ECW One Night Stand 2006 Review
Following the tremendous success of the original One Night Stand in 2005, 2006 saw the second coming of the event when it returned to the Hammerstein Ballroom but this time with a difference. This marked the resurgence of ECW as an individual brand within the WWE. For this, Rob Van Dam was determined to take some credibility with him to ECW and cashed in his Money in the Bank contract against John Cena with the WWE Championship on the line. Boundaries were pushed, which was highlighted by the return of Terry Funk who proved he was loonier with age. The OSR looks back fondly with the One Night Stand 2006 Review…
We go straight inside the Hammerstein Ballroom with a very hostile ECW crowd chanting their legendary E-C-W chant before Paul E. Heyman makes his way to the ring, to an incredible reaction. He thanks those who wanted to be hardcore, not superstars and how it has once again risen again. He talks about the permanent return of ECW with their weekly programme on SyFy and how it happened because of the fans. He then thanks the fans for making it happen, to which he receives an incredible reaction. The opening promo for the event is then shown with various ECW moments through time, with an almost retro feel to it which is quite cool. We then go back inside the Hammerstein Ballroom with our commentator for the evening, Joey Styles before we quickly go to the first match of the evening;
Inter-promotional Match: Tazz (ECW) vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler (WWE)
Tazz makes his way to the ring first, receiving a really good reaction before Lawler makes his way out, slapping Joey Styles across the face in the process. Lawler then makes his way into the ring to confront Tazz, but is quickly apprehended by Joey Styles who he attempts to piledrive. This allows Tazz to get him quickly from behind, and lock in the Tazzmission to pick up a very quick win in a little bit of a pointless match but credit where it is due, it definitely had great chemistry.
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
After the match, a highlights package from the recent WWE vs ECW show is shown, which shows The Big Show defecting to ECW before we return to the arena where Joey Styles has now being joined by Tazz for commentary for the evening as we go to the next match of the evening.
Inter-promotional Match: Kurt Angle (ECW) vs. Randy Orton (WWE)
Both men make their way to the ring, with Orton receiving a typically terrible reaction from those in attendance. The match gets underway very slowly with a series of basic wrestling holds which does not impress those in attendance as they shout various insults and expletives at Orton. They seem okay towards Angle, but not overly receptive. Between them, they have a really good match which is fundamentally a great wrestling match with the end coming with a variety of near finishes which eventually sees Angle lock in the Ankle Lock to pick up the win. After the bell, he receives a cracking ovation as he displays a new, vicious persona. After the match, Orton demands to be aided to the back by two officials to which the crowd just chant “pussy” at him…
Winner: Kurt Angle
Match Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 Stars