danielson, as he sends Williams flying across the ring. ‘AmDrag’ remains down for a moment after landing the move, whilst Joey Styles suspects that Danielson would normally accompany a German Suplex with a bridge. The fact that he didn’t means that he’s neck is still sore, which could prevent him from landing some of his other big-time offense later on. As for right now though, Danielson is firmly in control. Instead of going for the cover, he drags Williams up and locks him in position for a Butterfly Suplex!

    Williams struggles out of Danielson’s grip, twisting out of the hold and spinning to end up behind Danielson. Once behind him, Williams lands a rough Headbutt to the back of Danielson’s neck, and immediately nails him with a Saito Suplex! Feeling at his face and head after the liberal use of headbutts, Williams steps onto the apron, before ascending up to the top rope. With Danielson still not moving… WILLIAMS LEAPS OFF THE TOP WITH A FLYING KNEE DROP!!!

    AND IT CONNECTS!!!

    The velocity sends Williams sprawling across the ring, BUT WILLIAMS CRAWLS BACK OVER AND HOOKS DANIELSON’S LEG…1…2…NO!!! DANIELSON JUST GETS A SHOULDER UP!!!

    Williams shakes his head, almost an impressed look on his face due to the resilience of his opponent. The Brit gets back up, and turns his attention towards the fans, telling them “IT’S TIME TO FINISH THIS”! Sensing his chance, Williams manhandles Danielson to his feet, grabbing him in a waist lock… WILLIAMS ROLLS THROUGH FOR THE CHAOS THEORY!!!

    FINISHING IT WITH THE GERMAN SUPLEX!!!

    DANIELSON LANDS ON HIS FEET!!!

    AND SHOCKS WILLIAMS WITH A ROLLING ELBOW!!!

    Somehow, Williams remains on his feet, but he’s clearly out of it… SO DANIELSON POUNCES WITH A DRAGON SUPLEX!!!

    DANIELSON MAINTAINS THE BRIDGE…1…2…NO!!! WILLIAMS DOESN’T GET A SHOULDER UP, BUT DANIELSON’S NECK GIVES OUT, AND HE LOSES THE BRIDGE AGAIN!!!

    There’s some disappointment from the fans but there’s also some chants of “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” for the fun sequence of moves. With a frustrated look on his face, Danielson cracks his neck, before moving Williams into position… DANIELSON LOCKS IN THE CATTLE MUTILATION!!!

    Danielson has the hold locked in, and he makes a jerk movement to go for the bridge but changes his mind. The hesitation means there’s way less pressure on the hold, and Williams manages to fight his way into a seated position. ‘The American Dragon’ is clinging onto what he has left of the hold, but Williams incredibly manages to stand up in it…

    BUT DANIELSON ADJUSTS AND NAILS A TIGER SUPLEX!!!

    AND HE HOLDS ON… APPLYING THE CATTLE MUTILATION AGAIN!!!

    Williams is grunting in agony, as Danielson gets a determined look on his face, eyes wide, and he lets out a primal roar… BEFORE HE FLIPS OVER… APPLYING MORE PRESSURE TO THE CATTLE MUTILATION WITH THE BRIDGE!!!

    Williams is screaming now, as Danielson rocks a little… BUT HE PUSHES THROUGH TO MAINTAIN THE BRIDGE!!!

    The Brit is stuck in the centre of the ring, nowhere to go. Despite the pain he’s in himself, Danielson refuses to lose the hold this time… SO WILLIAMS SUBMITS!!!

    Winner: Bryan Danielson @ 22:10

    The referee calls for the bell and Danielson relinquishes the hold, not applying it for a moment longer than required. Both men remain down for a few moments, until Danielson struggles to his feet, getting a tremendous ovation from the audience.

    He wipes some sweat from his forehead, and cracks at his neck again, still feeling it a little. As Danielson continues to celebrate, Williams gets up and he has a genuine look of surprise on his face. He points at Danielson, almost with a smirk, inquiring about his neck, but Danielson just sort of shrugs it off.

    The two remain standing in the centre of the ring, a buzz of anticipation around them, when Williams offers his hand to Danielson. Being the victor, Danielson accepts right away, and then they raise each other hands in the air.

    It’s a standing ovation from the ECW fans, as they respect the hell out of both men’s performance tonight. Eventually, Williams leaves the ring and Danielson continues to have his moment, having potentially just scored the biggest win of his career so far…



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    ECW November To Remember
    November 24th, 2002


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    Match Six
    Christopher Daniels vs. Yoshihiro Tajiri

    Once both men are in the ring, there’s a murmur of excitement from the audience, yet neither man makes a move. They stand in the middle of the ring, staring each other down, until with a smirk on his face, Tajiri extends his hand to Daniels. This gets some nice cheers from the fans, and clearly irritates Daniels as he shakes his head and walks away, kicking the bottom rope in frustration. ‘The Fallen Angel’ gets some heat from the fans for his lack of respect, but Tajiri still has the same wry smirk on his face, knowing that Daniels was never going to shake his hand to begin with.

    After circling each other like caged animals, they end up starting with a lock up, both men jostling for position. From there, they transition into some mat work where Daniels has had the advantage against most of his opponents. The undefeated Daniels is also usually the more experienced but in this instance he’s not, and it seems Tajiri is one step ahead of Daniels in the exchanges. This goes on for a few moments and it ends with Tajiri managing to apply a Leg Trap Camel Clutch! The former ECW Champion applies all the pressure he can, but he’s only able to maintain the hold for a few seconds, until the fresh Daniels makes it to the ropes.

    ‘The Japanese Buzzsaw’ allows for the clean break, backing up against the ropes, as a frustrated Daniels gets back to his feet. Instead of allowing a restart, Daniels charges at Tajiri, swinging wildly with a Clothesline, but Tajiri ducks, and threatens tying Daniels up in the Tarantula. Daniels immediately runs to the centre of the ring, avoiding the painful move, and looking even more furious. Tajiri untangles himself from the ropes and stalks his way back towards Daniels, and the two go to lock up again, however Daniels lands a cheap kick to the stomach. This puts Tajiri on the back foot, and Daniels runs through him with a Clothesline!

    That’s enough to allow Daniels to begin stomping the life out of Tajiri, wanting to keep him grounded. Daniels begins to focus on the head and neck area of Tajiri, the same strategy he uses in most his matches, because his big moves damages those body parts. Tajiri manages to fight back up to his feet, and bounces off the ropes for momentum, but he runs straight into a Dropkick! The fans seem a little shocked by the athletic display out of nowhere, but Daniels laughs the reaction off, and continues the beatdown on Tajiri.

    Eventually Daniels brings Tajiri back up again, landing a few right hands, backing him into the corner. ‘The Fallen Angel’ looks to continue in the corner, approaching with menace, but Tajiri grabs him and forces him into the corner. With Daniels’ back against the ropes, Tajiri unleashes with a bunch of chops, followed by some of his trademark kicks to the chest. Now Daniels is the one in trouble so Tajiri irish whips him to the ropes, but Daniels reverses, sending Tajiri to the ropes instead… Tajiri comes back with a HANDSPRING BACK ELBOW!!!

    The blow connects right to the jaw of Daniels, who collapses to the canvas, but immediately rolls to the outside of the ring. That’s smart strategy from Daniels, who faces the crowd, shooting them dirty looks for their insults as he checks his jaw. Daniels spends to long focusing on the fans and his jaw, so Tajiri takes him out with a Baseball Slide Dropkick!

    Daniels falls face first to the floor, much to the delight of the fans, as a pumped up Tajiri steps through the ropes and ends up on the apron. The man from Japan surprisingly keeps his back to Daniels, waiting for him to get up… AND TAJIRI JUMPS TO THE SECOND ROPE… READY FOR AN ASAI MOONSAULT!!!

    BUT DANIELS MANAGES TO PUSH TAJIRI’S FEET FORWARD AND OFF THE MIDDLE ROPE… CAUSING HIM TO LAND BACK FIRST ONTO THE APRON!!!

    There are some groans from the audience as Tajiri slaps the apron in frustration, clearly feeling pain on his back. Daniels simply stands back and watches, catching his breath, as Tajiri rolls off of the apron, falling to the concrete floor. After regaining his wits, Daniels punches Tajiri around the ringside area, before using his shoulder to spear Tajiri back first into the ring apron. Once Daniels moves away, Tajiri looks to move from leaning against the ring, only for Daniels to then send him crashing into the crowd barricade.

    As he gains more and more control, the confidence of Daniels grows, as does the knowing smirk. He now drags the sore Tajiri to his feet and rolls him back into the ring. ‘The Fallen Angel’ follows in afterwards, waiting for Tajiri to fight back to his feet, before taking him down with a Swinging Neckbreaker! The sadistic Daniels now rolls Tajiri onto his stomach, before continuing to attack the neck, landing a succession of Elbow, Leg and Knee Drops onto the neck.

    Unlike the previous match, Tajiri doesn’t seem to have a neck injury though, so he manages to absorb the blows somewhat well. Daniels is undefeated for a reason though, not relenting on the attack, as he drags Tajiri to the corner of the ring. He allows Tajiri to get up, before stepping onto the apron, and Daniels faces the crowd as he lands a modified Neckbreaker which causes Tajiri’s neck to whiplash because of the top rope.

    Knowing he’s in full control, Daniels points at the fans and tells them to “WATCH THIS”! ‘The Fallen Angel’ stands for a few moments, waiting for Tajiri to get back up, and when Tajiri reaches his feet, DANIELS SPRINGBOARDS OFF THE MIDDLE ROPE… SPRINGBOARD GAMENGIRI CONNECTS!!!

    For the fans who know, there’s a LOUD amount of heat for that move, as that’s one of Low Ki’s favourite moves to use. Daniels looks even more cocky after landing that shot, and he now crouches down slightly, mimicking the movement of Low Ki as he walks around the ring. He continues to stalk around the ring until he gets behind Tajiri, who is trying to battle to his feet, but Daniels locks in a Cobra Clutch! Tajiri is on his feet, albeit barely, whilst Daniels throws him around from side to side, keeping the hold locked in.

    The referee asks Tajiri about submitting but there’s no signs of giving up from Tajiri. Instead, he begins trembling, using all his strength and the encouragement of the fans to charge backwards, ramming Daniels into the corner. Despite the blow, Daniels keeps the hold locked in, but Tajiri does it a second time, and a third time and finally, the Cobra Clutch is broken. After the third corner blow, Tajiri stumbled to the middle of the ring, whilst Daniels tries to chase after Tajiri.

    When Tajiri turns around, he greets Daniels with a barrage of stiff kicks to the chest, BEFORE UNLEASHING AN EPIC KARATE RUSH!!! After the barrage of strikes, somehow Daniels is still standing, so Tajiri bounces off the ropes and takes Daniels down with a Spinning Wheel Kick! Tajiri lands on the mat after that shot and crawls to make the cover, but not for the first time tonight, Daniels rolls his way underneath the bottom rope and to the outside.

    On commentary, even though he dislikes the strategy, Joey Styles agrees with Cyrus, the intelligence of Daniels is one of the reasons he’s yet to be pinned in ECW. This time when Daniels rolls out, he falls to the floor, not necessarily taking a break as opposed to just trying to fight his way to his feet. Once he does get up, he takes a couple of steps to steady himself… BUT TAJIRI IS ON THE TOP ROPE… AND HE COMES OFF WITH A FLYING CROSSBODY THAT CONNECTS!!!

    Both men remain down after the move, whilst the fans break out into their first “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chant of the match. After a few moments, Tajiri uses the barricade to pull himself to his feet, only to then drag his opponent up, and rolls Daniels into the ring. The determined Jap then steps onto the apron and ascends up to the top rope… DANIELS SHOVES THE REFEREE INTO THE ROPES… CAUSING TAJIRI TO LOSE BALANCE AND GET CROTCHED ON THE TOP ROPE!!!

    As Tajiri grabs at his buts and lets out some unpleasant noises, Daniels gets back to his feet and ignores the abuse from the angry referee. Once he reaches the corner, Daniels lands a high impact Palm Thrust… ONLY TO GRAB TAJIRI AND TAKE HIM DOWN WITH THE FALL FROM GRACE!!!

    DANIELS HOOKS THE LEG…1…2…NO!!! TAJIRI KICKS OUT!!!

    ‘The Fallen Angel’ looks at the referee, who still a little annoyed, confirms it was a two count. Daniels then bounces back to his feet and doesn’t waste any time in dragging Tajiri up as well. DANIELS THEN HOOKS TAJIRI IN FOR THE URANAGE!!!

    TAJIRI EXPLODES WITH VICIOUS ELBOWS TO THE SIDE OF DANIELS’ HEAD, FORCING HIM TO BREAK HIS GRIP!!!

    Tajiri lands a few more quick right hands, before bouncing off the ropes… SECOND HANDSPRING BACK ELBOW CONNECTS!!!

    NO!!! DANIELS CATCHES TAJIRI… AND HITS THE BLUE THUNDER DRIVER!!!

    DANIELS HOOKS THE LEG AGAIN…1…2…NO!!! THIS TIME TAJIRI IS ABLE TO ROLL A SHOULDER OFF THE MAT!!!

    It’s still not over but there was much less energy in Tajiri when he was attempting to escape the second pinfall attempt. Being no stranger to finishing off opponents, Daniels feels he has Tajiri in the right position. He yells “THIS TIME”, before bringing Tajiri to a vertical base… SO DANIELS CAN GET TAJIRI IN POSITION FOR THE URANAGE AGAIN!!!

    THIS TIME TAJIRI REVERSES WITH AN ARM DRAG!!!

    The basic moves sends Daniels tumbling across the ring, but he immediately gets to his feet and runs at Tajiri… STRAIGHT INTO A BRUTAL HOOK KICK!!!

    ‘The Fallen Angel’ is stopped in his tracks, falling to the canvas in a heap… STANDING MOONSAULT FROM TAJIRI!!!

    TAJIRI STAYS ON TOP FOR THE COVER…1…2…NO!!! DANIELS GETS A SHOULDER UP!!!

    Tajiri rolls off of Daniels but remains on the canvas for a moment, getting some much-needed recovery time. Meanwhile, the fans are all up and chanting “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, enjoying some of the reversal sequences that they’ve seen in the last few exchanges. This time it’s Tajiri’s turn to be the relentless one though, as after struggling to his feet, he’s ensuring Daniels does the same. Once he has Daniels up, Tajiri lets out an intense yell, before unloading some ruthless slaps to the face, followed by some kicks to the chest. With Daniels reeling, Tajiri hits another hard slap and it’s enough to send Daniels to his knees.

    ‘The Japanese Buzzsaw’ looks away, bouncing off the ropes, only to come back with a harder kick to the chest which sends Daniels to his back. The former ECW Champion stares at Daniels now, stalking his prey, and the impressive Daniels managed to pull himself to his knees again… TAJIRI GOES FOR THE BUZZSAW KICK!!!

    DANIELS DUCKS…

    AND SNEAKS A SCHOOLBOY ON TAJIRI…1…2…3!!!

    NO!!! TAJIRI ESCAPES AT THE LAST POSSIBLE MILLISECOND!!!

    Feeling a surge of adrenaline, both men are quick to bounce back to their feet, before charging at each other…DANIELS CATCHES TAJIRI WITH THE STO!!!

    Tajiri is down and out, but there’s no wasted motion from Daniels, who doesn’t even think about a pin. Instead, he steps through the ropes and onto the apron, before climbing up to the top rope. Once perched on top, Daniels examines Tajiri, making sure he’s still worn down… DANIELS LEAPS OFF THE TOP… CONNECTING WITH A FLYING ELBOW DROP!!!

    DANIELS ROLLS OVER TO MAKE THE COVER…1…2…3!!!



    NO!!! TAJIRI GETS A SHOULDER UP!!!

    Shock is written over the face of Daniels after that, as he grabs at his head, wondering how that wasn’t the end of the match. He quickly shakes himself out of the shocked state, knowing he still has a match to win, so he gets back to his feet. Tajiri is crawling towards the ropes, probably feeling that’s the only way he can get to his feet at the moment, but Daniels intercepts. ‘The Fallen Angel’ stands over Tajiri, waiting until he crawls a little more… DANIELS HOOKS TAJIRI’S ARMS FOR THE ANGEL’S WINGS!!!

    TAJIRI POWERS OUT WITH A BACK BODY DROP, SENDING DANIELS OVER THE TOP ROPE AND TO THE OUTSIDE!!!

    Incredibly, Daniels is able to hang onto the top rope long enough to slow down his momentum, and land on his feet on the concrete floor. Sensing the urgency, he immediately leaps up onto the apron, placing both knees on the canvas… ONLY FOR TAJIRI TO NAIL HIM WITH A BUZZSAW KICK THROUGH THE ROPES!!!

    The blow is a big one, and it sends Daniels flying off of the apron, and taking a rough bump onto the concrete floor. Gravity sucks for Daniels as he lays down in agony, an “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chant accompanying the big moment. Tajiri watches on from inside of the ring, noticing that Daniels is using the barricade to pull himself up. Much like earlier in the night, Tajiri steps onto the apron, keeping his back to Daniels… TAJIRI SPRINGBOARDS OFF THE MIDDLE ROPE!!!

    BUT THIS TIME HE CONNECTS WITH THE ASAI MOONSAULT!!!

    Again, another “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chant breaks out, as Tajiri is surprisingly back to his feet rather quickly. He’s feeling it now as all his attention is on Daniels, as he picks him up and sends him back into the ring. Tajiri urgently climbs back onto the apron, before ascending up to the top rope. The former champ remains perched on top, waiting for Daniels to get back to his feet… MISSILE DROPKICK FROM THE TOP ROPE CONNECTS FOR TAJIRI!!!

    It’s another heavy blow and the velocity of the shot sends Daniels collapsing into the opposite corner of the ring. Realising that’s not exactly a position for a pin, Tajiri makes his way to the corner and walks over Daniels, sitting himself on the top rope. Reaching down, Tajiri picks up Daniels, before hooking him in a Front Facelock! TAJIRI LEAPS OFF THE TOP ROPE… LOOKING FOR A TORNADO DDT!!!

    BUT DANIELS MANAGES TO SHOW HIS STRENGTH… BLOCKING THE LANDING AND PUTTING TAJIRI BACK DOWN TO THE CANVAS ON HIS FEET!!!

    Before Tajiri can react, Daniels breaks free of the Front Facelock… AND FOLLOWS IT UP WITH A URANAGE!!!

    Finally, the Uranage connects, so Daniels sprints towards the corner and leaps up… BEST MOONSAULT EVER CONNECTS ON TAJIRI!!!

    DANIELS REMAINS ON TOP FOR THE PIN…1…2…3!!!





    NO!!! ANOTHER SHOULDER UP FROM TAJIRI!!!

    Probably the closest call yet but the fans mark out as the match still isn’t over. ‘The Fallen Angel’ tries his hardest to maintain his composure, but he’s a little more red faced after that one. Still, Daniels makes his way to his feet, and yet again, hoists Tajiri up to his feet as well. Daniels lands a few right hands that Tajiri doesn’t even look like defending… DANIELS THEN LOOKS FOR THE LAST RITES!!!

    TAJIRI SNAPMARES OUT OF IT…

    BEFORE CONNECTING WITH A NORTHERN BUZZSAW KICK!!!

    Now it’s Tajiri’s turn to drag his opponent back up… ONLY TO IMMEDIATELY LOOK TO LIFT DANIELS INTO THE AIR WITH A BRAINBUSTER!!!

    DANIELS BREAKS TAJIRI’S GRIP AND SPINS AROUND…

    DANIELS GETS TAJIRI INTO POSITION…

    LAST RITES!!!

    NO!!! TAJIRI BREAKS FREE MID SPIN…

    AND LANDS A ROUNDHOUSE KICK TO THE TEMPLE OF DANIELS!!!

    The kick sends Daniels staggering into the ropes, but somehow, he rebounds back to the centre of the ring. Daniels looks like he’s drunk, clearly on wobbly legs… WHICH ALLOWS TAJIRI TO PICK HIM UP… DRILLING HIM WITH THE BRAINBUSTER!!!

    Tajiri crawls the few inches to be able to make the cover… BUT FOR THE THIRD TIME TONIGHT… DANIELS ROLLS ACROSS THE RING, UNDERNEATH THE ROPE AND TO THE OUTSIDE TO AVOID BEING PINNED!!!

    The heat from the crowd is ENORMOUS, as Daniels lays face down on the concrete floor, not moving now he’s momentarily out of harms away. Tajiri puts his head in his hands on the inside, not believing how close he was to probably winning the match there. Albeit slowly, Tajiri goes after Daniels, rolling to the outside himself, and trying to pick Daniels back up.

    At this point, Daniels is dead weight, so Tajiri is forced to strain really hard and exert a lot of energy to get Daniels up. With a lot of effort and the audience’s encouragement, finally Tajiri manages to roll Daniels underneath the bottom rope and back into the ring. The effort needed causes Tajiri to bend over for a moment, putting both hands on his knees as he catches his breath. After a second or two of that, Tajiri gets himself back onto the apron, and steps through the ropes…

    WITH TAJIRI STEPPING THROUGH THE ROPES… DANIELS SOMEHOW KICKS THE MIDDLE ROPE UP AND INTO THE GROIN FROM TAJIRI!!!

    It’s a resourceful kick considering Daniels is still lying on the canvas himself, but it does the job. Tajiri goes to crumble to the canvas but ends up getting hung up on the second rope, once again having problems with his nuts. With Tajiri in a precarious position, Daniels gets a sudden burst of energy, getting to his feet, dragging Tajiri out of the ropes… AND THIS TIME DANIELS HITS THE ANGEL’S WINGS!!!

    DANIELS HOOKS THE LEG…1…2…3!!!







    TAJIRI JUST GOT HIS FOOT ON THE BOTTOM ROPE BEFORE THE REFEREE COUNTED TO THREE!!!

    The fans can’t believe Tajiri managed to stay in this match, as they get behind him now with a “TAJIRI”, “TAJIRI”, “TAJIRI” chant. Despite the chants and the foot on the bottom rope, Tajiri isn’t showing many other promising signs. On the other hand, Daniels gets back to his feet and is right away back on the task. ‘The Fallen Angel’ drags Tajiri back to his feet… NOW DANIELS CONNECTS WITH THE LAST RITES!!!

    Having learned his lesson, instead of going right for the cover, Daniels grabs Tajiri by the arm, and drags him away from the ropes, towards the centre of the ring. Once satisfied with Tajiri’s positioning, Daniels drops to his knees… AND DANIELS HOOKS THE LEG YET AGAIN…1…2…3!!!









    FINALLY, IT’S OVER!!!

    Winner: Christopher Daniels @ 18:13

    There was almost a sense of inevitably about the result with Daniels seemingly having an answer to all of Tajiri’s questions. Nevertheless, there’s a stunned silence at first, with this probably being Daniels’ biggest win so far, and then the heat kicks in.

    ‘The Fallen Angel’ enjoys the reaction, smirking to himself, and allowing the referee to raise his hand. After that, Daniels head to the corner, climbing the ropes and further basking in the glory of his victory over a former ECW Champion.

    After celebrating for a few more moments, Daniels nods his head and steps through the ropes. Before jumping off of the apron, Daniels sees that Tajiri is slowly crawling towards the ropes, and this seems to tick him off. He shakes his head in irritation, and steps back inside of the ring.

    Christopher Daniels drags mercilessly drags Tajiri up, the heat volume at volcanic levels now… AND DANIELS DROPS TAJIRI WITH ANOTHER LAST RITES!!!

    The undefeated wrestler stands over his fallen opponent, soaking in the heat, but he still isn’t finished. He points to his temple, telling the fans to “WATCH THIS”, before he slowly starts helping Tajiri to his feet. Daniels then bends the back of Tajiri… AND APPLIES THE DRAGON CLUTCH!!!

    Boos spread throughout the arena like wildfire as Daniels uses another one of Low Ki’s moves. Tajiri’s arms flail around in desperation, but he’s in no condition to make a real comeback.

    Daniels applies more pressure, leaning back himself, a sick grin on his face, when the mood in the arena changes, because
    LOW KI SPRINTS DOWN THE RAMP AND SLIDES INTO THE RING!!!

    Ki charges towards Daniels… BUT DANIELS IMMEDIATELY RELINQUISHES THE HOLD AND JUMPS OUTSIDE OF THE RING!!!

    “PUSSY”, “PUSSY”, “PUSSY” chants greet Daniels, as he backs up the ramp, with Ki imploring him to come back. Instead, ‘The Fallen Angel’ backs up the aisle before pointing to the curtain and mouthing “IT’S TIME”.

    Low Ki helps roll Tajiri out of the ring, knowing what’s coming when…

    ***ANOTHER BODY MURDERED***

    The unfamiliar yet ominous tune hits over the pa system, and Daniels has a smirk on his face as what must be
    SAMOA JOE steps into an ECW arena for the first time. There isn’t to much of a reaction, but he does get some heat by association. Ki nods in the ring, ready for action, whilst Joe’s eyes don’t leave Low Ki. As Joe walks past Daniels, he receives a pat on the back, but the Samoan doesn’t even acknowledge that he has been touched.

