June 15, 2006
Matt Peddycord

ECW: One Night Stand II
June 11, 2006
New York City, NY
Hammerstein Ballroom

Your hosts are Joey Styles & Tazz!

Paul Heyman opens the show to say that the tribe of extreme has risen again! This time, they’re going to pour their “Kool-Aid” down the throats of a global audience that’s going to learn that it all started here tonight. Paul announces that they’ve got a new TV deal on Sci-Fi for this Tuesday night. He thanks the ECW fans for bringing ECW back by popular demand. “IF CENA WINS WE RIOT” sign is shown for the first of many times throughout the evening. He recites the same lines he used last year and they go as follows, “This is better than Monday Night Raw! This is better than Friday Night Smackdown! Welcome to the rebirth of E-C-W!”

Tazz vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler

Lawler stops by Joey Styles on his way to the ring and slaps him one good time. Once Lawler is in the ring trash-talking with Tazz, Styles jumps in the ring out of nowhere and hops on Lawler’s back. Lawler throws him off and attempts a piledriver, but Tazz comes up from behind and locks on the TAZZMISSION! Lawler gets choked out. (0:37) That was cool and achieved what it was meant to do, but you’re crazy if you call that a match. [NR]

Randy Orton vs. Kurt Angle

Haha! A twelve-year old kid punches Orton in the arm on his way to the ring, and then doesn’t back down when Orton gets in his face. Tazz mentions that Orton looks completely out of place here in an ECW environment. They still have the pyro shooting from the ceiling for Orton’s entrance. Styles mocks Orton for being a “superstar”. Angle has ECW on his mouth guard this week. Angle starts gunning for Orton’s ankle immediately, so Orton bails as often as possible and the crowd is all over him as a result. Angle gets sick of Orton stalling all the time, so he changes his game plan and goes after the head. He just owns Orton on the mat and all he can do is get to the ropes for a break. Now Angle offers Orton to take hold of his head. Every time Orton puts Angle in a headlock, Angle almost instantly escapes with either a forearm to the back or a back suplex. I love it. Angle makes a mistake, however, by missing a charge in the corner and running shoulder-first into the ringpost. Orton starts up with his methodical offense, which allows Angle to regroup and explode with a great amateur takedown! Orton reverses a whip into the rope and puts Angle down with a back elbow. Cover, 1, 2, NO! Orton follows up with a hard cross corner whip. Cover, 1, 2, NO! Crowd directs some “You can’t wrestle!” chants at Orton. Orton applies his over-active chinlock, which Angle slips out of and into a half-nelson pin for two. Orton elbows out of a hammerlock on the mat to escape for the time being. Orton returns to his over-active chinlock from the standing position and takes Angle down to his knees. Angle shrugs him off into the ropes for a belly-to-belly suplex, but Orton headbutts out. Orton blocks a German suplex, but then misses a charge in the corner and takes one anyway! Angle wins a slugfest and then hits the rolling Germans. Angle sets up for the ANGLE SLAM, but Orton counters it with an armdrag. Who does he think he is? Rey Mysterio? Angle pops up but runs right into a standing dropkick. Orton covers, 1, 2, NO! Angle counters an inverted chinlock neckbreaker with a back suplex. Angle pulls down the straps and hits the ANGLE SLAM! Cover, 1, 2, NO! It’s ANKLELOCK TIME! Orton rolls through and sends Angle face-first into the middle turnbuckle. Orton comes up from behind with the inverted chinlock neckbreaker and Angle sells it beautifully. Orton covers, 1, 2, NO! Angle shoves off an RKO, but then runs into a back elbow. Orton goes up top and Angle runs to meet him, but gets tossed back down. Orton comes off with a crossbody block, but Angle rolls through for 1, 2, NO! Orton jumps up and puts Angle down with a clothesline. Orton tries for another RKO, but this time Angle shoves him on the mat and puts on the ANKLELOCK! Orton counters with a roll-up! 1, 2, NO! Angle grabs Orton and this time he applies the ANKLELOCK+LEG GRAPEVINE! KISS IT GOODBYE ORTON. (15:09) That was even better the second time around. After Angle celebrates with the ECW fans, Orton demands that not one, but two referees escort him back to the locker room! Crowd chants, “Pussy!” Styles ~ “The audience is referring to a cat or a kitten perhaps. Tazz ~ “…or Randy Orton.” ***¾

