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Encyclopedia > Extreme Championship Wrestling
Extreme Championship Wrestling
Details
Acronym ECW
Established 1992
Folded 2001
Style Hardcore wrestling, lucha libre, shoot style
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Founder(s) Tod Gordon, Paul Heyman
Owner(s) Tod Gordon (1992 – 1996)
Paul Heyman (1996 – 2001)
Vince McMahon (2003 - Present)
Parent Eastern Championship Wrestling (1993 – 1994)
Extreme Championship Wrestling (1994 – 1999)
HHG Corporation (1999 – 2001)
World Wrestling Entertainment (2003-present)
Formerly NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling
Tri-State Wrestling Alliance
Philadelphia portal

Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) was a professional wrestling promotion that was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1992 by Tod Gordon, and closed when his successor, Paul Heyman, declared bankruptcy in April 2001.-1... This article is about the WWE brand. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Christian Cage after being chokeslammed onto a pile of thumbtacks. ... One of the most well known Lucha Libre wrestlers (luchadores), Rey Mysterio. ... Shootfighting Shoot wrestling is a general term that describes a range of hybrid fighting systems originating in Japan in the late 1970s, in close association with Japanese professional wrestling. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... Tod A. Gordon was the founder of Eastern Championship Wrestling, later Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). ... Paul Heyman (born September 11, 1965 in Scarsdale, New York) is a professional wrestling manager, on-air talent, and former promoter formerly employed by World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Tod A. Gordon was the founder of Eastern Championship Wrestling, later Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). ... Paul Heyman (born September 11, 1965 in Scarsdale, New York) is a professional wrestling manager, on-air talent, and former promoter formerly employed by World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Image File history File links Portal. ... For the NES video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... Tod A. Gordon was the founder of Eastern Championship Wrestling, later Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). ... Paul Heyman (born September 11, 1965 in Scarsdale, New York) is a professional wrestling manager, on-air talent, and former promoter formerly employed by World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, put into administration—see text) in the United Kingdom. ...


The company became known for its loyal fan base as well as its tendency to push the envelope with storylines. The group has showcased many different styles of professional wrestling, ranging from lucha libre to hardcore wrestling and was the first promotion to make adult/teen-oriented angles in wrestling. In professional wrestling, an angle is a fictional storyline. ... One of the most well known Lucha Libre wrestlers (luchadores), Rey Mysterio. ... Christian Cage after being chokeslammed onto a pile of thumbtacks. ...


World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) bought the rights to ECW and its library after its 2001 closure and revived the promotion in a full-time fashion on June 13, 2006 with a weekly television series on Sci Fi Channel in the United States, FOX8 in Australia, SIC Radical in Portugal and Sky Sports 3 in the United Kingdom. In 2005 and 2006, WWE promoted an ECW-brand event called ECW One Night Stand, and in June 2006, it became a separate brand of WWE programming, along with Raw and SmackDown! World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... This article is about the WWE brand. ... is the 164th day of the year (165th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... SCI FI (originally The Sci-Fi Channel, sometimes rendered SCI FI Channel) is an American cable television channel, launched in early 1992,[1] that specializes in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming. ... For other uses, see FOX 8. ... SIC Radical is a cable TV channel in Portugal owned by SIC, which owns SIC Radical, SIC Comedia, SIC Noticias and SIC Mulher. ... Sky Sports is the brand name for a group of 9 channels. ... One Night Stand is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ... WWE Raw is the Monday night professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the primary broadcast of the RAW brand. ... For the video game series based on the show, see WWE SmackDown (video game series). ...

Contents

History

Tri-State Wrestling Alliance and Eastern Championship Wrestling

Technically, ECW had its origins in 1991 under the banner Tri-State Wrestling Alliance.[1] Joel Goodhart was the owner of Tri-State Wrestling Alliance. In 1992, Goodhart sold his share of the company to his partner, Tod Gordon, who in return renamed the promotion Eastern Championship Wrestling. When Eastern Championship Wrestling was founded, it was a member of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). Tod A. Gordon was the founder of Eastern Championship Wrestling, later Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). ... The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is the largest governing body for a group of independent professional wrestling promotions and sanctions various NWA championships. ...


After Tod Gordon had a falling out with head booker Eddie Gilbert, Gordon chose Gilbert's friend and WCW alumnus Paul Heyman to replace him. Eddie exhibited unstable behavior and drug abuse before he was replaced. Heyman's first show with the promotion was NWA Ultra Clash '93 on September 18, 1993 at Viking Hall (which was eventually dubbed The ECW Arena) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A booker, as the term is used in professional wrestling, is a person who puts matches together and determines basics about their content, such as relative overall length, who the eventual victor will be, and many of the moves which will be made during the match; in other words, the... Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert Eddie Gilbert (born Thomas Edward Gilbert, Jr. ... For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... Paul Heyman (born September 11, 1965 in Scarsdale, New York) is a professional wrestling manager, on-air talent, and former promoter formerly employed by World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Comparison of the perceived harm for various psychoactive drugs from a poll among medical psychiatrists specialized in addiction treatment[1] This article is an overview of the nontherapeutic use of alcohol and drugs of abuse. ... is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... The New Alhambra Arena. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ...


ECW contrasted contemporary professional wrestling, which contained many cartoonish gimmicks and was marketed more towards children. ECW, aiming at males between 18 to 35, broke a few taboos such as blading and women getting regularly beaten up by the male wrestlers. Heyman saw ECW as the professional wrestling equivalent to the grunge movement, and focused on taking the company in a new direction as well.[2] Professional wrestling has accrued a considerable amount of slang, in-references and jargon. ... For the Taboo party game, see Taboo (game). ... In professional wrestling, blading is the practice of cutting oneself to provoke bleeding. ... Grunge redirects here. ...


Withdrawing from the NWA

See also: NWA World Heavyweight Championship#The beginning of Extreme Championship Wrestling

In 1994, Jim Crockett's non-compete agreement with Ted Turner, who purchased World Championship Wrestling (WCW) from Crockett in 1988, was up and he decided to start promoting with the NWA again. Crockett went to Tod Gordon and asked him to hold a tournament for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at the ECW Arena on August 27, 1994. NWA President Dennis Coralluzzo thought that Crockett and Gordon were going to try to monopolize the title[3] (much like Crockett did in the 1980s) and told them they didn't have the NWA board's approval so he took control over the tournament. Gordon was upset at Coralluzzo for his power plays so Gordon and Shane Douglas, who was booked to win the title against 2 Cold Scorpio, planned to have Douglas throw the title down after he won it and break ECW from the NWA. [4] [5] The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Championship is the primary professional wrestling title in the National Wrestling Alliance. ... Jim Crockett, Jr. ... For other persons named Ted Turner, see Ted Turner (disambiguation). ... For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Championship is the primary professional wrestling title in the National Wrestling Alliance. ... is the 239th day of the year (240th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Troy Shane Martin (born November 21, 1964) is an American semi-retired professional wrestler who is better known by his ring name, Shane Douglas. ... Charles Charlie Scaggs (born October 25, 1965) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring names, 2 Cold Scorpio or Too Cold Scorpio and Flash Funk. ...


