peachchaos Posted February 12, 2015 Report Share Posted February 12, 2015 Barely Legal - ECW Arena; Philadelphia, PA 4/13/1997- ECW Tag Titles: The Eliminators vs. The Dudley Boyz©- Rob Van Dam vs. Lance Storm- The Great Sasuke, Masato Yakushiji, & Gran Hamada vs. Taka Michinoku, Dick Togo, & Terry Boy- TV Title: Shane Douglas© vs. Tommy Dreamer- Grudge Match of the Century: Taz vs. Sabu- Three Way Dance (Winner Faces Raven): Terry Funk vs. The Sandman & Stevie Richards- ECW Title: Terry Funk vs. Raven© This is one of my favorite shows ever, so there's only two things I would change. First of all, the TV title match with Douglas against Pit Bull #2 was putrid and soul-crushing. I know Dreamer could have worked a better & shorter match with Douglas. It works in my mind since they were feuding around the time and you have Beulah and Francine ready for a cat fight. The post-match angle would work similar, but I would have Brian Lee come out to help Douglas win the match and then brawl to the back with Dreamer. Then it's Pit Bull #2 under the mask instead. The only other thing I would change is at the end of the show, Dreamer and Lee continue their brawl during the main event and Dreamer gets comeuppance on Lee by chokeslaming him from the Eagle's Nest instead of Big Dick Dudley for a little added continuity. Heat Wave - War Memorial; Ft. Lauderdale, FL 8/17/1997- ECW Tag Title: The Dudley Boyz© vs. Tha Gangstas - Chris Candido vs. Lance Storm - The Cam-Am Express w/ Jim Cornette vs. Kobashi/Misawa- Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Spike Dudley- Shane Douglas vs. Al Snow w/ Rick Rude - TV Title: Taz© vs. Rob Van Dam- Tommy Dreamer vs. Jerry Lawler- No-Ropes-Barbed-Wire-Match for the ECW Title: Terry Funk© vs. Sabu This show actually wasn't a complete stinker, but on paper it's one of their weakest cards. It should have been called Heat Wave, since it was in FL in the middle of the Summer. I really liked how the Dudleyz opened the show at the first PPV, so I'd continue that here. I think Mustafa actually left the company by this point, so either bring him in for one last Gangstas match or just send New Jack out there alone, either way it would be a garbage squash opener where the Dudleyz get all there spots in and it ends quickly. I'd give Candido and Storm the singles match that was originally booked for Barely Legal here. To make up for the loss of the M-Pro guys to Vince, I'd have Paul bring in Kobashi and Misawa from AJPW and match them against a team Vince threw to the water, The Can-Am Express. I'd bring in Cornette to put some heat on the WWF guys (he should have been paired with them anyhow). So you'd have WWF vs. AJPW on an ECW PPV, with four guys who could absolutely go and win over the crowd. I'd let Snow and Douglas have a match here to continue the feud with WWF/Rick Rude. They had a really good match on ECW TV later in the year so this would work here too. Taz drops the TV title to RVD on pay per view with some assistance from Fonzie and Sabu, continuing their feud and setting up a final blow-off for later. RVD begins his TV title reign on PPV. I really think for ECW to be a hit on PPV, they needed to have barbed wire and they needed to have the Terry Funk-Sabu barbed wire match on PPV. We get a title change and Sabu and Van Dam have both singles titles and the feud with WWF continues. November to Remember - New York, NY 11/30/1997 - ECW Tag Team Titles: The Dudley Boyz© vs. The Pitbulls - The Great Sausuke vs. Justin Credible - Chris Candido & Lance Storm vs. The Can-Am Express w/ Jim Cornette - Shane Douglas vs. Flash Funk w/ Rick Rude - The Sandman vs. Bam Bam Bigelow - Dream Partners Tag Team Match: Tommy Dreamer & Terry Funk vs. Rob Van Dam & Jerry Lawler - Falls Count Anywhere for the ECW Title: Sabu© vs. Taz Yep, I changed the whole card and even the location of the event. N2R is the flagship event for ECW and to make this a special night, I'd book the Manhattan Center in NYC where ECW invaded RAW earlier in the year. Continuing their dominance as Tag Champs in the opening match, The Dudleyz would crush a surprise Pit Bulls in their comeback. Having the M-Pro guys at Barely Legal was just such a cool addition to the card, so I'll continue the tradition of Japanese talent and bring in Sausuke to do the job to Credible. They had several good matches in ECW and one of them should have been on PPV. Storm and Candido debuted their team shortly before this, and the angle here would be that this is both Storm's try-out for the Triple Threat and the match is also for a Tag Title shot. Cam-Am's lose and ditch Cornette in the post match. Scorpio didn't come in til the next PPV, but this would be the perfect blow-off the the Rick Rude-Shane Douglas feud. Sandman and Bigelow had an awesome match on WCW ppv and it's a shame they never went at it for ECW. Sandman could make the save for Funk since they were partners. Easy money. N2R was usually headlined by a big crazy ECW tag match, so I'd let the WWF vs. ECW/Lawler vs. Dreamer feuds come to a completion here with an added twist: since Funk was headed to the WWF anyway, I'd have him turn on Dreamer here and set up a huge grudge match for the next PPV. Sabu and Taz have an epic final match for the ECW title and Taz gets the belt to end the WWF vs. ECW feud once and for all. Looking forward to tackling '98 later on. I know a lot of this stuff isn't plausible and it might be more interesting to book the cards using the talent that was actually on-hand, but hind-sight being 20/20, there's a lot more they could have done with the WWF talent and there were plenty of Japanese guys to come fill the void of Taka and Kaientai. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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