Eastern Championship Wrestling (1993–2000)
"ECW Hardcore TV" (original title)

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In the early 90's, Eastern Championship Wrestling, an independant wrestling federation run by Paul Heyman, seperated itself from the NWA (National Wrestling Alliance) and declared itself ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Bob Artese ...
 Himself (37 episodes, 1993)
Jim Molineaux ...
 Himself (37 episodes, 1993)
Tod Gordon ...
 Himself (34 episodes, 1993-1995)
Paul Heyman ...
 Paul E. Dangerously / ... (33 episodes, 1993)
Robin Hunt ...
 Hunter Q. Robbins, III / ... (33 episodes, 1993)
Jay Sulli ...
 Himself (33 episodes, 1993)
 Himself (32 episodes, 1993)
John Finegan ...
 Himself (32 episodes, 1993)
Jim Fullington ...
 The Sandman (31 episodes, 1993-1997)
Salvatore Bellomo ...
 'Wildman' Sal Bellomo / ... (31 episodes, 1993)
Tony Matteo ...
 Tony 'The Hitman' Stetson / ... (30 episodes, 1993)
'Superfly' Jimmy Snuka ...
 Himself (30 episodes, 1993)
Johnny Hotbody ...
 Himself / ... (29 episodes, 1993)
Chuck Williams ...
 The Rockin' Rebel (27 episodes, 1993)
John Smith ...
 Himself / ... (26 episodes, 1993)
Chris Michaels ...
 Sir Richard Michaels / ... (24 episodes, 1993)
Don Muraco ...
 Himself / ... (24 episodes, 1993)
Lori Fullington ...
 Miss Peaches / ... (22 episodes, 1993-1997)
Tommy Cairo ...
 Himself (22 episodes, 1993)
Rocky Musciano ...
 Timekeeper / ... (22 episodes, 1993)
Eddie Gilbert ...
 'Hotstuff' Eddie Gilbert (21 episodes, 1993)
Joey Styles ...
 Himself (20 episodes, 1993-2000)
A.J. Petrucci ...
 Super Destroyer #1 (20 episodes, 1993)
Doug Stahl ...
 Super Destroyer #2 (20 episodes, 1993)
Lex Artese ...
 Unnamed ring attendant / ... (18 episodes, 1993)
Kevin Lawler ...
 Kevin Christian / ... (18 episodes, 1993)
Sherri Martel ...
 Sensational Sherri Martel / ... (17 episodes, 1993)
Tigra ...
 Herself (17 episodes, 1993)
Joe Zanolle ...
 Himself (17 episodes, 1993)
Shane Douglas ...
 Himself (16 episodes, 1993-1997)
Doug Gilbert ...
 The Dark Patriot / ... (16 episodes, 1993)
Stephen C. Truitt ...
 Stevie Wonderful (16 episodes, 1993)
Larry Winters ...
 Himself / ... (16 episodes, 1993)
Peter Senerchia ...
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In the early 90's, Eastern Championship Wrestling, an independant wrestling federation run by Paul Heyman, seperated itself from the NWA (National Wrestling Alliance) and declared itself Extreme Championship Wrestling, debuting on television as "ECW Hardcore TV." The weekly show featured excessively long and violent wrestling matches, and made stars out of such wrestlers as Taz, Rob Van Dam, Sabu, Tommy Dreamer, Raven, Francine, Justin Credible, The Dudley Boyz, The Sandman, Balls Mahoney and Rhino. Financial issues caused the federation and the TV show to go under in 2001. Written by Anonymous

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The Best !!!!!!
27 February 2003 | by (Virginia Beach, Virginia) – See all my reviews

ECW is the best wrestling company that ever existed. ECW delivered what was only being seen in The Carribean, Mexico, Japan, and South America, Hardcore Wrestling ! Paul Heyman a.k.a. "Paul E. Dangerously" took control of what used to be N.W.A. Eastern Championship Wrestling, turned it around 180 degrees, deleted old school tradition, and added more sex and violence. This made ECW number 1 on the Indie Wrestling Circuit. Local broadcasts in Philly led to disputes between ECW and The FCC. When ECW was off the air due to a lesbian kiss between Buelah and another ECW Female, ECW shopped around for air time. They tried everyone in Television and got turned down left and right. Vince McMahon of WWE was supposedly the reason why ECW was being turned down so much. TNN during it's last days as The Nashville Network gave ECW air time for only one hour on Friday Night but each show was 1 hour and edited very badly. Matches were short and brief and were over dominated by long inring shoots and backstage banter. Heyman knew that the end was coming and washed his hands of the whole thing and joined the competition in WWE. He was put into position as color commentator alongside Jim Ross because Jerry Lawler had quit due to his wife being fired. On the final ECW Show which was untelevised, all the stars came out carrying trash cans full of ice and beer and toasted the fans as way of saying Thanks for the ride, it was fun. A majority of ECW talent were snagged to WWE and the soon to die WCW. WCW was bought out by WWE and all those stars were immediately transferred to WWE. Some stars made it, some stars didn't, and some stars quit the business all together. There was a brief ECW reunification in WWE. During the live Atlanta Broadcast of WWE Raw, Paul Heyman admitted that a few Raws before in NYC at The Garden he let the stars of both WCW and ECW into the Garden and that ECW was back ! Not only that but Stephanie McMahon was the new "Owner" of ECW. Vince looked like he crapped his pants as WCW and ECW Stars rallied together and defeated WWE stars left and right in 2001. Eventually that died out in 2002 and ECW and WCW went dead finally. Every now and then when WWE rolls through Philly there is a quasi reunification of ECW and fans still chant the company letters for old time sake. Lately you can find stars like Sandman lurking around NWA-TNA and XPW. Actual ECW Ownership is still being disputed by the courts as Vince McMahon is trying to buy out what is left of the company.

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