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15 ECW Wrestlers Who Failed In WWE: Where Are They Now?

The wrestling industry was booming in the 90s, as the inflow of more exciting entertainment made for the war between the major wrestling promotions in WWE, WCW and ECW, which all had their own share o

The wrestling industry was booming in the 90s, as the inflow of more exciting entertainment made for the war between the major wrestling promotions in WWE, WCW and ECW, which all had their own share of followers. Extreme Championship Wrestling had its own hostile, hungry crowd in Philadelphia as Paul Heyman’s brainchild was basically adding that much more violence into wrestling and utilizing the athleticism of his wrestlers. He added these elements to create something gory yet extremely entertaining as some of the hardcore spots won over the fans, who queued up day in and day out to watch these talented wrestlers put their bodies on the line.

ECW had soon attained a cult status among the fans, as the Viking Hall, which was later renamed as the “ECW Arena,” was jam packed with demanding, volatile fans who provoked the wrestlers to fight stiff, violent matches and enjoyed watching them suffer through the pain of being hit by weapons and taking hard bumps. With the eccentric genius of Paul Heyman, ECW saw an incredible increase in popularity as a result of the death-defying stunts that its wrestlers were performing. Be it convincing storylines, athletic matches or even some controversial violence in the shows, ECW was fighting the big boys in WCW and WWE toe-to-toe for quite some time.That is until they struggled to expand as a business and went bankrupt in 2001, at which point they were bought out by Vince McMahon. This resulted in many of their stars losing their jobs, as they had to look elsewhere and the WWE was obviously the most attractive option. While some others had jumped ship before ECW went down, some of the original wrestlers stuck through the dying days and only joined after ECW was taken over by the WWE. While some succeeded, most of the ECW guys found it difficult to excel in the limited environment of WWE and couldn’t play by the rules. Their failures pushed them out of the company, as they had to look elsewhere for work or move to other careers.

Here are 15 examples of ECW wrestlers who failed to make it in the WWE, and here's what they're up to now.

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59 Tazz (then)

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Tazz was probably one of the most brutal and intimidating wrestlers of ECW, where he found success in his early years, going onto win the ECW Tag Titles and ECW Television Title. Tazz found immense respect form his colleagues and Paul Heyman when he fought through a career-threatening injury, after which he returned as the “Human-Suplex Machine” delivering his trademark Taz-Plexes. His popularity reached the roof, as he went onto win the ECW World Title twice in his career and staying at the top of the company for quite sometime. He joined the WWE in 2000 because he wanted a new option, but had an underwhelming wrestling career which took away all the respect he had gathered in ECW. In 2002, Tazz started to serve as a color commentator(even though he would have a short tag title run with Spike Dudley) and was drafted to the Smackdown! brand. He wrestled sporadically, but was mostly doing his commentary duties before being let go in 2009.

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57 Tazz (now)

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Tazz appeared in TNA’s Victory Road PPV in 2009, siding with Samoa Joe and the Main Event Mafia. He soon became a color commentator for TNA as well, where he was mostly the heel commentator who would side with the bad guys in TNA. In 2012, he started to appear as a judge in TNA’s “Gut Check” segment on Impact Wrestling. Later on, Tazz would appear as a groomsman at Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan’s wedding, later on revealing himself as a part of Aces & Eights, while continuing his work as a commentator. Tazz continued to work as a commentator after the stable was disbanded, before leaving TNA in April 2015. Since then, he has been hosting his own online podcast show called “The Taz Show” which features news in the world of sports and wrestling, as well as appearances from Jim Ross, PWInsider writer Mike Johnson and several talents from the wrestling business.

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55 The Blue Meanie (then)

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The Blue Meanie was a major part of the “Blue World Order”, a spoof of the New World Order which ruled WCW, as the Meanie would be the side-kick of Stevie Richards who would be the side-kick of Raven. The group dressed in blue and fooled around a bit, but the Meanie had problems with his weight. He returned to ECW after a shot hiatus in 200, having lost a 100 pounds with an arrogant behavior. During his first hiatus from ECW, The Blue Meanie went onto join WWE as part of Al Snow’s J.O.B Squad and named himself Bluedust, as a mockery to Goldust. He even managed Goldust for a while, before returning to ECW. The Blue Meanie returned to WWE in their version of ECW One Night Stand in 2005, where he was legitimately beaten up by JBL. This forced WWE to reform BWO for a while, as The Meanie got his revenge on JBL after beating him on Smackdown. But after this was passed, he and BWO got limited opportunities and The Meanie was released.