In accord with this speech, Paul Heyman later stated that "the National Wrestling Alliance was old-school when old-school wasn't hip anymore. We wanted to set our mark, we wanted to breakaway from the pack, we wanted to let the world know that we weren't just some independent promotion."[1]


Shortly afterwards, ECW withdrew from the NWA and officially changed its name to Extreme Championship Wrestling. The incident gave ECW huge promotion and cost NWA a lot of credibility.


Popularity

After ECW withdrew from the NWA and officially changed its name from Eastern Championship Wrestling to Extreme Championship Wrestling, it became an underground sensation. The unorthodox style of moves, controversial story lines, and intense blood thirst of ECW made it intensely popular among many wrestling fans in the 18- to 25-year-old demographic. Its intense fan base, albeit a small constituency, reached near-cultism in the late 1990s and inspired the "hardcore style" in other wrestling promotions, namely WWF and WCW.


The group showcased many different styles of professional wrestling, popularizing bloody hardcore wrestling matches and the 3-Way Dance. ECW was always intended to be counter-culture and a grittier alternative to multi-million dollar organizations such as World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and WCW. In addition to their hardcore match types, they provided an alternative to North American wrestling with technical wrestling that was common overseas. International stars such as Eddie Guerrero, Lance Storm, Chris Benoit, and Dean Malenko, anchored a solid technical wrestling core in ECW. Rey Mysterio, Jr., Psicosis, Konnan and Juventud Guerrera brought a lucha libre style rarely seen in American wrestling promotions. Christian Cage after being chokeslammed onto a pile of thumbtacks. ... A bloodied Kane inside a current style WWE cage. ... During the 1960s the term underground acquired a new meaning in that it referred to members of the so-called counterculture, i. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Eduardo Eddie Gory Guerrero Llanes (October 9, 1967 — November 13, 2005) better known as Eddie Guerrero, was a Mexican-American professional wrestler born into a legendary Mexican wrestling family. ... Lance Timothy Evers (born April 3, 1969), known professionally by his ring name Lance Storm, is a retired Canadian professional wrestler. ... Christopher Michael Benoit (IPA: ) (May 21, 1967 – June 24, 2007) was a Canadian professional wrestler who wrestled for Extreme Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, and World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Dean Simon (born August 4, 1960) is a retired professional wrestler best known by the ring name Dean Malenko. ... Óscar Gutiérrez Rubio, better known by his ring names Rey Misterio, Jr. ... Dionicio Castellanos is a professional wrestler better known as Psychosis or Psicosis. ... Charles Ashenoff (sometimes seen Hispanicized as Carlos Ashenoff), (born June 6, 1964 in Santiago de Cuba) better known by his ring name, Konnan, is a semi-retired American professional wrestler and rapper of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent. ... Juventud Guerrera (born Eduardo Aníbal González Hernández on November 23, 1974 in Mexico City, D. F.) is a Mexican professional wrestler who is best known for his work in many wrestling promotions worldwide, including all the major American wrestling promotions (WWE, WCW, ECW & TNA) as well as... One of the most well known Lucha Libre wrestlers (luchadores), Rey Mysterio. ...


Wrestlers such as Shane Douglas, Tommy Dreamer, Raven, The Sandman, Cactus Jack, Terry Funk, Sabu, Mikey Whipwreck and Tazz were seen as being too dangerous for the multi-million dollar companies and were given a chance in ECW. They also helped launch the new ECW at this time. One of the promotion's marquee feuds was the long-standing feud between Tommy Dreamer and Raven, which involved many ECW wrestlers over a period of two and a half years. Another was between Raven and the Sandman, which included the crucifixion angle, one of the most controversial angles in wrestling history. Troy Shane Martin (born November 21, 1964) is an American semi-retired professional wrestler who is better known by his ring name, Shane Douglas. ... Thomas Laughlin (born February 14, 1971),[2] is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name, Tommy Dreamer. ... Scott Anthony Levy (born September 8, 1964) better known by his ring name Raven, is an American professional wrestler. ... James (Jim) Fullington (born June 16, 1963) better known by his ring name The Sandman, is an American professional wrestler, best known for his career with Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), where he was dubbed The Hardcore Icon. ... Michael Francis Mick Foley, Sr. ... Terrance (Terry) Funk (born June 30, 1944) is an American professional wrestler, known chiefly for the hardcore wrestling style he adopted in the later part of his career that inspired many later wrestlers, most notably Mick Foley. ... Terry Michael Brunk (December 12, 1964) better known by his ring name Sabu, is an American professional wrestler. ... James Watson (born June 4, 1973), better known as Mikey Whipwreck, is a semi-retired American professional wrestler best known for his career with Extreme Championship Wrestling. ... Peter Senerchia (born October 11, 1967),[2] is a retired American professional wrestler best known by his ring name Tazz, (originally Tazmaniac and later shortened to simply Taz). ... For other uses, see Crucifixion (disambiguation). ...


Shows at the ECW Arena and television syndication

See also: ECW Hardcore TV

The bulk of ECW's shows remained at the ECW Arena, a rundown bingo hall secluded under a section of Interstate 95. Seating comprised simple folding chairs and four sets of portable bleachers, and the whole sort of unconventional set up reflected the gritty style of the wrestling itself. Shows were actually broadcast on a Philadelphia local cable sports station (SportsChannel America's local affiliate, Sports Channel Philadelphia) on Tuesday evenings. After Sports Channel Philadelphia went off the air in 1997, the show moved to WPPX-TV 61. It later moved to a former independent broadcast station (WGTW 48) in Philadelphia on either Friday or Saturday night at 1 or 2 a.m. Shows were also aired on the (MSG Network in NYC on Friday nights (Early Saturday morning) at 2 a.m. Due to the obscurity of the stations and ECW itself, as well as the lack of FCC oversight at that late hour, many times expletives and violence were not edited out of these showings, helping to get ECW noticed. ECW Hardcore TV was the weekly professional wrestling television program of Philadelphia-based promotion Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). ... The New Alhambra Arena. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Housie. ... Interstate 95 is a major interstate highway that traverses the full extent of the East Coast of the United States, from Maine to Florida. ... SportsChannel America was a cable television network that existed in the 1980s and early 1990s. ... WPPX is the i network affiliate for the Philadelphia area, broadcasting on channel 61, owned and operated by ion Media Networks, the former Paxson Communications. ... WGTW-TV Channel 48 is a Trinity Broadcasting Network-owned and operated television station serving the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area and licensed to Burlington, New Jersey. ... The Madison Square Garden Network, now shortened to simply MSG, is a regional cable television and radio network serving the New York City area. ... FCC redirects here. ...


