Living Dangerously boosts ECW
By JOHN POWELL -- SLAM! Wrestling
Super Crazy wins his first ECW championship.
I swear, you could give ECW owner Paul Heyman and his booking staff a
volunteer fire department, a group of drunken sailors found staggering
around the harbour, an abandoned parking lot behind a downtown construction
site, a rusty ring and they would somehow turn it all into a phenomenal
wrestling extravaganza. It's that kind of creativity that inspires loyalty
and dedication in the ECW locker room.
It is no fluke that ECW has been able to stay afloat all these years. They
are the hardest working wrestling promotion in North America. At the risk
of generating heat from fans and other wrestling journalists, I will go on
record as saying that at the present time ECW has chokeslammed WCW out of
its Big Two categorization. Based on viewer interest and pay-per-view buy
rates alone, the WWF and ECW are the leading promotions in the business
today. ECW has successfully forged ahead in spite of untimely injuries to
its top stars whereas WCW can't seem to bounce back from a similar set of
circumstances. Drafting the final Living Dangerously card only a few days
before the actual date, ECW still delivered a thrilling and intriguing
The unofficial double main event saw two ECW titles change hands. In the
finals of a tournament to crown a new ECW Television Champion, Super Crazy
scuttled the "Network's" plans to award the strap to their hand-picked
successor, Rhino. Former champ Rob Van Dam, The Sandman and Scotty Riggs
gave Super Crazy the support he needed to win his first ever championship
in ECW. To get to the finals, Super Crazy beat Little Guido in an
incredible bout while Rhino won by forfeit over The Sandman when he gored
The Sandman's wife through a table at the top of the show. Attending to his
injured wife, The Sandman was taken out of the tournament by "Network"
Halfway through the final match, Tajiri interfered on behalf of Rhino
blowing that green mist into Super Crazy's eyes. Tajiri hung Crazy upside
down in the turnbuckle. He did a running baseball slide on Crazy kicking
him in the face. Rhino followed goring the prone Crazy. Rob Van Dam, who
had his almost two-year reign as Television Champion cut short by a broken
leg and the "political maneuverings" of Cyrus, arrived in the ring with
Scotty Riggs. Riggs got rid of Tajiri. Rob Van Dam, sporting a cast on his
still healing broken leg, took on Rhino. Manager Bill Alphonso distracted
Rhino long enough for Van Dam to break a crutch over Rhino's back. Rhino
no-sold the blow.
Rhino charged at Van Dam. Van Dam backdropped Rhino face-first into a table
set-up in the corner. Super Crazy nailed a body splash to win the match and
the title. Rhino, Jack Victory, Steve Corino and Tajiri swarmed Riggs, RVD
and Crazy. Rhino Gored RVD, Riggs and Crazy. Tajiri went to work on RVD's
broken leg stomping on it.
The Impact Players reclaimed the ECW World Tag Team Championship at Living Dangerously.
Enter Sandman blasted over the arena's sound system announcing his return.
The Sandman beat Rhino with his Singapore cane. The baddies were cleared
from the ring and the faces shared in some brews courtesy of The
In the second main event match, The Impact Players survived a chaotic
three-way elimination battle for the ECW World Tag Team Titles to become as
Johnny Diamond would say...two-time, two-time, two-time, champs. Mike
Awesome and Raven, the belt-holders coming into the event, were the first
to be sent packing when Tanaka pinned Raven with the Roaring Elbow Smash. A
bleeding Tommy Dreamer taunted Storm and Credible to take their best shots.
They were happy to oblige pounding on The Innovator Of Violence. Tanaka was
hot-tagged in though eventually it was The Impact Players spike piledriving
Dreamer to regain the straps. Cyrus heaped praised upon The Players inside
the ring saying that the "Network" approved of their victory.
ECW's next pay-per-view is Hardcore Heaven on May 14th.
ECW Living Dangerously 2000 Results
That evil, priest guy who was James Vandenberg in WCW introed the
broadcast detailing the seven deadly sins and how they applied to the ECW
talent. Very inventive promo. Cut to Gertner and Styles hyping the event in
the ring. Cyrus interrupts them. The graphic showing Cyrus' name has TNN
written over the Living Dangerously logo. Heh. Heh. Gertner tell Cyrus
this is pay-per-view and not a TNN taping so he has no jurisdiction here.
Cyrus challenges Gertner to a fight. Gertner accepts tearing his neck brace
off. Cyrus talks his way out of a physical confrontation. As Gertner's back
is turned, Cyrus super kicks him in the head and starts wailing on him.
Styles pulls Cyrus off of Gertner in his own version of the Taz-Mission.
Funny stuff that.
Steve Corino insults the Sandman's wife and his children who are seated
at ringside. Corino pulls her out of her seat, over the security fence and
into the ring. Rhino gores her through a table. Ouchie! The Sandman does a
run-in to protect his wife, Laurie. Security floods the ring. The Sandman
carries Laurie to the dressing room. Corino calls out Dusty Rhodes.
