Tajiri v Steve Corino (ECW Hardcore Heaven, 5/14/00)
I didn't think this was on the level of the Tajiri/Crazy Mexican Death Match or the Tajiri/Crazy/Guido triple threat that I talked about at the weekend, but it was still pretty fucking choice. Corino cuts a promo before the match telling Tajiri he'll forgive him (Tajiri's turned babyface on Corino and The Network) if he clears the rocks out of his Jap brain. Calls him a slant-eyed bastard. Tajiri grins and interrupts him by roundhouse kicking him in the ear. Both guys were great in this. Tajiri might be a babyface now, but he's still a psychopath. Only now, instead of brutalising babyfaces, he brutalises shitheads. He does the spot where he kicks the edge of a table into his opponent's face again, and Corino already being split open huge made it seem even nuttier. Oh and the brainbuster on the ramp that led to the blade job in the first place looked fucking NASTY. Corino bleeds a whole lot. His blonde hair is blood-red by the end and he leaves puddles of blood everywhere. At one point he's in a tree of woe position for about 30 seconds, and when he moves away there's a giant blood stain where his head was. Final couple minutes were awesome. Tajiri has Corino in an octopus stretch in the middle of the ring, so Jack Victory comes in and we're ready for the shenanigans to REALLY start, but as Victory hits the ropes and goes to break up the octopus, Tajiri mists him out of nowhere. I wasn't expecting it at all and it looked great. Then Tajiri just goes apeshit and fucking mauls Corino with a flurry of kicks and punches. MAULS him. Corino's head winds up resting on the table, so Tajiri blasts him with one final kick, lays him across the table and crushes his lungs with a top rope double stomp through it (the table breaks into a hundred pieces and it looked AWESOME). Any less cunty a heel and you could see such a vicious Tajiri ass stomping almost making you feel sorry for them. Luckily, Corino's a pretty great grade A cunt. So you think, "Yeah, that douchebag totally deserved that."