In relation to the "Big Two"

Paul Heyman believes that after noticing ECW's growing popularity, the "Big Two" (World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation) started adopting their ideas and hiring away their talent. ECW, according to Heyman, was the first victim of the "Monday Night Wars" between WCW Monday Nitro and Monday Night RAW. While the WWF had somewhat of a working relationship with ECW (going as far as allowing cross-promotional angles, and providing financial aid to Heyman for a considerable period of time), WCW refused to even mention ECW by name (with a few notable exceptions; including a passing remark by Raven in late 1996 and Kevin Nash and Scott Hall mentioning it as a viable second option in American wrestling in a slight on their main competition, the World Wrestling Federation), referring to it as "barbed wire city" and "a major independent promotion" that wrestled in bingo halls during a segment directed at Diamond Dallas Page. For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... The term Monday Night Wars pertains to the period of American professional wrestling from September 4, 1995, to March 26, 2001. ... WCW Monday Nitro was a weekly professional wrestling program produced by World Championship Wrestling. ... WWE Raw is the Monday night professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the primary broadcast of the RAW brand. ... Scott Levy (born September 8, 1964) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Raven. ... Kevin Scott Nash (born July 9, 1959[2] in Detroit, Michigan) is an American professional wrestler and actor. ... This article is about the professional wrestler. ... Page Joseph Falkinburg, Jr. ...


Vince McMahon claimed that he put Paul Heyman on the WWF's payroll as compensation for the talent (namely Tazz, Steve Austin, Mick Foley, 2 Cold Scorpio, and The Dudley Boyz) leaving ECW for the WWF. On the other hand, Heyman believed that Eric Bischoff never compensated him for ECW bred talent such as Mikey Whipwreck, Raven, The Sandman, Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, Perry Saturn, Stevie Richards, Kid Kash, Sid Vicious, Mike Awesome, Shane Douglas, Lance Storm, and Chris Jericho leaving to go to WCW. Peter Senerchia (born October 11, 1967),[2] is a retired American professional wrestler best known by his ring name Tazz, (originally Tazmaniac and later shortened to simply Taz). ... Steven James Williams (born Steven Anderson on December 18, 1964)[2] better known by his ring name Stone Cold Steve Austin, is an American actor and former professional wrestler. ... Michael Francis Mick Foley, Sr. ... Charles Charlie Scaggs (born October 25, 1965) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring names, 2 Cold Scorpio or Too Cold Scorpio and Flash Funk. ... For the rest of the stable see Dudley family. ... Eric Aaron Bischoff (born May 27, 1955[1]), is a former professional wrestling booker and on-screen personality, most known for serving as President of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and later General Manager of World Wrestling Entertainments RAW brand. ... James Watson (born June 4, 1973), better known as Mikey Whipwreck, is a semi-retired American professional wrestler best known for his career with Extreme Championship Wrestling. ... Scott Anthony Levy (born September 8, 1964) better known by his ring name Raven, is an American professional wrestler. ... James (Jim) Fullington (born June 16, 1963) better known by his ring name The Sandman, is an American professional wrestler, best known for his career with Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), where he was dubbed The Hardcore Icon. ... Christopher Michael Benoit (IPA: ) (May 21, 1967 – June 24, 2007) was a Canadian professional wrestler who wrestled for Extreme Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, and World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Dean Simon (born August 4, 1960) is a retired professional wrestler best known by the ring name Dean Malenko. ... Eduardo Eddie Gory Guerrero Llanes (October 9, 1967 — November 13, 2005) better known as Eddie Guerrero, was a Mexican-American professional wrestler born into a legendary Mexican wrestling family. ... Perry Satullo (born October 25, 1966) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Perry Saturn. ... For similar names see the disambiguation page Stephen Richards Michael Manna (born October 9, 1971) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling on its ECW brand. ... David Cash (born July 31, 1969 in Waynesboro, Virginia), better known as Kid Kash, is an American professional wrestler who has worked for Extreme Championship Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action. ... Sidney Raymond Eudy (born July 4, 1960 in West Memphis, Arkansas) is an American professional wrestler, better known as Sid Vicious in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and as Sid Justice and later as Sycho Sid in World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... Michael Lee Alfonso (January 24, 1965 – February 17, 2007) better known by his ring name Mike Awesome, was an American professional wrestler best known in America for his work in Extreme Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, and in World Wrestling Entertainment and also in Japan for his work with Frontier... Troy Shane Martin (born November 21, 1964) is an American semi-retired professional wrestler who is better known by his ring name, Shane Douglas. ... Lance Timothy Evers (born April 3, 1969), known professionally by his ring name Lance Storm, is a retired Canadian professional wrestler. ... Christopher Keith Irvine (born November 9, 1970), better known by the ring name Chris Jericho, is an American-Canadian actor, radio host, rock musician, and professional wrestler. ...


The crucifixion angle

From January 1995 through January 1996, Tommy Dreamer engaged in a bloody war with Raven. However, the feud took ended for a while, and Raven began a new feud with The Sandman after he defeated him and won the ECW Heavyweight Title on January 27, 1996.[6] Raven "brainwashed" Sandman's son to join his cult-like following and turned him against his father. Raven got at Sandman by having his son deny his relationship with his father and perform Raven's taunt to slowly eat away at his father. This led to many bloody matches, in which Sandman's son interfered to help his father. After the match, the two embraced, but Raven came from behind with a Kendo Stick, and smacked his enemy. Stevie Richards and the Blue Meanie came out, got a wooden cross out from under the ring, then tied Sandman down to it, and then lifted it up and "crucified" him.[7] At the time, Kurt Angle was backstage and the offensive angle caused him to leave and threaten a lawsuit if his name appeared on the same episode as the "crucifixion".[7] Raven came out and gave a questionable apology for his actions. To this day, Raven claims that the angle wasn't an insult to Jesus Christ, but an insult to The Sandman, by using religious iconography to convey an artistic standpoint. The footage of the "crucifixion" was never used by ECW and was not publicly seen until it appeared on the WWE DVD The Rise and Fall of ECW. is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... A Shinai made from bamboo A shinai (Japanese: ) is a practice weapon used primarily in kendo and is used as if it were a sword. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Kurt Steven Angle (born December 9, 1968) is an American professional wrestler and former Olympic amateur wrestler. ... This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. ... Coliseum Video logo (1985 - 1997) WWE Home Video is a video distribution and production company that show World Wrestling Entertainment programming. ... The Rise and Fall of ECW is a documentary DVD produced by World Wrestling Entertainment. ...


