Episode #23 – Sabu vs Funk BORN TO BE WIRED Mini-cast!

We review a classic ECW match in which a 60+ year old man gets his flesh ripped off by barbed wire and we learn that someone’s Mom bought their son this video for Christmas.


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  1. I only have one correction this time: Funk was 53 or 54 for this match, not 65.

    Now that that’s out of the way…

    I loved Dre’s impression of his mom. Born to be Weird = priceless.

    The Doctor is in is the first ECW show I ever saw. We borrowed the tape from a friend’s friend and my brother rolled onto the remote control while sleeping and accidentally taped over the last minutes of the RVD vs. Sabu match with the Spice Girls 2 Become 1 video. It was pretty embarrassing giving the tape back to the friend of a friend I borrowed it from.

    This match is awesome because of the presentation and emotion it stirs up. I certainly wasn’t sure if I ever wanted to see it again after seeing it for the first time. I have seen it since though and it holds up over time.

  2. Black Cat says:

    I liked The Doctor Is In because of the Sabu RVD match but I was also a huge Dr Death mark when I was a kid. i think I got the Born to be Wired match from a mutual friend, Hardcore.

    And I’m not sure what emotion you’re talking about if it’s not complete horror and disgust. 😉 Hope this podcast was everything you were hoping for as I know you were looking forward to it.

  3. By emotion I meant that horror feeling that “oh crap, something baaaaaaaaaad’s gonna happen to one of these guys, if not both of them”.

  4. trak9 says:

    I believe Terry Funk wanted to bring an exploding ring match to the ECW arena. When that didn’t happen I’m sure they did this match instead.

  5. Uncle Soda says:

    I haven’t seen this, and your description of Sabu’s bleeding bicep made think that’s probably a good thing. I love both Funk and Sabu (including his “botched” spots) but that part sounds disgusting. It was fun to listen too, though. So I lift my hat, Terry Funk stylee, and say thanks for another top notch podcast experience, guys.

  6. Dean Stahl says:

    The injury to Sabu’s bicep kept him wearing the strip of cloth over the scar form then on, didn’t it?

    Today, I just facepalm over Sabu’s garbage style of match, but then, it was intense and brutal, or so it seemed.

    I love your show, fellas! (Oh man, I’m suddenly Sheamus!)