Written By Alfredo Esparza
ECW Hardcore TV #38 (12/28/93)
Taped 12/26/1993 at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Aired on 12/28/1993.
Show opens with a clip from ECW Arena with the lights off and then they turn off and we see a mess in the ring with several people in there. Styles calling what he sees. They go to the introduction pretty quickly.
Matty In Da House promotes the ECW Arena January 7th show. He says if fans were a “Holiday Hell” t-shirt they will get in at half price.
The Pitbull vs. Chad Austin
Joey Styles is joined by Tony Rumble on commentary. Chad Austin gets The Pitbull in a side headlock. The Pitbull picks him up for a belly-to-back suplex. He stomps, chokes and bites Austin. The Pitbull slams Austin. Hard chop by The Pitbull. He slams Chad into the corner and follows that up with some chops. Austin gets whipped into the corner and The Pitbull clotheslines him. Crowd cheers the beatdown.
The Pitbull refuses to pin Austin. Russian legsweep into a neckbreaker by The Pitbull. Powerbomb by The Pitbull. He stomps on Austin’s mid-section. Vertical suplex by The Pitbull and again he refuses to pin Austin. He punches Austin on the mat. Referee warns The Pitbull. He whips Austin into the ropes and knocks him down with a flying forearm. Legdrop across Austin and again The Pitbull refuses to pin him.
The Pitbull bites Austin. He screams a bit. Whip into the ropes and Austin ducks a clothesline and catches him with a leg lariat. Austin covers Pitbull for the pin and gets the win! The Pitbull attacks Austin after the match. He slingshots Austin onto the top rope and Austin goes flying to the floor. The Pitbull brings him back in and clotheslines Austin. He continues to beat on Austin.
The Sandman runs out and makes the save for Austin. Jason runs out and distracts The Sandman. The Pitbull attacks The Sandman. He beats on The Sandman outside the ring. Fans start a “Sandman Sucks” chant. The Pitbull continues to attack The Sandman. Jason keeps the referee from getting involved. The Pitbull grabs a chain and beats on The Sandman.
WINNER: Chad Austin
Matty In Da House shows a recap and is excited to see Chad Austin win and the post-match attack. Highlights shown of The Sandman vs. Mr. Hughes. Mr. Hughes wins the match as this happened after The Sandman had been beaten by The Pitbull so he was dealing with a shoulder injury.
Jason “The Sexiest Man on Earth” promo talking about his involvement when The Sandman got involved with The Pitbull. He says it is no one’s business what he was doing there. Jason says he was pleased to see his “Roughneck” Mr. Hughes almost destroy The Sandman. He says it is payback for The Sandman and Peaches saying “no” to him. He asks The Sandman how does he like his fur coat.
Hunter Q. Robbins III promo
Highlights of “Awesome” Mike Awesome’s ECW debut against Randy Starr are shown.
The Rockin’ Rebel vs. “Devious” Don E. Allen
The Rockin’ Rebel wears a t-shirt insulting Sal Bellomo’s wife. He attacks Allen immediately and tosses him to the outside. He gets in a few forearms across the chest of Allen and then suplexes him back into the ring. Rebel chokes Allen. He slams Allen and follows with an elbow drop. Rebel whips Allen into the ropes and catches him with an elbow. Headbutt by the Rebel.
The Rockin’ Rebel chops away on Allen in the corner. He tosses him back to the outside. Allen comes back and goes for a sunset flip on Rebel. He follows with a high cross body but Rebel slams him. Piledriver by The Rebel gets the win over Allen.
WINNER: The Rockin’ Rebel
Sabu © (w/ Paul E. Dangerously & 911) vs. Terry Funk (w/ Axl Rotten & Ian Rotten) in a NO DQ match for the ECW Heavyweight Title
Paul E. Dangerously introduces Sabu. 911 tries to restrain Sabu before the match starts. Terry Funk makes his way to the ring and he’s accompanied by his “few good men”. They release Sabu and he chases after Funk. They brawl outside the ring. Sabu gets Funk with some punches. He swings a chair at Funk.
Sabu continues his attack on Funk in the ring. He punches him out of the ring. Chinlock with Funk hanging out of the ring. Funk drags Sabu out of the ring. Hard chop from Funk. A punch knocks Sabu down. Funk stomps on Sabu. He pulls Sabu back into the ring. Funk tosses Sabu to the outside. He slams Sabu onto a table. Funk grabs a chair and hits Sabu with it.
