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ECW: Extreme Championship Wrestling - Barely Legal
Stephen Horne | Aberdeenshire, Scotland | 02/11/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"On April the 13th, 1997, the folks at Extreme Championship Wrestling staged the most important event in their short history - their first pay-per-view. For a company that started out as a non-profit regional promotion, this was a crucial date indeed - if the PPV didn't succeed, chances are neither would ECW. Thankfully then, for both Team Extreme and their fans, they didn't disappoint. In a full run-down of the card...ECW World tag team champions The Dudley Boyz (Buh-Buh Ray & D-Von) defended the gold against The Eliminators (Perry Saturn & John Kronus) in an entertaining, yet psychology-lacking opener... Lance Storm took on (substituting for the injured Chris Candido) Rob Van Dam in a decent outing... The Great Sasuke, Gran Hamada and (subbing for the injured Gran Naniwa) Masato Yakushiji locked horns with Taka Michinoku, Dick Togo and Terry Boy in a tremendous Six-man match... World Television champion "The Franchise" Shane Douglas battled Pit Bull #2 in a sloppy disappointment... Taz faced (after a year and a half's worth of hype) Sabu in a hard-hitting, enthralling bout... And finally, Terry Funk bested bWo leader Stevie "Big Stevie Cool" Richards and The Sandman in a great Three Way Dance to advance to take on World heavyweight champion Raven in the brutal and bloody finale.A memorable, if not entirely satisfactory, card; Barely legal is available commercially on video and DVD for the first time and, if I were you, I certainly wouldn't pass up the chance to own this fantastic piece of wrestling history."
Barely Legal: The first and still one of the best PPVs
danwwfecw | Toronto, Ontario | 05/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Over the years ECW had done many Pay Per Views with extreme hardcore stuff, but Barely Legal is like comparing ECW to WCW. ;yeah really its that good; Here is the card The Dudley Boyz vs. The Eliminators This is a great match with many spots and aerial maneuvers. 7/10Rob Van Dam vs. Lance Storm This was one of my favorite matches with great technical wrestling, another high flying match 9/10Great Sasuke, Gran Hamada, and Masato Yakushiji vs. Taka Michinoku, Mens Teoh, and Dick Togo This was my favorite match of the night that had unbelivable japan wrestling moves. 10/10 Shane Douglas vs. Pitbull #2 This is the boring match of the night but it did have some surprise guest during the match 5/10Taz vs. Sabu I honestly dont know why everybody thinks this match is so good, I mean sure there was great wrestling and spots but this is Sabu were talking about, compared to his other matches with Sandman this was a sleeper. 7/10Stevie Richards vs. The Sandman vs. Terry Funk this was a good match and the wrestlers made good use of the ladder and barbed wire, this was one of terry funks most Memorable matches. 9/10Terry Funk vs. Raven The main event after the three way were raven beats on a beat up Terry Funk, great match and I bet big dick dudley wishes he was never there. 8/10There is only one special feature and that is the match histories which isnt the greatest but its better than nothing.This DVD is great and has every thing, hardcore, aerial, technical and just plain crazy. Overall mark 8/10 Highly Recommended"
ECW Barely Legal DVD
steeltormentor | Seneca Falls, NY | 03/11/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Even though this DVD has yet to be released, I was lucky enough to see ECW's first pay-per-view event already. Although it was not a perfect outing for ECW, it is definitely worth buying because there were a lot of memorable moments. In the opening match, the Dudley Boyz [WWF] challenge the Eliminators (Perry Saturn [WWF] & John Kronus) for the ECW Tag Team titles. Next, Rob Van Dam replaces an injured Chris Candido when he takes on Lance Storm [WCW]. My personal favorite match of the night is a six-man tag team extravanganza starring superstars from Japan's Michinoku Pro. The Great Sasuke, Gran Hamada, and Masato Yukushiji (subbing for Gran Naniwa) face Taka Michinoku [WWF], Mens Teioh, and Dick Togo. In an easily forgettable match, Shane Douglas [WCW] defended his ECW Television title against Pitbull #2. In a match that had been built up for quite some time, Sabu took on Taz [WWF] in a classic encounter. The Sandman, Terry Funk [WCW], and Stevie Richards [WWF] battled in a match to determine who would get an ECW Heavyweight title shot. The winner of that match took on Raven for the title in the next and final match of the night. I really enjoyed this event and would recommend it to any wrestling fan to purchase on DVD. Even big fans of the WWF and WCW will recognize many superstars who appeared on this show. I gave the show four stars out of five only because of the Shane Douglas vs. Pitbull #2 mess that should have never taken place especially for as long as it did."
fmwaalex | Austin, TX USA | 09/11/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"ECW BARLEY LEGAL
I remember it like it was yesterday, ECW was a little known up and coming promotion on the east coast [how lucky was I to be living there at the time] that over time became a cult hit and went as far as to get not only pay-per-view events locked but had a weekly show on what is now Spike TV. This was that first p-p-v, and to be honest it was not the greatest event ever, but it was historic for the little company that could.