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53 The Blue Meanie (now)

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After being released from the WWE, The Blue Meanie went back to the Independent scene as he wrestled a “comedy match” at a Hardcore Homecoming event. He was diagnosed with empyema in 2006, and had to undergo surgery for that. He returned in 2007, as went onto become champion for many Independent promotions in the next couple of years. Last year, The Meanie reformed the Blue World Order with Stevie Richards and Nova, in Chikara’s King of Trios Tournament. The Blue Meanie currently wrestles for a wrestling promotion called “Monster Factory” and also is a trainer for the promotion, as a return to a prominent wrestling company seems dim for him.

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51 Super Crazy (then)

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Super Crazy was definitely both “super” and “crazy” in the ring as the extremely talented lucha libre specialist found a definite home in ECW for a couple of years, where he could not only show his amazing style of wrestling but also get the taste of extreme. Crazy was brought in ECW after spending years traveling around the world wrestling, and was pit against smaller wrestlers in the promotion which made for some memorable matches. Crazy was the definition of ECW’s own Cruiserweight Division, as he slowly saw a huge rise in popularity because of his stunning moves. He won the ECW TV title in his tenure, and stuck to the company till its end. He was snatched up by WWE in 2005, and put in a stable of “The Mexicools” with Psicosis and Juventud Guerrera. Crazy was definitely the shining one of the group, surviving more years in the company where he wasn’t really given any opportunity to shine. After years or having to put over other guys, he left the WWE in 2008.

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49 Super Crazy (now)

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After leaving the WWE, Super Crazy went back to his home in Mexico where he wrestled a bit for Perros del Mal Producciones. Super Crazy continued to travel around Mexico to feature in their prominent wrestling promotions, going on to wrestle for the International Wrestling Association in Puerto Rico. He also went onto wrestle for Pro Wrestling Guerrila and AAA. Crazy travelled to Japan to wrestle for All Japan Pro Wrestling to participate in their Junior League, where he went to the final, only to lose to Shuji Kondo. Super Crazy returned to Pro Wrestling Noah in 2012 and wrestled for a promotion for about a year, in different stints. In 2014, he and Mistic Azteca formed their own wrestling promotion, World of Unpredictable Wrestling Mexico and continues to look after it, even though he rarely wrestles anymore.

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47 Kid Kash (then)

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Kid Kash saw his wrestling career start on the wrong foot, as the wrestler almost found a position in ECW before making the mistake of trying it in the WWE, where he wrestled as a talent enhancement and broke both his ankles in a match. After recovering from the injury, Kash debuted in the ECW with this rockstar gimmick but was under heat for the beginning of his career. But Kash quickly showed his grit, as he continued to wrestle despite having two broken jaws and this impressed Heyman and the wrestlers of ECW. Kash went onto wrestle many tag team, cruiserweight matches and even challenged for the ECW World Title, but was in vain. Kash would win the ECW TV Title once in his career, sticking with the promotion till it was bought up. After a couple of years at TNA, Kash debuted in the WWE and even won the Cruiserweight Championship quickly after debuting, but lost it a month later. Kash then teamed with Jamie Noble for a while, before being released in 2006, surviving a mere year in the WWE.

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45 Kid Kash (now)

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Kash returned to the Independent circuit after being released by the WWE, as he travelled around Europe to wrestle for many of the European wrestling promotions. He returned to TNA in 2010 for an ECW Reunion show, where he was defeated in a six man tag team match. Kash was drafted into the X-Division of TNA and tried a lot to win the X-Division title, competing in every of its qualifying or No #1 Contender’s match but was unable to win the gold. Kash even tried to win the TNA Tag Titles with Gunner, but was unable to do so. He was released by TNA in 2013, as he went onto wrestle in the Independent scene. Kash wrestled his final match last year in December against Chase Owens, where the stipulation was that if Kash won Ricky Morton would retire and if Owens won, Kash would retire. He hasn’t reappeared in the wrestling circuit after that match, as he probably needs a break from the pressure of wrestling.

