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post #31 of 73 (permalink) Old 07-25-2012, 09:08 AM
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great show Szu

Excellent start by making Lynn no compete, gives him all that immediate heat and two ECW favourites going one on one would need some interference to give a clear winner as CW cost Dreamer but RVD was the better option

Was really hoping the FBI would lose, but in the future I can see York and Matthews taking the belts from either Doring/Roadkill or The FBI, they have a promising future

Hopefully you werent trolling me, cant see your guy being Mike Awesome, more likely to be Sabu, its possible that WWF and WCW wouldnt be too keen on his style, so going home is the ideal way

Surprised that Crazy lost but glad Credible won, what for Credible next is a big question, seems to be stuck in a rut with the expected Lynn/RVD, Dreamer/Anderson and possibly Rhyno/New Guy feuds, maybe have him fight with Sandman

The main event was a good efective match, most expected Sandman to lose first because it was the right thing to do. And keeping Rhyno with the World title was definitely the best decision, he was the hottest thing around in early 2001

Great pay-per-view Szu and looking forwar to the first episode of Extreme TV
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JAM's Review

First things first, it's great to have you back in the section Szumi. I know the section could really use all the veteran guys to come back. Plus, I wasn't around when you were on top around here so it'd be cool to follow your thread. I'm really not familiar with ECW back in it's original days but I have watched some episodes from YouTube so if I'm faulty at some things, you know the reason. I'll only be commenting on the stuff that I know of so that it'll be a helpful review. Well, here we go!

This stuff with Heyman and the mystery financial backer is good stuff. I like that you're keeping us glued to your show and not just by the wrestling but with the overall story you're trying to tell her. I'm thinkin' maybe the star Heyman doesn't wanna sign is Jericho maybe? Could be realistic since I'm sure Jericho is a big star and may have that conflict with Heyman and ECW in the past. If not, then ohwell, it's still an interesting concept nonetheless.

Interesting stuff that you don't have Lynn compete here. Lynn's definitely main event worthy so he has a logical gripe here. But still, I think he should've competed since it gave him a chance at the titles. Especially since his rival, RVD, is in the match as well, I would've thought that Lynn would want to do anything possible to prevent RVD from winning any title. But anyway, you can definitely elevate Lynn in this way now that he's boycotting matches until he's in the main event. Will be lookin' forward to this one.

As for the match with RVD and Dreamer, I like how the weapons were brought out early on. RVD's deadly with a chair and he showed it here but Dreamer is as deadly with any weapon that he possesses. The work they did outside the ring was fun to read and was really descriptive so it was easy to imagine here. Two Spicolli Drivers!? I thought that would be enough to take RVD down but interference with CW Anderson happens and it leads to an RVD win. I think it kind of made RVD look a little weak after having all that success with the chair at his disposal. But still, a win is a win, and RVD advances, just like I thought he would. So Anderson/Dreamer continues huh? I know that they had an “I Quit” match, so maybe their next one has to be a step farther in stipulation, maybe a Loser Leaves ECW Match?

With the talent that you've showcased on this PPV, it's clear to me that you could have a decent Crusierweight Division. You got guys like Super Crazy, Psychosis, Little Guido, and others that you probably haven't showcased yet. I'm a big fan of the Crusierweight Division so I'm hoping that it comes to fruition a little later on, maybe on your next show.

Really good match for the main event. That Frog Splash on the tables spot was pretty sick and it would've gotten me fired up as well. I laughed at when you had Sandman “drunk.” I occasionally think if that does really happen since his entrance needs the beer to be complete. I really didn't expect a clean finish and that's exactly what we got. Rhino's reign as ECW Champion isn't over and that was the right move. However, I do feel that Jerry Lynn wasted his opportunity earlier in the night when he didn't fight. Seems like he's a lackey for Rhino, which I don't think would be right since he's pretty talented. He'll probably feud with RVD for the title for a while and then move on to bigger things.

Overall, it was a pretty good Pay-Per-View. Again, I said I would only comment on the matches and segments with the superstars that I know, so I hope this wasn't a total waste of time of a read. Will be seeing how all this continues. Keep at it man!

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I would like to give a big thanks to those that gave me feedback on the show. I am sorry if anyone here is expecting review-for-review, but I cannot give out a lot of feedback. I will try, but it probably will won't happen. Sorry lads :P With that said, I am grateful for all of your feedback

And as for Jerry Lynn, he isn't a lackey for Rhino, but they are teammates, so he's going to help him out

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"You ready for tonight?"

Paul Heyman: "It's a moment I've been waiting for, for far too long now. This, is the moment when we finally get a TV show that may actually support us!"

Mutual laughter is shared between the two men.

???: "You just gotta remember it's a business, Paulie. Remember the debacle that was TNN. No matter how you view ECW, the networks - the suits - are going to look at this company differently. Yeah, USA is giving you a huge opportunity, and yeah they're giving you one hell of a deal here, but if you don't meet their demands - if you take things too far, as no offense, you tend to do sometimes - they'll cut you. If USA drops ECW, those executives won't blink an eye or lose any sleep. They'll find other shows, other ways to make money."

Paul Heyman: "What are you trying to tell me?"

???: "You already know what I'm saying. You've known about this since the very moment you decided to sign on with USA over the deal Showtime had for you. When you go on national TV, you cannot continue to do some of the things that ECW has done in the past. At least not on TV, of course. The USA Network is not going to allow our wrestlers to be dropping F bombs left and right. Censoring words is all well and good, but the promo's aren't going to have any effect if half the words are bleeped out."

Paul Heyman: "I have learned from past mistakes, don't you worry. I had the choice between USA and Showtime, remember? I had to choose between keeping ECW what has been for years, and go to a network that wouldn't ensure our future, or choose USA. By choosing USA, I knew I would have to tone down some of what has made ECW what it is, and I'm doing it for my company's survival."

???: "Critics will be critics. Some will bash ECW for toning it down a bit."

Paul Heyman: "And I say, fucking let 'em. This TV deal isn't going to turn us into a WWF-lite or a WCW-lite. We're still going to be Extreme Championship Wrestling! There will be hardcore wrestling, there will be pure, excellent wrestling. There will be blood. There will be tables, and chairs, and any kind of weapon anyone wants to have. There will be profanity. There will be violence. It will be... extreme."

???: "I do believe there is a market for this product, Paul. People will love what ECW has to offer, like they always have. But you must remember the very thin line we are walking on here. One wrong step... and this company could be dead."

Paul Heyman: "And that's why I already got a plan."

He couldn't see Paul Heyman, but the investor knew Heyman well enough to know the owner of ECW had a trademark evil grin on his face. And when Heyman has that look on his face, it means one thing: business is about to pick up.


Extreme TV Preview: After almost six months of going without a national TV deal, Extreme Championship Wrestling is back, and on the USA Network! After just barely surviving Living Dangerously with his ECW World Title - and having lost the TV Title to Rob Van Dam - 'The Man Beast' Rhino will defend the ECW World Title against the face of ECW, 'The Innovator of Violence' Tommy Dreamer! And speaking of the new TV Champion, Mr. Extreme himself, Rob Van Dam, will start his new reign of a title he once held for almost two years with a title defense against 'El Insane Luchadore' Super Crazy! With appearances also by former ECW World Champions Sandman and Justin Credible, Spike Dudley, ECW Tag Team Champions Danny Doring and Roadkill, Mikey Whipwreck, Nova, and the Full Blooded Italians, it is time for the USA Network to be taken to the... extreme!


ECW on USA: Extreme TV

Just as the clock prepares to turn to 10 PM Eastern Standard Time, a warning appears on the screen to highlight the graphic material that is about to be on display on the television. Viewer discretion is advised.

No opening, no flashy pyrotechnics, or anything of the sort. Instead, it is the figure of a lone man, standing in a hallway, in a front of a very bland looking wall with a tarp that reads the letters of E C W.

Joey Styles: Hello and good evening. Ladies and gentlemen, men and women, boys and girls... allow me to just say, welcome. Welcome once again to Extreme Championship Wrestling. It has been almost six long months since we were last on cable TV, so in case you have forgotten who I am, my name is Joey Styles, and I am the Voice of ECW. Those three letters are not just a name, a brand, or a company; ECW is a lifestyle, a way of thinking, a revolution. For the next hour, that is what will be on display for your viewing pleasure - a hardcore revolution. You see, at Extreme Championship Wrestling, we're going to make sure we deliver to you fans, wrestling. We're going to make sure we deliver to you fans, entertainment. We are a modern day success story, the Little Engine That Could. At ECW, we never say die. We never say quit. We keep going, day in and day out, to provide the best extreme wrestling that we can possibly deliver. And now, it has all come to this. Extreme Championship Wrestling on the USA Network - a network that doesn't promote shows like RollerJam as the best thing television has to offer! For everyone at ECW, I would like to personally say to the folks at USA Network, and to all of our fans watching us now... we say, thank you. Thank you for keeping the ECW dream alive, and thank you for making tonight possible. So without further ado, it is time for everyone to join the hardcore revolution, and sit back as we take you to... the extreme!

