FEEDBACK: ECW Anarchy Rulz 1999

This week on Rewind-A-Wai, (a pre-taped) John Pollock and Wai Ting review ECW Anarchy Rulz 1999 featuring Taz vs. Masato Tanaka vs. Mike Awesome for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship.

This edition of the Rewind-A-Wai is presented by Espresso Executive Producer, Joe Lebeau.

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ECW Anarchy Rulz
Sunday, September 19, 1999
Villa Park, IL
Odeum Expo Center

*ECW World Television Title: Rob Van Dam © vs. Balls Mahoney
*ECW World Tag Team Titles: Raven & Tommy Dreamer © vs. Rhino & Steve Corino
*ECW World Heavyweight Title: Taz © vs. Mike Awesome vs. Masato Tanaka
*Sabu vs. Justin Credible
*Yoshihiro Tajiri vs. Super Crazy vs. Little Guido
*Chris Chetti & Nova vs. Simon Diamond & Tony DeVito
*Jazz vs. The Prodigy
*Lance Storm vs. Jerry Lynn

Jesse à MTL

This is a fresh review for you lads and a great selection by Mr. Labeau. If you can get past the misogyny and head trauma, this is a very enjoyable show to watch. Lance Storm, Tajiri, and especially Super Crazy really impressed me. I started watching ECW in '99 and Taz still holds a special place in my heart. His title run is one of my favourites in wrestling history. Maybe it’s nostalgia, but I really felt like he had an aura of a world champion that has rarely been matched.

I didn’t do any research on this event, so cue my confusion when Taz came out and the crowd were booing him. It took me a minute to figure out what was going on. That triple threat match proves why Paul Heyman is so deserving of praise as a booker. Whenever ECW lost a major talent, the focus was always put on the next guy replacing them.

My only question is, why didn’t the world title match end the show? I think it would have been fine to end the show with Awesome as champion. The last two matches really fell flat for me. Balls Mahoney was a loveable character, but a main event talent he was not.

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