Wednesday, December 19, 2018

ECW Massacre On 34th Street (December 2000 PPV)

So it's December... and it's the holiday season... who's up for an ECW PPV musing?

From December 2000, it's ECW's penultimate PPV extravaganza, Massacre On 34th Street. I have not seen this show back in the day; not sure why, but in any event, let's give this one a shot and see if this would've been a better last hurrah than the actual last hurrah that came along the following year.

The Bad Street Boys (Christian York and Joey Matthews) defeated Simon Diamond and Johnny Swinger. It was short and sweet, but a nice way to open the show.

EZ Money with a bunch of folks defeated Balls Mahoney. This eventually transitioned into a match where Nova defeated Julio Dinero. This whole thing was a huge clusterfuck that I had a struggle remember even a week after watching this thing, so no comment.

Danny Doring and Roadkill defeated ECW Tag-Team Champions F.B.I. (Little Guido and Tony Mamaluke with Big Sal) to win the titles. You know, I can't really complain about this one. It was a fun little match and seeing the Italian bros get killed always brings a smile to my face, so I ain't going to diss this one. I liked it.

C.W. Anderson defeated Tommy Dreamer. These two would have a rematch in the form of an I Quit match at the next (and final) PPV, Guilty As Charged. Truth be told, I think I liked that other match better than this one - the run-ins kind of ruin this one for me, but all in all, it's a fine, hard-hitting match and it's nice to see C.W. get a nice win here.

ECW World Television Champion Rhino defeated Spike Dudley to retain the title. Can I be generous and say that this was a thing that happened? Because this was a thing that happened.

The Unholy Alliance (Yoshihiro Tajiri and Mikey Whipwreck) (with The Sinister Minister) defeated Super Crazy and Kid Kash. Lots of big crazy spots, lots of mayhem, lots to take in, and you know what? This wasn't boring in the slightest. It was crazy fun and action-packed; my favorite kind of wrestling match.

ECW World Heavyweight Champion Steve Corino defeated Jerry Lynn and Justin Credible in a three-way dance to retain the title. Then Sandman shows up to cane Corino and presumably set-up the main event for next month's show. Truth be told, I wasn't really feeling this one and while the guys put forth their best efforts, my excitement waned as time went on until Sandman showed up to cane everybody. Not bad, but not great.

Massacre On 34th Street is not a great show by any stretch, but at the very least, it went by rather quickly save for a couple slow spots and it wasn't boring. This is a show that isn't going to stick with me in a couple months, but it was a fun ride while it lasted and I had a good time. So, kudos.

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