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ECW: Unreleased Vol. 2

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ECW: Unreleased Vol. 2
Released: July 30, 2013

This review is for the 3-disc DVD version, not the 2-disc blu-ray that contains some extra matches.

Joey Styles and Tommy Dreamer are your hosts. They show up every three matches or so, and they basically put people over and don’t take anything too seriously. There are some bits of footage here and there while they talk, which adds a nice touch. Also, many of these matches are proceeded by the full promos that went along with them when they originally aired, so that’s cool too. Read the rest of this entry

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The Very Best of WCW Monday Nitro (Disc Three)

The Very Best of WCW Monday Nitro
Three-Disc Set
Released: June 7, 2011
DISC THREE

Your host is Diamond Dallas Page.

DDP admits that 1999 was the first time WCW started to show cracks in its armor. Sometimes the best laid plans don’t always work out, and this next match is certainly evidence of that statement. Read the rest of this entry

The 100 Greatest WWE Matches of the Decade: 2005

  • Triple H (w/Ric Flair) vs. Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho vs. Edge vs. Batista vs. Chris Benoit – Elimination Chamber (New Years Revolution 2005)

Matt: LIVE FROM PUERTO RICO! Read the rest of this entry

The Rise & Fall of WCW – Disc Three

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The Rise and Fall of WCW – Disc Three
Released: 8/25/2009

  • WCW World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair (w/Elizabeth & Woman) vs. The Giant (w/Jimmy Hart) – (WCW Monday Nitro, 4/29/96)

Flair stops by Debra again for a quick word. She tells him to leave her alone. Read the rest of this entry

ECW Extreme Evolution

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ECW Extreme Evolution DVD
Released August 29, 2000

Your host is Joey Styles.

  • Television Champion Rob Van Dam (w/ Bill Alfonso) vs. Jerry Lynn (Hardcore Heaven – 5/16/99)

During Van Dam’s in-ring introduction, Fonzie moves the ring announcer toward the ropes so that RVD can pose in the middle of the ring. That Fonzie’s always good for a few antics. Read the rest of this entry

ECW Heat Wave 1998

ECW Heat Wave ‘98
August 2, 1998
Hara Arena
Dayton, OH

The current ECW champions were as follows:
World Champion: Shane Douglas (11/30/97)
TV Champion: Rob Van Dam (4/4/98)
Tag Team Champions: Sabu and Rob Van Dam (6/27/98)
Unrecognized FTW Champion: Taz (5/14/98)

Your hosts are Joey Styles, Shane Douglas, and Francine (but she barely ever talks). Read the rest of this entry

