Yessir! Sunshine Network (now Sun Sports) showed ECW from something like 2-3AM on Saturday night. I remember me and my buddies staying up playing 64 waiting for it to air.
That's how I saw it. A buddy of mine would record a months worth of shows and then mail it to me.
Forgive the long post but I don't think I have ever expounded on my mixed feelings for ECW.
I always loved the shows for the most part, although I will admit I never would have admited it too much back then. I was jaded when they would chant things like "southern style sucks". I guess the fans were talking more about the traditional kick and punch that the past their prime southern stars like Tommy Rich would deliver to them. However it is hard to deny that the product ECW fans loved was not influenced a great deal by the southern style of television, especially the Mid South and CWA product.
In spite of this, one could not deny that the ECW provided fans what they wanted. Seemed like there was a mark out moment on show after show. Some of my all time favorite shows were ECW.
I also had mixed feelings about the mentality that ECW stars had to deliver a monsterous OMG moment that was often dangerous beyond what should be done to the human body. I remember arguing all the time with ECW fans back then that the violence was out of control and would ruin way too many stars before their prime was over. Just like ex-NFL players, I wonder how many ex ECW guys brains, knees, and backs are shot today because they wanted to hear the fans chant ECW, or get an OMG from Styles. I won't even dare to touch the probable drug use that might have gone on. It created a really unhealthy gladiator type bloodlust enviroment.
On the other hand some of those moments were without a shadow of a doubt a large reasons I could not help but watch, a Catch-22 to say the least. The wrestlers themselves gave all they had to entertain us. Without those moments would we have loved ECW as much? So I am guilty just like any other fan. We also cannot forget as other posters have pointed out ECW provided it's share of mat classics. While there were the chair carrying, forhead bladed brutes there were also technical superstars and a lot of awesome matches that happened there.
Remember when Weezer was red hot and refrenced ECW in one of their songs?