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SLAM! Speaks - ECW weekend's best
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff


Cartoon by Annette Balesteri, our SLAM! Wrestling Editorial Cartoonist


After months of build-up, ECW weekend is finally here.

Two shows, Hardcore Homecoming and One Night Stand, will take place over the next few days. While both shows are sure to be memorable, they will inevitably be compared to each other.

So why not judge the shows now? Here's our thoughts as to which of the two events will be more extreme

Bob Kapur
This is a hard one to call, since both shows have announced some great matches.

My first instinct was to give the slight edge to Hardcore Homecoming, for two reasons. First, for the nostalgia factor from the Douglas-Funk-Sabu rematch and second, because Jerry Lynn is on the show, and he can do no wrong in the ring. But One Night Stand has got a full card worth of potential classics lined up as well, and should be one of the better cards of the year on that front.

The one thing that could really hurt One Night Stand is if they don't properly use all of the other ECW guys that have been announced. Hopefully they will all be in matches -- against each other (ie: it would be the worst decision ever if they have them put over WWE stars) -- and aren't all wasted in backstage sketches or in one big brawl against the WWE invaders.

Still, for a die-hard like myself, even a bad ECW show is better than most other wrestling shows. I'm looking forward to both.

Jon Waldman
Amazingly, I'm pretty familiar with all the names going into ECW weekend.

As someone who was only exposed to ECW via TNN, a couple RF Videos and The Rise and Fall DVD, I'm not nearly as deeply educated as others in the SLAM! office.

It might be for that reason alone that I am looking forward to One Night Stand more than Hardcore Homecoming. Super Crazy, Tajiri and Little Guido put on, in my opinion, some of the best technical matches in ECW's history, incorporating tables and chairs perfectly without turning their bouts into senseless violence meltdowns.

For pure authenticity, however, I think Hardcore Homecoming will be the better show. The booking basically comes down to Shane Douglas vs. Vince McMahon, and I think that The Franchise will be a little more willing to let his group take it to the extreme. McMahon still has a major investment in his guys, and he doesn't want to see anyone of his talent go on the injured list as a result of a one time show.

Greg Oliver
The crowd at Hardcore Homecoming at Viking Hall will be the difference maker. It's a dump, and a well-loved one. The Hammersmith Ballroom has some history, both with ECW and the early days of RAW, but it isn't a bingo hall.

As the Funkster revealed in an interview with me, he's worried about the Douglas-Funk-Sabu match. It can't possibly deliver. On the One Night Stand side, what's the main event, the go-home moment? Will Paul E. be allowed to vent? Or get a WWE title and throw it down in disgust as in the classic Douglas rejection of the NWA belt.

-- compiled by Jon Waldman


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