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ECW Extreme Championship Wrestling Anarchy Rulz '99 VHS
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DESCRIPTION: The city of Chicago has survived the reign of Al Capone and the Great Fire, but not even the Windy City could withstand the power of Extreme Championship Wrestling! On September 19, 1999 the Odeum witnessed all rules broken, all morals shatter ed, and all loyalties destroyed! In the world of ECW, there is only one rule: ANARCHY RUL Z!
PURISTS' DREAM MATCH!
Lance Storm vs. Jerry Lynn. The Canadian Superstar takes on the "New Fn' Show" in a scien tific wrestling fan's Dream Match!
NEW JACK ON THE WARPATH!
Simon Diamond & Devito vs. Chris Chetti & Nova. Simon has a problem, and the Original Gan gsta is going to settle it!
Yoshihiro Tajiri vs. Super Crazy vs. Little Guido. All out aerial warfare eclipses this b attle for world domination!
THE BAN IS LIFTED!
Justin Credible vs. Sabu. The Whirlwind of Destruction may have been banned but Anarchy R ulz and Sabu is unleashed against his accuser!
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP!
Taz vs. Masato Tanaka vs. Mike Awesome. The Human Suplex Machine was prepared for the cha llenge of one contender - What will happen now that a raging Mike Awesome has invaded the battle?
WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP!
Tommy Dreamer & Raven vs. Steve Corino & Rhino. Can the champions remain united long enou gh to achieve victory or will Raven's return spell the downfall of the "Innovator of Viole nce?"
WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP!
Rob Van Dam vs. Balls Mahoney. "Mr. PPV" takes to the air against the Hardcore Chairswing ing Freak!
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Jerry Lynn vs Lance Storm. Two underrated performers go at it here as this was the best "pure" wrestling match of the night as these two put on a wrestling clinic that really got the crowd fired up for the rest of the card along with Dawn Marie being quite the site at ringside. Awesome match to start things off.
Right around here was Simon Diamond cutting a promo doing his usual "Simon Sez" routine till Jazz showed up to take him up on his challenge that lead to this next match.
Nova & Chris Chetti vs Simon Diamond & Tony Devito. This was really just a big cluster as when the match was picking up some steam, half of the ECW roster (you will notice that one of them is Lita, and boy was she quite the sight here as well) came into the ring & just started brawling among themselves before New Jack came in & cleaned house with his props of weapons.
Yoshihiro Tajiri vs Super Crazy vs Little Guido. Out of all their series of matches together, this was their best match to date as this was just an awesome triangle match with all three men's unique styles of shootfighting, high-flying & japanese all meshing well here. It's a shame these men weren't used right in WWE because this match will show you how talented these three really are.
Justin Credible vs Sabu. After months of avoiding, Sabu finally gets his hands on Justin Credible. Justin regards this as the best match of his career as this was just a big hardcore match with Justin heavily bleeding along with cameos from Jason & Bill Alfonso. So many various weapons were used here like chairs, kendo sticks, tables etc along with the usual high impact table spots that Sabu is known for.
ECW Champion Taz vs Masato Tanaka vs Mike Awesome. Originally, it was supposed to be Taz/Tanaka but Awesome showed up as a surprise so Paul Heyman made the match a three way dance. Taz was only in the match for ten minutes but from there, this was another great battle as Tanaka & Awesome have never had a bad match as they delivered high impact moves, high-flying, stiff chair shots & great table spots with an ending that was supposed to mark a new era for ECW...but was cut short due to Awesome leaving for WCW a couple of months later.
ECW Tag Team Champions Raven & Tommy Dreamer vs Rhino & Steve Corino. Before the match, Dreamer gave an emotional promo but from there, this was mostly just Rhino beating the hell out of Dreamer & Francine before Raven was finally able to get to the ring to score the quick pinfall victory for his team.