The Mass Transit Incident

Another major blow to ECW, which Paul Heyman noted lead to the cancellation of the Barely Legal pay-per-view on The Rise and Fall of ECW was the "Mass Transit Incident". Paul Heyman was looking to expand the company through pay-per-view. However, ECW would experience more criticism after Paul Heyman allowed a teenager, Eric Kulas who lied about his age to enter ECW, to substitute for Axl Rotten in a tag team match with D-Von Dudley against The Gangstas (New Jack and Mustapha Saed). Kulas, who wrestled in a bus driver's outfit under the name Mass Transit, was allowed to substitute for Rotten who, according to New Jack in the Forever Hardcore DVD, had a family emergency involving his grandmother. New Jack bladed Kulas and then attacked him with more weapons and pinned him. After the match, Kulas continuously bled, with the deep forehead wound gushing blood while New Jack went on microphone and said Kulas could bleed to death as far as he's concerned. Despite the fact that it was scripted, Pay-per-view provider In Demand viewed this incident as too extreme for pay-per-view, and decided to cancel the Barely Legal Pay-Per-View. Barely Legal was the first professional wrestling pay-per-view event held by Extreme Championship Wrestling. ... The Mass Transit incident was an infamous event in professional wrestling that occurred on November 23, 1996 in Revere, Massachusetts. ... Brian Knighton (born April 21, 1971 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name, Axl Rotten. ... Devon Hughes (born August 1, 1972) is an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment as D-Von Dudley. ... New Jack of the Gangstas Mustapha of the Gangstas The Gangstas was the tag team of New Jack & Mustapha Saed in ECW & Smoky Mountain Wrestling. ... Mustapha Saed Mustapha Saed is a professional wrestler who once worked for ECW. Profile Real Name: Jamal Mustafa Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia Height & Weight: 61 - 251lbs Debut: 1992 Other Gimmicks: Mustapha Saaid, Mustafa Said, Mohammed Saied, Mr. ... For the musical style, see New jack swing. ... In Demand (capitalized as a trademark as iN DEMAND) is a provider of pay-per-view and subscription video-on-demand services, jointly owned by Comcast, Cox Communications, and Time Warner Entertainment. ...


The Beulah McGillicutty pregnancy/lesbian angle

In 1996, Raven's valet Beulah McGillicutty claimed that she was pregnant. When Raven got angry and called her an idiot for not taking her birth-control pills, she told a shocked Raven that it was not his baby, but Tommy Dreamer's, intensifying the feud between Raven and Dreamer. Beulah then left Raven and aligned herself with Dreamer. However, at the 1996 Hostile City Showdown, show, "The Franchise" Shane Douglas informed Dreamer that Beulah was never pregnant, and had been cheating on him. When Dreamer demanded to know who with (suspecting Douglas) Shane pointed to Raven's new valet Kimona Wanalaya, who proceeded to kiss Beulah to the mat. After some hesitation, Dreamer kissed both women, proclaiming "I'll take em both, I'm hardcore!" According to Dreamer on The Rise and Fall of ECW DVD, the angle was so controversial, that ECW got thrown off of virtually every television station it was on at the time. Trisa Hayes Laughlin (born Trisa Hayes on March 14, 1969 in Muskegon, Michigan)[1] better known by her stage name, Beulah McGillicutty, is an American professional wrestling valet, best known for her appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling in the late 1990s. ... Troy Shane Martin (born November 21, 1964) is an American semi-retired professional wrestler who is better known by his ring name, Shane Douglas. ... Kristina Laum (born November 23, 1976 in Seoul, South Korea), currently residing in Maple Shade Township, New Jersey, was a professional wrestling valet and manager in ECW and WCW. She used the names Kimona Wanalaya (sometimes spelled Kimona Wanaleia) and Leia Meow. ... The Rise and Fall of ECW is a documentary DVD produced by World Wrestling Entertainment. ...


Tod Gordon sells ECW to Paul Heyman

In 1996, Tod Gordon sold ECW to his head booker, Paul Heyman. Afterwards, Gordon remained in ECW as a figure-head commissioner. Years after being the ECW "Commissioner", Gordon left ECW. His absence was explained on-air that he retired from wrestling due to family. However, rumors circulate that Gordon was fired by Heyman after he was suspected as a "locker room mole" for a rival wrestling promotion, helping to lure talent to World Championship Wrestling. Many years later, in an interview, Gordon claims that the "WCW mole" situation was nothing more than a work. Tod A. Gordon was the founder of Eastern Championship Wrestling, later Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). ... A booker, as the term is used in professional wrestling, is a person who puts matches together and determines basics about their content, such as relative overall length, who the eventual victor will be, and many of the moves which will be made during the match; in other words, the... Paul Heyman (born September 11, 1965 in Scarsdale, New York) is a professional wrestling manager, on-air talent, and former promoter formerly employed by World Wrestling Entertainment. ... For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... In professional wrestling, a work is slang for a staged event (that is, one that enforces kayfabe). ...


Cross-promotion

Storyline-wise, Vince McMahon first became "aware" of ECW while at the 1995 King of the Ring event in ECW's home base of Philadelphia. During the match between Mabel and Savio Vega, the crowd suddenly started to angrily chant, "ECW ECW ECW!" On September 22, 1996, at the In Your House: Mind Games event in Philadelphia, ECW stars The Sandman, Tommy Dreamer, Paul Heyman, and Tazz were in the front row with Sandman even interfering in one match (when he threw beer on Savio Vega during his strap match with Bradshaw). McMahon acknowledged ECW's status as a local, up and coming promotion on the air. Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ... King of the Ring 1995 was the third of the King of the Ring professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event series produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... Nelson Frazier, Jr. ... Savio Vega (born Juan Rivera August 10, 1966 in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico) is a former professional wrestler for what was then the World Wrestling Federation. ... is the 265th day of the year (266th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song In Your House by The Cure, see Seventeen Seconds In Your House Logo In Your House was a pay-per-view series created by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... “John Hawk” redirects here. ...


On February 24, 1997, ECW "invaded" RAW from the Manhattan Center. They advanced a storyline, plugged their first ever pay-per-view and worked three matches in front of the WWF audience while Vince McMahon called the action with both Jerry "The King" Lawler and Paul Heyman. The Manhattan Center in New York was peppered with a large number of ECW fans, who gave the WWF wrestlers "BORING!" chants when they felt it was warranted. Likewise, when the ECW performers arrived, they popped and introduced the WWF Monday night audience to some trademark ECW group chants. is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... The Manhattan Center building, built in 1906 and located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, houses Manhattan Center Studios (home to two recording studios), its Grand Ballroom, and the Hammerstein Ballroom, one of New York Citys most renowned performance venues. ... Paul Heyman (born September 11, 1965 in Scarsdale, New York) is a professional wrestling manager, on-air talent, and former promoter formerly employed by World Wrestling Entertainment. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... In professional wrestling, a pop refers to the reaction of the crowd, often integrated into the show. ...


