As I See It: ECW Arena Memories, Part 2
In an ultraviolet pits match (board of spikes and a pit of thumbtacks) , Matt Tremont defeated Danny Havoc by pinfall after interference by Gulak and Mr. Tofiga. In a scary moment, Tremonts boot got stuck in the nail board. Tremont challenges Gulak for the January show. Greg Excellent defeated DJ Hyde in a no DQ match, with the stips being if Excellent wins, Hyde has to "give him three wishes", and if Hyde wins, Excellen leaves CZW. After a while, the run-in parade begins, as Kylie Pierce takes down DJ, then breaks up Excellent's pin, as if to say "Can't you two just stop?". DJ Hyde thanked Pierce for her interest by spearing her.
Then comes, Mia Yim whoe suplexes Excellent on his head. Kick out. Excellent proceeds to do his Hulk Hogan impression as Hogan's "Real American". Excellent makes with the big boot and legdrop, but unlike WWF, Hyde DID kick out of the legdrop of doom. Then, comes Greg Excellents mother (who is actually his mother who works with him in running the Ground Breaking Wrestling promotion in central Pennsylvania), who was last seen being nailed with a Tiger Driver by Excellent several months ago. Mom makes as if she's on DJ Hyde' side, then nails Hydfe with a charishot and a stunner.. Hyde kicks out. Then "Youth Gone WIld" cranks up, and the fans go crazy as Zandig runs in, nails Hyde with the spinning lariat, and Excellent finally pins him. Then, Cage of Death 13 saw a combination of suspended cage sides, glass panels, and barbed wire...and ladders reaching to a platform at the top of the Arena, with the CZW World Heavyweight Title belt hanging off of the top of the Arena. The Cage of Death main event (with ladder match rules) saw Devon Moore retaining his CZW Heavyweight Title (in a major surprise to everyone in the crowd) over MASADA, Scotty Vortekz and Robert Anthony. Highlights include Scotty Vortekz being peeled out of the barbed wire on the side of the ring, while stomped on by fellow Nation of Intoxication member Devon Moore...Robert Anthony back first into a pane of glass... ..sickening headbutts by Scotty Vortekz and Devon Moore ...Stereo power bombs through glass panes by MASADA on Devon Moore and Anthony on Vortekz, onto a leaning supported side of the cage...Devon Moore spearing Anthony off of the upper frame of the Cage....Vortekz fighting for position on the platform on the top of the side of the cage, throwing MASADA off the side.... Anthony powerbombing Vortek though a pane of glass on the side of the Cage, falling to the Arena floor.
The finish saw MASADA and Devon Moore going up opposite ladders to the platform just below the Title Belt hanging off of the top of the Arena. Both reach the belt. but the belt drops, just so Robert Anthony comes back into the ring, reaches through the cage, but Moore falls through the ceiling and just barely reaches the belt first to retain the title.
There were other promotions that ran here both regularly, and in one shots:
First, the notable ones:
CHIKARA ran monthly and bi-monthly in the ECW Arena from 2005-2011, most notably including the incredible King of Trios tournaments held in whole at the ECW Arena from 2008-2011.
2008 saw BLKOUT (Eddie Kingston, Joker and Ruckus), The Colony (Fire Ant, Soldier Ant and Worker Ant), The F1rst Family (Arik Cannon, Darin Corbin and Ryan Cruz), The Fabulous Three (Larry Sweeney, Mitch Ryder and Shayne Hawke), Las Chivas Rayadas (Chiva II, Chiva III and Chiva IV), Los Luchadores de Mexico (Incognito, Lince Dorado and El Pantera), The Naptown Dragons (Dustin Lee, Drake Younger and Scotty Vortekz), The Order of the Neo–Solar Temple (Crossbones, Hydra and UltraMantis Black), Da Soul Touchaz (Acid Jaz, Marshe Rockett and Willie Richardson), Team BSE (Kobra Kai, La Sombra Canadiense and Super Xtremo), Team DDT (KUDO, MIYAWAKI and SUSUMU), Team El Dorado (Go, Michael Nakazawa and Mototsugu Shimizu), Team IPW:UK (Martin Stone, Sha Samuels and Terry Frazier), Team IWS (El Generico, Player Uno and Stupefied), Team ROH (Alex Payne, Rhett Titus and Shane Hagadorn), and Team Stranglehold (Andy Sumner, Drew Gulak and Tim Donst); with Los Luchadores de Mexico (Incognito, Lince Dorado and El Pantera) defeating BLKOUT by submission in the final.
