Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #381 (12/08/2000)

Hello You!

More ECW Hardcore TV, as we are just a couple of weeks away from a big pair of shows at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

Last week was a decent show, with a strong Main Event between Rob Van Dam and Kid Kash. RVD tops the bill again this week with Balls Mahoney. Will he deliver again?

Let’s watch some chuffing wrestling and find out!

This week’s matches were taped from Huntingford, West Virginia

Calling the action is Joey Styles

We open up with Justin Credible and Steve Corino jawing in the ring with one another. The crowd seems to side with Corino and cheers when he makes fun of Credible’s lame catchphrase.

Joey Styles is in front of the ECW Banner. He informs us that Cyrus has chosen Credible and Rhino as the team to represent The Network in the Tag Team Title Tournament. This has angered Steve Corino and Scotty Anton due to them being excluded. The Super Team of Credible and Rhino will face the laughable opposition of Sandman and Chilly Willy in the tournament first round.

Opening Match
Guido Maritato and Tony Mamaluke Vs Sandman and Chilly Willy

Inclement Schlong seems like a strange partner for Sandman, but I guess he’s kind of fun loving and zany I guess, so I could buy him as Sandman’s wacky drinking buddy. Chilly and Mamaluke do a decent opening segment together, with Chilly’s execution improving and Mamaluke bumping around well for him. Sandman actually gets to look like a an actual wrestler for a bit by doing some chain with Guido, but The FBI eventually cuts Chilly off and we take a break.

COMMERCIAL

Back from the ads, Chilly is firing up and runs wild on those filthy Italian-Americans before tagging in Sandman. Sandman destroys both of the heels with his Singapore cane and that leads to a double pin for the babyfaces

WINNERS: SANDMAN & CHILLY
RATING: N/A

Too short to rate but they kind of needed to give this new team a win to make people think they’ll have any chance against The Super Team

The Sinister Minister and The Unholy Alliance of Mikey Whipwreck and Tajiri have a promo backstage. Minister states that he doesn’t like that New York is cleaning itself up, because he’s always enjoyed it more as a place of scum and villainy. He and The Unholy Alliance will return the City to it’s former “glory” when they win the tag belts at the Hammerstein. Tajiri delivers the punchline to a rude joke in Japanese on behalf of the Minister, which leads to all three men cackling. I love this act!

Simon and Swinger are backstage, where CW Anderson barks at them for not being focused enough.

The Tag Title Tournament will be held on the 25th of August at the Hammerstein and Night Two on the 26th will feature Justin Credible taking on Steve Corino.

Danny Doring and Roadkill have some promo time. They will be facing Da Baldies in the first round of the tournament and say that they will defeat them in their own backyard.

Match Two
ECW TV Title
Champ: Rhino Vs Mikey Whipwreck w/ The Sinister Minister

Mikey uses his speed to shine on Rhino in the early going and gives a good account of himself in general. Most of his offence is built around quickness and counters, with Rhino selling it well and then replying with some nice power stuff. I’ve always thought Rhino’s offence has had a great snap to it. Mikey actually manages to catch Rhino with The Whippersnapper, but Justin Credible runs down to distract him. Mikey dives onto him though and then takes his cane so that he can attack Rhino with it. However, because Rhino is a big monster heel he shrugs it all off and then GORE’s Mikey through a table for the three count.

WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION: RHINO
RATING: **

This could have done with a bit more time, but it was a decent TV match

Rob Van Dam and Kid Kash will be a team in the tournament after Kash impressed RVD in their match last week. They will face Jerry Lynn and Tommy Dreamer in the first round.

Main Event
Rob Van Dam w/ Bill Alfonso Vs Balls Mahoney

Both men do some good back and forth in the early going, but sadly they botch a double spill over the top rope to the floor and take a few attempts to finally tumble over. Thankfully they don’t panic and just keep going with a brawl outside the ring. The brawl is done well and it’s a good bit of wild anarchic action, with the crowd digging it. RVD and Balls could have good matches together providing the bouts didn’t go too long and they threw in enough brawling spots so that Balls could avoid being too exposed.

Balls tries hitting RVD with the ring bell, like he’s having a weapons match on WWF Warzone or something, but RVD dodges it and Balls ends up bonking his head instead and blades for good measure. RVD does a lot of his usual flips and chair based offence back inside following that, but the crowd wants the Van Terminator. Balls fights back with a piledriver and a top rope leg drop, but RVD kicks out at two. There has been quite a lot of good action in this one.

I’ve enjoyed this as they’ve moved more into having a crazy fight rather than trying to work more of a standard match, and as a result it’s been good fun and has allowed both men to shine. It’s been a tad sloppy in places, but aside from that it’s been done well. Balls brains RVD with a disgusting chair shot at one stage, but Fonzie breaks up the count before RVD can be pinned. Balls makes RVD pay for his manager’s impertinence by delivering a Nutcracker Suite off the second rope for two in a great near fall. Balls smartly sold a bit before making the cover, thus giving himself an out for not getting the win. Fonzie gets involved again, which allows RVD to get a superplex, Van Daminator and finally the Van Terminator to pick up the win.

WINNER: ROB VAN DAM
RATING: ***1/4

Could have done without all the interference from Fonzie, especially as RVD is supposed to be a babyface, but outside from that the match was a really fun wacky hardcore brawl with some big spots thrown in for good measure. The sort of anarchic action that ECW excelled at.

The Super Team and Francine have a promo backstage, where they declare that they will have all the belts once they win the tournament. This was a good segment and they came across as a dangerous team.

In Conclusion
Good episode, as these Hammerstein shows are getting built up almost like they are a pair of mini-PPV events, and they’re doing a good job establishing the front runners in the tag tournament.