A heat-wave hit the city of Philadelphia on Saturday night, June 27th at an infamous building on the corner of Swanson & Ritner Streets.. A building which holds a special place in the hearts of extreme legends & hardcore fans. For the first time since 2005, the inmates ran the asylum once again.
It was a night where anarchy ruled. A night where everyone dared to live dangerously. A night to honor those who have passed on to hardcore heaven. And while it may not have been November, it was certainly a night that all will remember.
Alumni of the original ECW presented Legends of the Arena this past weekend; an ECW reunion show with the goal of raising money for cancer research. For those who don’t know the story, “The Queen of Extreme” Francine lost her father & her sister within 4 days of each other to cancer last year. Francine took it upon herself to reunite as many members of the original promotion as she could to present the show & raise money for a good cause.
Fans started packing the building early in the afternoon for a massive autograph/question & answer session as well as bbq with the stars. You could tell the fans & the legends were happy to be back at the place they called home for so many years. The fans who came later, in true ECW fashion, made up a line that went down the block past the Forman Mills attached to the Arena.
Results from the show are as follows (For detailed results, go to www.pwbts.com):
2 Cold Scorpio defeated CW Anderson.
Bilvis Wesley defeated The Muskateer.
Chris Hamrick defeated Devon “Crowbar” Storm.
Rhino defeated Jamie Dundee & Scotty “Riggs” Anton.
The Hardcore Hall of Fame induction follows… with Eddie “Hot Stuff” Gilbert & Chris Candido as memorial inductions; with Tod Gordon and Sabu inducted. The Shane Douglas induction was pulled since he no-showed the event. It was mentioned that both ECW and all that’s followed in the Arena was because of people like Terry Funk (inducted two years ago), Eddie Gilbert and Tod Gordon.
Balls Mahoney/Axl Rotten defeated Da Baldiez.
The bWo defeated the FBI.
Francine then came out to cut her promo and thanking the crowd for their support. Francine is VERY, VERY pregnant. The usual wits in the audience suggested she’s give birth in the ring into a “She’s hardcore” chant. Since that didn’t happen, Francine talked about her sister and father who’d died of cancer, and her one sister (sitting in the balcony with the other family members) who beat cancer. The SISTER got the “she’s hardcore” chant instead.
Al Snow defeated Jerry Lynn (who filled in for the no-show Shane Douglas).
Sabu (with Bill Alfonso) and Sandman defeated Raven (with Chastity) and Justin Credible (with Jason); and Terry Funk as special referee.
At the very end of the show, Justin Credible finally let his inner heel down long enough to say in a surprisingly heartfelt way to the crowd “Thank you for giving me the best four years of my life”.
From a personal standpoint, this is the most fun I’ve had at a show in a long time. I’ve been involved with this business for almost 2 years now; everything ranging from lighting & sound production to ring announcing. This show is what I would consider the high point of my involvement in wrestling. A big thank you is in order for Francine & everyone who made this show possible. If it was just for one night, I’m honored to have been a part of it.
The revolution started in 1993 does indeed live on.
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