I bought the new ECW DVD (WWE: ECW Unreleased Vol. 1) that the WWE put out the second weekend of June and I started to think about ECW and what impact it had on business. I guess everyone has their own opinion on the impact and we all know ECW had a high influence on the “Attitude Era” of the World Wrestling Federation. I wanted to write a piece about my “extreme memories” of the WWE version I had of the business.
This week’s show, the thing that I remember the most was for the ECW title in the main event spot of the night, “the Nature Boy” Ric Flair challenged champion Big Show in a Extreme Rules match. If the “Nature Boy” would have won the title, he’d be the only guy to hold the NWA, WCW, WWE, and ECW world titles.
One of the better Ric Flair matches in his WWE career during this time, I believe there are two other good matches Flair did before he “retired” at WrestleMania 24, and that’s his match against Edge on Raw of 2006 for the WWE title in a TLC match and against Shawn Michaels on WrestleMania 24.
With that said, I was looking forward to Ric Flair’s first “appearance” on ECW television and the Big Show’s first ECW title defense.
Back then, I think Big Show was the best heel run he had. Paul Heyman brought in many WWE superstars to take a shot at the Big Show and the ECW title. The Undertaker, Kane, Batista, they all had a “shot” at the “Extreme Giant” and the ECW championship. Running through main eventers on Raw and Smackdown, in my eyes, made the main event champion on the new third brand that the WWE brought in look like he could be the world champ on the Monday night or Friday night broadcast.
The match saw a lot of brutality (and even a few frames of my “Big Show: ECW Champ” sign to the left of the announcers [if you’re looking at them] when the competitors were being announced) and seeing Ric Flair being chokeslamed and Corba Clutch Backbreakered to finish the match. After the match the Big Show got some retribution and threw Flair onto the thumb tacts he brought into the ring earlier in the match. Being there live, the ending of the match was hard to watch.
Even though it was hard to see Ric Flair take the beating he received from the Big Show that night, I really enjoyed that match. It may have been because I was there live but a ten-minute hardcore match that Ric Flair’s involved in after 1999 is a match I’m willing to sit down and watch any day at any time.
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