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Sunday, March 1st – Live from the Convention Center (Asbury Park, NJ)

The arena was set up with a ramp a-la WCW pre-Hogan/Canadian WWF. The ramp came into play quite a bit during the night.
A package was played on W*ING Kanemura, with a disclaimer by Joey Styles stating that Kanemura had not been seen in the building yet.

Masato Tanaka vs. Doug Furnas (subbing for W*ING Kanemura, w/Lance Wright). Wright claimed that, thanks to Vince McMahon, he had bought out W*ING’s ECW contract. Tanaka pinned Furnas with the running elbow. Afterward Wright dissed Furnas, who knocked out Wright, told him to “tell Vince to kiss my [rear]”, and left the ring wearing an ECW T-shirt.

Joey Styles announced that the PPV Companies would not allow the pre-taped Sabu/Sandman match to be aired. Jason & Nicole Bass jumped in and demanded that a tape of Tommy Dreamer arriving at the arena earlier in the afternoon without Beulah be played.

Rob Van Dam (with Bill Alfonso) pinned Two Cold Scorpio with a huracanrana-style move after a run-in attempt by Sabu was thwarted by the Sandman. Afterward Rob Van Dam offered to allow Scorpio to shake his hand, then took the offer back. Scorpio offered to allow Van Dam to shake his hand, which he did… and Scorpio throttled Van Dam. Sabu ran in to attack 2 Cold, and Sandman made the save. Sandman then gave his old tag parter Scorpio a beer.

Three-Way Dance: Bubba Ray & D-Von Dudley (with Sign Guy Dudley & Joel Gertner) vs. Axl Rotten & Balls Mahoney vs. New Jack & Spike Dudley. Great match. Spike & New Jack did a double balcony jump through tables on the Dudleys. The Dudleys eliminated Axl & Balls with the Dudley Death Drop, then New Jack and Spike pinned the Dudleys.

Jenna Jameson was to interview Justin Credible, but Credible dissed her. Jameson said she’d rather interview Dreamer anyway. Dreamer came out, and dipped & kissed her.

Tommy Dreamer vs. Justin Credible (with Jason & Nicole Bass): Beulah came out midmatch, sided up to Justin, then just as quickly slugged him in the balls, then DDTed Jason. Nicole Bass grabbed Beulah and bearhugged her; Mikey Whipwreck made the save. Tommy DDTed Justin for the win.

World TV Title Match: Taz (c) vs. Bam Bam Bigelow. A great match. Bigelow being in his hometown of Asbury Park, NJ, got the big pops. Near the end Taz got the Tazmission locked on Bigelow when they both fell backwards, Taz first, through the ring. Bigelow climbed out of the hole, pulled out Taz and pinned him. Taz was out for some time.

Paul Heyman came into the broadcast position and ordered Joey to announce the playing of the Sandman/Sabu match tape so that time can be bought to fix the hole in the ring. Joey & Paul E. argued for a couple of minutes on air.

Sabu vs. The Sandman (dueling canes match): A lot of tables and chairs, more than canes, got used during this match. Initially Sandman was fooled by Rob Van Dam disguised as Sabu, while the real Sabu jumped him from behind. RVD came back near the end of the match, and the duo double-legdropped Sandman through a table on the ramp, leaving Sandman prone long enough to be dragged into the ring and get pinned.

Chris Chetti & Jerry Lynn defeated Tracey Smothers & Little Guido (with Tommy Rich) when Lynn pinned Smothers. Smothers & Guido argued with Tommy Rich afterward and Rich left the ring, disgusted.

Shane Douglas & Chris Candido (with Francine) vs. Lance Storm & his mystery partner: Storm came out with Sunny, who announced herself as the mystery partner. Storm pounded Candido then tagged Sunny in, who grabbed a cookie sheet and was about to crack Candido when she turned around and hit Storm instead. While Candido taunted Storm (who was in a Douglas camel clutch), asking “What have you got for us, huh?”, Storm replied, “Head!”. Cue Al Snow, who was Storm’s actual partner (the angle was, Storm anticipated being doublecrossed by Sunny). Snow won for his team when he snowplowed and pinned Shane Douglas.

Post Category: 1998, ECW, Pay-Per-View

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