Man, I see so much hate in WrestlingOracle's post, it's cringe worthy.
It's obvious he's just bashing ECW, by making the promotion out to be about nothing more than taking horrible workers and getting them over. THAT SAYS A LOT ABOUT THE GENIUS OF HEYMAN!!! He was willing to do what Bischoff and Vince was afraid to do. And out of all the "hacks" that Heyman pushed in his company, let's look at how many of them were signed by the competition before they went out of business:
Raven (worked WCW and WWE prior to ECW but it took the Raven character for him to be given a chance again)
Sandman (who made a shitload of money by not even wrestling for several months while in WCW)
Bam Bam Bigelow (worked WWE twice, WCW once before ECW but somehow, WCW saw something in him)
Rob Van Dam (Bischoff tried to lure Van Dam over and give him the Glacier gimmick)
Al Snow (was a lost cause in WWE until Heyman brought him over and Snow "got Head")
Shane Douglas (held back everywhere he went, shitted on both companies but somehow, WCW signed him again)
The Dupps (he probably doesn't even remember The Dupps)
And I'm just going to stop there. These were all talents that either lingered in obscurity or were former jobbers prior coming to ECW but suddenly, Heyman promoting those "hacks" caused the competition to sign them away and give them big money.
And truth be told, not just ANYBODY would get over in ECW. Dreamer, at the beginning, was a joke. Mikey went virtually unknown for a while, Sandman was a laughing stock, not many gave a damn about the Tasmaniac and Balls Mahoney had possibly the worst gimmick of all time upon his debut. But, it was that hardwork and dedication that got them over and the fact that, unlike other companies where you were pushed based on politics, ass kissing or your look, Heyman simply gave the fans what they wanted. And at that time, they wanted those "hacks" but still had an appreciation for the Terry Gordy's, Steve William's, Terry Funk's, Jerry Lynn's and Tommy Rogers' of the business, simply because fans of the big 2 didn't, viewing them as "hacks", guys who couldn't cut it but preferred to take their talents overseas, where they would be appreciated and not stuck with crappy, cartoonish and moronic gimmicks.
If you are going to bash my post, at least read the whole thing. NOWHERE did I call everyone in ECW a hack. Hell, I hold several guys' ECW work in high regard. As I stated, some of the most talented guys in the era and even all time did great work there. I called Sandman and Dreamer an hack and bashed Spike 911 and Mikey. Heyman is one hell of an wrestling mind, as I have recognized. Understand that garbage aspects and garbage are not at all the same. The Atittude Era is revered for its many great positives. Doesn't mean it didn't have garbage aspects. Same for any era and any company.
Now, lets go down the line of guys you listed that you assume I think are hacks.
Raven- gave him praise in my post and have in others. Great unique heel. Shame that WWF didn't know what to do with him. Heyman did, Raven played brilliantly and gold was created.
911- went no where posr ECW. An pure product of booking.
Mikey- forgettable run post ECW. An prime example of ECW made. He sure as hell wasnt misused, as Delaney was an worse worker yet same version of him. Delaney is now in Chikara last time i knew.
RVD- another guy who did great ECW work who I praise. RVD is an good all around wrestler, and has the longevity and match catalogue to boot. Never have nor would ever call him an hack.
Sandman- another guy who was signed off ECW hype, and without Paul Heyman to hide the weaknesses or the ECW crowd hasn't done shit.
Al Snow- fair enough I will give you Al Snow as an valid point to counter my post, even though I never said he sucked.
Douglas_ dont get me started on him. Prime example of ECW made. You are really going to use his run as the franchise to tell me he isnt a pure ECW product? please. Oh and there is an difference between getting held back and not having anything to offer once cussing and worked shoots in front of an alternative crowd wont work.
Saturn- an joke post Pitbulls, though he was an solid worker and had an badass look who was misused in WCW so again not a guy id say is an hack, but certainly benefitted greatly by Heyman's ability to exaggerrate strengths.
Lita- fair enough good point.
Sabu- Another guy i praised.
Vito- Ah yes the WWE crossdresser who went nowhere pre or post ECW
Bam Bam- Top 10 bigman all time, agile as hell and an very good worker with an good moveset and was just an all around badass. ECW signed him to grow the company. He already had an growing legacy as an fantastic bigman pre ECW, and did more good work there. How does he fit your argument?
Lets look at some guys you didnt list who were made only in ECW. Lets see where these guys went.
Roadkill- forgotten post ECW because other than dish out punishment he couldnt do a thing.
Nunzio- Over in ECW because he could take an beating. Post ECW, never got over and is best known for getting folded like an accordian by a Goldberg spear at RR 2004.
The Gangstas- Insanely over in ECW crowd. Same type of gimmick in WWF: crickets
The Rottens- hacks who the bloodthirsty ECW crowd love, but they couldnt do anything but use a weapon. Since then, they have floated on the lower tiers of the indy circuit.
Super Crazy- Once his building up in the Mexicools went away, he was exposed as an guy who was good at nothing but moonsaults and endless high spots. Still, ECW fans loved the high spots he did.
Angel- yet another forgotten name of ECW who was over off ass kickings.
Balls Mahoney- no description needed, yet
And you list Terry Funk as an guy other non ECW fans view as an hack. That is INCREDIBLY ignorant, as Terry Funk is universa,lly regarded as an GOAT canidate. WWF, ECW,WCW, WCCW, NWA, AWA Smokey Mountain, Stampede etc. it doesnt matter the affiliation, Funk has and was universally revered pre and post ECW. Steve Williams also was well respected pre ECW. Terry Gordy is an guy who had his great career derailed way too soon, so I will give you Gordy. Jerry Lynn made his mame entirely in ECW, so of course other fans view him as a scrub.