History Wrestling / ECW

23rd May '18 6:58:18 AM Nyame
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** A lot of feuds on ECW were like this, because two of the top faces over the course of its existence were Wrestling/MattHardy and Wrestling/Christian, both of whom were a part of WWE during the Attitude Era. In fact, Christian's only feuds on ECW that ''didn't'' invoke this trope were those he had with Wrestling/WilliamRegal and Wrestling/TommyDreamer, who were also active during the Monday Night Wars.

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** A lot of feuds on ECW were like this, because two of the top faces over the course of its existence were Wrestling/MattHardy and Wrestling/Christian, Wrestling/{{Christian}}, both of whom were a part of WWE during the Attitude Era. In fact, Christian's only feuds on ECW that ''didn't'' invoke this trope were those he had with Wrestling/WilliamRegal and Wrestling/TommyDreamer, who were also active during the Monday Night Wars.
10th Mar '18 5:54:46 PM AM_NK
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26th Jan '18 8:20:51 PM Nyame
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** Wrestling/KurtAngle was drafted to ECW to get people to watch the show. Not even a week later, he was released (allegedly for refusing to go to rehab).

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** Wrestling/RobVanDam's dual WWE/ECW Championship reigns had to be cut short after Van Dam and Wrestling/{{Sabu}} got busted for marijuana possession.
** Wrestling/KurtAngle was drafted to ECW to get people to watch the show. Not even About a week month and a half later, he was released (allegedly for refusing to go to rehab).



* TheAce: Wrestling/CMPunk was this to the vast majority of the WWECW roster, to the point that both the ECW Originals and the New Breed tried to recruit him knowing that whichever stable did would eventually win the feud.

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* TheAce: TheAce:
** Wrestling/BobbyLashley. He didn't even ''lose'' the ECW title -- he was forced to vacate it because he got drafted to RAW. Since he was never beaten for it, this technically makes him the strongest wrestler in WWECW's brief history.
** After Lashley left,
Wrestling/CMPunk was this to the vast majority of the WWECW roster, to the point that both the ECW Originals and the New Breed tried to recruit him knowing that whichever stable did would eventually win the feud.feud. Unlike Lashley, Punk ''did'' lose the title -- in a No DQ match, after being speared by then-World Heavyweight Champion Wrestling/{{Edge}}. Punk would later have the last laugh after he cashed in his MITB briefcase on Edge later that year to win his first world title.
** Wrestling/{{Christian}}, who was the only two-time ECW Champion in the history of the show besides Lashley. The only reason he lost to Ezekiel Jackson is because ''every heel'' on ECW's roster interfered with the match to make sure he lost.



** Christian's title defense against Wrestling/WilliamRegal at ''Wrestling/SummerSlam 2009'' ended in ''seconds'' after Christian jumped Regal and hit the [[FinishingMove Killswitch]] while Regal taking off his coat.

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** Christian's title defense against Wrestling/WilliamRegal at ''Wrestling/SummerSlam 2009'' ended in ''seconds'' after Christian jumped Regal and hit the [[FinishingMove Killswitch]] while Regal taking off his coat. He payed for it immediately afterwards when Regal and his lackeys Ezekiel Jackson and Vladimir Kozlov beat him down for it.
17th Jan '18 8:30:12 PM Nyame
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* TheAce: Wrestling/CMPunk was this to the vast majority of the WWECW roster, to the point that both the ECW Originals and the New Breed tried to recruit him knowing that whichever stable did would eventually win the feud.



* BigBad: William Regal was unquestionably this during the show's last year of existence.



** Christian's title defense against Wrestling/WilliamRegal at ''Wrestling/SummerSlam 2009'' ended in ''seconds'' after Christian jumped Regal and hit the [[FinishingMove Killswitch]] while Regal taking off his coat.



* HijackedByGanon: A rare ''heroic'' version. Christian took over ECW immediately upon his return and basically carried it through its last year. This was because his original return storyline was spoiled on the Internet, forcing ECW's top face at the time, Matt Hardy, to take his place and turn heel in the process.



* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain: The ECW Originals vs New Breed feud.

