View Full Version : CZW and EVOLVE at the ECW Arena

01-16-2012, 04:05 PM
This past weekend saw what is being considered the final wrestling event at the infamous ECW Arena in Philadelphia, PA, and lots of wrestlers can boast that they were part of the historic double-header which featured shows from CZW and EVOLVE. Mia Yim also made history as the last woman to wrestle at the infamous ECW Arena.

EVOLVE results
1. Low Ki defeated Ahtu in 1:51.

2. Cheech defeated Cloudy in 10:12.

3. The Scene (Caleb Konley and Scott Reed) defeated John Silver and Alex Reynolds in 9:45.4. Jigsaw defeated AR Fox in 11:09.

5. Uhaa Nation defeated Pinkie Sanchez in 3:59.

6. Ronin (Rich Swann and Chuck Taylor) defeated Super Smash Brothers (Player Uno and Player Dos) in 15:07.

7. Jon Davis defeated Kyle Matthews in 4:30.

8. Bobby Fish defeated Sami Callihan in 15:59.

9. Johnny Gargano defeated Ricochet to retain the DGUSA Open the Freedom Gate Championship in 24:25.10. Sabu defeated Justin Credible in 9:36.

CZW results
1. WHACKS defeats DJ Hyde via screw job. Drew Blood wouldn't count for DJ and fast counted for WHACKS.

2. Ryan McBride defeated Derek Frazier. Derek Frazier accidentally hit Rockin' Rebel. McBride took advantage and Drew Blood came out to make the count. After the match, Rockin' Rebel got his revenge on Frazier for hitting him.

3. AR Fox defeated Uhaa Nation. Both guys hit some nice moves. Uhaa is very impressive. The crowd enjoyed this very much.

4. Azrieal and Bandido Jr. defeated BLK OUT's Alex Colon and Ruckus via no contest in a CZW Tag Title match. The Runaways attacked BLK OUT. Azrieal and Bandido made the save.

5. Sami Callihan defeated Rich Swann to retain the CZW Jr. Hvt. Championship. Sami won via submission.

Before the Greg Excellent vs. Mia Yim match, Greg Excellent told the announcer that all douchebags in green tights must leave the ringside area. That meant Adam Cole. After some refusal, he did leave.

6. Greg Excellent defeated Mia Yim in an intergender match. After the match, Greg Excellent said that Mia is one tough bitch. The crowd was into it.

During intermission, they aired a video message from Shane Douglas. He apologized for not being there. He said that there will be another Extreme Reunion in Philadelphia on April 28. He then bashed Vince McMahon and called Dixie Carter a bimbo.

Danny Havoc came out...to drink with everyone. He brought out some former CZW guys like Nate Webb, Homicide, and his special guest...The Blue Meanie. Drew Gulak interrupted. He called everyone washed up and stupid for letting the booze ruin them. Matt Tremont came out and we are under way...

7. Drew Gulak defeated Matt Tremont via submission. Danny Havoc came back out and was in disbelief that Tremont tapped to Gulak. He said it's him vs. Tremont next month.

8. Eddie Kingston defeated Joker. Some real stiff shots here. Eddie Kingston makes wrestling look real. After the match, Eddie Kingston grabbed the mic. He said that Eddie Moore was born in New York, but Eddie Kingston was born in the Arena. He said on the day he dies, don't bring him to the hospital, bring him to the Arena.

9. Devon Moore defeated Adam Cole to retain the CZW Title. Some real close pinfalls here. I thought Adam Cole was going to win, for sure. Yim came out to help Adam Cole, but it backfired, resulting in Moore retaining.

DJ Hyde came out for his match against John Zandig, who grabbed the mic and said that if he was still in charge, they wouldn't be losing the Arena.

10. DJ Hyde defeated John Zandig with a rollup. Very bloody match. They went all over the arena. They went through panes of glass. After the match, Zandig threw DJ Hyde from the top rope through a makeshift table made of glass. Zandig then grabbed the mic again and said that this was probably it for him. He only came back for the fans since it was the last show at the Arena.

