Okay, so let me first start off by saying I really should have reviewed this show earlier. The day after it was made available, I purchased it, and it has sat on my hard drive, waiting for me to get to it ever since. Life, as it tends to do, got in the way. Chinlock.com, thanks to all of you, has really taken off (especially over the past 3 months), and making sure the site runs smoothly has taken over nearly all of the time I have dedicated to the site. In addition, my girlfriend and I recently found out we’re expecting a baby (due in July), to add to our rapidly expanding family of two boys already (we’re really exciting, and really hoping for a girl!)
So, it’s with a bit of embarrassment that I admit that this was put on the back burner, and it really shouldn’t have been. This was, BY FAR, the best House of Hardcore yet. Top to bottom, the show was excellent. The production values matched (or, in many cases, exceeded) the first edition of House of Hardcore, and blew the second House of Hardcore out of the water. Clocking in at about 2 and a half hours, time flew by as I watched this, and fondly made me remember why I enjoyed ECW PPV’s all those years ago.
So, without further ado, here is my review of House of Hardcore 3. I’m sorry it took so long, Tommy. Please accept my sincerest apologies, and if it makes you feel any better, you’re welcome to give Jan a Dreamer Driver the next time you see him.
House of Hardcore 3 Results:
Sonjay Dutt defeated Ben Ortiz with a backflip double stomp off the top rope.
Matt Striker defeated Lance Anoa’i via rollup.
Carlito and Rosita defeated Lisa Marie Varon and Stevie Richards when Rosita hit a moonsault on Stevie Richards.
Vik Dalishius won an over-the-top-rope Battle Royal.
MVP defeated Big XLG (Luke Gallows) with a running Shining Wizard.
Devon and Matt Hardy defeated Eddie Kingston and Homicide
Rhino defeated Kevin Steen with a Gore.
Tony Nese defeated Alex Reynolds and Petey Williams with a 450 Splash on Reynolds.
Tommy Dreamer and Terry Funk defeated Lance Storm and X-Pac via Ladder Airplane Spin by Terry Funk.
House of Hardcore HITS and MISSES:
Tony Nese vs. Alex Reynolds vs. Petey Willams: Like every House of Hardcore that preceded it, this was the match of the night, and it wasn’t even close. Petey Williams is always entertaining, and Tony Nese has a star quality that has yet to be discovered by a major national promotion, but once it is found, they can exploit it on a much larger stage. Fast-paced, and free-flowing, this match was my favourite of the series of three that these three men have had. Bonus points go to Alex Reynolds for hitting a picture perfect Canadian Destroyer on Petey Willams. Far and away the best match on the card.
Rhino vs. Kevin Steen: Kevin Steen has found his stride, and his confidence is very clear. As such, he was able to hang with Rhino in a knock-em-down-drag-em-out brawl that was a great throw back to some of the out-of-control mayhem of some of ECW’s finest Pay Per Views of old. Plenty of stiff chairshots, spine bending slams, and plunder to keep everyone happy. A very fun hardcore match.
Tommy Dreamer and Terry Funk vs. Lance Storm and X-Pac: Not so much a hit for match quality, because as you can imagine, Terry Funk was limited in his role. But, at 70 years old, he still every bit looks the crazed Terry Funk that I remember as a kid, and that’s what was important in this match. This was a showcase of respect for the legendary Funker, and it was a lot of fun to watch.
Big XLG vs. MVP: Luke Gallows looks like a complete beast. I’ll never understand why he hasn’t been given serious consideration in the past. And MVP is MVP. Probably just hitting his prime in-ring years now, he looked excellent in this match. It was a classic mix of styles with MVP’s strikes countering Big XLG’s power, and made for a fun 10 minute match that was well worked, and perfectly placed on the card.
Stevie Richards and Lisa Marie Varon vs. Carlito and Rosita: As close to a comedy match as we got on the card, everyone here had the opportunity to shine. Carlito checking out Rosita at every given opportunity popped me a number of times, and the chemistry that Victoria/Richards shared in WWE was still present and viable in their reunion at House of Hardcore. Stevie Richards is in the best shape of his life, as is Carlito, and Victoria has always been one of my all-time favourite women’s wrestlers. Check this one out, too, if you’re given the chance.
Matt Striker on commentary: Matt Striker replaced Danny Doring on commentary about half way through the show, and brought a whole new level of excellence to the event. I could listen to Striker talk about wrestling all day long, because I can tell by the passion he displays in his words that he’s a student of the wrestling much like myself. EVERYTHING is wrestling. It was born into my blood, and I could watch tapes for hours, and hours, and hours. Striker’s passion strikes me as being very similar, and the delivery of commentary he employs draws a viewer in. His voice, alone, made good seem great, and great seem unbelievable.
House of Hardcore MISSES:
Over-The-Top Battle Royal: It wasn’t all perfect. Nothing else was “bad” enough to warrant a miss, but this battle royal was atrocious. It was presented as a battle royal featuring students of Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore wrestling school in Poughkeepsie, NY, but there were several appearances by ECW veterns, including Spike Dudley, Little Guido, and Danny Doring. In my opinion, a number of the students weren’t ready to have the spotlight shone on them so brightly, and their performances made the battle royal feel second rate (and not worthy of being included amongst so many other good matches). Just a number of cringe-worthy botches that should have been left on the editing room floor.
House of Hardcore’s official website is www.houseofhardcore.net (if you go to .com, you’ll be in for a nasty surprise), and DVD’s of all three events can be purchased there, through affiliate RF Video.