What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – June 27, 1995

The show opens with a replay of the Gangstas attack on ECW Tag Team Champions the Public Enemy at Barbed Wire, Hoodies & Chokeslams.  Joey Styles says that ECW had to grapple with whether to show the footage because they did not want to set a bad example for other wrestlers.  He gives some background on the Gangstas in Smoky Mountain Wrestling before comparing the Gangstas debut with the Public Enemy’s debut in September 1994.

A replay of the Tommy Dreamer-Vampire Warrior match from Barbed Wire, Hoodies & Chokeslams airs.

Luna Vachon promises to be Raven’s worst nightmare.  Tommy Dreamer adds that he is a regular guy, in a violent world, with an extreme girl.

Styles says that a mixed tag match has been signed between Dreamer and Vachon and Raven and Steve Richards.

The Extreme Encyclopedia segment defines Jungle Jim Steele as “A warrior of Ultimate proportions.  This former star of the Ted Turner-owned WCW Organization has terrorized wrestling fans by his mere existence.  That’s the problem.  Solution?  Call 911.”  Paul E. Dangerously is defined as “An oral loose cannon.  A cell phone junkie whose business mergers usually invoke AT&T Portable and Blue Chip Human Skull.  See Yuppious Psychosis; Scourge of Scarsdale; NYC’s Night Mayor.”  And 911 is labeled as “Uh, excuse us; but we the ECW Production Team, being health conscious, refuse to write anything that has the chance of offending this chokeslamming giant!  In other words, write your own encyclopedia!”

911’s squash of Steele at Barbed Wire, Hoodies & Chokeslams is shown.

Highlights of the Sandman-Cactus Jack barbed wire match at Barbed Wire, Hoodies & Chokeslams air.

ECW Champion the Sandman gloats about putting out Shane Douglas’ fire when he won the ECW Championship from him and beating Douglas and Cactus Jack in the same night at Enter Sandman.  The Sandman admits that he did not use to care that much about winning, but that is changing now that he is winning and that will make it hard to take the ECW Championship from him.

Styles says that the final clash of the Bad Breed will take place this summer.

The Gangstas are shown standing on top of a car in the Philadelphia ghetto, with New Jack proclaiming that the Gangstas will rule ECW.

The Last Word:  Although Hardcore Heaven ’95 was taking place over the weekend, this show did not provide as direct of a build for it as it could have.  The Sandman vs. Shane Douglas does not have anywhere near the same level of heat the Sandman’s feud with Cactus Jack possesses, but the Gangstas provide the perfect foil for the Public Enemy, giving ECW a hot feud for the summer.

Prior to Hardcore Heaven ’95 at the ECW Arena, the promotion ran a house show in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.  Here were the results of that show courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com:

Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania – the Flagstaff – June 30, 1995 (425):        The Pitbulls beat Don E. Allen & Dino Sendoff…2 Cold Scorpio pinned Hack Myers…Taz beat Mikey Whipwreck via forfeit…Chad Austin beat Taz via disqualification…Axl Rotten pinned Ian Rotten in a barbed wire baseball bat match…Raven & Steve Richards defeated ECW Tag Team Champions the Public Enemy to win the titles when Richards pinned Johnny Grunge after the Gangstas interfered…ECW Champion the Sandman pinned Tommy Dreamer.

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