As Doc and I spoke about on DDT Wrestling this week, there’s not a whole lot I want to say about Superfly Jimmy Snuka.  I came into the wrestling world at the tail end of Snuka’s career, so anything I saw of his came later when I was watching old Coliseum videos sitting on the floor of my grandmother’s living room.  At that point, the wrestling world had changed, and his high flying was almost commonplace.

I also know next to nothing about the details regarding what happened in that hotel room, so I have no business talking about that either.  He was obviously a legend of his time, a trailblazer for the future, and a figure mired in controversy.

What’s important for this week’s ECW Hardcore TV is that the man made some funny faces, and that’s the theme for this week.

With that, let’s get going.

 

ECW Hardcore TV, Episode 7

We begin, as sadly expected, with Jay Sulli and Stevie Wonderful, previewing the upcoming hour of action.  Thankfully, they don’t get to talk much before Paul E. Dangerously saves the day, calling out ECW President Tod Gordon.  They jaw back and forth, and we’re treated to some great expressions.

Gordon talks tough until Magnificent Muraco makes his presence known, doing the high school bully trick of “accidentally” bumping into Tod multiple times while Dangerously tosses out a vile insult.

“The wrestling world needs you like a drowning man needs Ted Kennedy.”

Now, far be it from me to throw anything even remotely resembling shade at the great Paul Heyman, but that line was a bit out of place, even for 1993 standards.  The incident Paul is referencing took place in Chappaquiddick (a very fun word to both say and type) in 1969, some twenty four years before this promo, which makes it almost 50 years old for us watching today.  Needless to say, it doesn’t age well.

Once Gordon runs for cover, the Magnificent Muraco calls out ECW Champion The Sandman, claiming there is only room for one surfer in ECW…  I wasn’t aware there was a limit.

With that, Dangerously tells Sulli to earn his money, and Jay does a great job of cutting to our first match.

 

Well, technically, I’m not going to count this as Match 1, since this is, start to finish, a replay of the tag title change we saw from Episode 6, where Tony Stetson and Larry Winters beat the Super Destroyers.  Now, I get it, this is a show obviously trying to attract new viewers, so showing the title change again might prove to be something novel for any neophyte watchers.  (Bonus synonym points for me for that last sentence.)  However, for us who have seen all of the episodes, this was a little dreadful.  Thanks be to Fast Forward.

Following that, we get another “DC in his High School TV Media class” graphic…

I was really a little crestfallen that there were no typos in that graphic, if I’m being honest, but we did get the new stipulation of being crowned “King of Philly”.  Who knows what that’s about.

 

Match 1 - Jimmy Snuka and Eddie Gilbert vs. JT Smith and Max Thrasher

I know what you’re thinking.  “DC, this is the same match as last week, too. Why are you counting it?”  To be fair, this is at least a rematch, so the action is new, even if the participants are not.  

Dangerously introduces his charges as “Two guys not taking a flight to Atlanta” (a dig at Georgia based WCW), and here’s a gratuitous picture of Jimmy Snuka looking resplendent in his jungle best…

While last week’s match was a total squash, the babyface jobbers get a little offense in here, if only so Heyman can do some A+ manager selling at ringside…

This match ended in a very interesting way for me.  We are so used to seeing heel tag team partners have miscommunications and crash into each other, but in this instance, it was Smith and Thrasher that did it on two separate occasions, leading to Max turning on JT, leading to the inevitable Gilbert backbreaker to Snuka Splash for the victory.

In case you are curious, and of course you are, here’s a picture of new heel Max Thrasher…

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Following the match, we’re back on the Double Cross Ranch with Terry Funk, who unlike previous interviews, is being very serious.  That’s one of the things that separates the good wrestlers from the great, in my opinion - Being able to do different types of promos extremely well.  Terry Funk, Ric Flair, Chris Jericho, John Cena - All talents who know how to take fans on multiple types of journeys.  They can make you laugh with joy or wince with pain, and not the Good Lucha Things type of pain either.  

