Credible ECW champ at Cyberslam
By JOHN POWELL -- SLAM!
The ECW World Title belt has finally made its way home. At the Cyberslam
event held Saturday night at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
Tommy Dreamer pinned Tazz and won the ECW World Heavyweight Title only to
lose it to Justin Credible minutes later.
On loan from the WWF, Tazz walked into the arena as the ECW Champion. His
return was well-received by the fans and Dreamer who applauded Tazz from
inside the ring. The match itself broke down into a brawl at ringside and
beyond the steel retaining fence. Once the action returned to the ring,
Dreamer survived Tazz's arsenal of suplexes to execute a Sunset Flip for
As Dreamer made a victory speech about how much the title meant to him,
Tazz and Dreamer hugged in a mutual display of respect and good
But, that wasn't the end of it. Raven entered the ring and embraced Dreamer
as well. Then, Justin Credible and Jason came in beating up on Dreamer and
Raven. Justin spat on the ECW World Tag Team Title belt, discarded it and
challenged Dreamer to a title match right there and then. Turncoat Francine
and Jason meddled in the match on Credible's behalf. Francine punched
Dreamer in the crotch as Jason distracted the official. Credible drove
Dreamer into the mat with his That's Incredible piledriver to win the ECW
World Heavyweight Title for the very first time.
Though he has been with the federation since its inception, tonight was
Tommy Dreamer's first reign as ECW World Heavyweight Champion. All of
Dreamer's prior championships came about in the tag team ranks. He has been
a ECW World Tag Team Champion three times with Johnny Gunn, Raven and
Masato Tanaka as his partners. Dreamer is not only a part of the ECW talent
but is Paul Heyman's unofficial assistant in running the federation.
Mike Awesome unexpected and controversial jump to the competing World
Championship Wrestling federation sparked a period of unprecedented turmoil
in ECW and resulted tonight's title changes at Cyberslam. Awesome skipped
out on his contract with the promotion while still in possession of the ECW
World Heavyweight Title belt he had won from Masato Tanaka in December. A
threat to have the belt disgraced on WCW's Monday Night Nitro program had
ECW owner Paul Heyman on the phone to company lawyers in an attempt to get
back what he termed as "stolen property".
Last-minute negotiations between ECW and WCW prevented Awesome from showing
up on Nitro with the belt. ECW and the WWF then made a deal to share their
talent. Awesome agreed to appear at a house show and drop the belt to the
former ECW superstar now WWF mainstay, Tazz. In a quick match, Tazz made
Awesome submit to his Taz-mission hold after Tommy Dreamer DDT'ed Awesome.
The match was taped and shown on ECW's TNN broadcast.
With ECW's consent, Tazz appeared with the ECW World Heavyweight Title on
the WWF's Raw Is War and Smackdown! television programs. On Smackdown!
Dreamer cost Tazz a chance at winning the WWF World Heavyweight Title when
he interfered in Tazz's match against Hunter-Hearst Helmsley. Aiming for
Triple H, Dreamer inadvertently struck Tazz with a steel chair
precipitating his loss. Dreamer's actions on Smackdown! set the table for
his match against Tazz at Cyberslam thereby insuring that the ECW World
Title would be put back around the waist of one of their own wrestlers.
Cyberslam is an annual ECW fan convention that wraps up with a
better-than-average house show. The show itself is taped and released on
home video at a later date. This year's card was broadcast live on the
official ECW Web site by way of a written transcript. Fans can expect
footage from Cyberslam to be aired on ECW On TNN this coming friday.
- In a match featuring returning superstars, Masato Tanaka defeated
2-Cold Scorpio with his Diamond Dust finisher.
- In a mixed tag bout, Dawn Marie and Lance Storm beat Jazz and Nova.
Storm suffered an injury during the match. Nova's Kryptonite Krunch missed
its mark landing Storm on his neck. Storm needed assistance to make it back
to the locker room. At press time there is no word on how serious the
- Little Guido came out on top in a three-way match against Super Crazy
and Kid Kash. Guido executed the Maritado on Crazy to get the pinfall.
- The New Dangerous Alliance defeated Danny Doring and Roadkill. C.W.
Anderson spiked Doring with the Spinebuster to take home the win.
- Though outnumbered, New Jack laid waste to The Baldies in a street
fight. A flying chair shot to DeVito won him the match. Balls Mahoney
helped New Jack clear the ring of folically-challenged baddies.
- Steve Corino and Dusty Rhodes continued their fierce feud. With Jack
Victory's aid, Corino got a shocking pinfall over the veteran,
- At the urging of the fans in attendance, Yoshihiro Tajiri refused to
hand over the ECW World Television Title to Cyrus. This action brought
forth a Rhino versus Tajiri match. Rhino piledrived Tajiri twice to become
the new ECW World Television Champion. Rob Van Dam and Scotty Anton spoiled
Rhino and Cyrus' revelry in the ring. RVD was told by Cyrus that he would
have to work for a title shot and that he would be facing Jerry Lynn at
Hardcore Heaven. Lynn and Van Dam had a brief verbal showdown.