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[2000-09-03-ECW-Hardcore TV] Joey Matthews & Christian York vs E.Z. Money & Julio Dinero


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High octane opener with all action but York and Matthews hit their spots cleanly. I’ve appreciated Hot Commodity for knowing what they are and playing to those strengths. The plancha that Matthews does to the outside is generally the highlight of the match. Hamrick is able to come in and deliver the big leg drop with the referee pulled away. Hot Commodity is able to advance. *1/2

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I don’t like Hot Commodity coming out to this generic WWE Network music, although I suppose that applies to every ECW act.  They jump York & Matthews before the bell but don’t make the most of the sneak attack.  Double hip toss powerbomb, from here on known as ‘Future Shock’, on Dinero and a double clothesline sends Money over the top rope to the outside.  Dinero had already ducked out himself and avoids the York baseball slide.  He calls York on and when he runs at him, backdrops him into the ropes only to get caught with a headscissors takedown on the floor.  A staple Christian York spot from the Indies.  York ducks the Money clothesline and Matthews with a plancha from the top turnbuckle.  Back inside Dinero reverses the Irish whip and looks to throw York back to the outside, but ends up giving him an assist as he flies into Money with the suicide dive.  That one’s a Joey Matthews staple from the Indies!  As he climbs up onto the apron, Money and Elektra pull his legs out from under him sending him crashing head first into it.  ‘Money Clip’ (somersault slingshot clothesline) followed by a standing moonsault for a two.  Double wheelbarrow by Hot Commodity, however Dinero delays in making the cover and Matthews kicks out.  He fails to connect on the moonsault and Matthews hot tags to York.  Dinero gets crotched upstairs before York pancakes Money to the mat.  Matthews and York go for their finisher, but it looks like Dinero loses his balance and Joey has to cover the situation, turning what started out as a top rope frankensteiner into a DDT.  Referee H.C. Loc is otherwise engaged, doesn’t see the York lateral press and ultimately doesn’t see the Chris Hamrick leg drop off the top to break up that pin.  Hamrick puts Dinero on top and Loc turns around as Hot Commodity steal the victory.

It’s cool seeing all these spots that York and Matthews had honed and practiced on the Maryland Indy scene being played to a national audience and the crowd going wild for them.  The kinda match that is an ideal show opener, although a shame Dinero screwed up that top rope rana for Matthews.  I’m at a bit of a loss at what he brings to Hot Commodity, almost as if he was put with them because Heyman couldn’t think of anything else to do with him.

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