What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – December 5, 1995

A graphic describes ECW as the place “Where the big boys don’t play” to lead into a replay of the Terry Funk and Tommy Dreamer-Raven and Cactus Jack match at November to Remember.  ECW clips the match down to three and a half minutes to hide its faults.

Funk puts over Dreamer as the next hardcore athlete and how his wrestling career is winding down.  A tearful Dreamer tells Funk that he will never forget what he did for him.

A video package puts over Funk’s ECW career because people really thought he was going to retire for real this time after a few aborted attempts.

Joey Styles interviews Tommy Dreamer, who warns Raven that he is hardcore to the bone and will beat anyone that Raven tries to throw against him.

There is a lengthy recap of the Mikey Whipwreck-Sandman-Steve Austin rivalry over the ECW Championship in anticipation of December to Dismember this Saturday at the ECW Arena.

Opening Contest:  The Public Enemy (7-4) beats Buh Buh Ray Dudley & Dances with Dudley when Rock pins Dances after a schoolboy roll up at 2:01 shown:

This bout is provided by the “ECW Fan Cam” and took place in Reading, Pennsylvania on December 1.  Buh Buh Ray is really over with the crowd, doing well in a dance off to start the match with Rock and stuttering as he stands over Rock after a beatdown, only finishing his name when Johnny Grunge cracks a cookie sheet over his head.  Stevie Richards interferes to help the Dudleys, blasting Rock with a Stevie Kick after the former tag team champion does the Drive-By on Dances, but Rock kicks out at two.  After that the Enemy knock Buh Buh out of the ring, Grunge hits Dances with a chair, and Rock rolls him up for the win in this clipped match.

After the bell, the Dudleys, Raven, and Richards work over the Enemy until Tommy Dreamer tries to make the save.  However, he cannot do it alone and the Eliminators pile into the ring to help that heels.  That brings out the Pitbulls, who bring some semblance of balance to the fight.  The Enemy and Pitbulls argue after the babyfaces clear the ring because they feel that no help was needed.  The brawl between the two sides resumes and the babyfaces break Richards arm by having Rock Drive-By onto it.  This brings out the Heavenly Bodies, better known during this period for a failed WWF run and being Smoky Mountain Wrestling’s tag team champions before the promotion closed in November, and they attack the Pitbulls and Enemy.  The heels leave all five of the babyfaces laying in the ring.

Styles recaps everything the fans saw in the previous segment and hypes the Ultimate Jeopardy match at December to Dismember.

The Last Word:  There was not a lot of new content on this telecast and the heel beatdown that followed the tag team match took too long to play out on television.  It may have been better to devote some of that time to promos by Mikey Whipwreck, the Sandman, and Steve Austin for the triangle match at December to Dismember.

ECW hosted its December to Dismember ’95 card at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 9.  The show drew a crowd of 900, a few hundred fans less than November to Remember and similar cards during the fall.  According to Dave Meltzer, the reason for the smaller crowd was due to a fire marshal.  This was the last ECW Arena show of the year.  Here were the results of the event, courtesy of thehistoryofwwe.com:

-Buh Buh Ray Dudley & Dances with Dudley (0-1) beat the Bad Crew

-Taz (1-1) beat El Puerto Ricano (0-3) via submission to the Tazmission

-Hack Myers (7-6) beat Bruiser Mastino

-The Eliminators (1-1) defeated the Pitbulls (7-7)

-Raven (4-0) defeated Tommy Dreamer (7-4)

-J.T. Smith (2-3) beat the Broad Street Bully (1-6)

-The Sandman defeat ECW Champion Mikey Whipwreck and Steve Austin in a triangle match to win the title.

-The Public Enemy (8-4) beat the Heavenly Bodies

-Tommy Dreamer, the Public Enemy, and the Pitbulls defeated Raven, Stevie Richards, the Eliminators & the Pitbulls in an Ultimate Jeopardy cage match when Dreamer pinned Richards.  As a result of pre-match stipulations, Richards had to spend five minutes with his opponents alone in the cage.

Backstage News*:  ECW plans to raise ticket prices starting next year for its ECW Arena shows.  This year tickets have sold for $12 and $25 and those will now be priced at $15 and $30.

*Cactus Jack was not at December to Dismember because he was working for IWA Japan, while Sabu was working for New Japan and 2 Cold Scorpio was in Austria.

*The Public Enemy will make their final appearance at the ECW Arena on January 5.

*The Ultimate Jeopardy match did not go over well with the crowd at December to Dismember as many fans left during the match.

*Fans are not buying into the Sandman’s heel character, cheering him for beating up Mikey Whipwreck during the three-way dance and Singapore caning various babyfaces at the end of December to Dismember. 

*In talent relations news, Steve Austin is going to be leaving for the WWF.  Woman continues to deny reports she is heading to WCW, even though Mark Madden reported on the WCW Hotline this week that she was coming in and would be named Elizabeth and be paired with Randy Savage.  That report got Madden a lot of heat since Kevin Sullivan wants to replace Madden on the hotline with himself and Paul Orndorff.

*Backstage news is sourced from Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for December 18 and January 2.

Up Next:  ECW Hardcore TV for December 12!