The show then quickly fades to black before "This is Extreme" plays in sequence with a new look opening video. A lot of current and former ECW stars are highlighted, although there is no inclusion of current WWF stars like Taz(z), Raven, and the Dudley Boyz. Finally, we go "live" to the Hammerstein Ballroom where over 2,000 fans are excited as ever for the ECW debut on the USA Network, and the return of Extreme Championship Wrestling to national TV!

Joey Styles is up in the Nest to provide solo commentary, and the mouth of ECW continues to hype up the company's history and 'extreme lifestyle' as right away the tune of "Walk" by Pantera/Kilgore hits, sending the New York crowd into an absolute frenzy as the new, and once again, ECW Television Champion, The Whole Fuckin' Show, Mr. Extreme and Mr. Friday Night himself, Rob Van Dam, comes walking out from the back, his annoying yet lovable manager, Bill Alfonso, in tow. We're going to get directly under way with wrestling, according to Joey Styles, and ring announcer Stephen DeAngelis announces to the capacity crowd that this match will be for RVD's newly won TV Title. Because hey, what better way to kick off your debut TV show with the TV Title being defended? By the company's biggest star, no less! As RVD gets into the ring and plays to the crowd with his usual taunts, "Roadhouse Blues" by the Doors brings out El Insane Luchadore, Super Crazy! The acrobatic daredevil sprints out from the back and dives into the ring from underneath the bottom rope, and also plays to the crowd. Face vs. face to kick off the brand new Extreme TV!

Rob Van Dam (c) (w/Bill Alfonso) vs. Super Crazy
ECW Television Championship

A hand shake starts the first match off, but a collar and elbow tie-up is the first real 'action.' How thrilling. The two men quickly show everyone watching at home that ECW is not just a spot fest stunt show, going through several series of chain wrestling. The two men quickly go hold-for-hold, transitioning out of waist locks, arm wrenches, and the like, before working their way into seated and prone positions on the canvas. It's a lot of fast action, and Joey Styles has a hard time to keep up with the quick escapes and reversals put on display by the two men. The drawn out series ends when RVD, on his back on the canvas, wiggles his way out of a side head lock before kipping up to his feet, fists out in shoot position, just as Super Crazy springs up to his feet in the same position. It's El Stand Off, and the crowd loves the excellent work rate they just saw, giving the two men a round of applause for their efforts.

The action goes to a more conventional ECW approach soon after, and that means with these two, the high flying is about to begin. Rob Van Dam starts to get an advantage on Super Crazy with a barrage of strikes, but Super Crazy comes off the ropes after a whip and sends RVD to the canvas with a tilt-a-whirl head scissors take down before hitting a spring board back elbow off the second rope. RVD gets his own offense in, catching a Crazy kick and countering it with his step over wheel kick, while also hitting the Rolling Thunder after one of his signature monkey flips. The action has to spill over to the outside at one point, and that it does when Rob Van Dam heads up top, only for Super Crazy to telegraph RVD's high flying intentions but shoving Van Dam off the top turnbuckle, sending him flying to the outside where he crashes chin first onto the steel guard rail! If that didn't draw a loud enough "EC-Dub" chant, Super Crazy guarantees a good chant when he hops from the apron to the top rope, spring boards while facing the ring, and hits a 360 degree corkscrewing moonsault to the standing RVD!

After a down period of recovery, Super Crazy works over Van Dam on the outside with a lot of punches and kicks. El Insane Luchadore tries to spring board again, this time off of the guard rail, with a hurricanrana maneuver. It backfires however, as RVD catches Crazy on his shoulders, and scores with a sit-out power bomb, right onto one of the protective mats at ringside required by the state of New York. RVD rolls Super Crazy back into the ring, while RVD hops up to the top turnbuckle. Once Crazy gets up to his feet, Van Dam flies again, connecting with a side crescent kick to the jaw! Down goes Crazy, and RVD follows it up with a quick split-legged moonsault from the third turnbuckle as well! Cover, but Super Crazy kicks out before the three! It's not to be for Super Crazy though, as despite his resilience, the match ends moments later when Fonzie, who has been blowing his whistle erratically throughout the match, tosses RVD a steel chair. Mr. Extreme tosses it to Super Crazy, who catches it, and eats a Van Daminator! With Super Crazy down, RVD makes sure he is out too, as he hops up top... and connects with the Five Star Frog Splash! Cover, and referee Jim Molineux counts to three! Rob Van Dam retains the ECW Television Title in a hot opening affair!

Rob Van Dam def. Super Crazy to retain ECW Television Championship

"Walk" plays again throughout the Ballroom as Rob Van Dam gets up to his feet and is handed the title belt that he once held for almost two full years. As Fonzie gets onto the apron to join in on the celebrations with his client, he starts to sound off on his whistle with a shrill, and frantically points to behind his friend. Diving into the ring behind Rob Van Dam is his long time nemesis, 'The New F'n Show' Jerry Lynn! Lynn goes in for the sneak attack, but thanks to the help of the Fonz, RVD knows what is coming, and quickly turns around, ready for Lynn and in fight mode! The face actually foiling a sneak attack catches Lynn by complete surprise, and despite his fists raised for combat, the New F'n Show backs off a few steps, the two men staring each other down, nothing but complete hatred in the two men's eyes. Neither man dares to make a move as the two stare each other down, the crowd chanting a somewhat censored "Fuck Him Up, Van Dam, Fuck Him Up!" The two men continue to stare each other down for a few more moments before Lynn smirks ever so slightly and rolls out of the ring before walking backwards along the entrance aisle, his eyes never straying away from Rob Van Dam. As the whole encounter goes down, Styles does an excellent job to hype the long standing feud between the two, as well as mentioning the fact that Lynn cost RVD the ECW World Title just this past Sunday on pay per view at Living Dangerously.

Introducing the Heart and Soul of ECW... A Loser

After a commercial break, the focus is back again on Joey Styles, who does the voice over for a recap of ECW's PPV this past Sunday, Living Dangerously. The main points hyped by Styles are the continuance of the feud between Jerry Lynn and Rob Van Dam, with Lynn costing RVD the chance to become the ECW World Champion, and the interference of CW Anderson in the match's opener, resulting in Anderson costing Tommy Dreamer the chance to compete for Rhino's World and TV Titles. After another round of hyping the ECW product and Living Dangerously, which can be ordered on replay for any ECW fans still interested, the show cuts to the back for a pre-taped segment. The man in the back is the longest serving wrestler in ECW, the heart and soul of the company, the Innovator of Violence, Tommy Dreamer. The New York native is dressed to compete in his EC F'nW shirt and track pants. Despite the high stakes on the line tonight, the veteran looks cool under pressure, but there is certainly an intense, focused look in his eyes presently.

Tommy Dreamer: ...I have been in this company for nine years - nine years. My blood, my sweat, and my tears have all been shed inside an ECW ring... day after day, month after month, year after year. I stood in that ring and got Caned by the Sandman! I spent two years being humiliated and embarrassed by Raven, made a mockery of countless times! I was the one who stood up for this company when Jerry Lawler tried to make this company out to be a piece of *shit*! I have had my bones broken - I literally busted my nuts working for this company! ...And yet, through all of this, through the nine incredible years of torture... I have been the ECW World Champion for just 30 whole *fuckin'* minutes!

Dreamer has to stop, fuming at perhaps his own incompetency.

Tommy Dreamer: The same night I won that ECW World Title belt... I lost it. Despite all of my memorable matches and rivalries, I have been the epitome of failure. I needed two years to defeat one man. I needed eight to win the biggest title in this company. I...have been...a FAILURE!

The anger is flooding out of Dreamer at this point.

Tommy Dreamer: Tonight is supposed to be a huge night for this company. Everyone thought that this company was a dead fish. But my heart never stopped beating! The blood that continued to run through my veins still said, "E-C-W." People have called me the heart and soul of this company... and they are right. I am the heart and soul of ECW! And I kept beating - I didn't die - and that is why there is still an ECW tonight! Because of people like Tommy Dreamer! Paul Heyman! Joey Styles! Rob Van Dam! We made this company what it is! And tonight, on national TV, with all of America watching - here on the USA Network - I am going to finally take the chance to carry this company on my back and be a real ECW World Heavyweight Champion.

The anger of Dreamer starts to be replaced by confidence.

Tommy Dreamer: If my dream is going to become a reality, then I know for a fact that I am going to need help. There is only one man that I need help from, and that one man, is the same person who cost me my chance for the World Title less than a week ago; the same man who I defeated in January in an I Quit match - I'm talking about CW Anderson.

His new rival needs to help him?

Tommy Dreamer: You see, it is very simple. CW Anderson, you and me, we don't like each other. I get that. I don't like you, and you damn sure showed that you hate me this past Sunday when you cost me a chance at the World Title at Living Dangerously. But CW, let me just tell you this: stay out of my way tonight, for both of us. You and me, we'll fight anotha' day, you can bet on that. But if you stay clear tonight - give me a chance against Rhino, one on one - I will end tonight as the new ECW World Champion. And then, Anderson, when you come lookin' for a fight with me again, it ain't going to be about whose best. It'll be about the biggest prize in this company - the ECW World Title.

