In the early days of ECW, Mikey Whipwreck was spotted running the ropes while setting up the ring, which resulted in a tryout match that night. Undersized and overpowered, the scruffy youngster lost his early bouts without mustering any offense at all. Months later, however, Whipwreck defeated Pitbull #1 for the ECW World Television Championship. Just two weeks after losing the title, Mikey substituted for Terry Funk as Cactus Jack’s partner against The Public Enemy and shocked the ECW Arena by pinning Rocco Rock to win the ECW Tag Team Titles.
Whipwreck returned to singles competition and had more unexpected success. On Oct. 28, 1995, the underdog scored the second-greatest victory of his career by defeating The Sandman in a Ladder Match for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship. In his very first title defense, Mikey scored the greatest victory of his career by pinning Steve Austin. And no, that’s not a typo. — J.S.