everyone and welcome to the first of what I hope will become many
columns on ECW2K. For this first column we're gonna hop into the time machine
and take a ride down memory lane, welcome to The Evolution Of Pro Wrestling
101. Today's topic is a man named Paul Heyman, how he has changed
professional wrestling forever, and how pro wrestling's recent rebirth into
the mainstream can be directly linked to Paul and his baby Extreme
people think of ECW, they think of a lot of things, but usually this
The Man that changed Wrestling Forever!
then Pro Wrestling was not what it is today; wrestling's best days had
passed. Hogan was no longer filling stadiums and there was no one to step up
and fill his shoes, many tried but none succeeded. The WWF and WCW were
trying to repeat Hogan's success by doing the same things and the result was
dwindling interest and the industry as a whole becoming a joke. If you're a
follower of WrestleCrap.com, you'll know that a large portion of wrestling's
most notorious crap came from this era. The early 90's spawned people like
Duke "The Dumpster" and T.L. Hopper, I'd long-since stopped watching. Hell,
even if I had still been watching, I wouldn't admit it, I'd be embarrassed to
admit that such utter garbage held my attention. But everything was about to
change The Revolution was about to start!
small upstart I mentioned before you know ECW? Well, they were
One Helluva Wrestler!
clicked American fans were swarming to this "ECW Arena" place to
see guys really WRESTLE. Enter Vince McMahon Vince saw something that was
working and he decided to borrow it. Go ahead take a look at the work rates
in WWF matches 10 years ago as opposed to today's matches. There is no
comparison, today's WWF superstar is expected to be able to do more than the
WWF superstar of yesteryear. Even guys like The Rock and Steve Austin who are
often blasted for lack of ability by Internet Smarks are LIGHT YEARS ahead of
what we were seeing back then. ECW's eternal influence on this industry that
we so love is obvious in every match we watch, they raised the bar. 10 years
ago, Test would be World Champion by now, however now he is held back by his
lack of wrestling ability.
come on get to the juicy stuff, work rates are only a small portion of
Lack of Ability?
Yeah, Paul Heyman's insistence that his performers give 110%
every night changed wrestling forever, but that's not what made ECW what it
was. Without that "E" this company would have gone nowhere inside that E is
where the true innovation lies and that one little letter has left
shock-waves that can be felt in every wrestling match to this date even
more-so than the increased work rates. Extreme. Without it, ECW was nothing,
just another Indy Fed, but with that E, Paul Heyman offered something else
that American fans were unfamiliar with: Barbed Wire, Babes, And Blood!!!!
Not too long ago, a chair shot was extreme, putting someone through a table
was unheard-of, all the stuff we see 1000 times a night now none of it was
there. There was no Hardcore Division, no Table Matches, Hell In A Cell?
Now This is HARDCORE!
along came Extreme Championship Wrestling, a small Philadelphia-based
wrestling company run by former NWA/WCW manager Paul E. Dangerously. ECW
threw out the count-out and ignored the DQ, basically killed the Screw Job
Ending. Everything from common household items like frying pans and rolling
pins to true hardcore stuff like barbed wire and Singapore Canes became
common sights inside the ring (or outside). Wrestling was no longer confined
to the squared circle, the wrestlers were now free to venture out and find
new things in the arena to play with. Blood used to be something that sold an
attack/match as being truly brutalnow the night is not complete without a
little red stuff. Of course, "Extreme" is not something that exists only
inside the ring, it also meant other things. Wrestlers were free to express
themselves any way they choseâ€¦ wanna swear up a storm? Go ahead. Wanna walk
to the ring smoking a cigarette and chugging beers? Go ahead. Want a
beautiful half-naked woman to accompany you to the ring? GOOD IDEA!!! All
bets were truly off. In ECW anything goes.
I want her to accompany ME to the ring!
Vince McMahon is back. That's right, ECW had another idea that was
working and once again Vince decided to borrow it. The first time a WWF
wrestler went through a table was Kevin Nash putting Shawn Michaels through a
table surprised it's something so recent? Well, don't be, the WWF never even
DREAMED of stuff like this until ECW strolled onto the scene. Before ECW, the
Ladder Match was as hardcore as it got in the WWF. Without ECW there would be
no WWF Attitude, it simply wouldn't exist. ECW's catch phrase was "Join The
Revolution" they thought it was just a catch phrase who knew it was quite
a startling prediction. One that came true.
every time you turn on WWF Raw Is War every time you see the WWF
The Innovator of WWF hardcore!