ECW Guilty As Charged 2001 Review

ECW Guilty As Charged 2001 Review

January 7th, 2001

Hammerstein Ballroom- New York, New York

Announcers: Joey Styles and Cyrus (Don Callis)

The Opening Match!

Match #1: Christian York/Joey Matthews vs. Cyrus/Jerry Lynn

Result: Cyrus/Lynn defeat York/Matthews @ 0:35 when Cyrus pins Matthews

Harry: Um, it was there? Nothing match as a pre-match attack leads to a Cradle Piledriver by Lynn and a quick pin for Cyrus. I’d have been curious to see what happens with York and Matthews had ECW continued but obviously it wasn’t meant to be. I’d say Matthews did okay for himself though. (DUD)

Patrick: What a way to start. Thanks for wasting my time by using your opener to set up your main event, it seems. Baldies… I mean Cyrus win. (DUD)

The Tag Team Titles Are Up For Grabs!

Match #2: ECW Tag Team titles: Danny Doring/Roadkill © vs. EZ Money/Julio Dinero

Result: Doring/Roadkill retain the tag titles @ 10:06 when Doring pins Dinero after the ‘Buggy Bang’

Harry: Call this a little personal bias but I quite enjoyed this one. I thought it was unfortunate that Danny and Roadkill never got the chance to do anything beyond the sporadic appearances in TNA after ECW went out of business because they were one of the best tag teams in wrestling at this point in 2001. EZ Money is another guy who I thought would be a big star in wrestling, but it was never meant to be. Julio was just kind of there though. (***)

Patrick: How the hell is the team of Doring and Roadkill so good? …chickens. The answer is always chickens. While some moments may have whiffed in the match, and Dinero may look like someone you’d spot on “To Catch a Predator”, the match is fast and easy to get through. (**)

Not So Hot Commodity

Match #3: Chris Hamrick vs. Nova

Result: Nova pins Chris Hamrick @ 7:47 with a ‘Kryptonite Krunch’ (Air Raid Crash)

Harry: I really like Nova’s work. Hamrick was entertaining in the ‘Hot Commodity’ but this seemed a little off for me. Not nearly as good as the tag match prior and not as good as the two ‘Hot Commodity’ singles matches at Massacre on 34th Street the month prior either. (*)

Patrick: It’s too bad Dusty wasn’t working with the company anymore…then this would’ve made sense. Chris Chetti interferes as a ref (he lost a ‘loser leaves ECW’ the month before), then Spike interferes and counts the pinfall. Match is meh overall and kinda just gives me a headache (*)

The Blood Feud Comes To An End!

Match #4: “I Quit” match: CW Anderson vs. Tommy Dreamer

Result: Tommy Dreamer defeats CW Anderson in “I Quit” match with a table wire assisted Crossface @ 14:12

Harry: Star making performance for CW if ECW had continued. Hung toe to toe with the ‘Innovator of Violence’ and even innovated quite a bit of his own during. Dreamer himself even acknowledges as much with the post match show of respect with the handshake. (***½)

Patrick: Tommy…WINS?? A brutal match that features tables, chairs, and razor wire (I think), Anderson is someone that is good in the ring, but does not have the character to be an Anderson. Seriously, though…Tommy wins? (***)

Did Somebody Say Three Way Dance?

Match #5: Kid Kash/Super Crazy vs. Mikey Whipwreck/Yoshihiro Tajiri vs. Little Guido/Tony Mamaluke

Result: Whipwreck/Tajiri are last team standing @ 13:31, when both members of Unholy Alliance pins both members of FBI with Tiger Suplex’s. (Kid Kash and Super Crazy eliminated when Tony Mamaluke pins Kid Kash @ 6:57)

Harry: As much as I like Kid Kash and Super Crazy, I feel their presence in this match was a little unnecessary. That being said, this is a complete show stealer from all six men and during the show I believe I called Mikey and Tajiri the best tag team in wrestling period at this time. I stand by that and I’d say Guido and Tony weren’t far behind. (****)

Patrick: Ladies and gentlemen, Missy Hyatt fucks everyone. Moving on…this feels like a match with too many people in it. Hell, take out half of it, and it’d be awesome (leave Guido, Tajiri, and super crazy), Big Sal feels out of place weighing more than everyone else…combined. At least the right team won in the ‘Unholy Alliance’. (***)

Tables and Ladders and Chairs… and Canes! OH MY!

