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[1996-06-22-ECW-Hardcore Heaven] Chris Jericho vs Pit Bull #2


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I could have done without the Douglas stuff, but otherwise, this is a really good match with a well-played power/speed dynamic. There are some spots that look indy-tacular, specifically with stuff like Pit Bull #2 moving back the guardrail when standing outside the ring to telegraph Jericho's dive, and a few other spots that are too contrived. But this is still a solid effort and has some real bright spots. Both guys look like future stars here, which is halfway correct I suppose.

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There's some great stuff here, and it's not just nearly naked pornstar Francine. Jericho works some lovely lucha spots. I like the first tombstone spot, that transitions from the gorilla press. It's so fast and appears to be dangerous as he'll, but you can't help but like it.

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Shockingly good match that threatens to go off the rails at various points, but never quite does. The only real blown spot is the tombstone reversal and they cover that pretty seamlessly. Jericho, who was never exactly the Excellence of Execution, manages to hit every spot he tries. The finish looked great. Douglas uses Francine as a human shield and causes her to eat a clothesline from Pitbull 2, which is a pretty spectacularly dickish thing to do even by ECW standards.

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This match really over-delivers relative to how it looks on paper. Pit Bull throws out a pretty deep arsenal of good looking power moves -- that press slam into a tombstone was nasty. Jericho is good too and they put together an entertaining, competitive match with a good ending. I really liked Douglas freaking out over the title change. This whole story has been good to build to the famous four-way coming up.

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ECW World TV Champion Pitbull #2 vs Chris Jericho - ECW Hardcore Heaven  1996

I am a big confused why Pibull #2 was being pushed? I know Pitbull#1 was injured but I dunno Pitbull #2 always struck me as the lesser of the two Pitbulls so I can understand having him on the lower card. That being said I watched his ECW World Title match with Raven and TV Title win over Shane Douglas all on the show prior to this and he was definitely over. So it goes to show you what I know. 

I dont have too much to say about this. It is a good, basic standard power vs speed match. Theres not much struggle to it. It is very "my turn, your turn". They establish Pitbull's power advantage early. Liked the catch on the spinwheel kick into the slam. The Press Slams were great especially the one into the tombstone. Jericho in 1996 has a penchant for overreaching and doing spots that look like they will get him or his opponent killed. Even though he did some crazy spots that could have gone wrong most of them involved tombstone variations, they pulled them off without being too egregious. Did Pitbull blade off a Victory Roll? If so that has to be the most bizarre bladejob after. Jericho takes control. Now Pitbull feeds for him. It is a very neat match not a lot of struggle. Jericho does his springboard dropkick but instead of a dropkick he did a moonsault which I thought was pretty cool. He also busts out a missile dropkick. Ill be honest all the offense kind of just runs together. Douglas comes out to argue with Francine and try to steal the belt. Pitbull #2 interjects himself but steamrolls Francine. Pitbull #2 Clobbers Douglas and then Jericho crashes down on Douglas by accident. Pitbull #1 with an arm in a sling takes Francine back while Douglas tries abscond with the title but the refs stop him. They do the less complicated version of the Hurricanarana/Splash Mountain Finish where Jericho hits a Frankensteiner off the Superbomb. Great looking finish! Douglas throws a fit. Pitbull and Jericho bro it out. This all leads to the Fatal 4-Way between the four most recent champions. It was a very clean match which was surprising because at any moment I thought it could go sideways. Jericho would learn how to add connective tissue and psychology to his matches in WWF. Here he shows a basic grasp of power vs speed but is missing those crucial transitions that would really make a match like this pop. ***

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