Perhaps this is part of the problem people have with guys like Roman Reigns (note that I said PART of the problem, not the whole thing) - There’s not that depth of emotion there yet.  Roman does either the “Small Words - Big Stick” promo or the “I’m trying to be The Rock” promo, and that’s it.  He has yet, as far as I’ve seen, to really hook fans and take them on the same type of trip that others are able to, though I imagine he will in time.  You hear me, Roman Lovers?  I said he WILL - Don't @ me! 

Either way, Funk walks us through the chain match, giving us a little history on it and explaining that this will be unlike anything ECW fans have ever seen before, and by the end, you’re ready for this match to happen.  Mission accomplished for the Funkster.

Following that bout of seriousness, we get a promo on the other end of the spectrum, as the Suicide Blonds explain that due to their recent UK trip, they have been knighted by the Queen, making them Sir Jonathan Hotbody and Sir Christopher Candido.  Also, Hotbody is sticking with this whole “having brown hair despite calling himself a blond” thing.  It’s funny.

 

Match 2 - Suicide Blonds vs. Tony Stetson and Larry Winters

Yes, that’s right, we get ANOTHER match from Stetson and Winters, whom I will now be calling Vanilla and Blandy, against what I can only guess are our future ECW tag champions, Sir Christopher and Sir Jonathan.

DC’s Peccadilloes - How do either of these teams not have matching outfits already?  I get Vanilla and Blandy not matching, since this team is obviously not going to last very long, but Candido and Hotbody seem to me to be the presumptive “Team of 1993” for ECW.  They’ve got the team name, the sunglasses, the feather boas. . . Would it kill somebody backstage to make sure they have the same color tights???

Anyway, Chris Candido does some excellent overselling here…

It appears as if Sir Christopher is trying to communicate that his opponent pulled his tights to somebody stationed on the moon.

I apologize if I’m not giving you enough of the wrestling play by play that you might be hoping for with these articles.  It’s 1993 in what appears to be a high school gymnasium - There isn’t a lot of nonstop action here.  Jonathan Hotbody does do something interesting however.  He goes for what we now refer to as a spinning heel kick, but he turns his back to his opponent first, so he only needs to do a quarter spin as opposed to a full rotation.  It wasn’t a super great move or anything, but it was something I’ve never seen before.

I also apologize because I haven’t made nearly enough fun of Jay Sulli in this column as I should, so here goes.  At one point during this match, “Wildman” Salvatore Bellomo comes out wearing a mask and claiming to be Super Destroyer 3.  

Despite the outfit, size, and abundance of facial hair, Jay Sulli has no idea who this guy is.  So apparently, his schtick is that he is the single dumbest man on the face of the planet.

The fans are clued in, however, as Sal gives the camera a hint…

I know it’s a screenshot of a 25 year old piece of video, so in case you can’t decipher it, Sal has lifted the mask and shushed the camera.  Don’t spoil it, NAIborhood!

Following the match (I don’t recall how it ended), the four brawl to the back, showing us a great view of the entrance ramp…

Fun fact - My elementary school had a stage just like this.

 

Match 3 - Magnificent Muraco vs. Glen Osbourne

This match was awful - I’m not sure if it was a lack of communication or what, but there were a lot of awkward moments, so instead, let’s do a Jimmy Snuka Silly Face Gallery!


 

Well, that was fun!  Muraco won with a “front piledriver”, by the way.  Wasn’t known as a Tombstone around the world quite yet.

 

Match 4 - Sandman vs. Rockin’ Rebel

I feel like these two have wrestled each other a thousand times already, though this time Miss Peaches and Tigra are banned from ringside, so at least we won’t have that trouble to deal with. . . .

Rockin’ Rebel has his mullet braid going strong, and once again showcases that he is a pretty decent wrestler.  I’m surprised we never saw him on WCW Saturday Night or WWF Superstars, even as a jobber.

