History Wrestling / ECW

13th Apr '16 9:18:01 AM JamesAustin
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* FollowTheLeader: A few things that are copied from ECW to this day include submissions symbolized by tapping out, three-way matches (till then only found in even smaller promotions), saying "WOO" when using Ric Flair's moves, lucha libre and Japanese-influenced lightweight wrestling, fans bringing weapons and of course, hardcore wrestling.



* FranchiseZombie: Between WWE's ECW brand, the Extreme Revolution (an ECW stable in early Wrestling/{{TNA}}), Hardcore Homecoming's tours and [=EV2.0=], a lot of people seem to have trouble letting go.
17th Mar '16 9:07:59 PM McJeff
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* WrestlingMonster: Big Dick Dudley.

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* WrestlingMonster: Big Dick Dudley.Dudley, 911, Sal E. Graziano, Sid, Mike Awesome, Rhyno.
20th Jan '16 12:47:24 PM JamesAustin
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* UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}: The home of ECW. The promotion had such an effect on their fans there that the only thing that matters to Philly is quality. As such, the fans there are the smarkiest, most vitriolic crowd you can find just about anywhere -- for the WWE, it's almost impossible to please them, unless you use to be a famous Indy star, an EnsembleDarkhorse, or a legend.
20th Jan '16 12:37:55 PM JamesAustin
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->''You think The Sandman would get over in today’s WWE? Scratch that, you think The Sandman would get over ANYWHERE BUT ECW? That was the genius of Paul Heyman.''

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->''You ->''"You think The Sandman would get over in today’s WWE? Scratch that, you think The Sandman would get over ANYWHERE BUT ECW? That was the genius of Paul Heyman.''"''



->''From the Wrestling/{{Harley Race}}s, to the Wrestling/{{Barry Windham}}s, to the... Wrestling/{{Ric Flair}}s, I accept this heavyweight title....and they... can all...'' '''''KISS! MY! ASS!!!'''''

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->''From ->''"From the Wrestling/{{Harley Race}}s, to the Wrestling/{{Barry Windham}}s, to the... Wrestling/{{Ric Flair}}s, I accept this heavyweight title....title... and they... can all...'' '''''KISS! '''KISS! MY! ASS!!!'''''ASS!!!''' [...] Tonight, let the new era begin! The era of the sport of professional wrestling! The era of the Franchise! The era of the '''E-C-W!'''''"



ECW presented a product for a more mature wrestling fan, giving them flawed heroes, deeper storylines, dramatic matches, and - oh, yeah, how could we forget - plenty of sex and violence. Their product was a stark contrast to the family-friendly comic-book superheroes of [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} the WWF]] and WCW, as well as the highly-{{kayfabe}}d style of the NWA. ECW also invented and/or popularized many things that the modern wrestling fan takes for granted these days: having an arsenal of weapons under the ring, the presence of an Evil Authority Figure (in the form of Bill Alphonso from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission, and later [[Wrestling/DonCallis Cyrus]] from "The Network"), many of the most daring maneuvers that are now seen on TV on a regular basis (mostly in GimmickMatches), and angles with "shades of grey". ECW also turned a whole bunch of wrestlers who were rejects from the big promotions (because they were too short, or not muscular enough, or too ethnic, or anything not having to do with actual skill) and turned them into hot commodities, leading to many of them having long and successful careers with the bigger promotions. (Amongst the ECW alumni that left the company to go on and have memorable careers were Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, Wrestling/MickFoley, Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr, Wrestling/{{Lita}}[[note]]known there as Miss Congeniality- Sabu put her through a table to send her out of ECW[[/note]], Wrestling/ChrisJericho, Mike "Crash Holly" Lockwood, Wrestling/{{Raven}}, Wrestling/RonSimmons, Wrestling/RobVanDam, and - arguably the most famous of them all - Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin.)

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ECW presented a product for a more mature wrestling fan, giving them flawed heroes, deeper storylines, dramatic matches, and - oh, yeah, how could we forget - plenty of sex and violence. Their product was a stark contrast to the family-friendly comic-book superheroes of [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} the WWF]] and WCW, as well as the highly-{{kayfabe}}d style of the NWA. ECW also invented and/or popularized many things that the modern wrestling fan takes for granted these days: having an arsenal of weapons under the ring, the presence of an Evil Authority Figure (in the form of Bill Alphonso from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission, and later [[Wrestling/DonCallis Cyrus]] from "The Network"), many of the most daring maneuvers that are now seen on TV on a regular basis (mostly in GimmickMatches), and angles with "shades of grey". ECW also turned a whole bunch of wrestlers who were rejects from the big promotions (because they were too short, or not muscular enough, or too ethnic, or anything not having to do with actual skill) and turned them into hot commodities, leading to many of them having long and successful careers with the bigger promotions. (Amongst the ECW alumni that left the company to go on and have memorable careers were Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, Wrestling/MickFoley, Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr, Wrestling/{{Lita}}[[note]]known Wrestling/{{Lita}},[[note]]known there as Miss Congeniality- Sabu put her through a table to send her out of ECW[[/note]], Congeniality[[/note]] Wrestling/ChrisJericho, Mike "Crash Holly" Lockwood, Wrestling/{{Raven}}, Wrestling/RonSimmons, Wrestling/RobVanDam, and - arguably the most famous of them all - Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin.)



