Back in the mid-2000s, there was a certain period of time when WWE was liked by the hardcore fans a lot. They got rid of the hardcore championship and fans wanted to kill Vinny Mac. But then, he brought back ECW and fans were happy again.
He brought it back for it's One Night Stand, but it was so big, they did it again and made ECW a brand on SyFy. It was a good idea and fans were happy to see it come back. But would it have a World Title like RAW and SmackDown?
Well RVD wasn't taking any chances. Just months before ECW One Night stand, he won the Money in the Bank match at WrestleMania. Fans of the Whole F'n Show were happy to see him as the winner because it meant he would cash in to win a World Title.
Per the rules, the MITB winner chooses who he will face and when he will do it. So RVD demanded he face WWE face and Champion John Cena at ECW One Night Stand. He would also face him with no rules. It was all Extreme rules.
This match was so fun to watch.
The WWE rated this PPV TV-MA because they had no idea how the crowd would react. It was the first PPV they would ever do that with. And it's a good thing. The crowd was hot all night, especially in this match. The F-word was used quite often and the bird was flipped at Cena all night long.
It was the most hostile WWE crowd I've ever seen. But hey, it was in New York, and all ECW fans really. So it wasn't a shock.
Cena did so well in this match. He proved he could wrestle and be good in the ring, but also, RVD proved why he was one of the best of all time. This match was awesome from beginning to end.
The crowd hated Cena so much they would get in his way, try and hit him on his way to the ring. And he got his hat and shirt thrown back at him numerous times. He worked the crowd so well.
No match had a hotter crowd than this one in WWE history. RVD won, and he did so however, in a hard-fought, terrific match.
It's one of those matches I still love watching until this day. So, that said, I think it belongs in WWE's top 10 best.