From The Shelf- ECW Hardcore Heaven 1999
Posted by Dylan Diot on 06.17.2013
A sign of trouble for ECW.
ECW Hardcore Heaven 1999
-Taz looks to continue his reign of dominance defending his ECW Championship against Chris Candido.
-After their classic at Living Dangerously that ended in five minute overtime, Lynn and RVD look to prove who the best is once and for all.
-Dawn Marie, an ex-girlfriend of Tommy Dreamer, arrives to ECW to play mind games on Dreamer.
Your hosts are Joey Styles and Cyrus the Virus.
Chris Candido interrupts Joey Stylesí opening introduction and says he has an insurance policy for his championship match with Taz tonight, that being the Dudley Boyz. Candido declares with the Dudleys and Tammy Synch by his side, heíll become the heavyweight champion. Taz comes out and takes out the Dudleys with a double clothesline on the ramp and it looks like the title match is right now!!!
After the match, the Dudley Boyz lay out Taz with a 3D. The Dudley Boyz brag about their accomplishments in ECW and they issue an open challenge to anyone with the balls to face them. This brings out Ballz Mahoney who fires away on the Dudleys, leading to our next match.
Super Crazy vs. Taka Michinoku
Dropkick by Crazy to start and Taka is knocked onto the entrance ramp. Taka comes back in with a springboard dropkick knocking Crazy to the floor. Back in, Taka hits an elbow to the back but misses a second elbow and Crazy arm drags Taka into an arm bar. Taka escapes and Crazy hits a leaping DDT forcing Taka to bail again. Crazy looks to dive but Taka nails him with a forearm and they head back in. Snapmare into a dropkick to the back by Taka. Taka chokes Crazy with his boot in the corner but Crazy catches him with a sleeper to come back. Taka elbows out and he hits a side Russian leg sweep. Taka is reversed to the corner and Crazy charges but eats knee. Tornado DDT by Taka and he goes for a second one but Crazy counters into a sit-out spinebuster. Crazy goes up but Taka stops him and follows up. Frankensteiner off the top by Taka gets 2 and they trade roll-ups for some 2 counts. Taka backdrops Crazy to the floor and he goes for a springboard crossbody to the floor but Crazy moves and Taka eats the railings. Crazy dropkicks Taka off the apron and into the crowd. Crazy HITS A SPRINGBOARD ASAI MOONSAULT INTO THE CROWD!!!!! Back in, Crazy hits a dropkick to the leg and then stomps away on the leg of Taka. Dragon screw leg sweep by Crazy but Taka comes back with an enzuigiri. Slam by Taka and he goes up. Moonsault off the top by Taka misses and Crazy hits the triple moonsault for 2!!! Crazy goes up and leaps but Taka dropkicks him on the way down. Taka goes up and hits a missile dropkick to the back of Crazy. Michinoku Driver by Taka and he goes for a second one but Crazy counters into a DDT. Crazy counters a hurricanrana attempt into a powerbomb and then hits a sit-out powerbomb for 3. Winner- Super Crazy ***1/4 ( Really good match. Tons of fun action that should have opened the show to get the crowd going for the rest of the show. )
Video package for RVD/Lynn airs.
The Dudley Boyz tend to Joel Gertner backstage and find a hit list on him. They see Nova on the list so the Dudleys find him backstage and beat the hell out of him.
Little Guido w/Big Sal vs. Yoshihiro Tajiri
Guido takes Tajiri down to start and tries to hammer away but Tajiri shields himself. Tajiri hooks the leg and does a roll sending Guido crashing onto his backs. Series of kicks by Tajiri and he goes for a powerbomb but Guido escapes. Guido stomps away in the corner and he takes Tajiri down into the Fujiwara arm bar but Tajiri makes the ropes. Guido goes up and hits a missile dropkick onto the arm. Tajiri bails to the floor and Guido tries a slingshot pescado but Tajiri swats him away. Tajiri goes up and hits a crossbody to the floor onto Guido and Sal. Gordbuster onto the railings by Tajiri and he follows up with a dropkick to the back. He sends Guido face first into the post and back in, Tajiri grabs the Tarantula. Sal gets a cheap shot in allowing Guido to stomp away some more. Guido tries a headscissors but Tajiri dumps and DUMPS GUIDO FACE FIRST ONTO THE RAMP!!!! Tajiri follows out but Guido drop toe holds him onto the ramp. Guillotine legdrop onto the ramp by Gudio and back in, Gudio covers for 2. Guido climbs the ropes and hits a splash for 2. Tajiri tries a springboard crossbody but Guido catches him in the Fujiwara arm bar. He releases after a big and distracts the ref allowing Sal to come in and hit a powerslam on Tajiri. Jackknife roll-up by Guido gets 2. He dumps Tajiri to the floor and Sal works him over. Back in, Guido slams him and hits a kneedrop. They trade chops but Gudio knocks him down and hits a legdrop fort 2. Guido charges in the corner but eats a superkick and Tajiri goes for a hurricanrana but Guido blocks with a powerbomb for 2. Guido goes for the Sicilian Crab but Tajiri blocks and hits some dropkicks to the knees. Guido catches him with a short arm scissors takeover and locks the hold in but Tajiri gets his foot on the ropes to break. Airplane spin around his body by Tajiri and he goes for a powerbomb but Guido escapes. HARD slap by Tajiri and he puts Guido in the tree of woe. Basement dropkick in the corner by Tajiri and he hits a spinkick. Brainbuster by Tajiri gets 3. Winner- Yoshihiro Tajiri ***1/4 ( Another really good match. Tajiri really got a chance to shine in one of his earliest ECW appearances and Guido and him had good chemistry together. )
Video package for Dreamer/Storm airs.
The Dudley Boyz read off another name on the hit-list, some guy named Rod, and they destroy him backstage.
