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  • Actors: Bob Artese, Jim Molineaux, Paul Heyman, Robin Hunt, Tod Gordon
  • Directors: Ron Buffone
  • Writers: Paul Heyman
  • Producers: Paul Heyman, Ron Buffone, Charlie Bruzzese
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2001
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LOLI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,444 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling) - Heatwave '98" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

On August 2, 1998, the fiercest and most emotionally charged battles fought in the history of Extreme Championship Wrestling took place live for the world to witness on Pay-Per-View. With tensions at an all time high, hardcore combatants collided at the Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio during a virtual Heatwave unleashed in the name of violence and retribution!

DUDLEYVILLE STREET FIGHT! Tommy Dreamer, The Sandman & Little Spike Dudley vs. The Dudley Boyz

FTW DEATH MATCH! FTW champion Taz vs. Bam Bam Bigelow

ECW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP! Champions Sabu & Rob Van Dam vs. Hayabusa & Jinsei Shinzaki

INTERNATIONAL WARFARE! Mike Awesome vs. Masato Tanaka

FORMER PARTNERS COLLIDE! Chris Candido vs. Lance Storm

THE SUMMER SERIES FINALS! Justin Credible vs. Jerry Lynn

Customer Reviews

Awesome match & one of the best tag team matches in ECW history.
Some say this was very dissapointing, i can see why as when the brawling started to get really interesting and fast it all of a sudden just ends.
cengiz mutluol
Lots of power moves, lots of aerial moves, tables and chairs mark this match.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. JKW on August 13, 2001
Format: DVD
With the resurgence of ECW in the public eye on WWF television, more casual wrestling fans may find an interest in learning about the revolutionary promotion that changed the face of sports entertainment in the mid to late `90s. Touted by many (with GOOD reason) as ECW's best Pay-Per-View, Heatwave '98 featured 6 GREAT matches. This DVD recounts all 6 matches, plus all the promos and backstage antics from the Pay-Per-View (aired August 2, 1998 from the Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio). Included on the DVD are the match histories detailing the feuds and situations at the time written by Michael Johnson II of 1wrestling.com, the same guy who wrote the wrestler bios for the other ECW DVDs and the ECW website. Johnson's match history write-ups provide nice background and sets the tone nicely for the matches. I recommend reading his write-ups BEFORE watching the matches.
Here are the matches and line-up for the program:
Heatwave `98
Your commentators are Joey Styles and "The Franchise" Shane Douglas (w/ Francine)
1. Justin Credible (w/ Jason, Nicole Bass and Chastity) vs. Jerry Lynn: Summer Series Finale. This was the cap off match to the big feud these two had during the summer of '98. Solid wrestling match between these two with several high spots, great technical wrestling and all participants getting involved. The brutal finish to the match is one for the highlight reel. 4 ½ stars.
2. Lance Storm vs. Chris Candido (w/ Tammy Lynn Sytch): Grudge Match Between Former Partners. This match was also a cap off to a feud between both men. Again, this is another solid match between two great workers with great technical wrestling and solid aerial spots. Like the previous match, the ending is also one for the highlight reel. 4 ½ stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lynn E. Major on December 15, 2003
Format: DVD
Being a long time fan of Extreme Championship Wrestling, I have to say that this was HANDS DOWN the most exciting ECW Pay-Per-View I had the pleasure of watching. There wasn't one match that I thought was boring "filler," every match had its own history and importance -- and to be honest, either of them could have qualified as "main event" status in my opinion.
My absolute favorite matches were:
Mike Awesome VS. Masato Tanaka:
These two have history which dates back to Awesome's days in FMW, wrestling under "The Gladiator" name (Better gimmick since Awesome epitomizes the name.) This was the start of many matches between the two afterwards, and the "awesome" bump which sees Masato Tanaka powerbomb him OVER the top-rope and out of the ring through a table, demolishing it in the process!
Rob Van Dam & Sabu VS. Hayabusa & Jinsei Shinzaki
This is DEFINITELY my favorite tag-team match of all time. Both teams were constantly trying to show the other up with spectacular double-team maneuvers. Even Van Dam and Sabu constantly out-do eachother and hog for the spotlight! The ending involves Hayabusa and Shinzaki both laying on two tables side by side in the center of the ring and Sabu/Van Dam on opposite ends of the top turnbuckles dropping double leg-drop's in unison to flatten their opponents (and the tables!)
Dudley Boyz VS. Sandman, Dreamer, & Little Spike Dudley
There was an emotional build up leading to this match. The Dudley Boyz had previously delivered Beulah, Dreamer's vallet, "3D: The Dudley Death Drop" at a prior event, thus breaking her neck which sent Tommy Dreamer into a tantrum wanting revenge on his crude, foul mouthed aggressors. Boy, is revenge sweet! This was a riot!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "pacer317" on December 6, 2001
Format: DVD
I gog this DVD a couple of months ago...and have now decided to write a review for one of ECW's BEST PPV's in history!!! Let's get a rundown of some of the fine matches:
Match 1: Justin Credible vs. Jerry Lynn-What an awesome match! These two waged war to end their feud in the Summer Series Finale. Great table work by Jerry Lynn (hurricanranna off the top rope outside through a table!) Also, a great and brutal ending! ****1/2 (out of 5)
Match 2: Chris Candido vs. Lance Storm-Also a great matc with good technical contest at some points-but at some points an all-out brawl. Good entertainment. ****
Match 3: Mike Awesome vs. Masato Tanaka-Oh My God. What a match. Tanaka with his chairs, and Awesome with the tables (even though that backfired on him bad!) makes this a must-see match. Great action...not a boring moment!! ****1/2
Match 4: Sabu and RVD vs. Hayabusa and Shinzaki-Another classic. I couldn't believe what these guys did to each other. This match is so hot you're gonna want to hose yourself down afterwards. *****
Match 5: Taz vs. Bam Bam Bigelow-A huge brawl that spanned the arena until it ended up right back in the ring where they use a table and some chairs...and then...then ending! Taz putting BBB through the ring was nothing compared to what he puts him through this time! A good quote just after the "ending" happened: "They are dead...oh my God!"-Shane Douglas. *****
Match 6: Dudley Boyz vs. Dreamer, Sandman, and Spike Dudley-Well...this sums it up...the last match on the dvd. Not even the best...but the most HARDCORE. Spike flies off about 20 feet in the air...4-way- sliding-kick-chair-in-the-face. Dudleys pissing the crowd off, chairs, tables, and canes. What a match!
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