What the World Was Watching: Three-Way Dance ’95

Joey Styles does commentary for this show, which originates from the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  According to Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for April 17, the show drew a crowd of 1,150 fans.  Styles says that Sabu is a no show due to Japan commitments.

Raven, Steve Richards, and the Broad Street Bullies come out.  Richards tells the Bullies that they need to win their match tonight to prove themselves.  If they lose, they will be fired.  Richards tells Raven that he has recruited the Pitbulls, who will be better than the Bullies.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – March 28, 1995

A lengthy video package hypes the three-way dance that is booked for the ECW Arena on April 8.

Joey Styles provides commentary for this broadcast, which features matches from the March 18 ECW Arena show.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – March 21, 1995

Joey Styles is coming from the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He welcomes out Ron Simmons, who is in a sour mood.  The feeling is reciprocated by the ECW fans.  Simmons is upset that Styles did not call him a former world champion and All-American.  He vows to beat down anyone who gets in his way.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – March 14, 1995

Public Enemy are shown acquiring the contract needed for a three-way dance against ECW Tag Team Champions Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko and Sabu & Taz (ECW keeps vacillating).

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – February 28, 1995

Jason and Paul Lauria talk about how people are jealous of them in ECW.  Lauria says 911 will never chokeslam him again because he is a giant.

A video package recaps the Raven-Tommy Dreamer feud to this point.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW: Return of the Funker

Joey Styles is doing commentary for the show, which took place at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 25.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the card attracted a crowd of 1,100 fans, the best attendance for an ECW show to date.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Double Tables ’95

Joey Styles welcomes fans to the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew 1,000 fans.

Styles interviews Jason, who hypes the Pitbulls as the next ECW tag team champions.  The crowd chants that Jason is wearing a “K-Mart suit” before he introduces Jason the Terrible from Japan’s W*ING promotion.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – January 17, 1995

A video package shows Raven walking through a snow-covered residential neighborhood and how he helped Steve Richards beat Hack Myers in the ECW Arena.  Then, in an arena’s boiler room he says he is a tortured soul and warns Tommy Dreamer to take heed.

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

While the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) were locked in a fight for national supremacy for much of 1995, a renegade promotion based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania built a cult-like following.  Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) relished challenging wrestling’s norms and conventions.  When Jim Crockett sought to revive the prestige of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in 1994, ECW star Shane Douglas threw the title on the canvas in disgust after winning it in a tournament final against 2 Cold Scorpio.  While the WWF tried to tone down violence in its product by not allowing the use of chairs or ladders as weapons, ECW encouraged its brawlers to put each other through tables and use weapons liberally.  And whereas WCW sought to take wrestling back to the 1980s with a revival of Hulkamania, ECW’s owner and booker Paul Heyman – known at this time by his television name Paul E. Dangerously –  tapped into the 1990s Jerry Springer-like zeitgeist with risqué storylines and promos that featured colorful language.

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Jason Hervey?!

Hey Scott,
I grew up in NYC and was a WWF kid and really didn't watch any WCW/NWA until the Monday nightwars.  So I'm curious wtf is up with Jason Hervey (the annoying brother on Wonder Years) being all over WCW in the late 80s.  I'm watching Starrcade 88 on the network and they show him every few minutes in the front row, and I know he was a judge in I think, the Flair/Sting clash match.   What was the big deal?   Was he contributing to the company?  Seriously he's like a throwaway 80s reference and they treated him like a megastar.
Believe it or not, he was actually seriously dating Missy Hyatt at that point and then made connections in the business from there.  

Promo of the Day: JASON THE TERRIBLE // ZODIAK

This is certainly a masterpiece. Of what, I have no idea, but its a goddamn masterpiece.

Care to provide a little context on The Zodiak and Jason The Terrible for the confused bloggers? I tried to find your Stampede tape review that documented this, but 411mania is kneeing my browser in its 0101011100001s and won’t load for some reason.


Sure.  Zodiak is Randy Orton’s fuckup uncle Barry (aka 80s jobber Barry O), banished to Stampede at the tail end of his wrestling career and living out whatever drug-induced fantasies Bruce Hart was experiencing that week.  Jason the Terrible was the uber-mega-monster heel set up for the Hart boys to triumph over (journeyman Karl Moffat), although as a kid he scared the SHIT out of me and I was sure he was going to kill Owen Hart and take the North American title with ease.  Mr. Hito even wore BOOTS because he was afraid of having his feet stepped on!  Sadly, a pretty horrific car accident with Davey Boy Smith ended Moffat’s wrestling career when he shattered his leg, and he was never the same after that.  

But yeah, they used to do these trippy promos, on ultra-conservative Stampede TV no less in 1987, and this stuff was WAY ahead of its time.  In the end, Jason lost to Owen Hart (or Bruce and Pillman, I forget how they blew it off in the end) and the mysterious Zodiak, who was being built up as a big name in wrestling, was just unmasked and Ed Whalen was like “Oh, it’s Barry O” and that was that.  It was a hell of a deal while it lasted, however, one of the most vivid memories I have of the promotion.