Roster Main Event: Rhino, Steve Corino, Justin Credible, The Sandman, Rob Van Dam, Jerry Lynn, Lance Storm, Sabu, Eddie Guerrero
Upper: Curt Hennig, C.W Anderson, Kid Kash, Super Crazy, Tommy Dreamer, Yoshihiro Tajiri
Midcard: Danny Doring, Spike Dudley, Tony Mamaluke, Little Guido Maritato, Roadkill, Mikey Whipwreck
Low: Balls Mahoney, Nova, Swinger, Simon Diamond, Christian York, Joey Matthews
Cruiserweights: AJ Styles, Billy Kidman, Christopher Daniels, Elix Skipper, Jamie Noble ,Shane Helms
Mangers/Other: Joey Styles, Cyrus The Virus, Francine, Joel Gertner, Dawn Marie, The Sinister Minister, Jack Victory, Big Sal E. Graziano
Teams The Impact Players: Lance Storm, Justin Credible, Dawn Marie Danny Doring and Roadkill The F.B.I: Tony Mamaluke, Little Guido, Big Sal E. Graziano The Unholy Alliance: Mikey Whipwreck, Yoshiro Tajiri, The Sinister Minister Johnny Swinger & Simon Diamond Christian York and Joey Matthews Kid Kash and Super Crazy The Network: Cyrus, Rhino, Steve Corino, Jack Victory
Television ECW Hardcore TV Wednesdays, 9:00 PM, 1 hour
Pay-Per-View January - Guilty as Charged March - Living Dangerously May - Hardcore Heaven July - Heat Wave September - Anarchy Rulz November - November to Remember
The show opens on a live shot of the arena, with Joey Styles standing in the middle of the ring.
Joey Styles welcomes everyone to the dawning of a new era in ECW and announces that tonight, there will be a mini, four man tournament with the winner earning a shot at the ECW Television Championship in 2 weeks, right here on Hardcore TV. Styles says he doesn't want to waste anymore time and leaves the ring as the first match is set to take place.
Television Championship Semi-Final Contender Match Yoshihiro Tajiri vs Little Guido
A great back and forth match up between two fierce rivals in ECW. Guido had Big Sal in his corner for the match, but Tajiri wasn't alone. He had the Sinister Minister in his corner. Guido controlled a lot of the match early on, but Tajiri was able to get some offense in with a lot of stick kicks that allowed him to get control in his hands. Big Sal tried getting involved but he ended up getting knocked off the apron by Tajiri and crashed through a table set up for the ring announcer and time keeper. Guido took advantage of Tajiri's distraction and went for the Sicilian Slice, but Tajiri broke free and blew green mist into Guido's eyes, and then almost kicked Guido's head off. Tajiri quickly followed up with the Brainbuster for the win.
Tajiri stood tall in the ring as the referee raised his hand and Sinister Minister looked pleased outside the ring.
After returning from the break, a self recorded promo aired featuring Rob Van Dam. Van Dam used the time lay out a challenge to the reigning ECW World Champion, Rhino. Van Dam said that he wants to do the only thing he hasn't done yet in ECW, be the World Champion. Van Dam ended the video by saying he looks forward to Rhino's response.
Television Championship Semi-Final Contender Match Kid Kash vs Super Crazy
Both men came out looking to steal the show. There were a lot of high spot moments from both guys that had the crowd on their feet. Neither man ever really had the match in control, but the ending came when Kash went for the Money Maker, but Crazy fought free by back dropping him and then followed up with a huge spring board tornado ddt that got him the win.
Winner: Super Crazy
Joey Styles goes over how great the last two matches have been and reveals that the finals will be between Super Crazy and Tajiri, with the winner facing Rhino in two weeks.