This invasion sparked an inter-promotional feud between ECW and Lawler's United States Wrestling Association. Lawler disparaged ECW on-camera, and convinced wrestlers such as Rob Van Dam and Sabu to join him in an anti-ECW crusade. Throughout 1997, ECW wrestlers appeared on USWA television programs, and vice versa. The United States Wrestling Association or USWA was a professional wrestling promotional organization based in Memphis, Tennessee. ... Robert Alexander Szatkowski (born December 18, 1970 in Battle Creek, Michigan) better known by his ring name Rob Van Dam, is currently an inactive American professional wrestler. ...


ECW's first pay-per-view events

After a series of struggles (such as the aforementioned "Mass Transit Incident"), on April 13, 1997, ECW finally broadcast its first pay-per-view wrestling card, Barely Legal, highlighted by Terry Funk winning the ECW World Heavyweight Title from Raven. is the 103rd day of the year (104th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Pay-per-view is the name given to a system by which television viewers can call and order events to be seen on TV and pay for the private telecast of that event to their homes later. ... Barely Legal was the first professional wrestling pay-per-view event held by Extreme Championship Wrestling. ... Terrance (Terry) Funk (born June 30, 1944) is an American professional wrestler, known chiefly for the hardcore wrestling style he adopted in the later part of his career that inspired many later wrestlers, most notably Mick Foley. ... ECW World Heavyweight Championship belt. ...


That June, the company's Wrestlepalooza '97 event featured Raven's final ECW match before leaving for WCW. In this match, Tommy Dreamer finally beat Raven, his long time nemesis. Dreamer's celebration was short-lived, though, as Jerry Lawler, along with Sabu and Rob Van Dam showed up to attack Dreamer. This set up a match between Tommy Dreamer and Jerry Lawler at the company's second pay-per-view, 1997 Hardcore Heaven, on August 17, which was won by Dreamer. Wrestlepalooza was a professional wrestling event held by Extreme Championship Wrestling. ... Scott Anthony Levy (born September 8, 1964) better known by his ring name Raven, is an American professional wrestler. ... Thomas Laughlin (born February 14, 1971),[2] is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name, Tommy Dreamer. ... Hardcore Heaven is a former professional wrestling event from Extreme Championship Wrestling. ... is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


ECW continued through 1998 and early 1999 with a string of successful pay-per-views.


The Mike Awesome World Title controversy

In April 2000, Mike Awesome made a surprise appearance on WCW Monday Nitro -- aiding the New Blood faction by attacking Kevin Nash -- while still reigning as ECW World Champion. Awesome's friend Lance Storm has said that Mike had refused to sign a new contract with ECW until Paul Heyman paid him overdue wages.[8] There were rumors that WCW Executive Vice-President Eric Bischoff wanted Awesome to drop the ECW World Championship belt in the trash can on television, as had been done previously with the WWF Women's title by Alundra Blayze when she jumped from the WWF to WCW. Due to concerns over legal issues, WCW refrained from having Awesome appear on Nitro with the ECW belt, but did acknowledge him as the ECW Champion. Eventually, a compromise was reached which resulted in one of the more bizarre moments in professional wrestling history. Awesome (a newly signed WCW employee and the reigning ECW champion) appeared at an April 13, 2000 ECW event in Indianapolis, IN, accompanied by WCW's head of security,[9] where he lost the title to Tazz (a former ECW wrestler, who was working for the World Wrestling Federation).[10] Michael Lee Alfonso (January 24, 1965 – February 17, 2007) better known by his ring name Mike Awesome, was an American professional wrestler best known in America for his work in Extreme Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, and in World Wrestling Entertainment and also in Japan for his work with Frontier... WCW Monday Nitro was a weekly professional wrestling program produced by World Championship Wrestling. ... Vince Russo & Eric Bischoff: The New Blood masterminds The New Blood was a professional wrestling stable in World Championship Wrestling in 2000. ... Kevin Scott Nash (born July 9, 1959[2] in Detroit, Michigan) is an American professional wrestler and actor. ... -1... Lance Timothy Evers (born April 3, 1969), known professionally by his ring name Lance Storm, is a retired Canadian professional wrestler. ... Paul Heyman (born September 11, 1965 in Scarsdale, New York) is a professional wrestling manager, on-air talent, and former promoter formerly employed by World Wrestling Entertainment. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Womens Championship is a professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Debra Ann Miceli (born February 6, 1963 in Milan, Italy) better known as Madusa (shorthand for MADe in the USA) or Alundra Blayze, is a former professional wrestler for WCW and WWF. She has also recently driven the Madusa monster truck for Clear Channel Communications on Monster Jam and will... is the 103rd day of the year (104th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Indianapolis redirects here. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ...


Conflict with XPW

In 2000, ECW made its West Coast debut, holding its annual summer pay-per-view Heat Wave in Los Angeles. At the time Los Angeles was home to Xtreme Pro Wrestling, and its owner Rob Black purchased six front row tickets for the show. The tickets were given to a cadre of XPW talent, and their mission was to make it clear that ECW was on enemy turf. This was not a storyline. At the beginning of the main event, the XPW contingent donned shirts emblazoned with the XPW logo, gaining the attention of security and ECW wrestler Tommy Dreamer. Security ejected the XPW group from the building and later, a brawl broke out in the parking lot between members of the XPW ring crew and the ECW locker room. The XPW wrestlers were not involved in the fracas, during which the ECW wrestlers brutalized the XPW ring crew with several of the ring crew members left in pools of their own blood.[11]. Initial reports claimed that XPW valet Kristi Myst had somehow touched ECW valet Francine Fournier and that this is what prompted the incident, but Fournier herself has since gone on record as saying that she was never grabbed or in any other way touched by any of the XPW crew, and other eye witnesses support the story that Fournier never had a hand laid on her. XPW was not acknowledged by ECW announcer Joey Styles during the pay-per-view telecast. The XPW contingent who had sat a ringside consisted of wrestlers The Messiah, Kid Kaos, Supreme, Kristi Myst, Homeless Jimmy and XPW announcer Kris Kloss. ECW Heat Wave was a professional wrestling event produced by Extreme Championship Wrestling. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Rob Zicari and Janet Romano Robert D. Zicari a. ... Thomas Laughlin (born February 14, 1971),[2] is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name, Tommy Dreamer. ... Kristi Myst (born on December 25, 1973, Solvang, California) is an American pornographic actress. ... Francine Fournier (born February 19, 1972) known simply as Francine is a former American professional wrestling valet most known for her work in Extreme Championship Wrestling. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Joey Munoz is a professional wrestler for Wrestling Society X under the name Kaos, where he performs alongside Aaron Aguilera as Los Pochos Guapos. ... Kristi Myst (born on December 25, 1973, Solvang, California) is an American pornographic actress. ...


Television deal with TNN

In August 1999, ECW began to broadcast nationally on TNN (for what was initially a three year contract). Despite no advertising and a low budget, ECW became TNN's highest rated show. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are often referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ...


