Re: What was the main reason for the death of Extreme Championship Wrestling(ECW)?
I don't know why anyone would say it was too smarky. WWE audiences chanted ECW on a weekly basis during the Attitude era, they were looking for reasons to chant for it. It was the hip, underground alternative to WWE/WCW. And it was a true alternative in every way, the content was much different until WWE adopted a good portion of it.
It's not so much that it was "killed", it was never going to be a long-term thing. I think the nail was hit on the head about how WWE/WCW lured away most of their top talents. And ECW was working tiny venues with loud drunken audiences with no real advertising for PPV or anything. Their revenue couldn't of been great, so it's not surprising Paul had the financial troubles that he did.
It never grew, but it was better because it never grew.