ECW World Tag Team Titles History

Champion Won From Date City/Event
The Super
Destroyers
The Night Breed 6/23/1992 Philadelphia, PA[1]
Tony Stetson &
Larry Winters
The Super
Destroyers
4/2/1993 Radnor, PA
The Suicide
Blondes[2]
Tony Stetson &
Larry Winters
4/3/1993 Philadelphia, PA
The Super
Destroyers (2)
The Suicide
Blondes
5/15/1993 Philadelphia, PA
The Suicide
Blondes (2)
The Super
Destroyers
5/15/1993 Philadelphia, PA[3]
The Dark Patriot &
Eddie Gilbert
Salvatore Bellamo
& The Sandman
8/8/1993 Philadelphia, PA[4]
Johnny Hotbody &
Tony Stetson
10/1/1993 NWA Bloodfest:
Part 1[5]
Tommy Dreamer &
Johnny Gunn
Johnny Hotbody &
Tony Stetson
11/13/1993 November to
Remember
Kevin Sullivan &
The Tazmaniac
Shane Douglas &
Tommy Dreamer
12/4/1993 Philadelphia, PA[6]
The Public Enemy Kevin Sullivan &
The Tazmaniac
3/6/1994 Philadelphia, PA
Cactus Jack &
Mikey Whipwreck
The Public Enemy 8/27/1994 NWA World Title
Tournament
The Public Enemy
(2)
Cactus Jack &
Mikey Whipwreck
11/5/1994 November to
Remember
Sabu &
The Tazmaniac
The Public Enemy 2/4/1995 Double Tables
Chris Benoit &
Dean Malenko
Sabu &
The Tazmaniac
2/25/1995 Return of the
Funker
The Public Enemy
(3)
Chris Benoit &
Dean Malenko
4/8/1995 Three Way
Dance
[7]
Raven &
Stevie Richards
The Public Enemy 6/30/1995 Jim Thorpe, PA
The Pitbulls Raven &
Stevie Richards
9/16/1995 Gangsta’s Paradise
Raven &
Stevie Richards
(2)
The Pitbulls 10/7/1995 Philadelphia, PA
The Public Enemy
(4)
Raven &
Stevie Richards
10/7/1995 Philadelphia, PA[8]
2 Cold Scorpio &
The Sandman
The Public Enemy 10/28/1995 Philadelphia, PA[9]
Cactus Jack &
Mikey Whipwreck
(2)
2 Cold Scorpio &
The Sandman
12/29/1995 New York, NY[10]
The Eliminators Cactus Jack &
Mikey Whipwreck
2/3/1996 Queens, NY[11]
The Gangstas The Eliminators 8/3/1996 The Doctor Is In
The Eliminators
(2)
The Gangstas 12/20/1996 Middletown, NY
The Dudley Boyz The Eliminators 3/15/1997 Hostile City
Showdown
The Eliminators
(3)
The Dudley Boyz 4/13/1997 Barely Legal
The Dudley Boyz
(2)
The Eliminators 6/20/1997 Waltham, MA[12]
The Gangstas (2) The Dudley Boyz 7/19/1997 Heat Wave
The Dudley Boyz
(3)
The Gangstas 8/17/1997 Hardcore
Heaven
[13]
John Kronus
& New Jack
The Dudley Boyz 9/20/1997 As Good As It Gets
Little Guido &
Tracy Smothers
John Kronus
& New Jack
10/18/1997 Philadelphia, PA
Doug Furnas
& Phil LaFon
Little Guido &
Tracy Smothers
12/5/1997 Waltham, MA
Chris Candido
& Lance Storm
Doug Furnas
& Phil LaFon
12/6/1997 Better
Than Ever[14]
Sabu &
Rob Van Dam
Chris Candido
& Lance Storm
6/27/1998 Philadelphia, PA
The Dudley Boyz
(4)
Sabu &
Rob Van Dam
10/24/1998 Cleveland, OH
Balls Mahoney &
Masato Tanaka
The Dudley Boyz 11/1/1998 November to
Remember
The Dudley Boyz
(5)
Balls Mahoney &
Masato Tanaka
11/6/1998 Queens, NY
Sabu &
Rob Van Dam (2)
The Dudley Boyz 12/13/1998 Japan
The Dudley Boyz
(6)
Sabu &
Rob Van Dam
4/17/1999 Buffalo, NY[15]
Spike Dudley &
Balls Mahoney
The Dudley Boyz 7/18/1999 Heat Wave
The Dudley Boyz
(7)
Spike Dudley &
Balls Mahoney
8/13/1999 Cleveland, OH
Spike Dudley &
Balls Mahoney (2)
The Dudley Boyz 8/14/1999 ECW on TNN
The Dudley Boyz
(8)
Spike Dudley &
Balls Mahoney
8/26/1999 ECW on TNN
Raven &
Tommy Dreamer
The Dudley Boyz 8/26/1999 ECW on TNN
The
Impact Players
Raven &
Tommy Dreamer
1/9/2000 Guilty as Charged
Tommy Dreamer &
Masato Tanaka
The
Impact Players
2/26/2000 ECW on TNN
Raven &
Mike Awesome
Tommy Dreamer &
Masato Tanaka
3/4/2000 Philadelphia, PA
The
Impact Players (2)
Raven &
Mike Awesome
3/12/2000 Living
Dangerously[16]
Yoshihiro Tajiri &
Mikey Whipwreck
Simon Diamond &
Johnny Swinger
8/25/2000 ECW on TNN[17]
Little Guido &
Tony Mamaluke
Yoshihiro Tajiri &
Mikey Whipwreck
8/26/2000 ECW on TNN
Danny Doring
& Roadkill
Little Guido &
Tony Mamaluke
12/3/2000 Massacre on
34th Street[18]