ECW on TNN was canceled in October 2000 (with the final episode airing on October 6, 2000) in favor of WWF RAW moving to the network. To this day, Paul Heyman strongly believes that the lack of a national television deal (especially after the TNN ordeal) was the main cause of ECW's demise. ECW on TNN was a weekly professional wrestling TV show that aired on TNN on Friday nights. ... is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... WWE Raw is the Monday night professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the primary broadcast of the RAW brand. ...


Bankruptcy

ECW struggled for months after the cancellation, trying to secure a new national TV deal. On December 30, 2000, ECW Hardcore TV aired for the last time and Guilty as Charged 2001 was the last PPV aired on January 7, 2001. Living Dangerously was going to air on March 11, 2001, but because of financial trouble it was canceled before March 11. Despite help from the WWF, Heyman could not get out of financial trouble and filed for bankruptcy on April 4, 2001. Heyman supposedly had never told his wrestlers that the company was on its dying legs and was unable to pay them for well over a month before finally filing for bankruptcy. is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... ECW Hardcore TV was the weekly professional wrestling television program of Philadelphia-based promotion Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). ... Guilty as Charged was an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view from Extreme Championship Wrestling. ... is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Living Dangerously was an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view from Extreme Championship Wrestling that happened from 1998 to 2000 that was held in the month of March. ... is the 70th day of the year (71st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 70th day of the year (71st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...


The company was listed as having assets totaling $1,385,500. Included in that number was $860,000 in accounts receivable owed the company by iN DEMAND Network (PPV), Acclaim (video games), and Original San Francisco Toy Company (action figures). The balance of the assets were the video tape library ($500,000), a 1998 Ford Truck ($19,500) and the remaining inventory of merchandise ($4). USD redirects here. ... In Demand (capitalized as a trademark as iN DEMAND) is a provider of pay-per-view and subscription video-on-demand services, jointly owned by Comcast, Cox Communications, and Time Warner Entertainment. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about computer and video games. ... San Francisco redirects here. ... An action figure is a posable plastic figurine of an action hero, superhero or a character from a movie or television program. ... 2002 Ford Fiesta in the UK. The Ford Motor Company (sometimes nicknamed Fords or FoMoCo, (NYSE: F) is an automobile maker founded by Henry Ford in Detroit, Michigan, and incorporated on June 16, 1903. ...


The liabilities of the company totaled $8,881,435.17. The bankruptcy filing included hundreds of claims, including production companies, buildings ECW ran in, TV stations ECW was televised on, travel agencies, phone companies, attorney's fees, wrestlers, and other talent. Wrestlers and talent were listed, with amounts owed ranging from $1 for Sabu and Steve Corino to hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of dollars. The highest amounts owed to talents were Rob Van Dam ($150,000), Tommy Dreamer ($125,000), Joey Styles ($50,000), Shane Douglas ($48,000), and Francine ($47,875). Steven Steve Eugene Corino (born May 29, 1973) is a Canadian professional wrestler, worked for Pro Wrestling ZERO1-MAX and numerous independent promotions. ... Robert Alexander Szatkowski (born December 18, 1970 in Battle Creek, Michigan) better known by his ring name Rob Van Dam, is currently an inactive American professional wrestler. ... Thomas Laughlin (born February 14, 1971),[2] is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name, Tommy Dreamer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Troy Shane Martin (born November 21, 1964) is an American semi-retired professional wrestler who is better known by his ring name, Shane Douglas. ... Francine Fournier (born February 19, 1972) known simply as Francine is a former American professional wrestling valet most known for her work in Extreme Championship Wrestling. ...


Revivals

Alliance storyline

A few months after the promotion's 2001 demise, ECW resurfaced as a stable as part of the World Wrestling Federation Invasion storyline. As a participant in the inter-promotional feud between Shane McMahon's WCW and Vince McMahon's WWF, ECW was initially "owned" by Paul Heyman and harbored no loyalty to either promotion. Soon after (on the very same night), it was revealed Stephanie McMahon was ECW's new "owner", and she soon conspired with her brother Shane to oust their father from his leadership position in the World Wrestling Federation. Although WWE used the ECW name, the rights to the company were disputed at the time. With the creation of The Alliance, the inter-promotional feud shifted into an internal power struggle among the McMahon family. The defection of WWF superstars to The Alliance continued the shift as less focus was placed on WCW and ECW performers. The feud lasted six months and concluded with WWF defeating The Alliance at the 2001 Survivor Series. The WWF's victory also marked the end of the Invasion storyline, and WCW and ECW wrestlers were reintegrated into the WWF. This article is about the storyline. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Shane Brandon McMahon[3][2] (born January 15, 1970)[1] is an American executive and part-time professional wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ... For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ... Paul Heyman (born September 11, 1965 in Scarsdale, New York) is a professional wrestling manager, on-air talent, and former promoter formerly employed by World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Stephanie Marie McMahon-Levesque[1] (born September 24, 1976) better known by her maiden name Stephanie McMahon, is World Wrestling Entertainments Executive Vice President of Talent and Creative Writing. ... Survivor Series 2001 was the fifteenth annual Survivor Series pay-per-view professional wrestling event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ...


Documentaries

In the summer of 2003, WWE purchased ECW's assets in bankruptcy court, acquiring the rights to ECW's video library. They used this video library to put together a two-disc DVD entitled The Rise and Fall of ECW. The set was released in November 2004. The main feature of the DVD was a three-hour documentary on the company's history, with the other disc featuring matches from the promotion. The DVD sold well, and is currently ranked as WWE's second highest-selling DVD of all time, behind WrestleMania 21. DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... The Rise and Fall of ECW is a documentary DVD produced by World Wrestling Entertainment. ... This article is about the professional wrestling pay-per-view event. ...


An unauthorized DVD called Forever Hardcore was produced by former WCW crew member Jeremy Borash in response to The Rise and Fall of ECW. The DVD had stories of wrestlers who were not employed by WWE telling their side of ECW's history. However, due to the WWE owning the ECW video library, there was no video of ECW events. But there was footage of XPW events which featured former ECW wrestlers. Forever Hardcore is a professional wrestling documentary DVD that interviews wrestlers who participated in Hardcore Homecoming on June 10, 2005. ... Jeremy Borash (born May 28, 1977 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American professional wrestling play-by-play commentator, announcer, booker, video producer and website designer. ...


Reunion shows

The strong sales of The Rise and Fall of ECW prompted both World Wrestling Entertainment and Shane Douglas to run ECW reunion shows in 2005. Douglas's first Hardcore Homecoming show was held before WWE's ECW One Night Stand and subsequently went on tour. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Hardcore Homecoming was a professional wrestling promotion that was booked by Shane Douglas, a former ECW World Heavyweight Champion. ... ECW One Night Stand 2005 was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ...


