CZW 9/13 ECW Arena results: A night of the grotesque, the controversial...
» On Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 9:29 AM EST
CZW September 13th ECW Arena results
With moments that were grotesque...moments that were controversial...a moment that brought a surprising return...and more than a few moments of excellent wrestling along the way, CZW returned to the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, PA last night in front of a crowd of 550-600 with an Iron Man Tournament that made up the bulk of last night "CZW Redesigned".
But even with a night of excellent wrestling featuring All Japan Pro Wrestling Junior Heavyweight Champion Kendo Ka Shin, Jimmy Rave, Tony Mamaluke, and the returning Chris Hero, the two most remembered moments would likely be the moment of controversy late in the show, and the moment that bordered on the grotesque in the angle conculding the show involving Messiah and Hi-Five and Zandig.
The evening with a non-kayfabed tribute from the entire locker room to the victims of 9/11 with an American flag and a moment of silence.
CZW "Redefined" show
Iron Man Tournament matches/First round
Iron Man Tournament matches/Semi-finals
Iron Man Tournament matches/Finals
Now for the controversy...
As the match was ready to start...and Trent Acid's music played...suddenly everything stopped. Announcer Robby Mireno made an excuse to the crowd, the ring was swept (it didn't need sweeping), and another intermission took place. Without being too descriptive, let's just say that a certain wrestler was threatening to "lose his smile" backstage, which was the cause of the delay. Part of the problem was that many people in the crowd figured this fact out, a fact which wasn't helped by a member of the State Athletic Commission verbally confirming their suspicions.
Finally...things started again. In the tournament final, Trent Acid defeated Nick Gage and Jimmy Rave in a Three–Way 20 minute Iron Man (most falls) match to become the new CZW Iron Man champion.
Rave locked Acid in a Crippler Crossface, with the crowd chanted for Acid to tap, the bell ran for the time limit won the match 2 pinfalls to the 1 pinfall each for Rave and Gage.
Then the fun started.
A sizable section of the crowd were furious, beginning when Acid got the two quick pinfalls. After the bell rang, they began angrily booing and audibly chanted "Do the job" and "Triple H" (implying that he wouldn't do jobs) at Acid.
HI-V came in the ring to celebrate as they have all the promotion's championships in the stable except for the CZW Junior Heavyweight championship.
Now...for the grotesque.
CZW champion The Messiah was scheduled to face John Zandig in an "Unsanctioned Match" for the main event. Instead, what followed was a bizarre and grotesque spectacle.
Zandig's music "Youth Gone Wild" played, but he never came out. Suddenly, the crowd heard a loud commotion backstage, which was heel stable Hi-Five attacking Zandig and beating him with light tubes and sending him what I believe was a framed piece of glass (in a way to get around the Pennsylvania State Commission rules).
As the crowd started to get restless, they finally brawled out to the ring. One CZW security worker was beaten bloody, and forced to put a ladder up. CZW's photographer and jack-of all-trades Mark "Whacks" Pantalone, was also beaten up and threatened "to do it".
"It" was a suspension. Zandig was pierced with hooks through his back, and hung with both feet off the ground from a chain hanging down from the Arena ceiling (hokked into the device by the hooks in his back), and was beaten some more by Hi-Five.
Messiah did a promo claiming that Hi-Five was taking over the company. This got heel heat, but the most obvious reaction was a crowd stunned by the spectacle.
Messiah screamed at the crowd to leave the building, with security assisting (obviously so Zandig could be lowered without throwing kayfabe out the window) and the evening came to an end.
CZW returns to the ECW Arena on October 11 with IWA's Jimmy Jacobs and Alex Shelley debuting.