Once the colorful supermen the WWF had built their company on started to fail and they found themselves chasing WCW's lead, its rise back to dominance came through mimicking the ECW style. ECW's popularization of "hardcore" wrestling also resulted in countless independent federations, such as XPW poorly mimicking that style. ECW also brought back old-school technical wrestling and high-flying spot-wrestlers, and thus served as a big influence on Wrestling/RingOfHonor. Both the WWF and WCW raided ECW's talent rosters with varying levels of success (the biggest success being "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, whose firing from WCW led him to go to ECW for a brief period before entering the WWF and becoming the most famous pro wrestler since Wrestling/HulkHogan).

Sadly, ECW was not long for this world: combined with a TV deal with cable network The Nashville Network (the precursor to Creator/SpikeTV) that went horribly awry thanks to the WWF, Paul Heyman's notoriously bad business sense (something even Heyman owns up to) sent the promotion into bankruptcy even as the wrestling styles and writing style they popularized took the wrestling world by storm. Wrestlers were lucky to get paid in the final year or two. In the end, the company went out on pay-per-view - its last event was their "Guilty as Charged" PPV in January of 2001, and the main event saw Wrestling/JerryLynn face a returning Rob Van Dam (who had taken a hiatus from the company because of contract disagreements) in the last great match of the promotion. (Incidentally, the show was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, the same building where the two ''ECW One Night Stand'' pay-per-views were held.) Once the company officially declared bankruptcy, the WWF bought the promotion, getting all of its trademarks and its video library in the deal. This buyout, coupled with the eventual buyout of WCW just a couple of months later, left the WWF as the biggest wrestling promotion on the planet.

In June 2005, the ECW name was revived by WWE for ''ECW One Night Stand'', a one-night pay-per-view reunion of ECW alumni (that same weekend, there was another ECW tribute show - ''Hardcore Homecoming'' - which was spearheaded by Shane Douglas and featured several ECW wrestlers who didn't appear at ''One Night Stand''). The event proved so successful that a second ''ECW One Night Stand'' was held a year later - this time, ECW and WWE talent was mixed together, since this event would be the starting point for ECW becoming WWE's third brand (alongside ''Raw'' and ''[=SmackDown=]''). WWE's ECW brand, which had an weekly hour-long show on SyFy, would last until February 16th, 2010 - the next week, it was replaced with ''WWE NXT'', the wrestlers on the ECW brand were split up and placed on the ''Raw'' and ''[=SmackDown=]'' rosters (or released outright), and the brand was laid to rest by WWE for good. In the summer of 2010, TNA would put on ''HardCORE Justice'' as a "tribute" to the ECW Originals, and brought several of them in as members of the roster after the PPV under the group name "EV 2.0" (with "EV" standing for "Extreme Violence").

Despite whatever damage the WWE's version of ECW and TNA's "EV 2.0" may have done to the promotion's legacy, most fans agree: there was only one '''real''' ECW. {{Backyard| wrestling}} Wrestling/{{CZW}} would take over ECW's territory, [[NotSoSimilar projecting itself as a successor but proving to be a very different promotion;]] Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla opened in a different territory and is typically seen as a more "proper" successor to ECW, though it's still not quite the same.

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Once the colorful supermen the WWF had built their company on started to fail and they found themselves chasing WCW's lead, its rise back to dominance came through mimicking the ECW style. ECW's popularization of "hardcore" wrestling also resulted in countless independent federations, such as XPW poorly mimicking that style. ECW also brought back old-school technical wrestling and high-flying spot-wrestlers, and thus served as a big influence on Wrestling/RingOfHonor. Both the WWF and WCW raided ECW's talent rosters with varying levels of success (the biggest success being "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, whose firing from WCW led him to go to ECW for a brief period before entering the WWF and becoming the most famous pro wrestler since Wrestling/HulkHogan).

