Re: After the Screwjob (TEW 2016)
Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 12:08 pm
The grades tell me I was right. I put that tag match as the main event, though, because it was the match that got hyped on Nitro. I'm considering turning that into a routine, to get more of my nobodies on the Monday flagship. We'll see.
Re: After the Screwjob (TEW 2016)
Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:46 pm
ECW Hardcore TV
Saturday, Week 2, December 1997.
From the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York
ECW Too Raw For TV (Pre-Show)
Joey Styles opens up the show by welcoming everyone to the inagural Too Raw for TV. Styles says that the main event of TRFTV will be a number one contender's match between the Hardcore Chair Swingin' Freaks of Ballz Mahoney and Axl Rotten versus The Perfect Package of Lance Storm and Chris Candito. Styles says we caught up with both teams today.
Ballz and Axl are sitting on a curb outside a fast food joint, stuffing cheeseburgers into their faces. Axl asks if there was something important going on today, when Ballz stops mid-bit to think. He scratches his chin a few times as Axl reaches over and steals some fries, laughing. Ballz slams his cheeseburger back into it's wrapper and knocks over Axl's drink (A Diet coke of course, he's watching his figure). The two start hitting each other with their food, until they start headbutting each other. After a few, they stop and check each other, seeing red on each other's forehead. Rotten reaches up to Ballz' forehead and shows the red to Mahoney. "Blood?" Axl licks his fingers. "Nah, ketchup." The two laugh and then pick their food off the ground and continue eating.
We then see the Perfect Package in the Gym in time lapse. We see Storm diligently going from machine to machine, getting his reps in, as Candito spends minimal time on the weights, and maximum time flirting with every girl he sees. At the end of the workout, we see the two by their lockers, and Storm asks about how his workout went. Candito replies that it was a good day: he got 4 phone numbers, and only got slapped twice. Storm tosses his dufflebag over his shoulder and shakes his head on the way out.
We cut back to TRFTV and Styles says that up next, the daredevil Kids, the Crash Brothers will be in action against Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon
Rating: D- (36)
Crash Bros vs Doug Furnas & Phil LaFon w/Bill Alfanso
The young men bring their youthful enthusiasm and a rekless disregard for their own safety to the ring, but it's not enough as LaFon and Furnas easily dictate the pace of this match. LaFon hits a nasty Frankensteiner to put away Jeff.
Phil LaFon pins Jeff Crash via Frankensteiner
Rating: D (44)
Spike Dudley vs Brakus
The Runt looks to make some inroads against the giant German by using his speed to his advantage. It works early, as a series of dropkicks drops Brakus to a knee. Sensing an opening, Spike bails from the ring and grabs a chair. He goes to swing it at the now recovering Brakus, but the bodybuilder blocks it easily and knocks it out of Spike's hands. Brakus starts choking the life out of spike, until he's dazed enough, which allows Brakus to hit his bit Spinebuster onto the steel chair for the win.
Brakus via Spinebuster
Rating: E+ (30)
Jerry Lynn, Chris Chetti & The Blue Meanie vs Al Snow, Pitbull II and Jason Knight.
This one turns into an all out brawl early. Bodies fly everywhere, and Pitbull is leveled outside early when he, Chetti, and Knight get sent into a big pile. Jerry Lynn is able to keep his team organized through the chaos, as the Blue Meanie clotheslines Snow over the top and the two fight over the barricade. Pitbull groggily makes his way back to the ring, and Lynn takes advantage with a tornado DDT for the 1-2-3
Jerry Lynn via Tornado DDT on Pitbull II
Rating: D (43)
ECW World Tag Team Championship Number 1 Contender’s Match
Hardcore Chair Swingin’ Freaks (Axl Rotten & Ballz Mahoney) vs The Perfect Package (Lance Storm & Chris Candito)
The oddball team of Rotten and Mahoney try to make this as much of a brawl as they can, to keep the pristine proficiency of the Perfect Package from controlling the match. Axl makes a mistake by losing track of Storm, who takes advantage with a snap suplex. The Perfect package maintain control until Axl delivers a desperation low blow on Candito, and Ballz comes in yelling, hitting running elbows to Candito. He swings the momentum in his team’s favor, and it stays that way, as he lands a big Michinoku Driver onto the steel steps in the ring.