    With one last look, Daniels heads through the curtain, whilst the extremely focused Samoa Joe steps into the ring, ready to get this one underway…


    Match Seven
    Low Ki vs. Samoa Joe

    As soon as Joe steps into the ring, the referee calls for the bell, and neither man hesitates as they charge into a lock up. Joe’s strength advantage seems pretty obvious, as he immediately backs Ki into the corner. Despite his association with Daniels, Joe surprisingly grants a clean break, and they meet in the centre of the ring again. They lock up again, but this time Joe transitions into a Side Headlock, followed by a Side Headlock Takedown! Joe uses all his additional body weight to force Ki to stay down, and the referee even counts Ki’s shoulders down a few times, but he manages to roll them off the canvas.

    The former ECW Champion has started on the back foot but is able to manoeuvre his way across the canvas and get to the ropes. Samoa Joe breaks again, stepping back to the centre of the ring, and telling Low Ki to “BRING IT”. ‘The Warrior’ doesn’t mean to be told twice, getting up and stalking towards Joe, but before they can lock up, Ki lands a hard kick to the chest of Joe!

    Joe no sells it, letting out a smile and he comes back with a Clothesline, but Ki avoids it and lands another kick to the chest. A third kick to the chest follows, before Ki EXPLODES with numerous kicks to the legs of Joe, trying to chop down the big redwood. The blows cause Joe to stumble a little, becoming unsteady, until Ki goes for another leg kick, but Joe checks it, and delivers a hard kick to Ki’s chest.

    The audience begins to murmur, because after a barrage of shots from Low Ki, Joe remained standing, but one shot from Joe is enough to drop Ki. As Joe shakes his legs out, making sure they don’t tighten up, a shocked Ki crawls into a seated position in the corner, still feeling his chest. Sensing the moment, Jo sprints towards the corner, looking for the Face Wash, however Ki drops underneath the bottom rope and rolls to the outside.

    An interesting strategy from Low Ki, who gets no real heat from the crowd for his stalling because he’s not a heel. Inside of the ring, Joe isn’t in the mood to wait, SO JOE RUNS ACROSS THE RING… AND LOOKS FOR THE ELBOW SUICIDA!!!

    LOW KI MANAGES TO JUMP ON THE APRON AND NAIL JOE WITH A KOPPOU KICK!!!

    A big-time pop from the fans as Ki shows his first sign of effective offense, whilst Joe staggers back towards the centre of the ring. Incredibly, the debutant is still on his feet, rubbing his head and shaking out the cobwebs… WHEN KI NAILS A SPRINGBOARD FLYING ELBOW TO THE HEAD OF JOE!!!

    The pop from the fans is GIGANTIC because Samoa Joe has looked pretty indestructible in the early stages, but now he’s fallen off his feet. Immediately, Joe rolls to his gut, pushes to his knees and begins trying to get back up. With no wasted motion, Low Ki sprints at Joe and stomps all over his back, flattening him out and keeping him down. From here, Ki mounts the back of Joe and simply mauls him, landing punches to the back of Joe’s head and his back itself.

    After a few moments, Ki then moves his legs underneath and around the body of Joe, locking in a Body Scissors! The referee asks Joe if he wants to submit as Ki applies all the pressure he can, but Joe tells the referee to “FUCK OFF”! Despite the defiance from Joe, he’s unable to make any inroads to break the hold right away. On commentary, Joey Styles puts over how this is a fantastic strategy for Ki to use. Being the bigger man, Joe may tire quicker so gruelling moves like this and making the match last longer could work to Low Ki’s advantage.

    Eventually Joe, not even needing the help of the ropes, pushes his way to his feet, but Ki still doesn’t break the Body Scissors. Instead, Low Ki wraps an arm around the head and neck of Joe, trying to turn it into a Sleeper Hold, but Samoa Joe jogs backwards, and squashes Ki against the corner. The impact of the blow is enough for Ki to relinquish his grip, and it allows Joe to stumble out of the corner, gasping for air. After only a few moments of recovery, Joe turns back towards his opponent, but Low Ki goes ham with a flurry of slaps, kicks and chops to send Joe crumbling back to the canvas.

    Once Joe is back down, again using a rather unique strategy for a babyface, Ki locks in the same Body Scissors hold. The fans applaud the strategy anyway because they love Ki and think he’s a tactical mastermind. Joe still doesn’t get close to submitting this time, but he is able to fight up to be on all fours. Surprisingly, Ki releases his hold, instead choosing to bounce off the ropes… AND COME BACK WITH A VICIOUS PUNT TO JOE’S UNPROTECTED FACE!!!

    There are some gasps from the audience due to the vicious nature of the shot, but Low Ki shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, he doesn’t even go for the pin. Instead, Ki drags Samoa Joe to his feet, only to drill him with another Koppou Kick! The blow sends Joe stumbling backwards and he falls into a seated position in the corner… KI RUNS ACROSS THE RING AND SMASHES JOE’S FACE IN WITH A FACE WASH!!!

    This is getting brutal for the debutant as Ki continues to put in work, getting another nice ovation from the fans. After untangling himself from the ropes, Ki bends down to grab Joe, but Joe shoves him away with force. As Ki stumbles backwards, Joe lets out a roar, before grabbing the top rope with both hands and pulling himself to his feet. Even the fans are in shock with how quick Joe has gotten back up, but the persistent Ki meets him with a bunch of kicks and slaps, only for Joe to absolutely level Low Ki with a brutal slap to the side of his head.

    The sound echoes throughout the arena, as Ki grabs at his head, covering up. Joe hides a smirk behind a sneer as he yells “NOW WE HAVE SOME FUN”! Joe grabs a hold of Ki and whips him to the corner, but Ki reverses, sending Joe crashing into the corner instead. Low Ki runs in after Joe… LOW KI RUNS STRAIGHT INTO THE STJOE!!!

    Despite his bravado, Joe remains down after the game changing move, but so does Low Ki. Both men eventually fight to their feet rather slowly, and when they meet in the centre of the ring, it’s Joe’s turn to unleash with unanswered kicks and slaps. After rocking Ki, Joe sends him to the ropes, and upon return, Joe nails a Snap Powerslam! There’s no wasted motion from Joe, immediately picking Ki up, and shoving his head between his legs… JOE GETS KI UP FOR THE POWERBOMB!!!

    LOW KI LOCKS IN A TRIANGLE CHOKE IN MIDAIR!!!

    Joe can’t completely the Powerbomb as the grip from Ki’s hold is too strong. It only takes a few moments for Joe to start fading, and he drops to his knees. Ki keeps the hold synched in, doing all he can to keep his shoulders off the mat, applying as much pressure as possible. Joe’s face is as red as they come, he’s struggling for air, and he looks like he’s faded… WHEN JOE GETS A SUDDEN BURST OF ENERGY!!!

    Joe rips Ki’s legs from around his neck, before isolating one leg… AND JOE LOCKS IN THE SAMOAN CRAB!!!

    Joe leans back immediately, trying to snap the leg of Ki straight off, but Ki is close enough to reach the ropes before any real damage is done. Even though things are heating up here, Joe allows yet another clean break. The big man gets to his feet and doesn’t have to wait long for Low Ki to be up as well. The debutant peppers away with punches and jabs, keeping Ki off balance, only to land a Snapmare! In vintage Joe fashion, he follows it up with a quick chop, followed by a hard kick to the back and a Knee Drop!!!

    The combination gets some applause from the fans even though they are supposed to hate this monster. On instinct, Ki sits up, not wanting to keep his shoulders on the canvas, but this allows Joe to land repeated vicious kicks to the spine. As Ki’s screams in agony fill the ears of the fans, Joe drags him back up… THIS TIME JOE CONNECTS WITH A POWERBOMB!!!

    JOE KEEPS HIM PACKAGED FOR THE COVER…1…2…NO!!! KI KICKS OUT OF THE PIN!!!

    BUT JOE HELD ON AND IMMEDIATELY TRANSITIONED INTO AN STF!!!

    The awesome work from Joe keeps Ki in a tremendous amount of pain, as he’s once again stuck trying to force his way to the ropes. He shows no signs of submitting, working his way towards the ropes, WHEN JOE TRANSITIONS AGAIN INTO A GROUND OCTOPUS HOLD!!!

    Ki’s pain levels seem to be turned up, whilst Joey Styles urges him on at the desk, stating that he needs to fight through this to have any chance of getting his hands on Christopher Daniels. The deadly Joe keeps pulling away at the hold, applying further pressure, until Ki manages to somehow roll over and drape a foot across the bottom rope. He’s in a position of complete dominance and for the first time seems to question, but Joe then breaks cleanly again at the referee’s request.

    Once back up to his feet, the surprised Joe brings Ki back up, and lands a kick to Ki’s legs. Low Ki immediately responds with one of his own, and the two embark in a crazy kick war! The two keep trading back and forth, neither wanting to take a backwards step, until Joe catches the leg on one of Ki’s attempts and uses it to push him off balance. Ki takes his eyes off the ball, regaining his balance… JOE DRILLS HIM WITH A SUPERKICK!!!

    Ki drops and rolls to his stomach, Joe squashes him with a Back Senton! There’s no mercy from Joe, as rather than go for the cover, he hoists Ki back up, and begins hammering him with more of those painful, stiff slaps. With Ki dazed, Joe feeds the leg… LOOKING FOR AN ENZIGURI!!!

    KI DUCKS…

    AND GRABS HOLD OF THE DRAGON CLUTCH!!!

    BUT JOE IMMEDIATELY SNAPMARES OUT OF IT!!!

    Ki gets back to his feet, but his back is to Joe… JOE GRABS HIM AND APPLIES THE CHOKE (COQUINA CLUTCH IN THE INDIES)…

    BUT KI DROPS TO HIS ASS AND ROLLS OUT OF HARMS WAY!!!

    Ki is right back to his feet as Joe walks towards him, almost looking like the Terminator at this point. Low Ki surprises Joe with a bunch of Kawada kicks to soften him up, followed by a Jumping Enzuiguri! Once again, Joe remains on his feet but stumbles into the corner… ALLOWING KI TO COME AT HIM WITH THE TIDAL KRUSH!!!

    Joe moves forward out of the corner, looking invincible, until he falls forward and collapses to the mat. He’s not moving now, so Ki immediately ascends up to the top rope. With the fans well and truly behind him… LOW KI LEAPS OFF THE TOP… LANDING WITH THE FLYING DOUBLE STOMP!!!

    KI LANDS ON THE CANVAS AS JOE ROLLS OUT OF THE WAY!!!

    Ki rolled forward with and bounces back to his feet, softening the impact on his knees. When Ki turns around, there’s shock on his face as Joe is already back up. The former ECW Champion charges at Joe, looking for a Lariat, but Joe ducks, and manages to get a clinch and land a vicious knee to the face. The blow is enough to send Ki to all fours, so Joe bounces off the ropes… AND KICKS LOW KI HARD IN THE FACE JUST LIKE WHAT HAPPENED TO JOE EARLIER!!!

    The fans are in shock again, but immediately an “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chant starts up. This time the kick may have been stiffer than intended, as blood begins dripping out of the nose of Low Ki. A bloody Ki rolls away towards the corner, trying to buy himself some time, BUT NOW JOE DRILLS KI WITH THE FACE WASH!!!

    On commentary, Joey Styles and Cyrus talk about how Low Ki mentioned he’d seen some tape of Joe, and the Face Wash is one of Joe’s moves. Joe applies more pressure for longer than he normally would with the Face Wash, clearly sending a message, before he takes a few steps back. Next thing you know, Joe lands a big Yakuza kick in the corner! Not for the first time tonight, Ki uncharacteristically rolls to the outside, needing to catch a break and recover.

    Much like earlier, Joe’s having none of it… JOE CHARGES ACROSS THE RING… LOOKING FOR A TOPE SUICIDA!!!

    THIS TIME IT’S A JUMPING ENZUIGURI FROM KI THAT STOPS JOE IN HIS TRACKS AND SENDS HIM FALLING BACKWARDS IN THE RING!!!

    The unexpected shot seems to have really taken its toll on Joe. Low Ki slowly struggles to get back into the ring, before slowly bringing Joe back up. LOW KI TRIES TO GET HIM UP FOR THE KI KRUSHER… BUT STRUGGLES…

    ONLY FOR JOE TO EXPLODE WITH NUMEROUS KNEES TO THE MID SECTION…

    FOLLOWED BY A BRUTAL SHORT ARM LARIAT!!!

    JOE WITH THE COVER…1…2…NO!!! KI GETS A SHOULDER UP!!!

    Now it’s Joe’s turn to shake his head, seemingly frustrated with the resilience of Low Ki. Daniels’ hired assassin drags Ki back up and begins nailing him with some more knees to the gut, until Ki manages to grab hold of the knee. Ki keeps one of Joe’s legs in the air, and steps behind the other one, performing a trip. Joe lands on his back and before he can react… LOW KI CRUSHES HIM WITH THE JUMPING DOUBLE STOMP!!!

    Ki falls over at the point of impact, but gets back to his feet, but yet again, Joe is fighting back up as well. ‘The Warrior’ approaches Joe with more rapid Kawada kicks, Ki then bounces off the ropes… JOE NEARLY DECAPITATES LOW KI WITH ANOTHER LARIAT!!!

    “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants ring out as Ki does a flip in mid air due to the impact. JOE GETS ON TOP WITH THE LATERAL PRESS…1…2…NO!!! ANOTHER SHOULDER UP FROM LOW KI!!!

    After what has been a very hard-fought contest so far, Joe rolls off of Ki and onto his back, remaining there to take a breather. Meanwhile, Ki gets out of harms way, rolling underneath the bottom rope and to the outside. Eventually, Joe follows Ki out, but with Ki showing no signs of life, sprawled out on the concrete floor, Joe begins looking under the ring. He finds a STEEL CHAIR from under the apron, which gets some nice cheers from the crowd.

    Joe sets the chair up, and then moves the dead body of Low Ki, putting him in a seated position. Ki is on the chair and also leaning against the crowd barricade… WHEN JOE DRILLS HIM WITH THE OLE KICK!!!

    As Ki’s body falls off of the chair, yet another “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chant breaks out. Sensing his chance now, Joe grabs Ki by the scruff of the neck and rolls him back inside of the ring. Following in straight after is Joe, who connects with more of his patented slaps and a knee to the face as Ki makes it to his knees. In one swift motion, showing incredible strength… JOE HOISTS KI UP FOR THE MUSCLEBUSTER!!!

    SOMEHOW, KI WRIGGLES HIS HEAD FREE…

    THEN MANAGES TO HOOK ONE OF JOE’S ARMS…

    TAKING HIM DOWN WITH A CRUCIFIX PIN…1…2…NO!!! JOE JUST ESCAPES!!!

    With a surge of adrenaline, both men bounce up to their feet at the same time, but this time the quickness of Ki pays off. Low Ki now hammers away with kicks and slaps, with the volume way turned up. The repetitive blows cause Joe to drop to a knee, where Ki then transitions into some sharp Kawada kicks! The fans cheer the relentlessness of Ki, when he looks to turn and run towards the ropes…

    BUT JOE POUNCES WITH A WAIST LOCK OUT OF NOWHERE… STRAIGHT INTO GERMAN SUPLEX!!!

    JOE HOLDS ON AND ROLLS THROUGH…

    DRAGON SUPLEX CONNECTS!!!

    And Joe brings Ki right back to his feet… LANDING A CHIMERA SUPLEX!!!

    Another “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chant rings out for the terrific display, AS JOE GOES FOR THE PIN…1…2…NO!!! THE FORMER CHAMP ROLLS A SHOULDER OFF THE MAT!!!

    There’s more frustration from Joe now as he audibly curses the near fall. Again, he takes a moment to get back to his feet, only to bring Ki up to. He pushes Ki towards the ropes and when Ki comes back, Jumping Enzuiguri connects! Before Low Ki can even fall to the mat… JOE GETS HIM UP… CONNECTING WITH THE MUSCLE BUSTER!!!

    JOE HOOKS THE LEG…1…2…3!!! NO!!! ANOTHER SHOULDER UP FROM THE INCREDIBLE LOW KI!!!

    Joe must be wondering what Christopher Daniels got him into, as once again, he’s unable to finish the job. Knowing there is still a job to be done, Joe brings Ki up and holds his head down, landing some sharp knees to the temple, only to wind up for a bigger knee, but Ki breaks free. Low Ki avoids the knee, gets behind Joe… AND APPLIES THE DRAGON CLUTCH!!!

    The ovation is huge as it actually looks like Low Ki might come back from the dead and win this one. Joe tries to fight out of the hold, arms flailing like crazy, but he can’t as Low Ki keeps the hold locked in. Slowly, Joe begins to fade as he falls to his knees, no longer able to remain on his feet. The referee keeps getting in Joe’s face, asking if he taps, but he refuses to until he stops responding to the referee. Joe is out of it, so THE REFEREE RAISES JOE’S ARM ONCE…

    AND IT DROPS!!!

    THE REFEREE RAISES JOE’S ARM A SECOND TIME…

    AND IT DROPS!!!

    THE REFEREE RAISES JOE’S ARM A THIRD TIME…

    BUT JOE YANKS HIS ARM OUT OF THE REFEREE’S GRIP AND FUCKING EXPLODES TO HIS FEET!!!

    Low Ki is in complete shock, clinging onto Joe for dear life… WHEN JOE SENDS HIM CRASHING TO THE MAT WITH A DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!!!

    Another awesome exchange gets an “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chant from the fans as both men remain down and out. They both slowly battle back to their feet, meeting in the centre of the ring, and they begin trading BRUTAL slaps back and forth. Neither look to take a backwards step, hammering away at each other, until Joe comes at Ki with a Yakuza Kick!!!

    Ki stumbles into the rope but bounces back with a Yakuza Kick of his own! Again, neither man goes down, but Ki suddenly unleashes several fast-paced unanswered kicks in a row. With Joe reeling now, KI THROWS A ROUNDHOUSE KICK!!!

    JOE AVOIDS IT AND GOES FOR THE CHOKE!!!

    KI IMMEDIATELY STARTS THROWING BACK ELBOWS, NOT ALLOWING JOE TO APPLY THE HOLD!!!

    Joe backs off, shaking out the cobwebs, so Ki runs at him… BUT JOE USES KI’S MOMENTUM TO GET HIM UP AND LAND THE ISLAND DRIVER!!!

    JOE WITH THE COVER…1…2…3…NO!!! KI JUST GETS A SHOULDER UP!!!

    What a show of resilience from Low Ki once again. Joe is a damn near salivating at the mouth now though, having had enough. He drags Ki up and looks for a kick to the gut, but Ki grabs hold of the leg, forcing Joe to hop on the spot. Ki keeps a hold of the leg and uses it to get back to his feet… KI IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWS GETTING UP WITH A GAMENGURI!!!

    Joe is stunned, staggering around everywhere… WHEN LOW KI LETS OUT A YELL… AND SOMEHOW GETS JOE UP… BRINGING HIM DOWN WITH THE KI KRUSHER 99!!!

    LOW KI HOOKS BOTH LEGS…1…2…3!!!

    NO!!! THIS TIME IT’S JOE’S TURN TO SHOCK THE WORLD WITH A SHOULDER UP!!!

    Oh my god says Joey Styles, but not in a monotone voice. Low Ki can’t believe it now, hands on his head as he checks the count with the referee, who confirms it’s only a two. Shaking his head in disbelief, Ki gets back to a vertical base, and uses all his energy to drag the heavy Joe back up. Once Joe is up, Ki starts swinging with some chops to the chest, when Joe suddenly no sells one… AND GETS KI UP FOR THE MUSCLEBUSTER AGAIN!!!

    LOW KI SQUIRMS FREE, LANDING BEHIND JOE AND TRIES TO GET HIM IN THE DRAGON CLUTCH!!!

    JOE WITH A GO BEHIND… JOE LOCKS IN THE CHOKE!!!

    The reversals have led to them being extremely close to the corner, and whilst Joe has The Choke (which the commentators put over as never being escaped before) locked in… LOW KI RUNS UP THE TURNBUCKLES AND KICKS OFF…

    ROLLING THROUGH…

    JOE KEEPS THE CHOKE APPLIED…

    BUT HIS SHOULDERS ARE ON THE MAT SO THE REFEREE COUNTS…1…2…3!!!



    JOE RELEASES THE CHOKE JUST A MILLISECOND TO LATE!!!

    Winner: Low Ki @ 21:59

    A flash pin would normally indicate one competitor bouncing back up, frustrated, but that doesn’t happen here. As the fans applaud the result and the performance, both men remain down on the canvas, visibly exhausted.

    After a few moments, both men crawl to separate sides of the ring, using the ropes to pull themselves back up. Once they are up, drenched in sweat, they stumble towards the centre of the ring.

    The referee grabs a hold of Low Ki and raises his hand, but the victor pays it no attention, instead focusing in on his opponent.

    They meet in the centre of the ring, both breathing heavy, whilst the fans give them a standing ovation, which turns into another “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chant.

    There’s respect all around from the fans, and then Low Ki shows the ultimate sign of respect, offering his hand to Joe.

    The newcomer screws up his face a little, looking genuinely confused, whilst the fans urge him on. On commentary, Joey Styles and Cyrus wonder whether Joe is going to have the same attitude as the man who brought him into ECW when it comes to handshakes.

    Joe thinks and thinks some more… AND FINALLY JOE ACCEPS THE HANDSHAKE!!!

    This gets a big pop from the crowd, as it’s short and sharp, but it’s a handshake no less. Joe then nods at Low Ki and steps out of the ring, allowing the winner his moment.


    Joey Styles: What a performance from both men! Low Ki is a former ECW Champion and he showed why right here tonight, but credit has to go to Samoa Joe. He came into ECW for the first time and he DOMINATED a large portion of this match. Perhaps against any other competitor on any other night, Samoa Joe would have won with this type of performance.

    Cyrus: We don’t have this happen often, Joey, but I agree with you completely. Mark my words, Samoa Joe is a future ECW Champion!

    Joey Styles: And based off of the result tonight, and considering the way he lost the title, one has to wonder if Low Ki is a future two-time ECW Champion.

    Cyrus: Never say never. Anyway, uh, I’m sure you can handle the main event by yourself, I’ve got some business to attend to.

    Without any hesitation, Cyrus gets up and runs away from the commentary position. Styles looks confused but a camera follows Cyrus, who runs down towards the arena, before sprinting through the curtain. Not to far in front of Cyrus, we see Samoa Joe veer left into a hallway, and Cyrus runs in the same direction. Is Cyrus trying to recruit Samoa Joe?



    That’s all we see for now as Low Ki really is getting a nice amount of time to celebrate for the second pay per view in a row. Finally, he gives the fans one last nods and steps through the ropes, jumping to the floor…

    ONLY TO GET RAMMED FACE FIRST INTO THE RING POST!!!

    BY
    CHRISTOPHER DANIELS!!!

    The heat is enormous as it’s clear ‘The Fallen Angel’ didn’t appreciated his hired gun being shown up tonight. Ki is dazed and still exhausted, so Daniels quickly brings him up… DANIELS NAILS LOW KI WITH THE LAST RITES ON THE CONCRETE FLOOR!!!

    The bloodthirsty fans can’t help but chant “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, after the nasty move on the outside. Daniels smirks now when he stands over Low Ki, before grabbing himself a microphone.


    Christopher Daniels: Let me make one thing perfectly clear to you, it doesn’t matter what happened tonight. I don’t care who you beat.

    Low Ki’s eyes are glazed over but Daniels makes sure to stare right into them as he speaks.

    Christopher Daniels: It doesn’t change anything. You will NEVER be Christopher Daniels, you will never be undefeated, and above all else, you will NEVER EVER FACE ‘THE FALLEN ANGEL’!!!

    Having delivered his message, Daniels tosses the mic to the floor, giving the fallen Low Ki one last stern look, before making his way up the ramp. Of course, Daniels gets plenty of abuse from the crowd, but he ignores it all, as ‘Damage Control’ sprint towards ringside to check on Low Ki…



    As Low Ki gets helped to the back, it’s video package time…


    ***

    The video package highlights all of the terrible things JEFF JARRETT has orchestrated since joining ECW. These include taking out Steve Corino, taking out Homicide, and the stealing the ECW Championship from Low Ki. We also hear some soundbites from promo’s where Jarrett has talked about how ECW needs to change now that he’s the owner.

    From here, we see highlights of The Sandman nailing people with the Singapore Cane. The epitome of exactly what Jarrett doesn’t want ECW to be like. We then see clips of Jarrett’s championship celebration, which ended with The Sandman interrupting, putting out his cigarette on the NWA Title, and declaring his intentions to become ECW Champion.


    ***

    It’s main event time, folks. Surprisingly, the ECW Champion and NWA Champion JEFF JARRETT makes his way out first, and he’s all alone. Wearing both titles, the NWA one on top of the ECW one, ‘Double J’ Fargo Struts his way down the ramp, getting an abnormal amount of abuse from the crowd. Once inside of the ring, Jarrett pulls a note out of his tights, gives it a quick read and then grabs a microphone.

    Jeff Jarrett: I know it’s time for the main event, but before I successfully defend the ECW Title tonight, I have an announcement to make. As the owner of ECW, it’s my duty to do what’s best for this company. I just double checked the numbers I crunched earlier and quite frankly; ECW pays too much in music fees. Certain budgets need to be cut to ensure Extreme Championship Wrestling has an efficient and sustainable business model. With that being said, I want you to all enjoy tonight because tonight is the night you will say goodbye to the Metallica version of Enter Sandman. To fit in with The Network and other Network partnerships within our industry, after tonight, we’ll be switching to the Motorhead version of the song.