Also, since I enjoy sharing moments I’ve never seen with you, here’s another one…

At one point, in order to encourage the Rebel to fight him, Sandman lays down in the ring and invites him to attack.  Now, usually when we see this, the babyface on the mat has some sort of trick up his sleeve - Maybe an amateur style takedown or a kick to the face.  But no, in this instance, Rebel just runs over and kicks him in the head.  A little unusual, perhaps, but it does fall in line with who the Sandman becomes as ECW moves on, so I’ll allow it.

Shockingly and surprisingly, this match ends in a no-decision as Peaches and Tigra hit the ring within four seconds of each other, leading to yet another catfight.

Sigh.

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With that, we’ve reached the end of our hour, and Sulli and Stevie try to wrap things up, only to be joined by Super Sal 3 once more, this time with some pizza.

Recipe for Wrestle Silly Success

Take one guy with a thick Italian accent and obviously recognizable physical features.

Put him in a mask.

Fill his mouth with pizza.

Let him talk a lot.

Also, have him reveal his identity 3 or 4 times.

That, my friends, is ECW right now.

 

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Until we meet again, my friends, I’ll see you around the NAIborhood.

I don’t know if you got the memo, NAIborhood, but there are over 7,000 hours of content on WWE Network.  You might not have heard, I think WWE has been downplaying it. . .

With almost 300 full days worth of wrestling to watch, some of you must be wondering why in the world I am subjecting myself to viewing the early days of ECW TV.  Before Van Dam, before Heyman, before even Taz or Tommy Dreamer.

Well, part of it is the small bits of OCD inside of me that insist on doing these quests of mine completely - That means from the very first episode to the very last one, no matter what horrors await me.  (Yes, I know you’re there, Tank Abbott wearing the shirt with the nipples cut out. . . )

Another reason is because of the lessons and connections one can make between wrestling of the past and today’s sports entertainment.  In that vein, let’s begin another THRILLING edition of DC’s Network Diaries.

 

ECW Hardcore TV, Episode 2

Once again, the episode starts with Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert trying to insert himself into the commentary team, only to be met with opposition from one Terry Funk.  Now, I’m sure we’ll cover the future Chainsaw Charlie in much more detail as these episodes continue, but I want to focus on Gilbert right now.

Full disclosure - I know next to nothing about Eddie Gilbert.  I’ve read his name a bunch and seen him a handful of times in various promotions, but I am generally completely oblivious to Mr. Hot Stuff.  However, as I watch these early promos and interactions, I can see that he’s influenced a fair share of people.  I’d venture a guess that without Eddie Gilbert, the heel side of Chris Jericho would look a lot different.  There are similarities (albeit small ones) in terms of the use of inflection and cadence.  Now, I’m not saying that Gilbert is the originator of that, but it’s worth noting.  I look forward to seeing more Hot Stuff in the future…

That sounded bad… Speaking of uncomfortable names, let’s get to our first match.

 

Match 1 - Glen Osbourne vs. Johnny Hotbody

It’s a testament to the times that a wrestler who looks like Johnny does can get away with a name like Hotbody.  He’s not a Playboy Buddy Rose or Adrian Adonis, but he’s also nowhere near a Lex Luger, either.  For those who might only watch independent wrestling, though, I suppose he could qualify.

He is, however, my favorite ECW wrestler so far, which I know isn’t saying much, since I’m an episode in.  Regardless, Johnny Hotbody is a pretty good wrestler.  I keep getting Luke Harper comparisons in my mind when I watch him, though to be fair, that’s probably solely because of the combover.

That’s Luke Harper, the 2016 winner of the Triple H Ponytail Memorial DDT Award for best hair!  Be sure to listen to all three parts of our end of the year podcast-a-palooza!

I also see some Harper in Hotbody (awkwarddddd) because of the moveset.  Johnny breaks out a German suplex (back in 1993, Suplex City hadn’t been built yet), a suplex to the outside and then a pretty impressive shoulderblock from the apron to the floor.  Again, those aren’t moves to set the world on fire, but considers this was just about a quarter of a century ago, they were enough to make me sit up and take notice.