HCSF via Ballz Michinoku Driver on Candito (Axl was wasted on druggos)
Rating: D (42)
== ECW HARDCORE TV ==
Gangstanators (New Jack & John Kronus) vs Full Blooded Italians (Tracy Smothers & Little Guido) w/Tommy Rich
We open the show proper with the Tag Team Champions facing off against the Gangstanators in non-title action. New Jack and Kronus came prepared to this match, each with a weapon in tow. Jack is sporting a chair, and Kronus a trashcan. Those two tools come into play early and often in this match, as the Gangstanators look to toss their name into contendership (and hurtin’ people is kinda what they live for). New Jack and Kronus take a commanding hold on this match after putting the trash can over Tommy Rich’s head, and hitting the top of the can with a chair, evening the numbers advantage of the FBI. New Jack almost gets Little Guido to tap by choking him with a chair, but Tommy Rich makes the save with a pair of brass knuckles. He tosses a set to Smothers and Guido, and the trio start taking it to Kronus, and then New Jack, leaving them both a bloody mess in the ring. After that, it’s just a matter of counting, as Smothers picks up the win.
FBI via Brass Knuckle Beatdown on New Jack.
Rating: D+ (50)
We cut to Joey Styles saying that the attacks on Tommy Dreamer by Mr. Monday Night, Rob Van Dam and the Homicidal Sabu have been heinous in the past few weeks, and he caught up with the head of ECW Paul Heyman to see what his thoughts are on the issue. We cut to a recorded video of Paul Heyman saying that Tommy Dreamer is a little beat up, a little broken, and that’s just the way he wants to be. Heyman says that Dreamer asked him, pleaded him for this match with Sabu and RVD, and after last week’s attack, he had to ask Dreamer if this is still what he wanted. He says that Dreamer said that now, more than ever, he wants to teach those two a lesson. Heyman says he’s not one to interfere with the righteous fury of The Heart and Soul of ECW, and he will not cancel the tag team match. His only concern is that Tommy Dreamer has not found a partner yet, and he worries that this may become a 2-on-1 handicap situation.
Rating: C- (57)
Mikey Whipwreck vs Goliath
Our second match of the night has the Ultimate Underdog, Mickey Whipwreck take on the debuting Goliath. This enormous man menaces his way down to the ring, sizing up Mikey and the crowd. The match starts, and Mikey rushes Goliath with a shoulder tackle, but ends up eating the mat himself, as the mountainous Goliath doesn’t move. Goliath stands over Mikey a bit before picking him up. He takes his time, and plants him with a series of pull-in clotheslines. Mikey ducks a third clothesline, and starts to fire up with some forearms and a dropkick, staggering the big man. As Mikey gets a head of steam, Goliath wraps him up in a small package and gets the win.
Goliath vs rollup
Rating: D (47)
Backstage we see Joey Styles with the ECW World Heavyweight Champion, “The Franchise” Shane Douglas and Francine. Styles says that in a few week’s time, he’ll be defending the title against the man who he took the title from, the Beast from the East, Bam Bam Bigelow. Before styles can say anything else, Douglas cuts him off. He says that Joey’s right, he TOOK the title from that fat sack of shit. He did it because this, he says holding up the title, is rightfully his. Without Shane Douglas, there is no ECW as we know it. Without Shane Douglas, this shitty little company under it’s crappy leadership would still be an NWA affiliate with no personality, no identity and no notoriety. So yes, he TOOK the title. And he plans on KEEPING the title for a long, long time.
We cut from Styles and the Champion to backstage where the FBI are beating down Axl Rotten. Smothers and Guido double whip Rotten into a concrete wall and start laying into him with boots, as Rich directs traffic. Still not satisfied, Rich points to a wheeled equipment chest. Guido hops on top, and says “yo check me out. i’m like one of them cowboys”. Rich and Smothers laugh, and then push the chest (and passenger) full speed into the now kneeling Axl Rotten. Guido falls off the front due to the impact, but he still picks up his title, holding his head, and holds it over the face of the downed Rotten, as the FBI talk trash. For good measure, smothers spts on Rotten before they depart.