    Jarrett struggles to hold in his laughter, whilst the crowd are IRATE with that announcement. A few passionate ECW fans begin throwing some trash in the ring, which Jarrett and the referee quickly get rid of, knowing we still have a main event to go.

    With things getting a little out of control,
    THE SANDMAN makes his usual entrance through the crowd. The fans particularly enjoy the Metallica version of Enter Sandman for the last time. After enjoying his pre match ritual of smashed can of beer and cigarette, The Sandman steps into the ring and the referee calls for the bell.

    Match Eight
    ECW World Heavyweight Championship Match:
    Jeff Jarrett (c) defends against The Sandman


    Already drenched in beer and his white shirt partially see through, The Sandman approaches Jarrett without a care. Jarrett doesn’t look to interested in a brawl, trying to raise an arm in the air to signal a test of strength, but The Sandman socks him with a punch to the chin. The pop is ENORMOUS for the first shot, but it isn’t just one shot, as The Sandman continues to back Jarrett away. ‘Double J’s back hits the corner, as Sandman is relentless with the punches, only stopping when a cowering Jarrett is protected by the referee calling for a break.

    The Sandman rolls his eyes, but does as he’s told, before motioning with his hands for the champion to come back to the centre of the ring. Instead, Jarrett drops to the canvas and rolls underneath the bottom rope and to the outside. Surprisingly enough, The Sandman shows some composure, remaining inside of the ring, where me mocks the ‘Fargo Strut’. The mocking from the Sandman as well as the boos from the fans at him hanging outside the ring have the champion furious. Jarrett looks at them all as if they’re ungrateful, yelling “I’LL GRAB THE TITLE AND LEAVE IF YOU PEOPLE DON’T START CHEERING ME”!

    As you can probably imagine, this has the opposite effect to what Jeff wants. The fans hatred for him gets even LOUDER, and he cracks it, storming over to the newly put together timekeeper’s table, where his championship belts sit. Jarrett grabs both titles, signalling that he’s brushing off the match and all these people. He begins to walk around the ring, heading towards the entrance ramp… WHEN THE SANDMAN SPRINGBOARDS OVER THE TOP USING HIS LEFT ARM… WHISLT WIELDING THE SINGAPORE CANE WITH THE RIGHT HAND… AND SANDMAN LANDS WITH THE CANE CRACKING RIGHT OVER THE HEAD OF JARRETT!!!

    Jarret crumbles to his knees, dazed and confused after the Cane shot, whilst the fans begin pumping out an “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chant. The Sandman stands over Jarrett, sneering with hatred… BEFORE EXPLODING WITH MULTIPLE SHOTS WITH THE SINGAPORE CANE… BUSTING UP THE BODY OF JARRETT!!!

    With his Cane already bent out of shape and barely staying together, Sandman tosses it into the ring. He then digs through his pocket and surprise; he had another beer in there. Whilst still standing over Jarrett, just as he would before the match, The Sandman opens the can by crushing it across his forehead. Beer begins to spray everywhere, but The Sandman covers the crack in the can with his mouth, gulping down the beer.

    He gets down a fair portion of the can, before tipping the rest out, all over Jarrett. As some of the beer drips into the eyes of ‘Double J’, he screams and grabs at his eyes, selling it like he’s being burned alive. The awesome moment gets another “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chant from the crowd, as The Sandman now waits for the champ to get back to his feet. Eventually, Jarrett does find his way back up, squinting a little due to the beer in his eyes… AND NOW SANDMAN SMASHES THE BEER CAN ACROSS THE FOREHEAD OF JARRETT!!!

    It’s a bump on the concrete floor for Jarrett, as the determined Sandman now mounts the owner, and hammers away with punches. After tiring himself out, The Sandman gets up, only to drag Jarrett up as well, and he sends the champion back into the ring. The Sandman looks to follow back in as well, rolling underneath the bottom rope, but when he gets to his feet, Jarrett shoves the referee into his path.

    This stops Sandman in his tracks, as he’s forced to move the referee out of his path, but this ALLOWS JARRETT TO SNEAK A LOW BLOW!!!

    As tough as The Sandman is, the low blow is going to cause him to collapse to the mat, grabbing at his nuts. This gives Jarrett time to battle back to his feet, rubbing his forehead, still feeling the beer can shot. With a vengeful look on his face, Jarrett now picks up the Singapore Cane, and cocks it like a baseball bat, stalking his opponent. The Sandman fights back to his knees… ONLY FOR JARRETT TO SMACK HIM WITH A SINGAPORE CANE SHOT TO THE SKULL!!!

    The shot is enough to cause Sandman to bend his legs in an awkward position, falling all the way to his back. Mark this moment in history, instead of Cane shot getting a chant started up by the fans, it just gets heat. Jarrett shakes his head in disgust as he discards the Singapore Cane back to the canvas, before leaning through the ropes and requesting a microphone.

    Jeff Jarrett: This Singapore Cane is bullshit.

    Short and sharp from Jarrett, who throws the microphone away, but it’s enough to get the fans to give him more heat. Despite there being no signs of the referee calling for a disqualification, Jarrett looks at the referee and yells, “I’M ABOUT TO GIVE HIM A TASTE OF HIS OWN MEDICINE! IF YOU DQ ME, I’LL FIRE YOUR ASS”!!!

    The referee nods in affirmation to show his understanding, whilst Jarrett delivers a few stomps to Sandman, before stepping to the outside. The owner of ECW heads underneath the ring and he finds himself a STEEL CHAIR!!! With a buzz of anticipation beginning to echo throughout the arena, Jarrett slides back into the ring… IMMEDIATELY CRACKING THE STEEL CHAIR OVER THE BACK OF THE SANDMAN MULTIPLE TIMES!!!

    After several shots, almost out of desperation, The Sandman rolls onto his back… BUT THEN JARRETT STABS THE EDGE OF THE CHAIR RIGHT INTO THE STOMACH OF SANDMAN!!!]

    There’s still plenty of heat from the crowd, as the ECW Champion drops the chair… AND MAKES THE COVER…1…2…NO!!! THE SANDMAN KICKS OUT!!!

    The Sandman shows that he’s still got a fair bit left in the tank, kicking out with authority, but he’s immediately clutching at his mid-section. Much to the chagrin of the fans, Jeff stands up and walks behind The Sandman, before dropping to a knee and locking in a Reverse Chinlock! The boos from the fans are vicious, as they hate this sort of shit, and Jarrett basically laughs at them as he applies pressure. Eventually, The Sandman fights his way back to his feet, only for Jarrett to release the hold for a moment, raking the eyes of The Sandman.

    With Sandman momentarily distracted by his eyes, Jarrett reapplies the hold and brings Sandman back down to the canvas. “FUCK YOU JARRETT”, “FUCK YOU JARRETT”, “FUCK YOU JARRETT” chants are directed at the champion as he just continues on his merry way with the Chinlock. For the second time, The Sandman begins to fight back, making it back to his feet. This time he gets side on with Jarrett, able to land some elbows to break the hold. After one last elbow, The Sandman looks to bounce off the ropes, but Jarrett grabs two handfuls of The Sandman’s hair and pulls him back down to the canvas.

    ‘Double J’ then takes a few steps back, analysing The Sandman, before landing a Knee Drop! Instead of going for the cover, the arrogant Jarrett gets up, and he busts out the Fargo Strut, pissing off the crowd even more. As Jarrett struts around the ring… A PLASTIC CUP COMES FLYING FROM THE FRONT ROW… HITTING JARRETT IN THE CHEST!!!

    To make matters worse, the cup was half full of god knows what, meaning Jarrett is now drenched in some weird fluid. “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants begin in a show of defiance, but a red-faced Jarrett gets out of the ring in a hurry. The ECW and NWA Champion grabs a hold of security and points at a fan member in the front row, stating “THAT’S THE GUY WHO DID IT! I WANT HIM OUTTA’ HERE OTHERWISE IT’S YOUR ASS ON THE LINE”!!!

    The audience member looks confused, not knowing how to react, as the security guard Jarrett had been instructing is joined by a few colleagues… AND THE FAN GETS ESCORTED OUT OF THE BUILDING!!!

    That’s one enemy down but Jarrett still has an arena full of fans calling for his head, but he tells them that the fan got what he deserved. Having won that battle, Jarrett slides back into the ring, looking to focus on The Sandman again, but he’s wasted to much time. The Sandman greets Jarrett with a bunch of punches, shocking Jarrett and sending him back pedalling into the ropes. As Jarrett uses the ropes to stay on his feet… THE SANDMAN CHARGES AT HIM… CACTUS CLOTHESLINE CONNECTS… SENDING BOTH MEN TUMBLING TO THE OUTSIDE!!!

    “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants greet the move as Jarrett remains down on the concrete floor. The Sandman uses the ring apron to balance himself on his feet, only to go underneath the ring and pull out a TABLE! With the excitement picking up in the arena yet again, Sandman slides the table inside of the ring. He then turns to focus on Jarrett, but Jarrett catches him with a thumb to the eye.

    The blow clearly has an impact on Sandman, as he staggers around like his blind, allowing the champion to find his trusty GUITAR underneath the ring. Eventually, The Sandman turns a full 360… AND JARRET SWINGS FOR THE FENCES WITH THE GUITAR!!!

    BUT THE SANDMAN DUCKS THE SHOT!!!

    The challenger pounces with a kick to the gut, which causes Jarrett to drop the guitar. Sandman picks it up… THE SANDMAN SHOVES THE NECK OF THE GUITAR INTO THE GUT OF JARRETT!!!

    Gasping for air after the guitar shot, Jarrett voluntarily rolls back into the ring, trying to escape his current predicament. Once inside of the ring, Jarrett remains still, trying to recover, whilst The Sandman goes on a scavenger hunt around ringside. Firstly, The Sandman finds another STEEL CHAIR next to the timekeeper’s table… SO THE SANDMAN THROWS THE STEEL CHAIR OVER THE TOP ROPE AND INTO THE RING… AND IT LANDS ACROSS THE BACK OF JARRETT!!!

    Jarrett lets out a yelp from inside of the ring, as another “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chant starts up. Appreciating his good throw, Sandman chuckles to himself, only to start looking under the ring again, until he pulls out what looks to be a spare piece of the STEEL CROWD BARRICADE!!! Oohs and ah’s come from the audience, as The Sandman has a history with the barricade. He slowly leverages it against the top rope and tosses it over. The barricade lands inside of the ring, leaning against the ropes.

    He finally decides it’s time to get back into the ring, so The Sandman gets onto the apron, but then climbs up to the top rope. A little off balance, The Sandman waits for Jarrett to get up… THE SANDMAN LEAPS OFF THE TOP ROPE AND LANDS A SLOPPY CROSSBODY!!!

    SANDMAN STAYS ON TOP FOR THE PIN…1…2…3!!! NO!!! THE CHAMP GETS A SHOULDER UP!!!

    The Sandman gives a quick shake of the head, before getting back to his feet and returning to the beating on his opponent. He slowly drags Jarrett back up, nailing the odd punch as he does so… BEFORE WHIPPING JARRET INTO THE CORNER THE CROWD BARRICADE IS LEANING AGAIN… AND JARRETT TUMBLES UPSIDE DOWN ON THE BARRICADE ALA RIC FLAIR!!!

    Jarrett falls to the canvas in an uncomfortable position, whilst the fans show their appreciation with another “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chant. With Jarrett out of commission for a moment, Sandman turns his attention towards the table he slid in earlier, setting it up in the middle of the ring. Jarrett is out of it, so Sandman is forced to hoist him back up, before draping him across the table. The buzz from the audience gets louder, as The Sandman steps onto the apron and ascends to the top rope. Jarrett still isn’t moving, lying prone on the table…

    WHEN THE SANDMAN IS TRIPPED UP ON THE TOP ROPE!!!

    BY PIERRE CARL OULETTE!!!

    The Sandman is left sitting on the top turnbuckle, grabbing at his groin, whilst PCO jumps back down to the floor. An exhausted Jarrett rolls off of the table, but motions for PCO to get into the ring, instructing him to “GET HIM”! Oulette knows exactly what that means, getting inside the ring and roughly yanking Sandman from the top rope. The Sandman lands with a splat on the canvas, but Oulette quickly picks him up, hammering him with some left hands, before sending him to the ropes. As Sandman comes back… PCO ATTEMPTS HIS LARIAT…

    THE SANDMAN DUCKS AND HEADS TO THE OPPOSITE ROPES…

    WHEN THE SANDMAN COMES BACK…

    HE RUNS INTO PCO STABBING HIM IN THE FOREHEAD WITH HOMICIDE’S STOLEN!!!

    The stabbing causes Sandman to stop in his tracks, grabbing at his forehead. The French-Canadian stashes the fork back into his boot… AND FLATTENS SANDMAN WITH A LARIAT!!!

    As all this has happened, Jarrett has managed to recover, as he now grabs the leg of The Sandman… JARRETT LOCKS IN THE FIGURE FOUR LEG LOCK!!!

    Boos reign supreme yet again, as Jeff leans back on the hold, yelling to anybody who will listen, “AIN’T I GREAT”! To his credit, The Sandman refuses to submit, instead trying to crawl towards the ropes, but PCO keeps moving to block The Sandman from grabbing them. Eventually, PCO actually drags Jarrett around, now allowing ‘Double J’ to grab the ropes to apply additional leverage.

    Despite the odds, Sandman refuses to back down, continuing to squirm, and whilst PCO turns his attention to bark something at the referee, The Sandman manages to clasp a hand around his Singapore Cane. THE SANDMAN LANDS A DESPERATE CANE SHOT TO THE KNEE OF PCO!!!

    The shot causes Oulette to bend down and grab his leg… AND THEN SANDMAN SMASHES THE CANE OVER HIS SKULL!!!

    PCO drops to the canvas, as still in the Figure Four, The Sandman sits up… BEFORE CRACKING THE SINGAPORE CANE ACROSS THE SKULL OF JARRETT AS WELL!!!

    Somehow, the Cane is still in one peace, but that blow was enough to break the submission attempt. “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” continues to echo throughout the arena, as The Sandman battles back to his feet. Also, back to a vertical base, PCO CHARGES AT THE SANDMAN… BUT RUNS STRAIGHT INTO A SINGAPORE CANE TO THE SKULL!!!

    THE SANDMAN TURNS AND CRACKS JARRETT WITH THE SINGAPORE CANE AS WELL!!!

    Thanks to a vocal warning from the audience, The Sandman turns just in time to see CW ANDERSON SLIDE INTO THE RING… HE COPS A CANE SHOT AS WELL!!!

    JUSTIN CREDIBLE SNEAKS INTO THE RING FROM ANOTHER DIRECTION… BUT RUNS STRAIGHT INTO THE SAME CANE SHOT!!!

    The fans are at a fever pitch, The Sandman has basically taken out close to the entire Network. Letting out a “YOOOOOOOO”, The Sandman raises his Cane in the air, before turning back to Jarrett… BUT THE SANDMAN TURNS STRAIGHT INTO GETTING CREAMED WITH THE NWA TITLE BY JARRETT!!!

    The effort he put into the shot causes Jarrett to fall forward… SO HE TIREDLY PUTS AN ARM OVER THE CHEST OF THE SANDMAN…1…2…3!!!

    NO!!! THE CHALLENGER JUST GETS A SHOULDER UP!!!

    Jarrett buries his head in his hands, clearly frustrated at the fact that it wasn’t a three. He seemingly shoots the referee a warning look, before slowly forcing himself back to his feet. Jarrett surveys his Network cronies, who are all back up now, and he tells them to “STOMP HIS ASS”. They all do just that, stomping all over The Sandman, much to the dismay of the fans. Jarrett doesn’t participate in the stomping though, instead he has retrieved his trusty guitar and is ready to do some damage.

    The Network members pull Sandman up and hold him in place, whilst Jarrett cocks his guitar… BUT THE SANDMAN SOMEHOW LANDS A DESPERATE KICK TO THE DICK OF JARRETT!!!

    In absolute agony, Jarrett drops the guitar and falls to the canvas. Somehow, the shock of the move catches The Network off guard, and The Sandman manages to break free. He immediately grabs his Singapore Cane again… SINGAPORE CANE SHOT TO THE SKULL OF CREDIBLE!!!

    SINGAPORE CANE SHOT TO THE SKULL OF ANDERSON!!!

    SINGAPORE CANE SHOT TO THE SKULL OF PCO!!!

    The Tag Team Champions both fall to the canvas, whereas PCO staggers slightly, and ends up falling across the table The Sandman set up earlier. With a glint in his eye, The Sandman drops his Cane and heads to the apron. Once there, he takes a deep breath and ascends to the top rope…THE SANDMAN LEAPS OFF THE TOP… DRILLING PCO WITH THE ROLLING ROCK THROUGH THE TABLE!!!

    Those famous “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants start up one more time, as PCO looks dead amongst the table ruins. With adrenaline coursing through his veins, Sandman bounces back up rather quickly, immediately grabbing his Cane again. Anderson and Credible both use each other to gain their balance and get back up… SO THE SANDMAN TURNS HIS SINGAPORE CANE AND USES ONE SWING TO CRACK BOTH MEN ACROSS THE CHEST!!!

    They both fall back down to the canvas, as Sandman turns his attention towards Jarrett, who is up albeit spaghetti legged. The Sandman measures Jarrett… AND CRACKS HIM ACROSS THE SKULL WITH THE SINGAPORE CANE!!!

    Instead of collapsing to the mat, Jarrett staggers to the ropes, before coming back… AND THE SANDMAN DRILLS HIM WITH THE WHITE RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!!!

    SANDMAN DROPS THE CANE AND HOOKS THE LEG…1…2…3!!!



    NO!!!

    THE REFEREE HAS STOPPED COUNTING…

    BECAUSE HE’S BEEN PULLED OUT OF THE RING BY CYRUS!!!

    We should have just had a new ECW Champion. The heat is GIGANTIC, as The Sandman looks around confused, before he sees Cyrus yelling at the referee. The challenger shakes his head in frustration, before rolling to the outside, and he begins stalking Cyrus around ringside. The fans urge Sandman on, wanting to see nothing more than him beat the crap out of Cyrus. The leader of The Network jumps around the referee, trying to get away… BUT THE SANDMAN GRABS CYRUS BY THE SCRUFF OF THE NECK!!!

    The fans mark out, as Sandman cocks back his fist… ONLY FOR CREDIBLE TO LAND A LOW BLOW FROM BEHIND TO THE SANDMAN!!!

    The Sandman releases Cyrus from his grip, and the leader of The Network quickly scurries away. Meanwhile, Anderson joins Credible on the outside and the two begin stomping a mudhole in the chest of The Sandman. Having softened him up, Credible and Anderson grab Sandman and they drag him up onto the apron that sits next to the timekeeper’s table.

    “OH NO, THEY CAN’T DO THIS! ANYONE WHO COULD HELP THE SANDMAN HAS BEEN HURT OR IS GONE” – Joey Styles!!!

    On the apron, Credible and Anderson signal that they are going for their Spike Tombstone through the timekeeper’s table. They have a hold of The Sandman and start to get him into position…

    ***MAN IN THE BOX***

    Holy shit! The fans become UNGLUED, with the arena shaking due to the ovation as TOMMY DREAMER sprints down the ramp. He’s armed with a TRASH CAN and once at ringside… DREAMER HURLS THE TRASH CAN… NAILING CREDIBLE WITH IT!!!

    Upon connection, the stop sign falls out of the trash can. Tommy picks up the stop sign as CW approaches, AND TOMMY NAILS ANDERSON WITH THE STOP SIGN!!!

    Anderson is down and Credible has rolled off onto the floor as well. The tag champs are down as Tommy steps onto the apron, and checks on The Sandman who gives him a nod. The returning Dreamer then heads up to the top rope, as Anderson and Credible get back up… TOMMY DIVES OFF THE TOP ROPE AND LANDS ON TOP OF THE TAG CHAMPS, TAKING THEM BOTH OUT!!!

    There have been continuous chants of “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” since the moment Dreamer appeared, and they just get louder after that spot. Tommy bounces back to his feet and grabs his trash can again and waits for Anderson and Credible to get up. The tag champs are a little worried, trying to back pedal… AND TOMMY CONTINUES TO BEAT THEM UP WITH THE TRASH CAN… TAKING THEM ALL THE WAY UP THE RAMP AND TO THE BACK!!!

    Tommy has gotten rid of Credible and Anderson, meanwhile The Sandman has crawled back into the ring. He battles to his feet… BUT JARRETT HAS THE GUITAR!!!

    The Sandman lands a quick kick to the gut before ‘Double J’ could take a swing… BEFORE NAILING A DDT ON THE PROPPED AGAINST THE ROPES CROWD BARRICADE!!!

    “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” can be heard… AS THE SANDMAN HOOKS THE LEG…1…2…3!!!





    NO!!! THIS TIME CYRUS HAS DIVED INTO THE RING AND TACKLED THE REFEREE TO PREVENT THE LAST COUNT BEING MADE!!!

    A FURIOUS Sandman looks over at Cyrus, who looks relieved, until he realises that The Sandman doesn’t have good intentions. Before Cyrus can get away, The Sandman grabs him by the scruff of the neck a second time, THE SANDMAN JAMS CYRUS’ HEAD IN FOR THE DDT!!!

    ONLY FOR PCO TO PULL CYRUS FREE FROM THE CANVAS!!!

    As Cyrus falls to the canvas, and PCO tries to explode to his feet, The Sandman picks up his Singapore Cane… CANE SHOT TO THE HEAD DROPS PCO!!!

    Frustrated with all the interference, The Sandman stands over PCO and yells, “YOU MOTHER FUCKER”!!! THE SANDMAN THEN UNLEASHES SHOT AFTER SHOT AFTER SHOT WITH THE SINGAPORE CANE UNTIL IT FINALLY CRUMBLES IN HIS HANDS!!!

    Little welts appear all over the body of Oulette, as the fans chant “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”. A determined Sandman then turns back around to face Jarrett… BUT TURNS STRAIGHT INTO JARRETT SMASHING THE GUITAR ACROSS HIS HEAD!!!

    The Sandman is damn near out cold, falling to the canvas, however Jarrett doesn’t go for the cover. With Cyrus back to his feet and cheering Jarrett on, Jarrett drags The Sandman back up… AND JARRETT DRIVES THE SANDMAN BACK DOWN WITH THE STROKE ONTO THE NECK OF THE GUITAR!!!

    An exhausted Jarrett uses whatever strength he has left to roll The Sandman over… JARRETT HOOKS THE LEG…1…2…3!!!







    IT’S ALL OVER!!! JARRETT RETAINS!!!

    Winner: Jeff Jarrett @ 17:48

    If we thought the heat was crazy before, and the atrocious behaviour of the fans couldn’t get any worse, we were wrong. The boos are ENORMOUS in volume, and within seconds of Cyrus stepping out of the ring to grab the ECW Championship belt, the ring is filled with litter.

    Despite being exhausted from the match, Jarrett points to the back and seems to be demanding somebody to come to the ring. On demand, a bunch of stagehands and road agents then make their way out, and they begin doing their best to clear the ring of the trash.

    Jarrett picks up the NWA Title, which was already in the ring, just as Cyrus gets back into the ring and gives him the ECW Title. The double champion raises a belt in each hand, literally feeling on top of the world.

    Some of the stagehands and what help PCO out of the ring, as he’s completely out of it after the night he’s had. Meanwhile, Jarrett decides to grab a microphone, but has to wait for the fans to shut up so he can speak. Before he utters a single word, he points up at the commentary position.

    Jeff Jarrett: Joey, I know you’d be bursting a blood vessel at how tonight has ended up for ECW, but what I demand you do right now is shut up. This pay per view is going to go off the air in style, the majority owner is talking right now.

    Jarrett chuckles as Joey is probably close to bursting with anger at commentary.

    Jeff Jarrett: I hate to say I told you so but I told everyone I’d be the World Champion. To do this for myself and for the support group I have around me is incredible. To do this with Cyrus and The Network and my daddy watching back in Nashville is incredible. I DID IT!!!

    Major heat from the audience, tired of hearing of Jarrett’s gloating. The only man happy to hear more and clapping along is Cyrus.

    Jeff Jarrett: Whoa, whoa, easy with the hostility. You guys have got it all wrong. I’m a traditionalist, no doubt about it, but I’m PROUD to be the ECW Champion.

    ‘Double J’ taps the ECW belt hanging over his left shoulder to further emphasise his point.

    Jeff Jarrett: I’ve done a lot of research on this company before I bought in, I know all about what being the ECW Champion means. You should all be idolising the ground I walk on; I just gave you hardcore.

    He points down at the broken table, the broken guitar, and even the broken body of The Sandman which is outside of the ring.

    Jeff Jarrett: I did exactly what a good champion should do. I lived up to what this title means.

    More boos for the bragging from Jarrett, whilst Cyrus looks on adoringly.

    Jeff Jarrett: I upheld the prestige that this title has been given from the past champions of hardcore. Men like Terry Funk, men like Shane Douglas, Mikey Whipwreck, Sabu and even Raven!

