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Barely Legal

DVD cover featuring The Sandman and Rob Van Dam
Information
Promotion Extreme Championship Wrestling
Date April 13, 1997
Attendance 1,170
Venue ECW Arena
City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pay-per-view chronology
First Barely Legal Hardcore Heaven (1997)

Barely Legal was the first professional wrestling pay-per-view event held by Extreme Championship Wrestling. It took place on April 13, 1997 from the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Production

Terry Funk captured the ECW world title at the age of 52.

Getting the pay-per-view on in the first place was a struggle. Viewer's Choice (now named In Demand) was very hesitant at putting ECW on pay-per-view because they felt that ECW was too vulgar and brutal, and refused to air the show without restrictions on the content. Paul Heyman claimed that this was a double standard because Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was being criticized for its violent content at the time, but it was still getting pay-per-view time. Request TV agreed to give ECW a pay-per-view under the condition that it aired at 9:00 p.m. rather than the 7:00 p.m. time slot that pay-per-views usually held during that time frame.

An electric power transformer blew out moments after the show went off the air due to all the power being used by the building. It is said that had the show gone on even 10 seconds longer, they would have lost the feed.

The event was put in jeopardy when Viewer's Choice cancelled the show in response to the "Mass Transit" incident. However, Viewer's Choice eventually changed their minds after much pleading from ECW promoter Paul Heyman.

Release

Barely Legal was released as part of a two-disc set with One Night Stand 2006 on July 11, 2006. It had previously been released in 2000 by Pioneer Entertainment as part of its "The Best of ECW" line of DVDs. The Pioneer release trimmed out many of the ring entrances, removed the music on the entrances not edited out (with the exception of songs ECW owned the rights to, including changing "Enter Sandman" from the Metallica version to Motörhead's cover), and edited out the backstage promos and part of Shane Douglas's promo in the ring. The release included with One Night Stand's DVD censored offensive language (used by the performers when they would cut promos, not used for the fans' chants) and changed the majority of the entrance music to music produced by WWE to avoid licensing fees.

Results

# Results Stipulations Times
Dark Louie Spicolli defeated Balls Mahoney Singles match n/a
Dark J.T. Smith and Chris Chetti defeated The FBI (Little Guido and Tommy Rich) Tag team match n/a
1 The Eliminators (John Kronus and Perry Saturn) defeated The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray and D-Von) (c) (with Joel Gertner and Sign Guy Dudley) Tag team match for the ECW World Tag Team Championship 06:11
2 Rob Van Dam defeated Lance Storm Singles match 10:10
3 The Great Sasuke, Gran Hamada, and Masato Yakushiji defeated bWo Japan (Taka Michinoku, Terry Boy, and Dick Togo) Tag team match 16:55
4 Shane Douglas (c) (with Francine) defeated Pitbull #2 Singles match for the ECW World Television Championship 20:43
5 Taz (with Bill Alfonso) defeated Sabu Singles match 17:49
6 Terry Funk defeated The Sandman and Stevie Richards (with The Blue Meanie, Hollywood Nova, Thomas Rodman, 7-11) Three-Way Dance 19:10
7 Terry Funk defeated Raven (c) Singles match for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship 07:20

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