Revival as a WWE brand

In June 2006, World Wrestling Entertainment revived Extreme Championship Wrestling as a third brand to complement their existing Raw and SmackDown brands. Under the WWE banner, ECW is presented in a different style to that when it was an independent promotion. ECW now only features the occasional no rules match and these bouts are said to be fought under Extreme Rules. The highest ranked title on the ECW brand is the ECW Championship which was resurrected at the same time that the brand was revived. As of June 29th 2008, the WWE United States Championship became exclusive to the ECW brand. This article is about the WWE brand. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... WWE Raw is the Monday night professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the primary broadcast of the RAW brand. ... For the video game series based on the show, see WWE SmackDown (video game series). ... The World Wrestling Entertainment Brand Extension was a device first used in 2002 by said professional wrestling organization as a means of providing separate brands of wrestling through its two top shows, RAW and SmackDown!, with the addition of ECW in 2006. ... Christian Cage after being chokeslammed onto a pile of thumbtacks. ... -1... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) United States Championship is a professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ...


Lawsuits

Mass Transit

On November 23, 1996, aspiring wrestler Eric Kulas teamed with D-Von Dudley to wrestle The Gangstas. Substituting for Axl Rotten, Kulas was beaten with various weapons and suffered a deep cut as a result of a blading incident by his opponent New Jack. Kulas sued ECW and New Jack for physical and psychological damage claiming he was unaware the match was going to be a hardcore match. Furthermore, criminal charges were filed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts against New Jack. During the civil trial, it was revealed that Kulas and his father lied that Kulas was 19 years old instead of 17. Also, Kulas had misrepresented his wrestling experience by stating he was trained by retired wrestler Killer Kowalski. In the end, ECW and New Jack were acquitted of the charges, however, ECW suffered long term repercussions. The lawsuit delayed the broadcast of ECW's first pay-per-view after distributors viewed video of the incident. Eric Kulas died on May 12, 2002 at the age of 22 due to complications from gastric bypass surgery. The Mass Transit incident was an infamous event in professional wrestling that occurred on November 23, 1996 in Revere, Massachusetts. ... is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Devon Hughes (born August 1, 1972) is an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment as D-Von Dudley. ... New Jack of the Gangstas Mustapha of the Gangstas The Gangstas was the tag team of New Jack & Mustapha Saed in ECW & Smoky Mountain Wrestling. ... Brian Knighton (born April 21, 1971 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name, Axl Rotten. ... In professional wrestling, blading is the practice of cutting oneself to provoke bleeding. ... For the musical style, see New jack swing. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Wladek Kowalski Wladek (Walter) Killer Kowalski was a professional wrestler. ... is the 132nd day of the year (133rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Gastric bypass procedures (GBP) are any of a group of similar operations used to treat morbid obesity—the severe accumulation of excess weight as fatty tissue—and the health problems (comorbidities) it causes. ...


Tod Gordon

In December 2005, Eastern Championship Wrestling founder Tod Gordon challenged WWE's ownership of the Eastern Championship Wrestling section of the ECW video library, claiming that the state didn't have the right to sell that section of the video library to Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment. He also claims that Eastern Championship Wrestling, Inc. was separate from Extreme Championship Wrestling. On May 8, 2006 the case was thrown out and Gordon plans to appeal the decision. Tod Gordon is now one of the owners of Pro Wrestling Unplugged, running out of the New Alhambra Arena. Tod A. Gordon was the founder of Eastern Championship Wrestling, later Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) video library is currently the largest collection of professional wrestling videos and copyrights in the world. ... is the 128th day of the year (129th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In law, an appeal is a process for making a formal challenge to an official decision. ... The New Alhambra Arena. ...


Tradition

There were several distinctive fans that were always in the front row at ECW shows. Among them were Sign Guy, Tye Dye Guy, Superman T-shirt Guy, Hat Guy (also known in the Philadelphia area as Straw Hat), Faith No More Guy, and Kato. They gained their respective nicknames because Sign Guy always had different creative signs with him, Hat Guy always wore a straw hat and Hawaiian shirt, Faith No More Guy bore an uncanny resemblance to "Big" Jim Martin, former guitarist for rock band Faith No More and Kato resembled O.J. Simpson house guest Kato Kaelin. Regular patrons of ECW Arena events were given Club ECW status by the promotion and were able to reserve seats ahead of the general public. Many members of Club ECW were present at Shane Douglas's 2005 Hardcore Homecoming shows in Philadelphia, and at ECW One Night Stand. A nickname is a short, clever, cute, derogatory, or otherwise substitute name for a person or things real name (for example, Nick is short for Nicholas). ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Big Jim Martin (born James Martin, on 21 July 1961, in Hayward, California) played lead guitar in Faith No More from 1983 to 1993 and lead guitar with Anand Bhatt in the 2000s. ... For the UK magazine, see Guitarist (magazine). ... FNM redirects here. ... Orenthal James Simpson (born July 9, 1947), commonly known as O. J. Simpson and also just by his initials O.J. and his nickname The Juice, is a retired American football player who achieved stardom at the collegiate and professional levels. ... Brian Kato Kaelin (born March 9, 1959 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American aspiring actor who received considerable notoriety due to his peripheral involvement in events surrounding the 1994-95 O.J. Simpson murder case. ... Troy Shane Martin (born November 21, 1964) is an American semi-retired professional wrestler who is better known by his ring name, Shane Douglas. ... Hardcore Homecoming was a professional wrestling promotion that was booked by Shane Douglas, a former ECW World Heavyweight Champion. ... ECW One Night Stand 2005 was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ...


Crowds at ECW events were well known for their rowdiness and distinctive chants that either supported or demeaned what was transpiring in the ring. ECW chants such as "You fucked up!" and "Holy shit!" became infamous during those shows, and are still used by fans in other promotions, as well as other chants (most originating from fans in either Philadelphia or New York City), such as "You both suck!", "You can't wrestle!", "Change the channel!" and, "Fuck 'em up, [name], fuck 'em up!", to name a few. For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


In ECW, there were virtually no rules. Weapons were abundant, with much blood spilled. There were referees, but their role was normally limited to counting pinfalls and acknowledging submissions, occasionally performing tag team maneuvers with a wrestler during the match, several times becoming the winner of the match themselves though not officially a part of the bout.


