Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #333 – 11/09/1999

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Back again with some more Hardcore TV. Once again, if you’d like to read a recap of the TNN show that preceded this one then you can read Scott Keith’s take on it by clicking right HERE (He’s a bit further ahead than I am currently)

Last week’s show was kind of miserable from an in ring perspective, but we at least got a good promo from Taz to build up his ECW Title match with Masato Tanaka at Anarchy Rulz 99 on the 19th of September. Hopefully we’ll get confirmation of some more matches for the show this week, although I imagine most of that sort of stuff will be dedicated to the TNN show now, with Hardcore TV playing more of a Sunday Night Heat/Velocity role in the ECW schedule.

Anyway, let’s drop toe hold ourselves right onto the comfiest chair in the house and get ready to take things to The Extreme!!!

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The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN–10.01.99

The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN – 10.01.99

Man, this show is really turning into a hate-watch situation for me. And Russo isn’t even involved! Granted he was taking over WCW at this point, so he was preoccupied anyway.

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #332 – 04/09/1999

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Here we are with the second Hardcore TV show of the TNN Era, with the last TNN show actually being both noteworthy and rather entertaining to boot. You can read what Scott Keith thought of it by clicking right HERE!

So without further ado, let’s pour ourselves a nice refreshing glass of thumbtacks and take things to The Extreme!!!

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #331 – 28/08/1999

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So here we are, the first Hardcore TV following the woeful debut of ECW on TNN. You can read Scott Keith’s review of that show by clicking right HERE.

As you can see from reading that, the first TNN show ended up being more of a “Welcome to ECW” kind of episode, which not only proved to be rather dull but also angered the TNN execs, as they had made it clear that they wanted original programming from the very first episode.

Despite the shaky start, I’m sure today’s Hardcore TV will be chock full of TNN recaps and references, kind of like when the WWF wouldn’t shut up about the XFL in early 2001 on episodes of Raw and Smackdown.

Anyway, let’s waste no further time and dust off our flaming tables so we can take things to The Extreme!!!

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The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN–09.17.99

The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN – 09.17.99

We open with clips of Raven running in at the last second, again, to hit a DDT on Rhino and allow Dreamer to retain the ECW tag team titles at the ECW Arena. Pretty good gig for Raven, actually, as Tommy gets destroyed for 10 minutes and Raven just runs out and looks like the hero.

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #330 – 21/08/1999

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Back again with some more Hardcore TV, as we continue the march onto the debut of ECW on TNN. If you haven’t yet then I strongly suggest you check out Scott Keith’s reviews of those shows. I believe he’s something like 4 shows in now and it’s not only proving popular with the Blog readers but Scott seems to be somewhat enjoying it to a certain degree as well!

Sadly Hardcore TV has now kind of slipped into cruise control and is readying itself to play second fiddle in the ECW television hierarchy. But hey, I used to enjoy WWE Velocity back in the day, so if Hardcore TV becomes mostly a recap show with the odd good match chucked in then I can live with that.

So without further ado, let’s adorn our barbed wire hoodies and take things to The Extreme!!!

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #329 – 14/08/1999

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With G1 Climax finally coming to a close (You can find reviews of every night of the tournament in my archives) I can focus a bit more on Hardcore TV again. Thankfully Blog Head Honcho Scott Keith has started reviewing ECW on TNN, which is awesome because not only is it cool to see him review some ECW but it also means I won’t have to add an extra show to my schedule every week.

Buy anyway, let’s knuckle down and take things to The Extreme!!!

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The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN–08.27.99

The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN – 08.27.99

I feel like a ship rudderless at sea now without Superstars and Heat and Mid-South ’85 to guide me. So let’s try something completely different, with the third column of the Attitude Era: Paul Heyman’s attempt to make ECW into a national TV promotion through an ill-fated marriage to The Nashville Network. And since it’s helpfully in its own section of the WWE Network now, I can start working through it.

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #328 – 07/08/1999

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Here we are again with another episode of ECW Hardcore TV. We’re less than a month from ECW debuting on TNN, and ECW have been so hard up for action to fill the show recently that they tacked on a 3 month old Tommy Dreamer Vs Lance Storm match last week. Hopefully we get a full show of original content this week, but you never know.

Anyway, let’s fill our boots with barbed wire and take things to The Extreme!!!

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #327 – 31/07/1999

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So here we are, back with another episode of Hardcore TV. Last week’s show was the traditional post Pay-Per-View one, where we got nothing but promo’s and video recaps of Heatwave 99. However, we are now roughly one month away from the debut of ECW on TNN and the date for Anarchy Rulz has already been announced, so hopefully we’ll get some original matches and angles this week to start setting those up.

I’m looking to do a double shot of 205 Live this week to get myself caught up, so look for that today or tomorrow.

So without further ado, let’s amp ourselves up with some fizzy Haribo and get ready to take things to The Extreme!!!

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #326 – 24/07/2019

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So here we are, back with another episode of Hardcore TV as we mop up the fallout from Heatwave 99 (Of which you can read the review of by clicking right HERE). Usually with these post-Pay Per View shows ECW mostly recaps what happened at the previous event, kind of like how NXT does it. Hopefully there’ll be something on here though with a bit more bite to it than the usual clip fests these episodes are.

Just a quick note about New Japan’s Wednesday G1 show, it won’t be up till Thursday, mainly because I’m out this Wednesday (I’m actually writing this earlier in the week). English Football’s pre-season is now in full swing and I’ll be off to watch my side Everton take on Wigan in a friendly on Wednesday, so I won’t have time for G1 until after work on Thursday. Hopefully I’ll have it up by a reasonable time on that day. Please feel free to check my archives if you want to see what I’ve thought of this year’s G1 thus far.

So, without further ado, let’s amp ourselves up with our favourite caffeine based drink of choice and take it to The Extreme!!!

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The SmarK Rant for The Best of ECW Volume 2–ECW’s Bloodiest Matches!

The SmarK Rant for the Best of ECW Volume 2 – 10.24.92

Yes, more low rent early ECW from 1992, as apparently the first volume of the tape sold so well that the public DEMANDED a second one. More Surfer Sandman, they said! More Tommy Cairo! Perhaps less Glen Osbourne, but more spikes on his gear!

Strap in for…

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VHS tracking errors are EXTREME!

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