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43 2 Cold Scorpio (then)

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2 Cold Scorpio was another wrestler who really jumped ships during the 90’s, having stints at WCW, ECW and WWE. While he found decent success at WCW, he really found a strong ground in ECW where he would attain quite a bit of success. Scorpio would be built as a strong mid-carder who was the ECW World Television Champion 4 times in his career, as well as winning the ECW Tag Team Titles once with The Sandman. He had some compelling feuds with the likes of Taz, Shane Douglas and Sabu in his time at ECW. His impressive performances brought a call from WWE in 1996, where he went by the name of “Flash Funk” who was accompanied by a group of girls. This didn’t hit well as he was soon a member of the J.O.B squad, and went onto compete in WWE Brawl for All Tournament. He was released in 1999 when he wanted some time off, and returned to ECW for a bit.

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41 2 Cold Scorpio (now)

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After doing some shows for ECW, including one where he challenged ECW World Heavyweight Champion Mikey Shipwreck in a match, Scorpio signed on with Pro Wrestling Noah. During his time at Pro Wrestling Noah, Scorpio won the GHC Openweight Hardcore Championship and GHC Tag Team Championships. Scorpio returned to WWE in their developmental Deep South Wrestling in 2006, later on going to make a one night appearance in the 15th anniversary of RAW. Later in 2007, Scorpio went onto wrestle for Booker T’s Pro Wrestling Alliance promotion, before wrestling in TNA’s ECW reunion show in Hardcore Justice. 2 Cold Scorpio made his Chikara debut in 2012, when he Jerry Lynn and Tommy Dreamer defeated Team WWE in the first round, but were eliminated by team ROH. Scorpio continued to wrestle in many ECW reunions, and last appeared in a Fighting Wrestling Evolution show in March this year.

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39 Jerry Lynn (then)

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Jerry Lynn had tried his hand in wrestling all over the world, having wrestled in Mexico and Japan before trying his hand in the big leagues in WWE and WCW where he couldn’t fit in. Lynn finally found a home in ECW, which gave him the opportunity to shine and so he did, by having a great feud with Justin Credible. Lynn later on went onto have some great matches with Rob van Dam, before winning the ECW World Title in 2000. He stuck with the company till its end, before returning to the WWE in 2001. He was mostly featured in Saturday Night Heat, where he won the Light Heavyweight Championship, only to lose it soon after. After having another good match with RVD in Heat, he was released less than a year after debuting.

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37 Jerry Lynn (now)

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Lynn didn’t let his failures at WWE get to him, going back to the Indy scene before joining the new and booming TNA where he was a prominent part of their mid-card. The experienced Lynn would not only try to use his name to improve the promotion’s stature, but also put over young guys while having some memorable feuds with them. After leaving TNA, Lynn went to wrestle for Ring of Honor for a couple of years, before returning back to TNA for a short stint. Lynn was ever-present in the Indy scene all this while, reuniting with his ECW friends for some shows as well as giving some taste of the old ECW to the fans. Lynn retired from wrestling in 2013, before returning to Ring of Honor in late 2015. After serving a bit for them as a color commentator, Lynn now works for the company as a backstage producer/agent and hopes that his expertise in the game of wrestling will help this promotion attain newer heights.

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35 Justin Credible (then)

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Justin Credible initially started out his wrestling career in the WWE, which he joined as an enhancement talent, but was mostly used as a jobber. After finding zero success in the company, he joined ECW and was promised by Paul Heyman that “he’d make him a star”. Credible went onto have feuds with Tommy Dreamer, before forming a team with his mentor Lance Storm. They went onto win the ECW Tag Team Titles twice, before Credible went onto challenge ECW Champion Tommy Dreamer and win the ECW World Title from him. After losing the title, he left ECW after a couple of matches and was resigned by WWE, where he formed a stable with X-Pac and Albert. They sided with Paul Heyman during the Invasion angle, but Credible was put to the B-Shows. He was later drafted to Raw, where he went back and forth with the hardcore championship, but mostly featured in Heat. Credible was released in 2002 after failing to make an impact on creative.