Sadly, ECW was not long for this world: combined with a TV deal with cable network The Nashville Network TNN (the precursor to Creator/SpikeTV) that went horribly awry thanks to the WWF, Paul Heyman's notoriously bad business sense (something even Heyman owns up to) sent the promotion into bankruptcy even as the wrestling styles and writing style they popularized took the wrestling world by storm. Wrestlers were lucky to get paid in the final year or two. In the end, the company went out on pay-per-view - its last event was their "Guilty ''Guilty as Charged" Charged'' PPV in January of 2001, and the main event saw Wrestling/JerryLynn face a returning Rob Van Dam (who had taken a hiatus from the company because of contract disagreements) in the last great match of the promotion. (Incidentally, the show was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, the same building where the two ''ECW One Night Stand'' pay-per-views were held.) Once the company officially declared bankruptcy, the WWF bought the promotion, getting all of its trademarks and its video library in the deal. This buyout, coupled with the eventual buyout of WCW just a couple of months later, left the WWF as the biggest wrestling promotion on the planet.

After its closing, ECW's popularization of "hardcore" wrestling resulted in countless independent federations, such as XPW, poorly mimicking that style. {{Backyard|Wrestling}} Wrestling/{{CZW}} would take over ECW's territory, projecting itself as a successor, but [[NotSoSimilar proved to be a very different promotion;]] Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla opened in a different territory and is typically seen as a more "proper" successor to ECW, though it's still not quite the same. ECW also brought back old-school technical wrestling and high-flying spot-wrestlers, and thus served as a big influence on Wrestling/RingOfHonor.

In June 2005, the ECW name was revived by WWE for ''ECW One Night Stand'', a one-night pay-per-view reunion of ECW alumni (that same weekend, there was another ECW tribute show - ''Hardcore Homecoming'' - which was spearheaded by Shane Douglas and featured several ECW wrestlers who didn't appear at ''One Night Stand''). The event proved so successful that a second ''ECW One Night Stand'' was held a year later - this time, ECW and WWE talent was mixed together, since this event would be the starting point for ECW becoming WWE's third brand (alongside ''Raw'' and ''[=SmackDown=]''). WWE's ECW brand, which had an weekly hour-long show on SyFy, [=SyFy=], would last until February 16th, 2010 - 16, 2010; the next week, it was replaced with ''WWE NXT'', the wrestlers on the ECW brand were split up and placed on the ''Raw'' and ''[=SmackDown=]'' rosters (or released outright), and the brand was laid to rest by WWE for good. In the summer of 2010, TNA would put on ''HardCORE ''[=HardCORE=] Justice'' as a "tribute" to the ECW Originals, and brought several of them in as members of the roster after the PPV under the group name "EV 2.0" (with "EV" standing for "Extreme Violence").

Despite whatever damage the WWE's version of ECW and TNA's "EV 2.0" may have done to the promotion's legacy, most fans agree: there was only one '''real''' ECW. {{Backyard| wrestling}} Wrestling/{{CZW}} would take over ECW's territory, [[NotSoSimilar projecting itself as a successor but proving to be a very different promotion;]] Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla opened in a different territory and is typically seen as a more "proper" successor to ECW, though it's still not quite the same.



* {{Acrofatic}}: Wrestling/TheBlueMeanie, Wrestling/BamBamBigelow
* ActionGirl: Wrestling/{{Beulah McGillicutty}}, as well as Wrestling/{{Francine}} (on occasion).
** [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore JAZZ]]
** Wrestling/LunaVachon had a brief ECW tenure, during which time she had a feud with Stevie Richards, including a cage match at ''ECW Heat Wave 95.''
** Malia Hosaka and [[Wrestling/SherriMartel Sherri Martel]] made some appearances in the early years.
* AllMenArePerverts: Joel Gertner, of course.
** Also, starting around 1999, ECW's website would feature photoshoots of Francine, Dawn Marie and Jasmine St. Claire[[note]]Porn star who was dating the Blue Boy, a slimmed-down Blue Meanie, at the time. Really.[[/note]] that were billed as "Pervert Pics."
* ArchEnemy: Wrestling/EricBischoff and [=WCW=]. It ''really'' cannot be exaggerated how much the fans of ECW hated this man. While some would put WWE here as well, their relationship was a bit more complicated.
** Both WCW and WWE were the arch enemies of ECW fans. ECW fans hated [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] just as much (and probably way more now) as Bischoff. The fanbase just wasn't aware that Vince [=McMahon=] and [=WWE=] were actively helping ECW. That certainly would not have gone over well if known. And the "you sold out" chants might have been directed at Paul Heyman.
*** In ''Have A Nice Day,'' Mick Foley explained that he had specifically chosen Bischoff and WCW as a suggested alternative for Tommy Dreamer in his "Cane Dewey" promo because of how much ECW fans hated him. This was what also led Cactus to wear spoofy "Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom" and Bischoff shirts at ''ECW November to Remember 95.''