We kick things off with Joey Styles introducing the event and being interrupted by the ECW tag champs The Dudley Boys. The crowd reaction to these two is great, and shows why the Dudleys caused so much controversy while there.
1.[ECW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP]-DUDLEYS VS ELIMINATORS-this is a fairly quick bout here but it is definitely and exciting one, before and after the match are quite enjoyable as well. There are a lot of good high spots during this match, and surprisingly the Dudleys pretty much get dominated. The Eliminators take the titles and the win after a very entertaining match.4/5
Here we have a nice speech by Chris Candido talking about his accomplishments in wrestling, and not being able to perform on the card. He goes on to a cool rant on a bunch of ECW wrestlers. R.I.P. Sir.
2.ROB VAN DAM VS LANCE STORM-a battle between two of the best in my opinion who ever laced up some wrestling boots. This is a really good back and forth battle between these two, Storm is the technical of the two and Van Dam is the risk taker. That combination made for an interesting battle, a lot of people don't really like this as much as I do but I thought it was great. Van Dam takes it after a good Van Daminator. What is really cool is the rant that Van Dam lets loose on everyone, this was apart of his Mr. Monday Night persona he was doing with his trips to WWF Monday Night Raw at the time.5/5
3.GREAT SASUKE, BRAN NANIWA, MASATO YAKUSHIJI VS TERRY BOY, DICK TOGO, TAKA MICHINOKU [BWO INTERNATIONAL]-another good match up that is just as entertaining as any of the others, great showcase of other talent. I found this to be one of the most competitive bouts on the entire card. And while not as crazy as some would think this match really heats up at times and really showcases these guys well. Some of the greatest triple team moves I have seen take place during this one, one moment in particular is picture perfect. This honestly could be the most entertaining match on the card, I don't care what any one else says. Sasuke, Bran, and Masato take this well deserved win, great match.4.5/5
4.[TV CHAMPIONSHIP]-SHANE DOUGLAS VS PITBULL # 2-I have to start out saying that Shane has always been one of my favorite heels in ECW, he really can get under peoples skin and I love it. In this fight Shane puts the TV title on the line against fan favorite Pitbull # 2. This one is ok, it really is interesting more because of the story line that was involved. It is not a boring match it was just not the best on the card, the end though is great. Brian Lee and Ravishing Rick Rude take Shane out, great ending.3.5/5
5.SABU VS TAZ-this is the match that everyone wanted to see, and Taz wanted this one badly. These two extreme legends went at it in a match that was more technical then extreme, don't get me wrong it had hardcore moments. This was a great match I don't care what people say, people may hate on it because their first battle wasn't an all out extreme bout. Me personally I think that is what made this a classic, it wasn't what people expected. And after Taz wins this excellent match there is a great aftermath involving RVD.5/5
6.TERRY FUNK VS THE SANDMAN VS STEVIE RICHARDS-ever heard of a man from Texas named Terry Funk, if yes you probably heard of this match. This is one of those matches that is credited as one that made ECW what it was because of the Funker. This is by no stretch of the imagination a classic wrestling match, this is a wild brawl that makes good use of a ladder. Many fans love this match, I one of them and think it was highly entertaining. Funk goes one to win this extreme match up and get a shot at the championship. Good solid fight, and very entertaining.4.5/5
7.[ECW CHAMPIONSHIP]-RAVEN VS TERRY FUNK-Raven comes and attacks Terry right after he wins his last match. This is a match full of emotion, the fans are really into this one and keep Terry alive really. Raven really puts it on Funk in this one, and Funk is bleeding like crazy. Tommy Dreamer [an all fav of mine] is doing commentary during this match to continue his feud with Raven. And after Raven calls him out Dreamer is attacked by a Dudley, but turns it around and throws Dudley off of the balcony. After which he takes out Raven and Funk becomes the new ECW champ. I will give this one five out of five because the atmosphere and emotion of this bout were crazy.5/5
So there it is, I am sure a lot of people will disagree with some of this but that is my opinion. I found this to be a very entertaining event, and while it is not the best event held by ECW it has a special feeling about it. You can tell these guys were doing every thing they could to make this enjoyable. To all those who worked in front of or behind the scenes of ECW, I salute you for your efforts. "
D.P. | California | 05/28/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This was ECW's first PPV from the bingo hall known as the "ECW Arena" and really the event that put ECW on the map nationwide. Joey Styles did the entire PPV (with the exception of the main event) alone without a color commentator which made him the first person in history to do that.