Lance Storm w/Dawn Marie vs. Tommy Dreamer w/Francine
They brawl on the ramp to start and they head to the floor. Dreamer sends Storm into the railings and back in, Storm goes for a sunset flip but Dreamer nails him with a trash can lid to block. Dreamer clotheslines Storm and himself to the floor. Back on the ramp, Dreamer gives Storm an airplane spin but Storm catches him with a reverse DDT taking him down. Elbow drops on the ramp by Storm and he dumps Dreamer back in. Dreamer goes for a DDT but Storm sweeps the leg driving Dreamer onto a chair for 2. He puts the chair in the corner and Storm hits some rights. Dreamer sends Storm into the chair but Storm comes back with a superkick for 2. Storm sets up a table on the floor but Dreamer follows and they slug it out. Dreamer crotches Storm on the post and he brings the railings into the ring. Dreamer goes for a chair shot but Storm moves and crotches Dreamer on the railings. Storm goes up and he leaps but Dreaming moves causing Storm to crash into the railings. Dreamer sets up a chair and goes up but Storm stops him and tosses Dreamer face first onto the chair for 2, Storm goes to hiptoss Dreamer off the apron but Dreamer blocks and goes for a suplex. Storm escapes and charges but Dreamer backdrops him through the table on the floor!!! Back in, Storm drives a chair into the side of the head of Dreamer and he drives a belt buckle into the head of Dreamer. Dreamer with a jaw breaker using a chair for 2. Dreamer puts a ladder between the railings and apron of the ring and grabs Storm but Storm shoves him off the apron and into the ladder. Storm goes to baseball slide the ladder but Dreamer ducks and drives the ladder into the face of Storm. Back in, Dreamer puts the ladder on Stormís head and drives it into the corner. Dreamer nails the ladder with a chair and Storm falls back, driving the ladder into the head of the ref. Dreamer goes up for a splash off the top but Storm moves causing Dreamer to crash onto the ladder. Storm brings a table into the ring and puts Dreamer on it. Storm goes up but Dreamer stops him and follows up. Dreamer hits the Spicolli Driver off the top and through the table on Storm!!!! Cyrus comes out and pulls Dreamer off the cover but walks into a spear from Francine. Bronco Buster by Francine but Dawn Marie attacks, causing a catfight. Dreamer grabs her and lays her out with a piledriver. Storm nails Dreamer with a trash can and puts the trash can on him. Storm goes up and hits a spinning heel kick off the top into the trash can for 3. Winner- Lance Storm **1/2 ( The brawl itself is decent but itís the time of match we have seen a million times from Dreamer and it was a poor use of a guy like Storm. The finish felt flat as well considering all the overbooking that went into the finish. )
The Dudley Boyz see that Jack Victory, their boy, is next on the hit list. Buh Buh Ray doesnít want to do it but $5,000 changes his mind. They call out Victory from the bathroom and the Dudley Boyz take him out.
Taz tells the Dudley Boyz heís going to take them out tonight.
The Dudley Boyz tell Taz it is going to be a pleasure to take him out tonight. Chris Chetti is brought into the room by Big Dick Dudley and D-Von nails him with a hard right that hurts his hand. Bubba finishes the beat down as a message to Taz.
Video package on Justin Credible airs.
Justin Credible w/Jason and Jazz vs. ???
This was originally supposed to be Credible vs. Shane Douglas, but Douglas bailed to WCW. Credible lists all the men he has taken out and Jeff Jones comes out with a stretcher. He tells Credible he will pay for his crime and heíll be executed by the man. The man is SID!!!! Sid presses Credible to the mat and he stomps away. Whip to the corner where Credible does the corner flip and Sid shoves Credible to the floor. He follows out and drops Credible onto the railings. Back in, Sid goes for a powerbomb but Jason breaks it up. Sid powerbombs him and Credible nails him in the back with the Singapore cane. Sid comes right back with a chokeslam and he goes for the powerbomb again but Lance Storm comes out and breaks it up. The ref calls for the bell as Sid chokeslams Storm. Winner by DQ- Sid 1/4* ( You bring Sid in to teach Justin Credible a lesson, he needs to win. Donít do a Dusty finish to protect JUSTIN CREDIBLE. Also, a DQ finish in ECW is stupid beyond words. The match was a fun squash before the stupidity cause the crowd adored Sid. )
After the match, Sid goes for the powerbomb on Storm but Credible throws powder in his eyes and the Impact Player double team him. Credible sets up a table on the ramp and they head up top but Sabu comes out. He attacks the Impact Players with a chair and he puts Credible on the table along with Sid. Air Sabu through the table on Sid as Storm pulls Credible out of the way in time!!! Alfonso puts Jason on a table on the floor and Sabu hits Air Sabu through the table on him as well!!! Security pulls Sabu to the back as Sid recovers. He stalks Jones in the ring and Sid lays him out with a powerbomb. A second powerbomb by Sid and he finally leaves.
Buh Buh Ray Dudley comes out and says D-Von was originally going to take the ECW title from Taz but he hurt his hand beating up Chris Chetti so he will take his place.
The 411: ECW was no long a unique and edgy product by this point. WWF had successful incorporated elements of ECW into their product so everything ECW was doing was suddently coming across as a second rate WWF product. They took cheat shots throughout the PPV about what the WWF and WCW was doing while putting on the same overbooked segments and matches that the other two companies that they were making fun on were doing. They had guys like RVD, Lynn, Tajiri, and Taz who were wrestling a totally different style than the other two companies were doing and could have shifted the style and focus of the company to keep them differentiated but chose to stick to their roots which ended up hurting them in the long run. This show was solid with a great RVD/Lynn match and some solid wrestling but you can see the magic of the company was starting to fade.