Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #310 – 03/04/1999

Last week’s episode was more of a recap for Living Dangerously, so this week we should start to see some advancement in the stories, possibly with an eye to setting up matches for Hardcore Heaven on the 16th of May 1999.

So without further ado, let’s take it once again to The EXTREME!!!

Today’s matches were taped from Binghampton, New York

Calling the action is Joey Styles

We start out with Rob Van Dam, Sabu and Bill Alfonso backstage. Fonzie addresses the fact that Sabu was wrestling injured at Living Dangerously and demands that he take some time off to recover, otherwise he will refuse to manage him any longer. Sabu isn’t pleased about this and hands his tag belt to Fonzie before storming off. This allows RVD to taunt Lynn.

Show Intro

Joey welcomes us to the show and says tonight’s main event with be Tommy Dreamer taking on Lance Storm. He also hypes up Cyber Slam 99, which is actually a decent show. Joey sends to clips of Rob Van Dam defeating Bam Bam Bigelow a year ago to win the ECW Television Title. He’s still yet to lose it. I’ve seen the full RVD Vs Bigelow match and its genuinely is an excellent match, which you wouldn’t automatically expect considering how different the two men’s styles are. The crowd goes absolutely nuts when RVD pins Bigelow following a Van Daminator.

Opening Match
Danny Doring and Roadkill Vs Super Nova and Chris Chetti

This match was actually the dark match prior to the Living Dangerously pay per view. As was normally the case with ECW, they actually taped it and decided to throw on TV here, which is nice as it gives the young lads some TV time to shine. We join the match with Nova and Chetti clearing the ring and diving onto their opponents.

Doring and Roadkill are able to cut Chetti off with the Lancaster Lariat of Love back inside though and start working him over. Doring misses the Danaconda leg drop from the top, which allows Nova to make the tag. Everything breaks loose inside the ring, which leads to Nova and Chetti hitting The Tidal Wave onto Roadkill to pick up the win.

WINNERS: SUPER NOVA AND CHRIS CHETTI
RATING: **

A fun match that showed that both teams had good potential

COMMERCIAL

Back from the break, it’s time for a promo from Balls Mahoney and Axl Rotten. Axl knocks the WWF Hardcore Title and says that both he and Balls are what’s really hardcore.

Joey hypes Cyber Slam again and then throws a Pulp Fiction Montage™ featuring Shane Douglas, Francine, Super Crazy, Sign Guy Dudley, Joel Gertner, Steve Corino (Who pays off The Dudley Boyz to attack Balls and Axl. In a funny moment, The Dudley Boyz want nothing to do with Corino at first, but once they find out he has money to spend they suddenly become instantly friendly), Danny Doring and Roadkill, Jerry Lynn (The world’s most extreme science teacher), Justin Credible, Lance Storm, Jazz, Jason and Dawn Marie.

COMMERCIAL

Joey confirms that the main event of Cyber Slam will be The Dudley Boyz and Mr. Mustafa taking on New Jack, Balls Mahoney and Axl Rotten, stemming from the brutal attack in the previous segment.

Match Two
Lance Storm w/ “Beulah Mcgillicutty” Vs Tommy Dreamer

Francine decides to come out and valet for Dreamer and even the odds. Dreamer hammers away on Storm to start, getting a powerslam for two. A chair comes into the ring courtesy of Francine and Dreamer delivers a Russian Leg Sweep onto it. He misses a 2nd rope elbow drop though, which allows Storm to get some offense in.

Dreamer fights back and takes the fight to the outside, where his shirt and training pants appear to be caked in what looks like sawdust. I certainly hope its sawdust anyway; it’s either that or he’s been rolling around in puke. Anyway, with Dreamer in control we take a break.

COMMERCIAL

Back from the ads, “Beulah” is distracting Dreamer, which allows Storm to clock him with a chair. Francine then decides to distract Storm in turn, which allows Dreamer to deliver a piledriver onto a chair. This brings in “Beulah” for the mandatory catfight (With the requisite screeching from Joey) but the commotion allows Justin Credible to come in attack Dreamer, which allows Storm to get the pin.

WINNER: LANCE STORM
RATING: *1/2

This was fine but too short. Storm and Dreamer have a good match in them, they just need to be given a chance to actually have it.

Douglas tries to save Dreamer from a two on one attack, but he gets beaten down as well. Storm and Credible yell at the camera following the match, targeting The Dudley Boyz especially for taking some money to take out Dreamer and Douglas but not delivering.

COMMERCIAL

Joey hypes Cyber Slam again, as well as the ECW Magazine.

Main Event
Tracey Smothers w/ Tommy Rich Vs Jerry Lynn

Rich distracts Lynn right from the off, which allows Smothers to attack him. Lynn fires back quickly and delivers a missile dropkick, followed by a dive to the outside. That’s Rob Van Dam’s cue to come down to ringside. He grabs a mic and gets into the ring, where he Van Daminates Smothers without even taking his eyes off Lynn in a funny moment.

WINNER: NO CONTEST
RATING: N/A

Didn’t even really get going before RVD sauntered out. And wow, they really were burying Smothers here weren’t they?

Sabu now joins us and attacks Rich with a spike, before putting him through a table as well. Meanwhile, Little Guido and Big Sal have run out to destroy Smothers, as it seems like both Rich and Smothers are getting written out here. Whilst all the commotion surrounds them, Rob Van Dam and Jerry Lynn stare each other down as the show ends.

In Conclusion

Paul E got a little over excited at the end there didn’t he? This show felt like they were trying to cram a two hour wrestling show into 48 minutes, and it got pretty overwhelming by the end of the show. Oh well, I’ll see you all next week when we get the first batch of footage from Cyber Slam.

Thanks for reading and take care till next time!