December To Dismember Date: December 3, 2006 Location: James Brown Arena, Augusta, Georgia Attendance: 4,800 Commentators: Joey Styles, Tazz
Well here we go. For the first time ever, the reincarnated ECW is getting its own pay per view and we have two matches announced on the way in. One of those matches features two teams who aren’t on ECW and the other is the EXTREME Elimination Chamber. This is not exactly looking promising but let’s get to it.
ECW on Sci Fi Date: November 28, 2006 Location: HSBC Center, Buffalo New York Commentators: Joey Styles, Tazz
It’s the go home show for December To Dismember and I’ll let the screaming begin now. The show has barely been touched as we have the main event and a lone tag match set, but for some reason that seems to be all we’re getting. This show is screaming BAD IDEA more than almost any I can ever remember so let’s get to it.
Survivor Series 2006 Date: November 26, 2006 Location: Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Attendance: 15,400 Commentators: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler
I’ve always been a big Survivor Series fan and there is something great about seeing a milestone show with the 20th edition. On top of that, we have three elimination tag matches for a change and the card looks pretty awesome. Then again that has been the case with several shows before and you never know if it is going to live up to the hype. The big non-elimination match is Batista vs. King Booker for Book’s Smackdown World Title so let’s get to it.
Monday Night Raw Date: November 20, 2006 Location: 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, Maryland Attendance: 6,500 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler
It’s the go home show for Survivor Series and the show is mostly set. That is a rather good situation to have here as WWE is fresh off a European tour so they might not be going as hard as usual. You can always use a nice push towards the pay per view though and that very well may be the case here. Let’s get to it.
ECW on Sci Fi Date: October 31, 2006 Location: Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Commentators: Joey Styles, Tazz
It’s a holiday show and I’m not sure what that means. We are just over a month away from December To Dismember and the big story at the moment is Rob Van Dam beating Big Show for the second time in a row to guarantee an ECW Title shot. It is not clear when that match is taking place but we might find that out this week. Let’s get to it.
When a five-minute match ends up still being talked about 20 years later.
Welcome back to more Dream Matches! This one features the famous Nitro bout between Main Eventer Kevin Nash and the rising star Wrath! And totally isn’t just an excuse for me to write a mini-column whining about that match and then put up random other weird shit I found to pad it out!
Also here: one of the Headhunters being the hardest working guy in a match involving four former major stars and then-current major lucha acts, plus did you know that Flash Funk and the GOON crossed paths? Well now you do! KEVIN NASH vs. WRATH: (WCW Nitro, Nov. 23 1998) * So THIS turned out to be one of those things that always sticks to Kevin Nash, and is still talked about to this day. So Nash was heading towards his big Title match with Goldberg at Starrcade. Wrath, meanwhile, was getting bigger and bigger reactions for going from a midcarder to ANOTHER Goldberg-style squash artist, just wrecking guys on the undercard for months, to the point where he was getting great reactions. As he was a huge guy who could really move, and had good monster charisma, he was over and he had a lot of potential. Buuuuuuuuuuuut since Goldberg famously had an unbeaten streak, Nash was thought to need to “warm up” by fighting ANOTHER guy with a “streak” going. And so Wrath, in the middle of a hot streak, is booked against a main eventer who can’t afford to lose.
ECW On Sci Fi Date: October 17, 2006 Location: Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Jacksonville, Florida Commentators: Joey Styles, Tazz
Things are getting a little interesting around here and I’m not sure where that is going to go. Above all else, Big Show needs something to do other than prepare for John Cena and Booker T. at Cyber Sunday. I’m not sure what there is for him to do here, but we could be in for a fresh direction. Let’s get to it.
This card was the largest of ECW’s Holiday Hell Tour in December 1995, taking place at the Lost Battalion Hall in Queens, New York on December 29. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show attracted a sold-out crowd of 1,283, the largest to see an ECW event to that point.
Joey Styles provides commentary for the evening’s events, working solo as per usual. He starts the show in the ring, putting over ECW’s debut in the New York City area. Stevie Richards and the Blue Meanie interrupt so Richards can put himself over for a few minutes and question the sexual preferences of fans at ringside. Missy Hyatt is spotted in the crowd and Richards tries to put the moves on her, but Hyatt is reluctant until Richards tells her that she can get Hyatt a date with Raven. Hyatt kisses Richards, telling him to give that to Raven and Richards marks out to a chorus of boos.
