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 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 18, 1995

Joey Styles interview with Raven and Steve Richards, along with the Pitbulls squash of the Broad Street Bullies and the debut of Beulah McGillicutty at Three-Way Dance is shown.

Raven’s match with Tommy Dreamer at Three-Way Dance airs.

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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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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 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 – January 24, 1995

ECW Tag Team Champions the Public Enemy get on a boxcar so they can get from Philadelphia to Florida.  In Florida, in front of a Daily Planet sign, Johnny Grunge says that Superman is scared of them, which is why a chain link fence is in front of the sign.  Then, Grunge finishes doing some graffiti and makes fun of Sabu’s appearance.  Spliced between the promos are video highlights of an Enemy match in Florida against Mr. President and Death Row 3260.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – January 10, 1995

Tully Blanchard tells ECW Champion Shane Douglas that other Horsemen might be afraid of him but he is not.

Joey Styles puts over the newly designed ECW Arena to accommodate more fans.  Fans shower him with chants of “You still suck.”

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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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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – August 27, 1995

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are in the studio for today’s episode.  They hype the Hulkamaniacs-Dungeon of Doom main event scheduled for Fall Brawl and discuss Meng’s acquisition of the golden spike from the Master.

Okerlund and Heenan discuss the “fatal attraction” element of the Colonel Robert Parker-Sister Sherri relationship.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Starrcade ’92

Live from Atlanta, GA

Airdate: December 28, 1992

Attendance:  8,000 (6,500 paid)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Who will win Battlebowl? Who will become the King of Cable? Can either Simmons or Chono retain their respective World titles? Or do Rude or Muta stand a chance to unseat them? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Halloween Havoc ’92

Live from Philadelphia, PA

Airdate: October 25, 1992

Attendance:  7,000 (4,800 paid)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Can Chono/Rude II live up to the hype? How will Simmons fare against Barbarian? What will be the result of “Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal” and will Sting give Roberts his comeuppance? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Clash of the Champions XX

NWA Clash of the Champions XX

Live from Atlanta, GA

Airdate:  September 2, 1992

Attendance: 500

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

WCW celebrates twenty years on TBS. Who will make special appearances? Can Steamboat defeat Austin for the TV title? What happens with Brian Pillman? Included is a special BONUS match. What is it? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Halloween Havoc ’91

Live from Chattanooga, TN

Airdate: October 27, 1991

Attendance:  8,900 (4,400 paid)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone

Can Simmons capture gold in Chattanooga? Who will become the new light heavyweight champion? Also, who is the WCW Phantom? Read on!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Clash of the Champions XVI

Live from Augusta, GA

Airdate:  September 5, 1991

Attendance:  2,800

Hosted by Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone

The World tag team titles are up for grabs! Also, what happens during the contract signing for the World title match at Halloween Havoc? Read on!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW SuperBrawl

Live from St. Petersburg, FL

Airdate: May 19, 1991

Attendance:  6,000 (4,887 paid)

Hosted by Jim Ross & the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes

Can Flair regain the NWA World title? Or can he retain the WCW World title? Confused? Read on!

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WCW Worldwide: January 16, 1993

I’ve finally managed to get Worldwide back in the rotation – and not a moment too soon! Z-Man! Johnny Gunn! Nothing but the biggest names on the planet!

TONY SCHIAVONE and JESSE VENTURA welcome us to an actual arena in Alabama. Tony’s displaying a quality part on the mid-right side of his head, with the kind of precision that lets you know, yes, this is the 90’s. PAUL ORNDORFF saunters on camera, and he starts screaming about Rick Rude’s injury. He apparently knows exactly what needs to be done. And what needs doing? Whether it’s Milwaukee, or Philadelphia, he’s going to have a match with Steeng. What of Atlanta? St. Louis? Murfreesboro? Does “Steeng” not work those territories?

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