Dreamer gives Anderson a look that pretty much says, 'Listen to what I'm saying; I'm right. Dreamer starts to walk away, but then returns for one last line.

Tommy Dreamer: Hey Anderson... think about it.

With that, Dreamer walks off, and the pre-taped segment ends, sending us back to ringside, and just in time for the techno remix of "Stayin' Alive", which brings out the heel contingent of the Full Blooded Italians. Little Guido and Sal E. Graziano goad the New York fans, who somehow aren't cheering for the Little Italy based faction. Weird. Tony Mamaluke, for his part, lacks the presence to do anything but make an entrance really. The FBI's antics only ensure that the chants of "Where's My Pizza? Sal E Ate It!" are fired up by the Hammerstein Ballroom crowd. The fans start to cheer though as AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" brings out 'Little' Spike Dudley, as well as his partners for the evening, the reigning ECW Tag Team Champions, 'Dastardly' Danny Doring and 'Amish' Roadkill. Doring looks cocky as ever as the flamboyant half of the Tag Champs struts down the entrance aisle, while Roadkill and Spike also are sure to keep the New York crowd hot. Once in the ring, Spike and Guido stay in the ring, and referee Danny Daniels calls for the bell.

Full Blooded Italians vs. Spike Dudley and Danny Doring & Roadkill

Little Guido and Spike start the match going hold-for-hold out of a tie-up, and much to the chagrin of the Queens crowd, it is Guido who schools the runt of the Dudley litter, out classing Spike with his incredible technical wrestling ability. It helps give the FBI an early advantage, as Guido is able to transition in submission holds to wear down Dudley. The FBI caps off their early momentum when Guido gets behind Dudley and hooks him up for a tiger suplex, and Tony Mamaluke flies off the top turnbuckle, hitting Dudley with a drop kick while Guido lifts Spike up and drops him on his neck with the tiger suplex! Mamaluke's interjection was completely illegal, but hey, this is ECW. Guido covers after the combo, but Dudley, ever a resilient one, gets a shoulder up. The dirty tactics of the FBI infuriates the Tag Champs on the apron, and Roadkill drops off the apron and grabs weapons, setting up two tables on top of each other on the outside, and then setting up an additional table on another side of the ringside area. I'm sure they'll come into play later.

The ring action goes from side to side in terms of advantage, as all three of the faces enter the ring at one point, while Big Sal and his fat posterior stays out of the match for the FBI. The FBI end up doing a number on Danny Doring after Tony Mamaluke escapes out of a Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am attempt and scores with a swinging DDT. However, the cocky Doring doesn't stay down for too long, as he is able to eventually reverse a whip from Little Guido, sending the Sicilian into Tony Mamaluke on the apron, bumping Mamaluke to the ringside floor while Maritato goes down. Roadkill is then tagged in for the face team, while Sal is forced to be tagged in by Guido. The two big behemoths get into a brawl with each other in the middle of the ring, something the crowd loves, especially because it results in the Angry Amish Warrior laying a beating into Big Sal. Roadkill's big right hands gets the Italian bodyguard reeling into the ropes, and after a whip into the ropes, Big Sal eats a huge rotating power slam from Roadkill! How that didn't just break the ring is beyond me! It causes Big Sal to roll under the ropes to the apron, and a tag for Mamaluke. However, Guido enters the ring as well, and it causes mayhem. The 3 on 2 advantage for the faces means they quickly mow through Guido and Mamaluke, beating the two down before going spotty. Danny Doring, in an impressive feat of strength, picks up Tony Mamaluke in a military press position, walks over to the ropes, chucks him over the top rope and to the outside, and through a table! That gets the famous three letter chant going, but it's not done there. As Big Sal gets up to his feet on the apron, Roadkill runs off the opposite ropes before bumping him with a running shoulder block, sending Graziano flying through the air and through the two stacked tables! "ECW! ECW!" From there, Little Guido is left to be killed, as Roadkill whips him off the ropes before lifting him into the air for a flapjack... and Spike Dudley rips a page out of his brothers book, pulling Guido down for the 3D! Dudley Death Drop! Spike covers Guido, even though neither of the two are the legal men - and it's an easy one, two, three, and the faces are the winners!

Spike Dudley and Danny Doring & Roadkill def. the Full Blooded Italians

As "Highway to Hell" plays over the PA system after the match, Doring and Roadkill collect their Tag Belts and hoist them into the air while the three faces celebrate their victory. Joey Styles, in full hype mode tonight to try and get the ECW product over with any new fans, hypes up the potential and promise of the tag team of Doring and Roadkill, mentioning despite their youth, they have been a team for over three years and have ascended to the top of the tag team ranks in ECW. As Styles continues his shill, the show takes another break.

Orange Juice With a Little Pulp (Fiction)

When Extreme TV returns, it is to pre-taped vignettes. The very first man shown is one of the icon's of ECW, Sandman. The Sandman takes a puff of a cigarette before chugging three Budweiser's before saying anything.

Sandman: For those of you who don't know who I am, all you need to know is that I'm the Sandman, and I'm the biggest single icon in this company's history! For close to a decade, I've been at the top of this company, winning World Title after World Title after World Title! I've done all there is to do in ECW, but as you can see, I'm still thirsty for more!

And so Sandman chugs another beer before crushing it over his head.

Sandman: I've been the ECW World Champion five times! Five times! I'm the big shot! This past Sunday, I had a chance to regain the World Title I lost to Rhino in January, and I admit, I blew it! But guess what!? Rhino! Cyrus! This ain't over! It ain't over by a long shot! The Sandman is coming, and he ain't gonna stop until he's back on top of ECW! So be warned, Rhino! Sandman's comin', and you're gonna get caned!

Sandman then picks up his trademark Singapore Cane and starts bashing it against the wall, not stopping until the cane has broken into pieces. The segment then cuts to a new scene, one that features Simon Diamond, Dawn Marie, and Johnny Swinger.

Simon Diamond: ...Simon has a problem! You see, I know for a fact that the people watching at home on the USA Network are sitting on their couch, watching - waiting - for yours truly, Simon Diamond! I am what the people come to see! And it's all because you people want to be... me! I have the hottest girlfriend in the world, a best friend who has my back, and then... there's me. I am the greatest wrestler in ECW, and obviously the best looking one too. And yet, Simon doesn't get live TV time!? That is a problem for Simon, but need not forget, I am your resident problem solver! So next week, fear not fan boys, because Simon Diamond will be live, in the ring, and making an impact for everyone to see, on the USA Network!

Diamond puts his hand on his chin while flashing a devious smirk, while Dawn rubs his arm and Swinger just stands there like a lackey should do. Cut away to the next promo, and it's former ECW World Champion Mikey Whipwreck! The man who turned his back on the Unholy Alliance this past Sunday at Living Dangerously looks a new man, no longer dressing like a bum, his long hair cut short, and that bad looking red colored hair has been dyed back to its normal shade of brown.

Mikey Whipwreck: This past Sunday at Living Dangerously, live on pay per view, I finally cut ties with men who held me back. Tajiri and the Sinister Minister, you are two men who kept a former ECW World Champion stuck fighting for co-glory, for titles shared not by one person, but two. Well let me tell you somethin': I am DONE obsessing over the occult and evil worshiping! Sinister Minister, you may be some evil wizard hell bent on death and destruction, by I'm not! I'm only focused on one thing, and one thing only, and that is winning back the honor and prestige that I used to have! I have come too damn far to be some piece of crap reading out of spell books and teaming up with some stupid Japanese punk that doesn't understand a damn word I say! Next week on Extreme TV, I'm going to introduce to the world the NEW and the IMPROVED Michael Whipwreck! I am no joke, people! Laugh at me if you dare, but for those who stand against me, you will be... wrecked!

Well, it was certainly a cheesy ending, but hey, not everybody can be a Ric Flair, Mikey. Time for the fourth promo, and standing in a garage looking setting is 'Nasty' Nova.

Nova: As everyone goes through life, they move though different stages of how they live. Most people will change jobs, buy and sell houses, get new cars, the whole ordeal. Well my life in ECW has been like a lifespan for a person's whole life. I've been a joke in this company! I dressed up like members of KISS. I've been Hollywood Nova, parodying the lives of other stars. I've been a lackey for others. And I've been a friend, and I've been an enemy. You see, for the longest time, I had a tag team partner, and friend, by the name of Chris Chetti. But friend became foe, and we became enemies. However, I have proven I am no longer some piece of comedy fodder, I'm the real deal! I am a professional wrestler, and a damn good one at that! When it's time to get nasty, you can count on Nova! Just ask Chris Chetti. When we put our jobs on the line, I defeated Chris Chetti, and sent him packing from ECW. The loser left town.

Well, not really, as he returned at Guilty as Charged right away. But I guess that's being forgotten about?

Nova: And despite the screw job efforts of Chetti to get back into ECW, it's not happening! Chetti's history! And now, it is time for Nova to continue his evolution. This past Sunday, I wrestled one heck of a match at Living Dangerously, and I lost. But you know what? I'm okay with that. Because losing... has only made me hungrier for success. I'm a new man, ECW! I'm not going to sit back and be anyone's joker anymore! This is a new era for ECW on the USA Network, and you're going to all remember it as the era of Nova! 'Cause when I get back into that ring, it's gonna be time... to get nast'ay!

