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Extreme Championship Wrestling 2001- To Survive and Prosper
Cancel the Funeral Baby, ECW Lives
written by Daniel Castor
January 8, 2001
Read it and weep tears of joy, ECW fans, the title is NOT bullshit. The announcement came last night, right after the "final" ECW event, Guilty as Charged, had come to a end and the cameras were done rolling. Despite rumors that the company would have to file for bankruptcy due to financial problems, it seems that Extreme Championship Wrestling would live on. It turned out that right at the eleventh hour, ECW owner Paul Heyman, had managed to find a anonymous financial backer to keep ECW alive. Heyman also reminded fans that ECW would still be on television, with their weekly syndicated show, Hardcore TV. In Philadelphia and New York City, it will air every week on Tuesday evenings, for those residing in other areas, check your local listings for the time and date.
Guilty as Charged 2001 Short Recap
Jerry Lynn and Cyrus def. Christian York and Joey Matthews, after some interference from Da' Baldies. After the match, Cyrus and Lynn cut a promo, with Lynn saying that he is a star, and that from then on, he would not compete in ECW unless it was in a main event match.
Danny Doring and Roadkill def. Hot Commodity to retain the ECW Tag Team Titles.
Nova def. Chris Hamrick in a match filled with shenanigans and interferences. Earlier in the match, Chris Hamrick drove Nova into the referee, prompting two other referees to run down the ring. Hamrick managed to get Nova into position for a pinfall, and one of the ref's did a quick three count, seemingly giving Hamrick the one. After the match was "finished" the referee that did the three count revealed himself to be none other than the man that Nova had previously beaten in a "Loser Leaves Town" match, Chris Chetti! However, while Chetti and Hot Commdity were celebrating, The Commisioner Spike Dudley came out, and began brawling with Chetti. Spike took Chetti out with The Acid Drop and ordered that the match be restarted. Without anybody to interfere against him anymore, Nova was able to catch Hamrick with The Kyrptonite Crunch for the easy three.
Tommy Dreamer def. CW Anderson in a unbelievably brutal I Quit Match. After the match had ended, the two men shook hands, showing some respect for each other.
Mikey Whipwreck and Tajiri def. The Fully Blooded Italians, and Super Crazy and Kid Kash, in a three-way dance, to become the new number one contenders to the ECW Tag Team Titles.
During a tag team match between Simon Diamond and Johnny Swinger, and Balls Mahoney and Chilly Willy, Rhino ran out and began demolishing everybody in the area. Not only did he take out the four competitors, he also attacked their managers as well, including Blue Boy, Dawn Marie, and Jasmin St. Clair. He ended his onslaught by piledriving Jasmin from the second rope, possibly breaking her neck.
The Sandman def. Justin Credible and Steve Corino in a bloody Ladder match for the ECW World Heavyweight title. All three men took some hard bumps, but in the end, Sandman managed to reach the top and get the title, becoming the new champion.
After the match, all three men shook hands, before Da’ Baldies suddenly come out and began brawling with Corino and Credible, the four men brawl to the back, leaving The Sandman in the ring, celebrating his victory. But he isn’t able to celebrate for long, as Rhino runs out the back and attacks the already tired Sandman. In a fit of rage, Rhino asked why he was the ECW TV Champion when the company didn’t even have any TV, and challenged Sandman to a title match right then and there. Coming off a brutal ladder match, Sandman refused to do it, until Rhino threatened to kill his family, who were in attendance. Needless to say, The Sandman had no choice, and he told the ref to “ring the fuckin’ belt”.
As tired as he was, Sandman was easily dominated by Rhino, who hit him with all of his big moves. After goring Sandman through a table, and piledriving him TWICE, Rhino was able to get the pinfall and become the NEW ECW World Heavyweight Champion! But the shenanigans were not yet over, as after the match, Cyrus ran out and challenged ANYBODY in the back to try and take the title away from Rhino. And for a few seconds, it seemed that nobody would have the balls to do so....until out the back came the “Whole Fuckin’ Show” Rob Van Dam, who had not appeared in ECW for several months!
Cyrus and Rhino did not expect RVD of all people to answer their challenge, but it seemed like the match-up would happen anyways. However, as Van Dam walked towards the ring, he was suddenly blindsided by his old rival Jerry Lynn, prompting an impromptu match between the two men.
Rob Van Dam def. Jerry Lynn to win his return match to ECW. Cyrus tried to interfere, but he was taken out by Joel Gertner, who he has a storied rivalry with. This allowed RVD to nail Lynn with the Van Terminator leading to the pinfall.
Right after the match-up, the camera goes to the back one last time, to Steve Corino and Justin Credible. They cut a short promo, ending in them deciding to team up, and become The New Impact Players, and Guilty as Charged 2001 ends with the image of the two men shaking hands.
“Confederate Currency” Chris Hamrick
‘The Enforcer’ CW Anderson
Danny Doring (ECW Tag Team Champion)
‘Little’ Guido Maritato
‘The New F’n Show’ Jerry Lynn
‘Not Just The Coolest, Not Just The Best’ Justin Credible
‘The Man Beast’ Rhino (ECW World Champion and ECW TV Champion)
Roadkill (ECW Tag Team Champion
‘The Whole F’n Show’ Rob Van Dam
‘The Hardcore Icon’ Sandman
‘Little’ Spike Dudley
‘King of Old School’ Steve Corino
‘Japanese Buzzsaw’ Tajiri
‘The Innovator of Violence’ Tommy Dreamer
‘Manager of Champions’ Bill Alfonso (Manages Rob Van Dam)
Cyrus ‘The Virus’ (Manages Jerry Lynn, Rhino and Da’ Baldies)
Dawn Marie (Manages Simon Diamond)
Elektra (Manages Chris Hamrick, EZ Money, and Julio Dinero)
‘Queen of Extreme’ Francine (Manages Justin Credible)
Jack Victory (Manages Steve Corino)
Lou E. Dangerously (Manages Chris Chetti)
Paul Heyman (Owner of ECW; Does not have active on-screen role)
‘Big’ Sal E. Graziano (Manages Guido Maritato and Tony Mamaluke)
Sinister Minister (Manages Mikey Whipwreck and Tajiri)
Tag Teams and Stables:
Christian York & Joey Matthews
Da Baldies (Spanish Angel and Tony Devito)
Danny Doring & Roadkill
F.B.I. (Guido Maritato, Sal E. Graziano, and Tony Mamaluke)
Hot Commodity (Chris Hamrick, Elektra, EZ Money, and Julio Dinero)
New Impact Players (Francine, Jack Victory, Justin Credible, and Steve Corino)
Simon Diamond & Johnny Swinger
The Network (Cyrus, Jerry Lynn, and Rhino)
Unholy Alliance (Mikey Whipwreck, Sinister Minister, and Tajiri)