    Jarrett gets interrupted by different sized pops for each of the men mentioned above.

    Jeff Jarrett: Make no mistake about it, I’m hardcore!

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, because the fans clearly don’t agree.

    Jeff Jarrett: I can keep going with the champions that have forged this title’s legacy, I really do know the history.

    He nods along with his own words.

    Jeff Jarrett: I’m talking men like Tommy Dreamer, Bam Bam Bigelow, Mike Awesome, Yoshihiro Tajiri, Rhino, Steve Corino and The Sandman…

    More cheers for most of these guys, except the ECW crowd make sure to shit on Mike Awesome.

    Jeff Jarrett: AND ALL THOSE GREAT CHAMPIONS… THEY CAN ALL… HA HA… KISS MY ASS!!!

    Suddenly, Jarrett takes the ECW Title from his shoulder… AND TOSSES IT TO THE CANVAS WITH AUTHORITY!!!

    On commentary, Joey Styles has had enough.


    Joey Styles: OH MY GOD!!! I can’t believe this no-good mother fu-…

    Joey’s commentary has suddenly been cut off. We can no longer hear what is probably a huge rant filled with coarse language.

    Inside of the ring, trash has quickly filled up the ring yet again, but Jarrett doesn’t care as he raises the NWA Title above his head.

    After drinking in the moment, he’s got more to say.


    Jeff Jarrett: When I first came to ECW and declared my good intentions, people accused me of wanting ECW solely to build my own brand. NWA-TNA…

    Jarrett shakes his head in disgust, looking down at the ground, before shooting his head up, eyes wide, a shit eating grin on his face.

    Jeff Jarrett: AND THEY WERE ALL RIGHT!!!

    The champion/owner is basically laughing at the riot like mood of the audience now.

    Jeff Jarrett: I OWN EXTREME CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING… ALONG WITH THE NETWORK… AND AS OF OCTOBER SIXTH, 2002… THIS LITTLE EXPERIMENT IS DONE!!!

    There’s still a lot of heat from the crowd, but there’s plenty of confusion now as well.

    Jeff Jarrett: AS OF TONIGHT, I PROUDLY WELCOME EXTREME CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING BACK INTO THE NATIONAL WRESTLING ALLIANCE!!!

    “FUCK YOU”, “FUCK YOU”, “FUCK YOU” chants are directed at Jarrett, who has dropped an absolutely bombshell and loved every second of it.

    Jeff Jarrett: ALONG WITH NWA TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION EVERY WEDNESDAY ON PAY PER VIEW… I ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO TUNE IN THIS SATURDAY NIGHT… TO NWA-TNA PRESENTS EXTREME CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING!!!

    It’s heat like you’ve never heard before, as Jarrett places the microphone on his canvas. He’s all happy, and Cyrus approaches him with a grin, shaking his hand and congratulating him on a job well done.

    One more time because this is a celebration, Jarrett busts out the Fargo Strut, which of course means he gets ravaged by more trash from the ECW faithful.

    Enjoying the moment to much, Jarrett decides to pick up the microphone again and continue.


    Jeff Jarrett: Hate it or love it, I did it!

    You guessed it. The fans hated it.

    Jeff Jarrett: AND NOBODY CAN STOP ME!!!

    ‘Double J’ stands tall with the NWA Title now around his waist, whilst he has a foot on the fallen ECW belt.

    Jeff Jarrett: ROB VAN DAM IS GONE… HE’S UP NORTH LOSING TO A JEFF JARRET WANNABE… SABU IS DEAD… RHINO HAS A BROKEN NECK… TOMMY DREAMER?

    Cyrus and Jarrett both laugh at the mention of Dreamer as a threat.

    Jeff Jarrett: TOMMY’S NOTHING… HE’LL BE GONE AGAIN REAL SOON… I JUST BEAT THE SANDMAN… HOMICIDE?

    More laughter from the dastardly duo, the fans shitting on them all the way through.

    Jeff Jarrett: THERE AIN’T NOBODY LEFT TO STOP IT… AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED… ECW IS DEA-…

    ***COME WITH ME***

    The unfamiliar P Diddy song hits and Jarrett and Cyrus both look at each other confused. The crowd waits and holds their breath, wondering what this means…

    WHEN
    STEVE CORINO MAKES HIS WAY OUT FROM THE BACK!!!

    Jarrett and Cyrus’ eyes both go wide, they look like they might have seen a ghost. ‘The King Of Old School’ is just in a t-shirt and jeans, unshaven with messy stubble all over his face, and he looks pissed off.

    Corino is slow and steady as he walks down the ramp and climbs onto the apron. Jarrett and Cyrus seem frozen in shock, yet when Corino steps through the ropes… JARRETT CHARGES AT HIM AND SWINGS WITH A RIGHT HAND!!!

    CORINO DUCKS UNDER THE SHOT AND BEGINS TEEING OFF ON JARRETT, BACKING HIM INTO THE CORNER!!!

    Jarrett’s tired and beaten, all he can is attempt to cover up as Corino lands right hands, whilst the fans mix in chants of “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” and “CORINO”, “CORINO”, “CORINO”!

    With Corino just hammering away at Jarrett, he doesn’t realise that Cyrus is still inside of the ring. Cyrus comes from behind… AN CYRUS BEGINS PULLING THE HAIR OF STEVE CORINO!!!

    Corino ignores the pain of the hair pull, continuing to hammer away on Jarrett, until he eventually turns around and swats Cyrus away. Cyrus looks to charge at him again…

    BUT CYRUS IS INTERCEPTED BY
    JACK VICTORYWHO GRABS CYRUS AND THROWS HIM THROUGH THE ROPES AND TO THE OUTSIDE!!!

    Corino watches on with a smirk, enjoying that moment. He then turns back to face Jarrett…

    HOWEVER, JARRETT HAS UNSTRAPPED THE NWA TITLE…

    AND JARRETT CHARGES AT CORINO…

    STRAIGHT INTO AN OLD SCHOOL KICK!!!

    The fans mark the fuck out, those “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants ringing out again, as Corino kicks away the NWA Title, and picks up the ECW Championship belt. The former champion, who never lost the title, Steve Corino, stands with the belt in his possession, standing over Jarrett, to a TREMENDOUS ovation.

    We get one last glance of Corino raising the title in the air, Jack Victory clapping along, and despite ECW being swallowed by NWA-TNA, perhaps the show ends with a glimmer of hope for the original ECW…


    END OF SHOW







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    Re: July BTBOTM - Extreme Championship Wrestling by Stojy

    PPV kicks off the only way it should (to me at least) with some fast paced action. Jerry Lynn makes the mistake of mouthing off to his opponents, and it's no surprise that they're forming an alliance quickly to take him out! A short sequence from AJ and Red, and Lynn makes Red pay for trying to dive onto him! The control switches are definitely the best part of this match, as no one has a clear advantage. I'm really enjoying Jerry Lynn in this match, you do the 'bitter veteran' role well with him. Somehow someway Red pulls off that top rope rana, and finishes Jerry Lynn off with the Code Red! A great first half to the three way dance, and the second half with AJ and Red can only get better. A little bummed out Jerry Lynn was the first one to go, but I'll probably get over it. Holy hell, the sequence and spots in Red versus AJ were amazing and I could see that happening in real life with both men (wouldn't be surprised if it did). I was struggling to keep up at one point and AJ just barely outwits and outwrestles Red to get that sunset flip at the end, and that super frankensteiner from Red probably would've done the job on nearly any other person.

    And no wonder Lynn was the first to go! Being the sore loser he takes Red and AJ out, and takes the belt away..?

    Joey Styles on the chopping block?! Who's gonna replace him huh, Mike Tenay??

    The final ECW match for Spanky as he's headed to the WWF, and unfortunately that means that he has to endure some abuse from the ECW crowd. Match starts off with some simple chain wrestling and it takes awhile before the match really gets going. The crowd just REFUSES to embrace Spanky, and now that calls for a mid-match alignment switch? He's starting to embrace the boos and slaps Super Crazy, and pays for it. I like the selling of the on-the-fly switching from Spanky and Super Crazy, and after we get some of his somewhat failed heel move work, we get a very pleasing sequence that Spanky barely kicks out of. Super Crazy up for the three moonsaults, but Spanky moves out of the top rope one! Top rope elbow drop from Spanky, shoutout HBK! Doesn't work though, and the match continues on.. Super Crazy gets the win and while it wasn't on the level of the opener it was a good showing from two guys on a lesser level. At least Spanky is getting some cheers on his way out, but of course.. Michael Shane!


    Spanky unfortunately has to leave ECW with two L's. Losing to Super Crazy, and struggling to ever get one over Michael Shane. Here comes Paul London and this is a creative way of kicking off the next match while also using Spanky's involvement to further the storyline between London and Shane. The match is pretty chaotic as expected, and it doesn't have as big of spots as the past two matches, which is fine because the bigger spots are paced well. We get some blood though, the first time tonight and the perfect match to bring it in for! Both men are bloodied, and Michael Shane tries to be a little too much like his cousin with the ladder dive, and pays for it! London kicks out of the elbow drop, and the match continues on for some time as London drops Shane with the chair shot, and then the London Star Press off the ladder! A great showing from both as London wins the one on one match between the two, and Shane comes out looking great as well.

    Tag title match time and while I enjoyed the match the champs had with Dreamer and Sandman, I'm not that sold on them as a team. Nonetheless I love the Briscoes, and take control for sometime until Dawn Marie gets involved! You play off good heels with Anderson and Credible I'll admit, because I'm really, really hoping for a title change tonight. Dawn Marie continues to get involved and it may just end up being The Briscoes doom, because they're showing a lot of heart and determination, but the focus need sto be there in the end. Jay Briscoe puts up the ight of his life, and Mark Briscoe turns on him! I didn't see this coming and Mark Briscoe just leaves his brother for Dawn Marie! Not that I blame him, but the tag titles could've been in their grasps!

    Good to elaborate further on what happened that both Briscoes had offers from The Network, and of course the younger brother ends up being the easier to convince.

    The hype package for Danielson and Williams is a good call, to further hype the match between two guys who aren't really mic or character workers, but moreso in-ring guys.

    A lot of mat grappling to begin with, and the contrast between these two and the rest of the card so far, shows heavily. Both men are trying to submit each other, and Doug WIlliams is the first to get a little dirty as the referee calls for a clean break and he hits an uppercut instead. Some pinfall attempts and the match starts to move faster! Doug Williams gets to the neck, and Danielson may have not fully strengthen that neck! The first fall comes out of nowhere as Danielson uses his wits to pull the arm down into a backslide, and Doug Williams shoulder goes up a second after three! We're going into fall number two and Doug Williams rightfully is more aggressive. Williams hurts Danielson's neck, and pulls him into the Chaos Theory with fall two claimed. Really good action in fall two, but fall three COULD be a cakewalk for Doug Williams, unless Danielson has really strengthened his neck to endure a few more blows, but get the Cattle Mutilation in. Danielson goes high risk with the tope suicida, and we're back in with some european uppercuts. Chaos Theory, could've been it but Danielson lands! Danielson has the Cattle Mutilation in this time, and he bridges it on the second go, getting Doug Williams to tap out! A great display of wrestling for both, and that was a really, really fun match to read. May be my MOTN so far.

    Well, until this match came up next. Daniels can't start off the match on a good note as Tajiri is ahead of him here. Not for long as Daniels gets Tajiri back down. There's some shifts of momentum, and it doesn't take long for the action to spill outside the ring! Daniels throwing some shots at Low Ki, that's funny. Both men give it literally THEIR ALL, and I thought Daniels had it with the low blow and Angel's Wing, but Tajiri gets his foot on the rope! The action heats up to the end for Tajiri, but unfortunately it's just too much as Daniels just pulls him back to the Last Rites and pulls him to the center to put this away. Tajiri comes out looking good as he goes the distance with Daniels, and Daniels remains undefeated. No complaints with that match, and Daniels CONTINUES with the shots thrown at Low Ki, but the moment Low Ki comes out, he runs away!

    It's time for the debut of Samoa Joe, and we're starting off slow. Not for long, Low Ki tries to get Joe down with those kicks but Joe isn't really hurt by them. It's not until the koppu kick from Low Ki that thing get going for him! Low Ki cracks Joe with an unprotected punt kick. Expect Low Ki's receipt to come anytime now... Joe is up after all of that and he makes Low Ki work for his offense once more. Both men throw all out all they've got, and Joe gets his receipt with that kick to Low Ki's face, and there's blood all over the mat! Serves you right, Low Ki! Joe looks for the tope suicida and Low Ki just catches him outta nowhere! I'm really enjoying this match and the big man, little man style meshes so well for Joe and Low Ki who are similar styles of stiff. Dragon Clutch.. The referee's got onto Joe's arm, is it gonna end like this?? NO! Joe gets up JUST LIKE THAT! Joe is desperate for that Muscle Buster but Low Ki has clearly done his homework! That's fine though as Joe has the Choke/Coquina Clutch in, but Low Ki gets the rollup ONE! TWO! THREE! I didn't see Low Ki winning this, but it was by far the right call. Based off how Low Ki and Samoa Joe interacted after that match.. I don't think you're gonna recruit 'em, Cyrus!

    Christopher Daniels attacks Low Ki and while he may have just said they'll never face off, I really wanna see Low Ki get his hands on Daniels and kick his ass!

    But that aside, it's main event time baby! And well, this isn't how I imagined it'd start. Jeff Jarrett is taking away the Metallica version of Enter Sandman for The Motorhead version.. Poor Sandman.

    Jeff Jarrett envisions a different way of starting this match and pays for it, as Sandman lays in the shots in the corner! Jarrett tries to escape, good luck with that! Sandman is whooping Jarrett's ass, as you'd expect in the early goings. Jarrett with a low blow and gives some ultimate disrespect as he hits Sandman with the singapore cane and proceeds to insult it! Jarrett uses his power to threaten the referee (which more heels in power could do, if you think about it) and beats Sandman down with a chair! Sandman kicks out and it's gonna take more than some chair shots to put him down! My god.. Did Jeff Jarrett just apply a chinlock in ECW?! The match continues out of that thankfully, and a fan gets escorted out of the arena for throwing a cup at Jarrett! Jarrett is prolly the most hated in the arena right now, and for good reason. The dueling battle throughout this match with Sandman and The Network is really good to read, and despite help from Dreamer towards the end, Jarrett ends up on tall. Great match, and this was the real difference from the rest of the card.

    Jarrett draws a lot of heat mentioning past champions and putting himself over compared to them.. And now ECW is in the NWA?! Not only that, but NWA-TNA presents Extreme Championship Wrestling?!

    Finally though, the party is ruined because Steve Corino is back! And Jack Victory joins in on as Corino puts Jarrett out with the Old School Kick! A great ending to an already great show.

    You do it again Stojy, because this PPV was an absolute banger and a treat to read through. I can't wait for more to come with ECW, and I've been caught up with other stuff but I'll try my best to review and give feedback for the weekly shows. Also, admittedly I didn't realize how in-depth I got for this review! Hope it's not too long.

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    Re: July BTBOTM - Extreme Championship Wrestling by Stojy

    Lucky for me you didn’t have us predict the match order! Wouldn’t have called this to be the opener, and I felt like shutting down the browser as soon as I saw the inevitable words “Elimination #1: Jerry Lynn”. Anyway, going back to the start of the match, it felt like AJ was selling that heel kick a little long for their to be time for Red to then dive to the floor and get beat up by Jerry and Jerry to have time to enjoy the moment and send Red into the barricade.

    Beating Jerry Lynn first is one thing … making him look like a fool in the process is another!! I’m insulted that he’d be so hard headed that HE would have to eliminate AJ and not allow Red to do it. Kidding aside, that gets across Lynns obsession with proving something to the champion, but I’m a little surprised the elimination was all down to Amazing Red and not some kind of combined effort between the two.

    The second half of the match pretty much read as I expected it to, being full of trading movez and near falls, feeling like it could’ve been lifted from any RoH match. The stand out moment though for me was AJ tossing Red when Red went for the tilt-a-whirl, and Red still landed on his feet … only to get immediately wiped out with the spin kick. Enjoyed how Amazing Red seemed desperate to avoid the Styles Clash at all costs, putting that move over, and of course AJ gets his superman moment to kick out of the Code Red.

    Assumed it would be AJ eventually hitting the Clash that would end it, but the counter to Reds counter being the flash pin to win it, came as a surprise. Given the aftermath, it’s hard to see this three way fight for the title not continuing. Amazing Red lost by the slimmest of margins, and arguably AJ got lucky, so he could conceivably come back again and obviously Jerry Lynn keeps inserting himself in the picture because you need someone to lose to all the new toys lol.

    Jerry Lynn stealing the belt is funny as hell, I must say. Dude has gone over the deep end, lol. Especially saying he deserves it … after jobbing in 5 minutes here clean as a sheet. Why do you hate him so much!?

    YES! Make Cyrus move into commentary permanent!

    This might be the problem you end up running into with this X-Division/ROH flashy high flying roster of guys. Super Crazy vs. Spanky was pretty similar in style to the opener. But the story coming into the match with Styles letting us know Spanky is off to pastures new (it’s WWE by this point in 2002 btw!) and the fans solidly behind Super Crazy adds a little more intrigue, and the atmosphere around the match in the arena would most certainly be different than in the opener, and I love that Spanky eventually leant into the boos and played it up as a heel.

    Makes total sense that it’s Super Crazy going over now that we know Spanky is leaving, and there’s only one way for someone to leave a promotion; on their back! Finish was very emphatic; nothing lucky about it, countering the Sliced Bread then eventually drilling the Brainbuster for the near fall before the Moonsault. Nice little ovation for Spanky, I guess, though it feels like more of a reaction than his tenure probably deserved as he wasn’t a top tier featured player imo.

    I loved, loved, LOVED the spot of having Michael Shane send Kendrick out of ECW with a superkick and that then blending into the start of the London match. That felt like SUCH a true ECW transition with one match bleeding into the next. Loved that this started as a fist fight like a real streetfight would, but I’ve noticed there’s been an early plancha in all three matches so far.

    What definitely worked in this match was that you took the high flying stuff, but used those spots with weapons like the kick into the ladder or the crossbody putting the chair into London and sending him into the barricade. That said, it was noticeable that you cut out a large portion of the flashy moves, and treated this much more like a fight, trading the flips for something more impactful like the basic spot of Shane throwing the chair at London or pushing the ladder into Londons face. And I got a laugh out of Shane busting out a chinlock part way through.

    London turning the tables on Shane and driving him into the chair after Shane had tried to do that earlier is a lovely piece of writing and the kind of thing I personally love seeing in storytelling. On top of that, the spot that busted London open was nice and subtle and makes you wonder if that was hardway, considering it wasn’t the “typical” type of spot that leads to blood. That sight of blood leading to a much more vicious side of Michael Shane was pretty cool too (biting at the cut especially) as was the call back to his Uncles WrestleMania spot with the ladder; huge heat in ECW, I imagine.

    Followed by a big pop no doubt for London avoiding the splash! Felt like the action picked up a little more as you neared the end, busting out some of the high flying athletic stuff – the headscissors through the table was great – but the kill joy in me hates that London kicked out of Michael Shanes elbow drop off a ladder, off the back of the powerbomb moments earlier.

    Anyway, finish was really sweet, and it’s cool to see Michael Shane get his comeuppance after having the upper hand every week almost in this program, especially having teased the whole Sweet Chin Music set up. Very rewarding, and a star making performance for London. Both guys probably, ala the Tajiri/Super Crazy series.

    The swerve in the tag match was definitely something I didn’t see coming, and I’m scratching my head as to why you’ve done it. At this stage of their careers, the Briscoes together are more than the sum of their parts. On their own as singles, I don’t think either guy has much buzz about them. Reading back over the match after seeing the finish, the clues were certainly there; Mark using basic offence during his brief period in the ring and taking a long time to recover from Credible knocking him down on the floor are red flags now I see it.

    You did a good job in that regard, and not doing the stupid thing of having Mark beat the shit out of the guys he has already aligned with. Would’ve been really funny though if he hadn’t colluded with the Network guys UNTIL Dawn planted one on him, and as a horny teenager, acted with his penis to stab his brother in the back (not literally!). I’m definitely interested in where this goes next, because I don’t see any juice in a Brother vs. Brother feud given how underdeveloped they are as characters to this point.

    Post match pretty much backs up the thought that Mark is an immature horny teenager. I can identify with that, lol.

    Definite change of pace with Williams & Danielson. Glad you used the promo package for this again, as that was great work. Dug the slower start and the focus on holds and mat wrestling with the big moment of excitement being the series of quick near falls from pinning combinations rather than, hmm, a plancha? Lol. And man, I love that Doug went after the neck, given all the focus in the build up about Bryan’s neck letting him down and his bridge being better than ever now etc.

    Thought that would’ve led to Williams getting the first fall, so Danielson coming back and eeking out the win for the 1-0 lead was a surprise. Pretty cool that after all the European Uppercuts throughout the early going, Danielson was able to (I assume) sense it coming that final time and timed his reversal to catch Williams. Expected things to ramp up quickly once the first fall was out of the way, so to see two paragraphs focused on a cravat was a surprise, but I appreciate you continuing to slow play this match and having Doug keeping on the neck.

    Both guys avoiding the superplex is a nifty little spot I don’t recall seeing often/at all, and that both of them were desperate to avoid taking that big impact move … but I’m struggling to picture the counter to the flying knee with a powerslam. Loved that ending to the second fall, paying off the neck issues Danielson has been going through with him losing the bridge on Cattle Mutilation and ultimately it costing him dearly (albeit after the standing switches) and the European Uppercut to the back of the neck was nasty as the set up for the Chaos Theory.

    Would’ve liked to see Williams zero in on that neck and really beat down Danielson after that, and I felt like Bryan was fighting back a little too soon, where he could’ve been really worn down for a period before a later comeback. Suppose there has to be a dive to the outside in every match, lol, but I much preferred the European Uppercut fest between the two, especially coming this deep in the contest when both guys are spent and still giving it their all. Also loved the attention to detail with Danielson not bridging the German due to the damage on the neck.

    Finish was really well done, man. Right from the spot with Danielson landing on his feet from the Chaos Theory attempt, this closing stretch was really good, imo. Played off the neck issues and teased that Danielsons neck just wasn’t going to hold out for him, really making it seem as if that would ultimately cost him before finally applying the perfect bridge on the submission to get the tap from Doug and the post match respect was always going to be the outcome regardless of who won. Real nice change of pace this match.

    It’s so weird that this feels like a bit of an afterthought (to me) considering Christopher Daniels is one of the hottest characters in the thread and Tajiri has been a cornerstone of this thread from the beginning. And coming off the back of the long 2/3 Falls match is a tough follow too, imo, but I liked the handshake psyche out by Tajiri at the start to piss Daniels off, and the tease of the Tarantula off the rope break. Again, like the previous match, a nice change of pace from the breakneck speed other matches had.

    Not sure it was wise to have Daniels working on the neck of Tajiri given just how much of the previous match was centred around that body part, even if you noted that Tajiri wasn’t suffering too much from the attack. Did like the dig at Low Ki by hitting his move though, keeping that rivalry fresh in the memory while on the backburner. After that, I just sort of found myself skimming things with nothing really standing out until the Buzzsaw Kick through the ropes that was a good spot.

    Other than that, outside of Daniels being a smart heel, it just felt like any other 50/50 match, trading pins, momentum shifting quickly back and forth, and just a match that would undoubtedly go over gangbusters with the ECW crowd that are there to see great action, but lacked the kind of story through the match that translates to a BTB outside of Daniels being his heelish best with things like the referee spot into the ropes.

    As I say though, I thought from that awesome Buzzsaw Kick, the match picked up and drew my attention back with the sense of urgency that I felt from that point on and the sweet little moments like Daniels blocking the Tornado DDT and hitting a Uranage then the BME. The big move teases were fine, but feels like we’re seeing that quite a bit where A goes for a signature move, but no, B blocks it, then goes for their finish, but A counters into their finish only for B to counter into something cool.

    Again though, the character work of Daniels is the thing to make this stand out, and him rolling out to avoid being pinned, using his ring smarts and doing anything to avoid losing his undefeated streak, and the sneaky kick on the ropes to hamper Tajiri was a nice and not too over the top way to build in an out for Tajiri taking the ‘L’. One finisher would’ve sufficed for me, but I guess you wanted Tajiri to still look great coming out of this.

    And once again, I LOVE you leaning into the ECW tradition of transitioning straight from one match into the next. Tying it in to the Low Ki/Daniels program was great too, but with the way Daniels said that “it’s time”, it felt like something ominous was coming, like a 5 minute squash to put Joe over as a killer, so to get another WORKRATE match actually felt like a bit of a bummer. Coming into this, it was the match I was most curious about in terms of how you went about booking it, and tbh, I don’t know what I was looking for that would’ve satisfied me in the end.

    Overall, I just think it was the wrong match to book Joe in for a debut. He’s so much different than any of the other Indy darlings you’ve got and he can wrestle that style with them, but he’s also a murderer (not literally, of course) and with the size he has, that should really be the focus to build him as a killer. Obviously, going 50/50 with a former ECW Champion is hardly a BAD debut, but it doesn’t scream to me “Keep your eye’s on him, he’s special” either. He slots in straightaway with all the other workhorses, except he’s bigger. But I’d rather see him treated differently to the others.

