#174 – Mikey Whipwreck vs Sandman, ECW TV, October 31, 1995

Just home from WrestleMania 32, we review this classic match between Mikey and the Sandman. We also discuss our trip to Dallas and all the fun we had last weekend. Please support the show and pick up our new SEASON 4 BOX SET including two unreleased episodes of reviews for the 1987 Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team tournament and the documentary “Heroes of World Class Wrestling” available on DVD or for direct download. Please support the Old School Wrestling Podcast by visiting oldschoolwrestlingpodcast.com where you can find links to all of our great products. Thanks for listening and we’ll see you…..at the matches!

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  1. Derk says:

    It seemed like you guys had a lot of fun – and hell, I would like to be part of the WrestleMania-Weekend one day.
    Also a great episode, thank you =)

  2. Joe from Big Bean says:

    There are so many memories I have watching ECW. Even though ECW never came to St. Louis until they hit big on TNN. I watched few of the commercial tapes I bought and the pay per views over and over again. Mikey/Sandman ladder match was one of those lost gems of my youth I never got to watching until it was on YouTube.

    As far as favorite memories watching ECW one has to be from “barbwire, hoodies, and choke slam” main event Sandman-Cactus Jack barbwire match. Near the end of the match someone tossed a WCW Hulk Hogan action figure in to the ring. Joey Styles then commented “Someone through a Hulk Hogan action figure in the ring. That is the closes that clown is going to get to a barbwire match” one of my favorite lines from that tape.

    Another moment that sticks in my mind was at the first Guilty as Charged final match with Taz and Douglas at the end when Francine is in the ring confronting Sunny. Douglas picks up the head cheerleader and lifts her out of the ring, Francine beaver shots the fans at ringside. Now being 12 at the time I had to think to myself “Did I just see Francine’s lady parts?” needless to say I had to rewind the tape a number of times much like the Zapruder film. Myself and a friend who was a fan of wrestling (but not as big as myself) where auguring for couple days after whether or not the head cheerleader had underwear on or she was going commando. Needless to say because of no HD TV we filed this under the unsolved mysteries and went on our daily lives.

    I would recommend searching out non network ECW events such as “Massacre on Queens Boulevard” & “Heat Wave ‘96”.

  3. Zack LeDuc says:

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  4. Buzz Tyler's Idol says:

    May have already shared this story with you–ECW did a house show in Warner Robins, GA and a bunch of us went. They’d handed out free tickets in the schools that day, and my buddy’s son scarfed up a bunch from his friends. The ticket-takers didn’t seem real excited about us 40-year-old guys coming in on the passes from school!