• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (July 19, 1997) – Heatwave 1997
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on July 19, 1997, ECW hosted “Heatwave 1997” in the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The show was main evented by 2 Steel Cage matches, the first one was a Co-Main Event for the ECW World Tag Team Championship, while the last match of the evening featured WWF Superstar Jerry “The King” Lawler in a 6 man Cage match.
This ECW event isn’t remembered by many as it never made it to a VHS or DVD release, but 2 important things still happened that night: The Gangstas captured Tag Team Gold, while Rick Rude turned on his two team partners Tommy Dreamer & The Sandman.
Here’s the card including the results:
– Handicap match
Mikey Whipwreck & Spike Dudley defeated PG-13 & Jason Knight
– Axl Rotten defeated Tracy Smothers
– John Kronus defeated Pablo Marquez
– Bam Bam Bigelow & Chris Candido defeated Balls Mahoney & Chris Chetti
– ECW World Television Championship
Taz (c) defeated Lance Storm
– ECW World Heavyweight Championship
Terry Funk (c) defeated Shane Douglas via DQ
– Steel Cage match – ECW World Tag Team Championship
The Gangstas defeated The Dudley Boyz (c)
– Steel Cage match
Jerry Lawler & Rob Van Dam & Sabu vs. Rick Rude & The Sandman & Tommy Dreamer ended in a no contest
• RAW Star Calls Out The Rock, Mocks Him On Twitter
RAW Superstar Elias appeared on Busted Open Radio last week. Elias discussed being compared to The Rock and his live performances. He also called out The Great One to show him how it’s really done.
“I am well aware of all the things The Rock has done in the wrestling business and just in life, man. The guy is just a next level human being. You know but I always get these comparisons because he played guitar a few times on television or whatever.
I just want to throw this out there – he’s done that five times, maybe six times or something like that on WWE television on Monday Night RAW, but Rock if you’re out there listening, I’m doing it every single week.
I’m doing it in front of millions of people around the world every single week. I’m doing in front of tens of thousands in person live at every show I go to. So why don’t you come, walk with Elias and I can show you how it’s really done.”
As we previously reported, The Rock told Cathy Kelley in his recent interview that he can’t wait to return to a WWE ring. Elias can be a pretty great opponent for the former WWF Champion if he ever returns for a match.
After calling out The Rock during his interview on Thursday, Elias took to Twitter to call out The Great One again.
Thus sayeth Elias:
I have seen the future..
Please donate to Rocky Maivia (aka @TheRock)..
— Elias (@IAmEliasWWE) July 14, 2018
Will The Rock accept his challenge? Time will tell what’s in store for Elias.