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* {{Acrofatic}}: Wrestling/TheBlueMeanie, Wrestling/BamBamBigelow
Wrestling/TheBlueMeanie and Wrestling/BamBamBigelow were definitely not slim by any means, but they both could do moonsaults.
* ActionGirl: Wrestling/{{Beulah McGillicutty}}, as well as Wrestling/BeulahMcGillicutty, Wrestling/{{Francine}} (on occasion).
** [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore JAZZ]]
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occasion),[[Wrestling/CarleneMoore Jazz]], Wrestling/LunaVachon (who had a brief ECW tenure, during which tenure). [[note]]During that time she had a feud with Stevie Richards, including a cage match at ''ECW Heat Wave 95.''
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''[[/note]] Malia Hosaka and [[Wrestling/SherriMartel Sherri Martel]] Wrestling/SherriMartel made some appearances in the early years.
* AllMenArePerverts: AllMenArePerverts:
**
Joel Gertner, of course.
** Also, starting around 1999, ECW's ECW invoked this with their website would feature featuring photoshoots of Francine, Dawn Marie and Jasmine St. Claire[[note]]Porn Claire (porn star who was dating the Blue Boy, a slimmed-down Blue Meanie, at the time. Really.[[/note]] time) that were billed as "Pervert Pics."
* ArchEnemy: Wrestling/EricBischoff and [=WCW=].WCW. It ''really'' cannot be exaggerated how much the fans of ECW hated this man. While some would put WWE here as well, well (ECW fans hated Wrestling/VinceMcMahon just as much, and probably way more now, as Bischoff), their relationship was a bit more complicated.
** Both WCW and WWE were
complicated; the arch enemies of ECW fans. ECW fans hated [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] just as much (and probably way more now) as Bischoff. The fanbase just wasn't aware that Vince [=McMahon=] and [=WWE=] WWE were actively helping ECW. That certainly would not have gone over well if known. And the "you sold out" chants might have been directed at Paul Heyman.
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In ''Have A Nice Day,'' Mick Foley explained that he had specifically chosen Bischoff and WCW as a suggested alternative for Tommy Dreamer in his "Cane Dewey" promo because of how much ECW fans hated him. This was what also led Cactus to wear spoofy "Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom" and Bischoff shirts at ''ECW November to Remember 95.''



* BilingualBonus: In wrestling, fans have a tendency to count to ten when a wrestler climbs the ropes and delivers punches to a dazed opponent while he's in the corner. The ECW fans took it a step further by chanting to ten ''in Spanish'' when Mexican wrestlers did it.

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* BilingualBonus: BilingualBonus:
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In wrestling, fans have a tendency to count to ten when a wrestler climbs the ropes and delivers punches to a dazed opponent while he's in the corner. The ECW fans took it a step further by chanting to ten ''in Spanish'' when Mexican wrestlers did it.



* BittersweetEnding: Wrestling/RobVanDam returning to wrestle Jerry Lynn...''at ECW's final event.''

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* BittersweetEnding: Wrestling/RobVanDam returning to wrestle Jerry Lynn... ''at ECW's final event.''



* BrickJoke[=/=]MythologyGag: Once during a Pitbulls (#1 and #2) match, Joey said that the fans chanting "Two Two Two" made it sound like they were chanting for Mr. Wrestling II, and joked that WCW was thinking of bringing him back. Starting in 1999 on ''ECW on TNN'', when a wrestler would do a kneelift, Joey would say, "There's the Mr. Wrestling II kneelift," and Joel Gertner would chant "Two Two Two!"
* {{Catfight}}: Aside from being a Joey Styles catchphrase, it was both played straight and subverted. The ECW girls absolutely would roll around a ring trying to tear each other's hair out . . . and then later piledrive, powerbomb, and hurricanrana each other.

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* BrickJoke[=/=]MythologyGag: BrickJoke: Once during a Pitbulls (#1 and #2) match, Joey said that the fans chanting "Two Two Two" made it sound like they were chanting for Mr. Wrestling II, and joked that WCW was thinking of bringing him back. Starting in 1999 on ''ECW on TNN'', when a wrestler would do a kneelift, Joey would say, "There's the Mr. Wrestling II kneelift," and Joel Gertner would chant "Two Two Two!"
* {{Catfight}}: Aside from being a Joey Styles catchphrase, it was both played straight and subverted. The ECW girls absolutely would roll around a ring trying to tear each other's hair out . . .out... and then later piledrive, powerbomb, and hurricanrana each other.