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33 Justin Credible (now)

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After his release from WWE, Credible went onto wrestle for numerous Independent promotions. He appeared for Ring of Honor, where he was a member of The Carnage Crew and even wrestled for Xtreme Pro Wrestling and TNA. He also wrestled for a Hardcore Homecoming event, before helping Storm win a match vs Chris Jericho in the ECW One Night Stand PPV in 2005. Credible returned to the WWE in 2006 and made several appearances for their ECW brand, but was quickly released. After that, he returned to the Indy scene as he wrestled for Pro Wrestling Syndicate. He was inducted into the New England Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2009, before making an appearance in TNA’s Hardcore Justice PPV in 2010. Credible also wrestled in Chikara’s King of Trios tournament in 2012. He retired in 2015 after facing long-time friend Tommy Dreamer in his final match, and lives a peaceful life outside wrestling right now.

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31 Stevie Richards (then)

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Stevie Richards is definitely among one of the “ECW Originals” as he started out with the company since his first day. Richards found success as the first member of “Raven’s Nest” as under Raven’s influence he attained a lot of success. Richards went onto win the ECW Tag Titles with Raven, while helping him reach the top of the company. Richards later created the Blue World Order with The Blue Meanie and Nova, before reuniting with Raven for a while. He announced his retirement in 1997 when he suffered a bad injury in a match against Terry Funk, but later joined WCW after coming out of retirement. Richards joined WWE in 1999, where he was having difficult on getting the right gimmick. He later became a part of many stables in the WWE, including Right to Censor and The Blue World Order. He became a 21 time Hardcore Champion during its 24x7 rule during his singles run, but didn’t attain much popularity. During his final years, Richards was a part of WWE’s ECW Brand before being released in 2008.

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29 Stevie Richards (now)

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Richards actually gained a lot from his release from the WWE, where his career was going nowhere. He immediately started wrestling in the Independent scene after being released, and soon got a job at TNA. Here, he debuted as Dr. Stevie and had a feud with Abyss before forming EV 2.0 with ECW alumni’s. Richards continued to feud with the mid-carders in TNA, while also penning a weekly health and fitness column for TNA’s website. He left TNA in 2011 because they weren’t paying him, and went onto wrestle for Extreme Rising for a couple of years. Richards has been wrestling in the Independent circuit in America right now, also appearing for Ring of Honor in their “Road to the Best in the World” tour, as he wrestles for many kinds of Indy promotions and tries to put them over.

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27 Lance Storm (then)

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When Lance Storm arrived at ECW, he was booed because of delivering visibly “weak” chair shots to Rob Van Dam in a match between them, but used this to his advantage to establish himself as a heel. Storm soon sided with Chris Candido, as the duo went onto win the ECW Tag Titles before having a good feud with Candido. Storm would then create a team with Justin Credible as they won the ECW Tag Titles twice. Storm also had the role of a booker in 2000, but left after seeing the company’s frail situation. Storm joined WCW for a while before being signed up by WWE, where he received a moderate push at start by winning the Intercontinental Championship. He later had the “Anti-American” role with Christian and William Regal, winning the Tag Titles with the latter. Storm failed to regain prominence as a singles competitor, and decided to retire in 2004. He came out of retirement in 2005 to perform in ECW’s One Night Stand PPV, but left the WWE later intending on opening his own wrestling school.

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25 Lance Storm (now)

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Storm went onto appear in the Independent scene soon after leaving the WWE, appearing in the Hardcore Homecoming event. Storm also faced Daniel Bryan in a ROH event in Chicago for his World Championship, but lost the match. Storm later on wrestled for UK’s One Pro Wrestling Promotion, before returning to Ring of Honor in 2009 for some events. He continued to return to ROH, making another appearance in 2012 and recently in March of this year where he unsuccessfully challenged Jay Lethal for his ROH World Championship. Storm recently also made an appearance in an episode of the Edge & Christian Show that Totally Reeks of Awesomeness. He continues to write a monthly column for the British Wrestling and MMA publication in “Fighting Spirit Magazine” while being a regular guest in the Figure Four Weekly podcast, as the experienced technical magician now looks to transfer his skills to newer athletes.

