Ladies and gentlemen, I have an important announcement to make: A mistake has been made here at the Extreme Archive. After a coordinated effort between the crack research department at the Extreme Archive and the Standards and Practices committee at Inside Pulse, we have determined that the previous two ECW Television Episodes (and episode 009) did NOT take place at Cabrini College on April 02, 1993.
Instead, they took place at Cabrini College on the following day: April 03, 1993. This has been confirmed through wikipedia and prowrestlinghistory.com, so please adjust your notes accordingly for the final exam at the end of the semester.
Taped: April 03, 1993
Broadcast: June 01, 1993
Taping Location: Cabrini College Field House
Announcing Team: Jay Sulli & Paul E. Dangerously
Basically, it’s getting close to the date for the supercard, and they have to spoil upcoming developments to sell tickets. Craaazy.
All of this we will see in the upcoming weeks on ECW Television.
Back in action, JT is punching thrasher in the corner. Thrasher tries to cheat to beat JT Smith, but the Smith turns the tables and puts his feet on the ropes after rolling up Thrasher.
Peaches actually attacks Paul, but Rockin Rebel comes down and pulls her off of Paul. And in the misogynist moment of 1993, he actually puts the boots to Peaches! Edgy. Sandman pulls Rebel in, and delivers the worst double-arm DDT ever. Muraco and Sandman lockup again, and the referee gets bumped 16. So Sandman gets a sleeper on Muraco, but Dangerously nails Sandman with the phone. Cover by Muraco, and we have a new ECW Champion!
|ECW Heavyweight Champion|| Don Muraco
|ECW Television Champion|| Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka
|ECW Tag Team Champions|| The Suicide Blondes (Candido & Hotbody)
|Terry Funk vs Eddie Gilbert||Ongoing||Upcoming Chain Match at Super Summer Sizzler|
|The Sandman & Peaches vs Rockin Rebel & Tigra||Ongoing||Rebel caused Sandman to lose the ECW Championship|
|Glen Osborne vs The Dangerous Alliance||Diminished||Lost a tag match to the Dangerous Alliance|
|Super Destroyers vs Winters & Stetson||Finished?||Seems like they are breaking up Winters and Stetson|
|Winters & Stetson vs Suicide Blondes||Finished?||Unsure if this feud will continue or not|
|Hunter Q. Robbins III vs Tommy Cairo||Diminished||Cairo came to help Belomo fight the Super Destroyers, but wasn’t important to the feud.|
|JT Smith vs Max Thrasher||Ongoing||Smith scored a pinfall on Thrasher in singles action.|
|Sal Bellomo vs The Super Destroyers||Ongoing||Bellomo won a match against Super D #1 by DQ.|
|Don Muraco vs The Sandman||Ongoing||Muraco defeated Sandman for the ECW Championship|
Well, you can’t deal with the early history of ECW and TWA without discussing Larry Winters. Larry was a wrestler from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who spent some time in the territories in the mid 80s, including a stint in the AWA where he most notably (or at least easier to find on You Tube) fought Larry Zybysco.
Winters would become the lead trainer of Ringmasters Wrestling School in Philadelphia with Joel Goodhart, where he trained Tony Stetson, Don E. Allen, Glen Osborne, and The Sandman. As the trainer, he would also be a main attraction in TWA. His big feud was with long-time rival D.C. Drake, and the hardcore battles that took place between Winters and Drake would help set the standards for the hardcore style that would later be modeled in Extreme Championship Wrestling.
Winters was the original booker for ECW, but due to some conflict with Tod Gordon, he was pushed aside to allow Eddie Gilbert to take the book. So far on ECW television, he has been tagging with his former student, Tony “Hitman” Stetson, but that situation looks to change very quickly.
Over on 411mania.com, William Renken wrote an excellent column talking about the Eddie Gilbert vs Cactus Jack feud that took place in the Tri-State Wrestling Alliance, the predecessor to NWA: Eastern Championship Wrestling. Including a YouTube link to the 2 out of 3 falls match that put Cactus Jack back on the national spotlight. 17
So, if you want to look at the testing lab where the 90s (or modern) hardcore style originated, then you should check it out. It is an excellent history lesson:
I really am sick of matches from previous weeks. Highlights are fine. Finishes are fine. But to show a match in its entirety from the previous week is really getting boring.
The upcoming highlights is kindof interesting. Sort of reminded me of a comic book trick, where you tease the outcomes of upcoming storylines, making the fans go WTF… It’s an interesting but confusing concept, and let’s see if the product is as interesting as the tease.
But we had a significant if telegraphed title change, and that was pretty exciting all things considered. So yeah, eventful. Maybe we’re getting someplace
1. The ‘heel hug’ is the embrace that two heels give each other when they barely know each other, typically managers. By embracing, the heels establish that they approve of each others diabolical heel actions, and it transfers heel heat between both people. My favorite heel hug is the Bobby Heenan/Jim Cornette hug on Monday Night Raw (08/02/1993).
2. Surprising because I wouldn’t think that an adjective and an adverb would get along so well.
3. Apparently, the following matches have turned it into a ‘spectacular’.
4. Totally confusing, as it seems the Super Destroyers turn face, the Suicide Blondes get a new team member and a manager. 5. Tommy Cairo apparently has won the ECW Pennsylvania Championship, but until they explain it on TV, I’m not recognizing it.
6. Apparently one of these guys has turned heel, but I don’t know which one.
7. The question is do the Super Destroyers know which one is #1 and which one is #2.
8. Boring as hell in 2012, but for the time it’s decent.
9. I don’t know which one made it horrible, Sal or Super D #1, but it was BAD!
10. Or as Jessie “The Body Ventura eloquently put it: Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat!
11. The most surprising thing about these matches is that they were called live. More surprising when you realize that the late 90s matches were always called in post production.
12. The quasi-gay heel hug is the embrace between two wrestlers (sweaty and in wrestling gear) to add a hint of homosexuality or at least non-manly behavior to their inventory of heel qualities. Admittedly, when Snuka gives one, it is decidedly more manly, but that’s an individual case.
13. Lance Wright he is not.
14. Good thing Sandman turned to the hardcore brawling style, cause this is almost embarassing.
15. Not uncomfortable because of the gay implications. Uncomfortable due to the smell. I mean it’s a big man in tight Body Glove surfer outfit that probably hasn’t been washed after 2 days of television tapings. I mean your nose right next to the nutsack! Funky like a monkey, indeed!
16. So we have manager interference, manager fighting, outside interference, and now a ref bump. Overbooking, thy name is ECW
17. Surprised the crap out of me, because I’ve searched for that match before on YouTube and never was able to find it.