ECW Barely Legal

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Barely Legal

DVD cover featuring The Sandman and Rob Van Dam
Information
PromotionExtreme Championship Wrestling
DateApril 13, 1997
Attendance1,170[1]
VenueECW Arena
CityPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Pay-per-view chronology
CyberSlam 1997Barely LegalOrgy of Violence
 
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Barely Legal

DVD cover featuring The Sandman and Rob Van Dam
Information
PromotionExtreme Championship Wrestling
DateApril 13, 1997
Attendance1,170[1]
VenueECW Arena
CityPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Pay-per-view chronology
CyberSlam 1997Barely LegalOrgy of Violence

Barely Legal was the professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event held by Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). It took place on April 13, 1997 at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

Seven professional wrestling matches were scheduled on the card. In one of the show's main event's, Terry Funk defeated The Sandman and Stevie Richards in a Three-Way Dance to earn an immediate title match against ECW World Heavyweight Champion Raven, which Funk also won to win the ECW World Heavyweight Championship. In another main event, Taz defeated Sabu via submission. Featured matches on the undercard included Shane Douglas defeating Pitbull #2 to retain the ECW World Television Championship and The Eliminators (John Kronus and Perry Saturn) defeating The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray and D-Von) to win the ECW World Tag Team Championship.

Contents

Background

Terry Funk captured the ECW world title at the age of 52.

Barely Legal featured professional wrestling matches involving different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed a villain or a fan favorite as they followed a series of events that built tension, culminating in a wrestling match or series of matches.

Difficulties getting pay-per-view companies to air Barely Legal arose in late 1996. Request TV initially canceled the show after video of the November 1996 "Mass Transit" incident surfaced.[2] Another company, Premiere, expressed concern over the amount of violence ECW showcased, and that its programming was not suitable for children.[3] Eventually, through the efforts of e-mails from hundreds of fans, Premiere decided to carry the event.[3] However, e-mails sent to Viewer's Choice were unsuccessful in convincing the company to air the show, as they believed ECW was real and unscripted.[4] After further discussions with ECW owner Paul Heyman, Request TV reversed their earlier decision and agreed to carry the event under certain conditions which included, among other things, an advanced script of the show, pushing back the scheduled start time from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and no excessive amount of blood.[5]

Event

Preliminary matches

The first match to air live on pay-per-view was a tag team match for the ECW World Tag Team Championship between the champions, the Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray and D-Von), and the challengers, The Eliminators (John Kronus and Perry Saturn). The majority of the match was controlled by The Eliminators using a variety of double-team and high-flying maneuvers. The match ended when The Eliminators performed their finishing move, Total Elimination, and Saturn pinned Buh Buh Ray to win the ECW Tag Team Championship.[1]

The following match was a standard singles match between Lance Storm and Rob Van Dam. Chris Candido was originally scheduled to be Storm's opponent, but could not compete due to a biceps injury. The match was fast-paced with both men exchanging control throughout, using many high-risk maneuvers, as well as steel chairs. At about the ten minute mark, Storm connected with two chair shots to Van Dam's head. Before he could connect for the third time, Van Dam sprung up from his knees and performed a Van Daminator, kicking the chair Storm was holding into his face. Van Dam then performed a standing moonsault and pinned Storm for the victory.[1]

The next match was a six-man tag team match featuring wrestlers from Michinoku Pro Wrestling which saw Taka Michinoku, Terry Boy and Dick Togo battle The Great Sasuke, Gran Hamada and Masato Yakushiji (who replaced the injured Gran Naniwa). The action was back-and-forth between both teams and filled with high-flying maneuvers. The team of Sasuke, Hamada and Yakushiji won the match when Sasuke pinned Michinoku with a tiger suplex.[1]