    For a few minutes he felt like some unstoppable force, no selling the kicks and only staggering from a big blow, but once he was down, he’s selling for the next few minutes in the body scissors. You nailed a lot of Joe’s offence though; I feel like the powerbomb into STF was a staple of his matches at some point (could be wrong, but it felt right lol), and of course the Face Wash & the Ole Kick were big parts of his arsenal too. The change in Low Ki’s tactics was a positive out of the match too; him rolling out at times to recover etc.

    Personally think having Low Ki kick out of Joe’s Muscle Buster was a horrible decision. If he’s already going to win, I don’t think he needed the added bonus of killing Joe’s finish on night one too. The Bret Hart special was probably the best way out of this match for you if Low Ki had to win. It’s a desperation move, Joe gets “caught” rather than beat, so for the circumstances, it’s a good call.

    And no doubt you can have Joe go on a tear from here and fuck everyone up and it’ll be all good and this will be forgotten, but personally, I’m left disappointed in the debut – not the action; just the booking of Joe – and doesn’t feel like anything near the statement you could’ve made with his arrival. And no doubt I’ll harp on about this ad infinitum over the coming weeks when Joe gets on track.

    Handshake after was … okay, I guess? Again, that just defines Samoa Joe as another one of the dozen workhorses that have built the core of this new ECW, but doesn’t make him stand out as special whatsoever. Maybe Cyrus trying to sign him up will turn into something, so it remains to be seen … but all the attention after ends up being the continuation of Low Ki/Daniels, and honestly, that’s the right thing to do. It’s the longest running program you’ve been building from day one of their debuts, and deserves all that attention … which is why I just don’t think this was the right spot to debut Joe in. For me, he should’ve been the focus on his debut; before, during and after the match.

    at Jarrett downgrading the music to Motorheads version of “Enter Sandman”. Should’ve got a country and western version especially made by Dale Oliver or Jimmy Hart or some shit, lol. I love that trolling though, stopping THE quintessential ECW entrance. And what a start to the match too by Sandman with the right hand instead of the knuckle lock, then being forced back by the referee, but the cherry on top for me was a Sandman ‘Fargo Strut’

    And even in this match – and dive to the floor!!

    Even though it would’ve made for a terrible match, taking away 90% of Sandmans offence, it would’ve been amazing to have the Singapore Cane banned before the start of the match and for Double J to demand the match was contested under traditional rules. That’s why I didn’t really understand Jeff warning the ref not to DQ him; Sandman had just gotten away with using the Cane and a Can, so obviously there’s no DQ’s being called anyway?

    I’m howling at the basic, shitty offence of Jeff Jarrett and just KNOWING how much heat that would be getting from this audience, and I loved Jarrett getting hit with the mysterious liquid from the cup and getting the fan kicked out. This is a blast to read. Had to get the Guitar involved at some point, and I’m glad you didn’t have the pay off with the guitar shot straight away and used the neck of the thing for a spot instead, and the barrier spot with Jarrett taking the Flair bump was cool and a rare risk by Mr. Safety Jeff Jarrett.

    The run ins were going to happen at some point. You definitely deserve credit for holding off on run ins during this show, and it paid off big time, as it felt unique when we got the Network interference in this one and Sandman fending them off one by one before eating the NWA title shot. I definitely would’ve bought that as the finish if I’m there watching. But of course, it isn’t complete until CYRUS has to desperately get involved, and imagine the roof blowing off the place for Tommy Dreamer returning to make the save.

    For a moment, it looked like Sandman was going to pull this thing off with the intervention of Tommy, but that damn Cyrus meddling again had to ruin it! Of course though, Jarrett WAS always ultimately winning, but Stoj, this was a blast of a match to read, and while the rest of the card had the work rate work horses on show, this is the content I’m here for. Pure ECW carnage.

    And THAT promo. Love how it’s all come full circle with the NWA champ now throwing down the ECW belt. I’m IN for NWA-TNA: ECW. Amazing moment, and I’d envisage a riot breaking out if it wasn’t for Steve Corino showing up to defend the honour of Extreme. The fake broken neck storyline is still in my head though, because I’m a dick head like that, and I think there would’ve been a better way to write Corino out for a few months, but I can’t be mad that he’s the guy coming back to put a stop to the Network.

    And if this really is heading into the end game of this thread, it’s only fitting that you’d bring back the guy you’re in love with to ride into battle as the saviour, lol.

    I thought overall, the Joe debut was a flop for me, personally. Pretty much everything else banged though, and that main event was an absolute treat to read, ending on an amazing high of pro-wrestling DRAMA. Sets the stage for N2R, with JJ/Corino obviously the direction for the title, supported by (surely) Daniels/Ki blow off. Sounds good.

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    Re: July BTBOTM - Extreme Championship Wrestling by Stojy

    That's took me a lot longer to get through for whatever reasons I have, idk. However, I didn't get to do predictions with how quickly you post this up, but I'll come in saying now this is arguably the weakest build I think I can remember for a PPV, outside of that tailend of 01/early 02 when you had that spell of not giving many fucks :P But if we're being honest, Spanky/Crazy has no build; the Tag Titles match is thrown together quick and feels lukewarm at best; Joe/Ki I still feel like you bungled big time (although I think you'll do it massive justice); even Bryan/Williams is lukewarm given its understandingly methodical build. Jarrett/Sandman I think you've done well to get to where it's at by the very end, but it's still Sandman in September 2002 headlining a PPV :P


    FUCK YOU FOR ALLOWING JERRY LYNN TO TAKE A PIN INSIDE 5 FUCKING MINUTES! WORST BTB EVER, I'M DONE READING THIS SHIT!


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    Okay, I think I'm ready to give this another try. Seemed a lot longer than 5 minutes for real but I like that it was just a sprint and a lot of good high spot offense. Red's first Rana spot was especially great. I really liked how well you put Red over against AJ in defeat. Really well showcased with the multiple blocks of the Styles Clash and near falls, only for AJ to win on an absolute total fluke.

    Also, I feel like you're just trolling me at this point by having Lynn get continually shown up by everyone, only to keep inserting himself back into the picture because "I'm Jerry Lynn." Fuck you, first off, but I can get behind it.

    Cyrus/Joey stuff has been building for 2 damn plus years now, so as this winds down, there better be a big in ring moment here between these two for the monster pop. Just saying.

    I had ZERO interest in Spanky/Crazy coming into this match because being honest, you did nothing to build it. It was just randomly announced weeks before the PPV, with no build, and then you didn't build it afterwards either. It was truthfully true to ECW to just have random throwaway matches on a PPV, but I had no interest, so this got a big skim job. Especially since the first paragraph is saying Spanky's leaving. It's nice to see Super Crazy at least get the win since he's become a JTTS and guy to put the new era over. He still needs wins here and there.

    Michael Shane getting one last SCM in on Spanky is truthfully hilarious at this point, and by far the best part of this whole match. Also, given the HBK connection and the finisher, the Superkick absolutely should be named Shane Chin Music by now. Totally failing Stojy!

    Great start to the Street Fight with the impromptu start, but more so with the barricade bump by London and the chair assisted Suicida; great spots mate. Good use of color and then a slow down period before amping it back up. Big props on the HBK spot and it missing, but the Slingshot Headscissors spot sending Shane assumingly having to flip bump through the table. That one seemed just a little too contrived for me.

    Loved Shane thinking he avoided London by going behind the ring post only for the ensuing spot to happen, as well as Shane's counter into the PB. Shane getting his HBK moment, only for it to be a near fall, was well done. It was a great way to lead into the finish with London's SSP working, which.... Whew, that's not a move to get wrong off a ladder! Although if Shane was prone, that technically means he was on his stomach But still, a very very good match here to end the blood feud.

    While it's absolutely hilarious to me that Mark Briscoe totally just took the deal to bang Dawn Marie for a night, everything else about this just gets a massive groan from me. The only thing worse than the Briscoes as Tag Champs is them feuding with each other. Big "no thanks" energy.

    I feel like you just wanted to show you can write a methodical ground and pound match, and that's why we got the slow, technical beginning we got there in this 2/3 Falls. I like the story of Williams using gamesmanship to still target Danielson's neck. The second fall was done well with the multiple reversals into the Chaos Theory and playing on the Cattle Mutilation spot again. I can't say all the technical shit was entertaining for me, but I appreciate the level of skill in your knowledge and writing.

    I think the 3rd fall played out how I was expecting with the back and forth and near fall finishes for both, before Danielson's neck finally comes good. I have no idea how a Tiger Suplex transitions into a Cattle Mutilation when the mechanics make no sense at all from how Danielson/Williams land to how that submission takes place, but I'll just leave it at that :P This match was honestly a bit of a slog to get through for me at times, yet I thought you did an excellent job in getting the technical stuff down pat.

    Daniels/Tajiri is another match I am coming into with no interest in, and if I had time to do predictions before you posted this PPV, I would've given you rightful shit for trying to pass this off as a high placing match when you've done absolutely nothing with it :P *shrugs* anyways...

    I skimmed this match for the above reasons, and I thought it hit on the usual spots you always hit well with Daniels in terms of rolling away from pins, cheating, being opportunistic, but still an effective wrestler. This match was wholly about putting Daniels over huge while making Tajiri look competitive at least.

    It took me until the Muscle Buster to stop reading and leave thoughts on this match because I was engrained in it once I started reading it. Excellent job writing this match with the stiff strikes, back and forth great spots, and Joe looking so great throughout most of the match. Everything until the Muscle Buster was an absolute masterclass, mate, great job done. Will say the MB kick out took me out some though; I can't be a fan of that move getting kicked out of on night 1, unless you're making the Island Driver the big time finisher since it's 2002. Still, not a fan.

    Also, how is the Yakuza Kick to a seated Low Ki in the corner any different than the Ole Kick? I thought that WAS the Ole Kick. Am I wrong? I'm so confused by this! I know he had the spot where he did the Ole Kick like you did, but I thought the Ole Kick was mainly the kick in the corner after the face washes.

    Oof. Like I said, this was a masterclass... up until the Muscle Buster. Low Ki kicks out of that, the Island Driver, and then while he doesn't escape The Choke since you quickly thrown in it's never been escaped... but he just counters it into a pin. So yes, it's a flash pin to protect Samoa Joe, but the big hyped monster still looks SOFT to me when he went 0-for-3 in using his finishing moves to put Low Ki away.

    Yes, it's Low Ki, who is clearly a guy you're all in on, so great resiliency build for him, but I already knew that about him. I think you can still make Ki look resilient, win with a flash pin, and still easily protect at least one of Joe's 3 finishers, you know? Great 3/4, but the last 1/4 just left a very bad taste in my mouth. Why would Cyrus want to go recruit the guy whose finishing moves suck so bad?

    Jarrett should have went one further and said no Enter Sandman at all *shrugs shoulders* This just felt like dumb heel heating for me, didn't come off. It just makes ECW fans look like entitled little preppy bitches, for real.

    I will steadfastly maintain Sandman would've botched the fuck out of that springboard Cane shot Still, I loved the opening smoke and mirrors outside and glorified comedy spots until the JJ low blow. That's what this match will need since work rate certainly ain't happening!

    Jarrett got hit with a cup of spit and semen, change my mind.

    Also, that fan is definitely a plant, and you totally missed the boat having the fans be truly ECW and say fuck it and they all pelt Jarrett with garbage so he has no real opportunity to enforce anything. And piss Meltzer off in the process! Everything about that PCO run in/fork spot failed big time, mate. You forgot fork in the bolding part first off, but it also was impossible to decipher who got stabbed initially :P

    The rest of the match felt like anything that could have happened on an episode of Hardcore TV with the Network run in, face kicks ass, heel almost wins, new face shows up, etc, Jarrett steals the win. It didn't have to be anything new or exciting, and we all knew Sandman had no chance of winning anyways.

    If I'm being critical and honest, Jeff Jarrett doing the Shane Douglas promo should have 1) been emphasized as such, and 2) arguably maybe saved for the end of the next TV show just because BTB PPVs are a lot longer than IRL PPVs, if you know what I mean. This was an AWESOME moment, but I will admit it didn't have as much luster as it could've because I was burnt out from reading everything.

    HOWEVER, we FINALLY got our NWA moment!!!! I'm still pumped about it no matter what, and OF COURSE as Jarrett exercises his right to kill off ECW, Our Lord and Savior Steve Corino returns to save the day! It's a great ending for those who like Corino in the crowd, of which I maintain there are little But seriously, it's the big moment and here we are, ready for the climax of ECW vs The Network.

    I will say that the were matches that had some incredible effort and technical writing excellence from you, mostly in Danielson/Williams and Ki/Joe. The main event was fun enough for what we knew we were going to get with it, and the Street Fight was a very good blood feud ender. There were definite misses, which I expected given the overall lopsided build, but it was still overall a very good effort and a solid B level PPV.

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    Re: July BTBOTM - Extreme Championship Wrestling by Stojy

    Starting out with the Three Way is probably the way to go. Man, I should've known you would go and eliminate Lynn first, you bastard! Not sure I really like the idea of Lynn being eliminated first and pretty quickly only to come back and attack Styles and then leave with the belt, obviously continuing this feud. Red was "just there" in this and as soon as he was eliminated it was obvious Styles would win even if they still put on an great match. I still would've preferred it come down to Lynn/Styles, have Lynn lose and then do the post match attack even if he's not as fresh, I good chair beatdown would've done the job no doubt.


    Man Spanky is off to WWF...damn you withholding this info before predictions! Becomes a bit of a foregone conclusion then but still a good match here and it's nice to see Super Crazy pick up a meaningful win at the very least. And Michael Shane superkicking him off to WWFland is hilarious.


    Which was a nice transition into the London/Shane match which was a ton of fun. I know you've gotten some flack for how long this feud went on for but this felt like it made it all worth it to me as it felt like the match to settle a blood feud and London going over puts him over strong here. Shane will be fine because he can easily get his heat back while London could easily be a TV Title contender now.


    I was worried you'd go and give the Briscoes the titles here, but I'm glad it was the Impact Enforcers retaining. Definitely didn't see the turn of Mark coming and feels very WWE-esque to break up a tag team so quickly, haha! Gotta love the era where you could say you offered someone a woman for the night as part of a deal to join a group! We'll see where you go with this but I'm still relatively uninterested in these guys but I trust you'll make them more interesting now though I think the tag division could've used them more.


    The story behind Danielson and Williams was simplistic leading into it and this one was really all about what happens in the ring between these two. The technical nature of the match delivers well here even if I'm not overally excited about it just because I'm going to be more invested in stories vs. ring work...and I have pretty much zero exposure to Williams in real life, haha. But still a great showing for him but Danielson winning was the right move.


    Another really strong in ring match here between Tajiri and Christopher Daniels. A bit of a foregone conclusion though as it wouldn't have made much sense to have Tajiri be the one to give Daniels his first loss in a match with no real build behind it. The money is in the LowKi/Daniels match for sure.


    And speaking of which, the Joe/LowKi match also delivered for me in terms of the ring work but I'll join the camp that doesn't like how much LowKi kicked out of, especially the Muscle Buster. Obviously this was a good showing for Joe to come in and take the former ECW Champ to the limits but it was always a bit of a Catch-22 match booking because ideally you'd bring in Joe and just have him kill people as an undefeated monster or something and instead he comes in on a loss, even if it's to LowKi but obviously it would've been hard to justify LowKi losing to a debut either.


    Still - like I said, the money is in Daniels/LowKi and this one did it's job of having LowKi overcome the huge obstacle and now we'll presumably finally get that match, perhaps at November 2 Remember.


    The Main Event did what it needed to do by giving the ECW-faithful the HOPE that perhaps one of the traditional extremists would bring the gold back to where it belongs but yeah Sandman in 2002 isn't going to be ECW's savior. Still, the story here was great and Jarrett winning was the right call.


    Obviously the big moment of the PPV and what the world would've been talking about was what followed with Jarrett bringing the ECW title into the NWA fold which, man, the heat that would've gotten. Just loved this moment. I know we don't have the shortlist thread for the awards but in my own head this promo by Jarrett is on my shortlist for promo of the year.


    I kind've would've loved that to be the end of the PPV and save the Corino return but dammit I can't blame you for having that huge moment to close out the show and give the ECW fans something to cheer for (and who would've thought that this time last year it'd be Corino!). I doubted how Corino could become THE "Face" of ECW after all his time with the Network but you've successfully turned him into ECW's white knight to rescue ECW from the NWA and that is going to no doubt be an amazing ride.

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    I'm basically just posting this to try and get the ball rolling again. Hoping to get back into a hobby of sorts to try and help me snap out of the mental/physical slump I seem to be in with everyday life at the moment. Boy that sounds depressing but admittedly it's pretty rough at the moment. Either way, I'm back. I wouldn't expect this to move with the same crazy pace it has moved over the past few months, but hopefully my updates can still be somewhat constant. I did want to say thanks to everybody who reached out in one way, shape or form when they realized I was struggling a bit. I'm not really good at talking about stuff so I never really responded to anybody but I do appreciate the thought.

    I also wanted to just say thanks to everybody who left some feedback on Anarchy Rulz. The big feedback item seemed to be around the Samoa Joe debut and I don't disagree with it. To be completely honest, Joe wasn't even supposed to debut until after the next PPV in my original plans, but seeing as this next November to Remember will be the final show in here, I decided to shoehorn his return a little so I can write a match at November To Remember that I really wanted to. Low Ki just couldn't afford to lose either, imo so booked myself into a bit of a corner with that one.

    Anyway, a bit of a nothing post here, I'll hopefully be back with my monthly notes post over the next few days. Anyway, 7 weeklies to go and 1 last PPV. Let's enjoy the ride!

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    ECW News And Notes

    The authorities of Extreme Championship Wrestling are said to be pretty content with Anarchy Rulz, the final pay per view before November To Remember. A lot of the results and returns from Anarchy Rulz have set the wheels in motion for angles and matches that will take place at November To Remember.

    It can be confirmed that Anarchy Rulz was the last appearance of Spanky in ECW. The young man has impressed some of the scouts down at the World Wrestling Federation and has been signed to a developmental contract. Initial plans were for Spanky to get the win over Super Crazy, and go on to face Paul London at November To Remember. Once Spanky confirmed he was leaving ECW, he was happy for the result to be switched and for him to do the honours before leaving.

    Samoa Joe’s Anarchy Rulz appearance, much like several other young talents that have debuted over the last eighteen months, was treated as a tryout. He is not currently signed on to remain performing for ECW, but the word is that ECW are now desperate to get Joe to sign on the dotted line.

    During and after Anarchy Rulz’ main event, both Steve Corino and Tommy Dreamer made their returns. Whilst both appeared in non-wrestling capacities as both are still recovering from various injuries, the word is that both will be in good enough condition to compete at November To Remember. With that being said, the plan is to slowly integrate these men back onto television in the lead up, until they are in good enough shape to return to in ring action.

    It’s reported that some changes can be expected within the presentation of ECW television now that they are falling under the NWA-TNA banner (kayfabe). Exactly what these changes are is being kept secret, but we could see some changed as soon as the next edition of Hardcore TV. There may also be some new talents introduced to help further the fresh look of ECW.

    Another man who is set to take some time off television after being taken out by The Network is Homicide. With Steve Corino and Tommy Dreamer returning to strengthen team ECW, the booking team are concerned there might not be room for Homicide to be involved in any programs over the next month or so. If that’s to be the case, he might not be used again until after November To Remember.

    The rumours are running rampant that November To Remember will be the culmination of this three-year running angle between The Network and ECW. If that is to be the case, it’s said that we could see some special guest appearances and cameos from some old, familiar ECW names to further hype the angle.

    One area of panic amongst ECW officials at the moment is the location of November To Remember. There were talks of potentially trying to pull a rabbit out of the hat and end up in Madison Square Garden for the big show, but those have fallen through. It’s likely that the pay per view will continue to be advertised without a location, and there will obviously be a delay on ticket sales until a location is finalised. ECW are hoping that an announcement will be made on the location sooner rather than later.

    As per ECW’s strategy over the past eighteen months, they will continue to introduce new talent to the roster in the build to November To Remember. There might even be some talent that is yet to appear on ECW that will end up on the November To Remember card. This has been marked as due to a necessity, as the World Wrestling Federation have once again came calling. The rumour is that they have signed yet another big-name ECW wrestler who will help lead a rebuild of the WWE Cruiserweight Division.

    With business declining over the past twelve months, the WWE has been looking into further ECW talents as well. More will be reported on this as further news develops.







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    Quote Originally Posted by Stojy View Post
    I'm basically just posting this to try and get the ball rolling again. Hoping to get back into a hobby of sorts to try and help me snap out of the mental/physical slump I seem to be in with everyday life at the moment. Boy that sounds depressing but admittedly it's pretty rough at the moment. Either way, I'm back. I wouldn't expect this to move with the same crazy pace it has moved over the past few months, but hopefully my updates can still be somewhat constant. I did want to say thanks to everybody who reached out in one way, shape or form when they realized I was struggling a bit. I'm not really good at talking about stuff so I never really responded to anybody but I do appreciate the thought.

    I also wanted to just say thanks to everybody who left some feedback on Anarchy Rulz. The big feedback item seemed to be around the Samoa Joe debut and I don't disagree with it. To be completely honest, Joe wasn't even supposed to debut until after the next PPV in my original plans, but seeing as this next November to Remember will be the final show in here, I decided to shoehorn his return a little so I can write a match at November To Remember that I really wanted to. Low Ki just couldn't afford to lose either, imo so booked myself into a bit of a corner with that one.

    Anyway, a bit of a nothing post here, I'll hopefully be back with my monthly notes post over the next few days. Anyway, 7 weeklies to go and 1 last PPV. Let's enjoy the ride!

    Anarchy Rulz Predictions Contest Results


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    Jam 5/18
    Wild Crippler 11/18
    Dubb 9/18
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    mental health is extremely important and I’ll definitely catch up on your shows to get an idea of what’s going on.

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    First off and foremost; I hope you're doing okay bud!

    Onto the news and notes, the big one for me is the Madison Square Garden talk. I know you said those plans appear to have fallen through, but the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden (back then I think it was just the Theatre at Madison Square Garden) would probably be a perfect location for a big ECW show like that, and even if it's not the actual arena, it's still technically MSG, and ECW could hype the shit being at (in low voice) the theatre at (in loud voice) Madison Square Garden.

    Very excited to see how NWA-TNA in incorporated into ECW TV. Should be plenty of actions taken by the Network to fuck with the ECW fanbase. Sounds like a big period coming up if the ECW/Network angle (and the thread as a whole, seemingly) is heading for it's climax with November 2 Remember. Your shows have been missed the last couple of months, so hoping to see something soon!

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    Re: Extreme Championship Wrestling by Stojy

    I concur about the Madison Square Garden idea. The theatre holds like 5,000 fans and feels like a perfect fit.

    The whole idea of Jeff Jarrett being the man in ECW is such a fantastic concept overall.

    Seeing this NWA-TNA - ECW concept is also pretty interesting, especially considering the NWA/ECW history in the first place.

    One day I hope to read this whole thing!

    Hope you are feeling better!

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    Thanks for the comments, guys. I promise a show is coming at some point. Hopefully over the weekend or something. Anyway, also wanted to give credit to BattleTank for the new show banner which debuts here to suit the current situation in the BTB. New preview format to go along with the change up as well.

    NWA-TNA Presents ECW Hardcore TV Preview
    October 12th, 2002
    Atlanta, Georgia



    This week’s edition of ECW Hardcore TV is set to have a different feel to what we have seen in the past. At the end of Anarchy Rulz last Sunday, the ECW Heavyweight Champion and NWA World Heavyweight Champion, who also just happens to be the owner of ECW, made a company altering announcement. Jeff Jarrett confirmed that he is bringing ECW back under the National Wrestling Alliance banner, and whilst his announcement was interrupted by the returning Steve Corino, we are led to believe there are plenty of changes to come. We’re not entirely sure what these changes are, but we have been informed that this week’s show will begin with Joey Styles hosting an in-ring interview with The Network. Every single member of The Network will be on hand, and there’s every chance we will find out more about what falling under the NWA once again means for ECW.

    In the opening match of Anarchy Rulz, AJ Styles yet again successfully defended his ECW Television Championship against both The Amazing Red and Jerry Lynn in a Three-Way Dance. Unfortunately for Jerry Lynn, this is the third time he’s come up short in trying to capture the gold recently, and this time he was the first man eliminated from the match. After the contest, an exhausted AJ Styles was celebrating, only for Lynn to reappear, attack Styles from behind and drill him with a Cradle Piledriver. To further add insult to injury, Lynn then stole the TV Title, leaving with the belt in his possession even thought it doesn’t belong to him. We will hear an explanation from Jerry Lynn regarding his erratic actions on this week’s show.