As for Osbourne. . . Well. . . He had a decent look.  Like if Tatanka met The Ascension.  And that’s about all I can say.

Tommy Cairo makes an appearance to seek revenge on Hotbody’s interference from the previous week, and Osbourne picks up the victory, despite having almost zero offense in the match.  That doesn’t stop it from cutting your typical tough guy promo, where he claims that Hotbody was “just the first victim” in his quest for the TV title.  Apparently Glen assumes we didn’t see the match.

 

Match 2 - Tony Stetson and Larry Winters vs. Chris Michaels and Samoan Warrior

Stetson and Winters, who we saw in singles action on the premiere episode, are the number one contenders to the ECW tag titles.  Just goes to show, NAIborhood, as bad as we might think the RAW and SDLive tag scene is, it could always be worse!  These two have pretty decent double team moves, which was fun, but other than that look very much like any random duo of jobbers you’ve seen.  Just to make you uncomfortable, here's an awkward picture of Larry Winters.

Billy Ray

I might be Billy Ray Cyrus, but I might not be...

Chris Michaels sees the majority of the in-ring action for the opposition, and my guess is his ring name comes from the fact that it looks like he stole the hair from Rockers-Era Shawn Michaels and stapled it to his head.  To be fair, this is not uncommon. . . The name thing, not the stapling thing…

Remember what we talked about in the last column, indie promoters used to fill their card with generic guys and then find a couple headliners to sell tickets.  However, if they could “trick” a very casual fan (or, perhaps, a casual fan’s grandmother) into believing there were headliners there who actually were not, so much the better.  I remember reading in PWI about a promotion where the headline match was Buck Hogan taking on King Kong Button, or something like that.  Up and down the card were names that looked somewhat similar to WWF names, but obviously were not.  Tricky promoters!

As for the Samoan Warrior (or, as Terry Funk called him, the Warrior from Sah-Moe-Ahhh), his best moves where when he gave himself bumps.  When you added another wrestler, things went bad fast.

Stetson and Winters get the victory here, and as usual, Terry Funk interviews them to try to put them over, to various levels of success.  I think he tries to quote the Jeffersons theme song and is then interrupted by Untalented Slick, who needs a lesson in talking into the microphone.

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We get another look at Sandman and then the ECW champion is out to talk to Terry Funk.  He praises Funk and the fans, which is just hilarious when you consider his future of chain smoking and beer drinking.

 

Match 3 - Sandman vs. Kodiak Bear

Not surprisingly, Kodiak Bear is a 300 pound plus guy from Alaska, wearing the traditional Foley Flannel, albeit a couple years before Mick made it famous.  Even moreso than Johnny Hotbody, Bear looks like Luke Harper, provided Harper ate the Wyatt Family first.

The ring attendant is up on the apron, but Sandman just hangs his surfboard off the ringpost and apparently is going to wrestle in the faux wetsuit.  I swear, I am not making this up.  Actually, I mention the ring attendant because the commentary team spent a bunch of time this episode talking about how they couldn’t stop staring at the ring girls.  Classy move, gents.

Peaches (the name of the ring girl, and I assume the wife of Sandman) kisses the champion, then almost falls down the ring stairs.  Again, I’m not making any of this up.

After a quick match, Sandman wins with a missile dropkick, a slingshot shoulderblock and then a Cobra Clutch, which Stevie Wonderful dubs the Sandman Sleeper.  Now, perhaps he’ll prove me wrong as I keep watching, but I wasn’t aware that Sandman could do any of those moves.  I figured it was punches, kicks, Kendo Stick and then the White Russian legsweep (which is a pretty clever name for a move for an alcoholic gimmick.)

To celebrate his win, Terry Funk begins singing “Oh, Mr. Sandman”.  Not. Making. This. Up.

