Joey Styles and Tommy Dreamer celebrate the 15th anniversary of ECW Barely Legal

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April 12, 2012

TOMMY: Talk about doing a pay-per-view started around ’96. From when the buzz started it was almost a year in the making.

JOEY: What do you remember from the night of Barely Legal? After all you had done you weren’t actually on the card, but you played a role in the show.

TOMMY: Leading up to it, Paul told me I was not going to be on the first pay-per-view, and I was devastated. He said, "I got a better idea for you." And me being the martyr and the heart and soul of ECW, I gave up my shot on the pay-per-view for my mentor Terry Funk, which was going to be his last big chance to win the ECW Title. We had so much emotion going into that pay-per-view. Not only it being our first, but also Terry Funk walking to his father’s gravesite and saying, "I’m not a young man anymore, I’m an old man. But I’m gonna do this for you. I’m gonna do this for the Funk name. I’m gonna do this for ECW." Great stuff. We had done a party to honor Terry Funk the night before, which I was in charge of.

JOEY: We did the first of many retirement dinners.

TOMMY: It was a great weekend. What WWE does now with Axxess, we did way before with ECW. We had a dinner, we had fans coming for autographs, we did all of that stuff.

JOEY: What do you remember about the rest of the card? We opened the show with a great ECW-style match.

TOMMY: The first match I knew was going to be really good, The Eliminators vs. The Dudleys. That set the tone. It was a hard-hitting match, the tag team titles changed hands, and I remember the place going nuts. You talk about importance of that pay-per-view? Bubba Ray Dudley had broken his ankle a week before, and was in a cast. He was told he needed to keep the cast on. So we were going to put somebody else in there with Devon instead, but Bubba said "I’m wrestling on this first pay-per-view." He sawed off his cast to wrestle. And now when Bubba walks he has his foot turned to the left and has a bad ankle, but that’s how much it meant to him. He didn’t miss a beat. And trust me, that’s a lot of weight on that ankle. (WATCH PLAYLIST)

JOEY: And, of course, if there’s one match people remember from that show it was Tazz vs. Sabu.

TOMMY: Think of this concept – a one year buildup for a match, and the fans finally get it on pay-per-view. I wonder where that just happened, ahem, at WrestleMania 28? But Tazz and Sabu never touched. It was a one-year wait to see these two guys go at it. There was also Shane Douglas vs. Pitbull No. 2 after Shane had broken Pitbull No. 1’s neck. We imported Japanese guys from Michinoku Pro to come in just to show the world a different style. And a great Lance Storm vs. Rob Van Dam match.

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