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

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April 12, 2012

JOEY: What else do you remember from the night of the show?

TOMMY: I remember the excitement, the buzz, and helping backstage with everything. The show’s going along, I’m watching it, and when it came time to actually go out there, I commentated on one of the last matches which was Terry Funk vs. Sandman vs. Stevie Richards. Winner faces Raven for the ECW Title. I had never done commentary before. I had to go up to the top of the entranceway of the building to do commentary. There was a wood floor with huge cracks that you could see through to the actual streets of Philadelphia. The building did their best to make it look great on television with extra lighting and staging. Joey, did you even have a monitor?

JOEY: I did have a monitor. I believe they painted the walls black so it would look better on TV. I remember you sitting in with me, it was your first time doing commentary, you had a headset on, and Paul said…

TOMMY: I wanna tell that, hang on.

JOEY: You wanna tell it? It’s very funny. Your first time doing commentary, go ahead. So we’re sitting there.

TOMMY: I had to climb a rickety wooden ladder to get up to where we were commentating. I put the headset on. Our referees worked without earpieces. We put this show together like we always did. The only person who had an earpiece was our ring announcer, and he put it in his ear that he was deaf in, so it didn’t even work. I put the headset on, and Paul E. says, "Hey Tommy, it’s Paul. Can you hear me?" And I said, "Yes." Then he says, "Tommy, you are live on the air. Whatever you say into the headset goes on the air." And I go, "Okay." Paul says, "Tommy, please stop speaking to me. I’m making sure you can hear me." So I just gave a thumbs-up, and my first words on-air were me speaking to Paul in the back on a live headset.

JOEY: I tried asking you questions.

TOMMY: You made history to be the first commentator to do a pay-per-view all by yourself. You were trying to feed me questions, but I was trying to think and getting lost in the emotion to the point where I told you to shut up because I was watching the match. I had to remember what I needed to go out there and do, so I just told you to shut up.

JOEY: I would still argue it was better than Mike Adamle, the man who replaced me on WWECW.

TOMMY: I chokeslammed Big Dick Dudley off the entranceway, and then helped Terry Funk win the ECW Title. The place erupted. Everything went great. Then the lights blew. The building could not handle the amount of power and electricity that was required for a live pay-per-view.

JOEY: Yup, five seconds after we went off the air the generators blew.

TOMMY: If that would have happened on the air we would have been screwed, but it was the luck of the ECW magic.

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