REWIND-A-WAI #26: ECW One Night Stand 2005

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John Pollock and Wai Ting review ECW One Night Stand, WWE’s one-night-only revival of Extreme Championship Wrestling from the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan, New York.

We discuss the stories behind what many consider one of the best PPVs of all time, including its creation, the involvement of the WWE, Eddie Guerrero’s displeasure with his participation, JBL vs. the Blue Meanie and more.

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

Watch the full show on the WWE Network here.

ECW One Night Stand 2005
June 12, 2005
New York City, New York
Hammerstein Ballroom

*The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley & D-Von Dudley) vs. The Sandman & Tommy Dreamer
*Mike Awesome vs. Masato Tanaka
*Chris Benoit vs. Eddie Guerrero
*Sabu (w/ Bill Alfonso & Rob Van Dam) vs. Rhyno
*Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Psicosis
*Three Way Dance: Super Crazy vs. Yoshihiro Tajiri (w/ Mikey Whipwreck & The Sinister Minister) vs. Little Guido (w/ FBI)
*Lance Storm (w/ Dawn Marie) vs. “Lionheart” Chris Jericho

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The edited entrance music, was my only beef with the WWE Network’s version, of this PPV.

I don’t know the backstory of it, but it’s so strange WCW would spend that much money to get Mike Awesome and then make him a joke character while he’s still in his prime, and when his mere physical presence would win fans over.

To me, he’ll always be one of the best wrestlers to never make it to the top level. He could have been such a star, but instead was relegated to being just a star in ECW. Which don’t get me wrong, is impressive, but he could have been so much more.

Which is different than how WWF signed Dusty Rhodes and made him into kind of a joke, with Dusty he’d already been a major player. Mike was a guy many fans of the Monday Nite Wars era never knew except as his trash WCW gimmick.

Also, I could be wrong, but I thought Blue Meanie and Stevie Richards did get JBL back for this later, as seen below: