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[2001-01-26-ICW-The Revolution Continues] Xavier vs Little Guido vs Mikey Whipwreck

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This comes out of Guido saving Low Ki from an attack by Xavier after his match with Tajiri. Mikey Whipwreck joins after a blown power bomb. Other than that, Xavier looks good here, but the ECW guys feel like they're going through the motions.

 

I love Danny Drake on commentary explaining an Irish whip being called that because "it's how you toss them out of the bar when they're closing."

 

Whipwreck eliminates Guido with the Whippersnapper. Mikey and Xavier have a decent segment, but then there's a ref bump, and a chair, and holy shit this is a mess. Mikey wins with another Whippersnapper.

 

Whipwreck gets the ICW title here, although, SPOILER, he gets it back by the end of the night.

 

Another trainwreck from the ECW guys on these indy shows.

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Xavier jumps Low Ki after his bout with Tajiri, pounding away on him until Little Guido makes the save. The bell just rings so it looks like we’ve got another impromptu match on our hands. Guido counters the wheelbarrow with a Fujiwara armbar and Xavier scrambles to the ropes for the break. They trade chops before Xavier goes for the powerbomb, but he loses control of Guido who falls uncomfortably to the mat. Mikey Whipwreck’s music starts and Xavier turns to the entrance awaiting his arrival, only for Mikey to appear behind him from the opposite direction. Guessing the impromptu match is now an impromptu three way. Flapjack by Mikey, however Xavier takes it all wrong, tucking his chin and landing on his head. The commentator says that looked painful and he’s not wrong, as it could easily have broken his neck. Guido and Mikey make a pact to work together and slam Xavier to the mat. E-C-Dub chants breaks out after that one. The unison doesn’t last long as Guido goes to boot Mikey in the mid-section when he was looking for a Hi-Five, but Mikey grabs the foot and levels him with a clothesline. Mikey steps to the outside, pulls Guido out with him and dumps him over the guard rail. Twisting tope from the top turnbuckle to the floor by Xavier. The action returns to the ring where Xavier catches Guido with a powerslam for a two. He counters the ‘whippersnapper’ with an arm whip and transitions to the cross armbar, however a Guido leg drop breaks that up. Russian leg sweep followed by a ‘Sicilian slice’. Guido and Xavier continue to go at it as Mikey takes a seat in the corner more than happy to let them do so. A series of near falls before Guido walks into a ‘whippersnapper’ and Mikey gets a three on him. The bell rings as everyone assumes the match is over, everyone except the referee that is who informs them it’s ‘elimination rules’ and not the first pinfall which decides it. Release overhead belly to belly by Xavier. You then see Mikey telling the ref to get into position as Xavier reverses the Irish whip, sending Whipwreck careering into the official and squashing him in the corner. Xavier grabs a chair from ringside and runs at Mikey who kicks it into his face. He lays him on the chair, moonsault off the middle but Xavier moves and his head crashes onto that chair. The neckbreaker is reversed, Mikey with another ‘whippersnapper’ and he’s the new ICW champion. Guido, who had sold his ‘whippersnapper’ for the remainder of this, is back to his feet the moment this is over and spikes Mikey with a ‘Maritato’. Low Ki jumps Xavier as payback for earlier and they go at it until they’re attacked by a pair of unknowns. The two of them seen the unknowns off before returning to trying to beat seven bells out of each other. Security eventually separates them as a bit of calm and order is restored to the Elk’s Lodge.

 

In typical fashion for me I watched the matches from this event out of order, so have already seen the car crash that follows. Who on earth thought it would be a smart idea to book two impromptu matches on the same show? This was all over the place and I wouldn’t be surprised if the wrestlers genuinely didn’t know this was a three-way, especially with how quickly they breezed through the Mikey/Xavier portion. Was Guido ribbing the way he sold his ‘whippersnapper’? The post-match was overbooked and this whole show has been a disaster from the moment Red/Maximo finished. One of the main takes from this month is what a let-down the former ECW guys have been on the independent scene. It really feels like a lot of them are just going through the motions hoping, waiting for a call from either WCW or the WWF.

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Another genetic ecw rehash to end the night. Booking on this show is horrid but the ecw performers didn’t exactly do themselves any favors either as Guido through Tajiri mailed it in. Xavier looked fine. * 

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