I'm a fan, but honestly, I was never a fan of the violence. It was too much at times & took away from the stories being told.
I was/am a fan of the wrestling that was allowed to take place.
Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn at any point in ECW is a better wrestling match, a better story, than ANYTHING that the WWE has put on in the past decade, easily. Ok, maybe CM Punk vs. Undertaker from Wrestlemania is as good.
There were so many great matches. Even matches that didn't really have a storyline were given time to just happen. Wrestlers were allowed to be creative & try to get themselves over. Anyone could become a main event player. The product was taken & treated seriously.
And Paul Heyman actually listened to what the fans wanted!
My wife will watch the occasional TNA match with me, or a CM Punk match if I'm watching Raw or a PPV, but if I pop in an ECW DVD, she'll sit & watch the whole card with me!