Sunday, January 15, 2012
ECW ARENA TRIBUTE RESULTS
And now we come to the final segment of the night, as Lenny Leonard introduces the first ever ring announcer in this building, Bob Ortiz. He says it’s a pleasure to be in this building one last time and they all appreciate their support throughout the years, and then he introduces the Extreme Announcer, Joey Styles. The crowd chants “OH MY GOD” at him during his entrance, and he says “All right, all right…OH MY GOD!” to thunderous applause. Joey thanks Gabe for having him and being here means more than working Madison Square Garden and Wrestlemania because this is where Joey Styles was created and this is where he spent so much of his life and thanks the fans for making it happen. He now wants to introduce some legendary figures from the past, starting with Pitbull 1 Gary Wulfe. Next, the guy who was on the wrong end of the first time Joey Styles ever said OH MY GOD, and the first man to ever dive off the balcony here, JT Smith. Next, the man who found Viking Hall and decided it would be a great place to hold a wrestling event, the man who founded ECW and gave them all their start, Tod Gordon.
Tod starts putting over the building and how everyone told him it was a toilet, but they made it their toilet and they’re proud of what they’ve done over the last 20 years. DJ Hyde comes out with a bunch of CZW guys and says that it’s not ECW’s building anymore because CZW took it over and went beyond extreme and took it to ultraviolent. They ran more shows here than anyone, including ECW, and if anyone’s going to close this building, it’ll be them. They surround the ECW guys but Balls Mahoney’s music hits and he comes out to clear the ring, but eventually gets outnumbered and beaten down. Natural Born Killers plays and New Jack comes out with his trash can full of plunder and destroys the CZW guys until Justin Credible comes out with the Singapore cane, but then turns on ECW and lays New Jack out with the Singapore cane.
The CZW guys take control until Sabu comes out and we start the final match to ever take place in this legendary building.
Last Arena Match!!!
Justin Credible vs. Sabu
Terrific final match, and Joey Styles comes in and says he can’t think of a better way to close this venue than with…waiut, Sabu asks for the microphone. Joey says Sabu wants to speak (drawing a “holy shit” chant from the crowd), and he hands him the microphone. Sabu mulls over what he’s going to say, but Sami Callihan runs out from the back and nailsSabu from behind, then begins assaulting him with the bottle. Sabu is a bloody messas Callihan says this is the alarm closing the book on the Arena. He’s sick of the funerals, the Hardcore Homecomings, and wants to know how many reunions we’re going to have before this thing finally dies. This ain’t the era of extreme anymore because over the last few years, this has become his ring. He looks at Sabu and says “Hey, you” before stomping on his face. He says these are his fans and his building and if anyone’s going to end the era of extreme, it’s going to be him. He says to look at Sabu – a beaten, bloodied, broken corpse, just like every other extreme legend out there who won’t go away. If anyone ends the era of extreme, it’s going to be him, and if anyone thinks they can stop Sami Callihan, he dares them to try. AR Fox runs out and attacks Callihan, but Pinkie Sanchez comes out and goes after Fox and gives him a spike DDT. Callihan says one more thing before he goes: to all the DUFs out there, they’re cool by him and if they’re not, they should jump on the bandwagon and be like him. To all the people who have supported him, bought his merch, and helped him get married this year, he wants to tell them from the bottom of his heart to (explicit act deleted). The extreme era has finally died and been put out of its misery by the Death Machine, and he tells them to hit the lights. The lights do indeed go out and Callihan’s music plays, and when they come back up the ring is empty except for a destroyed table and a chair laying in the middle of the ring.
Terrific show overall, great wrestling top to bottom and an absolutely appropriate and fitting way to close this legendary wrestling venue. This puts a ton of attention on Callihan, and if he hadn’t made his name before, he sure has now.