54. Axl Rotten vs Ian Rotten (Taipai Death Match, ECW Hardcore Heaven 1995)

Having barbed wire matches is one thing. Having a ‘Taipai Death Match’ is another. A ‘Taipai Death Match’ (of which this is the first and last example) involves botch competitors warrping their hands in bandages, dipping their hands into glue, then dipping their hands into broken glass. So, if you’ve seen the last fight of Kickboxer, that’s the gimmick for this match. But don’t expect fancy fight choreography and someone doing the splits. Just expect lots of ultraviolent spilling of blood.

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47. The Sandman (c) vs Cactus Jack (Barbed Wire match for the ECW Championship, ECW Barbed Wire, Hoodies and Chokeslams 1995)

I happened to come across another barbed wire match whilst perusing ECW matches on the WWE Network. Rather than Sabu or Terry Funk, this was pits ECW World Champion The Sandman against none other than Cactus Jack! This was two years before that bloody, ultraviolent match. Sabu tore his bicep open, and in the end both ended up so entangled in barbed wire that they could barely finish the match. How does this barbed wire match compare to that one?

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28. Sabu vs Terry Funk (Barbed Wire Match, ECW Born to be Wired 1997)

Sometimes, you’ve just got to wonder…why? Why do these wrestlers subject themselves to such pain? Mankind being thrown 15 feet off the top of a cell…Mankind being slammed on thumbtacks….Mankind being thrown on barbed wire…Pretty much anytime Mankind was involved in a match, actually! But, of course, there are other wrestlers willing to endure inhuman amounts of pain. And in ECW, two of the most insane wrestlers of all time competed in a Barbed Wire Rope match. The results…hard to watch!

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19. Steve Corino vs Dusty Rhodes (Texas Bullrope Match, ECW Living Dangerously 2000)

Yes! Let’s move away from WWE to…ECW! I’m watching it on the WWE Network, of course. With fifteen minutes to spare, I looked at the ‘Superstar Picks’ section of the Network, and found this one. Here, Kevin Owens picks Steve Corino vs Dusty Rhodes in a Bullrope Match. Just over ten minutes later, I wondered why Owens had chosen it…

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Review: WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches To See Before You Die: #39 Eddie Guerrero vs. Dean Malenko (ECW Television Title, ECW Hardcore TV, May 2, 1995)

(Here’s the link for the match on the WWE Network: http://network.wwe.com/video/v36894069/?contentId=36894069&contextType=wwe-show&contextId=ecw_hardcore_tv )

I can’t believe we are up to #39 and it’s Eddie Guerrero’s first appearance in the Best 100…List! For a man WWE fans (and WWE hold in general) hold in great veneration, over a decade after his death, I’m surprised he isn’t a regular on the WWE Network’s 100 Best Matches…List. He’s only on it twice! That other match against Rey Mysterio, ranked at #5, is a stone cold classic (click here for my review). This match is against Dean Malenko. Everytime he pops up I’m shocked that WWE remembered he existed. Just look at how he was treated during his WWE in-ring career. However, he was incredible in the ring. And so was Eddie Guerrero. In this ECW television match, Guerrero and Malenko put on a wrestling clinic. It is beautiful to behold! Continue reading

Review: WWE Network’s Best 100 Matches: #86 Yoshihiro Tajiri vs Super Crazy (ECW Guilty as Charged 1999)

ECW was/is renowned for its hard-core, brutal style. However, Paul Heyman knew that brutality and bloodshed couldn’t be the only selling point for ECW. Thus, being the clever guy he is, he showcased most styles of wrestling in his promotion. And this match, Super Crazy vs Yoshirio Tajiri, is one of the best mixtures of lucha and Japanese wrestling that you will see! Continue reading