ECW as we remember saw its demise in 2001. After WWE purchased rights to the company shortly after its bankruptcy, a number of superstars such as Rhino, Tommy Dreamer, Raven and Tazz had successful midcard careers, as well as a number of other alumni. In 2005, WWE commenced a pay per view series to give homage to the ECW brand, named One Night Stand. Based on its success, One Night Stand had three more events under that name, before evolving into Extreme Rules.
The brand that Paul Heyman built was in a league of its own. Granted, indy promotions such as CZW are known for its hardcore style, but Heyman was able to acquire stars such as Steve Austin and Mick Foley to create a major spark to the promotion and separate it from the rest of its kind. It was truly a much-needed third addition to the "Big Two" promotions of WWE and WCW in the mid-1990s, and created memories that will never be forgotten.
Yes, WWE tried to revamp it, but pulled the plug in 2010 after nearly completely reinventing the brand. Stars such as Christian, William Regal, Kane, Tommy Dreamer, Jack Swagger, Sheamus, Chavo Guerrero, Mark Henry, Goldust, Shelton Benjamin and Matt Hardy - among others - successfully used it as a launchpad to catapult or revive their career. However, the ECW logo attached to the show still garnered a different set of expectations.
Which poses the question: Would the old ECW still fare well today? Sound off below.
Short URL: http://goo.gl/lMm7Xr
Charlotte And Dolph Ziggler Recreate Movie Scene, WWE NXT Gets Muddy, Noelle Foley, WWE - Mattel
WWE Diva On Vacation?, WWE Network Issues Last Night, NXT Back At "Loud" Festival, Triple H
Jack Swagger Not Injured At Live Event, Natalya Thanks Her Supporters, Linda McMahon's Birthday
WWE Fury Of Chokeslams, Kofi Kingston And Bubba Ray Dudley Talk MSG, Sasha Banks And Bayley
Rashad Evans Returns To The UFC After Two Years, Ronda Rousey Gets Called Out, More
Kurt Angle Returns To Action, TNA Crowd Shots From Saturday Night, Gail Kim Vs. Awesome Kong, More
Daniel Cormier And Alexander Gustafsson Have Close Championship Fight, Jon Jones Next?
WWE "Live From MSG: Lesnar Vs. Big Show" Results - Steel Cage Match, Team PCB, Kane, More
Why John Cena Is Taking Time Off, Top WWE Star And Hall Of Famer Added To Tour, Daniel Bryan Removed
Finn Balor Responds To CM Punk's Balor - Grado Comment, WWE NXT Attendance Note, Birthdays
Final Card For Tonight's Live WWE Network Special From MSG, Live Coverage Reminder
Scott Hall Talks Being "Uncomfortable" After WWE Return, Giving Sting His "Crow" Gimmick, Drug Abuse