Terry Funk piledrives Sabu in the ring. Sabu reaches the rope to break the pin attempt. Funk goes for another piledriver! Terry chases after Dangerously.
Match is edited to Sabu attacking Terry Funk. Sabu dives off a chair into Funk in the corner. Another edit forwards into Sabu doing a split-legged moonsault on Funk for another near fall. Funk tosses Sabu to the outside. Terry climbs up on the ropes and hits a dive off the ring apron at Sabu. Sabu backdrops Funk onto the floor as the two continue to brawl. Sabu sends Funk back into the ring.
Double legdrop by Sabu and a camel clutch trying to submit Funk. Fans start to chant “We Want Blood”! 911 brings a table to the ring. Funk heads to the outside and shoves everyone around. Sabu goes for a baseball slide to the outside and he tosses Funk into the table.
They get back in the ring and Funk with a few headbutts at Sabu. The Rottens put the table in the ring. Funk sets up the table. He punches Sabu a few times. Sabu counters with some punches of his own. Sabu sends Funk into the table. He does it a second time. Then a third. Sabu smashes Funk into the table again. Referee warns Sabu. Sabu decides to send the referee into the table knocking him out of the ring. Axl and Ian Rotten get on the ring apron and Sabu attacks them both.
Sabu with a legdrop on Funk. Sabu hits an Asai moonsault to the outside onto Bad Breed! He gets back in the ring and tosses Funk into the table and Funk goes thru the table and to the floor. Another edit and this time we see Sabu slam Funk. He climbs up to the top rope and misses a moonsault! Funk back up and he gets Sabu in the spinning toe hold! Paul E. climbs into the ring and hits Funk with his telephone. He places Sabu onto Funk for the pin.
Shane Douglas and Sherri Martel come out. Douglas gets in the ring and wraps a chain around his fist and punches Sabu. Sherri attacks Paul E. The lights go out. Douglas grabs the referee and he counts the pin with Funk covering Sabu for the pin. Terry Funk is the new ECW Heavyweight Champion!
WINNER: Terry Funk
Sabu dives out of the ring onto Shane Douglas. He then follows by doing a moonsault onto a table.
Paul E. Dangerously is outraged how Shane Douglas and Terry Funk robbed Sabu of the ECW Heavyweight Title.
Terry Funk with Bad Breed talking about how Shane Douglas said that he’s as great as Bruno Sammartino and Lou Thesz. Funk says that he is better than those two “has-beens” and that it is a disgrace to mention them with him. He talks about coming from a great wrestling family, The Funk family.
He tells Bad Breed a story about a dog he had when he was a kid. He said he went to feed his dog and it bit him. Funk says he loved that dog and his father went and grabbed the dog and shot him. He asked his father why he did that because the dog was not right and was mentally off. Funk says that Sabu is just like that dog and thinks he’s not well and he’s 99% sure that Sabu because of breeding is a “moronic idiot” and should not be allowed in ECW and needs to be eliminated and he’s the man to do it all on his own just like he won the ECW Heavyweight Title.
Video airing Shane Douglas and Sherri Martel joining forces against Sabu and Paul E. Dangerously. That’s followed by an interview. Douglas says he sees a lot of broken bones and scattered bodies looking down from the top. He calls Terry Funk one of the all-time greats just like Lou Thesz and Bruno Sammartino. He says that was in the past and he’s better than Funk.
Paul E. Dangerously promo talking about Terry Funk not getting it. He warns both Funk and Shane Douglas. He says Sherri Martel looks like Bruno Sammartino in drag. He talks about the Douglas vs. Funk title match on January 7th. He says Funk losing and perhaps Douglas retiring him after that match would be best for him. Dangerously speaks slowly for Funk and says he should hope he’s done because now Sabu wants to destroy him. He vows to have a surprise for them during their January 7th show.
SHOW THOUGHTS: Good episode. The title match was very good despite being edited. There was enough shown to make it an enjoyable match to watch. The other two matches on the show were squash matches. The Pitbull match led to an angle with The Sandman and they also showed how his involvement with The Pitbull led to him losing to Mr. Hughes. Terry Funk’s promo after winning the title was great. Always fun hearing Funk tell his childhood stories to compare to what he’s doing in wrestling during that time.