Nova throws his arms up into a pose of some sort, and we cut to our final pre-taped promo, and much like Sandman and Whipwreck, is a man who is a former ECW World Heavyweight Champion. He's not just the coolest. He's not just the best. He's Justin Credible.

Justin Credible: I think it shows just what kind of company ECW is when it refuses to put its hottest star live on the debut of the most hardcore wrestling show there is! I’m a frickin’ former ECW World Champion, people!

Frickin’? He’s hardcore! He’s hardcore!

Justin Credible: The worst part about this disgrace? It’s exactly what I have come to expect in ECW! You can’t count on nobody but yourself! I spent several years in this company, and every person who I once looked to as someone who would stand by me... has left me in the dust! The Impact Players, remember that name? That name was once synonymous with the best tag team in ECW, but not anymore! Lance Storm, gone for the money! Steve Corino, he was supposed to join me. We were supposed to run this company, however we saw fit! BUT GUESS AGAIN!

He’s having the platform to voice a lot of pent up anger, and that’s exactly what Credible is doing.

Justin Credible: There are no Impact Players! There is no team! There is only an I! I’m the Lone Impact Player! Thee Impact Player! There is only the coolest! There is only the best! There is only... Just..In..Credible!

A hard, angry stare into the camera from Credible ends the segment as the show cuts to another break.

You Can't Be Called The Network When You're Not A Part of It

When ECW’s Extreme TV returns, it is to the faction formerly called The Network already in the ring, Cyrus holding a microphone, attempting to speak, but being cut off by chants of “Fuck You, Cyrus” and “You’re A Homo!” Those chants, of course, are censored by the network. Uh oh, Paul, don’t get angry! Eventually, Cyrus is able to address the crowd and the viewing fans.

Cyrus: Just look at all these troglodytes filling this arena!

And of course, that gets the angry crowd even more, well, angry.

Cyrus: Tonight, I am not going to address any of these half-brained nitwits in this arena. Oh no! Tonight, I am here to speak to those who are watching me right now from the confines of their couch, watching this show on the USA Network as we speak. To those people, I am here tonight to speak to you in the hopes that you are not like these mongoloids and filth standing before me. I hope that you people watching at home recognize class and talent when you see it! Because these people, these pieces of crap I keep having to look at, do not understand!

More jeers towards Cyrus and his boys.

Cyrus: Tonight, I should be standing here tonight a broken and bitter man. I was once the proud executive of the network that used to air ECW programming. It was because of me that ECW was once canceled, and if things go my way, I will once again become the head of the USA Network, and be allowed to run ECW the way I see fit! It is only a matter of time until Cyrus, Jerry Lynn, and Rhino are in command of this company!

No surprise that the ECW faithful aren’t a fan of that.

Cyrus: To the viewers watching at home, allow me to introduce to you the two greatest wrestlers that has ever come out of the crappy bingo hall from Philadelphia - the NEW F’n Show, Jerry Lynn, and the ECW World Heavyweight Champion, my Man Beast... RHINO!

The two men taunt, and the crowd boo.

Cyrus: Earlier tonight, you already saw this man to my right, Mister Lynn. This man is hands down, pound for pound, the most proficient, all-around greatest, professional wrestler today! And yet, despite all of his talents, he continues to be treated like your everyday curtain jerker! This company does not support Jerry Lynn. Instead, this company, much like all these mindless pawns and fiends in the audience, supports the *mocking voice* “Whole F’n Show.. Rob Van Dam.”

Cyrus looks on disgust as the crowd cheers RVD’s name.

Cyrus: Well to the viewing fans at home, I hope that you have the same kind of dignity and respect that I do, and support this man, Jerry Lynn! This is the man who, alongside Rhino, is the face of ECW! Not men like RVD! Not men like the Sandman! And not men like Tommy Dreamer!

All those men get cheers. It infuriates Rhino, who snatches the microphone from Cyrus.

Rhino: Are you done yet!?

Cyrus looks stunned by Rhino’s boldness.

Rhino: While I agree with every single word you say, I’m not here tonight to launch a campaign - Lynn versus Van Dam. I am here tonight, to HURT! TO INJURE! TO KILL!

Rhino pulls at his hair and growls.

Rhino: TOMMY DREAMER!! These people love and adore you! WELL I DON’T! I hate your frickin’ guts! People think of ECW, and they think of you. BUT NOT ANYMORE! NOT AFTER TONIGHT! I’m the new face of ECW! I’m the most dominant force in wrestling today! So Dreamer! Get your ass out here..RIGHT NOW! ECW Title on the line, you and me! I’m tired of waiting for the main event! It starts now! Tonight marks the end of Tommy Dreamer, the Extreme Icon, and marks the beginning of the Man Beast! The Era..of...*growling* RRRRRHHINNOO!

Rhino slams the microphone down to the canvas, pulls at his hair, and yells for Dreamer to come on and get out here. It doesn’t take long for the response to come as “Man in the Box” by Alice in Chains fills the Hammerstein Ballroom, bringing out the face of ECW, the heart and soul of ECW, the Innovator of Violence, Tommy Dreamer! As Dreamer makes his entrance, the show cuts to its final commercial break, so the viewing audience doesn’t have to go through all of his entrance and the pre-match formalities.

Rhino (c) (w/Cyrus) vs. Tommy Dreamer
ECW World Championship

The bell rings as soon as the show returns from commercial break, and we are under way in our main event! It is no surprise that the two don’t go the route of a tie-up or anything classy - this is going to be a straight up brawl. Right away the two men charge at each other and rock the house with thundering rights and lefts, the crowd immediately getting into the brawl. In contrast to the opener on the card, this match doesn’t need technical wrestling and aerial combat. Instead, the company’s face and champion go to show what the other message of ECW is about - hardcore wrestling. The action spills outside within a minute, and after reversing a whip and sending Rhino into the guardrail, Tommy Dreamer introduces the USA Network to hardcore wrestling with the crowd. Dreamer has a fan in the front row hold his steel chair up high, allowing Dreamer to smash Rhino’s face into it! As Rhino staggers back, Dreamer then takes the chair, throws it at Rhino, putting Rhino’s head through the chair! Oh, yeah, you know - “EC-Dub! EC-Dub!”

Tables and other weapons come into play, as Dreamer sets up a table at ringside before getting into the crowd and having two fans help him out by setting up a table in the audience. And just because, a table is slid into the ring as well. Tommy Dreamer grabs a frying pan from underneath the ring, tries to brain Rhino with it, but the Man Beast counters with a kick to the mid-section before taking the weapon and hitting Dreamer across the face with it! Dreamer staggers backwards, and Rhino grabs him before throwing him over his head and releasing him into the air... with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex over the guardrail, into the crowd, and through the table! That’s not just an “ECW” chant, but also “Holy Shit! Holy Shit!” The two men brawl in the crowd for a few moments after the spot, the Man Beast kicking and beating on Dreamer, much to the delight of Cyrus and Rhino. Rhino eventually throws Dreamer over the guardrail and back into the ringside area, where he continues to punch and kick the crap out of Dreamer. The Man Beast keeps the action hardcore, braining Dreamer across the skull with a trash can before using the trash can lid to as a prop for when he drives Dreamer to the floor with a spinebuster! Hey, if the mat is on the ground, put a weapon over top of it! Rhino tries to break Dreamer in half as his beat down continues when he charges at Dreamer and looks for the GORE - but he misses! Rhino goes full sprint, but misses the Gore as Dreamer side steps the champion, sending the Man Beast running skull first into the steel guardrail! The Man Beast staggers away from the guardrail, clutching his head, still doubled over, right into the Dreamer DDT! Right onto the concrete floor! “ECW! ECW! ECW!”

After several moments of recuperating, Dreamer slowly rolls Rhino into the ring, enters the ring himself, and sets up the table slid into the ring earlier. Dreamer does Rhino a favor though it seems when he opts for setting it up in the corner of the ring, making one fear Dreamer will eat that table later. But for now, Tommy Dreamer instead whips Rhino into the turnbuckles and hits a vertical suplex as the Man Beast staggers back into the ring, scoring a two count from Mike Kehner. Tommy Dreamer wants to win his second ECW World Title, and calls for the end. He picks Rhino up onto his shoulders for the Spicolli Driver, but Rhino slips out. Dreamer blocks a right, kicks his opponent in the gut, lifts him up again for the Spicolli Driver, but again Rhino escapes! Rhino ducks a clothesline, and whips Dreamer into the corner where the table is positioned. Dreamer stops himself before going through the wood, turns... right into a GORE! GORE!! GORE!!! THROUGH THE TABLE!


The ECW Crowd is stunned into complete silence as Tommy Dreamer lays a wreck in the corner of the ring from the Gore, while Rhino stands and stares at the third man in the ring, the Man Beast absolutely stunned and shocked. Rhino shakes off the disbelief and charges this newcomer, but Rhino misses with a clothesline, takes a kick to the gut, is lifted off of his feet and onto the man’s shoulders... RUNNING POWERBOMB... OVER THE TOP ROPE TO THE OUTSIDE... AND THROUGH THE TABLE!!!

