Written By Alfredo Esparza
ECW Hardcore TV Ep. #17 (8/3/1993)
Taped 5/15/1993 and 6/19/1993 at ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Aired on 8/3/1993.
They open the show with a recap of last week’s press conference covering “Ultra Clash” with Eddie Gilbert interrupting.
The show is hosted via the ECW Control Center with ECW President Tod Gordon opening the show. He invites fans to attend the upcoming TV tapings that will feature Stan Hansen, Eddie Gilbert, Paul E. Dangerously, Tito Santana, Jimmy Snuka, Don Muraco, the Koloffs, Sensational Sherri and several others. He also hypes up the arrival of wrestlers from the Japanese promotion W*ING. Gordon mentions that he’ll be announcing some of the matches happening on September 18th at Ultra Clash. He also apologizes to Philadelphia Phillies player John Kruk for an incident he had with Eddie Gilbert but doesn’t say what it was. He announces Stan Hansen vs. Abdullah The Butcher, J.T. Smith vs. The Dark Patriot in a scaffold match, plus a battle of the sexes battle royal featuring Sensational Sherri.
They show highlights of The Dark Patriot and J.T. Smith’s first match in ECW where J.T. gets thrown off the balcony and The Dark Patriot follows with a dive off the balcony.
Hot Stuff International (Eddie Gilbert & The Dark Patriot) (w/ Paul E. Dangerously) vs. Glen Osbourne & J.T. Smith
Tod Gordon mentions this match was a little over a week after the singles match between The Dark Patriot and J.T. Smith with the balcony dive. Smith walks to the ring with the help of a crutch. Don Muraco is on commentary with Jay Sulli.
Eddie Gilbert grabs the mic and insults the fans. He says it takes the fans an hour and a half to watch 60 Minutes. Gilbert notices J.T. Smith showing up with his leg and arm bandaged up and reminds everyone about the balcony incident. He tells Smith to sit down and let Osbourne and the Dark Patriot have a singles match because he’s in no condition to wrestle. J.T. Smith says he isn’t going to back down and tells Eddie Gilbert that he’s going to wrestle in the match.
Smith starts the match with Eddie Gilbert. Gilbert misses a punch in the corner. Smith armdrags Gilbert who gets a pep talk from Paul E. Dangerously. Gilbert threatens to use Paul E.’s telephone on J.T. Smith but he gets stopped. Gilbert misses a big knee at Smith and instead hits The Dark Patriot. The Dark Patriot gets upset at Eddie. Paul E. tries to calm him down. The Dark Patriot gets out of the ring. Don Muraco says they have no issues anymore.
Test of strength by Gilbert and Smith turns to Gilbert kneeing Smith in the mid-section. The Dark Patriot grabs hold of Smith’s knee and starts attacking it while Eddie distracts the referee and Osbourne. He smashes Smith’s knee in the ringpost. The Dark Patriot distracts Osbourne and the referee and Eddie Gilbert uses a chair to hit J.T. Smith’s injured leg. Eddie Gilbert applies a figure-four leglock on Smith! Referee calls for the bell as Smith submits. The Dark Patriot tosses Osbourne out of the ring and stomps on Smith as he leaves with a victory.
WINNERS: Eddie Gilbert & The Dark Patriot
Tod Gordon is now joined at the ECW Control Center by Eddie Gilbert. They show a video featuring highlights from the W*ING promotion. They translate some of the promos that air in the highlights with guys challenging each other to matches at ECW Arena and have them supposedly hyping the next match on the show.
Jimmy Snuka © (w/ Paul E. Dangerously) vs. Tommy Cairo for the ECW TV Title
This was a match from the 6/19/1993 “Super Summer Sizzler Spectacular” show. Terry Funk joins Jay Sulli on commentary for this match.
Jimmy Snuka complains about a hair pull as the two lock-up. Test of strength turns into a pin attempt by Cairo on Snuka. Cairo slams Snuka a couple of times and gets him with a kick. Snuka rolls out of the ring and talks with Paul E. Snuka gets back in the ring and pushes Cairo into the ropes and knees him. He whips Cairo into the ropes and Cairo tries for a sunset flip but Snuka lands on him and gets a 2-count. Snuka gets a thumb into Cairo’s throat and follows with a couple of chops.
Snuka whips Cairo into the ropes and misses a clothesline. Cairo catches him with a dropkick and follows with a suplex. Cairo Irish whips Snuka into the ropes and backdrops him. Snuka gets near the ropes and Cairo breaks away. Cairo gets in a chop and a flying elbow into the corner. Paul E. Dangerously yells at the referee. Cairo body slams Snuka, who rolls out of the ring. Cairo gets Snuka back in with a vertical suplex and gets a 2-count . Snuka whips Cairo into the ropes and Paul E. trips Cairo. Snuka then uses the ropes for leverage to get the pin on Cairo.
WINNER: Jimmy Snuka
They return to the ECW Control Center with Tod Gordon and Eddie Gilbert. Gordon tells Gilbert that he doesn’t know who his opponent will be. Gilbert says that he doesn’t care who he wrestles because he’s wrestled and beaten some of the biggest names.
SHOW THOUGHTS: An okay show overall. They focused mostly on hyping the next big show Ultra Clash and the W*ING talent coming in to work ECW shows. The two new matches on the show were okay at best. They continued to build up The Dark Patriot and J.T. Smith feud by re-airing their singles match with the balcony dive followed by a tag match featuring both. The tag match was mostly Gilbert and Dark Patriot trying to injure Smith further as part of that feud’s progression. Snuka vs. Cairo was okay but there were moments in the match were it felt a little slow. Eddie Gilbert continued to annoy Tod Gordon on this week’s show.