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This month we are going to get extreme as we take a look back at Extreme Championship Wrestling. ECW was the rebel company that revolutionized professional wrestling in the 90s. Paul Heyman was the mastermind behind the revolution breaking all the rules and the leader of creating that us against them mentality in his locker room. ECW was the company that gave a lot of popular stars their first big break, allowed established stars a platform to reinvent themselves, introduced fans to different styles of wrestling, and influenced the other two mainstream companies (WWE & WCW) to change in many ways.
Growing up on the WWF and WCW products, I wasn’t very exposed to the ECW product. I did however become aware of the company due to the crossover stuff they did with the WWF in 1996 and 1997. I also would catch it on television those nights I stayed up past 12 AM but it was so non-family-friendly, that I felt like I was breaking the rules just watching it at my young age.
As I got older and was able to find more ECW online and through the magazines, the more fascinated I became with it. That all being said, this list is coming from someone who didn’t religiously watch ECW in his prime but someone who watched it back and grew to appreciate it. This is a list of wrestlers I immediately think of when I reminisce about ECW from my perspective.
I also wanted to share a list of honorable mentions to a handful of wrestlers that either got their first break or made an impact in ECW but I feel defined other companies more than ECW. Superstars such as Terry Funk, Mick Foley, Steve Austin, Chris Jericho, Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Bam Bam Bigelow, Lance Storm, Tajiri, and Chris Candido. Also a huge shoutout to Paul Heyman, Tod Gordon, and Joey Styles.
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