Super Crazy leaves the ring as Kid Kash is getting to his feet. The referee helps Kash up but then Rhino hits the ring and Gore's the hell out of Kash. Rhino grabs a microphone and then proceeds to accept Rob Van Dam's challenge. Rhino then says Van Dam made a huge mistake and then he goes back to attacking Kash. Rhino hits Kash with another huge Gore and then leaves the ring. Rhino finds a table and sets it up on the outside by the ring apron. Rhino looks to be wanting to pile drive Kash through it until the music of Rob Van Dam hits. The crowd goes wild and sings along to Walk by Pantera. Rhino stands in the ring taunting Van Dam, who comes through the crowd from behind Rhino. Rhino turns and is dropped with a huge spring board thrust kick from Van Dam. As Rhino and Van Dam brawl, Jack Victory and Steve Corino come running to the ring. It looks to be a three on one until the lights go out. The crowd cheers loudly and then when the lights return, Sabu is in the ring! Sabu throws and cheer at Jack Victory, knocking him to the ground. Sabu and Van Dam then fight off Corino and Rhino, who eventually retreat, along with Victory as Joey Styles exclaims that Sabu has returned to ECW and then reveals that Rhino and Van Dam will face off at Hardcore Heaven for the World Title.
Tag Team Match The Impact Players w/ Dawn Marie vs York & Matthews
A good tag team match, but it didn't last long. The veteran team of Credible and Storm showed to be superior and it was just a matter of time before Storm locked in the Single Leg Crab on York for the submission win.
Winners: The Impact Players
Justin Credible got on the mic after the match and issued a challenge to Danny Doring and Roadkill to face them for the tag team titles
Highlights of the opening matches of the night were shown with Joey Styles talking about how the winner of this next match has everything to gain, but they will have to face a pissed off and angry champion in Rhino in two weeks.
Main Event Yoshihiro Tajiri vs Super Crazy
A great contest between to rivals. There was a lot of back and forth action and a lot of close calls. Neither match could get a clear advantage over the other. Crazy nearly had it won after nailing his triple moonsaults, but Tajiri was able to hold on. Tajiri fought back and as Crazy went for the springboard tornado ddt, Tajiri stopped him in mid air with a sick kick to the head. Tajiri quickly followed up by nailing the brainbuster to get the win.
Winner: Yoshihiro Tajiri
The referee raised Tajiri's hand in victory, but it was short lived. Rhino hit the ring and attacked Tajiri, laying him out with a huge Gore. Rhino stood over the fallen number one contender as Joey Styles wondered if anyone can stop Rhino as the first episode of Hardcore TV came to an end.
The show opens with Joey Styles recapping what happened on last weeks episode of Hardcore TV. He talks about how Tajiri earned the right to face Rhino next week for the Television Title. Styles also announces that in tonight's main event, Rob Van Dam will go one on one with "Mr. Old School" Steve Corino.
Match 1 Mikey Whipwreck w/ Sinister Minister vs Johnny Swinger w/ Simon Diamond
A good opening contest. Swinger used a distraction by Simon Diamond to gain control of the match up, but it was Mikey Whipwreck who got the last laugh. Swinger went for his signature Swinger Stinger, but Whipwreck countered out and nailed the Whipper Snapper for the victory.
Winner: Mikey Whipwreck
The camera's then cut to a pretaped interview with Cyrus The Virus who was standing with Rhino, Jack Victory, and Steve Corino. Cyrus put over how unstoppable Rhino is and says he feels sorry for Tajiri, because he's going to be destroyed next week. Cyrus then goes on to warn Van Dam that he shouldn't be poking at an animal like Rhino. He says that Van Dam has only angered the man beast and at Hardcore Heaven, he'll get what's coming to him.
The camera's return inside the ECW Arena, where Joel Gertner is standing by with ECW Alumni, Shane Douglas. Douglas is in the crowd enjoying the show. Shane informs everyone that he is only here as a fan in the crowd, and is not an employee of ECW. Shane says that he's got a lot of fond memories over the years from ECW and thought he would come to the show. As Gertner goes to ask another question, he is cut off by Justin Credible and Lance Storm. Credible says that it's a good thing that Shane isn't employed by ECW, because he would hate to have to put a beating on an ECW legend. Credible says that Shane is a smart man by deciding to only come to ECW anymore as a fan. This brings out Tommy Dreamer. Dreamer says that Credible needs to show a little more respect to Shane Douglas, but Credible declines. Dreamer then says that someone needs to beat a little respect into Credible and challenge's him to a match, right now.