Match #6: ECW Heavyweight Title: Tables, Ladders, Chairs and Canes: Steve Corino © vs. Justin Credible vs. Sandman

Result: Sandman wins the ECW Heavyweight retrieving the title @ 13:20

Harry: Oh boy…clusterfuck and a half here. Two of the best pure workers in ECW history involved (Corino and Credible) but this was a disaster from the opening bell. Sandman clearly in an altered state and both Credible and Corino seem off their game and the weapons involved don’t particularly seem to want to comply as well. Sandman winning the belt seems like a nice moment for the company until what happens next. (*)

Patrick: Oooooowwwwww…that’s the best way to describe this. Nothing goes right, it seems. Corino and Credible are dragged down by an obviously drunk Sandman, so obviously Sandman wins. Brutal match, but a nice ending with Sandman winning. Until… (**)

A Page One Move Out of the ECW Playbook.

Match #7: ECW Heavyweight Title: Sandman © vs. Rhino

Result: Rhino wins the ECW Heavyweight title, pinning Sandman with a Piledriver on a table debris piece @ 1:23

Harry: Well, you can’t say they didn’t try to make Rhino a big deal with this. Rhino first destroys all four members (and a valet) of a tag match earlier in the show that doesn’t deserve a rating and then more or less trucks his way through the multiple time ECW champion in Sandman to win the belt. It was clear what the plan with Rhino was going forward…ECW just ran out of time to get there. (½*)

Patrick: Whelp… never mind that moment. ECW stealing from WrestleMania IX was apparently a good idea. (DUD)

Trying To Make Lightning Strike Thrice!

Match #8: Jerry Lynn vs. Rob Van Dam

Result: Rob Van Dam pins Jerry Lynn @ 19:30 with Van Terminator.

Harry: These two are responsible for one of the greatest matches in ECW history. A match that got a lot of casual fans into the company. This…is not that match. Between Lynn’s new ‘heel superstar’ and Van Dam being the ‘Stalling Machine’ that he turns into from time to time, while the action that we get is good, it’s never consistent enough to mean anything for the overall duration. Frankly, at almost twenty minutes, they would have been better served cutting a few and giving them to one of the under card matches so this is much more cohesive. Consider this a disappointment and a sad letdown for what was, albeit fittingly, the final PPV match in the original ECW’s history. (**)

Patrick: RVD vs. Jerry Lynn. Should be a classic, right? Especially in the main event. Well, not here. Not a bad match and still one of the better matches of the night, but not even in the ballpark of their previous matches. RVD wins to start setting up towards him and Rhino…too bad that never happens. Good, not great. (**½)

The Show & More!

Harry Average Star: 1.88

Patrick Average Star: 1.69

For the ‘Big Finish’ to find out what we gave best and worst match, our “Cash and our Trash” and the overall rating for the show as well to hear us go into more detail about the matches you see listed above, be sure you check out Episode 4 of Wrestling Unwrapped: ECW Guilty as Charged 2001 on the W2M Network.

Patrick Ketza

Growing up in Chicago, Patrick has never been away from wrestling. From WWE, ROH, AAW, SHIMMER, and everything in between, he’s had at least a taste of everything. More into the Chicago indie circuit, following SHIMMER and AAW, Patrick still never shies away from making his opinions heard to all who will listen. Patrick also serves as the W2Mnet Wrestling Senior Editor and helps organize things in the section.

Harry Broadhurst

Harry Broadhurst is a product of Youngstown, Ohio. He started watching wrestling at the age of six and attended his first live event at the age of nine. Harry’s been obsessed with this psuedosport every since. He also enjoys long walks on the beach and busting Patrick Ketza’s stones on Wrestling Unwrapped.

OVERALL TOP 25 THROUGH SIX SHOWS

Harry

1: Royal Rumble 1992- WWF Heavyweight Title- WWF Royal Rumble 1992- ****½

2: Bret Hart © vs. Owen Hart- WWF Heavyweight Title: cage- WWF SummerSlam 1994- ****½

3: Kevin Steen © vs. Michael Elgin- ROH Heavyweight Title- ROH Glory by Honor XI 2012- ****

4: Mikey Whipwreck/Yoshihiro Tajiri vs. Little Guido/Tony Mamaluke vs. Kid Kash/Super Crazy- ECW Guilty as Charged 2001- ****

5: Jay Lethal vs. Davey Richards- ROH Glory by Honor XI 2012- ****

6: Jazz vs. Sara Del Rey- SHINE Volume I 2012- ****

7: Tommy Dreamer vs. CW Anderson- “I Quit” match- ECW Guilty as Charged 2001- ***½

8: Rain vs. Nikki Roxx- SHINE Volume I 2012- ***½

9: New Foundation vs. Orient Express- WWF Royal Rumble 1992- ***½

10: Caprice Coleman/Cedric Alexander vs. Harlem/Lancelot Bravado- ROH Glory by Honor XI 2012- ***½

11: Alundra Blayze © vs. Bull Nakano- WWF Women’s Title- WWF SummerSlam 1994- ***

