ECW PPV : One Night Stand
June 12th, 2005
Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City
This was the site of the last ECW PPV that aired before Paul Heyman/ECW filed for Bankruptcy Protection in New York in 2000/2001. Since then, Vince McMahon/WWE bought the ECW Library, Props, and Name and Logos and most of the other ECW property and trademarks.
We heard rumours of this ECW PPV for months now.. actually.. almost since the ECW: Rise and Fall DVD set was released to critical acclaim. The DVD set is now WWE second best selling DVD set of all time.. and will likely take the top spot shortly.. if it hasn’t already.
Almost as soon as the rumours of an WWE sanctioned ECW PPV started.. Shane Douglas (the “Franchise”, currently in TNA) was hawking his “ECW” Hardcore Homecoming show slated for June 11th, 2005 at the Viking Hall (yes.. that Viking Hall) in Philadelphia.
So.. the recruiting began. Shane Douglas representing the independent show.. and Tommy Dreamer with WWE backing representing the Coroporate ECW show. Months of back and forth bitching, negotiations, and threatened lawsuits resulted in 2 shows. Shanes on Saturday featuring (as scheduled):
Terry Funk vs. Sabu (with Bill Alfonso) vs. Shane Douglas (with Francine)
Raven vs. The Sandman
Kid Kash vs. 2 Cold Scorpio
Jerry Lynn returns to the ring for the first time in a year vs. Justin Credible (with Jason)
The Blue Meanie vs. The FBI's Tracy Smothers (with Tommy Rich & JT Smith)
Mikey Whipwreck & Chris Chetti vs. CW Anderson & Simon Diamond
A tribute to "the fallen heroes of hardcore"
With Apprearances by Axl Rotten, Danny Doring, Roadkill, Don E, Allen, Don "Cyrus" Callis, Joey Styles, Joel Gertner, Johnny Grunge, Pitbull Gary Wolfe, John Kronus, Tod Gordon
Thanks to Scottshadow / wrestlingdaily.net for the list
.. which would air run on June 11, 2005 from Philidelphia. It would be taped for later distribution on DVD.
Due to some of the back and forth legal ramblings between the WWE and Douglas, many stars from the ECW era wouldn’t work both shows.
Despite the WWE ECW show not having Douglas, Raven, Funk, Lynn.. the WWE ECW show had a good scheduled line-up of their own…
Lance Storm w/ Dawn Marie vs. Chris Jericho
Rey Mysterio vs. Psychosis
Super Crazy vs. Tajiri w/ Sinister Minister vs Little Guido
Eddie Guerrero vs. Chris Benoit
Tommy Dreamer & The Sandman vs. The Dudley Boys
Plus special appearances by Paul Heyman, Rob Van Dam, Bill Alfonso, Tazz, Spike Dudley, Al Snow with Head, Sabu, Balls Mahoney, Danny Doring and Roadkill, CW Anderson, Rhyno, Joel Gertner, Axl Rotten, Justin Credible, Kid Kash, Masato Tanaka, Mikey Whipwreck with Sinister Minister, and The BWO (Big Stevie Cool, Hollywood Nova, and The Blue Guy)
*Thanks again to ScotShadow / wrestlingdaily.net
With the back-story aside..
ECW: ONE NIGHT STAND
Show opens with the obligatory ECW ECW chants we’ve heard year after year from the fanatical ECCW fans, and then the crowd pops for the original EXTREME theme intro music. The building only hold s few 1000 people, but it was clear people there were up for this show.
Joey Styles is introduced, and the crowd pops again. Joey is clearly emotional. First time in years he’s worked an official ECW show. (he worked the hardcore homecoming the day before though) Working an indpendant show without the logos, sounds, and majority of the stars of ECW clearly didn’t match up to the emotions he felt being in the Hammerstein Building. One Night Stand was lucky to have him, as negotiations were long and ardurous. Joey felt slighted years ago by the WWE when they offered him a measely 500 per week to do some minor broadcast work for WWE when they has first acquired ECW.
Joey then enlightens us as to whom would be riding shotgun during the PPV beside him….
Mick Foly/Cactus Jack/Mankind/Brother Love walked to the ring to the cheers of the packed Hammerstein Ballroom.
The broadcast then cuts to the ECW intro, which is a video montage of classic ECW stars doing what they do best. Cross paning over the audience, and then a wide shot of the classic cardboard “ECW brick wall entrance prop” where Lance Storm and Dawn Marie walk to the ring to a ECW chant and a video history showing his ECW Impact Players Days.
Chris Jericho show up, dressed in classic ECW attire, and with the moniker Lionheart Chris Jericho. (loved to know if he’s held onto that outfit all this time or did he have WWE whip one up based on old footage)
Interestingly enough, Lance Storms first ECW match was against Lionheart Chris Jericho.
The match was okay.. by any standard. It was the opening match for and ECW show.. so it had a lot to live up to.. and a lot of high expectations. It fell a bit short. As emotions and pops goes, Lance was more alive than he was in his WCW and WWE on air stints. Jericho, put on his usual Mid-Card performance. (he hasn’t put on an awesome performance since his Undisputed Championship Reign years ago in the WWE)
The saving grace of this match was the timely interference by Justin Credible and Jason (Original Impact Player stable) who brought us a quick and decisive ending to this yawner. Foly on the mic wonders if this is how Lance wants to end his Wrestling career. Little does Mick realize Lance’s career has been dead for years now. (although. He’s enjoyed a short run as Agent for WWE recently)
Jericho milks the “injury” sustained by the impact players.. and steals an extra minute of satellite time.
Joey Styles.. likely prompted to do so.. shifts the focas away from the still staggering Jericho, and directs the PPV audience to the empty second floor Balcony seating which would later seat the WWE RAW and SMACKDOWN crusaders. (yawn)
continued next post.
Edited by HSDEMONZ, 15 June 2005 - 02:26 AM.