Tony Mamaluke & Little Guido (w/Big Guido) vs. Super Crazy & Tajiri

The ECW crowd gives Tajiri, Mamaluke and Big Guido a nice “Welcome Back” chant. Styles mentions that this is the first time that he can remember that Crazy and Tajiri have ever teamed together despite how well they know each other from their wars in ECW. Crazy and Mamaluke start off with a nice wrestling sequence. Ha, “Nacho Libre” chants are directed at Super Crazy. Crazy powers out of a short-arm scissors and then delivers an elevated facebuster to Mamaluke. Standing moonsault gets two. Tajiri and Guido tag in to a nice reaction. Tajiri gets in some kicks before Guido takes him down into a Fujiwara armbar, but Tajiri reaches the ropes. Tajiri & Crazy set up the FBI in the tree of woe for STEREO RUNNING DROPKICKS! Crazy tags in and attempts the TRIPLE MOONSAULTS, but Mamaluke pulls Guido out on the second moonsault attempt. The FBI tries to walk-out on the match, so Crazy hits them both with an Asai Moonsault! Back in, Big Guido trips Crazy up and pulls him out to the floor. Big Guido hits him with a short-arm clothesline and throws him back in the ring for the Little Guido. Cover, 1, 2, NO! Mamaluke tags back in and takes a flapjack for two. Mamaluke takes Crazy to the mat and locks in an inverted surfboard-type hold. He then releases the hold to set up a camel-clutch/front missile dropkick combo. Tajiri explodes over to the FBI corner with kicks to slow things down a bit. Crazy hits Guido with a flapjack and makes the tag to Tajiri. Tajiri kills Guido with kicks for two. Mamaluke runs into a butterfly lock by Tajiri. Double handspring elbows for the FBI! Guido runs into a SICK sidekick for two! STEREO TARANTULAS! That brings Big Guido in the ring, so Crazy and Tajiri release the holds at the same time. They duck a clothesline and chop him down with kicks. Crazy and Tajiri run off the ropes and deliver STEREO RUNNING DROPKICKS to send Big Guido rolling to the floor. Little Guido and Mamaluke nail Crazy and Tajiri from behind to regain control. Crazy gets dropkicked into the front row! That leaves Tajiri alone with the FBI, so they give him a DOUBLE-FISHERMANS BUSTER! Guido covers, 1, 2, 3! (12:25) Post-match, Big Show makes his first ECW appearance by coming down and cleaning house on everybody. The highlight being the WICKED Cobra Clutch Backbreaker he gave Tony Mamaluke! OUCH! As far as the match goes, these guys just went out there and had as much fun as possible. ***¼

Before the next match can get underway, we’re interrupted by JBL who is standing on the second-level much like the Smackdown guys were at last year’s ECW One Night Stand. The crowd gives him no respect whatsoever; not that I expected that they would. Here I go again, stating the obvious. He makes fun of ECW fans, Blue Meanie, Rob Van Dam’s ECW legacy, Tazz and Star Trek geeks. He thanks Tazz for going to ECW so that he can become the new voice of Smackdown. Tazz responds by saying, “It’ll be like the blind leading the blind.” Hahaha.

