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ECW Barely Legal (1997) Poster

(1997 TV Special)

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The match between Taz and Sabu was named "The Grudge Match of the Century".
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Terry Funk replaced Tommy Dreamer in the triple threat elimination match due to Dreamer being injured.
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During the build to the PPV, a masked man who was believed to be Rick Rude was threatening "The Franchise" Shane Douglas and promised to unmask if Douglas successfully defended his ECW World Television Championship against Pitbull #2 (w/Pitbull #1) at the PPV. Douglas won his match, and what was believed to be Rude's voice came over the sound system, saying that he'd take his mask off, but Douglas has to "give up the girl" (Francine) or he'd give Douglas "the ass-kicking of a lifetime." The masked man then walked out in Rude's trademark robe. Shane pushed Francine toward him. The masked man kissed Francine, who, believing it was Rude, appeared to pass out in delight. Then, one of Douglas' riot guards took off his helmet, revealing himself to be Rick Rude. The masked man unmasked and took off his robe, revealing, instead, Douglas' Triple Threat ally "Bulldozer" Brian Lee, who then chokeslammed Douglas. Douglas, Chris Candido and a clearly disgusted Francine ran off, vowing revenge.
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Final ECW appearances for Brian Lee, the Bruise Brothers, Gran Hamada, Dick Togo, Men's Teioh and Taz's Team Taz entourage. Lee and the Bruise Brothers jumped to WWE and became Chainz, 8-Ball and Skull of the Disciples of Apocalypse with Crush (Brian Adams). Hamada, Togo and Teioh went back to Japan, with Togo and Teioh later going on to WWE in 1998. As for Team Taz, Danny Morrison became "Dastardly" Danny Doring, Michael DePoli became Roadkill (later Amish Roadkill based on a suggestion from Al Snow), Chris Chetti and Tom Marquez competed as themselves, and John Curse and Matt Kuma left ECW altogether.
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This was the first professional wrestling pay-per-view event held by Extreme Championship Wrestling. It took place on 13 April 1997 from the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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There were two dark matches before the show (matches shown only to the audience at the arena and not on PPV). Louie Spicoli (Louis Mucciolo) defeated Balls Mahoney (Jonathan Rechner) in the first match. Chris Chetti and JT Smith (John Smith) defeated the FBI ("The Big Don" Tommy Rich and "The Extreme Stud" Little Guido Maritato (James Maritato)) in the second one.
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This show marked the PPV debuts for all the wrestlers except for Shane Douglas, who debuted at WCW/NWA WrestleWar (1989); Sabu (Terry Brunk), who debuted at WCW Halloween Havoc 1995 (1995); Terry Funk, who debuted at WWF: The Wrestling Classic (1985); and Raven (Scott Levy), who debuted at WCW Wrestle War (1992) under the name Scotty Flamingo.
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The show nearly was knocked off the air due to a power issue. ECW never held another PPV at the ECW Arena after this one because of it.
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Reggie Bennett's only appearance in ECW.
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Masato Yakushiji replaced Gran Naniwa, making his only appearance in the U.S.
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As acknowledged by Joey Styles, Big Dick Dudley made his return from jail here. It was the first and last time since the end of 1995 that he was in any way affiliated with Raven, as the Dudleys had left Raven's Nest at the start of 1996.
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Brian Lee and the Bruise Brothers' last-ever appearances in ECW.
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