...it’s Mike Awesome! The former ECW World Champion, the man who tried to leave this company for WCW with the World Title belt, is standing in the middle of the ECW ring, and he has just destroyed Tommy Dreamer and Rhino! The jean-clad Awesome uses his index finger to write three letters in the air...


Before Awesome can do anything else, he is roughly tackled to the canvas! ECW security is on the scene, and three men just roughly tackled the hell out of the traitor from behind, bringing him down to the canvas. A fourth ECW security members sprints and dives into the ring, slapping on handcuffs as the three security members physically restrain Awesome in a prone position, his arms held behind his back. To his credit, Mike Awesome isn’t even struggling or trying to fight the crew. He’s simply laughing now. This New York crowd is still in complete disbelief at the arrival of a man many would call Judas. More security members are on the scene, and Awesome is dragged out of the ring and escorted out of the ringside area. As he is walked up the entrance aisle, there are over two dozen wrestlers and staff who have come out to the back to see just what in the hell is going on. At the front of the crew, is the Executive Producer and owner of ECW, Paul Heyman. Heyman, much like everyone else, is half-furious half-shocked at the unexpected and unannounced arrival of one of the men he hates the most in professional wrestling. The ECW wrestlers don’t dare do anything to Awesome as he is escorted to the back, and as Awesome is pushed past the stunned Heyman, he simply smirks at his former boss and says, “Hi, Paul.”

Rhino and Tommy Dreamer fight to a no contest; Rhino retains the ECW World Championship

As Awesome’s slow, drawn out escort from the ring continues, the show ends with Joey Styles talking from the Nest as the elements at ringside play out.

Joey Styles: Ladies and gentlemen, I wish I knew what exactly we are witnessing right now! This isn’t in the script! This isn’t how tonight was supposed to be! I don’t know what in the hell is going on! Mike Awesome, this guy isn’t in ECW! He’s not wanted here! He’s not welcomed here! We don’t like World Championship Wrestling - hell, we hate nothing more than WCW! There’s no affiliation between us, so I have no idea why Mike Awesome is in the Hammerstein Ballroom, and why he’s yelling “WCW” right now. Heck, who knows if there even is a WCW anymore! Last I heard, that was another McMahon corporation now! The look on the faces of these people in the crowd - the look on the face of Paul Heyman - says it all. Mike Awesome is not welcomed in ECW, and only Mike Awesome can explain how in the hell he got into this arena tonight! Fans, this is not how I anticipated the first ever Extreme TV on the USA Network ending, but we are out of time! Tune in next week to the USA Network for the second edition of Extreme TV! For everyone at ECW, so long!

However, despite the ending from Joey Styles, he still can’t help but say one last line.

Joey Styles: ...My God...Mike Awesome. How in the hell?

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World Championship Wrestling 2001 - The Trio Ownership
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Wow okay man, this first episode really was above and beyond. the PPV was good, but this is more to form.

First off Love the way you opened the show. Love it. Joey was in character and had a lot of passion in his voice. He really did speak for the rest of the locker room here. Great job.

RVD vs. Super Crazy was interesting choice for the opening match but it worked. ECW is one of the few Heel vs. Heel and Face vs. Face work. This match would have grabbed the readers attention. The RVD vs. Lynn feud writes itself.

Tommy Dreamers promo was amazing. Amazing. You really locked in the character here. I love his passion and how he is always one win away from being the guy but comes up short.

Six man tag was good. I understand wanting to have the Tag Champions on the show. Don't like Big Sal. Not a fan of Spike either. But you need the tag champs on the first show. I hope you rebuild the tag division in ECW.

Pulp Fiction Promos a staple of ECW and glad you went this route. Its a great way to get everyone on the show keep angles going with only an hour to work with. EWR will be bad for that keeping all the talent happy but its great creatively. Hope you push Simon Diamond and Dawn Marie

The Main event really made the show for me though. The entire set up for Mike Awesome...jesus man that was awesome. the WCW thing, makes you think maybe an invasion of some sort is about to happen. Hopefully with WCW dying knock knock on wood, and in EWR you can get Lance Storm to follow suit. Shane Douglas perhaps. Maybe Vampiro...Juvi...Rey...Kidman...

See angles like what you did with Mike Awesome really keep a reader ("Viewer") running in to see what happens next. Very Solid first show. I read you WCW TRIOS thread and it was awesome but I will say this show was much more tight and delivered more than you first Nitro in WCW.

Great job.

Keep them coming.
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Well this is all pretty unbelievable that you're even doing this again. But it's awesome. Good read man. I've read very little lately but this is worth the read even if you haven't written anything for 2 years. Good stuff Szum <3 Bye.
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ECW on USA: Extreme TV

Much like last week, the very opening of ECW's Extreme TV does not feature the theme music, or any special fireworks. It's one man, yet again, standing behind a generic tarp-covered wall. While last week brought us the Voice of ECW, tonight we are instead treated to the owner of ECW, the evil genius himself, Paul Heyman. And believe me when I say, he does not look happy.

Paul Heyman: Good evening ladies and gentlemen, and welcome, to Extreme Championship Wrestling's Extreme TV, right here on the USA Network. Most of you watching probably already know just who I am, but allow me to formally introduce myself to those who may not. My name is Paul Heyman, and I am the Executive Producer and proud owner of ECW. Me, I'm not like men like Eric Bischoff and Vince McMahon, I don't like to push my face all over the television screen and hog the precious minutes we have to air our product on myself. No, I leave the TV time to my wrestlers. But tonight, I am afraid that I must put myself out there for all to hear.

Heyman clears his throat before continuing.

Paul Heyman: Last week on Extreme TV, our USA network debut, our show didn't go according to plan. It went with a little hitch, if you will. Michael Alfonso, who you all know by the name of Mike Awesome, decided to find a way to sneak into the Hammerstein Ballroom and interrupt the main event match between Rhino and Tommy Dreamer for the ECW World Championship. Mister Awesome's interjection in that match was nothing I knew of, nothing anyone in ECW knew of, and nothing I ever would have wanted to witness. So to the ECW fans watching that match who were angry at the tainted finish to last week's show, I apologize. And to all of those who were offended by Mike Awesome's mentioning of the company he left ECW for - of the company he tried to take the ECW World Title to and throw it in the garbage, a la Alundra Blayze - I sincerely apologize. We at ECW have no affiliation whatsoever with the company formerly known as World Championship Wrestling. In fact, let me just say this one more time, for I have said it many times in my life: I hate World Championship Wrestling! I hate WCW! I hate men like Eric Bischoff, and I hate that many of the top talents in ECW were raided by WCW.

Stop shooting, Paulie!

Paul Heyman: Alas, I digress. The fact of the matter is, is that WCW is no longer an operating company. The company once known as WCW is now a McMahon-owned enterprise, and one of their many trademarks. Last week, by airing Mike Awesome mentioning the phrase "WCW" on television, I have been informed that we at ECW broke a World Wrestling Federation trademark, and for that, I would like to extend my apologies to the WWF and the McMahon family. After tonight, the name "WCW" will no longer be mentioned on Extreme TV, or any Extreme Championship Wrestling programming.

Heyman takes a deep breath because well, it's obvious he has no desire to say any of that.

Paul Heyman: Now as for Mike Awesome, allow me to just say this: you are not welcomed in ECW. I have no desire to do business with a man who turned his back on this company, who tried to publicly embarrass this company on national TV just one year ago. Mike Awesome, I hate your stinkin' guts! So you, you have no place in ECW, and I can promise, or as my business rival to the north would say - I guaran-damn-tee it - that you will not be on ECW programming in any way tonight! So I think I've wasted enough time talking about Mike Awesome! I want to feature men who actually work for ECW! So please, ladies and gentlemen, sit back, watch, and get ready..to be taken to.. the extreme~!

A sinister, angry snarl into the camera from Heyman ends the pre-show segment, and the scene fades to black to be replaced by "This Is Extreme" by Harry Slash and the Slashtones. After all the beginning semantics, the show, once again in Queens at the Hammerstein Ballroom, goes 'live' to the Nest, where Joey Styles is on hand to call all the shots. Much like Heyman, Styles addresses the Mike Awesome incident from last week, but quickly moves on to talk about tonight, as we will have Jerry Lynn back in an ECW ring as he headlines tonight's show against Tommy Dreamer, while Simon Diamond, Nova, Mikey Whipwreck, and Justin Credible will all also be in action for the USA debuts! We're about to get one of those debuts now as "Simon Says" by Drain STH starts off the ringside area action, bringing out the trio of Simon Diamond, Johnny Swinger, and the lovely (as always) Dawn Marie. The three men make their entrance to the ring and pose in the middle of the squared circle for the Ballroom crowd, but it is only met with jeers from the ECW faithful. Bullies. The New York crowd gets cheering moments later though as "Highway to Hell" brings out the littlest Dudley of them all, Spike Dudley! Little Spike marches down the ramp, playing to his adorning fans before entering the ring. As Spike tries to strike a pose on the ring ropes, however, he is attacked from behind by Diamond!

