After watching some of the other ECW guys on the indy scene have messy matches that seem sloppy and lazy, it's fun to see these guys go all out and make things messy in a good way. A way that feels really out of control at times and even a bit dangerous for the fans (I would not want to be that close to light tube shots). It's total anarchy, but everyone hits their stuff. Great brawl.
Give it to ICW - the production is at least good enough that you can hear the promo, beating most of the indies we've seen on this project.
Tammy legit is dressed like she's going to walk the dog.
Candido turning on Balls is really poorly disguised. At least it keeps Da Baldies match short. Kash comes in and it leads to an impromptu match, as we're not just using ECW talent but booking tropes as well. The energy is good, but this is sloppy. The Equalizer comes in and makes himself the ref while also turning this into a handicap match - this is pointlessly convoluted, especially since none of these guys would even be on the next show. And more run-ins! The Nutcracker Suite from Balls looks pretty great, though.
Really excited to dive into the UCW / ICW stuff from this year, as this was the promotion that really started me down the indy wrestling rabbit hole in 2001.I didn't go to my first show until June, but I went back and saw these tapes pretty quickly after that.
Cagematch has this show as Red's first ever - while he probably worked some small indies before this, this is definitely his first show on any sort of stage, and the same for Joel Maximo. The crowd is already losing their mind for Red's highspots - the Red Star Press gets a giant reaction, and his dive gets a "holy shit" chant. Worth enduring the awful announcers just to hear the crowd reactions. Terrific star making performances for both guys, but Red especially. Hard to explain if you're seeing this stuff for the first time now how mind blowing Red was in 2001.