Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Hardcore Justice Review

I did this before with the WWE Money in the Bank PPV and it was quite a lot of fun for me. Therefore I’ve decided to do another blog with my thoughts as it happens of ECW...no TNA Hardcore Justice. This PPV is the TNA reunion of sorts for the ECW guys that are no longer in WWE. I think that basically means this is a reunion of ECW people without Chris Jericho. Shame really.

• That was a cool intro package. It must be tough bigging up ECW and its legacy when they legally can’t use any video footage. That was very good
• I miss Taz wrestling. Shame he got badly hurt. Ach well, good opening promo.
• Awkward mentioning people that say ECW were just blood and guts on a TNA PPV, considering Eric Bischoff is helping in some way with this show
• The lighting in this arena is odd. ECW was never lit in blue....was it?
• Full Blooded Italians! This opening should be good
• Kid Kash and Guido opening this one. How these guys are not hired full time to wrestle? This is great
• Tony Luke, Simon Diamond, Johnny Swinger & Tracy Smothers are all pretty talented. This is a good match.
• Ok, mid match Diamond picks up the mic, says one thing, and the crowd chant “Shut the fuck up!”
• An Extreme Dance Off? What the absolute fuck?
• Ok that was different; Big Sal though can move for a guy his size!
• OH SHI.... Kash killed them all!
• Those chops never look friendly. Eshk. Also, it’s nice to see them being used. Apparently WWE banned them because the crowd says “woo”. So does Ric Flair. *sigh*
• A double superplex along with two power bombs? 6 man tag matches are cool!
• That was a good opener! FBI winning was cool. All 6 of those guys can still go which is cool. I’m not sure that will be replicated across the whole show heh
• I don’t buy that Mike Tenay thinks this night is special. He was a part of WCW back in the day. Granted, he isn’t going to sit there and say “actually, this is extremely crappy wrestling” but why lie? Hmm
• Where are they now? That’s a cool idea for this show. TNA guys talking about what they remember from “The original promotion”. Ugh that name will get annoying. Cool segment though
• Backstage with BWO and Al Snow. That was painful
• Too Cold Scorpio and CW Anderson. I don’t wish to accuse the bookers here of throwing a match together but these two have styles of wrestling that surely won’t mesh
• Too Cold still has it! He’s great
• OH SHI....what a kick!
• 360 leg drop! This one is over! What a great match. I was wrong thinking they won’t mesh, excellent!
• Time hasn’t been kind to Bill Alfonso
• PJ Polaco eh? He’s no Justin Credible. Oh...
• Ha! The fans won’t be fooled. They are chanting Justin Credible
• Stevie Richards has been criminally underused in his career. Hopefully this’ll change with this match
• Damn. That one was also a good match. Very impressed so far with the in-ring action. Backstage leaves a little to be desired but still.
• “Just an incredible shot with that cane” – Probably the closest so far to getting sued
• The Sandman really knows how to fuck you up with a Singapore Cane
• That is quite a classy thing to do, paying tribute to those who have died since the close of ECW. Shame they’d get sued if they did individual tributes.
• 3 way dance with Brother Runt (Spike Dudley), Al Snow and Rhino. Could be interesting
• The falls happened quickly when they happened but that was a good match. GORE!
• So the backstage segment with Mick Foley starts with him reading Hogan’s book? That’s stupid. I guess that was his pay-off for not appearing and winning the TNA title or something.
• Hey! It’s the Hardcore Chair Swinging Freaks! Axl Rotten and...Kahoneys? Fans chant Balls – again they can’t be fooled. Anyway its open challenge to a tag team. Wonder who’ll answer it. I reckon Team 3D
• OH SHI....its Team 3D, but Joel Gertner! Awesome!
• Heh, Lady Gaga puns are awesome. Gertner almost introduced the Dudley’s as the Dudley’s. That would have been awkward. By awkward, I mean a lawsuit.
• South Philly Street Fight between HCSF and 3D. Whatever happened to Extreme Rules Matches? Oh lawsuit got it!
• Pretty sure, speaking of law suits, Taz just called “Kahoneys” Balls. The TNA lawyers must be having a fit
• Heh, the fans aren’t helping put the cause to avoid the lawsuit. Funny though
• This match is a train wreck, in the good sense. I miss hardcore wrestling.
• OH SHI....I think George Lucas is going to sue someone. Lightsaber battle in a hardcore match? Now I’ve seen everything aside from a guy eating his own head
• That was classic. Double pin attempt by Team 3D and Axl Rotten just laid there, waiting to die. Match continues because we’re all supposed to pretend that didn’t happen. Excellent
• Get the Tables!
• OH SHI....that bitch is on fire!
• The Gangstas eh? This shit just got real.
• More train wreck hardcore action....ending in a hug?! Ok we’re going to come beat the shit out of you and then hug it out! Different
• Raven’s promos used to be awesome. Alas
• Tribute to Joey Styles. That’s cool. If this show is missing one thing, it is that.
• Stop saying the Original Promotion. I don’t know what is better, but we know what you mean by now!
• Dreamer v Raven! Oh yeah
• Tommy got busted open pretty early. Damn
• This is a lot less of a train wreck than the last hardcore match, but it’s still good
• That was a sick spot in the corner with Tommy falling through the ladder
• The tree of woe/baseball slide looks awesome, especially when the person upside down has a weapon in front of their face
• OH SHIT! Cross face with barbed wire!
• DDT & Neck breaker. Awesome move
• Mr Socko....alright then
• OH SHI....mandible claw with barbed wire! Fuck
• That was an awesome match. Granted, technically it was a load of wank but that’s not what it was about. Hardcore wrestling still has a place!
• Showing highlights now. Both barbed wire spots were just crazy!
• Impact! This week looks like it could be really good.
• So Cal Val dressed up in almost a gothic style – win!
• Hahaha! New Jack is awesome! “Hey baby, once you go black, you get bad credit!”
• And now JB is New Jacks bitch. Uhoh!
• Paul Heyman tribute. I guess this is in place of a Paul Heyman promo. Shame really.
• Rob Van Dam! The Whole Fucking Show!
• Got to be honest, this one has to be a train wreck in the bad sense. RVD is awesome. Sabu was awesome back in the day. I can’t see this being anything other than Botch mania. Still, haven’t really heard “You fucked up!” chants yet, so that’s good!
• Awesome match so far. I’m honestly surprised
• OH SHI...Sabu can still fly from the ring over the guard rail! Just damn!
• Nice references to previous contests between these two. Still awesome
• Damn! Hurricanirana from the top onto a chair. The crowd chant “You’ve still got it” and he does.
• Stop saying the original promotion!
• Holy Shit! Sabu’s twisting DDT on a chair was awesome!
• Great ending to a match. Very very impressed with how that worked out.
• The end of the show was pretty cool with the beer bash.
• The “Fuck You Vince” chant at the end was moronic, but whatever

Overall, a pretty good PPV. No WWE interference, just an ECW show. I’m really happy they didn’t ruin this show like ONS with an ECW v TNA storyline (though that’s about to start by the looks). They came close to falling into lawsuit territory more than once, but it was always going to happen. If it is the last reunion of ECW, then it was a hell of a way to go out. Some technical brilliance, some hardcore genius and all round enjoyment. That was ECW, and this was Hardcore!

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