|Guilty as Charged (2001)|
The Hammerstein Ballroom.
|Promotion||Extreme Championship Wrestling|
|Date||January 7, 2001|
|City||New York, New York|
|Guilty as Charged chronology|
Guilty as Charged (2001) was the third and final Guilty as Charged professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). It took place on January 7, 2001 from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, New York. This was the final nationally and globally broadcast event held by the original and independent ECW before it filed for bankruptcy two months later.
The main event was the first and only Tables, Ladders, Chairs and Canes match in ECW history for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship, in which Steve Corino defended the title against The Sandman and Justin Credible. Sandman won the title but then immediately defended the title against Rhino, who defeated Sandman to capture the title. Rhino issued an open challenge which was answered by Rob Van Dam, but Van Dam was attacked by Jerry Lynn, leading to an immediate contest between the duo, which Van Dam won.
The event kicked off with Joel Gertner interviewing The Bad Street Boys (Christian York and Joey Matthews) in the ring until Da Baldies attacked Bad Street Boys. This led to Cyrus and Jerry Lynn beginning a match against Bad Street Boys. Lynn delivered a cradle piledriver to Matthews and Lynn pinned him for the win.
Next, Danny Doring and Roadkill defended the World Tag Team Championship against Hot Commodity (Julio Dinero and EZ Money). Chris Hamrick's interference backfired on Money, leading to Doring and Roadkill delivering a Buggy Bang to Dinero to retain the titles. After the match, Hot Commodity attacked Doring and Roadkill until Nova returned to ECW and made the save, leading to Nova facing Chris Hamrick in a match. The referee was knocked out and then Hamrick covered Nova for the pinfall and Chris Chetti returned to ECW in a referee shirt and made a fast count, awarding the win to Hamrick. However, the original referee regained consciousness and revealed that Nova had his shoulder up, therefore Chetti's decision did not stand. Lou E. Dangerously knocked out the referee with his cell phone until Spike Dudley made the save and brawled with Chetti. Nova hit a senton bomb to Chetti and delivered a Kryptonite Krunch to Hamrick for the win, with Dudley counting the pinfall.
Next, Tommy Dreamer competed against C.W. Anderson in an "I Quit" match. Anderson brought a table into the ring but Dreamer hit him with a chair and delivered a Dreamer Driver from the top rope onto the table. He then got a piece of cable from the table and wrapped it around Anderson's head and pulled it back, which cut Anderson's eyes and he quit. After the match, Dreamer and Anderson shook hands with each other.
Later, Kid Kash and Super Crazy competed against The Unholy Alliance (Yoshihiro Tajiri and Mikey Whipwreck) and The F.B.I. (Little Guido and Tony Mamaluke) in a Three-Way Dance to determine the #1 contenders for the World Tag Team Championship. Sal E. Graziano interfered in the match by splashing Kash, allowing Mamaluke to pin him for the first elimination. The action then continued between Unholy Alliance and FBI. Tajiri kicked Guido in the head three times and sprayed mist into Mamaluke's eyes. Tajiri and Whipwreck delivered tiger suplexes to Mamaluke and Guido respectively to win the match.
In the penultimate match, Balls Mahoney and Chilly Willy took on Simon and Swinger. Swinger brought out The Blue Boy and Jasmin St. Claire along with him as he was dissatisfied with Dawn Marie's managerial services. Rhino interrupted the match by taking out everyone with Gores and then he drove Jasmin from the middle rope onto a table with a Rhino Spike.
Main event match
The scheduled main event of the show was a Tables, Ladders, Chairs & Canes match, in which Steve Corino defended the ECW World Heavyweight Championship against The Sandman and Justin Credible. After a back and forth match, Sandman climbed the ladder and grabbed the title belt to win the title. After the match, all three men shook hands and then Da Baldies showed up to fight Corino and Credible and the fight spilled to the backstage. Rhino hit a Gore to Sandman from behind and challenged him to a match for the title and threatened to hurt Sandman's family in the audience if Sandman did not give him a title shot and Sandman accepted the challenge. Rhino hit a Gore through a table and then delivered a Rhino Spike from the apron onto a table outside the ring. Rhino hit a Rhino Spike to Sandman on the broken table to win the title.
After the match, Cyrus issued an open challenge to anyone on behalf of Rhino and then Rob Van Dam came out to answer the open challenge and fight Rhino until Jerry Lynn attacked him from behind. This led to a match between RVD and Lynn. RVD attempted a Five-Star Frog Splash on Lynn but Cyrus prevented it but RVD managed to hit the move but Lynn ducked it. Joel Gertner hit a DDT to Cyrus and then he helped RVD in hitting a Van Daminator to Lynn for the win.
Arnold Furious of Wrestling Recaps wrote "ECW went all out to ensure that their last show would be exciting and it was. The aim was to set for the future just in case but to blow off every feud they had in this show just in case they never got a chance to do another. Hence RVD over Lynn, Rhino over Sandman, Sandman over Corino/Credible, Tajiri/Whipwreck over FBI, Dreamer over CW and the general jobbing of Hot Commodity. It finished up all the storyline arcs they had running. The company died with its story told."
Kevin Pantoja of 411Mania gave a score rating of 5 with "Only two matches on this show are really good. The I Quit match and the Three Way Tag match are damn good. Everything else is passable, though none of it is really bad. RVD and Lynn disappoint, but this is a recommended show, even if it’s mostly for historical purposes."
Larry Csonka of 411Mania gave a score rating of 6, writing "Overall not the greatest of PPV’s. A lot doesn’t hold up well in 2005, namely the 3-way ladder match. RVD and Lynn wasn’t nearly as good as past encounters, with RVD looking very rusty and stalling too much. The I QUIT match and 3-way tag were still as good as I remember and make this a fun show. But the real reason to own this is for historical reasons. It wasn’t ran as a “final” show, but knowing that it was you just get this feeling of completion when it comes to ECW. This was truly an end of an era in pro wrestling that still has a major impact today. Recommendation to own, especially if you loved ECW."
- Arnold Furious. "ECW Gulity As Charged 2001 1/7/2001". Wrestling Recaps. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
- Kevin Pantoja (February 7, 2015). "Random Network Reviews: ECW Guilty as Charged 2001". 411Mania. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
- Larry Csonka (June 10, 2005). "Tremendous Tirades: ECW Guilty As Charged 2001". 411Mania. Retrieved 16 June 2018.