Footnotes:
[1]: This was a tournament final.
[2]: The Suicide Blondes consisted of Chris Candido, Johnny Hotbody & Chris Michaels. Since there were three members of the team, all three members were allowed to defend the titles using the Freebird Rule.
[3]: The titles were vacated once Chris Candido left ECW for Smoky Mountain Wrestling.
[4]: This was a tournament final.
[5]: Johnny Hotbody and Tony Stetson were awarded the titles due to the fact that the Dark Patriot and Eddie Gilbert were leaving ECW.
[6]: Shane Douglas substituted for Johnny Gunn in this match.
[7]: This was a three-way match which also included the team of Rick Steiner & The Tazmaniac.
[8]: This was a three-way match which also included the team of The Gangstas.
[9]: Scorpio defeated Rocco Rock in a match also for Scorpio’s ECW World TV title, choosing Sandman as his partner.
[10]: Whipwreck defeated Scorpio in a match for his TV and Tag Team titles; Cactus Jack appointed himself as Mikey’s partner.
[11]: This match aired on February 6, 1996, on ECW Hardcore TV.
[12]: The Dudley Boyz defeated John Kronus in a handicap match due to Perry Saturn being injured.
[13]: Due to Mustafa Saed leaving ECW, the Dudley Boyz were once again crowned ECW world tag team champions.
[14]: This was a three-way match which also involved the team of Balls Mahoney & Axl Rotten.
[15]: D-Von Dudley defeated Rob Van Dam in a singles match to win the titles.
[16]: This was a three-way dance which also involved the team of Tommy Dreamer & Masato Tanaka. On April 22, 2000, Justin Credible won the ECW world heavyweight title and therefore was forced to vacate the title. By this point, Lance Storm had left ECW for WCW anyway, so Credible threw down his tag belt as a sign that he was abandoning the title.
[17]: Tajiri and Whipwreck won the titles in a three-way tournament final which also included the teams of Tommy Dreamer & Jerry Lynn and Simon Diamond & Johnny Swinger.
[18]: On April 11, 2001, ECW shut down and the WWF buys their assets, which makes Doring and Roadkill the final REAL ECW world tag team champions.

Credit goes to: PWI Almanac, wrestling-titles.com, and ProWrestlingHistory.com

ECW World Heavyweight Title History

Champion Won From Date City/Event
Jimmy Snuka Salvatore Bellomo 4/25/1992 Mount Tabor, PA[1]
Johnny Hotbody Jimmy Snuka 4/26/1992 Philadelphia, PA
Jimmy Snuka (2) Johnny Hotbody 7/14/1992 Philadelphia, PA
Don Muraco Jimmy Snuka 9/30/1992 Philadelphia, PA
The Sandman Don Muraco 11/16/1992 Philadelphia, PA
Don Muraco (2) The Sandman 4/3/1993 Radnor, PA
Tito Santana Don Muraco 8/8/1993 Philadelphia, PA
Shane Douglas Tito Santana 9/9/1993 Roanoke, VA[2]
Sabu Shane Douglas 10/2/1993 NWA Bloodfest: Part 2
Terry Funk Sabu 12/26/1993 Holiday Hell
Shane Douglas (2) Terry Funk 3/26/1994 Ultimate Jeopardy[3]
The Sandman (2) Shane Douglas 4/15/1995 Hostile City Showdown
Mikey Whipwreck The Sandman 10/28/1995 Philadelphia, PA
The Sandman (3) Mikey Whipwreck 12/9/1995 December to Dismember[4]
Raven The Sandman 1/27/1996 Philadelphia, PA
The Sandman (4) Stevie Richards 10/5/1996 Ultimate Jeopardy[5]
Raven (2) The Sandman 12/7/1996 Holiday Hell
Terry Funk (2) Raven 4/13/1997 Barely Legal
Sabu (2) Terry Funk 8/9/1997 Born to be Wired
Shane Douglas (3) Sabu 8/17/1997 Hardcore Heaven[6]
Bam Bam Bigelow Shane Douglas 10/16/1997 New York, NY
Shane Douglas (4) Bam Bam Bigelow 11/30/1997 November to Remember
Taz Shane Douglas 1/10/1999 Guilty as Charged
Mike Awesome Taz 9/19/1999 Anarchy Rulz[7]
Masato Tanaka Mike Awesome 12/17/1999 ECW on TNN
Mike Awesome (2) Masato Tanaka 12/23/1999 ECW on TNN
Tazz (2) Mike Awesome 4/13/2000 ECW on TNN[8]
Tommy Dreamer Tazz 4/22/2000 CyberSlam
Justin Credible Tommy Dreamer 4/22/2000 CyberSlam
Jerry Lynn Justin Credible 10/1/2000 Anarchy Rulz
Steve Corino Jerry Lynn 11/5/2000 November to Remember[9]
The Sandman (5) Steve Corino 1/7/2001 Guilty as Charged[10]
Rhino The Sandman 1/7/2001 Guilty as Charged[11]

