Disc 2 of The Rise and Fall of ECW
I watched this today and it is a hell of a set of ECW matches, probably pound for pound better than any of the ECW Unreleased sets or Bloodsport(!) or the other one I forget(Extreme Rules of something?). Whoever picked out these matches did a hell of a job. My only complaint is not even 1 Eddie vs Dean match but other than that this is a pretty nice little representation of the best of ECW.
Pitbulls vs Raven/Stevie Richards
Just posted about this one. I've flip flopped on this match already, wasn't crazy about it when I first reviewed it in American Hardcore Theatre, then watched it again and loved it so much that I went back and changed my rating in that review a few months later. Really fun match with great aftermath but I feel like there was way better. 2 & 3/4 Stars
Psicosis vs Rey Mysterio 2/3 Falls
I absofuckinglutely love the Rey, Juvy, Psicosis matches in ECW. Always loved them in WCW back in the day but seeing them in ECW in that setting under those rules was so great to me. This match they tore the fucking house down. Psicosis was so dangerous and vile in this match, just ragdolling Rey. Some great use of the chairs and tables here, pretty fucking epic shit. 4 & 1/4 Stars
Mikey vs Sandman Ladder Match
This is the one where Austin comes out and says his famous line about Woman looking like a $5 piece of ass. Never noticed this until now watching this on my bad ass new TV how jacked up Austin was when he came out for this show, his legs were fucking huge. The part where he carries Woman out and all fo the fans reach over to smack her on the ass always makes me laugh so hard, it's so wrong, the people who did it should have probably been arrested but I can't help but just laugh at the way it goes down.
This match is fucking stiff as fuck. My love for the Mikey vs Sandman only grows with time, such a great contrast in characters, Sandman as the drunk heel with Woman the manipulative bitch that has guided him to the gold. Mikey is the young babyface strait edge kid. Sandman just beats the fuck out of him in these matches. This is one of my favorite ladder matches, better than a lot of the ones I've seen in WCW or WWF/E(including some of these money in the bank matches). Mikey wins the title here and the fans are all about it. What a battle. 4 Stars
Sabu vs 2 Cold Scorpio
This is one of Sabu's best matches. He does some great shit here. They go to a time limit draw. 3 & 5/8's Stars
Raven vs Tommy Dreamer Loser Leaves Town
My love for this match grows every time I see it. It's like it has all of the elements of ECW that made it what it is all within this one single match. I love the scenes with Raven and Beulah, some great false finishes, so many great callbacks to the feud, then the aftermath puts it over the top. This is ECW. 4 Stars
Taz vs Bam Bam Bigelow
This was from Living Dangerously 98 pay per view. I remember the build up to this match very well, it was a great big fight feel build. This match is not that bad. They don't set the world on fire but this is good. Taz is just not that great of a brawler. Everything works though, other than a couple of minor slip ups. One thing that I noticed was the table spot they mistimed the lift and Taz ended up lifting Bam Bam up dead weight. The finish is one of the greatest finishes in pro wrestling history in my opinion. It's like a magic trick, how did they even do this? Was there a gimmicked spot in the ring? How did nobody in the previous matches not accidentally go through the gimmick spot? Where did Heyman even get the idea for this? Was this something he copied from the old days of pro wrestling or was this finish ever done before? What I liked about it was that Bam Bam was tapping as he dropped Taz down through the mat, the ref didn't see the tap. 3 & 3/4 Stars
RVD vs Jerry Lynn
This is the one from Hardcore Heaven 99. I always kind of thought the Living Dangerously match was better but I have not seen it in so long. This one takes a little while to get going as RVD stalls a lot early on, then the spot where Jerry drops face first on the mat and legit breaks his nose and gets knocked out kills the flow as they take a little while to get back going after that. I can understand the criticism of this match, especially from a pro wrestling insiders perspective, the fact that these guys were really hurting each other the way they were kind of goes against what pro wrestling is. My perspective is always a little different, maybe because I used to watch pro wrestling back when I was a kid thinking it was all real competition, a good match to me is a competitive match like a good MMA fight or a good boxing match, I'm not really looking for storytelling or selling but if it's there and done at a high level I can appreciate it. There is some good storytelling going on in this match, it's a little unconventional from what the WWE style of storytelling in a match would be but it is there. Not all good fights tell stories though, this just felt like a really, really good fight to me between two super tough, incredibly athletic guys. I loved the spot where RVD goes for the rolling thunder but Jerry leans up to avoid it, so RVD catches himself after the roll and hits him with the low sweeping kick. Then he goes for the rolling thunder again and Jerry rolls out of the way completely. A lot of these sequences were callbacks to their previous matches in this series. This is about as good as it gets for ECW. This match will be at or near the very top of my list. Love everything about it. Somewhere in between 4 & 3/4 and 5 Stars, I'm going to go with 4 & 13/16ths Stars
I'll share my list here with you guys when I finish it, maybe in it's own thread even.