 

Match 4 - Eddie Gilbert vs. JT Smith

It’s our first in-ring look at Hotstuff (which is, apparently, one word) and not only does he give the ring announcer bunny ears, he does a pose which reminds me a bit of the “Drink It In, Mannnn” schtick.  Just saying.

Less than a minute into the match and we’re out among the crowd, and that’s after Gilbert hits Smith with a chair and bounces him off a table.  Apparently, disqualifications and count outs don’t apply here.  It’s also worth noting that the “barricade” which separates fans from the action looks like the same extendable seat belt things that banks use to signal how to line up.

JT Smith, another name from PWI lore, doesn’t do much in this match, though he has a nice fallaway slam and an impressive (albeit unsuccessful) moonsault.  Gilbert, having cheated the entire time, eventually picks up the win by hitting Smith with an international object.  Much offended, the play by play guy (whose name I still don’t know) runs out to inform the referee.  Imagine Mauro Ranallo doing that, or Michael Cole doing it as a babyface.

This serves as a good point to remind us all that this was once a thing.

To be fair, how many of us have biceps this good?

Match 5 - Tommy Cairo vs. Super Ninja

Another appearance by Ironman here as he picks up a quickish victory over Super Ninja with essentially what became a Deadlift German Suplex.  Super Ninja, according to Google, is indie wrestler Rick Michaels.  I only mention that because, on his Wikipedia page, is says he was signed by WWE in 2005, but as a tailor.  There’s a WWE Network series I want to see - The “Odd Jobs” of professional wrestling.  What is it like to be a tailor for WWE?  Do other former wrestlers do that?  What’s involved in the creation of wrestling gear?  I’m not kidding - I want this show!

Johnny Hotbody returns to continue his feud with Cairo, though he’s polite enough to run around the ring in a circle until Cairo gets the 3 count before attacking.  Chivalry is not dead, NAIborhood!  Cairo and Hotbody brawl “back to the dressing room”, which means they go up the stairs and onto the stage in this gymatorium.  (A gymatorium is a technical term in education for when small schools use a single space for both purposes.  I once worked in a school that had a cafegymatorium, where the physical education classes, assemblies AND lunches all took place.)

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Terry Funk and Tod Gordon preview next week’s show, where we get the semifinals (and maybe the finals - Funk’s been wrong before) of the TV title tournament.  Terry also makes sure to shake Gordon’s hand. . . This is a big thing for the Funker; I’m guessing he feels like being seen shaking the hand of a talent is a sign of approval.  I do give him a lot of credit for adding his name and reputation to such a small promotion.

Overall, I found Episode 2 of ECW TV to be better than the pilot.  The matches were generally of a better caliber and now that I’m familiar with some of the talent, following the stories was fun.

Plus, come on, you gotta watch just to see Sandman wrestle in a faux wetsuit.

Cowabunga...

Thanks for spending some NAIstalgic time with me.  Until we meet again, my friends, I’ll see you around the NAIborhood.   

 

In case you’re a relative neophyte to the DDTWrestling experience, let’s take a minute for some education.  Doc Manson and DC Matthews began their online careers as writers, going back and forth in Google Docs.  If you can imagine a written version of our podcast, that was essentially it, only without any song parodies or food discussion.

As the podcast grew, the writing dwindled, to the point where I can’t even remember the last time I put fingers to keyboard, as it were.  This is a strange feeling - I’m not even sure I remember how to log into ddtpod.com!  This could be a disaster…

Regardless, while I didn’t sit down and scribe out resolutions for 2017, I did have a couple of goals in mind.  One of them was to dive back into the WWE Network archives.  Since the brand split, I haven’t had the time or the energy to watch anything other than the current WWE / NXT / 205 Live product.  On the most recent episode of Doc Talk, my partner in crime was effusive in praising my wrestle-nerd-dom, citing my perusal of “The Vault” as his prime example.  So, really, I have no choice in the matter.