The crowd seemed to really enjoy the show. The CZW faithful truly loves CZW. I'm sure wherever CZW decides to go, their loyal fans will follow them.

Special appearances from - Balls Mahoney, New Jack, Joey Styles, Pitbull #1, JT Smith.

01-17-2012, 07:33 AM
A couple notes on the EVOLVE show:

- Jigsaw/Fox, Ronin/SSB and Fish/Callihan are all supposed to be great matches

- Gargano/Ricochet was a total botchfest, and the crowd shit all over it accordingly. The reason for this is that Gargano was injured:

Johnny Gargano's facebook

Alright. Here goes.. I'll give you guys a basic synopsis of everything that went down with my injury. On January 1st I wrestled a show in WV.. I sorta tweaked my back/pelvis in that match.. It hurt.. but I figured it'd be alright. It nagged at me for a bit, but I figured it was something I could work through. No big deal. On Saturday.. I don't know.. something just felt weird. My whole body was cramping up. I drank a ton of water, and thought I was just dehydrated. My lower back/abdomen started to swell. Every time I'd stretch or bend forward, a sharp twinge would go down both my legs. Needless to say.. I was scared out of my mind. I KNEW how big the match was, and what I needed to do. I just wasn't sure if my body would cooperate. I briefed Chuck Taylor on the situation and even had him bring out some water to the ring, just in case. It was probably the most nervous/dread I'd ever felt before a match. Not due to the situation.. but due to the uncertainty of my body. I don't remember much of the match, honestly. I remember that within the first 2 minutes, my legs stopped working. I couldn't feel them. Just walking became a chore. I couldn't raise my legs, or even bend down. The pain was indescribable.. but I knew I couldn't stop. We went 25 more minutes.. and I took A LOT of stupid bumps. Was that a dumb decision? Maybe.. but it's not in my DNA to just give up. The match had a lot of hype, and being put in that spot meant the world to me. My mind was willing, but my body just wasn't capable, sadly. As soon as the match ended, and the bit of adrenaline I had wore off.. All of my strength was gone. No more walking, no more moving.. just pain. They told me to stay in the ring and wait for medical attention and I remember saying "No! Get me out, there's one more segment. The shows not over, get me out so they can do it". They carried me to the back, and as soon as I went through the curtain, I collapsed. A lot of thoughts were running through my head. Was I paralyzed? Am I going to wrestle again? I honestly didn't know. I hate hospitals, and needles, but the pain was unbearable. The ambulance came and took me to the hospital (first time I'd ever been in an ambulance, by the way). They put an IV in me (another first).. and filled me up with pain meds, etc. This is where I start to get groggy. Gabe stopped by, but I was already unconscious. They gave me a CAT scan which turned out okay. I randomly started throwing up. Needless to say, not one of my better nights. I had a flight to catch back home at 9 AM. We decided I should try bear through to make that flight. So I was released, and taken to the airport. A wheelchair met me out front, and wheeled me through security, and to my gate, and onto the plane. That flight.. SUCKED. I can't tell you how much pain I was actually in during that flight. They then met me with another wheelchair, and wheeled me out front where my Dad picked me up and took me home. Where I've been in my bed for 2 days.. and looks to be the case for a while longer. I'm going to make an appointment with a specialist to try to get this sorted out, and see what it is. I'm still in a ton of pain, and walking is still very difficult. I'd like to Thank EVERYONE for the kind texts, messages, and comments. I'm sorry I haven't replied yet, but I will. EVERYONE in the back that night that stayed by my side, checked on me, and did all they could to help me out. I'm truly blessed to have so many people care about me. I apologize to anyone that was let down by the match. I really wanted it to be special. Trust me.. no one is more disappointed then I am. I really tried to give you all I had.. unfortunately it wasn't much that night. You deserved better. I'm really sorry.

