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ECW

ECW was originally known as Eastern Wrestling Championship and was originally owned by Joel Goodhart. He would eventually sell the company to Tod Gordon in 1992. Initially, ECW was part of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and in 1992, Paul Heyman entered the company as lead booker. Together, they wanted to do something very different with the product as opposed to what was being offered by the WWE and WCW respectively


. ECW created their own ECW world heavyweight championship and left the NWA in 1994. ECW started creating taping from the ECW Arena, which was actually an old warehouse. The presentation was very different to what had come before. The audience almost had a front row seat and audience interaction. Moreover, ECW was unapologetically an adult product. The matches were of the hardcore variety which featured anything from barbed wires to chairs to pieces of broken glass. Before the WWE’s attitude era, ECW actually introduced sexualized storylines with the women engaging acts that would not have passed censors on the prime time television.


Eventually, Paul Heyman brought the company from Tod Gordon in 1995. With Paul Heyman in charge, ECW was putting out content that defied wrestling standards and was a part of the counterculture at the time. In the mid 1990s, there was even cross-promotion with WWE with ECW performers showing up at WWF events and vice-versa. More importantly, ECW essentially became a training ground for wrestlers such as Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko, Rey Mysterio and even Stone Cold Steve Austin. While WWE and WCW tended to recruit talent from these organizations, they even created their own. Stars like Tazz, Raven, The Sandman, Tommy Dreamer, Rob Van Dam and the Dudley Boyz would homegrown and are forever known to wrestling fans as ECW originals.


Due to financial pressures and poor management, Paul Heyman was forced to sell the organization to Vince McMahon. While the organization was defunct, Paul Heyman would eventually go on to work for WWE itself. They were part of the Invasion storyline of 2001 as they allied with WCW to bring down the WWE. After the invasion angle, a few years passed and WWE started introducing old ECW footage in DVDs as part of their growing tape library. This re energized the interest in ECW as WWE put on a reunion PPV called One Night Stand, which proved to be successful. This eventually led WWE to introduce ECW as a third brand alongside WWE Raw and WWE SmackDown in June 13, 2006. While the initial interest was successful, it died over time. With the arrival of NXT, ECW was discontinued on February 16, 2010.


List of ECW World Heavyweight Champions


Eastern Championship Wrestling/ Extreme Championship Wrestling

ChampionDateEvent
Jimmy Snuka4/25/1992Live event
Johnny Hotbody4/26/1992Live event
Jimmy Snuka7/14/1992Live event
Don Muraco9/30/1992Live event
The Sandman11/16/1992Live event
Don Muraco4/3/1993Hardcore TV
Tito Santana8/8/1993Hardcore TV
Shane Douglas9/9/1993Hardcore TV
Sabu10/2/1993NWA Bloodfest
Terry Funk12/26/1993Holiday Hell
Shane Douglas3/26/1994Ultimate Jeopardy
The Sandman4/15/1995Hostile City Showdown
Mikey Whipwreck10/28/1995Hardcore TV
The Sandman12/9/1995December to Dismember
Raven1/27/1996Hardcore TV
The Sandman10/5/1996Ultimate Jeopardy
Raven12/7/1996Holiday Hell
Terry Funk4/13/1997Barely Legal
Sabu8/9/1997Born to Be Wired
Shane Douglas8/17/1997Hardcore Heaven
Bam Bam Bigelow10/16/1997Hardcore TV
Shane Douglas11/30/1997November to Remember
Taz1/10/1999Guilty as Charged
Mike Awesome9/19/1999Anarchy Rulz
Masato Tanaka12/17/1999ECW on TNN
Mike Awesome12/23/1999ECW on TNN
Taz4/13/2000ECW on TNN
Tommy Dreamer4/22/2000CyberSlam
Justin Credible4/22/2000CyberSlam
Jerry Lynn10/1/2000Anarchy Rulz
Steve Corino11/5/2000November to Remember
The Sandman1/7/2001Guilty as Charged
Rhino1/7/2001Guilty as Charged
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)

Rob Van Dam6/13/2006ECW
Big Show7/4/2006ECW
Bobby Lashley12/3/2006December to Dismember
Mr. McMahon4/29/2007Backlash
Bobby Lashley6/3/2007One Night Stand
Vacated6/11/2007Raw
Johnny Nitro6/24/2007Vengeance: Night of Champions
CM Punk9/1/2007ECW
Chavo Guerrero1/22/2008ECW
Kane3/30/2008WrestleMania XXIV
Mark Henry6/29/2008Night of Champions
Matt Hardy9/7/2008Unforgiven
Jack Swagger1/12/2009ECW
Christian4/26/2009Backlash
Tommy Dreamer6/7/2009Extreme Rules
Christian7/26/2009Night of Champions
Ezekiel Jackson2/16/2010ECW



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