Joey Styles is coming from the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He welcomes out Ron Simmons, who is in a sour mood. The feeling is reciprocated by the ECW fans. Simmons is upset that Styles did not call him a former world champion and All-American. He vows to beat down anyone who gets in his way.
Public Enemy are shown acquiring the contract needed for a three-way dance against ECW Tag Team Champions Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko and Sabu & Taz (ECW keeps vacillating).
ECW Champion Shane Douglas puts over the company and says that he has survived in ECW over the last eighteen months because he has evolved. In a segment that lasts more than twenty-five minutes, he calls out Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan as old and that they no longer compare to “the Franchise” of ECW. Douglas recaps his career in ECW, with video showing his feud with Terry Funk, his first ECW title win, and his decision to refuse the NWA World Championship. He complains about Flair holding him down in WCW and how he is having to save professional wrestling by himself. Douglas warns Tully Blanchard that he will beat some respect into him. And then he suddenly pivots at the end to warn Marty Jannetty that he is not going to win the ECW title at this Saturday’s ECW Arena show. There is nothing wrong with a promotion trying to play up its champion, but this was not a good way to make the audience stick around for the rest of the broadcast. It was a meandering promo that went back-and-forth between Douglas’ personal grudges and his career and then went into hyping a random ECW Arena bout.
A video package hypes Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko, with more focus paid to Benoit’s recent wave of destruction through ECW.
Joey Styles welcomes fans to the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew 1,000 fans.
Styles interviews Jason, who hypes the Pitbulls as the next ECW tag team champions. The crowd chants that Jason is wearing a “K-Mart suit” before he introduces Jason the Terrible from Japan’s W*ING promotion.
Footage shows fans in Fort Lauderdale tossing chairs into the ring at the end of the ECW show there.
ECW Tag Team Champions the Public Enemy get on a boxcar so they can get from Philadelphia to Florida. In Florida, in front of a Daily Planet sign, Johnny Grunge says that Superman is scared of them, which is why a chain link fence is in front of the sign. Then, Grunge finishes doing some graffiti and makes fun of Sabu’s appearance. Spliced between the promos are video highlights of an Enemy match in Florida against Mr. President and Death Row 3260.
While the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) were locked in a fight for national supremacy for much of 1995, a renegade promotion based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania built a cult-like following. Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) relished challenging wrestling’s norms and conventions. When Jim Crockett sought to revive the prestige of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in 1994, ECW star Shane Douglas threw the title on the canvas in disgust after winning it in a tournament final against 2 Cold Scorpio. While the WWF tried to tone down violence in its product by not allowing the use of chairs or ladders as weapons, ECW encouraged its brawlers to put each other through tables and use weapons liberally. And whereas WCW sought to take wrestling back to the 1980s with a revival of Hulkamania, ECW’s owner and booker Paul Heyman – known at this time by his television name Paul E. Dangerously – tapped into the 1990s Jerry Springer-like zeitgeist with risqué storylines and promos that featured colorful language.
–Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are in the studio for today’s episode. They hype the Hulkamaniacs-Dungeon of Doom main event scheduled for Fall Brawl and discuss Meng’s acquisition of the golden spike from the Master.
–Okerlund and Heenan discuss the “fatal attraction” element of the Colonel Robert Parker-Sister Sherri relationship.