Rating: C (60)
ECW World Television Championship
Taz (c) vs Darren Drosdov
Taz continues to give anyone and everyone a shot at him for the ECW World Television Championship, and the youngster Darren Drosdov answers the call tonight. Drozdov comes out guns-a-blazing and tries to show that he can face Taz straight up, no tricks, no weapons, but he should have reconsidered. There is nobody more dangerous in an ECW ring in a straight match than Taz, and he proved it again tonight, dispatching a game Darren with the T-Bone Suplex.
Taz via T-Bone Suplex
Rating: C (61)
Taz takes his title and storms up the aisle, only to be jumped by Justin Credible, seconded by Chastity. Credible assaults the champion before finally landing a spinning piledriver to Taz on the bare floor. He then stands over Taz, holding the Television title aloft, as Taz bleeds from the forehead and lies unmoving.
ECW Hardcore TV closes tonight with a holiday greeting from Santa Snow and two of Santa’s Sexy Helpers. Clad in fur-lined red bikinis, they say that they hope you’ve been naughty, because December to Dismember is only for the bad little boys and girls out there. The other says that they hope the holidays will come early this year so they can get the pretty necklace they’ve always wanted. Santa Snow reminds everyone that December to Dismember is coming up in a few weeks, and is only available on Pay-Per-View. Contact your local cable provider for more information.
Rating: C (59)
Show Rating: C- (56)
Re: After the Screwjob (TEW 2016)
Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 12:14 am
WCW Monday Nitro
Monday, Week 3, Dec 1997
Van Andel Arena; Grand Rapids, Michigan (Great Lakes)
Attendance: 10,834 (sellout)
In a pre-show bout that had sub-par wrestling and little heat, Ray Traylor and Rick Martel defeated Riggs and Lodi in 4:25 when Ray Traylor defeated Lodi by pinfall with a Bubba Slam.
In a pre-show bout that had terrible wrestling and non-existent crowd heat, Steven Regal defeated Chris Harris in 2:50 by submission with a Regal Stretch.
In a terrible pre-show match, Alex Wright and Juventud Guerrera defeated Lenny Lane and Bobby Blaze in 4:07 when Juventud Guerrera defeated Bobby Blaze by pinfall with a Dragon Suplex.
In-Ring (In The Pit w/Roddy Piper): Roddy Piper, Sting, and nWo (Hollywood Hogan, Curt Hennig & Rick Rude)
Roddy Piper vs. Curt Hennig w/(Hollywood Hogan & Rick Rude)
- Roddy Piper talks about how all eyes are on Starrcade's main event, as WCW fights for it's soul, and it's World Championship, when Sting finally returns to the ring against nWo's Hollywood Hogan. He brings out the champ, being sure to remind everyone of the no-contact clause, and saying that it's been extended to include Piper for the duration of In The Pit. Hogan laughs at that, saying he's proven everything he could ever want to, against Piper, so why would he waste his time? Piper says Hogan, of all people, should know what happens when someone thinks they have all the answers.... Piper has news: In tonight's main event, a representative of Hogan will face a representative of Sting, to determine who gets to choose the referee at Starrcade.
- As Hogan flips out, Piper calls for Sting. His music hits, but no one appears. Hogan is beside himself, looking in every direction. Finally, the man in the familiar black trenchcoat emerges onto the stage, but with a quick reveal, this proves to be the US Champion, Curt Hennig. He says that he's going to make one dinosaur finally go extinct, at Starrcade, but he's going to warm up tonight by taking out another, and since Piper's all out of guests, his show must be over, which means...
- Hogan lays out Piper from behind.
In a bout that had good heat and decent wrestling, Curt Hennig defeated Roddy Piper in 6:43 by pinfall with a Hennig Plex.
In-Ring: Roddy Piper and nWo (Hollywood Hogan, Curt Hennig & Rick Rude)
- Hennig pressed the advantage from the pre-match attack, and never let up. Piper wasn't going down without a fight, but with Hogan & Rude prowling around ringside, it was never in doubt that Piper was going down.
