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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 »

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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 »

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Paul Heyman: The most emotional angle that we ever did in ECW was the one involving the Sandman's son and Raven. Here's Raven, who's doing the cult deal. And he's involved with the Sandman's ex-wife, Laurie Fullington. And along with Laurie comes Tyler Fullington, the Sandman's eight year old son. And here's the Sandman, getting beat down, beat up, and never caring. And yet when the Sandman sees his own son kiss Raven on the cheek and say "I love you more than my own daddy", the Sandman, on television, ...
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The best documentary I have seen in quite a while
29 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This, as the title suggests, is all about the former wrestling promotion ECW, which went under back in 2001 after owner Paul Heyman filed for bankruptcy.

It features many of the former employees along with owner Paul Heyman and producer Ron Buffeon speaking on the promotion and what it stood for. They cover all of the things that made ECW famous such as the great story lines, the hardcore brutality, and the outstanding scientific wrestling, as well as Lucha Libre. As well as that, they shoot on the not-so-appreciated and controversial aspects of the promotion such as the defiant and counter-culture angles and incidents such as the infamous Mass Transit Incident and the storyline with Raven and Sandman.

It also talks about how it was before ECW was bought by Heyman and went "extreme." I learned a lot about the era when it was owned by Tod Gordon. I hadn't even previously known that ECW hadn't started off as being a hardcore promotion.

Another aspect of this documentary that I liked is how they take the time to split up the first section of it into taking time to talk about all of the company's most famous wrestlers, such as RVD, Raven, Sabu, Terry Funk, Sandman, Mick Foley and many others.

They talk about the Monday Night Wars and the Invasion angles as well, and I found it very interesting to hear the different sides of the story from WCW's Eric Bischoff, WWF's Vince McMahon, and ECW's Paul Heyman.

This is 320 minutes, but I would say the documentary itself minus the bonus matches lasts around 265 minutes. That may seem like a very long time, but I watched this in one sitting, and it was a 4 and a half hours that felt like 2.

This also had a great moral and a very conclusive ending, so it's well worth the time spent. Long live the original ECW!!!!!


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