From the Network Vault, it’s episode #41 of EASTERN Championship Wrestling.
The Network Vault skips about three episodes, and a lot has changed in those few missing episodes. First, Terry Funk captured the ECW Heavyweight Championship from Sabu at Holiday Hell, which took place on December 26, 1993. Sabu remans TV champ, and Shane Douglas was granted a shot at Funk and they had themselves a 45 minute draw. So with that, the first available episode in the Vault is from 1/25/94.
Joey’s in the Eagle’s Nest, recapping events from last week’s show (which is not available on the Network). ECW Heavyweight Champion Terry Funk and challenger Shane Douglas went 45 minutes without a winner. Now, on February 5 they have a rematch with Sabu also thrown in the mix. Public Enemy were bumped from last week’s show because of the long match, and Joey throws to Jay Sulli, who was backstage to let PE know the bad news.
Taped last week, Sulli informs Public Enemy that their match has been postponed. They’re upset about it, but Tod Gordon steps in. They threaten Gordon for this injustice, but he mentions the police and they are apologetic. Cut back to Joey, who intros the match that was supposed to air last week.
Match #1: The Public Enemy (Rocco Rock & Johnny Grunge) vs. Duane Gill & Don E. Allen.
Yes sir, it’s Gillberg, which was funny as a one-time gag….and then they gave him a title. Anyway, PE jump the jobbers before the bell. Don E is dumped to the floor, while Rocco chokes Gill in the corner. Grunge takes a chair to Allen on the floor. Rocco slingshots Gill from the apron hard. Blind tag to Grunge leads to big clothesline coming off the ropes. Grunge drops some elbows and tags Rocco back in. Double DDT puts Gill down. Rocco misses a corner splash, and Allen gets tagged in. Rocco suplexes Allen, then drops and elbow. Tag to Grunge, then a double team Decapitation elbow from the middle rope. Scorpion Deathdrop for Grunge, tag to Rocco, who hits the cannonball splash for the 1…2…3. *1/2
WINNERS: The Public Enemy. Big time squash here, as PE looked pretty good destroying these guys.
Backstage, Sulli is back with Tod Gordon and he is seeking repercussions with the Board of Directors for Public Enemy threatening him earlier. PE show up and are making nice, but Gordon says that they will be facing The Bruise Brothers on Feb. 5……1994. The ECW Arena ticket booth awaits your phone call RIGHT NOW….in 2014.
Match #2: Tommy Dreamer vs. Dr. Disaster.
Disaster is a generic masked guy, so that PhD in Disasteronomy better be legit because I can’t see this wrestling thing working out for him. At least he stayed in Disaster School, or as you and I know it, Penn State. Dreamer is in pretty boy suspenders phase here. Tommy tries some amateur style to start, then they get to slapping in the corner. Dreamer dumps Disaster to the floor, then rams him into the post. A whip to the guardrail for Dreamer. Dreamer pulls a cane from a fan then hits Disaster with it. Dreamer hits a crossbody from the apron to the floor. Back in the ring, Dreamer mounts Disaster in the corner and bites him. Dreamer with a snap suplex, then drops the leg to the groin. Whip to the ropes, and Disaster fails on the sunset flip attempt and Dreamer drops a leg. Dreamer hits the Dream Weaver (Cobra Clutch Legsweep) for the 1…2…3. *
WINNER: Tommy Dreamer. Dreamer showed some aggression here, with Joey selling it as the pretty boy who has learned to adapt to the company style. Dr. Disaster needs a new profession, so maybe he should start shopping the PhD to the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants or the New York Yankees.
Match #3: Mikey Whipwreck vs. Mr. Hughes (w/ Jason).
Mikey’s debut, right here! Hughes immediately grabs Mikey by the ears and tosses him to the mat. Big right hand puts Mikey down. Hughes chokes him on the ropes now. Whip and Mikey ducks under, ducks under again, cross body is caught by Hughes. Hughes hits three consecutive backbreakers, covers for 2 and then pulls him up. Hughes whips him to the corner hard, and Mikey drops to the mat. Whip to the ropes, Mikey ducks under, but Hughes catches him with a huge sidewalk slam for the 1…2…3. 1/2*
WINNER: Mr. Hughes. Another total squash here. So there’s Mikey Whipwreck’s ECW debut. That’s all I have to say about a Mr. Hughes match.
