What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – August 22, 1995

A recap of Cactus Jack’s heel turn at Wrestlepalooza ’95 airs.

ECW Champion the Sandman and Woman talk about how they love thinking about Mikey Whipwreck and the Public Enemy lying in a poor of their own blood.  The Sandman adds that Whipwreck is a boy trying to do a man’s job.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – August 15, 1995

Joey Styles says that tonight’s footage will come Wrestlepalooza ’95, which took place at the ECW Arena on August 5.  He reviews some of the events that transpired there, including the Sandman caning Mikey Whipwreck until Woman told him to stop because she did not want the Sandman to forfeit the ECW Championship.  The Sandman sat in the ring as part of a strike, triggering a confrontation with the Public Enemy because they had a stretcher match with the Gangstas.  A disjointed recap over still photographs reveals that the Sandman cost the Enemy the match and that Whipwreck returned to battle with the Sandman after the match was over.

The Enemy and Whipwreck are in the hood, with the Enemy giving Whipwreck a Public Enemy jacket.  They try to educate him in the ways of the street before Johnny Grunge screams about the Enemy being the “MacDaddys of violence in ECW” and that they are going to take the Sandman to the extreme.  As all three walk away, Whipwreck does the Enemy’s celebration wave.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – August 1, 1995

Highlights of Tommy Dreamer, the Pitbulls, and Luna Vachon fighting Steve Richards, the Vampire Warrior, Raven, and the Dudley Brothers in Florida is shown.

Joey Styles calls the matches on the card, which come from ECW’s July 21 show from Tampa, Florida.

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Mike Reviews IWA Japan 2nd Year Final Battle

Hello You!

I was originally going to have a bash at reviewing the 1995 King of the Deathmatch this week, but I’ve seen that one quite a few times whilst I’ve never seen this show, so I decided to go with something new. If you fancy watching along, you can do so by clicking HERE.

For those not au fait, IWA Japan was a Japanese Deathmatch promotion that was founded by Víctor Quiñones and ran by Tatsukuni Asano. Essentially it was created to replace the recently defunct W*ING promotion. They spent the 90’s being one of the main rivals to FMW, the premier Japanese Deathmatch company of the time, and brought in the likes of Terry Funk, Cactus Jack, Tarzan Goto and Tiger Jeet Singh to juice up the roster.

The “Kawasaki Dream” show from the summer of 1995 featured an 8 man Deathmatch Tournament, eventually won by Cactus Jack, and had given the company some considerable attention both at home and internationally, with this tape being the follow up.

The tape features a selection matches from two shows that were held at the end of 1995 , one in October and the other in December. The December show is based around crowing new NWA Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, with Terry Funk taking part as well as Cactus, Terry Gordy and The Headhunters.

It’s not like I’m a gigantic fan of Japanese Deathmatch Wrestling, but it’s nice to have a change of pace now and then from the usual brand of Puroresu, and I’m a big Mick Foley fan so it’s always interesting to go back and watch stuff from the mid-90’s where he was still working the indies and pretty much destroying himself almost purely for the love of the sport.

So without further ado, let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!

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What the World Was Watching: ECW: Hardcore Heaven ’95

Joey Styles does the commentary from the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The show took place on July 1, 1995 and, according to Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for June 10, it drew a crowd of 1,075.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain Wrestling – July 8, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are in the booth and they are concluding the tapings in Sevierville, Tennessee.

The closing moments of the Buddy Landel-Brad Armstrong SMW Championship match in Barbourville, Kentucky are shown.  Timekeeper Kenny Rison, referee Mark Curtis, and Tracy Smothers recap the crazy endings of Jim Cornette ringing the bell prematurely to keep Armstrong from winning, Landel using a foreign object to get a pin until Tracy Smothers got Curtis to restart it, and Armstrong pinning Landel after a side Russian leg sweep.  Cornette and Landel are incensed about Armstrong having the SMW title, and Landel calls Armstrong a thief while Cornette hilariously punches a wall and hurts himself.  Armstrong says the belt is his because possession is nine-tenths of the law.  Commissioner Bob Armstrong says the situation is a mess, so he declares the SMW Championship vacant until Landel and Armstrong meet again for the title in Knoxville.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – June 20, 1995

Joey Styles quickly recaps the Tony Stetson-New Jersey Devil, Mikey Whipwreck-Val Puccio, and Vampire Warrior-Hack Myers matches from Barbed Wire, Hoodies & Chokeslams, along with Tod Gordon’s run-ins with Bill Alfonso on the show and Steve Richards creating problems between the Warrior and Tommy Dreamer over Luna Vachon.

