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ECW TV 3/15/1994

Written By Alfredo Esparza

ECW Hardcore TV #48 (3/15/1994)

Taped 3/6/1994 at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, PA. Aired on 3/15/1994.

Show opens with Paul E. Dangerously hyping the main event of Sabu vs. The Tazmaniac for the TV Title. Dangerously says they’ll be call Taz, “McTaz” because he’ll be left drunker than an Irish man.

Show intro follows. Joey Styles opens from the Eagle’s nest in ECW Arena as he talks about the show having two main events.

Shane Douglas and The Public Enemy promo about going up against Terry Funk, Kevin Sullivan and Crash. Douglas says he’s going to make Funk earn his respect. He talks about The Public Enemy taking care of Kevin Sullivan and Crash and he’ll take care of Funk. The Public Enemy pick Shane’s pockets during the promo. They call Funk the rubber band man.

Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka & The Sandman (w/ Hunter Q. Robbins III) vs. “Ironman” Tommy Cairo & Tommy Dreamer

Jimmy Snuka and Tommy Cairo start the match off and Snuka gets him with an uppercut. Snuka whips Cairo into the ropes and misses a clothesline. Cairo grabs hold of Snuka and slams him. Snuka gets slammed a second time by Cairo. Test of strength and Snuka quickly kicks Cairo but Cairo grabs Snuka and slams him. Belly to belly suplex by Cairo.

Cairo whips Snuka into the ropes and gets him with a spin kick. He goes to tag Dreamer but Snuka quickly tags in The Sandman. Dreamer keeps wanting Snuka and Sandman spits at him. Dreamer throws a few right hands at Sandman. He whips Sandman into the ropes and catches him with a clothesline. The Sandman reverses a whip but Dreamer ducks a clothesline attempt and gets Sandman with an atomic drop. He tosses Sandman to the outside.

The Sandman gets back in the ring and clips Dreamer and attacks him. He grabs hold of Dreamer and gets him with a vertical suplex. The Sandman whips Dreamer hard into the corner and Dreamer bounces off the turnbuckles. He gets in some hard chops on Dreamer. Dreamer fights back with some chops of his own. Dreamer reverses a whip but gets caught by a boot to the head however he gets Sandman with a belly-to-belly suplex and follows with an elbow. Dreamer tags in Cairo.

Cairo with a spin kick at The Sandman. He follows that up with a belly-to-belly suplex and then a German suplex. Cairo goes for the pin but Snuka makes the save. Dreamer jumps in and he and Snuka go at it. Dreamer gets Snuka in a sleeper. The Sandman takes down Cairo and covers him for the pin.

Robbins interferes and distracts Dreamer who had Snuka in a sleeper. Dreamer takes off Robbins glasses and puts them on and then punches Robbins. He then gets Robbins in a backbreaker and does the Superfly signal as they go to Tod Gordon to talk about the Ultimate Jeopary show.

WINNERS: Jimmy Snuka & The Sandman

ECW Commissioner Tod Gordon talks about the Ultimate Jeopardy match which includes eight wrestlers entering with a weapon of their choice and all putting something on the line inside a steel cage. If Terry Funk loses he must give up the ECW Title to the man that defeats him. If Kevin Sullivan or The Tazmaniac lose, they must split up as a tag team. If Road Warrior Hawk loses, he must give up the name “Road Warrior”. If Shane Douglas loses, he’ll get his head shaved. If The Public Enemy lose they will not only lose the ECW Tag Team titles but will have to leave ECW forever. If Mr. Hughes loses the match, his manager Hunter Q. Robbins will have to spend 5 minutes alone against Hawk, Funk, Sullivan and Taz.

Matt In Da House interrupts Tod Gordon.

Terry Funk, Kevin Sullivan and Crash promo follows. Funk tells Sullivan that he doesn’t like him but he does respect him. He doesn’t respect Douglas or The Public Enemy. Sullivan says he’s finally stooped to anything for money and tells Terry Funk that nobody likes him. Sullivan says he must be lower than Funk because he’ll team with him for money.

They air several video highlights throughout the show.

Prior to the match Matty In Da House tries to get an interview from Jason and Mr. Hughes but they refuse to talk about Road Warrior Hawk.

“The Roughneck” Mr. Hughes (w/ Jason) vs. Billy Firehawk

Mr. Hughes catches Billy Firehawk with a clothesline. He stomps on Firehawk. Right hand from Mr. Hughes sends Firehawk down to the mat. He slams Firehawk and Mr. Hughes follows with an elbow drop and covers him for the pin but picks Billy back up.

Mr. Hughes whips Firehawk into the ropes and he ducks a clothesline but Hughes catches him with a dropkick that sends him to the floor. Jason catches Firehawk with a kick. Mr. Hughes slams Firehawk into the ring apron and then rolls him back into the ring. Another kick from Hughes and he whips Firehawk into the ropes and gets him with the sidewalk slam for the pin.

WINNER: Mr. Hughes

Crash, Kevin Sullivan & Terry Funk vs. “The Franchise” Shane Douglas & The Public Enemy (Johnny Grunge & “Flyboy” Rocco Rock) (w/ Sherri Martel)

Sherri Martel runs to the back right before the match starts. Styles mentions that Sherri Martel and Woman are best friends and that Sullivan has Woman preparing The Tazmaniac in the back for his ECW TV Title match against Sabu.

