The Hardy Boyz Vs. The Full Blooded Italians WWE ECW [November 21st, 2006]
This match marked the first time that The Hardy Boyz had teamed up on WWE programming since 2003. During their time apart, Jeff had departed from the WWE for a run in TNA, and had only returned a few months prior to this reunion, teaming with his brother, Matt Hardy. In this bout, the duo travel to the land of extreme where they face off against the long-running tag team of Little Guido and Tony Mamaluke, The Full Blooded Italians. The FBI were the second-to-last ECW World Tag Team Champions before the company folded, with Little Guido being a two-time champion from a pairing with Tracy Smothers in ‘97. Both of these teams held glory in their own right, and with Jeff’s back being injured from a ladder match only one day earlier against future ECW World Heavyweight Champion Johnny Nitro, it’d be an uphill battle for the reuniting duo.
The Full-Blooded Italians (or FBI) were always fun to watch in ECW! Little Guido was the only actual Italian of the group, but don’t tell Tommy Rich or Tracy Smothers that! Da Big Don and Da Main Man swore that they hailed from the Nashville section of Sicily and would not accept being told otherwise! I think my favorite segment involving the FBI was when they claimed to be the world six-man tag team champions after defeating three-man teams like the Fabulous Freebirds and the Von Erichs! The fact that every team they claimed to have beaten had disbanded years before - some of these team members were actually deceased - never seemed to dawn on the FBI as they showed off a trophy that was probably stolen from a nearby bowling alley! Hilarious! Extreme Championship Wrestling will always be remembered for brutal ‘n’ bloody hardcore matches first and foremost, but we should never forget the fun that could be had watching the undercard with wrestlers like these three! Where’s my pizza?!