Interview: Gene Okerlund, Lex Luger, and nWo (Buff Bagwell, Scott Norton & Eric Bischoff)
- Hogan follows up by dropping the leg on the prone body of Piper. They then spray paint "nWo" on his chest. Hogan is heard saying "give my regards to Vince" before leaving.
World Television Championship
- Okerlund interviews Luger about partnering with Zbyszko, and the threats he received because of it. Luger has been battling nWo from the beginning, so he's not afraid of their threats. In fact, he's going one step further, by answering the call to represent his friend Sting, in tonight's main event.
- Luger doesn't get another word in, because Buff Bagwell walks into frame, accompanied by Scott Norton and Eric Bischoff, saying that it's a great speech, but just like Luger isn't the Total Package, he also won't be the big hero, because he's already booked in a match tonight. Bischoff says that Luger has a busy week, because he's facing Scott Norton on Saturday Night, but first he's going to be humbled by the REAL Total Package, Buff Bagwell.
Chris Benoit vs. Saturn
In an extremely short match, Saturn defeated Chris Benoit in 5:28 by pinfall with a Death Valley Driver.
In-Ring/Backstage: Raven, Saturn, Chris Benoit, and Ric Flair
- For once, Benoit got an opportunity to face a member of the Flock alone, and with the TV Title on the line, no less. Saturn is no pushover, but Benoit was simply not going to be denied... until Raven showed up, and Saturn snapped off a DVD before Benoit could react.
The Steiner Brothers (Scott & Rick Steiner) w/Ted Dibiase vs. The Public Enemy (Johnny Grunge & Rocco Rock)
- When you see not all that glitters is gold
And listen well to what you are told
Your greed and gluttony come to the fore
Quoth the Raven, nevermore
- Ric Flair is shown storming around backstage, in a frenzied rage. He practically assaults the cameraman, to ensure his attention. Flair says that he wasn't here yet for the start of the show, so he couldn't put a stop to what happened to Roddy Piper, but come Starrcade, inside that steel cage, he just might put a permanent stop to Curt Hennig. Hennig wants to make jokes about fighting dinosaurs? Well, for once in his life, he's right, because just like the dinosaurs, it will take a meteor striking the Earth to finish - WOOOO - the Nature Boy.
In an extremely short match, The Steiner Brothers defeated The Public Enemy in 3:35 when Scott Steiner defeated Rocco Rock by pinfall with a Frankensteiner.
Backstage: Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) w/Jacqueline Moore, and Faces of Fear (Meng & The Barbarian) w/Jimmy Hart
- Scott Steiner goes bell-to-bell, beating both members of The Public Enemy single-handed. Tony Schiavone points out that Rick Steiner doesn't look pleased to be left on the apron; Bobby Heenan says that Scott was just making sure that his older brother
In-Ring: nWo (Buff Bagwell, Scott Norton & Eric Bischoff) & Lex Luger
- We join a conversation in progress between Booker T, Stevie Ray, and Jacqueline Moore, about where Harlem Heat goes from here, having lost out on the Tag title contendership. Booker tells his older brother that sometimes he feels like he's letting Stevie down, and that maybe he should just get out of the big man's way. Jacqueline launches into a pep talk, saying this isn't a setback, but a chance to grow. Before she can gain any momentum, though, she is cut off by Jimmy Hart, walking into frame with the Faces of Fear. He tells Harlem Heat not to worry about the future, because as long as Meng & The Barbarian are around, they won't have one.
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Ultimo Dragon
- Lex Luger begins making his entrance for the match with Buff Bagwell, but is immediately assaulted by Vicious & Delicious in the aisle. Eric Bischoff walks out with a microphone, once he's down, saying that it looks like Luger won't be competing, tonight, but it's the WCW fans were promised that they'd see him in action against both Bagwell and Norton, this week, and Bischoff always keeps his promises. So, on Saturday Night, it will be Lex Luger against Vicious & Delicious, in a handicap match. Enjoy that one from commentary, Zbyszko.
In a bout that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Ultimo Dragon in 9:50 by pinfall with a Springboard Hurracanrana.