Dusty Rhodes Vs Steve Corino (Texas Bullrope Match)
Very bloody and very savage encounter. Hmmm. The ref that Corino
attacked on TNN is officiating the match. Jack Victory makes it a
two-on-one. Both Rhodes and Corino blade after having the cow bell smashed
into their respective skulls. In a sickening move, Rhodes slices Corino's
arm open with the edge of the cow bell. The ref helps Rhodes tape the cow
bell to Corino's head. Rhodes nails Corino with a steel chair. Bionic
Elbow. Corino is done. Hats off to Rhodes for not just sleepwalking through
the match but working hard and blading.
Dusty Rhodes wears the crimson mask after his battle with Steve Corino.
Winner: Dusty Rhodes at 10 minutes and 14 seconds.
Match Rating: 7 / 10.
Cyrus and Styles announce that Laurie has been carted off to the
hospital. Cyrus declares that since The Sandman went to the hospital to be
with his wife that he has forfeited his match with Rhino. Styles insinuates
that Cyrus and Rhino planned the attack. In a great segment, a computerized Styles is shown beating the heck out of Cyrus in the ECW video game. Heh. Heh.
The New Dangerous Alliance Vs Danny Doring, Roadkill
Solid tag team action has Electra crotching Roadkill on the top rope
so that Anderson can spike Doring with the Spinebuster. As we learn later
in a locker room promo, Electra has joined up with The Dangerous Alliance
because she felt she deserved a better push.
Winners: The New Dangerous Alliance at 7 minutes and 11
Match Rating: 7 / 10.
Mike Awesome Vs Kid Kash (ECW World Heavyweight Title Match)
It is supposed to be a bout between Simon (pay-per-view filler)
Diamond against Kid Kash. Awesome buds in telling them to leave the ring or
die. Diamond splits. Kash does not. The short match ends with Kash Awesome
Bombed from the top rope through a table. Directed by Diamond, Jado and
Gedo attack Jazz who has come to Kid Kash's side. This leads to...
Winner: .... and still ECW World Heavyweight Champion...Mike Awesome
at 4 minutes and 21 seconds.
Match Rating: 3 / 10.
Nova, Chris Chetti Vs Jado, Gedo
Jado and Gedo deserve much better than being jobbed out like this.
Nova is dressed in his version of Spider-Man - Venom's black and white
costume from the Marvel comics. Too bad it doesn't grant the wearer a
personality too. Again, Nova is a wicked talent in search of a good
gimmick. This super hero, fan boy stuff doesn't fly. Nova and Chetti get
the upset win which would matter if people knew what status Jado and Gedo
hold in Japan.
Winners: Nova, Chetti at 7 minutes and 26 seconds.
Match Rating: 5 / 10.
Little Guido Vs Super Crazy (Semi-Finals of the ECW Television Title
tournament, Italian Death Match)
Words like exciting and clever don't begin to describe the quality.
The intense effort by both Guido and Crazy sells the importance of this
match. It illustrates why Guido especially should get more credit that he
does for being a top-notch performer. Guido does a flying elbow smash off
the shoulder of Big Sal. Super Crazy moves. Guido goes through a table. Big
Sal is on the receiving end of a hurracanrana from Crazy. A moonsault and
brainbuster on Guido ends his quest for gold.
Winner: Super Crazy at 7 minutes and 38 seconds.
Match Rating: 8.5 / 10.
Kintaro Kanemura Vs Balls Mahoney
Where's the barbed wire or flaming baseball bats? So short is the bout
we wonder if it was worth flying Kanemura in from Japan. Nutcracker on a
steel chair and Kanemura is done. The Baldies assault Mahoney. Balls is
placed on a table outside the ring. Grimes splashes Mahoney from off a top
turnbuckle through the table. This brings New Jack and a garbage bin of
Winner: Balls Mahoney at 1 minutes and 57 seconds
Match Rating: 2 / 10.
New Jack Vs The Baldies
New Jack evens the odds with some weapons. Grimes takes a pizza cutter
to New Jack's forehead. Grimes stacks two tables beside some scaffolding.
Grimes and New Jack jockey for position on top of the scaffold. New Jack
pulls Grimes off the scaffold. Both wrestlers fall. (Video clip - 599 K) They miss the tables
completely and Grimes lands hard on New Jack. The camera cut away to shots
of the crowd. Grime walks away with assistance. The condition of New Jack
Match Rating: 6 / 10.
Mike Awesome, Raven (champions) Vs The Impact Players (challengers)
Vs Tanaka, Dreamer (challengers) (Three-Way Elimination, ECW World Tag Team
Winners: ... and new ECW World Tag Team Champions...The Impact
Players at 8 minutes and 31 seconds.
Match Rating: 8 / 10.
Super Crazy (challenger) Vs Rhino (challenger)
(Finals of the ECW Television Title tournament, Italian Death
Winner: ...and new ECW Television Champion, Super Crazy at 10
minutes and 25 seconds.
Match Rating: 7 / 10.
Total Event Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes
Overall Event Rating: 7.5 / 10.