As of today, Extreme Championship Wrestling owner, Paul Heyman has come to terms on a working agreement with the World Wrestling Federation that will allow ECW talents to work WWF shows, and WWF talents work ECW shows. The talents must first be agreed upon to be able to appear on the shows. With the recent purchase of World Championship Wrestling by the WWF, there is now a giant pool of talent not being used. Some talents are still negotiating with the WWF, but we have learned that the ECW/WWF talent exchange is already under way. Since the WWF currently has no plans for them, ECW has gained the following talents for future shows.
AJ Styles Billy Kidman Elix Skipper Jamie Noble Shane Helms
With those new signings, Paul Heyman has decided to create a new championship for ECW. That will be known as the ECW World Cruiserweight Champion.
Plans to crown the first champion are currently being made, so stay tuned.[
The following talents have been let go by ECW
EZ Money Jasmin St. Claire Elektra Chris Hamrick Julio Dinero Spanish Angel Tony Devito Chilly Willy
The camera's open into the arena with Joey Styles standing in the middle of the ring. He talks about the packed show tonight, mentioning that the main event, world title match will have everyone watching. As he starts to talk about the other matches, he is interrupted by Simon Diamond and Curt Hennig. Styles leaves the ring as Diamond talks about how the time has come for ECW to be cleansed of vulgarity and violence, and that starts by taking out The Sandman, tonight!
"Enter Sandman" by Metallica then starts up as the crowd goes wild. Sandman makes his usual entrance, coming through the crowd while Hennig stands in the ring awaiting him. Sandman gets to ringside, and Simon Diamond gets in his way. The two exchange words and then Sandman drops him with a cane shot before entering the ring.
Curt Hennig vs The Sandman
Hennig used his technical wrestling to control the match in the beginning, but Sandman fought back and turned it into a brawl around ringside, even going through the crowd. The two fought up near Joey Styles before making their way back to the ring. Hennig was able to avoid Sandman's Rolling Rock maneuver and then when Sandman got to his feet, Hennig dropped him by smashing him over the head with a trashcan. Hennig then called for the Hennig Plex, but Sandman stopped him attempting it by blasting him with a singapore cane. This brought Simon in the ring, but he ate another cane shot. Sandman then turned back towards Hennig but was kicked low. Sandman dropped to his knees as Hennig took the cane from him and then viciously broke it over Sandman's head. He then quickly picked Sandman up and nailed the Hennig Plex for the win. Hennig stood tall over the downed Sandman, telling the referee to get the garbage out of the ring, and out of ECW altogether.
A pretaped promo from Tommy Dreamer then aired. Dreamer talked about the upcoming match with The Impact Players. He said that with his original partner, Shane Douglas now on the shelf, he had to find a new partner. He says he found someone with heart, who will fight till he can’t fight no more, and then will fight a little more.
The cameras come back to Joey Styles at the broadcast booth. He talks about the loss Sandman just suffered, and how it could possibly be the last time we see him in ECW. Styles then says that the TV Title is on the line now.
A great championship match, that saw both guys give it their all. Kash looked determined to walk out with the title, but Tajiri wouldn’t go down easy. It went back and forth for a few minutes, but Tajiri was able to stop Kash with a stiff kick to the jaw after he came off the second rope. Tajiri then controlled the match, even locking in the tarantula on Kash. He looked to be going for the brainbuster, but Kash countered out and nailed a brainbuster of his own and quickly went for the pin, but Tajiri was able to get the shoulder up at two. Kash looked on surprised, but kept on Tajiri. Kash tried for the Money Maker, but Tajiri was able to counter it into a pinning maneuver, almost getting him the win, but Kash just got out of it before the three. Kash quickly tried for a springboard crossbody, but was caught in midair by Tajiri with a huge dropkick to the face. Kash slammed hard to the mat and then slowly got up, getting rocked with a stiff spin kick to the head and then a huge Brainbuster from Tajiri for the win.
Tajiri was handed the title and stood tall as the victor, as Kash got back to his feet slowly. Kash offered a handshake to Tajiri, who accepted.
The camera’s then go to the back, where we see Joel Gertner standing with The Impact Players. Gertner starts to ask them a question, but he is too distracted by Dawn Marie, so Storm and Credible make him leave. They then look into the camera and Credible says he can’t wait to see what poor bastard Dreamer got to be his partner. He says you would think people would learn after what they did to Shane Douglas. Credible ends by saying that the tag team titles are staying where they belong, and he guarantees it.
Back at ringside, the camera’s open up on the FBI making their way to the ring. The wait in the ring and then “Natural Born Killas” by Dr. Dre starts up, bringing out New Jack alongside a similarly dressed Balls Mahoney as the crowd is going crazy. They hit the ring with a ton of weapons.
Tag Team Match The FBI vs Balls Mahoney and New Jack
It was more of a massacre, than a match. The FBI never got into the match and were decimated with weapons. Balls and Jack finished off the short lived match with simultaneous guitar shots for the win, while Jack’s music still played.
The two stood in the ring, but were attacked from behind by Curt Hennig and Simon Diamond. Jack’s music stopped as Hennig and Diamond used the remaining weapons to leave Jack and Balls lying. Hennig mouthed to the camera that he was serious about riding ECW of garbage.
