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Old 10-16-2013, 02:02 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Almost all there old PPVs from 90's and 2000's are on youtube now.
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:43 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Was a massive fan of it, not so much the WWE version that came about later though.
There was so much talent it was ridiculous, Raven, The Dudleys, Cactus Jack, Tommy Dreamer, Sabu, RVD, Tazz & Benoit just to name a few. The place was a gold mine and if Heyman had just run the company a little better I think they could have been a lot bigger than they were.


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Was a massive fan of it, not so much the WWE version that came about later though.
There was so much talent it was ridiculous, Raven, The Dudleys, Cactus Jack, Tommy Dreamer, Sabu, RVD, Tazz & Benoit just to name a few. The place was a gold mine and if Heyman had just run the company a little better I think they could have been a lot bigger than they were.


Classic!
I don't believe it's that simple. If you look at the names you mentioned, almost none of them stayed with ECW. He could have had the greatest managerial mind of all-time and there was no way for him to compete with the Big Two.
They were incredibly unlucky when Raw left USA. When a network has to choose between a raucous upstart and the Worldwide Leader, there is no choice to be made.
If Heyman kept it as a small-scale local promotion there is a good chance ECW would still be going today. Once he tried to go national, he gambled on a make-or-break situation. He lost and one of the greatest promotions of all time became history.
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Old 10-16-2013, 04:18 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I remember reading the results to ECW PPVs in magazines like Power Slam when it was in it's heyday, but never was able to watch any of it because it was never aired over here in the UK. Bravo showed episodes of Hardcore TV for a little while, but it was about two years out of date and edited to fuck.

For the last ten years or so however, I try and catch up on any ECW that I've missed. My opinion? Fucking loved it. It was chaotic, riotous, action-packed and catered for every wrestling fan. You had your technicians, your high flyers and of course your hardcore bump takers. There are of course a few moments where it gets messy and convoluted (the constant run-ins and so forth), but many angles were undeniable in terms of tension and fantastic storytelling. Paul E was a creative genius.

Got a few VHS tapes which I got on the cheap aeons ago. However, here is my gift you guys and gals: here's a channel on Dailymotion which has an absolute shedload of ECW stuff.

http://www.dailymotion.com/f10000357...#video=x106pyi
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Yep. You could get ECW in Florida and they started touring there late in their original run. I was a huge fan fromn 1997 until the last TNN episode. It was absolutely over by that point even if they ran Hardcore TV for a few more weeks, if they did. I think they had the belt on Steve Corino. The talent was long gone. It was absolutely amazing during Mike Awesome's run. Sit down running powerbombs on the concrete through a table, were amazing. Taz and Sabu were incredible too. And RVD's amazing matches...I could go on and on. Every minute of it was mesmerizing and this was during the best years of the WWF.
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.
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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?

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Old 10-17-2013, 04:08 AM   #27 (permalink)
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You should all watch this, it was Steve Austin's transition between WCW to then WWF.. In between the 2 was ECW, it was his catapult
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Everyone should listen the the two part Steve Austin Show podcast with Joey Styles, it's really good.
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Old 10-17-2013, 04:41 AM   #29 (permalink)
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Hey, here is Mick Foley's greatest promo IMHO.

ECW'S Cactus Jack promo. Just brilliant work

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I remember catching it late one like 2 am on tv when I was living in NY in like 96 I think, I fell in love instantly. wwf was down due to some poor years, I had turned into a huge wcw mark but when I found ECW it hit a nerve in a good way and I was hooked. the brutality of it all was so good. a lot of it has been overrated over the years. RVD vs Lynn to me is one of the most overrated feuds of all time cause all their matches were the same fucking thing over and over again but at the time that shit blew my min when they would just sit their and counter each other over and over. ECW had it all, great wrestling, brutal wrestling, good tag division, introduced me to lucha, some outstanding comedy. still to date wish guys like Corino and others got more of a chance once ECW folded, or used to their full potential Raven comes to mind but if what didn't happen to them happen we would have never gotten classics like Corino vs Homicide and Raven vs CM Punk. ECW for me was just the perfect product at the perfect time in my life and that's why I hold it such high regard.
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