* CheapHeat: Heeldom was defined by more abstract things than just breaking rules. Wearing a WCW or WWF shirt would get you instant heat, something Sabu, RVD, and Foley pushed to the hilt. A lot of newcomers tended to bash ECW and complain about how they were slumming it, or marking time until they made it to the big leagues.

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* CheapHeat: CheapHeat:
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Heeldom was defined by more abstract things than just breaking rules. Wearing a WCW or WWF shirt would get you instant heat, something Sabu, RVD, and Foley pushed to the hilt. A lot of newcomers tended to bash ECW and complain about how they were slumming it, or marking time until they made it to the big leagues.



* {{Crossover}}: ECW in its early days did joint promotional events with, among others, the Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation in Maryland. More so when they started working with WWE, leading to ECW wrestlers competing on ''Raw'' and WWE guys (Flash Funk/2 Cold Scorpio, Aldo Montoya/Justin Credible and Doug Furnas and Phil [=LaFon=]) being shipped down to ECW.

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* {{Crossover}}: {{Crossover}}:
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ECW in its early days did joint promotional events with, among others, the Mid-Eastern Wrestling Federation in Maryland. More so when they started working with WWE, leading to ECW wrestlers competing on ''Raw'' and WWE guys (Flash Funk/2 Cold Scorpio, Aldo Montoya/Justin Credible and Doug Furnas and Phil [=LaFon=]) being shipped down to ECW.



* DeepSouth: The Dupps

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* DeepSouth: DeepSouth:
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The DuppsDupps.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: The 3/25/98 episode of ECW Hardcore TV started with a promo from Wrestling/RobVanDam, Bill Alfonso, and Wrestling/Sabu about Bam Bam Bigelow defending the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-tv.html ECW World Television Title]] against Sabu. Before that could happen, he would have a tune-up match against RVD. In that, RVD mentioned how he beat Bigelow in the past, and that he'll beat him again so Sabu can take the TV Title and bring it to Fonzie's stable. Afterward, he said "what's yours (Sabu's) is mine, and what's mine is mine." RVD would win the World TV Title from Bigelow himself (and hold it for 700 days, the longest title reign in ECW history, and the longest title reign for a secondary title in a major promotion since the Wrestling/HonkyTonkMan's epic run with the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/ic.html WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Title]] from 1987-1988. Van Dam was exactly one month away from having held the title for a full TWO YEARS. As an aside, this win was legitimately the moment that [[StarMakingRole MADE]] RVD, as the fans were cheering like crazy for him, something that continues today 15 years later.)
* FranchiseZombie: Between WWECW, the Extreme Revolution (an ECW stable in early Wrestling/{{TNA}}), Hardcore Homecoming's tours and [=EV2.0=], a lot of people [--[[CoughSnarkCough * coughTOMMYcough *]]--] seem to have trouble letting go.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The 3/25/98 episode of ECW ''ECW Hardcore TV TV'' started with a promo from Wrestling/RobVanDam, Bill Alfonso, and Wrestling/Sabu Wrestling/{{Sabu}} about Bam Bam Bigelow defending the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-tv.html ECW World Television Title]] Championship]] against Sabu. Before that could happen, he would have a tune-up match against RVD. In that, RVD mentioned how he beat Bigelow in the past, and that he'll beat him again so Sabu can take the TV Title and bring it to Fonzie's stable. Afterward, he said "what's yours (Sabu's) is mine, and what's mine is mine." RVD would win the World TV Title Television Championship from Bigelow himself (and hold it for 700 days, the longest title reign in ECW history, and the longest title reign for a secondary title in a major promotion since the Wrestling/HonkyTonkMan's epic run with the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/ic.html WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Title]] Championship]] from 1987-1988. Van Dam was exactly one month away from having held the title for a full TWO YEARS. As an aside, this win was legitimately the moment that [[StarMakingRole MADE]] RVD, as the fans were cheering like crazy for him, something that continues today 15 years later.)
* FranchiseZombie: Between WWECW, WWE's ECW brand, the Extreme Revolution (an ECW stable in early Wrestling/{{TNA}}), Hardcore Homecoming's tours and [=EV2.0=], a lot of people [--[[CoughSnarkCough * coughTOMMYcough *]]--] seem to have trouble letting go.



* FunWithAcronyms: '''L'''ittle '''S'''pike '''D'''udley. (His finisher? The Acid Drop.)

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* FunWithAcronyms: '''L'''ittle '''S'''pike '''D'''udley. (His His finisher? The Acid Drop.)



