What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – July 18, 1995

Highlights from Heatwave ’95 are shown.

Joey Styles hypes this week’s tour of Florida, as well as the Steiner Brothers debut at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Middletown, New York on July 28.

After showing footage of referee Bill Alfonso trying to shut down Heatwave ’95 before it got going, Styles reveals that Alfonso has suspended Commissioner Tod Gordon’s promoter’s license.  Styles characterizes this as a threat to ECW’s existence because he arranges and organizes the shows.

A replay of ECW Tag Team Champions Raven & Steve Richards facing Don E. Allen & the Broad Street Bully at Heatwave ’95 airs, along with the post-match chaos that involved the Pitbulls, the Dudley Brothers, and Tommy Dreamer.

The criminally clipped highlights of the Taz & Eddie Guerrero-2 Cold Scorpio & Dean Malenko match from Heatwave ’95 are shown.  Why ECW opted to clip this match but keep the awful Gangstas-Public Enemy match in its entirety may never be known.  Oh, and fans get to see Rob Feinstein chokeslammed by 911.

Rob Feinstein, the self-proclaimed “number one tape distributor,” tells fans that he has NWA tapes ready to order while the director orders an immediate cut of his promo.

After Styles recaps the Public Enemy-Gangstas feud, Lance Wright interviews the Enemy after the caged and hoodie match at Heatwave ’95.  The Enemy are on the locker room floor, vowing to put the Gangstas on stretchers the next time they see them.

The Gangstas make it clear that winning titles in ECW is not their goal.  Instead, they are in the promotion to show that their brand of violence is better than what the Public Enemy can dish out.  New Jack vows that they will treat the Public Enemy how a pimp treats a ho.

In a taped promo with Steve Richards and Beulah McGillicutty, Raven tells Tommy Dreamer and the Pitbulls that he feels their pain and also feasts on it and gets stronger.  Richards says that he is not scared about the Steiner Brothers coming to ECW before McGillicutty asks who his admirer is.  McGillicutty says that she does not like the admirer because she is a bimbo, but Raven tells her to shut up.  He warns that the Pitbulls are next on his target list, with the Steiners set to follow.

The Last Word:  The Gangstas are in their element in ECW and New Jack’s promo to hype the team did a great job crystallizing what the feud is over:  answering the question of who happens to be ECW’s most violent team.  The Steiner Brothers upcoming set of appearances gives ECW a credibility boost among casual fans and ECW hyped them as a player in their tag team division on this show, even though reports suggested that ECW was going to use them in six-man tags because the Steiners were not going to job to any of ECW’s tag teams.  It will be interesting to see how ECW books them once they arrive.

As noted on this telecast, ECW spent the weekend sweeping through Florida.  Here were the results of those shows, courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – The War Memorial Auditorium – July 20, 1995 (1,100): Marty Jannetty pinned Bull Pain…The Vampire Warrior beat Purple Haze (Joe DiFuria)…Dudley Dudley pinned Hack Myers…ECW Tag Team Champions Raven & Steve Richards defeated Tommy Dreamer & Luna Vachon when Richards pinned Vachon…Ian Rotten pinned Demon Hellstorm…The Pitbulls defeated Bull Pain & Joe DiFuria…Eddie Guerrero & Taz beat Dean Malenko & 2 Cold Scorpio when Guerrero pinned Malenko…Mikey Whipwreck beat the Terrorist (David Sierra)…The Gangstas beat the Public Enemy when New Jack pinned Rocco Rock…Cactus Jack beat ECW Champion the Sandman in a non-title, barbed wire match.

Tampa, Florida – Expo Park – July 21, 1995 (800):    The Pitbulls beat the Vampire Warrior & Dudley Dudley when Pitbull #1 pinned Dudley…Marty Jannetty beat the Terrorist…Mikey Whipwreck won a twelve-man battle royal to win a ECW title shot, last eliminating Marty Jannetty.  After the match, Jannetty raised Whipwreck’s hand in victory only to be caned in the back by the Sandman.  As Jannetty was helped to the locker room, referee Bill Alfonso ran out to immediately start the title match…ECW Champion the Sandman pinned Mikey Whipwreck…Ian Rotten pinned Bull Pain in a Taipei Death match…ECW Tag Team Champions Raven & Steve Richards defeated Tommy Dreamer & Luna Vachon when Richards pinned Vachon…Dean Malenko pinned Television Champion Eddie Guerrero after blocking Guerrero’s hurricanrana attempt to win the title at 15:37…ECW Champion the Sandman pinned Mikey Whipwreck in a Singapore can match after Whipwreck slipped off the top rope.  According to pre-match stipulations, the loser would receive ten lashes with the cane.  Whipwreck received three lashes and could not stand, prompting ring announcer Rod Lemieux to enter the ring and say he would take the rest of the blows.  Woman dismissed Lemieux as a bit player and the Sandman canned Whipwreck several more times.  After the seventh shot, Whipwreck was placed on a stretcher by Tod Gordon, referees, and Hack Myers, but referee Bill Alfonso said that three more lashes were needed or ECW would be guilty of false advertising.  Marty Jannetty covered Whipwreck’s body for the final three lashes…The Public Enemy beat the Gangstas when Rocco Rock pinned New Jack after a moonsault through a table at 8:13.  After the match, the Enemy invited fans to celebrate in the ring with them and the ring imploded under their collective weight.

Orlando, Florida – The Fairgrounds – July 22, 1995 (600):    The Pitbulls & Hack Myers defeated Dudley Dudley, the Terrorist & the Vampire Warrior…Television Champion Dean Malenko beat Eddie Guerrero…Ian Rotten defeated Bull Pain in a barbed wire baseball bat match…Raven beat Tommy Dreamer…ECW Champion the Sandman defeated Marty Jannetty…Luna Vachon beat Steve Richards…The Public Enemy defeated the Gangstas.

Backstage News*:        ECW was happy that attendance increased at all three cities on its Florida swing over the weekend.  The Orlando crowd, even at 600 fans, was a sellout for the venue.

*Bull Pain replaced Axl Rotten on all three shows because Rotten has officially departed for the USWA.  Before wrestling Pain, Ian Rotten told fans that Axl had departed “to go to the land of midgets and toe suckers.”

*Taz suffered a neck injury in Fort Lauderdale, Florida after taking a Tombstone piledriver and he is expected to miss up to two months.  That could turn into an angle as Paul E. Dangerously got into a verbal altercation with 2 Cold Scorpio over it at the other shows.

*The Fort Lauderdale crowd was not receptive to the tag team match that featured Taz and Eddie Guerrero against Dean Malenko and Scorpio, with a vocal number of fans saying it was boring and being told to shut up by the other half of the crowd.  Dangerously and Guerrero told fans on the mic that they could cheer for who they wished but not appreciating the athleticism of the wrestlers showed the low status of their education.

*An incident was avoided at the Tampa show as New Jack nearly came to blows with a fan following the main event, but other wrestlers were able to calm him down.

*WCW referee Jimmy Jett made an appearance in Orlando as a guest of referee Bill Alfonso.  He ended up getting chokeslammed by 911.

*In television rights news, ECW is getting bumped from its recent Atlanta timeslot for college football replays, although it will probably return to the air in January once the season is over.

*Backstage news is provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for July 31.

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