Rocco Rock and Kevin Sullivan start the match. Sullivan quickly chops Rock and whips him into the ropes but Rock gets him with a tilt-a-whirl slam. Rock celebrates and Sullivan is quickly back up on his feet and catches him with a pair of clotheslines and sends him to the floor. Grunge goes over to get Rock back in their corner.

Rock gets back in and Sullivan continues his attack. He tags in Crash who powerslams Rock and he tags in Funk. Terry Funk slams Rock. He climbs to the top rope and was going for a moonsault but Douglas clips his knee and knocks him off the ropes. Crash climbs to the top rope and hits a moonsault on Rocco Rock! He covers Rock for the pin but Grunge makes the save. Crash legdrops Rock in the mid-section and tags in Funk.

Terry Funk fouls Rocco Rock and then gets him with a piledriver! He goes for the pin but Grunge makes the save. Rock tags in Grunge. They get Funk in their corner and all three attack him. Neckbreaker by Grunge on Funk followed by a legdrop that gets him a two-count. He whips Funk into the ropes and Funk gets tossed over the top rope. Douglas piledrives Funk on the floor. Sullivan heads over to that side but Douglas tosses Funk back into the ring.

Grunge with a legdrop on Funk. He follows with a chinlock on Funk. Grunge twists Funk’s head. He tags in Rock and Rocco with a forearm across Funk’s back. He bites Funk! Another pin attempt and Grunge tags in and he jumps off the ropes with an elbow across the back of Funk’s neck. He chokes Funk. Grunge with a piledriver on Funk. Another pin attempt but Funk kicks out again.

Shane Douglas tags in and punches Funk a couple of times. He yells at Funk to get up! Douglas drops Funk onto the top rope. Crash gets upset and the referee keeps him from getting into the match. The Public Enemy beat on Funk outside the ring. Sullivan tosses a chair at them!

Funk gets back into the ring and Douglas with another piledriver on him! Douglas goes for the pin but only gets two! He goes for another piledriver on Funk and covers him for the pin but Funk kicks out. Funk is bleeding from his forehead and fires up! He headbutts Douglas. Douglas and Funk exchange headbutts and punches. Funk backdrops Douglas and tags in Crash. Sullivan gets in the ring as well and they brawl with The Public Enemy. Douglas and Funk brawl outside.

Everyone brawls everywhere. Sullivan piledrives Grunge in the ring and covers him for the pin.

WINNERS: Crash, Kevin Sullivan & Terry Funk

Matty In Da House with a special report from the Valley Forge Music Fair.

Sabu © (w/ Paul E. Dangerously) vs. The Tazmaniac (w/ Woman) for the ECW Television Title

The Tazmaniac attacks Sabu as he enters on the gurney. He stomps on Sabu in the ring. Fans chant for Sabu. Sabu ducks a clothesline and The Tazmaniac falls to the outside. He goes over the guardrail. Sabu goes for a moonsault off the ropes to the floor on Taz!

Sabu sends The Tazmaniac back into the ring. Sabu goes for a splash into the corner but Taz moves and then Taz grabs hold of Sabu with a belly-to-belly suplex that sends Sabu to the floor! The Tazmaniac continues his attack on Sabu and brings him back into the ring were he covers him for the pin. Sabu kicks out. The Tazmaniac goes for a cross armbreaker on Sabu. Paul E. Dangerously cheers on Sabu. Woman is shown ringside as well.

The Tazmaniac gets Sabu with a belly-to-back suplex. Sabu moves out of a diving headbutt from Taz. Sabu with a slingshot legdrop on The Tazmaniac for a near fall. Front facelock by Sabu followed by him switching over to a camel clutch. Dangerously yells at Taz while holding the ECW TV Title tellilng him that he will never have it. Taz escapes as he picks up Sabu and drops him on the mat.

Another belly-to-back suplex attempt but Sabu counters it and goes for a pin attempt. Sabu lands a knee to the face into the corner. Sabu grabs a chair but Taz grabs it. He misses a chair shot at Sabu. Taz grabs Sabu in a leglock but Sabu reverses it. The Tazmaniac grabs Sabu’s arm. Sabu gets up and stomps on Taz. He slams The Tazmaniac a couple of times and misses a dive off the ropes.

The Tazmaniac goes for a T-Bone Taz-plex. Sabu back up and gets Taz with a short leg drop. He tosses The Tazmaniac to the floor and punches him. Taz lands on the table. Sabu goes for a slingshot senton but The Tazmaniac moves off the table and Sabu crashes into the table.

Paul E. Dangerously hits The Tazmaniac with his phone. Woman attacks Dangerously. Paul E. threatens to attack Woman. Kevin Sullivan runs out and punches Dangerously! Sabu climbs to the top rope but Taz trips him and then gets Sabu with a dragon suplex off the ropes and gets the pin! Wild match!

WINNER: The Tazmaniac

After the match Sabu goes thru a table!

SHOW THOUGHTS: Excellent episode. The two main events were good especially the Sabu vs. Taz match that was wild and very fast-paced. They did a great job building up to the six-man tag match during the first half of the show airing promos from both teams. Also thought they did a great job hyping the Ultimate Jeopardy match.

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