Interview: Gene Okerlund & Diamond Dallas Page w/Kimberly Page
- Two fan favourites face off, looking to stay in the running to challenge Eddy Guerrero at Starrcade. A clash of countries and styles, Dragon controlled the pace and action with his seemingly endless array of holds, kicks, and aerial maneuvers to punctuate. Mysterio fought from underneath with his almost unbelievable speed and inventive lucha moves, utilizing the undying will to overcome that he's becoming famous for. At the end of a blistering finale, young Rey Mysterio Jr emerges victorious, earning his place in next week's three-way for the #1 contendership.
Disco Inferno vs. Konnan w/(Randy Savage & Elizabeth)
- Okerlund asks about Page walking out on last week's main event, and DDP says he's sorry for leaving his partners stranded, but Konnan crossed the line, by going after his wife, and he just lost it. Now, DDP has talked to WCW management, and they agreed to give him a match with Konnan, 1-on-1 at Starrcade. Konnan wanted attention, and now that he's got it, he will feel... the... BANG!
In an extremely short match, Konnan defeated Disco Inferno in 3:21 by submission with a Ziplock.
In-Ring/Backstage: nWo (Konnan, Randy Savage & Elizabeth), Eddy Guerrero, Chris Jericho, Dean Malenko, and Rey Mysterio Jr.
- The fires did not burn bright and hot in the world of Disco, this day, as Konnan sends a strong message to DDP that he is ready to fight.
- Savage gets on the mic to say that he's been beating up Dumbass Dallas Page for what seems like forever, and he's glad to see someone else take that lowlife off his hands. Konnan isn't afraid to get down and dirty, which you have to, to hang with DDP. Just take his wife; she knows all about going down... and getting dirty. If you're going to bring a woman to the ring with you, it should be a lady of class, like Elizabeth, not some glorified stripper. Konnan leaves us with a few lewd gestures.
- Eddy Guerrero is seen flirting with a caterer, flaunting his Cruiserweight title. She isn't impressed, and leaves him standing there. Chris Jericho enters the frame from the other direction, saying that it's a good thing the title isn't working for Guerrero, because he'd hate to rob him of a good wingman, especially since Eddy could use all the help he can get. Guerrero stammers out a comeback, but switches to saying that Jericho won't even make it through next week, when Dean Malenko shows up. He trails off as Malenko's icey stare cuts through him, and Rey Mysterio Jr enters that void, telling Guerrero that the three of them will battle next week, but all of them agree that no matter who. wins, Guerrero won't walk out of Starrcade as champion.
Goldberg vs. Ace Steel
- Flanked by security (for YOUR protection), Goldberg makes his entrance into the arena.
In a bout that had sub-par wrestling and non-existent crowd heat, Goldberg defeated Ace Steel in 2:12 by pinfall with The Jackhammer.
In-Ring: Goldberg, Steve McMichael w/Debra McMichael, and Ace Steel
- Thanks for coming out, kid.
Video: Roddy Piper, Sting, and nWo (Hollywood Hogan, Curt Hennig & Rick Rude)
- The McMichaels come out, and Steve climbs into the ring, shouting that he'll show Goldberg how a true monster gets it down. He brings Ace Steel to his feet, to hit the Mongo Spike, but never gets the chance, as Goldberg explodes through McMichael with a thunderous Spear.
In-Ring: nWo (Hollywood Hogan, Kevin Nash & Scott Hall) w/Vincent & The Giant
- Recap of the beginning of the show, spliced with Sting failing to save Piper last week.
The Giant vs. Kevin Nash w/(Hollywood Hogan, Scott Hall & Vincent)
- Hollywood Hogan, Vincent, and The Outsiders make their way to the ring. Hogan says that he's not a man to keep secrets, so he'll tell everyone that he's going to name respected, impartial WCW official Nick Patrick as the referee at Starrcade. And no, he doesn't mean "if" his man wins tonight, because there's no question about that. That's because his representative is the biggest and baddest man in all of wrestling, Kevin Nash.
- The Giant cuts them off, asking if they forgot about someone. Nash says they haven't, because Hogan said "biggest man", not "overgrown baby". But it looks like it's finally The Giant's lucky day. At long last, Nash isn't too busy winning championships and cashing checks to embarrass him, one-on-one.
