How Vince could have kept the original ECW alive
ECW lost its TV deal in the summer of 2000. Vince McMahon had bankrolled it to an extent for years and Paul Heyman had accumulated debts of 1.8 million dollars, which Vince paid off becoming the owner of the brand. But the debts came from touring the USA, running PPVs and a cable TV show.
That is a small amount for a company which breeded or nurtured dozens of good performers and created a style which everybody copied. Vince could have lent the syndicated TV slot which aired Jakked to Heyman, who would concentrate on touring the north east. The PPVs could have been cut to four per year.
As ECW died WWE signed their biggest stars: RVD, Lynn, Credible, Rhino, Tajiri, Dreamer and Spike. They alread had Taz, Raven, Saturn and Richards hanging around the lower midcard. Then they signed Mike Awesome and Lance Storm. That is a powerful roster to run a small promotion.
All of these stars would have been on the WWE payrole, as would Heyman. But the initiative would be that he'd receive a percentage of any future profits, given creative control and the use of development acts, who would benefit from working a non WWE style.
It would have been bigger than Ring of Honor but smaller than TNA. An unofficial development league.