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* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain: OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain:
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The ECW Originals vs New Breed feud. Note that the ECW Originals weren't ''entirely'' against the younger generation, as seen by their attempts to recruit Wrestling/CMPunk.
** A lot of feuds on ECW were like this, because two of the top faces over the course of its existence were Wrestling/MattHardy and Wrestling/Christian, both of whom were a part of WWE during the Attitude Era. In fact, Christian's only feuds on ECW that ''didn't'' invoke this trope were those he had with Wrestling/WilliamRegal and Wrestling/TommyDreamer, who were also active during the Monday Night Wars.
* PowerStable: Three major ones: the ECW Originals, the New Breed, and the Ruthless Roundtable.



* PreppyName: When Christian called him "Bill", William Regal went on a tirade about how he was not be called that common person's name. So, Christian proceeded to refer to him as "Bill" for the rest of his ECW run.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Subverted with ECW General Manager Armando Alejandro Estrada, but played straight with his successors Wrestling/TeddyLong and [[Wrestling/TarynTerrell Tiffany]].



** Wrestling/BobbyLashley. According to Wrestling/PaulHeyman, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon outright told him that ECW was revived solely to put him over. Lashley won the ECW Title, started feuding with Vince and subsequently moved to RAW.

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** Wrestling/BobbyLashley. According to Wrestling/PaulHeyman, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon outright told him that ECW was revived solely to put him over. Lashley won the ECW Title, started feuding with Vince and subsequently moved to RAW.RAW after the 2007 Draft.



** The Peep Show also made a return on this show.

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** The Peep Show also made a return on this show.show, though the existence of the Abraham Washington Show meant it didn't appear often.
15th Jan '18 3:46:01 PM Nyame
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** After Lashley left, Wrestling/CMPunk had the spotlight. ECW's most important storyline in 2007, the ECW Originals vs the New Breed, eventually centered around both factions trying to get Punk to join them. By that point, not only was it obvious that the storyline was really about getting Punk over, but also that Punk was the only person involved who had any real future with the company. Once that storyline was over, Punk's ECW Title Chase dominated the show for the rest of the year. He would lose the title to Wrestling/ChavoGuerreroJr (thanks to interference from Wrestling/{{Edge}}) at the beginning of 2008, win his first Money in the Bank ladder match at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' that year, and would be drafted to RAW in the summer (and would win his first world title the following week).

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** After Lashley left, Wrestling/CMPunk had the spotlight. Punk was the sole ECW competitor at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 23'''s Money in the Bank ladder match (a match he almost won). Afterwards, ECW's most important storyline in 2007, the ECW Originals vs the New Breed, eventually centered around both factions trying to get Punk to join them. By that point, not only was it obvious that the storyline was really about getting Punk over, but also that Punk was the only person involved who had any real future with the company. Once that storyline was over, Punk's ECW Title Chase dominated the show for the rest of the year. He would lose the title to Wrestling/ChavoGuerreroJr (thanks to interference from Wrestling/{{Edge}}) at the beginning of 2008, win his first Money in the Bank ladder match at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 24'' that year, and would be drafted to RAW in the summer (and would win his first world title the following week).
25th Nov '17 6:27:17 AM Nyame
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* HateSink: The New Breed stable were this for ECW's hardcore audience, encompassing everything the Mutants hated about ECW's revival.
* LastOfHisKind: By 2009, Wrestling/TommyDreamer was the last of the ECW Originals on WWE ECW (and the company, if you discount Wrestling/ChrisJericho and Wrestling/ReyMysterio).



* PopularityPower: With the exception of Bobby Lashley, everyone mentioned in SpotlightStealingSquad below were the most popular wrestler on ECW during their era. Considering how all three of these wrestlers wouldn't have been out of place in the ''original'' ECW, that was only to be expected.



* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: During her first major storyline, Kelly Kelly had a major crush on CM Punk. Later on, she chafed with the other two members of Extreme Expose when she fell for the kind Wrestling/BallsMahoney over Wrestling/TheMiz.



* TalkShowWithFists: The Abraham Washington Show. MVP's VIP Lounge also had an episode on this show to help build up the Money in the Bank Ladder match at ''[=WrestleMania=]'' XXV.

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* TalkShowWithFists: TalkShowWithFists:
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The Abraham Washington Show. Show.
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MVP's VIP Lounge also had an episode on this show to help build up the Money in the Bank Ladder match at ''[=WrestleMania=]'' XXV. XXV.
** The Peep Show also made a return on this show.



