What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – February 7, 1995

The Pitbulls & Jason the Terrible’s match against the Young Dragons & Hack Myers at Double Tables is shown, along with the post-match festivities where Myers gave Angel a piledriver.

Chris Benoit’s great match against Al Snow at Doubles Tables is shown.

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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 31, 1995

Footage shows fans in Fort Lauderdale tossing chairs into the ring at the end of the ECW show there.

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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 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 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 – December 10, 1995

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan handle today’s studio duties.  Okerlund implies that Heenan’s new suit came from Sonny Onoo.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – November 12, 1995

Gene Okerlund and Tony Schiavone are doing the studio work for this show.  They recap how the WCW title was held up on Monday Nitro.

Okerlund and Schiavone discuss the recent difficulties of Paul Orndorff.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – October 29, 1995

Eric Bischoff and Dusty Rhodes are in the booth and they are live from Detroit, Michigan as tonight’s Main Event episode is the pre-show for Halloween Havoc.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – December 23, 1995 (Last of the series)

A replay of Xanta Claus attacking Savio Vega at In Your House 5 is shown.

Vince McMahon, Mr. Perfect, and Jim Ross are doing commentary and they are kicking off some new tapings in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, only 1,500 fans attended because there was a blizzard during the show.  This was also the taping where Bradshaw made his debut in a dark match, losing to Savio Vega.  Also, this is the last Superstars of 1995 because next week’s episode is a “year in review” show.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night Raw – March 15, 1999

A video package recaps the tensions building between the Rock and Paul Wight, whose nickname has been changed to “The Big Show” instead of the “The Big Nasty.”  We are also reminded that the Undertaker is going after Vince McMahon.

Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler are in the booth and they are live from San Jose, California.

WWF Champion The Rock opens the show and he tells Steve Austin that he will prove his status as “The Great One” at WrestleMania.  He demands that Vince McMahon come out and prove to him that the Big Show is not working with Austin.  McMahon complies and says that “Dwayne” needs a reality check for being ungrateful for all that McMahon has given him.  He says that three generations of his family have looked after the Rock’s ancestors and that Paul Wight is not as quick to understand the existing agreement.  Wight comes out and demands to know what McMahon is talking about, threatening he and the Rock.  McMahon does not kindly to that, leading Wight to manhandle him into a corner to get his point across.  McMahon collects himself and books the Rock and Wight to team up to face Mankind and Steve Austin, thereby making this a preview of WrestleMania.  The Rock and Wight shake hands to end the segment at McMahon’s behest.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night Raw – March 1, 1999

A video package recaps the Undertaker’s recent threats against Vince McMahon, culminating in the Undertaker burning a teddy bear at the end of last week’s RAW.

Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler are doing commentary and they are live from Cleveland, Ohio.

The Corporation comes out and Vince McMahon discusses how the audience does not understand his capacity to love.  He fires Kane for losing the inferno match to the Undertaker last week and has orderlies come down to send Kane to the insane asylum.  However, Chyna comes to Kane’s aid and they fight them off.  Chyna tells McMahon that she can control Kane and asks for Kane to be booked against Steve Austin, with Kane’s job on the line.  McMahon counters by also putting Chyna’s job on the line.  Mankind then joins the festivities and volunteers to referee the Steve Austin-Kane match to prove himself worthy of refereeing the title match at WrestleMania XV.  McMahon agrees on the condition that Mankind is able to defeat the Undertaker on tonight’s show (this is later clarified in the broadcast to mean that McMahon will consider Mankind for the role at WrestleMania based on how the match goes).  The Undertaker’s voice then comes on via the loudspeakers and he says that he has already told McMahon what he is going to take from him.

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What the World Was Watching: Monday Night Raw – February 22, 1999

A video package recaps the Rock winning the WWF title in a ladder match against Mankind on last week’s show.

Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler are in the booth and they are taped from Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Vince McMahon comes out to hype tonight’s Inferno Match between the Undertaker and Kane.  He welcomes Paul Wight to the ring, who is booked to be the guest referee at WrestleMania.  Cole is trying to get Wight over as “The Big Nasty,” so I guess it is good that “The Big Show” name was chosen instead.  WWF Champion The Rock also comes out, quickly getting into a verbal confrontation with Wight, telling him to “Know his role.”  McMahon’s efforts at playing peacemaker get nowhere until Mankind marches onto the stage and volunteers to referee the WrestleMania main event, as well as referee a Rock-Wight encounter tonight.  Wight then proceeds to challenge the Rock to a match, which the Rock gladly accepts and he says he will put the WWF title on the line too.

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