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The Rise & Fall of ECW (2004)

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A documentary on the rise and fall of cult wrestling federation ECW





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Credited cast:
Abdullah the Butcher ...
Abdullah the Butcher (archive footage)
Donna Adamo ...
Elektra (archive footage)
Bill Alfonso ...
Himself (archive footage)
Mike Alfonso ...
Mike Awesome (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Afa Anoai ...
Afa (archive footage)
Sika Anoai ...
Sika (archive footage)
Scotty Antol ...
Scotty Anton (archive footage)
Bob Artese ...
Himself (archive footage)
Konnan (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Nicole Bass ...
Nicole Bass (archive footage)
Salvatore Bellomo ...
'Wildman' Sal Bellomo (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Alfonso Bermudez ...
Dances with Dudley (archive footage)


A documentary on the rise and fall of cult wrestling federation ECW

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E-C-W! E-C-W! E-C-W a chant still heard in arenas around the world.


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Twisted to fit wwe's version of the history of pro wrestling omits a lot pro wrestlers serious injuries including numerous concussions See more »


Trisa Hayes (Beulah McGillicutty) had posed for Penthouse Magazine sometime prior to arriving in ECW. However, because of WWE's business relationship with Playboy at the time of this DVD, Tommy Dreamer had to say that she was a Playboy Playmate. For the record, Tommy Dreamer, real name Thomas Laughlin, is married to Trisa Hayes in real life. Yes, WWE made Dreamer lie about what magazine his wife had appeared in prior to her ECW debut. See more »


Tommy Dreamer: If you watch early ECW, Paul Heyman was pissed off and hell-bent to... take down WCW. I believe when Paul had left WCW, he was actually supposed to come here and wr... do the whole Paul E. Dangerously in WWE. But he was just waiting, and then he started with the whole ECW thing. Paul had painted Eric Bischoff and WCW as... the most vile people and organization that you could ever, ever work for. You were joining the Taliban if you went and joined up with WCW and Eric Bischoff. Eric Bischoff was...
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Referenced in ECW One Night Stand (2005) See more »

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19 March 2005 | by (Duncan, OK) – See all my reviews

I am extremely happy with this 2-disc DVD set. The matches are great for those who aren't familiar with ECW's style and work ethic, but it's the near three hour documentary that makes it all worth it. The interviews are great, and it's fun to see the workers' opinions versus Paul's. You really see a great mind at work when Paul E. speaks. The history is covered well, including touching briefly on the "Mass Transit" incident. I love how this feature is rated MA and they leave the language and content untouched (except for things that were already edited for television). This keeps the ECW feeling going. A LOT of ground is covered and I learned a lot of things I didn't know. My favorite aspect is how many of the top workers are covered in individual segments, and also many of the bigger story lines are covered. There are touching moments during the documentary that will bring a tear to your eye, but mostly you'll just laugh your ass off. (The only real gripe I have with the set is that they don't include the extremely short Beulah vs Fonzy match that Paul E. raves about. I would've enjoy seeing this whole match, and don't see why it isn't there since it wouldn't take up much room.) This set is a must for any fan of WRESTLING, not SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT. Sure, it's not Puro, but it's the best America had to offer. Man...I miss ECW.

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