Plus, Doc laid down the unspoken gamut by writing his own column about the puzzle that is the Emmalina booking.  Truthfully, I just think he was looking for a reason to post pictures of Miss Tenille without the Captain of the household (that would be Mrs. Manson, for those of you playing at home) questioning his motives.  Either way, though, now I feel like I need to contribute as well.  Thanks, Doc…

(Author’s Note: Another resolution for 2017 - To have my podcast vocabulary expand to as similar a level as possible as my written one.  I don’t feel like I use such expansive words aurally.  Perusal, effusive, gamut. . .  I’ve got to step my game up when it comes to my verbal verbosity.)

In an effort to mix the best of both worlds, let’s dust off the old “DC’s Network Diaries”, shall we?  As tempting as it was to head right back into the wonders of WCW, circa 1995 / 1996, I feel like I should start something new, especially if I’m going to be writing about it on the regular.

So, Mr. ECW, let us dance.   Michael Cole and Byron Saxton just LOVE bragging about how the “complete” ECW library is on WWE Network.  Now, that’s what Lewis Black would call a “Liar, liar, pants on fire situation”, since I don’t think I can find Marcus Cor Von or Kevin Thorn as much as I’d like to, but I do get what they’re saying.  Even WWE employees won’t count the Sci-Fi ECW as part of the canon.

Thus, our journey takes us back to April of 1993, and the first episode of EASTERN Championship Wrestling on TV.  Join us as we head into a high school gymnasium (though the announcers insist on calling it a college athletic center), won’t you?
ECW Hardcore TV: Episode 1

Before ECW was Extreme...

Our announcers are Terry Funk, Stevie Wonderful (a name worthy of every E-fed I was ever a part of as a kid) and . . . . Joey Sussi?  Jimmy Stewie?  Josh Suggi?  I don’t remember his name, but I do recall that he was doing as much as he could to look just like Sean Mooney from WWE, even down to the very gelled hairstyle.

We get a bit of banter between Funk, ECW President Tod Gordon (they weren’t making enough money to afford the second D, apparently) and Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert.  More on him later.

 

Match 1 - Super Destroyers (ECW Tag Champions) vs. The Hellryders (EZ and HD)

I don’t know what HD Ryder is supposed to mean, and I am too uncomfortable to ask.

The Super Destroyers, according to Google, peaked with this tag title run. I found nothing else of note for either of these two, masked or not.  Neither did the announce team, apparently, since most of the match is spent trying to figure out which Destroyer is which.

Which one is which? Does it matter?

I like the archives because even though this match happened likely before most of you were born, you can watch it and still make connections to modern day wrestling.  For example, the Super Destroyers make you wonder why in the world the Authors of Pain ever took the masks off.  Rule 368 of pro wrestling: Monster heels should not have baby faces, unless they are covered up by Strowman style facial hair.

The match ends with an assisted powerbomb and then a somersault senton, which was pretty impressive for what I was expecting.  A successful title defense from the Super Destroyers.

After the match, the manager of the Super Destroyers, who shall be known as “The Untalented Slick” cuts a promo, but his voice was so Urkelish I couldn’t understand what he was saying.

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We are then treated to a promo package hyping the ECW Champion, The Sandman.  Now, if you’re expecting Metallica, kendo sticks and self-induced beer can injuries, think again.  Back in 1993, The Sandman was a surfer.

Why?  I have no idea.

 

Match 2 - “Wildman” Salvatore Bellomo vs. “Ironman” Tommy Cairo

This is what I love about the WWE Network archives.  Both Bellomo and Cairo are names that I recognize from my days avidly reading Pro Wrestling Illustrated.  For those Internet natives reading this, PWI was what we called a magazine.  Ask your parents for more information.