Footnotes:
[1]: This was a tournament final.
[2]: Title awarded to Douglas by forfeit when Tito Santana didn’t show up for the match.
[3]: Douglas pinned Funk in an eight-man tag team Ultimate Jeopardy match which included Shane Douglas, Mr. Hughes and Public Enemy against Road Warrior Hawk, Kevin Sullivan, The Tazmaniac and Terry Funk. Due to a prematch stipulation, the title changed hands. Also, on August 27, 1994, Eastern Championship Wrestling was renamed Extreme Championship Wrestling once Shane Douglas denounced the NWA to break away and become their own seperate promotion.
[4]: This was a triple-threat match which also involved Steve Austin.
[5]: Stevie Richards substituted for Raven in a tag match that had as a stipulation that if he got pinned, Raven would lose the belt. The tag match ended up being The Sandman and Tommy Dreamer against Stevie Richards and Brian Lee.
[6]: Shane Douglas was victorious over both Sabu and Terry Funk in this three-way elimination match.
[7]: This was a three-way match also involving Masato Tanaka.
[8]: Even though Tazz was working for the WWF at the time, Vince McMahon allowed him to come over to ECW and squash Mike Awesome for the ECW world title belt because of his recent signing with WCW for the fear that Mike Awesome would take the belt with him.
[9]: This was a Double Jeopardy match also involving Justin Credible and The Sandman.
[10]: This was a Tables, Ladders, Chairs, and Canes match also involving Justin Credible.
[11]: On April 11, 2001, ECW shuts down and the WWF buys their assets, which makes Rhino the final REAL ECW world heavyweight champion.

Credit goes to: PWI Almanac, wrestling-titles.com, and ProWrestlingHistory.com

ECW: The Night The Line Was Crossed (02.94)

ECW: The Night The Line Was Crossed
February 5, 1994
Philadelphia, PA
ECW Arena

The current ECW Champs were as follows:
ECW Champion: Terry Funk (12/26/1993)
ECW Tag Team Champions: Vacant (2/4/1994)
ECW TV Champion: Sabu (11/13/1993)