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23 Tajiri (then)

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Tajiri was brought to ECW by Paul Heyman, who brought him from Mexico to the extreme promotion and he was an instant hit among the fans, who were dazzled by his unique skillset. Tajiri went onto build his legacy in the promotion by having a legendary feud with Super Crazy, as well as having other memorable ones with the likes of Tommy Dreamer and Tazz. Tajiri would try to win the ECW World Title but it would evade him, but he would go onto win the ECW Television Title as well as winning the ECW Tag Titles with Mikey Whipwreck. Tajiri kept loyal to the promotion till it folded in 2001, and later was signed up WWE where he soon won the Light Heavyweight Championship. His entertaining display would make him one of the prominent parts of the Cruiserweight Division on Smackdown, but he couldn’t elevate from that level. He did get some shots at the WWE title but was unable to win, and wasn’t really given the importance he was given in ECW inspite of giving it his all. Tajiri decided to leave the WWE in 2006 in order to become a journalist, and wrestled his final match against Gregory Helms.

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21 Tajiri (now)

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Tajiri returned back to Japan after his stint at WWE was over, and went onto wrestle for the Japanese promotion HUSTLE as well as wrestling for All Japan Pro Wrestling in the same time as well. Tajiri’s popularity was still intact, as the exciting superstar was a star in his country and helped to put over young guys. Tajiri also went onto wrestle for New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2009, giving some memorable matches with some of the amazing superstars in the promotion. Tajiri had a short stint at TNA in 2014, before going onto wrestle for Wrestle-1, where he captured the Intercontinental Championship. Tajiri recently went onto compete in WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic tournament, but was defeated by Gran Metalik. He’s pitched to return to Raw for their Cruiserweight division, as one could hope he gets more glory this time round in a more prominent division.

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19 Raven (then)

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Raven also aspired to start off in the big leagues in WWE and WCW, where he tried to shine in his early career but failed to do so. He only attained his cult status when he joined ECW, where he got the gimmick of a grungy, gothic character as he quickly formed a stable of lackeys called “Raven’s Nest”. Raven went onto have a classic feud with Tommy Dreamer which put him over, also winning the ECW Tag Team Titles with Stevie Richards. His popularity continued to peak, as he went onto win the ECW World Championship in 1996 and was in the main event status for quite a long time. After losing the “Loser Leaves ECW” match to Tommy Dreamer, Raven went onto join WCW and later WWE where he would win the Hardcore Championship an unprecedented 27 times but couldn’t attain his main-event status and was released from the promotion in 2003.

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17 Raven (now)

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Raven went onto join TNA after getting released from WWE, as he created his “Clockwork Orange House of Fun” match during his time at the promotion. He later also went onto win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and became a prominent part of the promotion for quite a bit of time, becoming that “hardcore” icon in it with his brutal matches. He later became a part of EV 2.0 with other ECW alumni’s before being released by the promotion in 2010. Raven returned to the Independent circuit, where he’s still a king and debuted for a promotion “Extreme Rising” and kept on appearing for low-key promotion’s shows. Though Raven has been rarely wrestling nowadays because of his growing age, he isn’t official retired either and will probably never retire from wrestling because of his love for it.

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15 The Sandman (then)

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The Sandman’s rise in the ECW is exemplary, as he started off with the gimmick of a surfer and pimp but soon turned himself into an iconic character of the promotion. His character was similar to the one of Stone Cold Steve Austin in the WWE, as he became the ECW World Champion quickly after gaining popularity and then went onto have a memorable feud with Raven. After leaving ECW, The Sandman went onto have stints at Xtreme Pro Wrestling, TNA and even WCW for a while before he finally said yes to WWE in 2005 when he returned in the ECW One Night Stand show. He was part of the newly launched WWE’s version of ECW, where he tried to put the brand over inspite of it being a watered down version of the real thing. After he was drafted to Raw in 2007, The Sandman was forced to have some awful matches which only deterred his reputation in the promotion, and the lack of popularity made WWE release him in 2007.

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13 The Sandman (now)

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After being released from the WWE, The Sandman continued to appear in the Independent circuit and wrestled some stipulation matches for various Independent promotions. After announcing that he would be soon retiring in 2008, The Sandman continued to wrestle and even travelled to New Zealand to wrestle for its Impact Pro Wrestling promotion. Sandman also went onto make appearances for Shane Douglas’ “Extreme Rising” promotion where he would mostly appear to make saves with caning the opponents. In 2014, The Sandman competed alongside his son Tyler Fullington in an event. He recently wrestled a steel cage match in July against Sabu, which he lost but inspite of being 53 years old he is still wrestling in hardcore matches and showing shades of his extreme character.

