Rhino vs The Sandman – ECW Hardcore Heaven 2000

Rhino (c) vs The Sandman

ECW World Television Championship

05/14/2000

The Rave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

(reviewed 09/01/2018) An utter mess and a mess I loved. The Sandman’s real hit or miss, even in a plain ol’ brawling situation, but he always seems to bring this weird valiant resolve whenever his family is involved in storylines and that’s what we get here. Back at Living Dangerously Steve Corino insulted the Sandman’s wife, Lori Fullington, and it eventually resulted in Rhino goring her through a table. She unsurprisingly gets involved here and meets a similar fate and along the way there’s plenty of crowd-hugging punch-kick action and a few of the grossest piledrivers ECW’s ever seen. Hell of a time.

HOW DOES THIS COMPARE TO SHAWN VS TAKER FROM WM25: I want to argue it, and I think I could probably get there in the end, but no, this match isn’t better than Shawn/Taker. It doesn’t build to its big spots nearly so well and while they had me cackling, they also weren’t nearly so effecting as the best stuff from the two Texans.

VERDICT: Worse than Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker from WrestleMania 25

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