    During the ECW Championship match at Anarchy Rulz which saw Jeff Jarrett successfully retain against The Sandman, we saw the return of an ECW original. As The Sandman started to build some momentum, The Network got involved to support Jarrett, only for The Sandman’s tag team partner, Tommy Dreamer to make his return. With the help of some weapons, Tommy looked fit and recovered from an injury caused by the ECW Tag Team Champions. Funnily enough, it was those same champions, CW Anderson and Justin Credible that Dreamer chased away from ringside to give The Sandman the chance to win the match. Whilst that didn’t end up happening, The Sandman has to move on pretty quickly, as The Network haven’t given Tommy Dreamer much time to settle back in. On tonight’s show, the former tag team champions, The Sandman and Tommy Dreamer will take on The Carnage Crew. HC Loc and Tony DeVito are still relatively fresh meat in ECW, but have been on an absolute tear, proving to be injury causing and potentially the toughest team in ECW. It’s no surprise that The Network has thrown this difficult of a challenge at the ECW legends. Anybody can only guess who will come out on top in this one.

    It was referred to earlier that Jeff Jarrett’s ground-breaking announcement at the end of Anarchy Rulz was interrupted by the returning Steve Corino. The former ECW Champion, who never lost the belt, left The Network due to issues with Jarrett, only to continue to defend the gold, until The Network and Homicide worked together to take Corino out. ‘The King of Old School’ never actually lost the ECW Championship, he was forced to relinquish it due to injury. He’s not booked on this show, but he looked like he had recovered from his injuries at Anarchy Rulz, and we can only expect he’ll try and make his presence felt. If that’s the case, he’s lost the element of surprise now, so what will Jeff Jarrett and The Network have in store for him?

    Please tune in for all of this and much, much more!!!

    Confirmed Matches:

    The Carnage Crew vs. The Sandman and Tommy Dreamer







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    Re: Extreme Championship Wrestling by Stojy

    I'll need to do some catching up on this thread as I'm massively behind, but I'm already really interested to see how you continue to incorporate the whole NWA - TNA thing into ECW. The new design looks good and matches with what's going on. Looking forward to catching up and reading the next show!

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    Much like the show banner, credit goes to BattleTank for the November To Remember poster. That guy is the man. Now let's see if the extended break and my fragile brain impacted how I do this stuff...

    NWA-TNA Presents ECW Hardcore TV
    October 12th, 2002
    Atlanta, Georgia



    This week’s edition of Hardcore TV, the first since joining the National Wrestling Alliance takes place in Atlanta, Georgia and more specifically, Centre Stage. It doesn’t matter where we are though because ECW is National at this point and each location manages to get the same disturbing personality type fans at the show.

    One thing that’s immediately noticeable throughout the arena, is the different nature of the ECW set. There’s a little mini screen above the entrance way, but more then that, even around ringside is different. All of the ECW logos in the entrance, canvas and apron skirts now have “NWA-TNA PRESENTS” in front of them. To make matters worse for the die-hard fans, the colour scheme has changed as well, with a maroon/red feel throughout a lot of the new aesthetics.

    As the show opens up and our cameras take in the views, we get a pretty incredible pyro display as well. Incredible because the pyro was decent but also because this is ECW and we usually can’t afford pyro. “Elevate” by U2 plays throughout the seemingly improved PA system of this arena as well, and of course because the ECW faithful are now everywhere, the pyro gets completely ravaged by the fans.

    The crowd has a “NWA SUCKS”, “NWA SUCKS”, “NWA SUCKS” chant going as after taking longer than usual to survey the atmosphere, our cameras begin to pay attention to what’s actually happening inside of the ring.



    Inside the ring, dressed in his usual suit and microphone in hand is none other than JOEY STYLES. He’s waiting for the rowdy crowd to quiet down a little so that he can speak, but it’s obvious by the look on his face that he isn’t as excited for tonight as he usually is for a show to begin.


    Joey Styles: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to… ECW Hardcore TV! Yes, that’s what this show is as far as I’m concerned, and at this time it’s my duty to introduce to you the conglomerate that continued to grow in numbers and strength at Anarchy Rulz… THE NETWORK!!!

    “My World” by Dale Oliver hits over the PA system and the BOOOS that are directed towards the stage are huge. Relishing in the reaction, CYRUS steps out first, closely followed by DAWN MARIE, who is arm in arm with the newest Network member, MARK BRISCOE. The ECW Tag Team Champions CW ANDERSON and JUSTIN CREDIBLE are out next, whilst MICHAEL SHANE helps support PIERRE CARL OULETTE, who is struggling a little after the bumps he took at the pay per view. Once they all get into the ring, smiling and happy for the most part, they all point towards the ramp, and ‘Fargo Strutting’ his way through the curtain is JEFF JARRETT. The owner/ECW/NWA Champ looks to be in an outstanding mood, chuckling at the angry fans as he gets into the ring. ‘Double J’ has both his titles around his waist, with the NWA one strapped over the top of the ECW one, showing which one he thinks is more valuable.

    After what feels like forever with The Network all sharing celebratory hugs and high fives as they take in the new scenery, Jarrett finally turns his attention towards Joey Styles. Unhappy, Styles looks set to ask a question, but Jarrett instead takes the microphone from him and just tells him to “WAIT THERE”. It looks like the champ has something he wants to get off his chest to begin with.


    Jeff Jarrett: Oh boy, what a beautiful sight this is. New colours, a new big screen to make this place look more professional, and the new company logo looks oh so great if I don’t say so myself. I sincerely hope that everybody likes the changes that have been made for tonight’s show. I hope you like them because to sit under NWA-TNA, there’s a lot more changes that need to be made, and none of you really have a choice on the matter. This is the way it is now.

    Jarrett’s words don’t do him many favours with the fans, as they continue to boo the hell out of him. Even though they would have expected this reaction, Cyrus feigns anger as he borrows the mic from Jarrett.

    Cyrus: Hey, hey, don’t boo us. Show some respect, we’re the reason you’re all here… We are… Well, I guess you all know who we are by now.

    The smugness is dripping off Cyrus as in the background Justin Credible mimes that they are “THE NETWORK”. With all the politeness in the world, ‘The Virus’ now hands the stick back over to Jarrett.

    Jeff Jarrett: That’s right, we are proud to stand here and say that we are The Network, but we’re something more important than that to. Any group of misfits can stand around and claim to be something great, but we have that added ingredient that proves that we are great, we’re winners. I think Anarchy Rulz proved that we’re all winners and speaking of Anarchy Rulz, at this time I’d like to formally welcome young Mark Briscoe to The Network.

    The rest of The Network give a little polite golf clap, as Briscoe approaches, thanking Jarrett and Cyrus as they both shake his hand. Obviously, the traitorous Briscoe brother gets ravaged by the audience as well.

    Jeff Jarrett: What I hear is a bunch of jealousy because you all don’t know what it’s like to surround yourself with winners. This young man decided he wanted to be with winners, and he should be applauded for that. He should be applauded because he showed intelligence and in doing so, he made the best call of his life.

    BOOOOOOOO, as Briscoe continues to get some props from the rest of the group.

    Jeff Jarrett: Now moving past what happened last weekend, I want to focus on tonight’s show. Because I can confirm that tonight… THE NETWORK WILL EXPAND ONCE AGAIN!!!

    The heat from the fans turns into groans now, as they last thing they want to see is a new Network member. Standing in the corner of the ring, Joey Styles rolls his eyes and shakes his head, and Jarrett notices the reaction. ‘Double J’ points at Joey and asks him to walk towards the centre of the ring which Styles does. Once they are close enough to each other, Jarrett continues to calmly speak.

    Jeff Jarrett: It’s actually funny that you have that reaction, Joey, but you might want to think about getting on board with the new and improved direction NWA-TNA’s Extreme Championship Wrestling is heading. You really should because it just so happens that The Network expanding ties in with something I’ve got in store for you too.

    Joey looks a little uneasy, unsure of where this is heading. Of course, the rest of The Network are all smiles.

    Jeff Jarrett: Don’t get me wrong, I think you do a stand-up job. I like the Joey Styles solo act fine enough. However, the winds of change are blowing and since we fired that…

    Jarrett begins mockingly clicking his fingers, acting as if he can’t remember the name of Joey’s previous broadcast partner. The fans remember though as a brief “GERTNER”, “GERTNER”, “GERTNER” chant starts up.

    Jeff Jarrett: Oh man, what’s his name, that one guy…

    The chants continue as Cyrus comes over and whispers something in Jarrett’s ear.

    Jeff Jarrett: Thank you, that’s right, it’s Joel Gertner. Since we fired that useless guy, we’ve been meaning to find a replacement.

    A murmur hits amongst the audience as Joey has his hands on hips, worried as to who it might be.

    Jeff Jarrett: So as of right now The Network expansion continues, as I’d like to introduce your new commentary colleague right now…

    Jeff and the rest of The Network all point towards the curtain, huge smiles on their faces, and the fans continue to buzz with anticipation…



    Until…



    A strangely familiar yet unfamiliar song plays over the PA system (because it’s a heavily remixed version of the WCW Nitro theme song) … AND TONY SCHIAVONE MAKES HIS WAY DOWN AN ECW RAMP FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!!!

    Tony is all smiles, waving at the fans, dressed in a ‘TNN polo’ and a pair of blue jeans. He gets plenty of applause from The Network, but that’s where it ends. The audience are FURIOUS despite the homecoming of sorts, with Schiavone likely getting one of the WORST receptions in pro wrestling history.

    “FUCK YOU”, “FUCK YOU”, “FUCK YOU” chants ring out as the oblivious Tony walks around the ring, making sure to shake his hand and introduce himself to each member of The Network. He even takes a moment to raise his eyebrows as he speaks to Dawn Marie but can’t remove his eyes from her chest.

    Tony even tries to greet Joey Styles with a handshake, but Joey is defiant, shaking his head in disgust.

    After greeting everybody, Tony stands next to Cyrus, who has taken the mic from Jarrett. Cyrus puts an arm around Tony, pure flee on his face.


    Cyrus: Welcome to The Network, Tony. You’re without a doubt the greatest announcers in the history of pro wrestling, so please, say it. Show us what we’re in store for with you at the desk, say the thing…

    Tony leans over to speak into the microphone, forced to yell over the abuse from the crowd.

    Tony Schiavone: FANS… THIS IS THE GREATEST NIGHT IN THE HISTORY OF OUR SPORT!!!

    Ugh, the heat is gigantic, but it only gets worse as Jarrett now leans in.

    Jeff Jarrett: HIGH SPOT!!!

    The rest of The Network in the background throw up the V, whilst Jarrett busts out the FARGO STRUT yet again. The arena’s mood takes a turn for the worse now, with fans starting to throw trash and all sorts of things into the ring. Being that’s early on in the night, not a lot of things are empty, meaning The Network are getting sprayed with all sorts of half-eaten foods and fluids.

    They don’t care though, the conglomerate continuing to laugh amongst themselves and rub it in to the fans…

    Until STEVE CORINO STEPS OUT FROM THE BACK!!!

    He’s closely followed by his buddy JACK VICTORY, and they get quite the ovation as they get halfway towards the ring…

    ONLY FOR A GANG OF SECURITY GUARDS TO APPEAR AND FORM A WALL BLOCKING CORINO FROM GOING FORWARD!!!

    This gets major heat from the crowd, whilst The Network laugh at Corino from inside of the ring. Luckily, one guard agrees to escort Victory to ringside, and he’s able to grab a microphone, before jogging back up the ramp and passing it to Corino.

    Everybody’s waiting, holding their breath, having not heard Corino speak for months, and he shakes his head, looking disappointed as he finally speaks.


    Steve Corino: All of this crap happening in the ring right now, this is my fault.

    Not a reaction anybody expected as a surprisingly calm Corino continues.

    Steve Corino: It kills me to admit it, but it really is. Jeff Jarrett, you even getting close enough to ECW to do what I know every asshole like you has wanted to do for the last eight years… IS MY FAULT!!!

    Victory tries to encourage the down Corino, whilst Jarrett and The Network don’t seem to care about Corino’s words, smiling and chuckling arrogantly in his direction.

    Steve Corino: BECAUSE THE NETWORK IS A GOLEM THAT I CREATED!!!

    The passion is clear in Corino’s voice, but Cyrus takes exception to these words, believing to be the creator of The Network himself. As Corino continues to speak, the ECW Tag Team Champions reassure Cyrus.

    Steve Corino: I created The Network and now I’m going to kill it. I don’t quite know how yet, but mark my words, I’m going to go through every single one of you standing in that ring. That definitely includes you, Jeff, and when I reclaim THE TITLE I NEVER FUCKING LOST… THE NETWORK WILL DIE!!!

    Big time cheers from the fans and a “CORINO”, “CORINO”, “CORINO” chant breaks out from the audience. The Network continue to mock Corino from the ring, knowing they are safe, with Jarrett leaning against the ropes and leading the charge…

    BUT SUDDENLY CORINO SNAPS AND STARTS SWINGING WILD HAYMAKERS AT THE GUARDS!!!

    Corino creates a gap in the security wall, and he sprints through it, reaching ringside. With the numbers advantage, The Network beg Corino to enter the ring… BUT HE GRABS JARRETT’S LEGS FROM OUTSIDE THE RING… TRIPS HIM UP AND DRAGS HIM TO THE OUTSIDE!!!

    The champ/owner has no time to react as Corino immediately begins teeing off with punches right to Jarrett’s jaw. All Jarrett can do is cover up as Corino lands as many shots as he can in about ten seconds…

    ONLY TO BE RESTRAINED BY THE SECURITY GUARDS AGAIN!!!

    Boos are directed at the guards now as a frazzled Jarrett gets up and demands security do something about it. Equally as outraged, Cyrus has the mic that Jarrett had earlier.


    Cyrus: GET RID OF HIM RIGHT NOW!!!

    Jack Victory’s doing his best to play peacekeeper, as Corino tries to fight the guards, but they manage to apply handcuffs. Corino is completely restrained now, and the guards are holding him in position, when LOW KI SPRINTS PAST CORINO AND SPEAR TACKLES JARRETT TO THE FLOOR!!!

    The arena is shaking due to the noise from the fans as Low Ki now levels Jarrett with shots, but immediately on the request of Cyrus, CW Anderson, Credible, PCO and Briscoe all leave the ring to help Jarrett.

    However, before they can put their hands on Low Ki… THE SANDMAN AND TOMMY DREAMER JOIN THE BRAWL!!!

    And they are closely followed by a scorned JAY BRISCOE, who goes straight for his brother.

    It’s a SHOW STARTING BRAWL and the fans are going apeshit, chanting “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” as loud as they can. Even with the extra number, The Network are on the back foot as the brawl sprawls all around ringside, The Sandman able to take two by himself thanks to his trusty Singapore Cane.

    After complete mayhem for a solid minute or two, EVEN MORE SECURITY CHARGE DOWN THE RAMP!!! The new guards that have come down are doing all they can to stop the all-out brawl.

    They manage to do it eventually, with Corino getting forced to the back, meaning it allows The Network to back up the ramp. All of them seem happy to do so, having received a bit of a beating during the brawl.

    As The Network continue to back up, security spread all around, Low Ki, Dreamer, Sandman and Jay Briscoe all step into the ring. An “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chant starts up and now Low Ki finds himself with a microphone in hand.


    Low Ki: Jeff Jarrett, I can see the way you operate. Now you might be ducking a man with a claim to the belt, but he’s not the only one with a claim to that title. Just as much as Steve Corino, I deserve a shot because I was robbed of that ECW Championship. I haven’t got time or patience for excuses so let me make it real simple for you, if you’ve got any kind of courage or pride, you’ll do what a champion should do. You’ll accept my challenge to meet me in this ring right here tonight FOR THE ECW WORLD TITLE!!!

    This gets a big pop, with all of the faces in the ring with Low Ki seemingly happy for that to happen. On the stage, The Network have an emergency conference, before a surprisingly confident Jarrett finds himself with another microphone in hand.

    Jeff Jarrett: Low Ki, you should be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it. Tonight, me and you, ECW World Title on the line, you got it!!!

    Another epic pop for the unexpected World Title match being booked for tonight’s show. Before turning and leaving with the rest of his Network buddies, Jarrett sneers at Low Ki. Meanwhile, inside the ring, Low Ki gets plenty of encouragement from the men around him, and on that note, it’s time for our first commercial break of the evening.

    -COMMERCIAL BREAK-

    ***



    ECW November To Remember
    November 24th, 2002

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    Upon returning from the first break of the evening, we slow things down for a second by diverting to the commentary position. Up at the table is a confused looking JOEY STYLES, sitting uncomfortably close to a smug looking, TONY SCHIAVONE!!!

    Joey Styles: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to ECW Hardcore TV… Ri-…

    Tony Schiavone: Presented by NWA TNA…

    Joey does his best to ignore Tony and just speak over the top of him.

    Joey Styles: Right before the break, The Network were gloating about their achievements, in particular the man who holds the ECW and NWA titles in Jeff Jarrett. I have to admit, when Low Ki made the challenge, I didn’t expect the response that Jarrett gave. I’m confused as to why Jeff would willingly defend the ECW Title. The guy talks about how much he dislikes the current state and he hasn’t been very active as a wrestler since arriving, so I wouldn’t have expected him to be so eager to be back in extreme action less than a week removed from his title defence at Anarchy Rulz.

    Tony nods knowingly, giving Joey a condescending pat on the shoulder.

    Tony Schiavone: Ah, Joey, I actually think it makes a lot of sense so let me tell you why. It’s because Jeff Jarrett is a double champion. He’s a double champion and would love to keep both belts forever and that’s the aim of The Network, however in terms of actually defending the belts, there’s no problem putting up the lesser of the two belts.

    And just when it seemed like these two might actually be able to be civil, it ends. A FURIOUS Joey Styles doesn’t say anything to Tony, speaking over the top of him and sending us to ringside for the opening contest. Before we cut away, we get one last look at a trembling with rage Styles, whilst Fat Tony sits next to me, as proud as punch and completely oblivious…



    Match One
    The Carnage Crew vs. The Sandman and Tommy Dreamer


    Coming off of Anarchy Rulz and despite falling back under the National Wrestling Alliance, this first match of the night is anything but an NWA match. As a matter of fact, this is about as ECW as ECW gets. The Sandman and the returning and eager Tommy Dreamer don’t hold anything back, and to their credit, HC Loc and Tony DeVito step it up to a whole new level to keep up with the ECW mainstays. It’s a bar room brawl right from the get-go, and the match certainly isn’t just contained to the ring, as they fight around ringside. Of course, there are a few trips into the crowd as well, although The Carnage Crew smartly get out of their rather quickly. Whilst it’s absolute chaos and something that guys like Tommy and The Sandman thrive on, Loc and DeVito manage to catch Sandman with a Double Flapjack which sends him crashing into the crowd barricade. The Sandman lands throat first onto the barricade and remains down for a substantial amount of time, clearly struggling to breathe.

    This allowed The Carnage Crew to really go to work, isolating the fresh Dreamer and beating the living tar out of him, with both fists and weapons. On commentary, Joey Styles and Tony Schiavone put over the fact that this being Dreamer’s first night back in action, his body won’t be conditioned to withstand all of this punishment. Despite these thoughts, and despite Loc and DeVito’s heavy focus on Tommy’s previously injured neck, he doesn’t break down. Instead, Tommy shows spurts of fight to keep his opponents on their toes, even if it isn’t long before he’s being pounded on again. Eventually, Dreamer manages to break free at ringside and snatch The Sandman’s Singapore Cane off the floor, before sliding into the ring.

    He casually invites Loc and DeVito to join him, but when they do, Dreamer unleashes with Cane shots to both of them. This gets the fans back into the match, cheering loudly, however the numbers catch up to Tommy, and he gets beaten down again. With all of their focus on Dreamer, The Carnage Crew don’t notice that The Sandman has rolled back into the ring. Now The Sandman picks up the Singapore Cane… AND THE SANDMAN GOES BALLISTIC WITH SHOTS TO OPPONENTS WITH THE SINGAPORE CANE!!!

    Both Loc and DeVito try and stagger away, and as DeVito gets close to the ropes, The Sandman canes him again, sending him tumbling to the outside. The Sandman raises the Cane above his head, admiring his handiwork, when Loc sneaks up from behind… BUT TOMMY SPINS LOC AROUND AND DRILLS HIM WITH A DDT!!!

    The Sandman looks pissed that he was about to get attacked from behind, so he drags Loc back up, Singapore Cane still in hand… THE SANDMAN LANDS THE WHITE RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP ON LOC!!!

    “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants reign supreme as The Sandman gets back up, guarding the ring with his Cane… ALLOWING DREAMER TO COVER LOC…1…2…3!!!

    Winners: The Sandman and Tommy Dreamer @ 10:34

    The ovation is tremendous with the ‘good guys’ getting the win, and Tommy and The Sandman share a celebratory handshake. Dreamer looks especially emotional, picking up his first victory since returning from injury.

    The former tag team champions head to separate sides of the rings, where they continue celebrating amongst the “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants… UNTIL THEY ARE BOTH CLOBBERED FROM BEHIND BY HC LOC AND TONY DEVITO!!!

    Loc focuses on Tommy and actually shoves him off of the top rope, causing him to take a nasty spill at ringside. Meanwhile, DeVito actually dragged Sandman off of the ropes and into the ring, before stomping the hell out of him.

    With Tommy out of commission and the fans booing loudly, Loc joins DeVito and the two of them stomp all over Sandman. The mood in the arena has certainly changed now, no more positive chants, as Loc snaps the Singapore Cane across his knee.

    DeVito then drags The Sandman back up… ONLY FOR THE CARNAGE CREW TO DRILL SANDMAN WITH THE CARNAGEPLEX!!!

    Even though The Sandman is down, they aren’t finished as Loc immediately rolls outside of the ring and sends Dreamer back into the ring.

    Once Loc is back into the ring, it looks like Tommy could be set for a similar fate as The Sandman (this is bad as the CarnagePlex is a combination Belly to Back Suplex/Swinging Neckbreaker, not ideal for somebody returning from a neck injury). DeVito hoists Dreamer up and wraps his arms around him, gaining a firm grip…

    WHEN THE MOVE GETS PREVENTED…

    BY DA HIT SQUAD!!!

    DeVito is forced to release Dreamer, as he has his hands full with MONSTA MACK, whilst MAFIA hammers away at Loc.

    Eventually DeVito gets dropped with a hard right hand, allowing DA HIT SQUAD TO SQUASH LOC WITH A DOUBLE TEAM POWERBOMB!!!

    Now they are the ones who aren’t finished, as a battered DeVito works back to his feet… BUT MAFIA TAKES HIM DOWN WITH THE BURNING HAMMER!!!

    On the outside of the ring, Dreamer and The Sandman are back up and give a nod towards Da Hit Squad. Mafia and Mack don’t pay them to much attention though, instead standing over The Carnage Crew, having sent their long time rivals a message tonight…



    Next up, we get a video package…

    ***

    We get highlights of the Street Fight between MICHAEL SHANE and PAUL LONDON at Anarchy Rulz. Whilst Shane made an appearance earlier, neither man will be in action tonight as they continue to recover from some of the bumps and bruises they received. The video shows some of the general big weapon shots during the match, before focusing on the ladder spots. These include Shane missing a Splash from the top of the ladder, London running up a ladder leaning against the ropes to jump outside the ring and onto Shane, Shane nailing the Picture Perfect Elbow off the ladder, and finally, the London Star Press off the ladder which saw London get the win.

    The aftermath focuses in on the incredible ovation London received, whilst JOEY STYLES puts him over on commentary.


    ***

    Before the commentary team can put further gloss on Paul London’s performance last night, we cut to the backstage area where a serious looking JERRY LYNN stands by. He just wears a casual puffer jacket and jeans, not wrestling tonight, however the stolen ECW Television Championship is clear for all to see, sitting on his shoulder. With a shake of his head, Lynn points at the nameplate on the title which reads ‘AJ STYLES’.

    Jerry Lynn: A lot of people are questioning why I stole this title because it says AJ Styles on it, but that’s wrong. This belongs to me.

    Lynn readjusts the title, getting comfortable with it in his possession.

    Jerry Lynn: It does, this ECW Television Championship belongs to me. I’m the one who made this title the most important belt in ECW before everyone else ruined what I worked for.

    As always, the veteran sounds and looks quite bitter.

    Jerry Lynn: Years and years of work, I’m talking four years of blood, sweat and tears to elevate this title. I’m the one who put everything into this title. Despite everything I’ve done for ECW, I’m the one who’s been screwed over every time.

    Jerry’s getting an angrier expression on his face as he continues.

    Jerry Lynn: Recent results are not a true indication of the pecking order around here. I have been screwed time and time again, AJ Styles is not better than me.

    He shakes his head along with his words, putting further emphasis on his point.

    Jerry Lynn: He just isn’t in that place in his career yet, he can’t be better than me. AJ needs to continue to earn his way, he hasn’t paid his dues yet.

    One more pause from Lynn.

    Jerry Lynn: He’s going to have to step up to the plate time and time again if he wants this back. He has to go thr-…

    LYNN IS INTERRUPTED BY A BARRAGE OF FOREARMS BY AJ STYLES!!!

    The actual champion lands shot after shot, causing Lynn to stagger backwards and drop the TV Title. As quick as a cat, Styles bends to pick up the title… AND THEN SMASHES LYNN IN THE HEAD WITH THE TITLE!!!

    Lynn is down now, and not looking in a hurry to get up, as a slightly satisfied AJ now drapes the title over his own shoulder. After taking a moment to enjoy being reunited with his title, Styles snarls and stands over Lynn.


    AJ Styles: I don’t care how long you’ve been here. You’re a stupid son of a bitch!