2009 saw trios such as The Cold Front 2.0 (Al Snow, D'Lo Brown and Glacier), The Death Match Kings (Brain Damage, Necro Butcher and Toby Klein), The F1rst Family (Arik Cannon, Darin Corbin and Ryan Cruz), F.I.S.T. (Chuck Taylor, Gran Akuma and Icarus), The Masters of a Thousand Holds (Jorge "Skayde" Rivera, Johnny Saint and Mike Quackenbush), The Osirian Portal (Amasis, Escorpion Egipcio and Ophidian), The Roughnecks (Brodie Lee, Eddie Kingston and Grizzly Redwood), Da Soul Touchaz (Marshe Rockett, Trauma and Willie Richardson), Team CZW (Beef Wellington, Greg Excellent and Pinkie Sanchez), Team DDT (Kota Ibushi, KUDO and Michael Nakazawa), Team EPIC WAR (Austin Aries, Ryan Drago and Tony Kozina), Team PWG (El Generico, Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson), Team Uppercut (Bryan Danielson, Claudio Castagnoli and Dave Taylor), and The UnStable (Colin Delaney, STIGMA and Vin Gerard) with Team Uppercut (Bryan Danielson, Claudio Castagnoli and Dave Taylor) defeating Team F.I.S.T in the final
2010 saw trios such as Team Perros Del Mal (Alebrije/Cuije/El Oriental), Team Osaka Pro (Atsushi Kotoge/Daisuke Harada/Tadasuke), Team Big Japan (Daisuke Sekimoto/Kankuro Hoshino/Yuji Okabayashi; with the King of Trios winner being Bruderschaft des Kreuzes (Claudio Castagnoli, Ares, and Tursas) who defeated The Colony (Fire Ant, Soldier Ant, and Green Ant) in the final.
2011 saw the weekend began with an emotional video tribute to Larry Sweeney. The tournament saw trios such as The Osirian Portal (Ophidian/Hieracon/ Amasis), Team 3OLE (El Generico, Scott "Jagged" Parker/Shane Matthews) , F.I.S.T. (Icarus/Chuck Taylor/Johnny Gargano) , Bruderschaft des Kreuzes (Tim Donst/Delirious/Jakob Hammermeier), Da Soul Touchaz (Willie Richardson/Acid Jaz/Marshe Rockett) , Team Dragon Gate (Super Shisa/Akira Tozawa/ Kagetora), Team Osaka Pro (Atsushi Kotoge/Daisuke Harada/Ultimate Spider, Jr.), Team Michinoku Pro (Great Sasuke/Dick Togo/Jinsei Shinzaki), Team Minnesota (1-2-3 Kid/Arik Cannon/Darin Corbin) The Colony become the 2011 King of Trios Champions defeated. F. I. S. T. after a Splashapalooza (top rope Ant Hill) at 21 minutes on Icarus.
The promotion also brought joshi legends into the ECW Arena including Manami Toyota, Mima Shimoda, Aja Kong at their JOSHIMania show in December 2011.
Dragon Gate USA ran the Arena from 2009-2011 Dragon Gate USA filmed their first pay-per-view event, Enter The Dragon at the ECW Arena in July 2009. YAMATO defeated BxB Hulk, The Colony (Fire Ant & Soldier Ant), Jigsaw and Mike Quackenbush defeated F.I.S.T. (Icarus/Gran Akuma), Amasis and Hallowicked, Dragon Kid defeated Masato Yoshino, The Young Bucks (Nick and Matt Jackson) defeated Warriors-5 (CIMA and Susumu Yokosuka), Naruki Doi defeated Shingo.
