What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – October 3, 1995

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Beulah McGillicutty says she is going to have a segment on future broadcasts that will answer any fan questions, whether they are about romance or wrestling.  She promises that her “[mail]box is always open for you.”

As a follow up to the previous segment, Joey Styles tells fans that they can send their mail for Beulah to P.O. Box 17280, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19105.  Styles adds that the Public Enemy will face the Gangstas in a street fight this Saturday that will literally take place on the streets as a ring will be setup underneath a trestle a block away from the ECW Arena.  The show will also feature the Sandman defending the ECW Championship against Mikey Whipwreck.

The cage match between Mikey Whipwreck and the Pitbulls against the Sandman, 2 Cold Scorpio, and New Jack at Gangstas Paradise airs.

A video package recaps the Public Enemy-Gangstas feud.

Jason, with the Eliminators, says that he will ask Taz how much he likes his suit after he beats him for the second time at the ECW Arena this Saturday.

Tommy Dreamer tells Lance Wright that he is tired of Raven and Cactus Jack messing with him.  He says there will be no sympathy for Cactus Jack, urging Raven to call Jack off before something bad happens.

Steve Austin’s debut at the Sportland Café in Middletown, New York on September 23 airs.  After sizing up the Sandman and Mikey Whipwreck before they wrestle for the ECW Championship, he runs down the quality of ECW.  The Sandman tells Austin he would be happy to wrestle him anytime and the two shake hands.  Austin tells Whipwreck that he is a “good kid” but refuses to shake his hand because he is not on his level.

ECW Championship Match:  The Sandman (Champion w/Woman) (10-6) beats Mikey Whipwreck (8-4) after Woman interferes at 3:15 shown:

The match is clipped to pieces but what is shown is very entertaining.  The Sandman grabs a ladder from underneath the ring, which both men use to match their movesets.  For the Sandman that means swinging it as a weapon whereas for Whipwreck it means something to fly from.  The wildest part of the match sees the Sandman climb the ladder and then grab onto the rafters to land the Bitchin’ Leg Drop.  Whipwreck tries a late comeback, but Woman hits him with a Singapore cane when he climbs the top rope, and the Sandman covers to retain.  Hard to rate accurately due to not seeing the whole match, but this was fun.  Rating:  **

After the match, the two keep fighting, with Whipwreck running the ladder into the Sandman’s mid-section when the Sandman celebrates his win on the arena floor.

In yet another awesome promo in a series of them Cactus Jack repeats his argument that ECW fans will ruin Tommy Dreamer because they run the company instead of the wrestlers.  Jack regrets his role as “the patron saint of sick sons of bitches” and that he ever endorsed Dreamer as a hardcore wrestler.  He closes by saying that if Dreamer chose to go to WCW, he would not only be saving his career, but saving Jack’s life as well.

The Last Word:  ECW’s streak of great television broadcasts continued with this show.  Tommy Dreamer is doing his best to keep up with Cactus Jack on the mic but cannot get up to the elite level that calls for.  And Steve Austin already looks like the biggest star in the company after making two brief appearances as the Sandman and Mikey Whipwreck look like jokes when presented alongside him.

ECW ran a house show in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania before its card at the ECW Arena on October 7.  Here were the results of that show, courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com:

Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania – The Flagstaff – October 6, 1995 (425):   ECW Tag Team Champions the Pitbulls defeated Dino Sendoff & J.T. Smith…The Gangstas beat Dudley Dudley & Dances with Dudley…Hack Myers pinned J.T. Smith…Taz, Mikey Whipwreck & 911 defeated Jason & the Eliminators when Whipwreck pinned Jason…ECW Champion the Sandman beat Konnan…Cactus Jack beat Hack Myers via count out…Television Champion 2 Cold Scorpio defeated Tommy Dreamer…The Public Enemy beat Raven & Stevie Richards in a double tables match.

ECW’s October 7 card, billed as The South Philly Jam, was never released on commercial VHS.  The show attracted a crowd of 1,150 and since it carried a name for billing the win-loss results will be tabulated for record keeping.  Here were the results of the card, courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com:

-The Eliminators beat Chad Austin & Tony Stetson

-Taz (0-1) defeated Jason (0-1) via submission

-Cactus Jack (5-5) pinned El Puerto Ricano with a small package after Raven interfered

-Konnan pinned Dudley Dudley (0-1)

-Psicosis (0-1) beat Rey Misterio, Jr. (1-0) in a best-of-three falls match after winning the third fall with a flying twisting senton onto a chair

-Raven & Stevie Richards (4-2) beat ECW Tag Team Champions the Pitbulls (5-6) to win the titles

-Television Champion 2 Cold Scorpio (4-2) beat J.T. Smith (1-2)

-Television Champion 2 Cold Scorpio (5-2) beat Hack Myers (6-4) after Dropping the Bomb

-ECW Champion the Sandman (11-6) beat Mikey Whipwreck (8-5)

-The Public Enemy (6-3) beat ECW Tag Team Champions Raven & Stevie Richards (5-2) and the Gangstas (2-1) in a three-way dance to win the titles.

Backstage News*:        New Jack got into a backstage fight with Dances with Dudley at the Jim Thorpe show on October 6.  Jack was upset that Dudley was stiffing him during the match and when Dudley came backstage after the bout, Jack reportedly hit him in the back of the head with a night stick.  Reports suggest that during the fight Jack was trying to push Dudley through a plate glass window and if Dudley had gone through the window he would have fallen thirty feet.  Dudley later had to get more than a dozen stitches to close the wound on the back of his head.  Mikey Whipwreck got caught in the middle of trying to break up the fight and got a cut on the back of his head when he was shoved through a window.  After fighting with Dudley, Jack almost got into another fight with Taz, who Jack claimed was a “kiss ass.  The locker room was not happy with Jack, even after he apologized, but Paul Heyman refused to get rid of him because of the need to use him on The South Philly Jam card the next night.

*Although it was hyped on television, ECW could not get the correct permits to run the planned outdoor street fight between the Public Enemy and the Gangstas at The South Philly Jam.  Part of that was ECW’s fault but there were complaints from nearby residents that did not want the match to happen.  As a result, Paul Heyman had to tell fans early in the show the planned main event was not happening and there was going to be a three-way elimination match for the tag team titles.  The reason for the Public Enemy going over in the main event was that it would send the fans home happy.

*ECW is planning a big card for October 28 because Dennis Coraluzzo is running a card that same day that features Steve Williams against Dan Severn on top, as well as the local return of Sabu.

*Konnan’s debut was poorly received, with fans showering his match against Dudley Dudley with boos.  After his match, Konnan got on the house mic and said that for his next appearance he had better get someone who could wrestle or he was not coming back.  That comment was not taken well backstage.

*Pitbull #1 worked the tag team title match at the ECW Arena with a torn tricep so the Pitbulls match against Raven and Stevie Richards was more of a handicap match.

*Some of the checks given to wrestlers for the September 22 house show in Middletown, New York bounced.  Paul Heyman said that his car was broken into and someone stole his checkbook and records, so he had to close the account.  At the present time he appears to have fixed the issues.

*In talent relations news, Steve Austin has a meeting scheduled with Vince McMahon on October 10 and also has talks scheduled with All Japan.  If Austin were to work All Japan, it is likely that ECW will be able to retain him as a regular and will probably put the world title on him.

*Backstage news is provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for October 16.

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