In 1992, Eastern Championship Wrestling was founded by Todd Gordon in Philadelphia, PA. In 1993, Paul Heyman took over ECW Creative renaming the promotion to Extreme Championship Wrestling. The brand took off and rose to prominence securing its place as one of the big 3 wrestling promotions during the 90’s with WCW and WWE. ECW did not have the financial backing of the other two companies and ultimately closed its doors in 2001. However, ECW made its mark on the wrestling world and its legend lives on today.
ECW was famous for hardcore action and pushing the limits of what many found appropriate for television. Even though it was not directly a part of the Monday Night Wars, Paul Heyman and crew definitely impacted WCW and WWE’s product. Hardcore matches and titles were often seen on Monday night programming. Both companies also poached a lot of talent away from ECW at the time.
Paul Heyman’s booking of ECW was heralded for promoting his character’s strengths and hiding their weaknesses. Many well-known wrestlers spent time in ECW. Everyone knows guys like Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio, Bam Bam Bigelow, Mick Foley, and Steve Austin spent time in the Philadelphia promotion. Let’s take a look at 10 wrestlers you might not have known worked for ECDub…ECDub…ECDub…
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