During the build to ECW Barely Legal, April 13, 1997, a masked man who was pretty much believed to beRick Rude was threatening Shane and promised to unmask if Douglas successfully defended his ECW World Television Championship against Pitbull #2 (w/Pitbull #1) at the PPV. Douglas won his match, and what was believed to be Rude's voice came over the sound system, saying that he'd take his mask off, but Douglas has to "give up the girl" (Francine) or he'd give Douglas "the ass-kicking of a lifetime." The masked man then walked out in Rude's trademark robe. Shane pushed Francine toward him. The masked man kissed Francine, who, believing it was Rude, appeared to pass out in delight. Then, one of Douglas' riot guards unmasked, revealing himself to be Rick Rude. The masked man unmasked and took off his robe, revealing, instead, Douglas' Triple Threat ally "Bulldozer" Brian Lee, who then chokeslammed Douglas. Douglas, Chris Candido and a clearly disgusted Francine ran off, vowing revenge.
After a few more months of making trouble for Douglas for his own amusement (including pulling up Francine's dress to reveal her panties during Douglas' match with Chris Chetti at Buffalo Invasion on May 17), he surprisingly turned on Tommy Dreamer and the Sandman in a six-man-tag against Rob Van Dam, Sabu and Jerry Lawler at Heatwave on July 19, giving the Triple Threat handsign. Douglas defeated ECW World Heavyweight ChampionSabu and Terry Funk in a three-way-dance to win the title at ECW's second PPV, Hardcore Heaven, on August 17. This led to Rude becoming a manager for the Triple Threat (now, Douglas, Candido and Bam Bam Bigelow, w/Francine) and handpicking opponents for him, as thanks for Douglas giving Rude one night with Francine. Douglas defeated Al Snow, Balls Mahoney and Phil LaFon. Then came the October 16th show at the Elk's Lodge in Queens, NY. Rude told Douglas that he had found him an opponent who "ran roughshod over the WWF." Douglas asked, "You got me the Boy Toy?"note This was during the time when, due to the interpromotional relationship between ECW and WWE, Rude was going back and forth working with both Douglas and his hated enemy Michaels, stemming from Douglas' run-ins with the Clique in WWE in 1995 as Dean Douglas. Then, "Welcome to the Jungle" started playing, with Douglas doing a great Eye Take, as BAM BAM BIGELOW was revealed to be Douglas' opponent, meaning that Rude had tricked Douglas TWICE in SIX MONTHS.
Breakup Breakout: Averted by both Credible and Storm. Credible did well for himself in ECW, winning the World Title, Storm never won the WCW World Title but he did hold every single undercard title at the same time for a while.
Ass Kicks You/Face Heel Turn: At ECW Heatwave 96, July 13, 1996, was in the corner of Pitbull #2 in the four-way dance for the ECW World Television Title involving champion Chris Jericho, Too Cold Scorpio and Shane Douglas. Scorpio eliminated Jericho and Pitbull #2 eliminated Scorpio. Francine entered the ring and threw powder in Pitbull #2's eyes. She then turned her back to the camera and pulled down her skirt to reveal her thong with "Franchise" printed on it, thus turning herself heel. Beat. This led to the Pitbulls making history by superbombing her through a table.
Wardrobe Malfunction/Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: At Holiday Hell 96, Shane Douglas and Francine d. Dreamer and Beulah. At one point, Dreamer had Francine set up for a piledriver and was turning around to each side of the ring so everyone could get a glimpse of what was about to happen, which was Dreamer hitting the piledriver and Francine's breasts falling out. Raised to funny because, right when Dreamer grabbed Francine by the hair to set her up for the move, Joey said, "And Dreamer has seen enough of the Head Cheerleader."
Finishing Move: The Danaconda/Panty Drop (top-rope legdrop), Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am (double-arm DDT), Bareback (Inverted Stunner); (w/Roadkill): The Buggy Bang (face-first powerbomb w/top rope legdrop to the back of the head)
Establishing Character Moment/Girl on Girl Is Hot/Sex Face Turn: At ECW Hostile City Showdown 96, April 20, 1996, Shane Douglas told Tommy Dreamer that Beulah was cheating on him and that she had lied to him and to Raven about being pregnant. Dreamer said, "Who is he?" Shane said, "It's not a 'he,' Tommy Dreamer." Kimona, who had replaced Beulah in Raven's Nest barely three months earlier, said, "It's me!" She and Beulah then kissed until Dreamer separated them. He then told Joey Styles, "I'll take them both, I'm hardcore!" and all three kissed at once.
Although Kimona remained a face and allied with Tommy for the rest of her run, the lesbian angle was soon abandoned since Beulah objected backstage to having to portray a lesbian.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Her last appearance was at Hardcore Heaven 96, June 22, 1996. The ring had collapsed following the Dreamer-Brian Lee weapons match, so, in order to give the crew some time to fix it for the Sabu-Rob Van Dam match, Heyman sent her up to the stage to do a strip dance wearing only a teddy and a towel. Heyman told her it wouldn't be taped - and then he taped it. She left ECW after that.
Stripperific: Raven discovered her dancing at a club where he had a side gig as a DJ, and she wore very skimpy and revealing outfits during her short run.
The Pit Bulls (Spike/#1 [Gary Wolfe] and Rex/#2 [Anthony Durante]) (1992-1998)
Non-Action Guy: Has said that the reason he and Tod Gordon put so much effort into their matches was because neither guy could wrestle and they didn't want the fans to think that they were half-assing it.