The camera’s got to Joey Styles who is talking about what Hennig and Diamond have done here tonight, first with The Sandman, and now Balls and New Jack. He says that apparently anyone that they deem garbage isn’t safe. Joey then talks about this rivalry between Eddie Guerrero and Steve Corino, that started the new Eddie returned to ECW.
Footage of that night is shown, and then cuts to the ring where both men make their entrances.
Grudge Match Eddie Guerrero vs Steve Corino
A great wrestling match, that saw many near falls from both men. Neither man had a clear advantage over the other, until Corino poked Guerrero in the eyes. Corino then took advantage, working over Guerrero with various holds to tire him out. He locked in a cobra clutch, but Guerrero fought out by running up the turnbuckles and pushing backwards, turning it into a pinfall that forced Corino to break the hold. Guerrero then got a second wind and started building a comeback. He hit a variety of moves, finishing with a triple vertical suplex and went for the pin, but Corino kicked out. Guerrero then kept Corino grounded, and went to the top rope for the Frog Splash, but Corino got to his feet and cut him off. The two battled while Guerrero sat on the top rope, and Corino stood on the second. Corino then brought Guerrero off with a huge middle rope northern lights suplex into a pin that almost got him the win. Corino looked shocked that Guerrero kicked out and then looked to be ending the match. Corino grabbed Guerrero and looked to try for the Old School Expulsion, but Guerrero fought him off and nailed a huge Gory Special for a very close two count. Guerrero got to his feet, pulling Corino up with him and deliver a beautiful snap powerbomb and then went back to the top rope. Guerrero came off with a huge Frogsplash for the victory.
The crowd cheered Guerrero’s win as he stood over the fallen Corino. Guerrero thanked everyone for the cheers, but was then attacked from behind by an unknown attacker. The blonde man put the boots to Guerrero before laying him out with a Shining Wizard. Joey Styles then revealed the man to be young, up and comer CM Punk. Styles says that he’s been making his name on the independent scene, but wonders why he would come to ECW like this. Punk stands over the downed Guerrero, looking into his eyes before leaving back through the crowd.
The camera’s cut to a pretaped promo with Rob Van Dam and Bill Alfonso. Van Dam and Fonzie talk about how tonight, RVD becomes ECW Champion. Van Dam says he’s confident in his abilities and has been training like crazy. He ends by saying that tonight; Rhino will get his ass smoked by Rob…Van…Dam.
Back at the broadcast table, Joey Styles is joined by the injured Shane Douglas. Douglas says even though he’s hurt, he came to Hardcore Heaven anyways. He says he wants to watch up close to what happens to The Impact Players.
Storm and Credible make their way out with Dawn Marie and then await Dreamer and his partner. Dreamer comes out with a microphone. Dreamer says that he found a partner with more heart than anyone he’s ever known, the man is a giant killer, and has never back down from a fight, he is LITTLE SPIKE DUDLEY! Spike and Dreamer hit the ring and then match began. It was a classic match, with Dreamer and Spike looking to have the match in their hands until they miscommunicated, which saw Storm and Credible take advantage. Storm dropped Dreamer with a super kick and then the two worked over Spike Dudley for a minute or two, until Dreamer came back in. Dreamer blasted Credible with a chair, knocking him outside the ring. This left Storm to fight off Spike and Dreamer, but to no avail. They double teamed him, and Spike nailed the Acid Drop on Storm. It looked like they were about to win the titles, when Credible yanked the referee out of the ring and he crashed on the concrete floor. Dreamer went after Credible as Spike checked on the referee. Dawn Marie then got in the ring and handed something to Storm as he was getting up. Spike came back in and Storm caught him with a Superkick. Dreamer then came back in, and Storm revealed to have handcuffs and blasted Dreamer in the face with them. Credible then entered the ring with a second pair of cuffs and then proceeded to handcuff Dreamer to the ropes. The two then beat on Spike Dudley in front of a helpless Dreamer. Credible held Spike so that Storm could drop him with another Superkick and then Credible got him up and drilled him with That’s Incredible, but they didn’t go for a pin. They decided to try and break Spike’s leg, until Shane Douglas left the broadcast booth, on crutches. He hobbled to the ring as Credible and Storm laughed at him. They dared him to enter the ring, which he did. Douglas stepped in front of the fallen Spike, wielding one of his crutches as a weapon. Spike staggered up to his feet behind Douglas, and then Douglas turned with a smirk and broke his crutch over the head of Spike Dudley as everyone looked on in shock. Douglas then revealed his leg was never broken. Douglas, Storm, and Credible then proceeded to place Spike’s leg in a chair and then the three stomped it all at the same time as Dreamer yelled out at them, as Spike screamed in pain. Credible then placed his foot on top of Spike as Douglas through the referee back in the ring for the three. Shane Douglas had a microphone in hand.
Shane Douglas: What, are you surprised Tommy? You didn’t really think I was your friend, did you? You really are a stupid, son of a bitch. I have NEVER liked you, Tommy. I will NEVER like you. That’s why I planned this entire thing, as a way to send you a message. Leave ECW, never return, or what we did to Spike, will only be the beginning.