Simon Diamond (w/Dawn Marie & Johnny Swinger) vs. Spike Dudley [63%]

The bell rings quickly with Diamond attacking Dudley from behind, which of course is always a great way to get cheap heat from the fans. Diamond uses a lot of punches and forearms in the early goings, but when he drops too early to try and back body drop Dudley, the tides turn as Spike is able to kick his foe in the chest and face before dropping him with a DDT. The runt of the Dudley family rocks Diamond early with clubbering blows, and his early offense ends with Dudley setting Diamond up in the corner, and hitting a Frankensteiner! The cover only scores two, and Spike’s momentum ends soon after when he gets a boot up into the face of Dudley’s after Spike whipped Diamond into the corner. As Spike staggers away from the corner, Diamond climbs up to the second turnbuckle, and flies off, crowning his opponent with a bionic elbow!

Diamond takes control of the match, picking up near falls after a reverse falcon arrow (slamming his opponent face first instead of on their back), and the dreaded discus punch. At the request of his friend, Johnny Swinger slides a chair into the ring for Diamond to use, and Simon sets it up in the center of the ring, unfolded. Diamond whips Spike off the ropes and tries to give him a drop toe hold to send Dudley face first onto the chair, but Spike blocks it! Instead, Dudley elbows Diamond in the gut, and slams his face off the chair. With Diamond staggering, Dudley grabs him by the face, runs off the chair, and drops him with a modified Acid Drop! Spike covers: ONE! TWO! Springboard Guillotine Leg Drop from Johnny Swinger breaks up the pin!

The crowd, which had been chanting “ECW!” after Dudley’s chair-assisted Acid Drop, start jeering after Swinger’s interference. Swinger pulls Dudley to his feet and starts wailing away on him, and tries to flatten him with a clothesline. Dudley ducks it however grabs Swinger, runs off the turnbuckles... ACID DROP... but Diamond flattens him with a lariat! Swinger keeps a hold of Dudley, whips him off the ropes, lifts him up into a flapjack...and Diamond pulls him down with a DDT! The Problem Solver! ONE! TWO! THREE!

Simon Diamond def. Spike Dudley

The Hammerstein Ballroom continues to voice its collective disapproval at the tainted victory for Diamond, but he certainly cares not. As Dawn Marie enters the ring to join her two boys, there’s some commotion from the crowd as someone comes sprinting down the entrance aisle. Johnny Swinger turns, unsuspecting, right into a GORE! GORE!! GORE!!! Simon Diamond quickly high tails it from the ring, Dawn Marie escapes with him as Spike Dudley staggers up to his feet... into a GORE! GORE!! GORE!!! Diamond grabs Dawn by the hand as they jog up the aisle, not even bothering to look back as their friend, Johnny Swinger, is pulled to his feet by Rhino, and dropped onto his neck with a sick Piledriver! The Man Beast means business!

Rhino... ANGRY~! [73%]

After a quick commercial break, Rhino remains in the ring, while Swinger and Dudley are now missing. However, Cyrus and Jerry Lynn are in the ring instead, a microphone ready for their use. Cyrus is the one to hold the microphone, and starts off the promo. He has to wait some time to talk though because, as always, the New York crowd is hating on Cyrus.

Cyrus: If you mongoloids would be please just shut your mouths and listen, I have something to say!

Yes, because that always works.

Cyrus: I am here tonight to talk about the PRESENT and FUTURE of myself and my two clients - not the PAST!

There is one man who wants to talk about the past, however, as Rhino rips the microphone away from Cyrus.


Cyrus is taken back by Rhino’s boldness.

Rhino: You may not want to talk about last week, but I do! Paul Heyman doesn’t want anyone talk about last week, but I don’t care! MIKE AWESOME! I don’t know where you are, but I’m gonna find you! AND I’M GONNA KILL YOU! I will not be one-upped by some piece of *shit* like you! This is my time! I run things here! I’m the ECW World Champion! NOT YOU! YOU’RE NOTHIN’! YOU DON’T GET TO COME INTO MY RING, MY ARENA, AND ONE-UP ME! NOT NOW, NOT EVER AGAIN!

Jerry Lynn tries to calm his compadre down, while Cyrus tries to have Rhino hand the microphone back over. It doesn’t work.

Rhino: No! I don’t care if I get calls from lawyers from ECW, WWF, Mike Awesome, anyone! I do what I want, Cyrus! So Mike Awesome, if you have the balls to be watching this show right now, then here this. There is NO ONE who can stop the Rhino! NO ONE! And I don’t care if you’re never allowed inside an ECW ring or arena again, I will find you! I don’t care where we have to do it, but we will fight! At a bar, the middle of the street, a parking lot, an arcade, a McDonalds play place, a strip club, or a God damn bathroom, I don’t care! I will hunt you down, and I will tear you apart... limb... FROM LIMB!

Growling, snarling, and breathing heavy, Rhino shoves the microphone back into the gut of Cyrus and starts pacing the ring, still furious about last week.

Cyrus: While all may not be hunky dory in our camp right now, fear not, fans watching at home - I do bring some good news. You see, Paul Heyman has finally decided to treat Jerry Lynn as the superstar that he is, and has placed Lynn in the main event tonight against his most loyal servant, Tommy Dreamer.

Lynn then takes the mic, wanting to say a few words.

Jerry Lynn: Tonight, all of you punks are going to see a real superstar! This is my chance to shine on national TV, so Tommy Dreamer, get ready, 'cause I'm going to finish the job Rhino started last week, and break your frickin' neck! And *mocking voice* Rob..Van..Dam, I hope you watch tonight you egomaniacal son of a *bitch*, so you can see what a real main event looks like!

Lynn hands the microphone back to Cyrus, as this segment needs more charisma.

Cyrus: Tonight, the whole world will be watching as Jerry Lynn shows he is a five star talent. For years, this man kept his head down, worked his tail off, honed his craft, and became, pound-for-pound, the best professional wrestler in the world. But yet, you troglodytes choose to cheer Rob Van Dam! You choose to support R..V..D. Well I got news for ya'. Rob Van Dam is not the superstar you think he is! When the cameras are on, oh yeah, Mister Pay Per View cares about each and everyone of you... but how about after the show? Does your hero care about you then? I think not!

Boos from the pro-RVD crowd.

Cyrus: When he's not performing in front of thousands of fans, RVD does not care! He doesn't care about you, you, you, or anyone else! Rob Van Dam cares only about Rob Van Dam! When RVD wasn't getting paid the salary he wanted to wrestle in ECW, did he stay and perform night in and night out like Jerry Lynn did? No! He took his ball... and went HOME! Is that the kind of man you want to be getting the spotlight!?

The crowd boos Cyrus, continuing to heckle him. I guess they want RVD to have the spotlight, Cyrus.

Cyrus: Well I have news for you: Rob Van Dam's time in the sun has come... and it has gone! This is the age of the NEW F'n Show! This is the age of Jerry Lynn, and it is high time you mongoloids start respecting the talents of the present and future of this sport!

Cyrus thrusts his finger into the air, reinforcing his point. Cyrus then hands the microphone over to Jerry Lynn one last time.

Jerry Lynn: This little group of ours... we run ECW, and no one else! Rhino's already the ECW World Champion, and no one will be taking that from him anytime soon. Cyrus, you are without a doubt the best manager in the world of wrestling today! But me, Jerry Lynn, I got nothin'! But that's all gonna change! Rob Van Dam, I am DONE being your own personal little bitch! It's my time! I'm the main event talent... and I'm gonna show it! Right here, tonight! Now hit my music!

And right on cue, "Scapegoat" by Fear Factory hits, and Lynn exits the ring and walks to the back, Cyrus and eventually Rhino joining him as the show cuts to a break, Joey Styles continuing to talk about the history of the feud between Rob Van Dam and Jerry Lynn.

When the show returns, a new look Mikey Whipwreck is in the ring. His hair is short, back to its normal brown, and he's wearing actual wrestling tights that have "Whipwreck" down the side in a jagged-style white color. As he stands in the ring, pulling on the ropes while waiting for his opponent, he suddenly becomes incredibly confused, as well as the 2,000 plus in the Hammerstein Ballroom at theme song of his mystery opponent.

"YO! It's the green machine
Gonna rock the town without being seen
Have you ever seen a turtle Get Down?
Slammin' and jammin' to the new swing sound
Yeah, everybody let's move
Vanilla is here with the new jack groove

Gonna rock, and roll this place
With the power of the Ninja Turtle bass
Iceman, ya know I'm not playin'
Devastate the show while the turtles are sayin'

Ninja, Ninja, RAP! Ninja, Ninja, RAP! GO GO GO GO!
Go Ninja, Go Ninja, GO: Go Ninja, Go Ninja, GO!
Go Ninja, Go Ninja, GO: Go Ninja, Go Ninja, GO!

As the chorus finally hits to the "Ninja Rap", a young, scrawny wrestler in lime green tights (with tassels along the sides from the shin down) comes jogging out from the back clapping his hands over his head and trying to get the Hammerstein Ballroom to sing along to Vanilla Ice's sweet lyrics. It fails. Badly. The bemused New York crowd has never heard of the young man, who according to Joey Styles, goes by the name of Spanky. Spanky cannot get the crowd to cheer, clap, or sing, but he doesn't care as he continues to try his best anyways. As Spanky gets into the ring, Mikey Whipwreck continues to look stunned at his opponent, and so does referee Danny Daniels, who eventually has to call for the bell to start the match.