24th Nov '17 8:07:46 PM Nyame
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* AbortedArc:
** Wrestling/KurtAngle was drafted to ECW to get people to watch the show. Not even a week later, he was released (allegedly for refusing to go to rehab).
** Wrestling/ChrisBenoit was supposed to succeed Bobby Lashley as ECW Champion and work a program with Wrestling/CMPunk. [[AuthorExistenceFailure Then Atlanta happened]]. He was promptly replaced by Johnny Nitro, who would soon rechristen himself as Wrestling/JohnMorrison.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: The only two romantic pairings on this show that went anywhere were Kevin Thorn and Ariel (Shelly Martinez), and Zack Ryder and Rosa Mendes.
* BastardBoyfriend: Mike Knox to Wrestling/KellyKelly.
* [[BShow C Show]]: By its last year it was barely above ''Superstars'' in importance.
* CurbStompBattle:
** Wrestling/ChavoGuerreroJr lost the ECW Championship to Wrestling/{{Kane}} at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania XXIV''...in '''eight seconds'''.
** Yoshi Tatsu's debut match, where he knocked out Wrestling/SheltonBenjamin with one kick.
* LoveAtFirstSight: One look at Wrestling/RosaMendes and Wrestling/ZackRyder was ''instantly'' smitten.
* OlderHeroVsYoungerVillain: The ECW Originals vs New Breed feud.
* RoguesGallery: The majority of the roster was this for whoever was TheFace of the show at the time.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Yes. ECW was proto-NXT, a show where many young wrestlers were sent to for experience on TV. After the annual WWE draft, the brand's major storylines would be centered on whoever was the most popular wrestler on the show that year.
** Wrestling/BobbyLashley. According to Wrestling/PaulHeyman, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon outright told him that ECW was revived solely to put him over. Lashley won the ECW Title, started feuding with Vince and subsequently moved to RAW.
** After Lashley left, Wrestling/CMPunk had the spotlight. ECW's most important storyline in 2007, the ECW Originals vs the New Breed, eventually centered around both factions trying to get Punk to join them. By that point, not only was it obvious that the storyline was really about getting Punk over, but also that Punk was the only person involved who had any real future with the company. Once that storyline was over, Punk's ECW Title Chase dominated the show for the rest of the year. He would lose the title to Wrestling/ChavoGuerreroJr (thanks to interference from Wrestling/{{Edge}}) at the beginning of 2008, win his first Money in the Bank ladder match at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' that year, and would be drafted to RAW in the summer (and would win his first world title the following week).
** Wrestling/MattHardy was the centerpiece of the show after Punk moved to RAW, but since he had a more varied and experienced roster to work with, he didn't have to carry it as much. Like Punk above, Matt's ECW Championship Chase was the main storyline for the rest of 2008. Come 2009, after losing the title to Wrestling/JackSwagger, Matt was revealed to be his brother Wrestling/JeffHardy's mystery attacker and rejoined the ''Wrestling/SmackDown'' roster.
** Jeff's mystery attacker was originally supposed to be Wrestling/{{Christian}}, but after the fans predicted it and spoiled it on the internet, it was switched to Matt and Christian took Matt's place at ECW. Christian would soon win the ECW Championship from Swagger and, aside from a brief reign for the retiring Wrestling/TommyDreamer, would continue to hold it for the last year of ECW's existence. He would lose the title on the brand's final episode to Ezekiel Jackson in order to help put the latter over.
* TalkShowWithFists: The Abraham Washington Show. MVP's VIP Lounge also had an episode on this show to help build up the Money in the Bank Ladder match at ''[=WrestleMania=]'' XXV.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Wrestling/TheMiz and Wrestling/JohnMorrison's initial partnership, until they won the tag titles and started bonding over their similarities (such as their hatred of Wrestling/CMPunk).

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27th Nov '16 8:19:40 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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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 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=] 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").

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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 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 Wrestling/{{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").
26th Nov '16 3:34:48 PM JepMasta
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* 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 (ECW fans hated Wrestling/VinceMcMahon just as much, and probably way more now, as Bischoff), their relationship was a bit more complicated; the fanbase just wasn't aware that Vince [=McMahon=] and WWE were actively helping ECW. 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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* 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 (ECW fans hated Wrestling/VinceMcMahon just as much, much as Bischoff, and probably way more now, as Bischoff), now), their relationship was a bit more complicated; the fanbase just wasn't aware that Vince [=McMahon=] and WWE were actively helping ECW. 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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