- "Sabu beats Justin Credible in 10 minutes" really doesn't put over how amazing that last segment sounds:


And now we come to the final segment of the night, as Lenny Leonard introduces the first ever ring announcer in this building, Bob Ortiz. He says it’s a pleasure to be in this building one last time and they all appreciate their support throughout the years, and then he introduces the Extreme Announcer, Joey Styles. The crowd chants “OH MY GOD” at him during his entrance, and he says “All right, all right…OH MY GOD!” to thunderous applause. Joey thanks Gabe for having him and being here means more than working Madison Square Garden and Wrestlemania because this is where Joey Styles was created and this is where he spent so much of his life and thanks the fans for making it happen. He now wants to introduce some legendary figures from the past, starting with Pitbull 1 Gary Wulfe. Next, the guy who was on the wrong end of the first time Joey Styles ever said OH MY GOD, and the first man to ever dive off the balcony here, JT Smith. Next, the man who found Viking Hall and decided it would be a great place to hold a wrestling event, the man who founded ECW and gave them all their start, Tod Gordon.

Tod starts putting over the building and how everyone told him it was a toilet, but they made it their toilet and they’re proud of what they’ve done over the last 20 years. DJ Hyde comes out with a bunch of CZW guys and says that it’s not ECW’s building anymore because CZW took it over and went beyond extreme and took it to ultraviolent. They ran more shows here than anyone, including ECW, and if anyone’s going to close this building, it’ll be them. They surround the ECW guys but Balls Mahoney’s music hits and he comes out to clear the ring, but eventually gets outnumbered and beaten down. Natural Born Killers plays and New Jack comes out with his trash can full of plunder and destroys the CZW guys until Justin Credible comes out with the Singapore cane, but then turns on ECW and lays New Jack out with the Singapore cane.
The CZW guys take control until Sabu comes out and we start the final match to ever take place in this legendary building.

Last Arena Match!!!
Justin Credible vs. Sabu
Winner: Sabu

Terrific final match, and Joey Styles comes in and says he can’t think of a better way to close this venue than with…waiut, Sabu asks for the microphone. Joey says Sabu wants to speak (drawing a “holy ****” chant from the crowd), and he hands him the microphone. Sabu mulls over what he’s going to say, but Sami Callihan runs out from the back and nailsSabu from behind, then begins assaulting him with the bottle. Sabu is a bloody messas Callihan says this is the alarm closing the book on the Arena. He’s sick of the funerals, the Hardcore Homecomings, and wants to know how many reunions we’re going to have before this thing finally dies. This ain’t the era of extreme anymore because over the last few years, this has become his ring. He looks at Sabu and says “Hey, you” before stomping on his face. He says these are his fans and his building and if anyone’s going to end the era of extreme, it’s going to be him. He says to look at Sabu – a beaten, bloodied, broken corpse, just like every other extreme legend out there who won’t go away. If anyone ends the era of extreme, it’s going to be him, and if anyone thinks they can stop Sami Callihan, he dares them to try. AR Fox runs out and attacks Callihan, but Pinkie Sanchez comes out and goes after Fox and gives him a spike DDT. Callihan says one more thing before he goes: to all the DUFs out there, they’re cool by him and if they’re not, they should jump on the bandwagon and be like him. To all the people who have supported him, bought his merch, and helped him get married this year, he wants to tell them from the bottom of his heart to (explicit act deleted). The extreme era has finally died and been put out of its misery by the Death Machine, and he tells them to hit the lights. The lights do indeed go out and Callihan’s music plays, and when they come back up the ring is empty except for a destroyed table and a chair laying in the middle of the ring.

Terrific show overall, great wrestling top to bottom and an absolutely appropriate and fitting way to close this legendary wrestling venue. This puts a ton of attention on Callihan, and if he hadn’t made his name before, he sure has now.

Fucking love Sami.

01-17-2012, 09:35 AM
Most of that looked like a Russo show, but good call having Callihan close out the arena.

01-18-2012, 04:13 AM
[ ] Not squashed
[ ] Squashed

Low-Ki in EVOLVE will be cool (for about the two months it takes for he and Gabe to piss each other off again, burn yet another bridge)

02-10-2012, 05:54 PM
[ ] Not squashed
[ ] Squashed

Low-Ki in EVOLVE will be cool (for about the two months it takes for he and Gabe to piss each other off again, burn yet another bridge)

I heard athu was legit knocked out so fairly obvious why that ended early.