In a bout that had fantastic heat and good wrestling, The Giant defeated Kevin Nash in 7:41 when Kevin Nash was disqualified when Scott Hall ran in and attacked The Giant.
In-Ring: nWo (Hollywood Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall) w/Vincent, The Giant, Sting, and Bret Hart
- For all his bravado, Nash is in no hurry to lock up with The Giant, repeatedly ducking into the ropes, and otherwise stalling. The young Giant is all emotion, charging headlong at Nash, which allows the veteran to use that momentum against him, then raining huge blows to keep him down. When Giant gains an opening to fight back, Scott Hall is there with a distraction to get Nash back on top. Eventually, though, this proves insufficient, and The Giant really starts loading up. Seeing his partner in trouble, Hall throws in the towel, diving into the ring to wail away on The Giant, forcing the disqualification.
Final Rating: 83
- The Outsiders double-team The Giant, but with a mighty shrug, he sends them flying, then launches a charging Vincent clear out of his shoes (and the ring). The Giant turns and roars at Hollywood Hogan, stopping the World Champion dead in his tracks, begging off his long-time rival. The Giant slowly backs Hogan into the corner, only to be blindsided by The Outsiders. With that threat neutralized, Hogan grabs a microphone, and says that it doesn't matter who the referee is at Starrcade; he's going to walk out of the biggest show in wrestling history still the champion, just like he always does, because the nWo is stronger than any force the world has ever known. He taunts Sting to come out and name the referee, and finally the man in black-and-white face paint does appear, walking onto the stage with trademark baseball bat in hand. Hogan continues the barrage of insults, growing increasingly aggitated, with The Outsiders standing behind him. As Sting doesn't move a muscle, The Giant suddenly rises behind the nWo, and in his ranting, Hollywood Hogan doesn't even notice as The Giant sneak attacks The Outsiders, leaving them in a heap. The Giant taps Hogan on the shoulder, but he waves him off, with that scene repeating a couple times. The Giant lays a hand on Hogan's shoulder, and it finally dawns on him that something's wrong, when he feels the size and weight of that hand. Hogan slowly turns, and practically jumps out of the ring, backpedalling quickly... until he realizes that he's now in no man's land, between The Giant and Sting. They both begin closing the distance, and just as Hollywood Hogan looks ready to jump the barricade into the crowd, Sting takes a step to the side, offering Hogan an escape route that he gladly takes. As The Giant comes to stand beside Sting, Hogan points between the two of them, screaming that Sting can't name HIM as the referee. Sting shakes his head, lifts his bat, and points behind Hollywood Hogan, to the curtain, just as new music begins playing. Hogan turns, and is met by the sight of Bret Hart walking into a WCW arena for the first time ever, as Nitro goes off the air.
Re: After the Screwjob (TEW 2016)
Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 7:28 pm
The nWo are unkind people. Also, fuck you Hogan. That was a totally unnecessary thing you did to Piper. Asshole.
Dammit Flair, lay off the the bitchin' parties to show up for work on time, shesh. Piper's new coat of paint is YOUR fault.
Is there a half thought at the end of the Steiner match? "bby Heenan says that Scott was just making sure that his older brother" i'm guessing it had to do with proving something to his older brother, or wanted to keep him safe from injury or something.
Man, Bischoff is a DICK.
And Savage and Konnan are DEPLORABLE. Good fucking god, men.
Poor Eddy, nobody is impressed with the Cruiserweights.
Nash's dismissal of the Giant: Byoutiful.
And now, the Hart of Wrestling comes to the aid of the Soul of WCW.
Fun show. nWo are colossal pricks from top to bottom.
Re: After the Screwjob (TEW 2016)
Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:22 pm
Jama7301 wrote:Is there a half thought at the end of the Steiner match? "bby Heenan says that Scott was just making sure that his older brother" i'm guessing it had to do with proving something to his older brother, or wanted to keep him safe from injury or something.
Whoops! Yeah, that latter part. Making sure his older brother has a full tank when he gets to Starrcade.
Re: After the Screwjob (TEW 2016)
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Re: After the Screwjob (TEW 2016)
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