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The Rise & Fall of ECW (2004)

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

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Kevin Dunn

Writer:

Paul Heyman
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Credited cast:
Abdullah the Butcher Abdullah the Butcher ... Abdullah the Butcher (archive footage)
Donna Adamo Donna Adamo ... Elektra (archive footage)
Bill Alfonso Bill Alfonso ... Bill Alfonso - Referee (archive footage)
Mike Alfonso Mike Alfonso ... Mike Awesome (archive footage)
Kurt Angle ... Kurt Angle (archive footage)
Afa Anoai Afa Anoai ... Afa (archive footage)
Sika Anoai Sika Anoai ... Sika (archive footage)
Scotty Antol Scotty Antol ... Scotty Anton (archive footage)
Bob Artese Bob Artese ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles Ashenoff ... Konnan (archive footage)
Steve Austin ... Himself (archive footage)
Nicole Bass ... Nicole Bass (archive footage)
Salvatore Bellomo Salvatore Bellomo ... 'Wildman' Sal Bellomo (archive footage)
Chris Benoit ... Chris Benoit (archive footage)
Alfonso Bermudez Alfonso Bermudez ... Dances with Dudley (archive footage)
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A documentary on the rise and fall of cult wrestling federation ECW

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Taglines:

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

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Documentary | Sport

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TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Company Credits

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WWE Home Video See more »
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Color
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Trivia

Raven's Nest crucifying the Sandman took place at "ECW High Incident" on October 26, 1996. The show was released on home video, though the crucifixion was not included, and the footage went unseen until it was included here. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Paul Heyman: [about ECW's financial straits] The wrestling business at that stage became almost like the... the dot com industry, in that it was an inflated bubble. It had to burst. And... the pay scale just went off the chart. And it became very difficult to afford talent. And these guys are turning down... hundreds of thousands of dollars to go elsewhere just to stay with us. And there comes a time where that's not fiscally responsible to your own family. So we had to step it up. We had to get licenses, we...
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References Duck Soup (1933) See more »

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A great look behind the scenes.
24 May 2017 | by OrangieTooDopeSee all my reviews

This DVD was a so good that I have watched it about ten times.It's nice to hear what was really going on from the wrestlers themselves.Even though ECW was basically a commercial(they couldn't get on TV so they just bought an hour of advertising time and ran the show) for all but the last year of it's existence, it's still surprising to learn that the wrestlers were handling all the merchandise and even answering the phones.It's even more surprising to learn how many people weren't getting paid on a regular basis.And it's down right mind blowing to learn that the people who weren't getting paid were the ones who stuck around the longest.I really only have two problems with this DVD.First, they only interviewed people who were contracted by the WWE at the time of filming and the reason why is extremely clear.Vince McMayhem wanted to make sure that no one told the truth about him and how he worked long and hard to destroy ECW, just like he did to the NWA.And he succeeded, his boys were "team players" and I wouldn't be surprised if Vince actually scripted their interviews.The second thing I didn't like was how they pretty much glossed over the TNN year.Heyman talked about how he hated TNN but they never explained any of the on screen madness from that final year.I would have loved to know why Billy Corgan showed up for two minutes and was never seen again.But I guess it would have been impossible to cover everything so I can't really complain.This is a definite must see for anyone who ever liked wrestling.


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