World Heavyweight Champion Rey Mysterio vs. Sabu – “Extreme Rules” match

Mysterio comes out with his old-school tights like he wore before he lost the mask in WCW. Rey has ECW stitched on the back of his mask, but the crowd interprets it as “sucking up” so they boo Rey. Joey calls Rey’s reaction mixed, but Tazz begs to differ. Both men have chairs in hand as the bell sounds. They lay the chairs down and actually begin to wrestle! They go through a nice little sequence and then come to a stand-off. They play patty cake with the chairs which goes nowhere. Sabu hits Air Sabu, but then takes a drop-toe hold into a chair. Rey follows up with a chair-assisted hurracanrana out from the corner. Sabu avoids a 619 and then heaves a chair into Rey’s face which sends him rolling out to the floor! Sabu pulls out a table and makes it into a scaffold between the ring and guardrail. He lays Rey on the table and then goes for a springboard dive from inside the ring, but Rey rolls off the table. Sabu changes his direction, but still misses Rey and lands chest-first on the railing. Back in, Rey hits a beautiful moonsault press for two! Rey tries for a sunset flip from the apron, but Sabu kicks him in the head and sets Rey up for a guillotine legdrop while laid out on the middle rope. Sabu covers, 1, 2, NO! Sabu puts Rey in a camel clutch to draw some “Sheik” chants from the crowd, so Sabu releases the hold and points to the sky. Sabu goes to the floor and pulls out another table before re-entering and delivering an Arabian Facebuster for a near-fall. Sabu goes back out and sets up the table vertically to the ring. Rey dropkicks Sabu on the apron and landing on the table. LA SILLA to Sabu THROUGH the table! Back in, Rey hits a springboard guillotine leg drop to the back of Sabu’s head. Cover, 1, 2, NO! Sabu comes back with a springboard leg lariat. Sabu hits the TRIPLE JUMP MOONSAULT for 1, 2, NO! Rey avoids the ATOMIC ARABIAN FACEBUSTER and then sets Sabu in a chair for LA SILLA. Rey goes for it, but then Sabu rolls out of the way to crotch Rey REAL good! Sabu heaves the chair at Rey again for a nice sonic boom to send Rey to the floor! Sabu puts Rey on that table made into a scaffold and then delivers a SPRINGBOARD DDT THROUGH THE TABLE ON THE FLOOR on Rey Mysterio!!! Neither man can continue so they call for a bell leaving this match a no-contest. (9:08) The crowd boos the heck out of that finish, but that just made the moment all the more insane. Sabu pretty much jackknifed himself. That was a pretty cool spot fest if I do say so myself. Should this match be classified as having a bad finish just because there was no real end result? I don’t think so because to me, that’s what makes something hardcore; two guys who cross the line of being able to continue to fight. Sabu wasn’t going to win the title and since he had had 75% of the offense in the match, it wouldn’t have made sense for Rey to go over here. ****

Mick Foley & Edge (w/Lita) vs. Tommy Dreamer & Terry Funk (w/Beulah McGillicutty)

Foley comes out first for some mic time. He admits that he sold out…”I sold out Madison Square Garden!” He insincerely apologizes for his comments on ECW. He recalls on a time when he respected ECW back when it was owned by a true creative genius, Stephanie McMahon! Foley ~ “Long live the Alliance! Long live the Alliance!” He introduces Edge and Lita and gives him the mic. Edge makes fun of ECW fans and then hands Lita the mic. She calls Funk and Dreamer pathetic because even she beat Tommy Dreamer. She says that when she sat on Dreamer’s face on the WWE vs. ECW show, that it he got more action right there than the ECW crowd has gotten all year. She guarantees it! She calls Tommy’s wife Beulah a skank which brings out their opponents. Beulah gets on the mic and wants to make this a six-person tag match. She tells Lita to “put up or shut up.” Ok then! Let’s do this!