3PW ran from 2002-2005. Pro Wrestling Unplugged ran from 2006-2008.
CZW also ran in cooperation with other promotions, Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South (as part of a doubleheader with CZW) International Wrestling Syndicate (as part of a doubleheader with CZW), westside Xtreme wrestling (two shows as part of doubleheaders with CZW). Ring of Honor held several individual shows, and as part of doubleheaders with CZW, from 2006-2010 .
Jersey All Pro Wrestling ran several shows between 2000-2006, with sample of JAPW talent that worked here including: Elax, Little Dixie, The Christopher Street Connection, NC-17, Ron Zombie, Rick Silver, Crazy Ivan, Dr Hurtz, Laithon, Nick Berk, Trent Acid Ric Blade,The Hit Squad, O Dogg, Flash Wheeler, The Ghetto Blaster in a South Philadelphia Street Fight, Homicide, Jay Lover, Sabu, Axl Rotten, Ian Rotten, Pitbull Gary Wolf, Laithon, Rockin Rebel, Chino Martinez, Judas Young, The Christopher Street Connection, Little Dixie, Don Montoya, Billy Reil, Louie Ramos, The Sandman, Ric Blade, Reckless Youth, Nick Berk, The Rockin Rebel, Don Bon Jovi, Justice Pain, The Moondogs 2000, Johnny Hot Body, Ric Blade, Reckless Youth, Xavier, J Train , Supreme Lee Great, The Moondogs 2000, Don Montoya, J Train, Tommy Suede, Supreme Lee Great, Chino Martinez, Dave Grecco, The S.A.T. Red , The Insane Dragon, Dixie, Backseat Boyz, Minoru Fujita, Reckless Youth, Laithon, Prince Nana, Mike Quackenbush, Kid Kruel, Don Montoya, Dixie, Hit Squad, Hate Squad, Insane Dragon, Mikey Whipwreck, B-Boy, Low Ki, Danny Demanto, Rockin Rebel , Greg Matthews, Greg Spitz, Kevin James, Jay Lethal, The Carnage Crew, Christopher Street Connection, Azrieal Grim Reefer, Chris Candido, E.C. Negro, Samoa Joe, Trent Acid, Frankie Kazarian, Nino Capone, Envy, Matt Donovan, Pinkie Sanchez, Arcadia, Teddy Hart, Jack Evans,The Dead Presidents, Dan Barry, Plazma, Mercedes Martinez, Talia, Grim Reefer, Archadia, Azrieal, M-Dogg 20, The Outkast Killaz, Monte Brown, Danny Demanto, Balls Mahoney, Sabu, ,Sonjay Dutt, The Briscoe Brothers, Charlie Haas, Rhino, Jay Lethal and Teddy Hart
Jersey All Pro Wrestling returned to the ECW Arena in 2010, with a show as part of a doubleheader with Cage of Death 12, and the last show in May 2011, a show featuring New Japan Pro Wrestling with Jado and Gedo, Giant Bernard , Hideo Saito , Hiroshi Tanahashi, Jado , Karl "Machine Gun" Anderson , Kazuchika Okada, Kenny Omega, MVP, Prince Devitt , Ryusuke Taguchi ,Satoshi Kojima , Shinsuke Nakamura, Tama Tonga, Tetsuya Naito, Tiger Mask IV, Togi Makabe, Toru Yano, Yujiro Takahashi, and the legendary Jushin Liger
Two ECW legends shows took place: Hardcore Homecoming (2005) and Legends of the Arena (2009). Single shows and short runs of shows were run by Main Event Championship Wrestling (2001), Major League Wrestling (2002) Heritage Wrestling Alliance(2003), Pro Wrestling WORLD-1 (2004) Pro Wrestling Xplosion (2006), WWE (2006) producing a show using the ECW name, Wicked Hanuman (2007), Velocity Pro Wrestling (2008-2009), and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2010)
Everyone who can should come to the doubleheader of events on January 14 to see the venue as we know it one last time; with Combat Zone Wrestling at 2:30 pm and EVOLVE/Draon Gate USA at 7:30 pm for the final show at the venue.
Until next time...