* LighterAndSofter: ECW on [=SyFy=]. On the one side, you had Vince and Kevin Dunn demanding more promos and sports entertainment, and on the other side, you had [=SyFy=] execs demanding some alien or supernatural elements to the matches. Paul's concession was to toss in a growling guy with bad makeup, bill him as The Zombie (Tim Roberts), and immediately [[BitingTheHandHumor have the Sandman cane him to death.]]
** Zombie could cut a hell of a promo, though. '''GRRR ARRRRGH'''.
** They would have ''much'' better results with Kevin Thorn (Kevin Fertig) and Ariel (Shelly Martinez) of the New Breed.

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* LighterAndSofter: ECW ''ECW on [=SyFy=].[=SyFy=]''. On the one side, you had Vince and Kevin Dunn demanding more promos and sports entertainment, and on the other side, you had [=SyFy=] execs demanding some alien or supernatural elements to the matches. Paul's concession was to toss in a growling guy with bad makeup, bill him as The Zombie (Tim Roberts), and immediately [[BitingTheHandHumor have the Sandman cane him to death.]]
** Zombie
]] (he could cut a hell of a promo, though. '''GRRR ARRRRGH'''.
**
"'''GRRR ARRRRGH'''".) They would have ''much'' better results with Kevin Thorn (Kevin Fertig) and Ariel (Shelly Martinez) of the New Breed.



* MsFanservice: Beulah [=McGillicutty=], Francine, Kimona Wanalaya, Dawn Marie, Tammy Lynn Sytch

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* MsFanservice: Beulah [=McGillicutty=], Francine, Kimona Wanalaya, Dawn Marie, Tammy Lynn SytchSytch.



* OncePerEpisode: ECW Hardcore TV frequently ended with several "surprise" run-ins and the match turning into an all out brawl. When Chris Candido asked Wrestling/JimCornette to participate saying "we always have a surprise ending!", Cornette remarked that it's not much of a surprise if it's done every night.
* OneOfTheBoys: Muscular female wrestler Jazz. She wrestled the guys, and was portrayed more as a wrestler who happened to be female rather than a female wrestler, since [=ECW=] didn't have a proper women's division. Whether or not she was attractive was never discussed, most likely because she'd beat up whoever said she wasn't.
** Actually, Tommy Dreamer once opined that she looked like a crack whore and inferred that "the boys in the back" would rather receive fellatio from her stable mate Jason.

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* OncePerEpisode: ECW ''ECW Hardcore TV TV'' frequently ended with several "surprise" run-ins and the match turning into an all out brawl. When Chris Candido asked Wrestling/JimCornette to participate saying "we always have a surprise ending!", Cornette remarked that it's not much of a surprise if it's done every night.
* OneOfTheBoys: Muscular female wrestler Jazz. She wrestled the guys, and was portrayed more as a wrestler who happened to be female rather than a female wrestler, since [=ECW=] ECW didn't have a proper women's division. Whether or not she was attractive was never discussed, most likely because she'd beat up whoever said she wasn't.
** Actually,
wasn't. The only guy who spoke about it was Tommy Dreamer Dreamer, who once opined that she looked like a crack whore and inferred that "the boys in the back" would rather receive fellatio from her stable mate Jason.



* PowerStable: Raven's Nest, the Network

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* PowerStable: Raven's Nest, the NetworkNetwork.



* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The caning of Michael Fay in UsefulNotes/{{Singapore}} led to the famous Simgapore Caning Match between the Sandman and Tommy Dreamer, something Paul Heyman acknowledged on the ''Rise & Fall of ECW'' DVD.

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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The caning of Michael Fay in UsefulNotes/{{Singapore}} led to the famous Simgapore Caning Match between the Sandman and Tommy Dreamer, something Paul Heyman acknowledged on the ''Rise & ''The Rise and Fall of ECW'' DVD.



* TakeThat: The Blue World Order. As Joey Styles put it during the first ''ECW One Night Stand'' event:
--> If any gimmick never deserved to make a dime ''and made a whole boatload of cash, '''this is it!''''' And the best is [[Wrestling/{{WCW}} they]] couldn't sue us because of [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder parody]]!

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* TakeThat: TakeThat:
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The Blue World Order. As Joey Styles put it during the first ''ECW One Night Stand'' event:
--> If --->'''Joey Styles:'''If any gimmick never deserved to make a dime ''and made a whole boatload of cash, '''this is it!''''' And the best is [[Wrestling/{{WCW}} they]] couldn't sue us because of [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder parody]]!



* VitriolicBestBuds: Believe it or not, this was the relationship between ECW and [=WWE=]. Despite several employees, most notably Wrestling/JerryLawler, openly admitting to ''hating'' ECW, WWE did damn near everything they could to help ECW get off the ground. Both did quite a bit of cross promotion, and Vince even helped ECW get out of a bit of financial trouble from time to time. Really, most of the hate seems to stem from the fact that WWE replaced ECW on TNN, ultimately leading to the latter's dissolution, and that's more TNN's fault than WWE's.