Styles urges fans to buy a VHS copy of Barbed Wire, Hoodies & Chokeslams because the barbed wire match between the Sandman and Cactus Jack cannot air on television.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – July 1, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher call today’s action, which is still taped from Sevierville, Tennessee.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW: Barbed Wire, Hoodies & Chokeslams

Joey Styles does commentary for the show, which took place at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 17.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the card drew a crowd of 1,150 fans.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – June 13, 1995

Joey Styles recaps the feud over the ECW Championship between the Sandman, Cactus Jack, and Shane Douglas.  This Saturday night at the ECW Arena the Sandman and Jack will face off in a barbed wire match for the title.

Jack admits that he has a lust for blood, something that the Sandman cannot escape.  He puts barbed wire on top of his head as he speaks of a previous barbed wire match against Eddie Gilbert that he considers the highlight of his career.  Jack warns the Sandman that he needs to weigh how much he wants to keep his title on Saturday because he is coming to take it.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – June 6, 1995

The Hack Myers-Tony Stetson match from Enter Sandman airs.  Instead of airing a clip job, which would have covered up how bad this match was, ECW opts to show it in its entirety.

Joey Styles asks Paul E. Dangerously why Taz dropped his gimmick.  Dangerously answers that Taz does not need a gimmick to reach the top of professional wrestling.  He adds that Taz is already a “larger than life man” and the Tazmaniac is no more.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – May 30, 1995

A replay of Shane Douglas introducing referee Bill Alfonso at Enter Sandman airs, along with Douglas’ subsequent confrontation with Cactus Jack.

ECW Commissioner Tod Gordon says that Alfonso has no place in the promotion because there are no rules.  He tells Douglas to take a valium.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – May 23, 1995

Cactus Jack talks about Wiffle ball and how a kid would rob him of homers, so he had to alter his style, just like he had to alter his wresting style to stand out and be the best.  He recounts Ric Flair hating his style in WCW and that he would never be out of a wheelchair at thirty, saying that he is a week from proving him wrong.  Jack tells anyone who does not like his way of doing things to get another job.

Taz and 911 squashing the Oriental Connection at Enter Sandman is shown.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – May 16, 1995

ECW hypes a house show wing through Pennsylvania on the back of fans getting to see more matches between Eddie Guerrero and Dean Malenko.

Joey Styles says that tonight’s matches are from Tampa, Florida.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW: Enter Sandman

Joey Styles is handling commentary for this show, which took place at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 13.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew 875 fans.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – May 9, 1995

Cactus Jack says there should be no controversy when he faces the Sandman for the ECW Championship.  He says this title shot is the most important moment of his career to this point.  When Jack goes to open a door, he is met by the Triple Threat, with Shane Douglas claiming that Jack is taking his title shot.  Jack refuses to back down and is hit in the back of the head by the Sandman’s Singapore cane.  Douglas tries to take a swing at Jack too but hits the Sandman instead, prompting Woman to tell the camera that Douglas blew their deal.

Joey Styles says that footage for tonight’s show is coming from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – May 2, 1995

Styles recaps how the Sandman defeated Shane Douglas for the ECW title at Hostile City Showdown ’95 and notes on video footage how the Sandman was submitting as he was scoring the winning pin.

Tommy Dreamer explains his frustrations with Raven getting the better of him in their feud so far as pieces of their recent matches at the ECW Arena air.  Dreamer says he also wants to go after the Sandman and win the ECW title because the Sandman is a disgrace.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – April 25, 1995

A replay of the Sandman winning the ECW Championship from Shane Douglas at Hostile City Showdown airs.

There is a replay of the Mikey Whipwreck-Steve Richards match from Hostile City Showdown, along with the Public Enemy saving Whipwreck and Hack Myers from Raven, Richards, and the Pitbulls.

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What the World Was Watching: Hostile City Showdown ’95

Joey Styles is doing commentary for this show, which took place at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  According to Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer, about 1,000 fans attended.

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