Match 2 Justin Credible w/ Lance Storm vs Tommy Dreamer
The match was more of a brawl than anything. They fought threw the crowd and then made their way back to the ringside area. Dreamer planted Credible on a chair with a Dreamer DDT and nearly had the win until Lance Storm broke it up. Credible and Storm began to double team Dreamer until Shane Douglas hopped the rail and entered the ring, as the crowd went nuts. Douglas planted Storm with a huge right that knocked him to the ground, but was hit from behind by Credible. Credible mocked Douglas but then turned into Dreamer who nailed Credible with the Dreamer Driver, but Storm pulled Credible from the ring and they retreated. Dreamer helped Douglas up but then Storm and Credible came running back to the ring and attacked Dreamer from behind. Storm nailed the superkick and then Credible nailed the That's Incredible to pick up the win.
Winner: Justin Credible
Credible and Storm left the ring as Dreamer laid unconscious. Shane Douglas and the referee checked on him as Credible and Storm smiled with the victory.
The camera's return to the back where Storm and Credible are cutting a promo on Dreamer. They talk about how Dreamer shouldn't be picking a fight with two of the best ECW has ever seen. He says they showed him and that washed up Shane Douglas that the Impact Players are the best. They then inform everyone that their challenge for the tag team titles has been accepted for Hardcore Heaven. Credible says that Danny Doring and Roadkill might as well kiss the titles goodbye.
Match 3 The F.B.I vs The Bad Street Boys
A great tag team contest. Both teams brought everything they had, and York & Matthews even brought a new attitude. They went back and forth until Guido accidentally nailed his partner which allowed York and Matthews to nail the Full Effect for the win.
Winners: The Bad Street Boys
The young team celebrated their win as the crowd applauded them. The two looked to be adopting a new attitude, while remaining a crowd favorite.
Joey Styles announces that along with the ECW TV Title match next week, we will also see the homicidal, suicidal, genocidal, Sabu go one on one with Lance Storm.
Main Event "The Whole F'n Show" Rob Van Dam vs "Mr. Old School" Steve Corino w/ Jack Victory
A really good contest between two veterans. It went back and forth with neither guy getting a clear advantage over the other until Van Dam started hitting his big moves. He hit move after move and looked to be on his way to victory until Jack Victory came into the ring with a chair, but was met with a Van Daminator. As Van Dam rolled him out of the ring, Corino attacked Van Dam from behind. He went for the Old School Expulsion, but Van Dam countered out and dropped Corino with a huge kick to the head. Van Dam then ascended the turnbuckles and nailed the Five Star for the win.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
Van Dam stood tall in the ring, doing his signature taunt until Rhino hit the ring and nearly broke Van Dam in half with a Gore. Rhino and Corino then looked to try and injure Van Dam until Tajiri made the save, but Corino and Rhino used the number game to get the best of Tajiri. Rhino then laid out Tajiri with a huge Gore as well. Rhino and Corino stood tall as Hardcore TV came to end.
I've got two ideas right now that I'm working on, but after those I'm going to start adding in newer guys. Should be fun to write up these two big storylines I have planned and see people's reactions to them. I have high hopes.
The show opens with a recap of the TV Title tournament from 2 weeks ago with Tajiri winning, which earned him a match against Rhino tonight for the TV Championship!
Match 1 Balls Mahoney vs Tony DeVito
This was just a hardcore brawl between both men. Mahoney had the advantage most of the time until Angel came out to help Devito and a 2 on 1 ensued. They beat on Balls until Spike Dudley came out to even the odds. Spike nailed Angel with the Acid Drop and then Balls nailed the Nutcracker Suite on DeVito to pick up the win.
Winner: Balls Mahoney
After the break, we see Cyrus standing with Rhino, Jack Victory, and Steve Corino. Cyrus warns Tajiri that he didn't win a shot at the TV Title, he won an ass kicking at the hands of Rhino. He says that Tajiri is going to wish he had never taken part in that tournament.