Your host is Joey Styles. Read the rest of this entry

WCW U.S. Heavyweight Title History

Champion Won From Date City/Event
Lex Luger 1/1/1991 [1]
Sting Steve Austin 8/25/1991 Atlanta, GA[2]
Rick Rude Sting 11/19/1991 Clash 17[3]
Dustin Rhodes Ricky Steamboat 1/16/1993 Saturday Night[4]
Dustin Rhodes (2) Rick Rude 8/30/1993 Atlanta, GA[5]
Steve Austin Dustin Rhodes 12/27/1993 Starrcade
Ricky Steamboat Steve Austin 8/24/1994 Clash 28
Steve Austin (2) Ricky Steamboat 9/18/1994 Fall Brawl[6]
Jim Duggan Steve Austin 9/18/1994 Fall Brawl
Vader Jim Duggan 12/27/1994 Starrcade
Sting (2) Meng 6/18/1995 Great American Bash[7]
Kensuke Sasaki Sting 11/13/1995 Japan
One Man Gang Kensuke Sasaki 12/27/1995 Starrcade
Konnan One Man Gang 1/29/1996 Monday Nitro
Ric Flair Konnan 7/7/1996 Bash at the Beach[8]
Eddie Guerrero Diamond Dallas Page 12/29/1996 Starrcade[9]
Dean Malenko Eddie Guerrero 3/16/1997 UnCeNSoReD
Jeff Jarrett Dean Malenko 6/9/1997 Monday Nitro
Steve McMichael Jeff Jarrett 8/21/1997 Clash 35
Curt Hennig Steve McMichael 9/15/1997 Monday Nitro
Diamond Dallas Page Curt Hennig 12/28/1997 Starrcade
Raven Diamond Dallas Page 4/19/1998 Spring Stampede
Bill Goldberg Raven 4/20/1998 Monday Nitro
Bret Hart Diamond Dallas Page 7/20/1998 Monday Nitro[10]
Lex Luger (2) Bret Hart 8/10/1998 Monday Nitro
Bret Hart (2) Lex Luger 8/13/1998 Thunder
Diamond Dallas Page (2) Bret Hart 10/26/1998 Monday Nitro
Bret Hart (3) Diamond Dallas Page 11/30/1998 Monday Nitro
Roddy Piper Bret Hart 2/8/1999 Monday Nitro
Scott Hall Roddy Piper 2/21/1999 Superbrawl IX[11]
Scott Steiner Booker T 4/11/1999 Spring Stampede[12]
David Flair 7/5/1999 Monday Nitro[13]
Chris Benoit David Flair 8/9/1999 Monday Nitro
Sid Vicious Chris Benoit 9/12/1999 Fall Brawl
Bill Goldberg (2) Sid Vicious 10/24/1999 Halloween Havoc
Bret Hart (4) Bill Goldberg 10/25/1999 Monday Nitro
Scott Hall (2) Bret Hart 11/8/1999 Monday Nitro[14]
Chris Benoit (2) Jeff Jarrett 12/19/1999 Starrcade
Jeff Jarrett (2) Chris Benoit 12/20/1999 Monday Nitro[15]
Scott Steiner (2) Sting 4/16/2000 Spring Stampede[16]
Lance Storm Mike Awesome 7/18/2000 Monday Nitro[17]
Terry Funk Lance Storm 9/22/2000 Amarillo, TX
Lance Storm (2) Terry Funk 9/23/2000 Lubbock, TX
General Rection Lance Storm 10/29/2000 Halloween Havoc[18]
Lance Storm (3) General Rection 11/13/2000 Monday Nitro
General Rection (2) Lance Storm 11/26/2000 Mayhem
Shane Douglas General Rection 1/14/2001 Sin
Rick Steiner Shane Douglas 2/5/2001 Monday Nitro
Booker T Rick Steiner 3/18/2001 Greed
WWE buys out WCW and the title becomes defended on WWE programming.
Kanyon 7/26/2001 Smackdown![19]
Tajiri Kanyon 9/10/2001 Raw is War
Rhyno Tajiri 9/23/2001 Unforgiven
Kurt Angle Rhyno 10/22/2001 Raw
Edge Kurt Angle 11/12/2001 Raw[20]

Footnotes:
[1]: When WCW withdrew from the NWA in January 1991, Lex Luger’s NWA U.S. title reign carried over to become the first ever WCW U.S. title reign. After winning the WCW world title, Lex Luger had to vacate the U.S. title.
[2]: This was a tournament final.
[3]: In December 1992, Rude had to vacate the title due to injury.
[4]: This was a tournament final. During a controversial finish in May 1993, the U.S. title became vacant.
[5]: Rhodes regained the U.S. title in a rematch on 8/30/1993.
[6]: Austin was awarded the title after Steamboat was forced to vacate the title due to injury.
[7]: Vader was stripped of the title by WCW Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel in April 1995. This was a tournament final.
[8]: Ric Flair had to vacate the title due to a shoulder injury in November 1996.
[9]: This was a tournament final.
[10]: Goldberg vacated the U.S. title once he won the WCW world title on 7/5/1998. Bret Hart and DDP were considered as the top two contendors to the U.S. title.
[11]: Scott Hall vacated the U.S. title after suffering an injury.
[12]: This was a tournament final.
[13]: WCW President Ric Flair stripped Scott Steiner of the title when he failed to defend it and awarded it to his son David.
[14]: This was a four-way ladder match which also included Sid Vicious and Goldberg. He would be stripped of the title due to an injury at Starrcade, setting up a ladder match between Benoit and Jarrett for the vacant title.
[15]: Once the Russo/Bischoff era started on 4/10/2000, all the titles were made vacant as they reset the company.
[16]: This was a tournament final. Steiner would be stripped of the title when he used the Steiner Recliner on Mike Awesome at Bash at the Beach which was a submission hold that had been banned from WCW.
[17]: This was a tournament final. During the Lance Storm title reigns, the U.S. title becomes unofficially known as the WCW Canadian Heavyweight title.
[18]: General Rection won the title in a handicap match by defeating both Lance Storm and Jim Duggan.
[19]: As the WCW world champion, Booker T awards the secondary WCW U.S. title to Kanyon.
[20]: At the Survivor Series PPV the following weekend, Edge defeated WWE Intercontinental champion Test to win the title and as the WCW U.S. champion, the WCW and WWE titles become unified for the first time ever.

Credit goes to: PWI Almanac, wrestling-titles.com, and ProWrestlingHistory.com

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