Welcome to another edition of ECW Nostalgia. This week we will bring you the very special Christmas episode from December 17th, 1994.
The show opens up with highlights of the year that was in ECW set to “Little Drummer Boy”. Man, what a trailblazing year this was, and if you think that was good....stick around in the coming weeks as I recap 1995. Man, what a fucking year that was!
The clips shown are: Shane Douglas throwing down the NWA world title, highlights from the Douglas vs. Funk vs. Sabu epic, Sabu putting lots of people through tables. Sandman caning the shit out of Tommy Dreamer, highlights from Taz vs. Malenko, highlights from Sabu vs. Benoit, Public Enemy making lots of fat white people wave their hands in the air, almost like they just don’t care, Public Enemy wrapping Mikey Whipwreck in barbedwire and beating him with chairs, and then Mikey giving Rocco Rock the FrankenMikey. We end with Shane Douglas cutting in and laughing.
Joey Styles welcomes us to a very special Christmas edition of ECW TV. He tries to speak, but the ECW chants drown him out. They finally stop and he introduces to the ECW Arena.....Santa Claus!
HANDICAPPED MATCH: 911 VS. THE PITBULLS
And we’re back. Styles hypes all the new TV channels they will be carried by starting in January, including on a Japanese cable channel. Styles goes to a promo package for the ECW Shows in Florida....but then says we need to go to the locker room to see Jason confronting the Pitbulls.
The Pitbulls are backstage screaming and tearing stuff up. The Bad Breed, Axl and Ian Rotten, are sitting down backstage and laughing at them. The Pitbulls run over to ask them what’s so funny, and Axl says “I can’t believe we just watched two jabroni’s get beaten by one jabroni!” Wow, The Rock must have watched this episode. Pitbull #1 tells them if they think they’re so funny they should meet them in a match next week, and then he and Pitbull #2 clothesline them out of their chairs. And that, my friends, was the beginning of one of the most violent feuds in wrestling history. Stay tuned for how it came to be in the coming weeks. It will definitely get the second “Extreme Ramifications” nod.
We’re back with Joseph. He takes us to a video package of how the Dreamer-Cactus vs. Sandman-Cairo feud came to be.
We see the Cactus promo on Sullivan from last week where Woman confronts him, and Sandman sneak attacks him.
Cut to Cairo and Sandman caning Dreamer, and Cactus Jack coming out to make the save. Sandman and Cairo cane the living hell out of him. Dreamer throws his body over Cactus’, but gets yanked off by Cairo and the beating continues.
That brings us to the Cactus Jack/Tommy Dreamer promo where Cactus tells Woman/Cairo/Sandman they will take their souls when they meet up. And they’re going to meet up right after this commercial break!
MATCH TWO: SANDMAN & TOMMY CAIRO VS. CACTUS JACK & TOMMY DREAMER
Commercials. Lots of ones for Tod’s pawn shop this time.
Sandman and Cactus rush to the ring and go on the attack. Cactus throws Sandman out of the ring and the fans toss weapons to Cactus. A crutch and a baking sheet are used, as is a frying pan. On the other side of the ring, Cairo is hammering Dreamer with punches. Cactus then tosses Sandman back into the ring. A fan throws Dreamer a hockey mask, and he puts it on and headbutts Cairo. Cactus throws Sandman back outside and hits him with chair shots. Dreamer and Cactus get back in the ring, and Dreamer shoots Cactus into the ropes and gives him a back body drop on top of Cairo. Cactus then tosses Cairo into the guardrail, which Cairo absorbs and Angel hands him Sandman’s cane and he beats Cactus with it. Dreamer goes for a plancha to the outside, but misses everybody and is laid out for quite a while outside. But no “You Fucked Up!” chants? Sandman suplexes Cactus Jack into the ring. He then gives him a body slam and comes off with a top rope leg drop. Cairo throws Dreamer back into the ring, shoots him into the ropes, but Dreamer slide between his legs and punches him in the balls. Then gives Cairo a diving headbutt to the balls. Sandman tosses Cactus to the outside and throws a table on top of him, and then slams him to the concrete floor. Cactus gets to his feet and lays his head down on the ring apron, but Cairo gives him a leg drop. Sandman and Cairo corner Dreamer, who came over to help Cactus, and give him a Stereo chair shot. They toss Dreamer back in the ring and take turns leg dropping him. Sandman then gives Dreamer a side suplex. Well, now Cactus and Cairo have gone to their respective corners. Sandman nails another flying leg drop on Dreamer, and then picks him up for a piledriver, yells “Bang! Bang!” at Cactus and hits it. He goes for a pin, but Cactus breaks up the count. That brings in Cairo, who brawls with Cactus. Cairo goes for a tackle, but Cactus catches him in a double arm DDT and gets the 3 count from out of nowhere....what the fuck?! I thought Dreamer and Sandman were the legal men?! Oh, well, whatever.
Styles welcomes us back and hypes how great 1995 will be for ECW, and he sure was right. He hypes the first shows of 1995, including ones in Florida. He cues a Hype Central promo set to Pearl Jam’s “Not For You” showing all the matches announced for the Florida shows.
Styles comes back and shows clips of Stevie Richards wrestling a match dressed like Scotty Flamingo. He says Richards promises he can bring the former Johnny Polo into ECW, which Styles says can never happen because he’s heard he’s finished with wrestling and now works for Pearl Jam.
Styles thanks us for watching, and wishes us a Merry Christmas (See, these were the good old days before the ACLU made everyone say “Happy Holidays”) and says we are going to end the show with words from the men who “sleigh-jacked Santa last year” The Public Enemy, who are in New York City tonight.
PE are standing in New York City with the ECW Tag belts on their shoulders, watching people ice skate. Rocco tells Johnny it’s going to be a merry Christmas for them, and wants to give Johnny his Christmas present early; so he walks behind a guy turned around watching people ice skate and steals his wallet and hands it to Johnny, wishing him a Merry Christmas.
Great show this week. We got matches, we got classic promos, and best of all it was Ron Simmons free! Oh, well, he doesn’t have too much longer left in ECW. See you next week!