Originally Posted by Seabs
Sandman/Sabu is an amazing Ladder Match, especially in terms of being totally crazy but kinda structured in an odd way.
Structure? Maybe I need a rewatch, but I can't remember there being much rhyme or reason to anything the Sandman does in that match. I will say it is one of the better ECW gimmick matches in terms of violence and shock value, but my star rating is of course relative to something like the original Ladder War which I think is a perfect piece of hate-filled wrestling.
Edit: I'm watching this on youtube, where someone has set this to music by the band Confined. Okay. Cool grapple over the ladder to start, but Sabu drops low and kicks Sandman's legs out from under him. Then Sabu folds the ladder up and launches it at his opponent as hard as possible. He keeps doing this until Sandman falls over. Sabu drapes Sandman over the ladder as he sets it up on its side. Fonzie comes in to hold a chair over Sandman's head while Sabu hits a springboard sommersalt legdrop on the chair. Then Sabu puts the ladder over Sandman and hits a top rope legdrop with a chair. Sandman tries to go to the outside but Sabu hits a baseball slide and sends him into the crowd. Triple jump springboard plancha! They brawl around the ECW arena, going past the bleachers and up to the stage. Sabu sets up a table on the lower stage and hits a leg drop from the top stage, collapsing the entire table in the process. Sandman should be dead by now, but he manages to get a punch in on Sabu and hits a body slam in the stage, followed by an elbow drop. The brawl back to ringside, where Fonzie has set up a couple tables. Sandman grabs the ladder from the ring and suplexes it onto Sabu and into the crowd. Sandman throws Sabu onto one of the tables and hits a leg drop, but doesn't really put him through the table. Cool spot here as Sandy lays a ladder flat in the ring and extends it to the guard rail and then puts a table parallel. He then puts Sabu on the ladder and leg drops him through the table. Back in the ring and Sandman sets up the ladder and begins climbing. Sabu struggles but Sandman knocks him down and retrieves the barbed wire, but Sabu pushes the ladder over and sends Sandy through a table on the outside. Crowd is really into this. Sabu teases another triple jump plancha, but grabs the barbed wire instead! Sabu misses and eats both guard rail and barbed wire! Pretty sure he landed wrong and broke his jaw there. Sandman stalls and makes a nest of barbed wire in the corner. Sabu pushes him into the wire and throws a chair at him. Sabu finds a spike in his boots and starts stabbing and carving Sandman. Sandman is a bloody mess as Sabu puts a ring of barbed wire around his neck and ties him to the tree of woe. Sabu places a chair over Sandman's head and then jumps off another chair and hits a double stomp! He sets Sandman up in the corner with barbed wire, but misses a leg lariet and goes straight into the wire. Sandman, covered in blood and barbed wire, grabs his t...ty cane. Cane shot to the face! With a broken jaw! Fonzie wraps tape around Sabu's jaw to hold it in place. Sandman is not in much better shape. He tries for an irish whip into the barbed wire, but Sabu reverses. Triple jump moonsault! Springboard leg drop. Arabian face buster. Sabu's jaw is so bad he can't recover. Sandman gets the cane again. Probably the coolest visual of Sandman, with barbed wire from head to torso and his face covered in blood. Sick cane shot to the head. Sandman falls on top. 1. 2. 3. Sandman hobbles to the back as Fonzie tries to tape Sabu back together. This would signify the end of their nearly 6 month feud, which began as a result of Sabu's appearances on WWF television with RVD and Jerry Lawler. This should have been a relatively big draw for ECW at the time, but since they weren't allowed to show barbed wire on TV or PPV, this was just a house show and not seen by many at the time. It is now fondly remembered as one of the best examples of "ECW hardcore" and included on WWE comps from time to time. As SEABS said earlier, the structure to the match is a little weird compared to most ladder matches. But of course they aren't trying to win a belt, just brutalize each other. And man. This was brutal. I liked this a lot more upon reviewing. The metal music didn't hurt either. ***