12: Danny Doring/Roadkill © vs. EZ Money/Julio Dinero- ECW Tag Titles- ECW Guilty as Charged 2001- ***

13: Reby Sky vs. Jayme Jameson- SHINE Volume I 2012- ***

14: MnM vs. Hardy Boyz- WWECW December to Dismember 2006- ***

15: Diesel © vs. Razor Ramon- WWF Intercontinental Title- WWF SummerSlam 1994- **½

16: Jimmy Jacobs/Steve Corino © vs. Jay/Mark Briscoe- ROH Tag Team title- ROH Glory by Honor XI 2012- **½

17: Allysin Kay/Taylor Made vs. Su Yung/Tracey Taylor- SHINE Volume I 2012- **½

18: Adam Cole © vs. Eddie Edwards- ROH Television title- ROH Glory by Honor XI 2012- **½

19: Big Show © vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Test vs. CM Punk vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Hardcore Holly- WWECW December to Dismember 2006- **½

20: Mercedes Martinez vs. Leva Bates- SHINE Volume I 2012- **½

21: Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn- ECW Guilty as Charged 2001- **

22: Bigelow/I.R.S. vs. Headshrinkers- WWF SummerSlam 1994- **

23: Natural Disasters © vs. Legion of Doom- WWF Tag Team Titles- WWF Royal Rumble 1992- **

24: Ballz Mahoney vs. Matt Striker- WWECW December to Dismember 2006- **

25: Veda Scott vs. Kimberly- SHINE Volume I 2012- **

Patrick

1: Royal Rumble 1992- WWF Heavyweight Title- WWF Royal Rumble 1992- ****½

2: Kevin Steen © vs. Michael Elgin- ROH Heavyweight Title- ROH Glory by Honor XI 2012- ****

3: Jay Lethal vs. Davey Richards- ROH Glory by Honor XI 2012- ****

4: Bret Hart © vs. Owen Hart- WWF Heavyweight Title: cage- WWF SummerSlam 1994- ***½

5: Jazz vs. Sara Del Rey- SHINE Volume I 2012- ***½

6: Rain vs. Nikki Roxx- – SHINE Volume I 2012- ***½

7: Reby Sky vs. Jayme Jameson- – SHINE Volume I 2012- ***

8: New Foundation vs. Orient Express- WWF Royal Rumble 1992- ***

9: Tommy Dreamer vs. CW Anderson- “I Quit” match- ECW Guilty as Charged 2001- ***

10: Jimmy Jacobs/Steve Corino © vs. Jay/Mark Briscoe- ROH Tag Team title- ROH Glory by Honor XI 2012- ***

11: Mikey Whipwreck/Yoshihiro Tajiri vs. Little Guido/Tony Mamaluke vs. Kid Kash/Super Crazy- ECW Guilty as Charged 2001- ***

12: Adam Cole © vs. Eddie Edwards- ROH Television title- ROH Glory by Honor XI 2012- ***

13: Alundra Blayze © vs. Bull Nakano- WWF Women’s Title- WWF SummerSlam 1994- ***

14: MnM vs. Hardy Boyz- WWECW December to Dismember 2006- ***

15: Caprice Coleman/Cedric Alexander vs. Harlem/Lancelot Bravado- ROH Glory by Honor XI 2012- ***

16: Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn- ECW Guilty as Charged 2001- **½

17: Mercedes Martinez vs. Leva- – SHINE Volume I 2012- **½

18: Natural Disasters © vs. Legion of Doom- WWF Tag Team Titles- WWF Royal Rumble 1992- **½

19: Diesel © vs. Razor Ramon- WWF Intercontinental Title- WWF SummerSlam 1994- **½

20: Mike Bennett vs. Mike Mondo- ROH Glory by Honor XI 2012- **½

21: Bigelow/I.R.S. vs. Headshrinkers- WWF SummerSlam 1994- **

22: Big Show © vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Test vs. CM Punk vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Hardcore Holly- WWECW December to Dismember 2006- **

23: Danny Doring/Roadkill © vs. EZ Money/Julio Dinero- ECW Tag Titles- ECW Guilty as Charged 2001- **

24: Santana Garrett vs. Tina San Antonio- SHINE Volume I 2012- **

25: Tadarius Thomas vs. Rhino- ROH Glory by Honor XI 2012- **

ELIMINATION NOTES:

Harry took out Von Eerie vs. Cherry Bomb, Bennett vs. Mondo, Garrett vs. San Antonio and Daivari vs. Dreamer from last review’s Top 25

Patrick took out Tatanka vs. Luger, Made In Syn vs. Yung/Taylor, Veda Scott vs. Kimberly and Mahoney vs. Striker from last review’s Top 25