The following originally appeared at Wrestlecrap.
of Honor, 2002
Text by Derek Burgan
Let's backtrack to the spring of 2002. With ECW dead, Rob Feinstein of RF Video (who was producing all of ECW's popular "fan cam" videos of house shows) realized he would need a new cash cow. After seeing the August 2001 King of the Indies tournament (a show that drew raves from all in attendance, including the Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer and Figure Four Weekly's Bryan Alvarez), Feinstein put together a plan to start his own independent company. Instead of being a low rent version of WWE, the new company would focus on having strong matches between many of the top independent workers and deemphasize badly acted skits and screw job finishes.
Booked by fellow ECW employee Gabe Sapolsky, Ring of Honor held its first show, Era of Honor Begins, on February 23, 2002. Highlighted by an epic main event three way match between Low Ki, Christopher Daniels, and "The American Dragon" Bryan Danielson, the company immediately started off with a lot of buzz. In addition to the awesome action provided by those three, Era of Honor Begins also introduced the viewer to Eric "Towelboy" Tuttle.
Don't remember him? Curious as to what the hell a "Towelboy" is? Well, the nickname came from Tuttle's job to wipe the sweat off the ring ropes by using a towel. Acting like a total spaz by frantically racing across the ring while drying the ropes, Tuttle quickly developed a cult following. Longtime ECW fans already recognized Tuttle from his brief appearances for that company during its dying days.
The Christopher Street Connection offered their services for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but Nana pulled Tuttle away and went to the back, presumably for more shoe shining.
And sadly, that would be the last we ever saw of Eric "Towelboy" Tuttle in Ring of Honor.
How the ROH ring ropes were dried of sweat on future shows will be one of the great mysteries of our time.
In addition to writing inductions and the fabulous Gimmick Table here at WrestleCrap, Derek Burgan can also be seen doing DVD reviews and his Wrestling Enjoyment Index for the Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Weekly family of websites, along with writing Opinion Pieces for World Wrestling Insanity. Special thanks to ROH Historian Keith Lipinski.
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