Mikey Whipwreck vs. Spanky [70%]

The two men lock up in a collar-and-elbow to start the match, and right away Whipwreck shows a new mean side as he locks Spanky in a side head lock and flips him over to the canvas. From there, Whipwreck lays the boots to Spanky, roughly kick him in the abdomen and face. It's all Whipwreck as he pulls Spanky up to his feet, and whips him across the ring and hits him left and right with various strikes. The new look Whipwreck continues to have his way with Spanky, beating him for another minute with punches and kicks before hitting a vertical suplex and a powerbomb. Satisfied with the beating he's handed out, Whipwreck puts the rookie out of his misery moments later when he kicks Spanky in the gut and drops with the Whippersnapper (Stunner). The pin fall is academic from there, and Whipwreck is victorious.

Mikey Whipwreck def. Spanky

While the youngster rolls out of the ring soon after the job, Whipwreck has other plans. The southpaw grabs a mic from a stagehand, and has a few things to say.

A Few Extra Words

Whipwreck has to wait a moment before he can begin talking, as some members in the crowd boo the man who turned on the Unholy Alliance.

Mikey Whipwreck: You people can boo me all you want because guess what? I don't care about any of you!

Always a good way to establish oneself as a heel.

Mikey Whipwreck: You people are the most fickle idiots I have ever encountered in the wrestling world today!

"Fuck You, Mikey!"

Mikey Whipwreck: You people, you cheer whoever we tell you too. We, the wrestlers, decide who you're going to love, who you're going to hate... but then, we give away all of our control over to you disgusting pieces of crap! A lot of us turn into mindless morons and do whatever you all tells us to do! You want me to go through a table!? How about shed some of my own blood!? Maybe I'll take a dive off of a freakin' scaffold!? WELL NOT ME! NOT ANYMORE!

He screams with thunder.

Mikey Whipwreck: No longer will I spill my own blood for the enjoyment of you sheep. No longer will I come out into this ring and break my body in half..just because it's what you people want to see. I have taken off my blindfold. I see you two-timing backstabbers for what you really are, and I'm not doing anything for the ECW fans anymore! From now on, I do what is in the best interest of Michael Whipwreck! And that, is to win..championship gold! So Rob Van Dam, Rhino, you're officially on notice!

Whipwreck slams the mic down to the canvas, and his theme hits again in the Hammerstein Ballroom. On commentary, Joey Styles talks about the complete change in Mikey Whipwreck's personality, and ponders when - or if - Yoshihiro Tajiri returns, what he'll have to do about it.

I Know No Charisma, But I Use Words! [47%]

When Extreme TV returns, it is backstage for a pre-taped promo. We are inside a locker room tonight, and CW Anderson, dressed to wrestle despite not being on the card tonight, has something to say.

CW Anderson: Last week, I sat back in this very same locker room, and watched Tommy Dreamer's ECW World Title match against Rhino. I granted Tommy Dreamer' request, and I simply just... watched. I didn't get involved. I just watched Tommy Dreamer get his ass handed to him by two different men.

Before he continues, Anderson has a history lesson for you.

CW Anderson: For those of you who don't know, let me just remind you all of a little something. When ECW held a pay per view almost two weeks ago, Living Dangerously, it was me who cost Tommy Dreamer a chance to win that ECW World Title. And after I went out into the ring, on pay per view, and kicked Tommy Dreamer's ass, Dreamer had a message for me: he said, he'd be coming for me. Well guess what, Tommy? I'm still waiting. I'm still here, waiting for you to come and get your revenge. But you haven't, have you, Tommy? You haven't been trying to get even... you've been running scared.

Whoa now, CW - those are fightin' words!

CW Anderson: Tonight, Paul Heyman has once again decided to put one of his good ole' boys in the main event... you, Tommy. But instead of it being me that gets to kick your ass tonight, Dreamer, it'll be Jerry Lynn. Now I have no problems with Lynn, so I won't ruin his moment to kick your ass. But let me just get one thing straight: Tommy Dreamer, since you haven't taken the fight to me... I'm going to take the fight... to you!

Anderson throws up his CW sign, and stares into the camera, a look of intimidation on his face as the show cuts to the ringside area.

"Mental Health" is already playing in the Hammerstein Ballroom as the show returns to the ringside area, and Nova is making his way into the ring, pumping the crowd up a while. However, the jeers start to come out as Grinspoon's "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck" brings out 'Not Just The Coolest, Not Just The Best' Justin Incredible, equipped with his trusty Singapore Cane. Credible ignores the taunts of the New York crowd, not being goaded into responding to a chant of "You Suck Dick". Credible enters the ring, lifts up his arm and Cane into the air, and then gets ready for the third match of the evening to begin.

Nova vs. Justin Credible [66%]

The two men lock-up to start the match, but it quickly turns into a brawl as Credible flips Nova into the turnbuckle and beats away on him. Neither man is able to gain a significant advantage, as Nova hits a swinging neck breaker, only for Credible to slip out of his ensuing vertical suplex, grabbing Nova by the shoulders and pulling them both down to the canvas, slamming his knees into Nova's spine on the fall. Justin Credible grabs his Singapore Cane soon after, and slams it over Nova's back before ripping the Cane across Nova's knee cap! While Credible is able to isolate Nova's knee for a few moments, the new Nasty Nova fights back, blocking a Cutter attempt, reversing, and countering into a Cutter of his own, but Nova's rolling version that he calls the Spin Doctor! Cover, but Credible just gets a shoulder up before three.

As Nova tries to gain the upper hand with a flurry of rights and left, he backs Credible into the corner. A whip across the ring to the opposite corner follows, and Nova charges him, spearing Credible in the corner - the Nova Missile! As Credible staggers out into the ring, Nova runs and jumps off the second ropes, spring boarding and rotating his body perfectly to drop kick Credible in the face! Nova then heads outside and clears off the table up against the ring that is used for the time keeper before getting back onto the apron. However, he is met by a hard right from Credible, who then tries to shove Nova off the apron. It doesn't take, and Nova is able to grab Credible and hot shot him, driving his throat into the top rope! With Credible stunned, Nova sticks his upper body between the second and third ropes, lifts Credible up into the air, and flips the Impact Player over the top rope with a modified northern lights suplex... and sending Credible through the table! What a move by Nova! "ECW! ECW! ECW!" Nova quickly grabs Credible from the floor, rolls him into the ring and covers - ONE! TWO! THRE - SHOULDER UP!

Neither the crowd nor Nova can believe the match didn't end, but the Nasty One carries on anyways. However, Nova's run of offense is short lived as Credible starts to fire back with right hands here and there, and eventually reverses a whip from Nova and lifts him up for a flap jack, only to return the earlier favor and hot shot Nova's throat off the top rope! Nova staggers off the ropes, and right into a Super Kick! Cover - ONE! TWO! TH- SHOULDER UP! Credible doesn't argue over the kick out, instead keeping the action quick and striking Nova as he tries to get up to his feet. Credible keeps Nova in the corner and kicks his abdomen numerous times before pulling him out; he grabs a hold of Nova's head, falls forward, and connects with a spinning implant DDT! Credible decides to go up to the second turnbuckle afterwards, and flies off with his diving bionic elbow drop, but as he leaps into the air, Nova raises a foot, catching his opponent in the chin! With Credible staggering, Nova pulls himself up to his feet, runs off the ropes and charges Credible, but runs right into a boot to the gut! Credible got him low - it looks like he may have got him in the groin. It doubles Nova over, and Credible lifts him up... SPINNING THAT'S INCREDIBLE! The Tombstone Piledriver has Nova down and out, and cover... ONE! TWO! THREE! It was another valiant effort from Nova, but he falls just short.

Justin Credible def. Nova

As "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck" hits yet again, Credible slowly pulls himself up to his feet, and raises his arm in victory. Credible doesn't look all there, selling the great effort put on by his opponent. However, as Credible becomes more of himself, he makes sure he gets right into view of the camera, and runs his hands over his waist, doing the all too familiar taunt of - "I want the belt" or any other variation that may mean. As Joey Styles mentions, Mikey Whipwreck may have put Rob Van Dam and Rhino on notice earlier, but there's another man that they will really have to worry about - another former ECW World Champion, Justin Credible. As Styles talks up all of Credible's accolades and ability, the shows heads to what is, according to Styles, the final break of the evening.

Upon return to Extreme TV, "Scapegoat" by Fear Factory hits right away, bringing out 'The New F'n Show' Jerry Lynn. Lynn's already dressed to compete in his tights, and judging by the looks of things, he really is out here to prove himself on national TV as there is no back-up with him - no Cyrus, no Rhino. Jerry Lynn wants to be the real deal, and he's about to find out whether or not that's the truth. As Lynn gets into the ring and runs off the ropes and loosens up, the crowd starts to belt out "Man in the Box" along with the Alice in Chains song as out comes their personal savior, the face of ECW, 'The Innovator of Violence' Tommy Dreamer. As always, Dreamer's in the black track pants and EC-F'nW tee, and judging by the look on Dreamer's face, he's still pretty mad at again being screwed out of a chance to win the ECW World Title. Dreamer gets into the ring, and after a few moments of build-up, referee John Finnegan calls for our main event to start.