ECW on Sci Fi Date: October 10, 2006 Location: Kansas Coliseum, Wichita, Kansas Attendance: 5,585 Commentators: Joey Styles, Tazz
We’re coming off a good show last week as Test beat Rob Van Dam in a pretty good Extreme Rules match. That being said, I’m not entirely sure where things are supposed to go. This show is dying for some top faces and I’m not sure how many of them are available. As for tonight though, it’s an Attitude Era flashback with Extreme Strip Poker. Let’s get to it.
ECW on Sci Fi Date: October 3, 2006 Location: Landon Arena, Topeka, Kansas Commentators: Joey Styles, Tazz
Things have gotten a bit more interesting around here in recent weeks after Hardcore Holly ripped his back apart in a match with Rob Van Dam last week. That is the kind of moment that made this place actually feel extreme and if they can do something like that (without horribly injuring someone) they might be onto something. Let’s get to it.
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.
Joey Styles handles the commentary for the show, which took place at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 18. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew a sellout crowd of 1,150 fans.
Buh Buh Ray Dudley walks to the ring to do guest ring announcing duties for the Broad Street Bully-Don E. Allen opener. He is accompanied by the other members of the Dudley clan except for Dudley Dudley, who is no longer part of the company. Buh Buh is wearing a top hat and suit coat like he is running a circus. Buh Buh gets through the welcome until he tries to mimic Michael Buffer and stutters over the word “rumble.” Frustrated, Buh Buh takes out the jobbers with Buh-Buh Bombs.
ECW on Sci Fi Date: September 19, 2006 Location: DCU Arena, Worcester, Massachusetts Commentators: Joey Styles, Tazz
We’re continuing with the guest stars this week as King Booker is here. There are worse ideas than having him around, though I can’t imagine it being some big game changer. Other than that, we’ll likely get more of the ECW Originals vs. new guys, which should have some legs just for how many people are involved. Let’s get to it.
ECW on Sci Fi Date: September 12, 2006 Location: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York Attendance: 17,298 Commentators: Joey Styles, Tazz
Oh yeah I’d say this is a special one. I know that this isn’t the original ECW and it is pretty much the same in name only, but it has to be an especially cool moment for these guys to make it to the World’s Most Famous Arena. We’re still setting up Hardcore Holly as Paul Heyman’s newest enforcer against the combined powers of Rob Van Dam and Sabu. Let’s get to it.
ECW On Sci Fi Date: September 5, 2006 Location: Civic Center, Columbus, Georgia Commentators: Joey Styles, Tazz
It’s time for more guest stars as a ticked off DX is here to face Big Show in a handicap match. For once this is actually part of a story as DX will be facing Show and the McMahons in the Cell at Unforgiven. Hopefully this serves as a good setup for the match, but you never can tell what you are going to get around here. Let’s get to it.
ECW On Sci Fi Date: August 29, 2006 Location: Sovereign Center, Reading, Pennsylvania Commentators: Joey Styles, Tazz
Believe it or not, this week’s show is about Paul Heyman, who is the big evil around here and therefore has to deal with Sabu. I’m not the biggest Sabu fan, but if they want this show to have anything to do with the original ECW, Sabu is one of their best options. Granted I have no reason to believe WWE is going to have him do anything but challenge for the title so let’s get to it.
ECW on Sci Fi Date: August 22, 2006 Location: Wachovia Arena, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Commentators: Joey Styles, Tazz
Summerslam has come and gone and that means it is time for Big Show to find a new challenger. Sabu gave him a run for at least a few dollars before falling to the giant, like so many others have so far. Hopefully they can find someone new to come after the title, though Kurt Angle is no longer an option. Let’s get to it.
Summerslam 2006 Date: August 20, 2006 Location: TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, Massachusetts Attendance: 16,168 Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole, Tazz, Joey Styles, John Bradshaw Layfield
We’re finally here and just like all the other times I’ve seen this show, it still doesn’t feel all that big. Nothing on the card really stands out above the rest as some major match, but instead we are getting a bunch of important matches at once. That isn’t a bad thing, but it did make for kind of an odd setup. Let’s get to it.
ECW on Sci Fi Date: August 15, 2006 Location: Verizon Center, Washington DC Attendance: 8,500 Commentators: Joey Styles, Tazz
It’s the go home show for Summerslam and that means we need a title match set. In this case that is likely to mean something involving Sabu, Kurt Angle and Rob Van Dam, the latter of whom returned last week to interfere and break up a #1 contenders match between the others. Other than that, expect the ECW Originals to look really pathetic. Let’s get to it.
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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.