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Eastern Championship Wrestling
Eastern Championship Wrestling
Promotion information
Acronym:

ECW

Established:

1996

Location:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Style:

Hardcore

Management information
Current owner(s):

Paul Heyman

Current booker:

Tommy Dreamer

HistoryEdit

When asked where the most vicious wrestling fans in the world preside, don't be surprised by the unanimous answer you'll get, Philadelphia. The Philly fans know what they want and when they don't get it they will let you know. It's this very reason so many promotions have struggled to run shows in the historic city. However, over the last decade one man has been able to please the 'mutant' fan base, Paul Heyman and his Eastern Championship Wrestling.

ECW was created in 1996 by Todd Gordon and was not affiliated with the NWA at that stage. Gordon, having come from MCW as a successful manager, booked very similar to Memphis style shows and it wasn't what the crowd wanted. Towards the end of 1998 ECW was averaging only 100 people to their shows and was on the verge of going broke until Paul Heyman stepped in and took the remains. Heyman, having left WCCW after a dispute with management (and a load of up cash) bought Eastern Championship Wrestling and quickly brought a new vision to the booking table.

ECW started delivered hardcore, cutting edge wrestling that wasn't being seen in America at the time and the fans (unlike the NWA Board) ate it up. All of a sudden they where seeing weapons, scantily clad women, and blood in excess. With wrestlers like Taz, Raven and The Sandman, ECW quickly turned the corner and started gaining popularity to a point in which the Viking Hall (dubbed the ECW Arena) was booked out by fans months in advance.

Through out the years 1999 to 2003, ECW featured some of the best brawling that has ever been seen in the NWA. Feuds between Raven and The Sandman, Raven and Tommy Dreamer and Taz and Shane Douglas along with the Dudley Boyz causing riots in the crowd mixed with a talented undercard those 4 years where majestic in ECW history.

By 2004 things started looking downhill for ECW. Raven, their biggest draw card had a falling out with owner Paul Heyman and headed down to Motor City. Shane Douglas was forced to retire due to nagging injuries, and their Main Event scene had become stale. Heyman knew it was time for a change, and in turn undercard workers like Joey Malibu (formerly Matthews), and Kanyon received huge pushes that launched them into the Main Event scene along with the arrival of 'The Monster' Abyss and Baldo The Destroyer (formally just Baldo in TWE) had ECW looking fresh again.

Today, ECW can be seen weekly on Hardcore Television where Joey Styles and former ECW Heavyweight Champion Shane Douglas call all the action as well as on Pay Per View where ECW presents three showings a year with the biggest being 'November 2 Remember.'

ChampionshipsEdit

Championship Champion(s) Defeated Date Won Location Event
ECW Heavyweight Taz Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
ECW Television Matt Sydal Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
ECW Tag Team Dudley Boyz Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown

Inactive championships

See alsoEdit

Eastern Championship Wrestling
Current Championships
ECW Heavyweight (reigns) • ECW Television (reigns)
ECW Tag Team (reigns)
Television
ECW on Spike TV
Events
Guilty As ChargedCyberslamLiving DangerouslyMind Games
Hardcore HeavenOne Night OnlyHeat WaveHostile City Showdown
Anarchy RulzBarely LegalNovember 2 RememberHardcore House Party

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