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Retro Wrestle Respawn – ECW Hardcore TV #216 (12/06/1997)

Retro Wrestle Respawn - ECW Hardcore TV #216 (12/06/1997)

No actual purpose for this specific present aside from I recall Paul Heyman saying it was his favorite episode of Hardcore TV. All the motion from this truly passed off at Wrestlepalooza 97. I’ve the complete present on tape and it’s an gratifying one so it’ll be fascinating the way it interprets to TV.

The occasion is emanating from the ECW Area in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Joey Types begins us out with the intro within the ring however the digital camera shortly cuts backstage to Lance Wright with The Eliminators tag workforce of John Kronus and Perry Saturn. Saturn says he’s suffered all sort of accidents to his left leg however that gained’t cease The Eliminators being the most effective tag staff on the planet.

Reduce to Joey Types and Rick Impolite, who hype up Taz Vs Sabu and Tommy Dreamer Vs Raven for the present tonight earlier than sending to a taped promo from Joel Gertner and The Dudley Boyz. Gertner says D-Von and Buh-Buh Ray will quickly be tag group champions once more. D-Von and Buh-Buh mock Saturn for his damage and say that they’ll take the titles from The Eliminators.

Opening Match
Raven w/ Chastity and Lupus Vs Tommy Dreamer w/ Beulah

The story right here was that Dreamer hasn’t been capable of defeat Raven throughout their over two yr feud. Issues have gotten so dangerous between the feuding rivals that tonight will convey the rivalry to an finish as soon as and for all. Joey factors out that the rivalry initially began over Beulah, to which Impolite states that Beulah is value preventing over. In actuality, Raven was WCW sure in order that they booked this as a strategy to pay the storyline off earlier than he left.

Raven tries to flee to start out, so Dreamer follows him they usually begin brawling within the crowd. Through the brawl Raven throws Dreamer off the bleachers by way of a merchandise desk after which drops him with a nasty piledriver on the concrete. They’re losing no time going to the loopy spots with this one are they?! They brawl up in the direction of the announce place, the place Raven drops a desk on Dreamer after which goes for a piledriver on one other however Dreamer again physique drops out of it to counter.

Dreamer tries to splash Raven via the desk however he rolls out of the best way and Tommy finally ends up going via it himself. We see that Shane Douglas and Francine are watching the motion on the stage and appear amused by the destruction. The struggle spills again to ringside, the place Dreamer hits Raven with a face buster onto the concrete to bust him open. Dreamer had already been lacerated through the earlier brawl so each males at the moment are bleeding.

Again into the gang we go, the place Dreamer throws Raven right into a merchandising machine. Raven replies by hitting Dreamer with a chair earlier than lastly taking the match again to the ring. Raven units the chair up within the ring and provides Dreamer a drop toe maintain onto it. Dreamer took that bump sq. on the bonce there. Raven goes low after which calls for an additional chair from his entourage earlier than setting Dreamer up on the highest rope.

Raven tries to suplex Dreamer off the highest rope onto the chair however Dreamer fights him off. Raven is ready to recuperate nevertheless and flings Dreamer off the highest with a Rocket Launcher onto the chair for 2. Dreamer counters a hip toss try right into a DDT and brings a disguised cease signal into the ring. Dreamer will get a piledriver onto the signal however Lupus breaks the rely up at two. Beulah is available in and drops Lupus with a DDT to an enormous pop, however this enables Raven to roll up a distracted Dreamer for 2. Raven begs Beulah to assist him, however this enables Dreamer to roll him up for a two of his personal.

Chastity now comes into the ring and sprays Dreamer within the face with hairspray, which permits Raven to clock him with an enormous drop kick for 2. With each males down, we now get the obligatory catfight from Beulah and Chastity, which Raven breaks up and continues to beg Beulah to assist him. Beulah replies with a low blow right into a Dreamer DDT, however Raven is ready to kick out at two.

Dreamer goes for an additional DDT however the ref will get bumped within the course of and isn’t capable of rely the pin when he delivers it. That is Louie Spicolli’s cue to run down and assault Dreamer. Louie hits Dreamer with a DDT and drapes Raven on prime however Dreamer is ready to kick out at two. That was a terrific close to fall. Dreamer DDT’s Louie however turns proper round right into a DDT from Raven for an additional nice close to fall. Raven goes for yet one more DDT however Dreamer counters it into the Dying Valley Driver after which hits one final DDT onto the cease signal to lastly defeat Raven.

RATING: ****

Whether or not you want this or not will come down as to if you benefit from the Raven styled canine and pony present with all of the run in’s and close to falls. I personally do take pleasure in that fashion of match so I used to be actually into this, however the mileage you get out of it might differ relying by yourself private style.

Dreamer doesn’t have a lot time to rejoice the win nevertheless because the lights exit and once they come again on Rob Van Dam is there to clock him with a Van Daminator. Dreamer fends Van Dam off, at which level the lights exit once more and Sabu seems to make the beat down two on one. Raven has an opportunity to assist Dreamer however decides to stroll out as an alternative. Dreamer manages to hit each RVD and Sabu with a double DDT, at which factors the lights exit as soon as once more, and once they come again on they reveal that Jerry Lawler is within the ring!