The following match was a singles match for the ECW World Television Championship between the champion, Shane Douglas and the challenger, Pitbull #2. Douglas was accompanied by his valet Francine and several "riot squad" officers. Pitbull #2's tag team partner, Pitbull #1, was shown sitting in the front row for the match because, according to the storyline, doctors had not medically cleared him to be ringside. Pitbull #2 rushed to the ring and immediately began attacking Douglas. Pitbull #2 controlled the early portion of the match with a series of takedowns and headlocks. Douglas then gained control after he countered a powerbomb with a headscissors takedown which brought both wrestlers over the top rope to the outside of the ring. Douglas tossed Pitbull #2 back into the ring and performed three consecutive piledrivers. Later, both wrestlers ended up outside the ring and Pitbull #1 jumped over the audience guardrail and attacked Douglas, but was soon stopped and escorted to the locker room by the riot squad officers. After Douglas and Pitbull #2 exchanged control of the match for the next several minutes, Francine handed Douglas a pair of brass knuckles, which he then used twice on Pitbull #2. Douglas then hit Pitbull #2 over the head with a portion of a broken table, as well as the timekeeper's ring bell. Douglas attempted multiple pins during the series of attacks but Pitbull #2 kicked-out. After attempted outside interference from Chris Candido, Douglas performed a belly-to-belly suplex on Pitbull #2 and pinned him for the victory to retain the ECW Television Championship.[1] As previously stipulated, the masked man, wearing a "Ravishing" Rick Rude robe, came to the ring to unmask. The man planted a kiss on Francine, and performed Rude's signature gyrations before Douglas hit him in the back with his championship belt. While getting back to his feet, the masked man revealed himself to be Brian Lee, as one of the riot squad officers entered the ring and removed his helmet, revealing himself to be Rick Rude. A surprised Douglas attempted to plead with Rude but to no avail as Rude nailed him with a right hand punch followed by a chokeslam from Lee.

Aftermath

Reception

ECW earned $66,000 in ticket sales from an attendance of 1,170.[1] The pay-per-view received a buyrate of 0.26, which is the equivalent of approximately 104,000 buys.[6]

Barely Legal was released as part of a two-disc set with One Night Stand 2006 on July 11, 2006. It had previously been released in 2000 by Pioneer Entertainment as part of its "The Best of ECW" line of DVDs. The Pioneer release trimmed out many of the ring entrances, removed the music on the entrances not edited out (with the exception of songs ECW owned the rights to, including changing "Enter Sandman" from the Metallica version to Motörhead's cover), and edited out the backstage promos and part of Shane Douglas's promo in the ring. The release included with One Night Stand's DVD censored offensive language (used by the performers when they would cut promos, not used for the fans' chants) and changed the majority of the entrance music to music produced by WWE to avoid licensing fees. However, the event was also released completely uncut (18 certificate) with all entrances, original music, backstage vignettes and swearing included on the UK DVD and VHS release in 2001, released through Delta Music. This was a region free DVD.

Results

#ResultsStipulationsTimes[1]
DarkLouie Spicolli defeated Balls MahoneySingles match5:00
DarkJ.T. Smith and Chris Chetti defeated The FBI (Little Guido and Tommy Rich)Tag team matchn/a
1The Eliminators (John Kronus and Perry Saturn) defeated The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray and D-Von) (c) (with Joel Gertner and Sign Guy Dudley)Tag team match for the ECW World Tag Team Championship6:11
2Rob Van Dam defeated Lance StormSingles match10:10
3The Great Sasuke, Gran Hamada, and Masato Yakushiji* defeated bWo Japan (Taka Michinoku, Terry Boy, and Dick Togo)Six-man tag team match16:55
4Shane Douglas (c) (with Francine) defeated Pitbull #2Singles match for the ECW World Television Championship20:43
5Taz (with Bill Alfonso) defeated SabuSingles match17:49
6Terry Funk defeated The Sandman and Stevie Richards (with The Blue Meanie, Hollywood Nova, Thomas Rodman, 7-11)Three-Way Dance19:10
7Terry Funk defeated Raven (c)Singles match for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship7:20

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "ECW Barely Legal info/results". Pro Wrestling History. http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/ecw/results/1997b.html#041397. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  2. ^ Williams, Scott E. (2006). Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of ECW. Sports Publishing L.L.C.. p. 109. ISBN 978-1-59670-021-5. 
  3. ^ a b Williams, Scott E. (2006). Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of ECW. Sports Publishing L.L.C.. pp. 112–113. ISBN 978-1-59670-021-5. 
  4. ^ Loverro, Thom (2006). The Rise and Fall of ECW. Pocket Books. p. 175. ISBN 978-1-4165-1058-1. 
  5. ^ Loverro, Thom (2006). The Rise and Fall of ECW. Pocket Books. pp. 187–188. ISBN 978-1-4165-1058-1. 
  6. ^ "ECW Pay-Per-View Buyrates". Wrestling Information Archive. Archived from the original on 2011-01-03. http://web.archive.org/web/20110103030158/http://www.100megsfree4.com/wiawrestling/pages/ecw/ecwppvbr.htm. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 

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