Douglas throws the microphone down and leaves with The Impact Players as Spike clutches at his leg, and Dreamer is still cuffed to the ropes. Medics rush to the ring to tend to Spike as the camera’s go up to Joey Styles. Styles talks about how Shane Douglas played everyone. He says he thought Douglas had changed, but it’s evident he never will. Styles then wonders what this means for the future of Tommy Dreamer and Spike Dudley, and mentions what a hectic night this has been. He then says that coming up next is the main event.
The camera’s cut backstage where we see Rhino pacing back and forth behind Cyrus. Cyrus talks about how Van Dam’s day of reckoning is here. He says that Rhino is a new kind of beast, a new kind of machine, and a whole new kind of champion. He says that Rhino will not, and cannot be stopped.
Paul Heyman comes out before the main event and says that he’s been thinking all day, and this match needs a little something more. So as of right now, he is making the match an I Quit Match!
Van Dam hugged his wife before the match, who was in the front row. The match was more of a fight, than a wrestling match. Van Dam took it to Rhino with a heavy offense of kicks, using his speed to keep Rhino off guard. Rhino eventually stopped Van Dam by catching him as he went for a crossbody. Rhino gave Van Dam a big slam that bounced Van Dam’s head off the mat. Rhino then used power moves to work over Van Dam and wear him down. Van Dam would make a comeback after Rhino went for the Gore, but Van Dam jumped over him, sending him off the ropes Van Dam nailed a huge spin kick to the head that sent Rhino out of the ring. Van Dam then ran off the ropes and nailed a giant flipping senton attack in the aisle way onto the champion. Van Dam stood in the aisle and did his signature pose as the referee asked Rhino if he wanted to quit, but he just shoved the referee away. Van Dam then took it to Rhino, slamming him into the guard rail and going back to ringside. Van Dam grabbed a chair and slammed it over Rhino’s back before rolling him back in the ring. Van Dam then set Rhino in the corner and ran around the ring before coming back full speed at Rhino, dropkicking the chair into his face. The referee again asked Rhino if he wanted to quit, but he said nothing. Van Dam then pulled him out to the center of the ring and climbed the turnbuckles, but Cyrus distracted him, which allowed Rhino to get up. Van Dam then dove at him, but Rhino caught him midair with a Gore! Van Dam laid holding his ribs as the referee asked him if he wanted to quit, but he said no. Rhino looked in anger and then left the ring and grabbed a table, and threw it in the ring. Rhino set the table up in the corner and then grabbed Van Dam, but he fought back with a series of kicks, staggering Rhino. Van Dam then whipped Rhino at the table, but he reversed and sent Van Dam towards it instead. Van Dam ran up the table and did a backflip, landing on his feet and turning to face Rhino, who charged at him for a Gore, but Van Dam evaded and Rhino went through the table as the place went nuts. The referee started to go up to Rhino, until Cyrus stopped him. Cyrus pulled the ref from the ring as Jack Victory came down to ringside, but Van Dam saw him and as he got in the ring, Alfonso tossed a chair to Victory who caught it and got drilled with the Van Daminator as the place came unglued. This allowed Rhino time to roll out of the ring as Van Dam focused on Victory. Rhino dropped Alfonso who stood outside the ring and then grabbed Van Dam’s wife in the front row by the hair, pulling her over the guard rail. Van Dam realized this and left the ring as Rhino lifted his wife in the piledriver position. Cyrus yelled at Van Dam to stop or Rhino would break her fuckin’ neck. Van Dam pleaded with them to let her go, and Cyrus told him to quit and Rhino would release her. Van Dam hesitated and then told the referee to stop the match, saying he quit. Cyrus smiled and then Rhino dropped Van Dam’s wife on her head, on the concrete floor! Van Dam dropped to his knees in shock as Rhino and Cyrus hurried away. Van Dam crawled to his motionless wife as medics rushed out and yelled not to move her head. Joey Styles was quiet, only ever saying that things are going too far.
The show ended with Van Dam’s wife on a stretcher being wheeled out, with the crowd in a stunned silence as Van Dam walked away with his head down. Joey Styles remained silent and then said to tune into Hardcore TV and ECWrestling.com for any updates.
Hennig and Diamond team is cool, I like the "cleansing of vulgarity". Glad Mr Perfect won over Sandman. Love the push Tajiri is getting, it's something different to TV. Whenever I do a fantasy booking, I like to try to do something that hasn't been done, and push people that haven't been pushed. I'm loving that you're doing that here. Hennig and Diamond returning to demolish New Jack and Mahoney was cool. Guerrero/Corino sounded fantastic. CM Punk debuting was kickass, looking forward to Punk/Guerrero. Douglas' heel turn was very well done. Ending was interesting, certainly made Rhino a badass heel.
It is with great sadness, that I bring this news. Unfortunately ECW is just too far in debt, and Vince McMahon placed an offer to acquire ECW, which Paul Heyman excepted moments ago. Therefore, Hardcore Heaven was the final show in ECW History. I thank everyone who has ever been a fan, and bid you farewell.