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By Mike Johnson on 2015-06-15 14:40:16

Note: I've been lax in covering the House of Hardcore TV series due to some personal developments (all positive) in my life of late that have made my world a little crazy.  That should settle down by the first week of July, but until then I'll be doing my best to catch up.  Here is a look at House of Hardcore episodes 2 and 3.  Tomorrow, I will catch up on Episodes 4 and 5, which will bring us up to date.

HOUSE OF HARDCORE EPISODE 2 - The Fight Network 5/20/15

The show opened with announcers Daniel Morrison (ECW's Danny Doring, introduced as a former World Tag Team champion) and Vic Travagliante thanking everyone for tuning in.  They previewed that tonight Alex Reynolds would be facing Tony Nese with their trainer Mikey Whipwreck as the guest referee.  Doring noted that they were in the Mid-Hudson Civic Center, with all that history and now they have the pressure of going to make their name with their trainer watching.

Alex Reynolds vs. Tony Nese with Mikey Whipwreck as the special referee.

This is material from the first HOH show, so same crappy camera angles as episode one.

They did some nice back and forth wrestling early on.  Reynolds shoulderblocked Nese down but Nese came back with a spinkick.  Nese wanted to come off the top but Reynolds rolled out of the ring.  Back in the ring, Reynolds cut off Nese and worked him over, yelling at Whipwreck as he did. Nese went into this awesome series of offensive maneuvers and hit a great tope to the floor.  The place erupted and went nuts.  They chanted, "This is awesome" and "HOH."

Nese tossed Reynolds in and went for a double springboard moonsault but Reynolds pulled his knees up.  He tossed Nese rudely to the floor and worked him over, then brought him back in for a two count.  Reynolds hit a hangman's neckbreaker for another two count.  Reynolds went for a roll up off the ropes but Nese held on.  Nese still caught him with a kick for a two count.    They continued back and forth with some great wrestling.  Nese hit an awesome back suplex with a bridge for a two count.

Nese began drilling Reynolds with a series of kicks to the chest.  Nese powerbombed Reynolds into the corner and hit a big boot for another two count.  The crowd chanted, "This is awesome" and they were right.  Nese missed a 450 splash.  Reynolds drilled him with a forearm and nailed a lungblower to the chest for another two count.   Nese was worked over but nailed a reverse rana and then drilled him with a flying knee to the face.  Nese went to the top but Reynolds crotched him.  Reynolds had words with Whipwreck who finally nailed him with the Whippersnapper.  Nese hit the 450 splash and scored the pin.

Your winner, Tony Nese!

Excellent match with some good back and forth wrestling.  The crowd really came alive after the Nese offensive flurry leading into the tope.  Reynolds showed some good heel swagger here.

They aired a commercial for the hororor film "No Mercy" starring the immortal Kane Hodder with Tommy Dreamer also featured in a role.

They aired a House of Hardcore 9 promo for the Toronto debut on 7/18.

The announcers noted that Tony Nese has been signed for the Toronto debut as have Rhino and The Young Bucks.  Vic Travagliante then announced that Tommy Dreamer, the "Innovator of Offense" (?!) is signed.  Morrison pointed out it was Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore, so of course he will appear.  They then set up the next match, Scott Steiner vs. Doc Gallows.

Scott Steiner vs. Doc Gallows (with Eddie Kingston)

Scott Steiner came to the ring for a promo.  He said that he wanted to know where his freaks were at.  He said that he wanted to thank everyone for following him on Twitter.  He said he's been telling the truth about Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff are, so now he's in a lawsuit.  Out came Luke Gallows with Eddie Kingston, so they cut off the promo.  Gallows and Steiner began brawling and they rang the bell.  Steiner clotheslined him over the top to the floor as they went to commercial.

 When they returned, Steiner worked Gallows over with chops in the corner and clotheslined him down for a two count.  Steiner did push-ups to mock him.

They battled to the floor and around ringside.  Gallows was whipped into the guard rail.  Steiner nailed him over the head with a hard plastic chair (not a bendable one) and grabbed a cane from a fan at ringside and nailed Gallows with it.  He then nailed him with the ring bell and slammed him into a guard rail.  They continued brawling around ringside until Steiner tossed him back into the ring.  