Television Champion Rob Van Dam vs Balls Mahoney. Another last minute change as originally RVD was supposed to face Johnny Smith but before the match, Axel Rotten cut a promo that lead to a brawl between the Freaks & the Impact Players that lead to Smith being taken out with a steel chair. This was the best match of Balls Mahoney's career as he didn't do his usual brawling with weapons style & actually went head to head with RVD to the point where he used moves that we had not seen him used before while we all know what RVD does best & that is show people why they call him "MR.PPV".
Overall, this was not the best show that ECW put out but it sure was better than most of the events that happened in 1999 as this one stood out as the best one from 1999. The booking can be a little nuts here but the action more than makes up for it so I recommend.
Here's the rundown of this DVD:
Taped 9/19/99 from the Odeum in Chicago, Illinois
1. Intro by Joey Styles and Cyrus
2. Lance Storm (w/ Dawn Marie) vs. Jerry Lynn: Solid scientific/aerial contest between two of the best workers in the world. 4 stars.
3. Simon Diamond promo which leads to...
4. Jazz vs. Tom Marquez: Jazz is the same Jazz who was the WWF women's champ. Dud of a match but it's pretty cool to see Jazz take on a guy and hold her own. This leads to...
5. Simon Diamond and Tony Devito vs. Nova and Chris Chetti: Decent tag action for however long it lasted. Match was a DUD with a run-in by Danny Doring and Roadkill (followed by C.W. Anderson, Rod Price, The Skull, Spanish Angel, Billy Wyles, etc) which leads to...
6. New Jack running in and unleashing some "Natural Born Killa" violence on everyone...
7. Super Crazy vs. Tajiri vs. Little Guido (w/ Big Sal): Patented ECW style Three-Way Dance elimination match. Solid action between three world-class workers. 4 stars.
8. Steve Corino promo
9. Sabu vs. Justin Credible (w/ Jason): Credible promo. Story behind this was Credible got Sabu suspended. Sabu comes back with a vengeance and Credible's scared to face him. Anyway, this is a typical Sabu match. ULTRA-VIOLENT with tons of table spots. 4 stars.
10. Taz (champ) vs. Masato Tanaka vs. Mike Awesome: Three-Way Dance for the ECW Heavyweight Title. This was one of the most emotional and pivotal turning points in ECW history. Taz was one his way out of ECW and this was basically his last hoorah. This was definitely one of the Matches of the Year as it saw a dramatic and emotional all-out war between longtime rivals Tanaka and Awesome. The crowd was HOT for this one. Easy 5 stars.
11. Tommy Dreamer promo followed by a Steve Corino promo
12. Tommy Dreamer (w/ Francine) vs. Rhino (w/ Corino and Victory): Dud of a match but mercifully short.
13. Axl Rotten promo featuring a confrontation between he, Balls and Spike Dudley against the Impact Players (Justin Credible, Lance Storm and Johnny Smith).
14. RVD vs. Balls Mahoney: Decent match with solid action, if not otherwise unspectacular. 3 ½ stars.
THE DVD FEATURES:
The features section of the DVD contains the normal standard for ECW released PPVs on DVD, namely the match history write-ups by Jim Johnston III, the same guy who did the ECW website and the previous ECW DVDs. Overall, the match histories give good background info on the storylines that led up to the matches and are a good read prior to viewing the matches themselves.
Price of Admission: The Heavyweight Title Match
Good: Sabu vs. Credible
Decent sides: Lynn vs. Storm, RVD vs. Balls
Worthless but fun: The Diamond/New Jack fiasco
Flush it: Dreamer vs. Rhino
Again, the PPV definitely had its "hit or miss" parts. The Heavyweight Title match, with its great drama and AWESOME action is worth the price of buying or renting this alone. Everything else ranged from okay to blah...
If you view this only the heavyweight title match is must see, anything else you can feel free to take or leave.
Highly Recommended ONLY for the Hvt. Title Match
Mildly Recommended/Passable otherwise
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ANARCHY RULZ 1999
1.LANCE STORM VS JERRY LYNN-this was an excellent opening match for the PPV.Read more
Jerry Lynn vs. Lance Storm - Lynn was coming into this match with taped ribs as both men started out with a series of counters &...Read more
awesome opener really good match storm wins
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