Jerry Lynn vs. Tommy Dreamer [75%]

The two ECW veterans lock up to start the match, and it's a bad move by Dreamer, as he is quickly schooled by Lynn, an expert grappler. The New York crowd can only boo in the early goings as Lynn wrestles circles around Dreamer, working him in several different holds while standing before taking Dreamer down to the canvas and executing more technical holds and locks. Joey Styles points out that Tommy Dreamer cannot wrestle Lynn's style, or he'll quickly find himself on the losing end. Having quickly tired Dreamer out and made him look foolish, the New F'n Show scores with several series of suplexes, hitting several snap suplexes, a delayed vertical suplex, and then a bridging German suplex that scores Lynn a two count. Lynn's dominant performance has stunned the crowd early on, but Lynn livens them up momentarily. Lynn sends Dreamer over the top rope with a lariat, and follows it up by running off the ropes opposite Dreamer, leaping over the ropes near Dreamer, and connecting with a flipping senton tope! "ECW! ECW! ECW!"

The action stays on the outside as Jerry Lynn whips Dreamer back first into the side of the ring, runs and leaps off the apron, flips over Dreamer, and right into a diving reverse DDT! Despite Lynn's excellent performance, the ever resilient Tommy Dreamer slowly fights his way back into the thick of things, eventually reversing an Irish whip and sending Lynn back first into the steel guard rail. As the New F'n Show staggers back out at Dreamer, the Innovator of Violence grabs him by the hair, and slams his face into a steel chair that a fan held up for him!

Tommy Dreamer finally goes on the offensive, pounding away on Lynn on the outside before showing some actual wrestling as well, flipping Lynn over, missing the protective mat in the process, as Dreamer hits a fall away slam to Lynn. The Innovator of Violence keeps the action "extreme" as he grabs a cookie sheet from underneath the ring and brains Lynn with it. That's not good enough though, as Dreamer grabs a table and drapes it in between the ring apron and the guard rail, the guard rail getting pulled in so the table can be propped in between the two. However, Lynn starts to fight back right away with rights and lefts to Dreamer's abdomen, doubling him over. The New F'n Show hops up onto the ring apron as Dreamer staggers back, and flies off with a cross body block... but Dreamer catches him! Dreamer holds onto Lynn for a few moments, milking it to the crowd before hoisting him up onto his shoulders... SPICOLLI DRIVER... THROUGH THE TALE! "EC-Dub! EC-Dub!" Dreamer pulls himself up to his feet, strikes the old Raven pose to get the crowd screaming for him, and then swiftly rolls Lynn into the ring and covers: ONE! TWO! THRE- SHOULDER UP!

Despite kicking out, Jerry Lynn is in a world of pain, and Dreamer is able to afford the time to get a steel chair from outside of the ring. Dreamer returns to the ring, and twice smacks the chair across Lynn's back before drilling the steel chair over the skull of his opponent! Jerry Lynn is staggering across the ring and falls back into the ropes. allowing Dreamer to unfold the chair in the center of the ring. Dreamer boots Lynn in the gut, sets him up for a Piledriver, but Lynn fights the move off, and flips Dreamer over with a back body drop... onto the steel chair! Now it is Lynn picking Dreamer up, and sets him up for the Cradle Piledriver... but Dreamer counters as well with a back body drop. Both men quickly get back up to their feet, but Dreamer is the one to strike, scooping Lynn off his feet and up onto his shoulders for another Spicolli Driver. The two men struggle for position, and Lynn is able to use his legs to grapevine Dreamer's right arm before using his momentum to pull Dreamer backwards, and into a crucifix pin! Cover! ONE! TWO! THREE! Lynn is able to keep a hold of Dreamer in the pin fall for just long enough, and picks up the win!

Jerry Lynn def. Tommy Dreamer

As the bell rings, Dreamer storms up to his feet, furious of his defeat. Lynn can't help but goad his opponent, taunting him at his loss. Poor decision by Lynn, as Tommy Dreamer responds with a strong right hand that knocks Lynn down onto the canvas! Tommy Dreamer mounts Lynn and starts wailing away on him with lefts and rights, but here comes the back-up as Cyrus comes marching out from the back, with Rhino sprinting down the entrance aisle and diving into the ring. Dreamer quickly gets off of Lynn, and the two men get into a wild brawl right away! Lefts and rights are thrown frantically by both men, and the crowd is absolutely loving the slug fest. Despite Rhino's strength and intensity, Tommy Dreamer somehow starts to get the upper hand, and gets Rhino staggering back into the ropes. As Dreamer starts to pound away on Rhino, another wrestler dives into the ring behind the action. It's CW Anderson! The Extreme Enforcer grabs Dreamer, turns him around, whips him into the ropes... and plants him with the Anderson Spinebuster! Things quickly turn into a 3-on-1 brawl on Tommy Dreamer, but out from the back comes Rob Van Dam! The Whole Fuckin' Show hops onto the apron, spring boards off the third rope, and takes down Lynn with a missile dropkick! However, as soon as he gets up to his feet, he is jumped by both Rhino and Anderson with a barrage of punches. The heels start to pound away on RVD, and there looks to be no hope for the faces...

"Say your prayers little one
Don't forget my son
To include everyone
I tuck you in
Warm within
Keep you free from sin
'Til the sandman he comes"

...until the Sandman appears! From the crowd comes Sandman, Singapore Cane in his left hand, and ready for action. The former ECW World Champ gets into the ring, and Anderson lunges first at him... and eats the Singapore Cane! Singapore Cane to Lynn! Singapore Cane to Rhino! Another strike to Anderson, and he goes down and through the second and third ropes! There's no stopping Sandman, as Lynn goes down from a second Singapore Cane strike, and then he turns his attention to Rhino - Cane! Cane! Cane! And another Singapore Cane shot, right in between the eyes of Rhino! The Man Beast staggers around the ring, completely out of it, and collapses to the canvas! Both Lynn and Rhino roll out of the ring after the attack by Sandman, and the Extreme Icon helps both RVD and Dreamer to their feet, allowing the faces of ECW to stand tall as the second edition of Extreme TV comes to an end.

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post #38 of 73 (permalink) Old 08-10-2012, 05:20 AM
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Re: Extreme Championship Wrestling 2001 - Tales of a Jaded Old Man

Again you're showing what a great writer you are. You've managed to capture the ECW feeling pretty darn well with the way the shows are booked, the constant pre-taped interviews and capturing the different characters. I don't expect a WCW invasion, I just think Mike Awesome either got released by the WWF in EWR or he was a free agent already at the start due to WCW folding. This leaves room for other guys to debut down the line who started working for WCW towards the end, i.e. Christopher Daniels, James Storm etc. Obviously you shouldn't go overboard with that and I know you won't.

I like what you're doing with Spanky, I can definitely see him go on a losing streak. I've always liked Simon Diamond, think he was great on the mic and thus surprised the WWE never gave him a chance at least as a manager. CW Anderson on the other hand is pretty shit on the mic, he ain't no Anderson in that regard (47% EWR rating lol), but I know it was necessary to further his feud.

Looking forward what you have in store for us Hopefully Dreamer stays away from the ECW Title, never liked the guy.

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No Mike Awesome eh!!!!!!!!!!!!

No writer can keep Awesome out of ECW, even if Heyman hated his 'stinkin guts' Heyman would know Awesome meant money

ome great opening shows and hoping to see Storm leave as well, there is plenty for him to be serious about in ECW rather than be a outside figure in the WWF, he can be a great singles wrestler and also there is the Impact players but I think both Storm and Credible are moving onto bigger and better things

Plus I think a WCW invasion on ECW is somethig that could be a great untold story, considering they were invading ECw for talent for years

Back to the actual action, there seems to be plenty of feuds developing

I can already see Lynn/RVD and Anderson/Dreamer are set and expect Rhino/Sandman to be the final match maybe a six man tag to get the build up going

Spanky is an interesting yet excellent signing for ECW, only problem is he would be another Spike to me, can ECW have two underdog cruiserweights

More tag team action please!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great start Szu and looking forward to the next episode
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Love what you did with Spanky here. Its how he would have debuted in RL...not on top wowing people but kind of as a joke and eventually with Heyman molding his goofiness I think he can win people over eventually. Having him pared up with Whipwreck is fitting as Mikey debut not unlike Spanky.

The Mike Awesome stuff intrigues me and i'm glad you let it just hang in the air this episode. Hell I hope he doesn't reappear until the PPV. Just let it be in the air, tension thick you can cut it. Maybe some gurilla style tactics. Who knows where you are going with this.

Overall great action. I agree with 1987 about the Tag team stuff hopefully you'll build up some new teams to inject the division. I like where the angles are going.

I understand having to keep moving in and out Divisions and talent is a must on TV due to it being EWR.
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