Steiner nails a suplex for a two count.  Steiner's leg was grabbed by Kingston, allowing Gallows to work over Steiner with punches and choked him against the ropes.   Gallows nailed a guillotine legdrop off the apron on Steiner, who's neck was exposed.  Galllows worked over Sreiner on the floor.  He returned the receipt, nailing Steiner with the chair.

 Rick Steiner came out and checked on Scott.  The announcers noted HOH was "surprise city." He chased Kingston around the ring.  Back inside the ring, Gallows continued to work over Scott and nailed a sideslam for a two count.  He dropped an elbow but Scott rolled out of the way.  Steiner mounted a comeback with a series of rights and clotheslines.  He smashed Gallows into the buckles.  Gallows reversed a whip but was kicked off and nailed with a belly to belly suplex.

Gallows drilled Steiner with an elbow as he charged and came off the ropes.  Steiner caught him and nailed an overhead belly to belly suplex.  Gallows caught him with a DDT for a two count.  Steiner went for a suplex off the ropes but Kingston nailed him.  Gallows came off the top with a big elbow for a two count.  Rick chased Kingston into the ring and the Steiners hit stereo Steinerlines.  Scott pinned Gallows and celebrated with his brother.

Your winner, Scott Steiner!

Entertaining brawl.  Funny to see Scott rip on Hogan and Bischoff while he's being sued.  He really has no fear.  Really entertaining with everyone doing their job well.  Kingston was a hell of a corner man.

The announcers noted that Steiner was a freak of nature and you'll never, ever know who's going to show up on 7/19.  Vic again said "Innovator of Offense."  Morrison pointed out Dreamer was standing just off camera and it's actually "Innovator of Violence." Vic apologized and said he hoped that didn't come back to get him in the paycheck.  They sent it to the main event.

Tommy Dreamer vs. Mike Knuxxx vs. Carlito Colon.

The announcers the name changes, stating they now have their legal bases covered.

Dreamer and Knox went back and forth until Dreamer clotheslined him over the top.  Carlito and Dreamer faced off.  Carlito hit a springboard moonsault over Dreamer and dropkicked him.  Knox charged Carlito and Carlito nailed a drop toehold. 

Carlito ate apple and spit it on Knox.   Dreamer picked it up and ate some of it.  Knox clotheslined them both.  They battled to the floor, where Dreamer got dropped over the railing. Dreamer came back and rang the ring bell over Carlito's nether-regions

Dreamer tossed a chair into the ring and tried to nail Carlito into it.  He blocked it and drop toe-holded Dreamer into the chair.  Knox returned to the ring and nailed a big boot on Knox.

Carlito went under the ring and pulled a ladder into the ring.  He placed it into a corner and rammed Dreamer into it.  He then dropkicked Knox into the ladder, which snapped in half.  Carlito charged and Knox backdropped Carlito into the ladder, then speared Dreamer.

Dreamer nailed an awesome DDT on Knox, who landed standing upside down before going over.  Dreamer set up a table on the outside.  He tried to suplex Carlito over the ropes through the table but Carlito escaped and nailed Dreamer with a series of rights.  Dreamer nearly went off the apron but caught Carlito with a DVDR off the apron through the table.

Dreamer grabbed a cane from under the ring but was kicked by Knox.  Dreamer set the ladder on the apron and tried to use it as a base to superplex Knox.  He got crotched through the ladder.  Carlito nailed the Backstabber while Dreamer was still hooked in the ladder.  Knox went off the top with a flying legdrop but missed.  Carlito covered Dreamer, still hooked in the ladder, and scored the pin.

Your winner, Carlito!

Really good match.  It was actually the hardest I've ever seen Carlito or Knox ever work and for Carlito, that includes a few Wrestlemanias.

The announcers signed off and thanked everyone for watching and pushed the 7/18 date in Toronto.  For more details, visit  They went back to the ring.

Knuxxx and Carlito were shaking hands when Raven hit the ring and nailed Dreamer with a DDT.  The Sandman made his entrance from the top of the venue.  The announcers said that they can't play his music and did a bad rendition of the song.  Sandman doused two women in the crowd with beer.  He finally hit the ring and tricked Knuxxx into clotheslining Raven.  He caned them and cleaned house as they went off the air.

A solid episode. The camera angles suck but the wrestling is very good.

Episode 3 recap will be posted on Page 2 shortly.

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