Inaugural AEW World Heavyweight Champion, Chris Jericho, has hit out against his WWE ECW One Night Stand outing with Lance Storm and the time the bout received.
On June 12, 2005, WWE shocked the world when they held a tribute show to Extreme Championship Wrestling booked by Paul Heyman with very little input from Vince McMahon or anyone running Raw or SmackDown.
The homage was designed to be an authentic ECW experience following the unbridled success of the company’s home video release, ‘The Rise and Fall of ECW’, and to this very day is widely regarded as one of the best pay-per-view events of all time despite the Raw and SmackDown invasion which sat in the rafters, became inebriated and attempted to disrupt the show.
While the premier event is best remembered for a show closing brawl between the WWE invaders and the ECW originals which ended in The Blue Meanie getting a legitimate mauling from JBL, it’s the opening match which received more castigation from one of its stars, Chris Jericho.
Pitted against his former Thrillseekers partner, Lance Storm, the pair were allocated 7:22 which the then Y2J wasn’t happy with. A sentiment he recently shared on Twitter when replying to fan who claimed the pair put on a sterling outing:
“I’ve never seen that match. I was insulted at the time they gave us and I’ve never recovered.”
I’ve never seen that match. I was insulted at the time they gave us and I’ve never recovered… https://t.co/jP0x9XjbfZ
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) February 4, 2021
While the bout undoubtedly would have been ten times better allocated another ten minutes, it was still a momentous occasion which kicked off a card that hosted Super Crazy vs. Tajiri vs. Little Guido, Rey Mysterio vs. Psychosis, Sabu vs. Rhyno, Chris Benoit vs. Eddie Guerrero, Mike Awesome vs. Masato Tanaka in a hardcore spectacle and The Dudley Boyz vs. Tommy Dreamer and The Sandman.
Such a success was the event that it spawned a sequel in 2006 which saw Rob Van Dam defeated John Cena for the WWE Championship, and a rebirth – albeit a toned down one – of the brand on WWE television.