    Whoa. AJ now takes the title from his shoulder and shows it to the face of Lynn.

    AJ Styles: And no matter what you say, this title is mine!

    Having gotten back his title, AJ takes one last look at Lynn before walking out of screenshot. Jerry stays down on the floor, potentially concussed from the unexpected title shot, and that’s the final shot before heading to a break…

    -COMMERCIAL BREAK-

    Upon returning, we head back to the commentary position where JOEY STYLES and TONY SCHIAVONE are at the booth.

    Joey Styles: Welcome back to ECW Hardcore TV! We are just moments away from Jeff Jarrett defending the ECW Championship against Low Ki, but before we get to that, we’re in a position to announce a big-time match that has been announced for next week’s show.

    Tony Schiavone: The National Wrestling Alliance are proud to have Jeff Jarrett as a double champion, and he’ll valiantly defend the lesser of his two titles in the ECW Championship tonight.

    Joey Styles: Again, with the lesser…

    Tony Schiavone: But we at The Network and the NWA are also proud to have the team of the ECW Tag Team Champions CW Anderson and Justin Credible, alongside Michael Shane and Pierre Carl Oulette fighting for the cause in eight-man tag team action next week.

    Joey Styles: That’s right. Next week it will be CW Anderson, Justin Credible, Michael Shane and PCO teaming up to face the next generation of ECW, Bryan Danielson, Jay Briscoe, Paul London and The Amazing Red. ECW vs. The Network, ECW vs. the NWA, we will not fold, next week the fight continues.

    Tony Schiavone: And just like Jeff Jarrett will in a few moments, The Network will come out on top again next week. Both tonight and next week, two weeks in a row, could be the greatest night in the history of our sport, Joey.

    Joey Styles: We’ll have to see about that, but speaking about the next generation of ECW, there was a debut at Anarchy Rulz that needed to be seen to be believed. Let’s take a look at some highlights…

    Yay, it’s time for another video package…

    ***

    This video package shows highlight of the hard-hitting match between former ECW Champion LOW KI, and the debutant, SAMOA JOE at Anarchy Rulz. We see multiple clips of both men stiffing the hell out of each other, with soundbites of Joey Styles and Cyrus being amazed at the performance of Joe on his first night in ECW.

    ***

    We’re back at the commentary desk.

    Joey Styles: Ladies and gentlemen, it’s my pleasure to confirm that based off his impressive performance at Anarchy Rulz, Samoa Joe has been signed to a full time Extreme Championship Wrestling contract. Joe is a man of honour who has some date commitments with other companies that he’ll look at finishing up, but in the not-so-distant future, we’ll be seeing a lot more of Samoa Joe. And one has to wonder when he does appear, how did his conversation with Cyrus go at Anarchy Rulz? Will he be a member of The Network?

    Tony Schiavone: Watching from a distance, Samoa Joe seems like a smart man, Joey, so I bet he’ll be looking at joining The Network and potentially becoming a future NWA World Heavyweight Champion.

    Styles just rolls his eyes and the two go back and forth before sending us to ringside for the main event…



    Match Two
    ECW World Heavyweight Championship Match
    Jeff Jarrett (c) defends against Low Ki


    Having waited for this opportunity since Jarrett basically stole the title from him back on September seventh, Low Ki is fired up right from the start. He has a substantial period of domination in the early stages, where he’s able to just pinball Jarrett around the ring. Low Ki isn’t changing up his game plan to much, going to work with vicious chops and stiff kicks which Jarrett isn’t able to handle. At one-point, Low Ki gets Jarrett backed into the corner and just repeatedly unloads with kicks to the mid-section, until ‘Double J’ falls on his ass. The Network likes rules so the referee attempts to order for a clean break, and this provides a momentary distraction to Ki. After shrugging the ref away, ‘The Warrior’ bends down to bring Jarrett back to his feet but is met with a blatant poke in the eye.

    The desperation ploy from the champion/owner doesn’t blind Ki for long, but it does give Jarrett a moment to begin clobbering Ki across the back. From here, it’s old school Jarrett, as he just uses some general, southern heel tactics to beat on Low Ki, which these fans absolutely despise. After getting a near fall off of a Snap Powerslam, Jarrett begins mocking his challenger, throwing up random, disrespectful Karate poses, before charging towards him and kicking him right in the gut. As Ki groans and moans, Jarrett takes a step back, remaining in Karate stance, and let’s out a mocking Karate noise, before running for another kick, but Ki manages to catch the leg and trip Jarrett.

    ‘Double J’ falls down to the canvas, and the determined Low Ki rolls on top of Jarrett, mounting him. Sensing he’s in trouble, Jarrett covers up, but Ki simply begins mauling him with savage right hands. Once the referee orders for a break, Low Ki bounces back to his feet, waiting for Jarrett to get up… ROUNDHOUSE KICK TO THE HEAD BY LOW KI!!!

    LOW KI HOOKS THE LEG…1…2…3!!! NO!!! LOW KI GETS PULLED OFF OF JARRETT…

    BY PIERRE CARL OULETTE!!!

    Major boos are directed at PCO, but Low Ki immediately kicks his foot out of Oulette’s grip and climbs back to his feet. With a sense of urgency, PCO pulls Homicide’s FORK out of his boot… PCO SWINGS THE FORK AT THE HEAD OF LOW KI!!!

    KI SIDESTEPS AND KICKS PCO IN THE GUT…

    BEFORE DRILLING HIM WITH THE KI KRUSHER!!!

    The fans mark out for PCO getting what he deserves, as Ki gets right back up… AND TURNS STRAIGHT INTO AN ECW TITLE SHOT TO THE SKULL FROM JARRETT!!!

    Ki is down and Jarrett demands that the referee doesn’t DQ him and makes the count… AS JARRETT HOOKS THE LEG…1…2…3!!!

    NO!!! KI ROLLS A SHOULDER OFF THE MAT!!!

    Jarrett can’t believe it, nor can a slightly recovered PCO on the outside, but Low Ki’s still in this match. With a renewed viciousness in his demeanour, Jarrett roughly drags Ki to his feet… HOOKING HIM UP FOR THE STROKE!!!

    LOW KI ELBOWS OUT OF IT, BREAKING JARRETT’S GRIP!!!

    Ki sprints across the ring… SPRINGBOARDING OFF THE ROPES WITH THE GAMENGURI KICK!!!

    BUT JARRETT DRAGS THE REFEREE IN FRONT OF HIM TO TAKE THE FULL FORCE OF THE BLOW!!!

    Ki lands on his feet like a cat and immediately he and Jarrett begin trading right hands in the centre of the ring. Neither man wants to back down, there’s no referee, and the fans are all chanting “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”. Realising that things are getting out of control, PCO motions from the back, and the mood in the arena changes as CW ANDERSON, JUSTIN CREDIBLE MARK BRISCOE AND MICHAEL SHANE SPRINT DOWN THE RAMP!!!

    They meet PCO at the foot of the ramp and have a quick discussion on how to proceed, whilst Jarrett drunkenly motions for them to hurry whilst being pummelled. In a sense of panic, they all look to slide into the ring… BUT ARE STOPPED BY PAUL LONDON, THE SANDMAN AND TOMMY DREAMER!!!

    Even though The Network have one extra number, the calvary more then hold their own, not allowing any further Network interference. Those famous “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants ring out again as they all brawl across ringside, whilst inside of the ring, Low Ki is well and truly in control. Having battered Jarrett from pillar to post for the last few moments… KI FINALLY HOISTS HIM IN THE AIR…

    LOW KI DRILLS JARRETT WITH THE KI KRUSHER!!!

    LOW KI HOOKS THE LEG…

    THERE’S NO COUNT…



    UNTIL A NEW REFEREE SLIDES INTO THE RING…

    1…2…3!!!



    NO!!!

    THE NEW REFEREE DOESN’T GET TO FINISH THE COUNT…

    BEING DRAGGED OUT OF THE RING BY CHRISTOPHER DANIELS!!!

    Before the referee can react, Daniels tosses him into the crowd barricade, and with two referees’ down, it’s safe to say a third one isn’t being sent down.

    No Contest @ 17:34

    The fans try to warn the weary Low Ki, who remains on top of Jarrett, clearly exhausted, but wondering why the count finished. After another moment, he realises something strange is happening, and he pushes himself back up… ONLY FOR DANIELS TO NAIL HIM WITH THE LAST RITES!!!

    Plenty of boos are directed at ‘The Fallen Angel’ as he chuckles and smirks whilst standing above his rival. With Low Ki out of it, Daniels pulls Jarrett up and together they join the battle on the outside. The air in the arena gets taken down pretty quickly as Sandman, Dreamer and London fight hard, but fighting against seven other men, they succumb to the numbers.

    As the pro ECW guys get taken to task around ringside, the fans suddenly stir as reinforcements appear in the form of BRYAN DANIELSON AND JAY BRISCOE!!!

    They both join in the fight, and The Network immediately swarm them, but they swing wildly. Eventually, PCO manages to sneak away from the drama, only to pick up his (possession is nine tenths of the law) fork, and PCO IS ABLE TO STAB JAY BRISCOE AND DANIELSON WITH THE FORK!!!

    He stabs them in the back, leaving three pronged openings in their skin, but it’s the distraction provided for them to then get completely overwhelmed by the rest of The Network.

    As The Network continue to do damage around the ring, Mark Briscoe rolls Jay back into the ring. Jarrett then tells Mark to join the others, whilst Jeff and Christopher Daniels get back into the ring.

    With all the other faces taken care of, Jarrett grabs a hold of Jay Briscoe… JARRETT NAILS JAY WITH THE STROKE!!!

    Meanwhile, Low Ki is still struggling on the canvas, so the ECW Champ holds him down… DANIELS LEAPS TO THE TOP… BEST MOONSAULT EVER CONNECTS!!!

    All the faces are down now as the rest of The Network members join Jarrett inside of the ring. Anderson is smart enough to bring Jarrett his ECW and NWA Titles, which he clearly appreciates.

    ‘Double J’ raises his hands in the air, one title draped over each shoulder, and his hand in hand with Daniels who is also celebrating. The rest of The Network are celebrating as well, as they have well and truly won the battle tonight.

    Their opposition all remain sprawled around ringside, as The Network and Christopher Daniels continue to celebrate… Together. Just what does this mean?

    END OF SHOW
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    Re: Extreme Championship Wrestling by Stojy

    Right off the bat, a great set up for the show, with the whole new upmarket look, from a more TV-friendly environment, and even a new colour scheme!! Feels weird to read a show from you without the traditional purple!!

    There goes one of my predictions coming out of Anarchy Rulz right off the bat with Briscoe being an official part of the group now seemingly, and not just used and abused by the Network preying on his immaturity.

    But holy hell, Tony Schiavone showing up in ECW!! I love it. FWIW, I’m pretty much done with the current day love in for the guy, and he’s starting to grate on me irl again, so it’ll not be hard for me to hate him in this role too! And off to a good start with his ICONIC line~!! Need to find a way to get a “butts in seats” line from Styles at some point too to get a jab in at Tony. It’s been a long time coming, but I am glad you’ve got someone else on commentary with Styles now full time.

    at Jarrett trotting out “HIGH SPOT” too. Quite fitting that it’s Corino out next after that, and while I’ve never watched Lord of the Rings, I’m at least aware of the term “golem” and a nice pop culture reference in 2002. And if Corino is promising to end the Network, I’d be betting every cent I have that he’ll accomplish that feat, considering he’s Jesus in this thread lol.

    Being nit picky, I thought things got a little ragged once Low Ki et al got involved PLUS the post brawl promo to boot. Just thought that took some of the focus off the return to TV of Corino in the end. Clearly, with Double J confidently accepting the challenge from Low Ki for the title match tonight, there’ll be shenanigans at play.

    Would’ve thought you’d have done something opposite to this match tbh, if only to hammer home the influence of NWA-TNA on the ECW product, rather than having a regular ECW style match with Sandman & Dreamer. Not a good night for the Carnage Crew, losing the match clean as a whistle and ending up on their backs after the fact too due to Da Hit Squad. Found the whole thing here quite peculiar tbh.

    Nice spotlight on London, and I expect a bit of a push for him now as a singles star – probably mixing it up with the likes of Lynn & Styles in the near future.

    Another week, another humbling for poor ‘ol Jerry Lynn. Didn’t even get the steal the belt for a whole week!

    The 8 man tag next week sounds awesome, with the next generation of guys getting the chance to shine against the Network. No brainer that ECW would tie Joe down either, and after the way Cyrus chased after him at the PPV along with Tony’s words, could see a fight for his signature between ECW & The Network.

    Pretty typical main event (though I got a kick out of the visual of Jeff doing the karate noises) with the bells and whistles – it’s what Jarrett needs to have an exciting match – and a lot of the newer ECW alumni getting involved now in the battles. Thought it was all going to be set up for Corino to ride in and save the day, but I guess that’ll have to wait for another week. Not sure now what the big plan Jarrett had up his sleeve; was it just the run in from PCO, or calling on Daniels to screw over Low Ki?

    That at least takes Low Ki out of the title equation, as The Network can say they gave him his return match for the title, but leaves the question hanging over just what the relationship is between the Fallen Angel & The Network and whether they really are in cahoots or if it’s just a marriage of convenience with Daniels desperate to fuck over Low Ki every which way he can.

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    Re: Extreme Championship Wrestling by Stojy

    Just want to say I love the detail in the change of the set design and the difference in the presentation of the post. Exceptional way to put over the change to incorporate more NWA:TNA. Tony Schiavone being involved in ECW is something I didn’t expect but it’s a decision I can massively get behind. Feel like I’m going to enjoy the back and forth between Tony and Joey on commentary. Enjoyable opening segment following on from the events of the PPV.


    Very ECW-esque opening match. Good way to remind us that while the look may have changed, and the name has changed – most of the wrestlers are still ECW through and through. Chaotic aftermath though as expected.


    I’ve not commented on it before, but I like the fact you’ve incorporated more of the independent wrestlers from around this time into ECW like Styles and Samoa Joe. Poor Jerry Lynn though! The match announced for next week should be brilliant – looking forward to reading it.


    Enjoyable main event and the chaos during it was expected. Low Ki was never winning the belt tonight after the PPV. Good stuff, man.

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    Re: Extreme Championship Wrestling by Stojy

    Thanks for the feedback, guys. Wouldn't expect this pace of shows to continue but I'll ride the momentum well it's here. Get your point on the opening with the Low Ki stuff to, Wolfy, just really wasn’t sure how else to squeeze it all into the one show. Realised I forgot to use the new show dividers BattleTank made for me last show as well, so credit to him yet again.

    NWA-TNA Presents ECW Hardcore TV
    October 19th, 2002
    Atlanta, Georgia




    It’s still strange looking at a well decorated set and plenty of pyro to open up an ECW show, but that’s what we get for the second week in a row, now that the land of extreme falls under the NWA banner. Despite the new look and the cleaner look to the arena, there are the same old extreme fans in the building, meaning all we can hear are chants of “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”.

    Instead of getting a feel around ringside, we head up straight to the commentary position where JOEY STYLES sits. Surprisingly, he still doesn’t look to be in the best mood, even though the seat next to him is empty after last week’s nightmare. After another moment or so and a deep breath, Joey tries to pump himself up and formally welcome everybody to the show.


    Joey Styles: Hi everybody and welcome to ECW Hardcore TV! The travelling circus of extreme finds us in Atlanta, Georgia for the second week in a row. Tensions continue to rise between ECW and The Network, and another crucial battle in the seemingly never-ending war will take place in the form of eight-man tag team action tonight. Extreme Championship Wrestling’s handpicked youngsters, Bryan Danielson, Jay Briscoe, Paul London and The Amazing Red will team up to take on a quarter consisting of members of The Network. Those four men will be the ECW Tag Team Champions CW Anderson and Justin Credible, Michael Shane and Pierre Carl Oulette! Considering how biased a lot of the people in power seem to be around here these days, let me just say that I’m personally rooting fo…

    Suddenly, Joey stops, pressing his head piece to his ears and listening intently. He rolls his eyes and tries to argue about, but clearly, he’s getting some demands through his headset that he has to follow. With a shake of his head and a curl in his lip, Styles begins speaking in a rather monotone voice.

    Joey Styles: And that’s all from me for now, as I allow my esteemed colleague to take care of the traditional ECW in ring introduction to the show…

    Still on camera, Joey furiously rips off his headset and throws it onto the table, shaking his head in disgust before we cut away…



    Inside of the ring, suited up and with a grin on his face stands The Network’s chosen commentator, TONY SCHIAVONE! He is getting an enormously negative reaction from the fans, including a chant of “YOU FAT FUCK”, “YOU FAT FUCK”, “YOU FAT FUCK”, but he ignores them as best he can, keeping an overly wide smile on his face.


    Tony Schiavone: Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud as punch to welcome you to a National Wrestling Alliance presentation… This is the new and improved ECW Hardcore TV!

    Tony could barely finish without the fans drowning him out. They aren’t happy with his announcement, but he remains looking pleasant, waiting for them to die down so he can speak again.

    Tony Schiavone: Now tonight, we’re going to kick things off in a big way, so please let me introduce to you, accompanied by Cyrus, the newest member of The Network… CHRISTOPHER DANIELS!!!

    Despite what happened last week, everybody thought Daniels was in it for himself, so there’s a genuine gasp from the audience. One moment later, the familiar music hits and CHRISTOPHER DANIELS steps through the curtain, side by side with CYRUS himself. These two get plenty of boos from the fans as well, but they just laugh at it, before joyfully talking amongst themselves. Once inside of the ring, both men eagerly shake hands with Tony, before Daniels takes the microphone.

    Daniels raises the stick to his mouth to speak, but is forced to stop and wait, as the fans just won’t let up.


    Christopher Daniels: You people have always booed me, no matter what I’d do. I thought a chance of alignment might actually get you people off my back. Why are you booing me now?

    It’s all tongue in cheek from Daniels, as Cyrus laughs along with his mocking tone.

    Christopher Daniels: Why? Did you think my next step was going to be something different? Did you think I was going to SAVE ECW from The Network?

    More laughing from the trio inside the ring, those bastards.

    Christopher Daniels: Is that what you all thought? I was going to be the white knight because I had a few spats with The Network?

    Daniels shakes his head at the thought.

    Christopher Daniels: I’M THE ONE WHO SCOUTED MICHAEL SHANE FROM DAY ONE!!!

    ‘The Fallen Angel’ sticks a finger into his own chest, whilst Tony and Cyrus nod in agreeance.

    Christopher Daniels: REMEMBER THAT?

    He surveys the audience, anticipating their negative reaction.

    Christopher Daniels: I’M THE ONE WHO FIRST TOLD THEM THAT LITTLE MAKR BRISCOE HAD THAT SPARK IN HIS EYE!

    Another pause as Daniels takes a deep breath.

    Christopher Daniels: THAT WAS ONLY A FEW WEEKS AGO… SURELY YOU ALL REMEMBER THAT?

    Cyrus and Tony applaud the words of Daniels, and he nods in their direction, thankful for having their full support. It’s safe to say he doesn’t have the support of the fans though.

    Christopher Daniels: Past differences aside, I’ve had close links to The Network for a while now, and it makes sense for me to want to join and for The Network to want me to join. I am the greatest wrestler alive.

    He takes a moment to raise his hands in the air, closing his eyes, and probably picturing a better reaction than the one he receives.

    Christopher Daniels: Look back at my time in ECW as an example, I’m undefeated.

    More applause from Cyrus and Tony.

    Christopher Daniels: Not only am I undefeated in the past, I’m unbeatable moving forward.

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!


    Christopher Daniels: Those character traits should mean that there is ZERO surprise that I joined the group that can not be defeated.

    Cyrus and Tony LOVE that last statement, really eating it up. Cyrus now gives Daniels an enthusiastic pat on the back, before reaching out and taking the microphone.

    Cyrus: Christopher Daniels is undeniable and so is the one fact that I have been repeating since I formed The Network. Sooner or later, no matter what, everyone bends over to The Network.

    Daniels shoots Cyrus a quizzical look, but Cyrus reassures him off mic that it’s not a derogatory statement regarding him joining the group.

    Cyrus: And that will only continue now that we have acquires the services of Christopher Daniels. I’m not one for wasting any time either, so I’m going to put Christopher Daniels’ talents to good use over the next few weeks.

    Cyrus is loving this, cheesy grin on his face as he continues to gloat. Daniels and Schiavone both listen intently in the background, also enjoying themselves.

    Cyrus: That’ll start right here tonight, when The Network’s newest member, Christopher Daniels will go up against Tommy Dreamer!!!

    “TOMMY”, “TOMMY”, “TOMMY” chants come from the crowd, whilst Daniels nods, pretty comfortable with the match announcement.


    Cyrus: If you mongoloids would let me finish, in that match… TOMMY DREAMER’S JOB IS ON THE LINE!!!

    MAJOR heat for that announcement, as Cyrus lowers the mic so he can share another laugh with his latest recruit. Of course, Schiavone is belly laughing in the corner as well, raising the temper of the fans even further.

    Cyrus: Christopher Daniels is the perfect man to rid me of all the thorns in my side since I’ve been in ECW. Not only does ‘The Fallen Angel’ take people out, his record is impeccable. He cannot be pinned or submitted, he’s better than the rest of the ECW roster, and that’s what The Network wants.

    Tony slaps Daniels on the back, and he gets a look. Apparently only Cyrus can do that.

    Cyrus: Tonight’s a done deal, Tommy Dreamer is finally finished and after that… I’ll set Christopher Daniels in the direction of The Sandman. Once he’s run over The Sandman and gotten rid of him, after that…

    Cyrus is interrupted by chants of “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”. This seems to frustrate Cyrus as the fans are clearly begging for anybody to interrupt at this point.

    Cyrus: I’ve got another task in mind for Christopher Daniels. At November To Remember…

    The audience begin to buzz with anticipation, wondering what the task will be.

    Cyrus: At November To Remember… CHRISTOPHER DANIELS WILL FINALLY PUT AN END TO LOW KI!!! THE MATCH WILL FINALLY HAPPEN… ONE ON ONE!!!

    Despite their hatred for the people in the ring, the fans pop MASSIVELY for the match announcement for the upcoming pay per view. Daniels looks content with the announcement as well, even though he’s swore numerous times that he wouldn’t go against Low Ki again. Almost as if he wants to explain himself, Daniels asks for the mic back and Cyrus is happy to oblige.

    Christopher Daniels: I know I said I wouldn’t give Low Ki another opportunity against me now that he’s no longer the ECW Champion, but The Network can be VERY persuasive.

    Daniels makes the money gesture with his fingers, and the fans reaction shows that they don’t appreciate him being a sell-out.

    Christopher Daniels: If it wasn’t of the cash, I would never give Low Ki the satisfaction of getting in the same ring as me. However, the Church of ‘The Fallen Angel’ is always accepting contributions. With Cyrus and Jeff Jarrett at the helm, The Network has been a most generous backer.

    Cyrus shoots Daniels a thumbs up, as Schiavone claps along.

    Christopher Daniels: And now that it’s set in stone, on November twenty fourth, I will finally put an end to this chapter. I will prove once and for all that not only is Low Ki not as good as me, he doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as me. Low Ki is not in my league. After over a year and a half of back and forth, this will be it because in The Network’s ECW… CHRISTOPHER DANIELS’ ECW… there just isn’t enough room for the both of us.

    A step up in intensity from Daniels gets more heat from the crowd.

    Christopher Daniels: Now that, that’s not a guarantee.

    A smirk returns to Daniels’ face as he gets in catchphrase mode.

    Christopher Daniels: That’s not a promise.

    He shakes his head along with his words.

    Christopher Daniels: THAT IS GOSPEL…

    Cyrus comes over and leans into the microphone.

    Cyrus: ACCORDING TO THE NETWORK!!!

    With that, there’s a mic drop and the three men in the ring all show each other some love, making the audience sick. Despite the displeasure from the live crowd, this is the last image we get before heading to the first break of the evening…



    ***



    ECW November To Remember
    November 24th, 2002

    ***

    Match One
    Mafia vs. Mark Briscoe


    An interesting match here for Briscoe’s first outing as an official Network member, however he doesn’t have it all his own way. Both men are known as tag team specialists which means they take a bit to settle in, but even when they do, Mafia has one clear example. He just has far too much brute strength for Briscoe, meaning each time he gets his hands on him, he’s able to just throw Mark around. The youngster isn’t able to get himself into the match, eventually motioning for some support from the back. Not long after, The Network’s PIERRE CARL OULETTE slowly makes his way down to ringside.

    PCO gets a fair bit of abuse from the crowd as he looks set to step onto the apron and cause a distraction, ONLY TO GET RIPPED OFF OF THE APRON BY MONSTA MACK!!! Mafia’s fellow Hit Squad member has made the save and he and PCO begin trading blows outside of the ring, causing the fans to erupt into some “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants. The two big men continue to trade blows, ending up travelling up the ramp and out of sight.

    Inside of the ring, Mafia is still in control as he drags Briscoe to his feet, and looks for a Back Suplex, but Briscoe flips behind, landing on his feet! AFTER THE LANDING, BRISCOE IMMEDIATELY CRUMBLES TO THE CANVAS, CLUTCHING HIS LEFT LEG IN AGONY!!!

