Eastern Championship Wrestling (1993–2000)
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
After years of growing as a premiere independant wrestling federation under the guidance of Paul Heyman, the Philadelphia-based Extreme Championship Wrestling gained national television exposure on TNN. The show showcased their violent, hardcore matches and featured the color commentary of Joey Styles and Joel Gertner. Unfortunately, a bad Friday night time slot combined with a need to edit matches resulted in low ratings, and the WWF's RAW program moving to TNN was the final nail in the coffin. ECW closed its doors and ended the show in 2001.- Written by Anonymous
To help with financial issues, owner Paul Heyman received a loan from the WWF and became the first promotion to have multiple wrestlers appear on WWF TV programing while still under contract with the competition. During these agreements, Heyman allowed WWF first right-of-refusal for various talent leaving ECW. The promotions' connections filtered to the championship belts when ECW's title were practically duplications of those by WWF.- Written by trivia
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