Thursday, June 1, 2006

ECW A Matter of Respect '98 5/16/98

1. Justin Credible vs. Jerry Lynn - 2 out of 3 Falls Match - 5
2. Jamie Dundee vs. Chris Chetti - 2
3. Mike Lazanski vs. Mikey Whipwreck - 3
4. John Kronus vs. Danny Doring - 2
5. Balls Mahoney and Axl Rotten vs. FBI - 3
6. Al Snow vs. Bam Bam Bigelow - 4
7. Rob Van Dam and Lance Storm vs. Sabu and Chris Candido - Dream Partner Tag Match - 3
4. Sandman, Spike Dudley, and Tommy Dreamer vs. Bubba, Big Dick, and D-Von Dudley - Stairway to Heaven - 4

I don’t have any respect for A Matter of Respect ’98. Credible and Lynn may have deserved a higher grade, but as solid as this may have been, Credible never makes me really feel anything when he's in the ring. The only thing greener than Chetti at this point was Dundee after trying to out-drink local union workers after USWA tapings. Lazanski had credentials, worked All Japan and was trained in the infamous Hart "dungeon", but he was still fodder in a squash against Whipwreck. Who thought it was a good idea to ever give Mikey squashes? Kronus and Doring had a laughable match, stinking it up like Beulah was in the locker room. Balls and Axl versus the FBI was a disappointment. I was hoping they'd elevate themselves and try to get across to us how much they loved their craft... boy was I ever wrong. Al Snow was on his way back to W.W.E. here, and the crowd had violently turned on him. They were chanting "fuck the head", which was worth a chuckle, and that was about the most entertaining thing coming out of this. Bam Bam is a talented big man, though; too bad he never really got his due in the industry. The "dream partner" tag match, that should have been noteworthy, was a jumbled mess of a match. I spent most it discussing Tony Atlas' pecs with fellow writer Jessie. The main event featuring ladders and barbed wire actually started off with... wrestling? This was largely uninspired hardcore garbage, but still somewhat entertaining in a humorous way. I think Bubba put more effort into eating Philly cheesesteaks after the show than his actual in-ring work.

1 comment:

Jessie said...

i don't remember the specific conversation we had about Tony's pecs but i do find myself thinking about them often....