    The referee immediately becomes a barrier between the two competitors, asking Mafia to stay away so he can check on Briscoe. Mark is screaming, “AH, MY ANKLE” and the referee begins checking on it. As the referee is preoccupied and Mafia watches on, unsure what to do, the fans get even louder with their heat becauseTHE CARNAGE CREW SPRINT DOWN THE RAMP!!!

    HC LOC AND TONY DEVITO both slide into the ring, attacking the unsuspecting Mafia from behind… AND THEY DRILL HIM WITH THE CARNAGEPLEX!!!

    Briscoe remains down with the ankle, still maintaining the referee’s focus, as The Carnage Crew roll out of the ring and disappear. With the coast clear, Mark bounces back to his feet now, seemingly not injured after all. The fans hate this, but Briscoe doesn’t care, as he sees his downed opponent and begins climbing up to the top rope. The referee wonders what has happened but hasn’t seen anything illegal so shrugs and allows the match to continue. Briscoe makes his way to the top rope… BRISCOE LEAPS OFF WITH THE SHOOTING STAR PRESS!!!

    AND CONNECTS!!! BRISCOE STAYS ON TOP FOR THE COVER…1…2…3!!!

    Winner: Mark Briscoe @ 5:12

    With his opponent down and everybody else having disappeared from ringside, Briscoe takes almost a sigh of relief after the match. He knows that a loss on his first official outing as a Network member would have been a nightmare scenario. Briscoe has his hand raises by the ref, and he begins jaw jacking with the fans who give him a hard time…

    UNTIL BIG BROTHER JAY BRISCOE SLIDES INTO THE RING!!!

    A FIRED-UP JAY CHARGES AT MARK…

    BUT MARK DROPS TO THE CANVAS AND ROLLS OUT OF HARMS WAY!!!

    The referee does his best to restrain Jay, as Mark slowly shakes his head, signalling that he’s not fighting his brother tonight. The crowd direct a “PUSSY”, “PUSSY”, “PUSSY” chant at Mark, as a furious Jay grabs himself a microphone.


    Jay Briscoe: When I look at you right now, Mark all I can ask is what the fuck happened to my brother. You made a bad choice and now you got to pay for it. They say ain’t nobody fight like family, and when I get my hands on you, which I will, I’m gonna’ beat the shit out of you.

    Big pop from the crowd for the direct nature of Jay, whilst remaining on the ramp, Mark scoffs at the notion.

    Jay Briscoe: There ain’t no home for you after what you did, boy. If you come home for Thanksgiving, make no mistake, me AND Papa Briscoe gonna’ beat the shit out of you.

    Jay’s deadly serious and that statement seems to have struck a nerve with Mark, who doesn’t look as smug suddenly.

    Jay Briscoe: So I got a proposition for you little bro, and I’ll let you make the choice. Either we can do this around knives and guns and shit in the fucking woods in Delaware… Or you can man up and I can whip that ass at November To Remember.

    Having said everything he wanted to; Jay drops the mic but continues to stare daggers at his brother. Mark takes a moment to contemplate, before nodding and yelling off mic, “NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER”! Cheers emanate from the audience for the idea of the match, as the commentary team wonder if the match between the brothers will get signed by Jarrett and Cyrus…



    We now head to a random locker room like area in the back where THE SANDMAN and TOMMY DREAMER are in the middle of a conversation.


    The Sandman: It’s great to have you back, man.

    Tommy Dreamer: It’s great to be back. Now I want revenge on those assholes for taking me out and I want our tag titles back.

    The Sandman nods along with Dreamer before they share a fist bump, both on the same page. Suddenly, the mood in the locker room changes, with Tommy straightening up and Sandman looking incredibly hostile as STEVE CORINO approaches them. There’s a lot of history between these three men and even Corino looks a little uncomfortable, before trying to shrug it off.

    Steve Corino: Look guys, I know I’ve had my issues with both you guys in the past but I’m here for something that’s bigger than just us. I need a favour. There’s somebody I need to get in contact with, I need a phone number that I know at least one of you will have.

    Tommy seems to be mulling over his response, whilst The Sandman takes a drag of his cigarette and blows the smoke in the face of ‘The King Of Old School.

    The Sandman: Go fuck yourself!

    With that, The Sandman grabs his Singapore Cane and storms out of the room, leaving an uncomfortable silence between the two remaining men. After a few more tense moments, Corino breaks the silence.

    Steve Corino: Look, you know and I know that he can help.

    Tommy still looks pretty uncomfortable with the situation, taking a few more beats to think it through.

    Tommy Dreamer: I think you might be right, but with our history, there’s a whole lot more to consider here. This isn’t how I like to deal, but I need some sort of reassurance. My backs against the wall here and I don’t trust you.

    Corino doesn’t seem to fussed, almost expecting this type of response.

    Tommy Dreamer: But I’ve got a lot on the line tonight so IF I make it out of here tonight still with my job, then I’ll make the arrangements and you can have his phone number.

    Dreamer waits for Corino to accept the arrangement, although the former champ is clearly a little frustrated by it.

    Steve Corino: Okay, fine.

    Just like that, the conversation is over. There’s no handshake, no smiles, no small talk, Corino turns on his heel and leaves, whilst Dreamer keeps an eye on him, brimming with an intensity and thoughtfulness.



    Match Two
    Amazing Red, Bryan Danielson, Jay Briscoe and Paul London vs. The Network (CW Anderson, Justin Credible, Michael Shane and Pierre Carl Oulette) w/Dawn Marie


    It’s worth noting that during this match, it was confirmed that the Briscoe brothers match at November To Remember has been made official. As for this match it surprisingly begins as a standard tag team match, with the referee forcing both teams to pick a legal man, and wrestle with traditional tag team rules. The faces look good early on, having the better of their opponents, however The Network are able to regroup. As Anderson is being met with a barrage of shots by Paul London, Paul decides to run off the ropes, but Credible low bridges London to the outside. Rather tamely, Credible just sends London back into the ring but it’s enough to gain the advantage for The Network. From here, it’s clear to see that The Network are the more effective unit, with Credible and Anderson showing why they’re the champs with quick tags. With the tag champs leading the way in terms of strategy and delivering instructions, their quartet is well and truly on top. Unfortunately for the face team, they try their best to work together but it’s clear the chemistry isn’t there.

    Despite their rivalry being supposedly finished (it is, I promise), it’s clear Shane has a vendetta against London after their blow off match at Anarchy Rulz. Even when London isn’t the legal man, Shane goes out of his way to throw the odd cheap shot in his direction, and it really pisses off Bryan Danielson and Amazing Red. Those two both seem to want to beat the hell out of Shane, whilst Jay Briscoe almost seems to have tunnel vision for PCO, maybe blaming him for helping corrupt his little brother.

    With tension building and everybody seemingly wanting a piece of somebody, all hell breaks loose because this is still ECW. Whilst there isn’t necessarily any weapon usage because DQ’s are a thing, the brawling ends up taking the competitors all around ringside. The referee loses track of the legal men for each team, and that no longer becomes a thing, which is clear when DANIELSON TRAPS CREDIBLE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RING WITH THE CATTLE MUTILATION!!!

    The fans mark out for the hold and the referee gets in Credible’s face, asking if he’s willing to give it up. Before Credible can really respond, the referee runs towards the ropes, ignoring the submission hold… BECAUSE DAWN MARIE HAS JUMPED ONTO THE APRON!!!

    The former Tammy Lynn Bytch is on the apron, using her ‘charms’ to distract the ref (she’s almost letting her tits fall out of her dress), and the fans love it. Credible begins tapping out as well, slapping the canvas in desperation, but the referee doesn’t see it…. UNTIL PCO DROPS AN ELBOW ON THE MID SECTION OF DANIELSON TO BREAK THE HOLD AND DANIELSON’S BRIDGE!!!

    Now that the hold has been broken, Dawn makes herself look semi respectable again and jumps off of the apron. The referee turns back to the action to see Credible and Danielson both crawling to separate sides of the ring, complete out of it. Oulette looks to focus on Danielson… WHEN THE AMAZING RED LEAPS OFF THE TOP ROPE… LOOKING FOR A HURRICANRANA…

    BUT PCO USES HIS STRENGTH TO TURN IT INTO A POWERBOMB!!!

    “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants start up for the roughness in which Oulette dispatched of Red. Suddenly, CW Anderson looks to get back into the ring, but Briscoe grabs at his leg, only for PCO to nail him with a Baseball Slide Dropkick! With Jay taken care of, Anderson gets in the ring, and quickly tosses Danielson to the outside. Anderson is alone now with the struggling Red, so ‘The Extreme Enforcer’ picks Red up, sends him to the ropes… BEFORE CONNECTING WITH THE ANDERSON SPINEBUSTER!!!

    CW HOOKS THE LEG…1…2…3!!!

    Winners: The Network @ 12:00

    Despite the big win and the heat from the fans, there’s no celebration from The Network. Instead, they go right onto the attack, with Anderson, Credible and PCO stomping the life out of the already battered Amazing Red.

    A desperate Jay Briscoe slides into the ring to try and make the save, but PCO is able to easily grab him from behind and throw him through the ropes and back to the outside.

    With evil intentions in mind, the tag team champions keep their focus on Red. Credible gets Red into position for the That’s Incredible, as Anderson climbs to the second rope.

    Credible moves a little closer to the corner… THEY’RE LOOKING FOR THE SPIKE TOMBSTONE PILEDRIVER…

    WHEN PAUL LONDON LEAPS OFF THE OPPOSITE TOP ROPE… NAILING CREDIBLE IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD WITH A DROPKICK!!!

    A big pop goes up for the interruption as Credible stumbles forward, dropping Red in the process. London bounces right back to his feet and meets Anderson, who has hastily climbed down from the ropes. The two trade fists, with London’s speed gaining the advantage…

    UNTIL LONDON GETS SMACKED IN THE BACK WITH A STEEL CHAIR… BY MICHAEL SHANE!!!

    Shane gets one back on his rival, a sneer on his face as London drops to the mat. CW yells “HIT HIM AGAIN”, and Shane raises the chair above his head… WHEN BRYAN DANIELSON SNATCHES THE CHAIR OUT OF SHANE’S HANDS!!!

    A shocked Shane turns around… STRAIGHT INTO A CHAIR SHOT TO THE SKULL FROM DANIELSON!!!

    PCO now approaches… AND DANIELSON STABS HIM IN THE GUT WITH THE CHAIR!!!

    Anderson looks to attack Danielson well his back is turned… WHEN CW GETS HIT IN THE BACK WITH A CHAIR… BY JAY BRISCOE!!!

    Those famous “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants echo throughout the arena now, as one more chair shot each sends PCO and Anderson to the outside.

    Michael Shane has already rolled out, and Credible gets to his feet… DANIELSON SWINGS FOR THE FENCES WITH THE CHAIR!!!

    BUT ANDERSON TRIPS UP CREDIBLE SO HE DOESN’T GET HIT… AND DRAGS HIM OUT OF THE RING!!!

    Dawn Marie is fussing over The Network, who back away, shouting threats at their opponents. Meanwhile, London has recovered, and The Amazing Red is back to his feet, and the four youngsters beg them to comeback so the fight can continue.

    The Network choose to fight another day though, and instead there’s a heated stare down, until The Network back their way through the curtain…



    And now it’s time for another video package…

    ***

    This week we get a slightly more in-depth video package focusing on the newly signed SAMOA JOE. There has been some editing during the week as now the highlights are a blend of some of Joe’s Zero-One moments, whilst also including some of his big moments in the match against LOW KI at Anarchy Rulz. The video package comes to an end with a close up of Joe heavy breathing, with a nasty look on his face.

    ***


    Match Three
    If Tommy Dreamer Loses, He Will Be Fired
    Christopher Daniels vs. Tommy Dreamer


    Daniels has a discussion with the referee right after the bell rings, confirming that if Dreamer gets disqualified, the stipulation still counts. The fans don’t like it, and this clearly impacts Tommy, as he’s a little hesitant to even throw a punch, and it allows Daniels to dictate the way the match will go down. It’s a pretty clean, wrestling contest for the most part, and whilst Dreamer doesn’t look in any serious danger, ‘The Fallen Angel’ is well and truly in control.

    As the match progresses and Daniels moves from chain wrestling to a more mainstream style, he’s still able to outdo Tommy at every point. On commentary, Tony Schiavone points out that this is simply because Daniels is faster, younger and a way better technical wrestler than Dreamer. Despite Joey Styles’ objections, the action speaks for itself, yet the one thing Tommy still shows is plenty of heart.

    Eventually, a frustrated Dreamer realises that he isn’t going to win if the match keeps going the same way, so he tries to change things up. Tommy begins throwing haymakers and even throws Daniels to the outside, doing all he can to turn the match into something resembling a bar fight. The fans begin to get more into the match as the change in tactics seems to give Dreamer a fighting chance. Unfortunately, the positive mood around the arena doesn’t last for long, because as Daniels starts to look in trouble, CYRUS, CW ANDERSON, JUSTIN CREDIBLE AND PIERRE CARL OULETTE STORM THEIR WAY TO RINGSIDE!!!

    There is plenty of heat for their appearance which distracts Tommy momentarily… ONLY FOR TOMMY TO TURN BACK INTO A CLOTHESLINE FROM DANIELS!!!

    NO!!! DREAMER AVOIDS IT… BUT DANIELS TAKES OUT THE REFEREE!!!

    With that, an eager Cyrus yells “NOW, LET’S TAKE HIM OUT”, as his Network cronies hop onto the apron and do as they are told. Dreamer backs away from Daniels ever so slightly, trying to keep an eye on all of his enemies, and with the situation about to get interesting, it’s safe to say the incapacitated referee means The Network can do as they please.

    They completely swarm Tommy, keeping him on the back foot and whilst he does his best to fight back, he quickly falls victim to the numbers game. The boos from the fans heat up, they’re unhappy with what they’re seeing, unlike Cyrus… UNTIL THE SANDMAN RUNS DOWN THE RAMP AND SLIDES INTO THE RING!!!

    The Sandman has his trusty Singapore Cane with him… AND HE IMMEDIATELY CRACKS CREDIBLE IN THE SKULL WITH IT!!!

    Daniels charges at The Sandman… HE GETS A CANE SHOT TO THE HEAD AS WELL!!!

    Now CW Anderson approaches The Sandman, hands high to protect his head… SO SANDMAN STABS HIM IN THE GUT WITH THE CANE… BEFORE CRACKING IT OVER HIS BACK!!!

    “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants ring out as all hell has broken loose here. The Sandman has come to the aid of his tag team partner… ONLY TO WALK INTO A LARIAT FROM PCO!!!

    Groans can be heard throughout the arena as Oulette drops The Sandman. This allows The Network to recover and now it’s a four on two beatdown, as they stomp away on the ECW originals… BUT NOW STEVE CORINO SLIDES INTO THE RING!!!

    This gets an EPIC pop and Corino immediately goes to work, throwing right hands at everything that moves, and dropping The Network one after another. Finally, Corino manages to keep a hold of PCO… LOOKING TO SET UP FOR THE OLD SCHOOL BOMB!!!

    WHEN CYRUS CLOBBERS CORINO FROM BEHIND!!!

    CORINO NO SELLS IT!!!

    The weak attempt at an attack from behind has got Cyrus in a world of trouble, as Corino drops PCO and looks towards Cyrus. The leader of The Network is begging off from his former friend, whilst Corino’s eyes are wide with fury. Suddenly, Corino begins chasing Cyrus who leaves the ring and begins sprinting up the ramp. Corino continues to chase him… AND RUNS STRAIGHT INTO JEFF JARRETT SWINGING HIS GUITAR FROM BEHIND THE CURTAIN!!!

    CORINO DUCKS…

    AND CORINO AND JARRETT START BRAWLING!!!

    Somehow, Jarrett keeps a hold of his guitar as the two trade blows, fighting their way back towards ringside. Corino has the upper hand though and this causes MARK BRISCOE AND MICHAEL SHANE TO RUN DOWN TO TRY AND HELP JARRETT…

    BUT THEY ARE IMMEDIATELY INTERCEPTED BY BRYAN DANIELSON, JAY BRISCOE AND PAUL LONDON!!!

    The brawl is huge now, having taken over all of ringside, with even Tommy Dreamer and Christopher Daniels joining in on the outside. Nobody is left in the ring except for the referee, it’s well and truly mayhem here in the ATL. “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants continue to reign supreme as the wily Jarrett somehow breaks free from the brawl and manages to regain his trusty guitar. Having just dropped Daniels chest first on the crowd barricade, he has no idea what’s coming… AND TOMMY DREAMER GETS JARRETT’S GUITAR SMASHED OVER THE TOP OF HIS HEAD!!!

    Nobody else seems to have noticed, everybody to busy fighting with somebody. Meanwhile, Jarrett picks up the dead weight of Dreamer, and slowly rolls him into the ring. The referee tried to scold Jarrett but gets nowhere, as ‘Double J’ now helps Daniels up on the outside, and motions for him to get in the ring and make the pin. ‘The Fallen Angel’ is sore and out of it but knows it’s the right call. Daniels slowly slides into the ring… AND DANIELS DRAPES AN ARM OVER TOMMY’S CHEST TO END HIS ECW CAREER…1…2…3!!!

    NO!!!

    STEVE CORINO MANAGES TO PULL THE REFEREE OUT OF THE RING BEFORE THE THREE COUNT HAS COMPLETED!!!

    This gets a big cheer from the crowd as the referee looks to argue with Corino, who shrugs, nonchalantly says “SORRY”, and drops the referee with a right hand. Jarrett and Cyrus are furious, knowing that would have been it. On commentary, Joey Styles puts over how in his own unique style, Corino is staying true to his deal with Dreamer. At this point though, with the referee knocked down for the second time tonight, this time outside of the ring, he’s not recovering again, and this one’s a no contest.

    No Contest @ 8:50
    Nobody really cares though as the brawl just continues, until PCO manages to drop Jay Briscoe. PCO bends down and PICKS UP HOMICIDE’S FORK FROM HIS BOOT!!!

    With bad intentions in mind, Oulette grabs the head of Jay Briscoe, until…

    ***THE TRUTH***

    The Beanie Sigel banger hits and the fans GO ABSOLUTELY NUTS… AS HOMICIDE RUNS TOWARDS RINGSIDE!!!

    ‘The Notorious 187’ ignores the ring, instead charging right at PCO, and nailing him with a barrage of right hands. Oulette is forced against the barricade, but he also drops the fork, and he immediately picks it up with his left hand.

    “HOMICIDE”, “HOMICIDE”, “HOMICIDE” chants can be heard as ‘Cide is approached by Jarrett, and Homicide hammers away on Jarrett with right hands. With Jarrett now suddenly backing off, Homicide looks ready to use the fork, much to the delight of the fans, until Jarrett back pedals past Corino, who has just laid out Justin Credible…

    AND SUDDENLY, AS JARRETT WATCHES IN THE BACKGROUND, HOMICIDE AND CORINO GO FACE TO FACE!!!

    The atmosphere is crazy, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” chants now spreading across the arena. Neither man blinks, staring down the other given their recent history, ready to come to blows…

    WHEN JARRETT LOW BLOWS CORINO FROM BEHIND!!!

    AND AT THE SAME TIME, PCO, AND CW ANDERSON BLINDSIDE HOMICIDE!!!

    Boos come from the fans now as Jarrett stomps all over Corino, whilst a recovered Credible joins Anderson and PCO with the assault on Homicide. The Network is in control at the moment, holding off the faces and winning the brawl, as they now begin taking Homicide onto the apron.

    They begin positioning him in line with the Timekeeper’s table, wanting to put him straight back out of action. As this is happening, Corino has made it back to his feet on the other side of the ring, once again trading blows with Jarrett.

    Credible and Anderson are setting Homicide up for the Spike Tombstone Piledriver… BUT THEY GET ROCKED WITH SINGAPORE CANE SHOTS FROM TOMMY DREAMER AND THE SANDMAN!!!

    The tag champs are forced off of the apron and Dreamer and Sandman continue to attack them, which leaves PCO alone. With a shrug and a quick kick to make sure Jay Briscoe can’t get on the apron, PCO begins to pick Homicide up… Homicide shrugs PCO off…

    HOMICIDE TAKES PCO OFF OF THE APRON AND THROUGH THE TIMEKEEPER’S TABLE WITH THE ACE CRUSHER!!!

    “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB” continues to be heard as Homicide bounces right back to his feet, clearly full of adrenaline. PCO isn’t moving though, lying amongst the broken table, completely out of it.

    Homicide goes back to focus on Mark Briscoe and Michael Shane, helping the other babyfaces who’re still in the brawl, whilst Corino and Jarrett continue to ram each other into the barricade.

    It’s absolute mayhem and it doesn’t look like ending anytime soon. As the brawl continues, HOMICIDE MANAGES TO GET A HOLD OF MICHAEL SHANE AND NAILS HIM WITH A COP KILLA ON THE OUTSIDE!!!

    Now Shane isn’t moving, completely out of it, The Network are outnumbered but they are still fighting. Homicide is back to his feet, Corino is back in the fight as well, and all hell continues to break loose here.

    ‘Damage Control’ are running down the ramp now, trying to get to PCO, but they’re unable to get through the scramble that resembles a bar fight. Security and police officers are out now as well, continuing to try and split both sides, the fans chanting “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, “ECDUB”, as the chaotic scene fades to black…

    END OF SHOW

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    November 24th, 2002


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    Re: Extreme Championship Wrestling by Stojy

    Finally I got the time to show a token of appreciation by reviewing one of your shows after everything you have done not only for me but all of the WC community!

    Just want to echo the statement made before that it’s really cool seeing the new overhaul in your colours as ECW as a whole gets an overhaul too.

    Nice opening promo with Cyrus and Daniels setting up the main event between Daniels and Dreamer for tonight, but more importantly the real money-match that is Low-Ki vs Daniels at November to Remember.

    Another awesome match set for November to Remember in Briscoe vs Briscoe, I’m all in and I really liked the cadence in Jay’s call out, I feel like you got it just right.

    It’s obviously all about The Network right now, but I would not mind some kind of story or match that does not include them, but maybe that’s too much to ask for lol. I also feel like there’s too many post-match brawls happening here in both the big multi-man match but also the main event, just give me something definitive lol. Like the matches in of themselves are always different but when the endings are so similar in some fashion it burns you out as a reader.

    Despite all of this, I still love a big fight fading to black lol, so I can’t complain toooo much about the whole situation. I was not really reading this back in the Steve Corino hey-day as a heel, but knowing some parts of it, I find it really cool with him now being the big face to save ECW.

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    Re: Extreme Championship Wrestling by Stojy

    Pumped for the NWATNA era of ECW.


    TONY F'N SCHIAVONE in ECW? My God Stojy, you've really done it now. This is why you deserve all the awards and accolades because that is just awesome and such a great heel thing to do. And to have him show up in Atlanta too, icing on the cake my friend. Looking forward to seeing him paired with Joey Styles moving forward.


    Loving the London push and the highlight for him here.


    Was enjoying the Lynn promo but between him getting eliminated first at the PPV and now getting owned by Styles here and already having the title taken back, he's left looking pretty bad here I think which is kind of unfortunate after his heel turn.


    Jarrett/Low-Ki was good stuff, if not the usual overbooked mess of a Network Main Event but it does the job it was supposed to. The whole relationship between Daniels and the Network is interesting, not sure if he's officially joining or what but looks like we're pushing forward with Low-ki vs. Daniels which is fine and obviously the end game here is Jarrett/Corino.


    But yeah - Schiavone joining the team gives this episode a big thumbs up from me.


    Onto the next one and my questions are quickly answered off the bat with Christopher Daniels officially joining the Network. Great promo from him here.


    Short and sweet from Jay, good to hear from him after the betrayal and of course he wants a piece of his brother.


    Interesting stuff between Corino and Dreamer/Sandman. Really glad they weren't all welcoming with Corino because of course they should still hate him. The HE tease is intruiging.


    I think Isse has a point about the Network stuff being a little too saturated when every match on this card is tied in to The Network stuff especially with these last two matches both having big meles either during or after the matches.


    That said, loved Corino coming out here to help his former rivals and also no selling the attack from Cyrus.


    Also really loved the return from Homicide here and him running wild on the Network. RIP PCO. RIP Shane...loved how great Homicide looked here. Can't help but wonder if it becomes a triple threat or if Homicide gets something else to do at November 2 Remember. I kind of want to see the finale be a singles match but it's also hard to imagine what else Homicide could get into that would be appropriate.


    Had to get caught up so this was a bit rushed but I may have sounded somewhat negative on some of it but overall I'm loving the Network/TNA stuff and again, like I said earlier, there's reason you've been the top of the section for most of 2021.

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    Re: Extreme Championship Wrestling by Stojy

    Not much to say on the opening promo, other than I thought it was great and it clears up a lot of the questions from last week. Decent opening match as well, and good to hear from Jay Briscoe looking for some retribution on his brother. Enjoyed the little segment with Sandman, Dreamer and Corino with the two of them still a bit wary. I was really looking forward to the big tag match after the announcement of it last week, and I really enjoyed reading it. The return after the main event was well done and Homicide clearing house would have been a sight to see. I’m a sucker for shows ending mid-brawl so loved the end. I struggle to say anything constructive in these comments, but I guess that’s a good sign. Good stuff, man!

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