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* VitriolicBestBuds: Believe it or not, this was the relationship between ECW and [=WWE=].WWE. Despite several employees, most notably Wrestling/JerryLawler, openly admitting to ''hating'' ECW, WWE did damn near everything they could to help ECW get off the ground. Both did quite a bit of cross promotion, and Vince even helped ECW get out of a bit of financial trouble from time to time. Really, most of the hate seems to stem from the fact that WWE replaced ECW on TNN, ultimately leading to the latter's dissolution, and that's more TNN's fault than WWE's.



* WouldHitAGirl: Absolutely everyone, but most notable in the case of Tommy Dreamer's repeated piledriving of Raven's female compatriots. According to Francine (a recipient of kendo stick shots to the kisser), the idea was to fill a niche the WWF Divas weren't willing to go at the time.
** As Bill Alfonso famously discovered at ''As Good As It Gets'', September 20, 1997, sometimes they hit back.[[note]]This was the famous match, which started as Dreamer/Beulah vs. RVD/Fonzie, where Beulah busted Alfonso open with a cookie sheet and Alfonso ultimately lost some 30% of his blood. Beulah won by countering Alfonso's intended powerbomb with a [=Beulahcanrana=].[[/note]]
* WrestlingDoesntPay: In this case, literally; when the promotion declared bankruptcy, some wrestlers were still owed hundreds, if not thousands, in back pay from Paul Heyman.

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* WouldHitAGirl: Absolutely everyone, but most notable in the case of Tommy Dreamer's repeated piledriving of Raven's female compatriots. companions. According to Francine (a recipient of kendo stick shots to the kisser), the idea was to fill a niche the WWF Divas weren't willing to go at the time.
** As
time. However, as Bill Alfonso famously discovered at ''As Good As It Gets'', September 20, 1997, sometimes they hit back.[[note]]This was the famous match, which started as Dreamer/Beulah vs. RVD/Fonzie, where Beulah busted Alfonso open with a cookie sheet and Alfonso ultimately lost some 30% of his blood. Beulah won by countering Alfonso's intended powerbomb with a [=Beulahcanrana=].[[/note]]
* WrestlingDoesntPay: WrestlingDoesntPay:
**
In this case, literally; when the promotion declared bankruptcy, some wrestlers were still owed hundreds, if not thousands, in back pay from Paul Heyman.



* WrestlingFamily: In kayfabe, the Dudleys were all fathered by the same man (a traveling salesman), but were born to different mothers.

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* WrestlingFamily: WrestlingFamily:
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In kayfabe, the Dudleys were all fathered by the same man (a traveling salesman), but were born to different mothers.



* WrestlingMonster: Big Dick Dudley
* YouHaveToHaveJews: Tod Gordon, Paul E., Joel Gertner, and Raven.
** This ruffled some feathers when Paul colluded in Sandman's crucifixion, and it was suggested by some that they nail Sandman to a Jewish Star and see how ''that'' goes over with Raven's friends. Tod and Paul quickly got cold feet and told Raven to apologize for the shoot, which he grudgingly did. Raven, who is not religious, still insists it was a good angle and had the desired impact.
--->'''Terry Funk''': Leave God out of our business. [laughter] Doesn't he have ''enough'' to do? We don't want to drag him into ''our'' business, do we?

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* WrestlingMonster: Big Dick Dudley
Dudley.
* YouHaveToHaveJews: Tod Gordon, Paul E., Joel Gertner, and Raven. \n** This ruffled some feathers when Paul colluded in Sandman's crucifixion, and it was suggested by some that they nail Sandman to a Jewish Star and see how ''that'' goes over with Raven's friends. Tod and Paul quickly got cold feet and told Raven to apologize for the shoot, which he grudgingly did. Raven, who is not religious, still insists it was a good angle and had the desired impact.
--->'''Terry Funk''': -->'''Terry Funk:''' Leave God out of our business. [laughter] ''[laughter]'' Doesn't he have ''enough'' to do? We don't want to drag him into ''our'' business, do we?
8th Jan '16 6:13:07 PM nombretomado
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Sadly, ECW was not long for this world: combined with a TV deal with cable network The Nashville Network (the precursor to SpikeTV) that went horribly awry thanks to the WWF, Paul Heyman's notoriously bad business sense (something even Heyman owns up to) sent the promotion into bankruptcy even as the wrestling styles and writing style they popularized took the wrestling world by storm. Wrestlers were lucky to get paid in the final year or two. In the end, the company went out on pay-per-view - its last event was their "Guilty as Charged" PPV in January of 2001, and the main event saw Wrestling/JerryLynn face a returning Rob Van Dam (who had taken a hiatus from the company because of contract disagreements) in the last great match of the promotion. (Incidentally, the show was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, the same building where the two ''ECW One Night Stand'' pay-per-views were held.) Once the company officially declared bankruptcy, the WWF bought the promotion, getting all of its trademarks and its video library in the deal. This buyout, coupled with the eventual buyout of WCW just a couple of months later, left the WWF as the biggest wrestling promotion on the planet.

