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[2000-09-08-ECW-TNN] Tony Mamaluke & Little Guido vs Yoshihiro Tajiri & Mikey Whipwreck


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Stip here is that if FBI doesn’t win tag belts, they will split up as a team forever. These two teams just gel for me. Mamaluke and Mikey do matwork that looks better than usual. The tags go to Tajiri and Guido and Tajiri slaps the shit out of Guido to a huge reaction from the crowd. From there, the match is just a great blend of all styles: Hardcore, southern tag, technical and some high flying mixed in. The finish really had a ton of misdirection with Whipwreck/Tajiri seemingly having the antidote for everything that FBI throws there way between Tajiri misting Big Sal and the Whippersnapper from the apron through the table. However, Guido is able to get a chairshot and Sicilian Slice on a chair to steal the win and the titles. Very good tv match. ***3/4 (7.5)

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This was one of the all-time shine segments from Tajiri and Whipwreck as they run wild and just destroy Mamaluke, Guido, and Sal with weapons, huge dives, fun integration with a steel chair and the crowd is completely nuclear. The interplay between these teams was really fun and unique with Whipwreck and Tajiri just being total killers and FBI getting their ass kicked constantly but not being sniveling heels as they actually have some the toughness and ability to keep fighting back. FBI gets brief control on Whipwreck before Mamaluke dies on a tilt-a-whirl that lands him neck first on the ropes, that was insane. Mamaluke has been so awesome dying in these matches and against all comers really, he has become a real favorite of mine during this project. My only nitpick might be that the finish didn't seem credible enough to steal the tag belts after all the punishment the FBI had taken and how little Whipwreck and Tajiri had taken -- but in that case in still works as a flash finish where FBI were crafty enough to get their one moment to escape with the win. One of my favorite TV matches of the year.

 

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  • GSR changed the title to [2000-09-08-ECW-TNN] Tony Mamaluke & Little Guido vs Yoshihiro Tajiri & Mikey Whipwreck
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Added stipulations for the title defense in that if the FBI don’t win the belts tonight then they must split up as a team forever.  Mikey boots Mamaluke in the mid-section after he’d mistimed the tip up, grabs him around the neck for the ‘Whippersnapper’ but it’s too early the match for that and the attempt is blocked.  The two exchange lovely high hip tosses before a Mamaluke short arm scissors.  ‘Gotch lift’ by Mikey, powering him up with the one arm and dumping him into the ropes.  Guido blitzes Tajiri around the side of the head with a slap, the ‘Buzzsaw’ replying in kind.  A gorgeous double arm cradle from Tajiri and the crowd are giving these two a standing ovation already.  Tajiri destroys Mamaluke with kicks and I’ll say it again, there really is no-one better at selling them.  The ‘Unholy Alliance’ are killing him with the double teams, a unique one seeing Mikey holding him upside down in a piledriver position as Tajiri dropkicks him in the face.  More standing ovations.  A dropkick takes the legs out from under Guido, stereo basement dropkicks to the FBI followed by a pair of STF’s.  They throw the challengers to the outside where Tajiri nails them with an Asai moonsault.  Mikey collects a table, which he and Tajiri set up inside, and when Guido climbs up on the apron Tajiri dropkicks it into his face.  Big Sal is now up and they’re firing chairs off the table at him, one catching him in the gut.  With the big man now doubled over, Mikey leaps off his back and out onto Guido and Mamaluke.  Tajiri ties Guido in the ‘Tree of Woe’ who then gets busted open courtesy of a Mikey chair shot.  Guido can barely stand at this point.  Mikey places the chair over this face and blasts it with another one.  The champions are just decimating these two.  Guido eventually makes the tag to his partner after avoiding another chair shot.  Mamaluke dropkicks Tajiri off the apron while Guido repositions the table upright in the corner.  Double belly to back superplex for a two.  Mikey counters the Mamaluke headscissors with an awesome looking hot shot.  Both men make the tag and Tajiri with a handspring elbow as he then goes to town on Guido.  A shotgun dropkick sends him crashing backwards into the table before Mamaluke, who had gotten back to his feet, gets crotched on the top rope.  ‘Whippersnapper’ from the apron through a table on the floor!!!  Big Sal tries to interfere but Tajiri mists him however, with his back to his opponent, Guido cracks him across the back with a chair.  ‘Kiss of Death’ onto the chair and not only do the FBI live to fight another day, they are also the new ECW World tag team champions.

This was so good and it was like all the matches that these two teams had was leading up to this one.  Tajiri looks like one of the best wrestlers in the world and Tony Mamaluke really is something else with his bumping and selling (the way he took that hot shot, just wow!).  I’m not sure the added stipulation of the FBI being forced to split if they don’t win was necessary as that pretty much gives the result away beforehand.  Still this was an awesome TV match with some incredible moments and one that is absolutely worth a watch.

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