Mick Foley, Edge & Lita vs. Tommy Dreamer, Terry Funk & Beulah McGillicutty

Dreamer and Edge start off with a headlock sequence before Edge tags in Foley. Foley wants Funk, so Tommy tags him in. Funk slaps Foley out to the floor, which brings Edge and Dreamer into the ring. They go to the floor on the other side of the ring. Dreamer finds a trashcan full of toys so he chooses a road sign and beats Edge with it. Back in the ring, Dreamer KO’s Foley while Funk rings Edge’s bell with the trashcan. Dreamer baseball slides the trashcan into Foley to send him to the floor. Edge gets some payback with a cookie sheet by nailing Dreamer. Meanwhile, Foley takes Funk up the aisle way and into the front row. Edge pulls out a ladder from under the ring and then runs it face-first into Dreamer. Edge sets the ladder up in the corner to spear Dreamer into it, but that gets countered into a hip toss. While all that is going on, Foley and Funk are beating the living crap out of each other around ringside. They both get back in for Funk to his helicopter ladder spin to the WWE loyalists. He almost decks Dreamer! Once that’s over, Funk climbs the ladder from the corner, but Edge pushes it over to send Funk crashing down to the mat. Dreamer lifts Edge up for the DREAMER DRIVER, but Lita comes up from behind with a low blow. Edge and Foley go out to the floor and pull out the barbed-wire board. They lift it up together and drive it down onto Tommy Dreamer! They try to do it again, but Funk trips them both up, sending the board crashing down on top of Foley and Edge. Dreamer sets the barbed-wire board up in the corner while Funk beats on Foley. The crowd chants, “We want fire!” Funk and Dreamer try to double-whip Foley into the barbed-wire board, but he puts the brakes on at the last second. They try to punch him until he falls onto the board, but that doesn’t work either so they just grab him by the hair and sling him onto it instead! Dreamer goes out after Edge, but then he gets crotched on the guardrail. Edge returns to the ring to try and get Funk off of Foley. It works, however, as Funk turns around to go back after Foley and gets the barbed-wire board slammed back in his face! Lita grabs some more barbed wire from under the ring and hands it to Foley. He wraps it around his forearm and fist and just nails Funk in the face. Foley RAKES the barbed wire across Funk’s left eye to send him returning to the locker room. Foley’s got a barbed-wire baseball bat! Lita legdrops the bat into Dreamer’s crotch as the crowd chants, “We want Sandman!” Foley pulls out Mr. Socko to draw more boos from the crowd. Foley surprises Beulah with the MANDIBLE CLAW, but Dreamer saves her and gets the MANDIBLE CLAW himself. Edge SPEARS Dreamer, but doesn’t go for the pin. Instead, he decides to humiliate Beulah as a bloody Terry Funk returns to the ring through the crowd with a barbed-wire 2x4. Dreamer low-blows both Foley and Edge as Beulah chases after Lita. Funk nails both Foley and Edge with the 2x4 while Dreamer sets up the barbed-wire board on the floor. Now Funk lights the 2x4 on FIRE and beats Foley down with it! Foley gets knocked off the apron with the 2x4 and falls down onto the barbed-wire board! Edge comes up from behind and knocks Funk onto it as well! Edge turns around into a Dreamer DDT and then gets strangled by the barbed wire! There’s no blood on his throat or anything after that, which makes the wire seem all the less legit. Lita kicks Dreamer off of Edge, but turns her back on Beulah. CATFIGHT! CAAAAAATFIIIIIGHT!! Dreamer pulls Lita out of the scuffle and gives her a DREAMER DRIVER! Tommy stops to pose for the crowd, allowing Edge to come up from behind and deliver an Edge-O-Matic using the barbed wire. Edge SPEARS Beulah and in the missionary position and humps her as the ref counts three. (18:48) While the crowd loved every second of this up until the end, it was pretty much a train wreck of a match. However, it delivered what I expected and what it was intended to do so you can’t really fault it that way. Post-match, Dreamer carried Beulah out of the ring in his arms as Funk was cut out of the barbed wire board. **½

Balls Mahoney vs. Masato Tanaka

Styles recalls a true story about Balls’ first amateur wrestling match and how he was barred from ever wrestling in a high school again for punching out a referee. Onto the match, Tanaka hits Balls early with a crossbody for a near-fall and then takes him to the corner. He follows in with a vicious running forearm, but then Balls comes back with a powerslam for two. Balls hits his signature left jabs and then they go out to the floor. Tanaka attempts a pescado, but Balls catches him on the way down and starts beating on him. Balls takes several beers from fans around ringside and then throws them in Tanaka’s face. Tanaka runs at Balls with a chair, but then gets it driven back in his face. Back in, Tanaka gets a superplex for two. Balls stops Tanaka up top and then delivers a superplex of his own. Cover, 1, 2, NO! They duel with the chairs a bit, but that ends with Tanaka getting blasted in the head. Balls covers for 1, 2, 3! (5:05) Just a filler match. Poor Tanaka coming all the way from Japan to job to Balls. *½

Eugene comes down to interrupt the pre-main event introductions to confess his love for ECW. He says his uncle Eric Bischoff told him that he was just as smart as an ECW fan. He’s even wrote a horrible poem about the ECW stars like Terry Funk, RVD, Stevie Richards, Balls and Sabu. Just as it gets too much, the Sandman is seen coming down to ringside to chase Eugene out of the ring. He beats him with his Singapore cane all the way to the locker room. I guess he’s just mad because he didn’t get mentioned in the poem.