ECW was known for making popular several types of matches:

ECW was also infamous for regularly holding "Bring Your Own Weapon Nights" at the ECW Arena in the early days of the promotion. Fans were encouraged to bring their own weapons to give to wrestlers, as fighting in the crowd was a staple of ECW matches. A dollar store located next to the ECW Arena often supplied the bulk of the weapons, with fans purchasing them while they waited in line for each show. Memorable weapons included crutches, a large piece of cardboard with the words "Use Me!" handwritten on it but actually concealing a full-sized Stop sign, a two-man kayak, a Leonard Cohen vinyl record, a VCR (with remote), a cactus, a cast iron ladder, and a Nintendo Entertainment System. An accident actually helped put an end to Bring Your Own Weapon Night when wrestler Cactus Jack, believing the weapon he was holding to be an inexpensive aluminum pan, swung the object full force into The Sandman's head. When he heard the resulting "clang" noise, he realized the object was in fact a cast-iron skillet, and The Sandman's resulting injury put him out of action for two weeks. A barbed wire match is one of any number of professional wrestling matches that utilizes strands of barbed wire in some capacity. ... A bloodied Kane inside a current style WWE cage. ... A bloodied Kane inside a current style WWE cage. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A bloodied Kane inside a current style WWE cage. ... A bloodied Kane inside a current style WWE cage. ... A bloodied Kane inside a current style WWE cage. ... The New Alhambra Arena. ... Leonard Norman Cohen, CC, (born September 21, 1934 in Westmount, Quebec) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. ... The video cassette recorder (or VCR, less popularly video tape recorder) is a type of video tape recorder that uses removable cassettes containing magnetic tape to record audio and video from a television broadcast so it can be played back later. ... Subfamilies Cactoideae Maihuenioideae Opuntioideae Pereskioideae See also taxonomy of the Cactaceae A cactus (plural: cacti, cactuses, or cactus) is any member of the succulent plant family Cactaceae, native to the Americas. ... For other uses, see Ladder (disambiguation). ... “NES” redirects here. ... Michael Francis Mick Foley, Sr. ...


Also, WWE promoted the ECW One Night Stand 2005 PPV with the "ECW Rules Match", with the same rules as a No DQ match or Street Fight but was regularly contested between former ECW wrestlers, most notably Chris Benoit and Yoshihiro Tajiri. Christopher Michael Benoit (IPA: ) (May 21, 1967 – June 24, 2007) was a Canadian professional wrestler who wrestled for Extreme Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, and World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Yoshihiro Tajiri , born September 29, 1970 in Yokohama, Japan), is a Japanese professional wrestler, best known for his appearances in the United States with Extreme Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment. ...


Legacy

ECW has gathered just as strong of a fan following over the years as their former rivals World Championship Wrestling have since they we're bought by Vince McMahon in 2001. ECW has been credited for introducing Lucha Libre and Japan wrestling to the United States. For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ... This article is about the year. ...


After ECW, several of their former superstars would go on to find major success in other companies. In 1998, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin won the World Wrestling Federation Championship from Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XIV. Even though Austin's first time entertaining in front of a mainstream audience was with WCW, he has given credit to ECW for kickstarting his career. In 2004, former ECW wrestlers Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero won the WWE Championship and celebrated at WrestleMania XX. Former ECW wrestler Rob Van Dam became he first wrestler in history to hold the WWE Championship and ECW World Heavyweight Championship at the same time in 2006. Other wrestlers to win the WWE Championship after performing for ECW were Rey Mysterio at WrestleMania 22 and Chris Jericho in 2001. Jericho also won the WCW Championship in 2001, despite the fact that WCW was owned by WWE by the time Jericho won the belt. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The WWE Championship belt, April 11 2005 – August 20, 2006; September 18, 2006 – present The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Championship is a professional wrestling title. ... Michael Shawn Hickenbottom (born July 22, 1965) is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Shawn Michaels. ... WrestleMania XIV was the fourteenth WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), which took place on March 29, 1998 at the FleetCenter in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Christopher Michael Benoit (IPA: ) (May 21, 1967 – June 24, 2007) was a Canadian professional wrestler who wrestled for Extreme Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, and World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Eduardo Eddie Gory Guerrero Llanes (October 9, 1967 — November 13, 2005) better known as Eddie Guerrero, was a Mexican-American professional wrestler born into a legendary Mexican wrestling family. ... WrestleMania XX was the twentieth WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ... Robert Alexander Szatkowski (born December 18, 1970 in Battle Creek, Michigan) better known by his ring name Rob Van Dam, is currently an inactive American professional wrestler. ... The ECW World Heavyweight Championship belt The ECW World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling championship title. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rey Mysterio Óscar Gutiérrez Rubio, better known as Rey Misterio, Jr. ... WrestleMania 22 was the twenty-second annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ... This article is about the year. ...


ECW became a major influence in the late 1990s in other wrestling companies by puttin on controversial story lines and gimmicks. WCW began a group called the new World order, a group of outsider who followed by their own rules. Many fans see ECW as an inspiration for the n.W.o. angle due to the fact it was on of WCW's more adult oriented storylines. WWE began the very successful Attitude Era between 1996 and 1997, the Attitude Era was an era in WWE that had adult jokes and gimmicks, and also brutal "Hardcore" style matches similar to matches started in ECW. For the band, see 1990s (band). ... The term new world order has been used to refer to a new period of history evidencing a dramatic change in world political thought and the balance of power. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ...


Championships

-1... The Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) Tag Team Championship was the tag team championship contested in Eastern Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling between June 1992 and April 2001. ... The ECW World Television Championship was the secondary title in Extreme Championship Wrestling from 1992 until it folded in 2001. ... The first version of the ECW FTW Heavyweight Championship. ... The ECW Maryland Championship was a short-lived title in ECW when they were known as Eastern Championship Wrestling. ... The ECW Pennsylvania Championship was a short-lived title in ECW when it was called Eastern Championship Wrestling]]. It existed in 1993. ...

Books

  • Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of the ECW (ISBN 1-59670-021-1) - Scott Williams
  • Fall of ECW (ISBN 1-4165-1058-3) - Thom Loverro for World Wrestling Entertainment
  • Turning the Tables (ISBN 1-905363-78-8) - John Lister
  • Sex, Drugs, and Wrestling - The Truth, The Lies, and the Extreme - a Rob Van Dam story - Tod Gordon

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See also

This is a list of professional wrestlers that have been significantly recoginized and who are originals in incarnations of the Extreme Championship Wrestling promotion (alumni of the ECW brand in WWE should not be included) from: 1992-1994 (as Eastern Championship Wrestling) 1994-2001 (as Extreme Championship Wrestling):) They are... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the WWE brand. ...

References

  1. ^ a b Interviews
  2. ^ Paul Heyman Interview: Talks About The Original Plans For ECW + More"ECW ECW ECW ECW"
  3. ^ History of the National Wrestling Alliance
  4. ^ What made the decision easy is Dennis Carluzzo's commentary about Shane at the time
  5. ^ http://www.wrestlingclothesline.com/HallOfFameDennis.htm 2006 Hall Of Fame Inductees]
  6. ^ Raven vs. Sandman: Chapter 2?
  7. ^ a b Thomas Loverro. The Rise & Fall of ECW: Extreme Championship Wrestling, p. 172f.
  8. ^ Evers, Lance (2007-02-20). Mike Awesome 1965-2007. StormWrestling.
  9. ^ Molinaro, John F. (2000-04-14). Tazz wins ECW World title. Slam! Sports.
  10. ^ Kapur, Bob (2001-08-05). Tazz talks: ECW, Tough Enough, WWF. Slam! Wrestling.
  11. ^ trashtalkingradio

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