Lawler had been making disparaging remarks about ECW on WWF TV for months, however the ECW followers by no means thought that he’d be so brazen as to point out up of their area like this. RVD and Sabu annihilate a lot of the ECW roster while Lawler mocks the followers on the microphone. He delivers the all-time basic line of “This building ought to be made of toilet paper, because there’s nothing in it but shit!”

Even prime stars like Da Gangsta’s and Sandman are laid to waste by Sabu and RVD. With just about nobody left to fend the heels off, Taz’s music lastly hits and that’s sufficient to trigger Lawler and RVD to take their depart.

What a fantastic angle that was. They paid off the Raven/Dreamer feud and went straight into Dreamer’s subsequent program while additionally delivering an enormous shock on the similar time.

Match Two
Sabu w/ Invoice Alfonso Vs Taz

Taz chastises Douglas on the microphone after which calls for Sabu come down for the match. Invoice Alfonso comes right down to say the match isn’t occurring. Taz tries to suplex him, which is sufficient for Sabu to run down and begin the match. Sabu stomps away on Taz to start out and hits a springboard leg lariat for 2. Sabu chokes away on Taz however when he goes for an up and over Taz catches him and brings him down with an Alabama Slam.

Taz hammers away on Sabu with cross face punches as Alfonso annoys everybody together with his whistle. Sabu goes to the leg with a dropkick, which causes Taz to bail outdoors, after which follows up with an Asai moonsault to the surface. Sabu will get a springboard leg drop again in however Taz is ready to kick out at two. This has been fought at a a lot faster tempo than their match at Barely Authorized.

Sabu by accident crotches himself while going for a triple leap moonsault, which permits Taz to hit him with a suplex as Alfonso continues his incessant whistling. Man that’s grating! Sabu goes for a rana from the highest however Taz blocks it after which tries coming off the highest rope with a flipping senton splash however Sabu is ready to dodge it earlier than coming off the highest himself with a leg drop for 2.

Sabu tries to arrange a desk however Taz assaults him earlier than he can full it, so Sabu kicks him low and drops him with a DDT earlier than setting the desk up correctly. Sabu lays Taz out on the desk and heads up prime for an enormous splash to place him via the wooden. Sabu stops to taunt nevertheless, which permits Taz to stand up like a horror film monster and lock within the Tazmission in a incredible visible. Sabu is ready to roll again nevertheless and that’s sufficient to select up the three rely.

RATING: **1/2

A bit on the brief aspect to be rated any greater, however this was an satisfying match fought at a busy tempo with a clear end, so there’s little grounds for grievance.

Taz doesn’t appear to care that he’s misplaced and cinches the maintain in even tighter. A gaggle of referees attempt to are available and rescue Sabu and find yourself getting choked out as properly. After disposing of the referees Taz additionally locks the choke onto Alfonso as we take a break


Again from business, Joey Types quickly explains that in the course of the break Shane Douglas obtained on the microphone and advised Taz to go away the ring. Taz retorted by difficult Douglas to get within the ring and face him for the TV Title. He even sweetened the deal for “The Franchise” by saying that if he couldn’t choke him out in three minutes he’d depart ECW for 45 days. Douglas appreciated the sound of that and got here right down to the ring for…

Fundamental Occasion
ECW Tv Title
If Taz doesn’t choke Douglas out in underneath three minutes then he should depart ECW for 45 days
Champion: Shane Douglas w/ Francine Vs Taz

Douglas hammers away on Taz with the title belt to start out after which provides a choke for equal measure. Impolite thinks it was foolish of Douglas to agree to those stipulations and means that he agreed to it so as to impress Francine. Impolite was making an attempt to steal Francine from Douglas on the day without work this present. Douglas assaults Taz’s neck with rolling neck snaps and goes for a Full Nelson as we hit the 90 second mark. Douglas goes for an up and over however Taz waits for him to land and locks within the Tazmission. After a wrestle, Douglas is pressured to submit as Taz tenaciously hangs on.


I can’t actually price that because it was actually an angle greater than a match, nevertheless it was an incredible angle that received Taz’s finisher over huge time and gave the followers one thing to cheer after the Lawler invasion.

Last Ideas

I can see why Paul Heyman appreciated this episode a lot. It’s excessive octane seat of the pants stuff from begin to end, with a fantastic invasion angle from Lawler and a robust push to make Taz right into a monster babyface. I personally discovered the Raven Vs Dreamer match to be very entertaining and I’ve all the time beloved the closing angle with Taz choking out Douglas.

I can undoubtedly advocate checking this one out. I truly fairly like 97 period ECW as that they had an excellent roster on the time and the reserving was on level for a lot of the yr. It’s only a disgrace that, Barely Authorized apart, the businesses pay per view output through the yr was fairly lacklustre. The TV present was often all the time nice although throughout this era, and this can be a good instance of that.

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