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Sadly, ECW was not long for this world: combined with a TV deal with cable network The Nashville Network (the precursor to SpikeTV) Creator/SpikeTV) that went horribly awry thanks to the WWF, Paul Heyman's notoriously bad business sense (something even Heyman owns up to) sent the promotion into bankruptcy even as the wrestling styles and writing style they popularized took the wrestling world by storm. Wrestlers were lucky to get paid in the final year or two. In the end, the company went out on pay-per-view - its last event was their "Guilty as Charged" PPV in January of 2001, and the main event saw Wrestling/JerryLynn face a returning Rob Van Dam (who had taken a hiatus from the company because of contract disagreements) in the last great match of the promotion. (Incidentally, the show was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, the same building where the two ''ECW One Night Stand'' pay-per-views were held.) Once the company officially declared bankruptcy, the WWF bought the promotion, getting all of its trademarks and its video library in the deal. This buyout, coupled with the eventual buyout of WCW just a couple of months later, left the WWF as the biggest wrestling promotion on the planet.



* {{Frenemy}}: The promotion as a whole had this relationship with the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]]. While ECW would mock and decry WWF almost as much as they did WCW, WWF would return fire on a regular basis, and it was WWF's ChannelHop to [[SpikeTV TNN]] that would eventually help kill ECW. However, the WWF provided a lot of support to the promotion, giving them large loans, loaning out wrestlers they weren't using at the moment, and even engaging in the occasional {{Crossover}} to help promote ECW's talent and product as equal to, if very different than, WWF's.

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* {{Frenemy}}: The promotion as a whole had this relationship with the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]]. While ECW would mock and decry WWF almost as much as they did WCW, WWF would return fire on a regular basis, and it was WWF's ChannelHop to [[SpikeTV [[Creator/SpikeTV TNN]] that would eventually help kill ECW. However, the WWF provided a lot of support to the promotion, giving them large loans, loaning out wrestlers they weren't using at the moment, and even engaging in the occasional {{Crossover}} to help promote ECW's talent and product as equal to, if very different than, WWF's.
15th Dec '15 2:09:53 PM WickedIcon
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Despite whatever damage the WWE's version of ECW and TNA's "EV 2.0" may have done to the promotion's legacy, most fans agree: there was only one '''real''' ECW. {{Backyard| wrestling}} Wrestling/{{CZW}} would takeover ECW's territory, [[NotSoSimilar projecting itself as a successor but proving to be a very different promotion.]]

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Despite whatever damage the WWE's version of ECW and TNA's "EV 2.0" may have done to the promotion's legacy, most fans agree: there was only one '''real''' ECW. {{Backyard| wrestling}} Wrestling/{{CZW}} would takeover take over ECW's territory, [[NotSoSimilar projecting itself as a successor but proving to be a very different promotion.]]promotion;]] Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla opened in a different territory and is typically seen as a more "proper" successor to ECW, though it's still not quite the same.
8th Nov '15 1:27:37 PM tenryufan
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: During the Tommy Dreamer[=/=]Terry Funk vs. [=Raven=][=/=]Cactus Jack main event at ''ECW November to Remember '95'', Dreamer hit Raven with a VCR, something which would be next to impossible to find today.
19th Oct '15 10:38:07 PM seerofthevideos
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* GoldenAge: ECW Alumni such as Wrestling/RobVanDam and [[Wrestling/JimFullington The Sandman]] describe ECW as their favorite career period, as they had some creative control over their characters, with the logic that they know how to get themselves over best. That, combined with Paul Heyman's perfect understanding of wrestling, all came together to form an excellent work environment that allowed wrestlers to thrive without dealing with the ExecutiveMeddling that the WCW and WWF were (and in the [[HereWeGoAgain WWE]]'s case, are), known for.
3rd Oct '15 9:37:45 AM burstkiller
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** They would have ''much'' better results with Kevin Thorn (Kevin Fertig) and Ariel (Shelly Martinez) of the New Breed.
2nd Jul '15 12:14:05 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* MaskedLuchador: A good deal from Wrestling/{{AAA}}, including the continuation of the Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Wrestling/{{Psicosis}} feud but from elsewhere too such as Wrestling/MichinokuProWrestling.
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