Sal Bellomo is dressed like a Roman centurion if said centurion didn’t have on any pants, and he is managed by Generic Grand Wizard Ripoff #3.  Tommy Cairo, on the other hand, is the first guy to step between the ropes who looks like he could actually pass as a legitimate wrestler.  Decent musculature, good look, fair to middling promo skills.  This takes nothing away from Bellomo, who actually had some good moves, but if he were in either WWF or WCW during this time, he’d be Norman the Lunatic or Mantaur.

Man. . . I miss Mantaur. . .

Wrestle Silly at its best...

The match ends when Johnny Hotbody, who apparently is feuding with Cairo, tries to interfere but messes up, and Cairo picks up the victory.

Did I mention that there’s a tournament going on for the ECW TV Title?  No?  Well, there is, and people are even ranked!  I love that!

Somewhere around this point we also get our first glimpse of Hat Guy, an ECW standard. Just thought I’d mention it.

 

Match 3 - Tony Stetson vs. Rockin’ Rebel

For my money, this was the match of the first show, as it could have been on Monday Night RAW in 1993 and fit in relatively well.  Rockin’ Rebel is another guy who “looked like a wrestler”.  Imagine if Luther Reigns (remember him?) had an Eddie Guerrero mullet and you have a pretty decent idea of what he looks like.

Ladies and gentlemen, it's Caucasian Guerrero!

I don’t have as much to say about this match because I actually wound up watching it without taking too many notes, which is usually how I know something is good.  Stetson looks like the progeny of the Brooklyn Brawler, but was a decent wrestler (to be fair, so was Steve Lombardi) and Rebel proved why he was the number one contender to the ECW title.

Following his victory, Rebel calls out Sandman, who must have been too busy hanging ten to respond.

 

Match 4 - Jimmy Snuka vs. Larry Winters

Back in the day, the key to these little independent wrestling promotions was to stuff your card full of no-name guys like the Hellryders and Tony Stetson (no offense), and then get one or two “big names” to sell tickets.  The ECW TV intro is proof positive of this, as guys like British Bulldog and Nikolai Volkoff are seen, along with a bunch of “other” talents.

Snuka comes out and, from what I could discern, cuts a typical face “shucks, it’s good to be here” promo, but then Eddie Gilbert returns to announce he has signed Snuka to join his stable, which may or may not be called Hot Stuff International.  (I know that was a stable of his, thanks to PWI, but not sure if that’s what he called it this time).

Superfly then goes on to have a heel match against Larry Winters, which is what Glacier’s real name would have been had WCW gone that way.  Actually, on second thought, it would have been Cole Winters…

Not surprisingly, Snuka wins (Even at 50 years old, that splash was still beautiful to watch), then does the very heelish thing of throwing his opponent out to the floor, but then doing nothing else with him.

 

Match 5 - Salvatore Bellomo vs. the Unnamed Caped Man

My guess is that the folks at ECW wound up needing to fill more time on their TV show, because Wildman Bellomo comes out to protest his loss and demands competition, and thankfully there is a teenager in a cape in the ring (for reasons, obviously), so Sal squashes him.

That’s pretty much the end of episode 1 of ECW TV, though Terry Funk makes a point of letting everyone know that this is new for all of them and so things will get better.  Admirable from the Funkster, but it doesn’t fill me with optimism, especially since he’s obviously not sure what matches are when and who the champions are.  We also get a sneak preview of other matches in the TV title tournament (using the same type of computer graphics I learned how to do during my single semester television and media course I took in high school), along with an appearance from World Champion Sandman.

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All in all, it was a nostalgic hour of wrestling, which is what you say when something isn’t very good but you don’t want to insult it too badly.  I enjoyed the Stetson / Rebel match and it was nice putting faces to the names off of the PWI 500.  Is it something I recommend the NAIborhood watch?  No, not really, despite being educational and a bit fun to mock.  

In which case, actually, yes, I do recommend it.  Go watch it right this second, and stay tuned, because I’ve already started Episode 2, so I imagine there will be another edition of DC’s Network Diaries coming at you real soon.

Thanks for reading, and until we meet again, my friends, I’ll see you around the NAIborhood.

 

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