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[1995-07-15-ECW-Heatwave] Stevie Richards vs Luna Vachon (Cage)

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This should NOT be this good. Should NOT. Should NOT have better pacing and psychology than just about any ECW match I've seen from '95. Should NOT. But it does. Stevie submitting to the testicular claw is a funny finish, but this was a pretty decent match. We get a Dudleys/Pit Bulls brawl outside the ring when the Dudleys try to get into the cage. Raven manages to sneak in past all the chaos, then lock the cage. Raven gives her a DDT and finally everyone is able to get in. Dreamer does the most calm run-in ever. They slam the cage door shut on Raven's hand, which is a pretty cool payback spot. Dreamer ends up pulling a hair of handcuffs out of his boot, which is probably why he didn't run in, and we get the famous Chairshot Heard Round The World.

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It's hard to imagine this type of match happening in any other promotion worldwide. They'd be inundated with complaints and quite possibly thrown off TV. I don't think that's a bad thing either.

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I tend to agree with the point that intergender matches--while not inherently offensive--are nearly impossible to pull off well. I say "nearly" because I think this is a match that accomplishes it. It's not great, but for what it is, it works. Luna being bloodied and beaten is a bit disturbing, but...well, it's Luna, and I can buy that she'd be fine with this sort of thing. Stevie is pushed as such a generally ineffective putz that Luna dominating him works too. Both people try some pretty daring offense, including cage dives and Luna doing a Vader Bomb-type thing off the top rope with the help of the cage. The finish and post-match are two of the more iconic moments in ECW history of course, as Raven gets crucified against the cage and leveled with the chairshot heard 'round the world. An effective way for Dreamer to exact some revenge while still holding out on the pinfall victory.

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Didnt watch the match but saw the post match angle. Chairshot heard round the World was brutal. They are doing a great job giving Dreamer victories like this in the feud or when he piledrove Beulah at Enter Sandman went into the crowd and had everyone chant E-C-DUB around him. He might not be winning the matches but he is winning the war. Raven cuts a great promo in Florida about how this all will backfire because Raven feasts on pain so the more anger Dreamer has and the more violent he becomes the stronger Raven becomes. Raven as a demented, evil empath is amazing. 

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