Match #4: Terry Funk (c) vs. Pat Tanaka (w/ Paul Diamond) for the ECW Heavyweight Championship.
Funk gets on the mic and suggests Diamond leave the ring area. It’s all a ruse however, as Funk jumps Tanaka before the bell. Funk dumps him to the floor. Funk climbs out and takes some lefts to Tanaka. Head to the guardrail. Back in the ring now, Funk drops Tanaka with some rights and lefts. Piledriver for Funk! Cover…1…2…kick out! Funk again dumps Tanaka to the floor. Funk uses some tape from his injured arm to choke Tanaka. A series of lefts and headbutts for Funk. Tanaka fires back and Funk bails to the floor. Tanaka has Funk in the ropes now, as we work in the Funk spot where he swings back and forth in the ropes. Off the ropes and Tanaka hits the flying double chop. Cover..1…2…kick out. Now Axl and Ian Rotten are out, and Diamond heads them off. Now Kevin Sullivan is out and he hits Diamond with a trash can, Tanaka is distracted by this and Funk rolls him up, pulling the tights…1…2…3! **
WINNER: and STILL your ECW Heavyweight Champion, Terry Funk. Not much of a match here for the most part. A quick match with back and forth action but nothing too exciting. Tanaka heads out to help his partner with Sullivan and Taz, as they have a match on Feb. 5….1994. The ECW Arena would love it, if you somehow showed up for this match in 2014.
Matty in the House is backstage with Paul E Dangerously and wants to know about this huge guy he has seen with Paul and Sabu. Paul says that his name is irrelevant. This guy is responsible for handling Sabu and making sure he is contained and Paul says that it must be the toughest job in the world. Guy: “Not in my world”. Hint: “Don’t bother calling 9-1-1 anymore, here’s the REAL number.”
Match #5: Duane Gill & Don E Allen vs. ECW Tag Team Champions Kevin Sullivan & The Tazmaniac.
The jobbers make their way to the ring, but are stopped by Badd Company who take this match from them (can anybody just DO that?) and jump the champs in the ring. Tanaka takes Sullivan to the ringside table. All four continue brawling at ringside, as Sullivan takes a chair shot from Diamond. In the ring, Tanaka chops Taz’s throat. Sullivan tagged in, Diamond tagged in. In the corner, Sullivan with chops to the head. Whip to the corner, and Sullivan meets boot. Diamond hits a bulldog from the middle rope. Taz tagged in now, he reverses a whip, puts the head down and Diamond hits a DDT. Tanaka tagged in, and Taz hits a Taz-plex. Whip off the ropes, but Tanaka hits a sit out power bomb, as Sullivan breaks up the pin. Sullivan takes over. After some chops, Taz is tagged in. Belly to belly overhead suplex by Taz. Tag to Sullivan, who slams Tanaka. Quick tag to Taz, who misses a diving headbutt. Tanaka makes the hot tag, who takes out both Sullivan and Taz. Tanaka and Sullivan to the floor and they head out to the crowd and out the EXIT door. Diamond hits a crossbody to Taz for 2. Diamond with a front suplex and Taz kicks out. Sullivan and Tanaka make their way back, as Diamond rolls up Taz for the 1…2…3. **1/2
WINNERS: Badd Company. Good action in this match. Badd Company are so underrated when it comes to tag team discussions. Everything they did was crisp. I haven’t witnessed any botches in their ECW run. Sullivan & Taz hit a spike piledriver to Diamond, as Joey wonders about the condition of Diamond for the title match on Feb 5…..1994.
Coming back from break, Joey is receiving instructions on air from the producer. They have a phone interview with Pat Tanaka. Diamond is out of the title match and Tanaka has to find a replacement. Tanaka is a HORRIBLE interview, by the way. Tanaka relates a story about his father (Duke Keomuka) one time finding a man that actually scared Kevin Sullivan out of the country. Joey wants to know who it was. Tanaka says that it’s THE SHEIK!
The Post-Game Opinion: Not a bad show with this episode. Some quick squashes to establish the stars like Tommy Dreamer and Public Enemy; the noteworthy debut of Mikey Whipwreck, and an injury angle. The company continues to cruise under the book of Paul Heyman. Thanks for reading, and go see Dr. Disaster for all your botched surgical needs. Tell him Stranger sent you, and you get a discount.