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[1996-05-11-ECW-A Matter of Respect] The Gangstas & Tommy Dreamer vs The Eliminators & Brian Lee

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I really liked the angle to set this up, with the Eliminators jumping the Pitbulls and Dreamer at the gym and Styles & co. having to break into the show with impromptu coverage "on the scene," after the fact. The Pitbulls were taken out, forcing Dreamer to bring in the Gangstas. A crowd of 90% white guys throwing up the "X" sign as Natural Born Killaz plays is always amusing.

 

I actually thought Dreamer looked pretty good in general, even aside from that loony Eagle's Nest bump. Saturn also brought a lot of fun actual wrestling offense to this thing. Dreamer puts a cinder block on Lee's groin and brings a chair down on it, as Lee had done to him earlier--that really, really should have been the finish, but they drag the match out some more before New Jack puts Saturn away with a diving chair shot. This goes on way too long with a few pin saves too many after waiting too long to get Stevie, Beulah, and Kimona involved, but it can't be accused of being boring.

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While Natrual Born Killaz was blaring over the PA, I was thinking this was going to be a treat and one of the better ECW brawl, clusterfuck matches in history. Even the first sprawling brawl culminating in the Eagles Nest spot was fine, then the match went 10 MORE MINUTES. We get a bevy of run ins and Beulah and Kimona escort Stevie out by his balls. Still was a fun a watch but this did have a slight potential to be really good and instead it got in its on way and became overly bloated. ***

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This definitely went on long enough to get tiresome. It really should have ended after the Stevie spot and Dreamer hitting the chair shot on Brian Lee. After that they do a bunch of big spots, but the match feels past its expiration date so they don't connect too much. Crowd was still into it though. For the most part I thought this was an entertaining match, constant action and something going on everywhere.

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