WWE Champion John Cena vs. Rob Van Dam

While the crowd loves on RVD during his entrance, Styles and Tazz put over John Cena as a tough guy. Cena gets his usual boos except there is no way you could even try to convince me that it’s a mixed reaction. He walks to the ring with his head down and belt in the air. Every time Cena tries to toss his shirt into the crowd, they throw it back with their middle fingers up to show their disapproval. He tosses the shirt in several different parts of the arena, but nobody wants it so finally he gives up and just throws it down at ringside. This is WAY better than WrestleMania. They even throw rolls of toilet paper at Cena! They lock up and Cena takes RVD to the corner. As the crowd chants, “You can’t wrestle!” Cena delivers a release fisherman suplex for one. Cena ducks an enziguri but not the mule kick as he gets sent out to the floor. Don’t expect any pats on the back out there, fella. Back in, they trade blows along with the “YAY! “BOO!” chants. RVD wins that, but then takes a powerslam for two. Cena clotheslines RVD out to the floor and delivers a top-rope sledge to the floor! Cena grabs the belt and raises it high to stick it to the crowd. RVD sends Cena face-first to the steel steps and then delivers a moonsault press off the steps! RVD turns his back on Cena, allowing him to regain control. They fight through the crowd for a bit and then head back to ringside. RVD nails Cena as he tries to crawl over the guardrail and delivers the corkscrew leg drop off the apron! RVD puts Cena on the apron and then delivers a guillotine leg drop. RVD takes a chair with him in the ring and nails Cena with the Chair Surf! RVD covers, 1, 2, NO! RVD hits the Rolling Thunder with the chair laid across Cena’s abdomen. RVD covers, 1, 2, NO! RVD sets the chair on top of Cena again and goes for the split-legged moonsault, but Cena gets his knees up! Cena delivers a SICK DDT on the chair for 1, 2, NO! Cena wedges the chair in the corner and then catapults RVD head-first into the chair! Cena covers, 1, 2, NO! Protobomb sets up the Five-Knuckle Shuffle. The crowd protests, but that makes Cena love what he’s doing all the more. Cena goes for the FU, but RVD slides out and gives Cena a spin kick. RVD gets his boot up in the corner for a charging Cena, and goes up top, but then Cena is there to powerbomb him off! Cena covers, 1, 2, NO! RVD dropkicks Cena out to the floor so he can go on the other side of the ring and pull out a table. He sets it up in the corner, but then turns around and walks straight into the STFU! RVD reaches the ropes, but Cena won’t break at the count of four. Ref John Finnegan pulls Cena off of him, but gets popped in the face. Cena crotches RVD up top and delivers a superplex. He goes to the floor and tosses the steel steps in the ring and then rams it into RVD’s face! Cena tosses the steps and calls for another referee, so Nick Patrick comes down and counts 1, 2, NO! RVD blocks the FU by grabbing the top rope, so Cena dumps out to the floor instead. From under the ring comes a guy all dressed in black with a riot squad helmet on, and he spears John Cena through the table! He nails Patrick and takes off the helmet to reveal that its’ Edge? The crowd chants, “Thank you Edge.” They don’t care HOW RVD wins as long as he wins. Edge leaves as RVD climbs up top and delivers the FIVE-STAR FROG SPLASH! But there’s no ref? Heyman comes running down to count the pinfall. Your winner and NEW WW…I mean, ECW WORLD CHAMPION, ROB VAN DAM! (20:40) Well, every time some random non-referee official counts a pinfall, the title switch hardly ever sticks. Although after watching the ECW show on Tuesday night, it stuck and we’ve got RVD vs. Edge at Vengeance for the ECW World Championship. Why did Edge interfere though? Was it all because he knows he can’t beat Cena one-on-one in a fair match? If so, how does he know he can beat Rob Van Dam? Well, this was still a bad finish. Post-match, Van Dam celebrates with the ECW guys as we come to a close. ***

Final Thoughts: This was a GREAT show to start off the new ECW brand. This was even better than WrestleMania. IMO, bringing ECW back at this point with TNA getting a timeslot is a great idea to take any steam away that they may have and put it on ECW. I highly doubt ECW will make it as a global touring circus because at its apex, it was only big in the brawling-type areas like New York and Philadelphia. It appears that they’re just trying for that next big thing to blow up and take off, but I don’t think this is it. Plus, it just goes to show that Vince loves making money off things he defeated and bought out and ECW is no exception.

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