Tag Team Champions Dudley Boyz vs. Eliminators - The Dudleys were nothing more than bodies for Eliminators to get all their high flyin' spots on. It looked pretty cool seeing heavyweights like Saturn & Kronis pull off such quick high risk moves but that's all this opening match really was...a spotfest for the Eliminators.
Rob Van Dam vs. Lance Storm - They would go on to have better matches as Storm was really "green" to the ECW enviroment (as you can see by his weak chairshots to RVD). This match is memorable for two reasons as it was the first time RVD used the "Vandaminator" as his finisher & this was the beginning of him becoming "Mr. Monday Night." (Also available on Rob Van Dam "One Of A Kind" DVD)
Great Sasuke, Bran Naniwa, Masato Yakushiji vs. bWo International (Taka Michinoku, Dick Togo, Mens Teioh) - People night recognize the bWo International team as the original members of Kaientai from WWF but if you only know them from their run there, you'll be impressed here. This match was a crusierweight six man tag that you would see in Japan & it was great quality wrestling for those who apprechiate the japanese style of wrestling. This was also the PPV debut of Taka & Great Sasuke 3 months before WWF claimed it was their PPV debut at the "Canadian Stampeed" PPV.
Television Champion Shane Douglas vs. Pitbull #2 - This match was based off the hottest angle in wrestling for the past year for the simple fact that it got more "white" heat from fans than any angle WWF or WCW had during that time period. Shane Douglas had broke the neck of cult favorite "Pitbull #1" Gary Wolfe less than a year earlier (and that's no storyline, he really did it) and Pitbull #2 had his last chance for revenge. Pitbull's style of powermoved didn't really clash well with Shane Douglas' style as the match came off sloppy at times to me. The side storyline to this match was about a masked man (believed to be Rick Rude) who was stalking Francine & if Douglas won the match, he would be unmasked. The mystery man would be revealed & who was under the mask that night would be a shock to Douglas & his "Triple Threat" faction.
Sabu vs. Taz - This was dubbed "The Grudge Match Of The Century" as Sabu & Taz had a legit beef with each other dating back to when Sabu was fired from ECW in April '95 & if was perfectly built as they didn't fight each other for over a year leading up to this match as it had a great mix of wrestling from both men along with each incorporating their styles of Sabu's high flyin' & Taz's judo martal arts submission as well. The match itself lived up to the hype eventhough they would top the match later on in ECW.
Terry Funk vs. The Sandman vs. Stevie Richards - Tommy Dreamer joined Joey Styles on commentary for this & the next match. This was also the best match Stevie Richards has had in his career. This involved barbed wire, ladders, and trash cans. Great three way dance. Various spots include Sandman whipping Funk's bare back with barbwire & also throwing a steel trash can into the ring right on Funk's head.
ECW Champion Raven vs. Terry Funk - This is one right after the other match. This was more about the emotional story of Terry Funk getting his "one last run" than a match itself. Tons of cameos by Tommy Dreamer & Raven's flock. Just a very emotional match as Terry Funk pulled off the impossible & won the World Title at ECW's biggest show at that time.
DVD extras here are the same as all the ECW PPV DVD's in that they give a storyline history & background of each match on the card.
Recently, WWE packaged this PPV with their One Night Stand 2006 DVD. The main differences between that copy & this one are that Joey Styles redid some of his commentary on the WWE DVD. Also on the WWE DVD, they included the backstage promos & interviews while this DVD didn't. As for the music & entrances, all the entrances that didn't have ECW original music were either edited out or the music was muted out & the Motorhead cover of "Enter Sandman" was dubbed over the original version. The WWE version kept the entrances but put generic music over the ECW music they didn't own (no "Enter Sandman").
It wasn't the best PPV but if your looking for one of the most emotional nights in wrestling history, you'll find it here as it had something for every different type of wrestling fan. I highly recommend. If your not sure which version to get, read above what the differences are between the two & make your own choice."