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Match With Cesaro Saved NXT Wrestler From Getting Fired

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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (April 13, 1997) – ECW Barely Legal

On this day in Pro Wrestling history on April 13, 1997, Extreme Championship Wrestling aired their first ever PPV, titled ‘ECW Barely Legal’ LIVE from the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This PPV was highlighted by Old School NWA Legend Terry Funk trying to win the ECW World Heavyweight Championship.

Here are the full results from the event:

ECW World Tag Team Championship: The Eliminators defeated The Dudley Boyz (c)

Rob Van Dam defeated Lance Storm

The Great Sasuke, Gran Hamada & Masato Yakushiji1 defeated bWo Japan

ECW World Television Championship: Shane Douglas (c) defeated Pitbull #2

Taz defeated Sabu

Three-Way: Terry Funk defeated The Sandman and Stevie Richards

ECW World Heavyweight Championship: Terry Funk defeated Raven (c)

• Match With Cesaro Saved NXT Wrestler From Getting Fired

During a recent edition of The New Day’s Feel The Power podcast, Big E revealed that current NXT wrestler Tyler Breeze was close to getting fired from the company, but a match with the debuting Cesaro back in FCW days saved him.

Big E revealed that the way Breeze sold Cesaro’s uppercut and put him over during the match impressed WWE officials and that saved his job:

“[Breeze] didn’t have anyone who was in his corner. No one really liked him or thought much of him but I believe, if I recall correctly, he was very close to being fired and people were so impressed with the way he took that bump [from the uppercut] that [Cesaro] saved his job, legitimately saved his job with that bump, and he’s still here today.”

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