The camera's then switch to Joey Styles who talks about what happened last week between Shane Douglas, Tommy Dreamer, and The Impact Players. Styles says that Douglas isn't an ECW employed wrestler...Styles is then cutoff by the music of The Impact Players. They come out and boast about how they are the best thing about ECW. Credible says after he gave that fat, out of shape, has been Tommy Dreamer the beating of his life last week, he isn't ever going to show his face in ECW again, and the same goes for Shane Douglas. Credible then says he wants to move up their tag title shot from Hardcore Heaven, to next week! They said that if Roadkill and Doring are fighting champions, they'll show up.
Match 2 Kid Kash vs Little Guido w/ Big Sal E
A great match up. There were a ton of near falls from both men. Guido nearly had the win off a distraction from Big Sal and a roll up, but Kash was able to overcome the odds and put Guido away with the Money Maker for the win.
Winner: Kid Kash
Kash got on the mic after the match and said that he wants the next shot at the TV Title and it doesn't matter if it's Tajiri or Rhino.
Joey Styles hypes a huge announcement for after the upcoming commercial break
After the break, Joey Styles is in the ring and says that he has a major announcement. He says he wants to welcome back a former 2 time ECW Television Champion, as well as a former WWF Intercontinental and European Champion. He says that man is none other than Eddie Guerrero!
Eddie comes out to a huge welcome back chant from the ECW faithful. Eddie says that when he was let go from the WWF he didn't know what to do and then not even an hour later his phone rang, and it was Paul Heyman. They talked and came to agreements and now Eddie Guerrero is back in ECW. Steve Corino then interrupts Eddie to a chorus of boos. Corino says that he hates to cut Eddie's homecoming short, but this is Corino's ECW and there's no place for a Guerrero in it. Eddie and Corino have a brief stare down in the ring and then Corino challenges Eddie to face him in 2 weeks at Hardcore Heaven. Eddie immediately accepts to which Corino says "Good!" and then slaps Guerrero across the face before quickly leaving the ring.
Guerrero looks on enraged at the disrespect from Corino as we cut to a promo from Danny Doring and Roadkill. Roadkill and Doring talk about whether or not they should accept The Impact Players challenge for next week and then say it's a no brainer, and accept. Roadkill finished by saying that they're going to pluck the Impact Players like chickens next week!
A graphic of Rhino vs Tajiri is shown and Joey Styles informs everyone that the main event is next!
Main Event ECW World Television Championship Rhino(c) vs Yoshihiro Tajiri
This was a great main event match up. Rhino looked very dominant, and Tajiri showed a lot of heart. Halfway through the match, Tajiri started firing at Rhino with a flurry of punches and kicks and finished with a huge kick to the head that dropped Rhino. Tajiri looked to be on his way to victory until Jack Victory and Steve Corino made their way to ringside. Tajiri saw and looked worried but quickly grabbed Rhino and went for the pin, but Corino pulled the referee out of the ring as Victory jumped on the apron. Tajiri spat green mist in Victory's eyes and dropped him off the apron with a kick to the head, but the distraction allowed Rhino to attack him from behind. Corino tossed the referee to the ground and entered the ring and looked to help Rhino finish off Tajiri until Eddie Guerrero came running out to the ring. Guerrero took it to Corino for what happened earlier in the night, but Rhino would have none of it and attacked Eddie from behind. Rhino and Corino began beating on both men until "Walk" by Pantera blasted over the arena. The crowd went nuts as Rob Van Dam came out with Bill Alfonso at his side. Rhino and Corino dared him to come to the ring and he did just that. As Van Dam got in the ring, Guerrero was recovered and attacked Corino, knocking him out of the ring. Rhino charged at Van Dam, but he ducked a clothesline. Bill Alfonso then tossed a chair to Van Dam to caught it, and then threw it to Rhino, and then delivered a huge Van Daminator to the monster. Rhino stumbled around the ring and right into a brainbuster from Tajiri! Tajiri then covered Rhino as the referee crawled back into the ring to count the three.
Winner and NEW ECW Television Champion: Yoshihiro Tajiri!
Steve Corino pulled Rhino out of the ring and the two headed to the back as Eddie Guerrero and Rob Van Dam celebrated with the new TV Champion, Tajiri. They hoisted him up on their shoulders as the crowd cheered loudly. The final shot of the show was Tajiri on their shoulders with the TV Title over his shoulder.