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11 Tommy Dreamer (then)

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Tommy Dreamer was almost like the soul of ECW and was a special employee for the company right till its dying breath. Dreamer would elevate the status of the promotion by having some memorable feuds in it, and his character’s never-die attitude and incredible resilience made him an instant fan-favorite. Dreamer would win his only singles title in the ECW in the ECW World Heavyweight Championship, but that too begrudgingly. Dreamer joined the WWE after ECW winded up, but some awful gimmicks chosen for him would tarnish the reputation of the man in the company. He’d be pushed as the main man of WWE’s version of ECW as well, where he won the ECW Title but he never really found himself at home during his time at the WWE, and was released in 2010 having almost work 9 years at the company.

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9 Tommy Dreamer (now)

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After being released by the WWE, Dreamer went onto join TNA where he became a prominent member of the EV 2.0 which was compiled of some of the ECW Originals. He then joined another stable in “Immortal” and wrestled as a heel, which didn’t go so well. He would soon leave TNA, going back to performing for various Independent promotions. In 2012, Dreamer opened his own wrestling promotion in House of Hardcore, which is the name of the former ECW wrestling school. Dreamer continues to wrestle in the promotion as well as trying to keep ECW’s fire alive in it. Dreamer eventually returned to the WWE in 2012 for a sporadic appearance and in 2015 to help The Dudley Boyz fight the Wyatt Family, as well as appearing in Edge & Christian’s Show that Totally Reeks of Awesomeness. Dreamer is tied with the WWE, but is mostly focused on promoting his own promotion which he hopes could become the better version of ECW in the future.

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7 Sabu (then)

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Sabu is probably one of the toughest men in the history of wrestling, as the high-flying athlete of ECW wasn’t afraid of taking death-defying risks to entertain the crowd. Sabu’s mystical gimmick where he didn’t talk and only let his actions do the talking got some intrigue into his character, and he gave some amazing matches which kept him at the top of ECW at all times. His memorable matches with the likes of Terry Funk and Tazz took ECW to another level, as Sabu soon saw iconic status in the promotion. He departed from ECW in 2000 after refusing to put over Super Crazy, and went onto wrestle for Juggalo Championship Wrestling and TNA for a while before finally joining WWE in 2006. He debuted in the ECW One Night Stand PPV in 2006 against Rey Mysterio in a classic match, before debuting in the ECW Brand of WWE. He won a battle Royal and got the opportunity to face John Cena for the WWE title, but lost the match. He was featured in some prominent matches here and there, but couldn’t manage to attain even half of the popularity he attained in his ECW days, and was released in 2007.

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5 Sabu (now)

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Sabu returned to his comfort spot in the Independent circuit after his WWE release, going onto work for Mexico’s AAA promotion and later also going to wrestle for the Australasian Wrestling Federation. He also returned to JCW and wrestled some extreme matches with fellow ECW colleague in Raven. Sabu also returned to TNA in their ECW Reunion show and was defeated by Rob Van Dam in the main event. He then joined the EV 2.0 along with fellow ECW alumni’s, and also unsuccessfully challenged for the TNA X-Division Championship. He was released by TNA after losing a match to AJ Styles, and returned to the ECW arena in 2012 when he defeated Justin Credible at an Evolve Event. He went onto wrestle for many wrestling promotions over the globe, and continues to wrestle odd Independent events where he still goes through with death-defying stunts and moves which could probably kill him, but the daredevil doesn’t really care.

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3 Shane Douglas (then)

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Shane Douglas proclaimed himself as “The Franchise” Of ECW as his starting heel gimmick in the promotion, but would actually become The Franchise in the years to come. Douglas brought himself and the promotion a lot of legitimacy and made a statement when he threw away the NWA World Heavyweight Championship when he won it, and raised the ECW Championship to claim it to be “the belt”. After wrestling a bit for ECW, he went onto sign with WWE in 1995 but was given the gimmick of a college dean known as “Dean Douglas”. This would take away all his legitimacy, as he would win the Intercontinental Championship when Shawn Michaels forfeited it to him, only to lose it in eleven minutes to Razor Ramon. He wrestled his last match at WWE In Your House 5 against Ahmed Johnson, before being released by WWE.

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1 Shane Douglas (now)

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Douglas returned to his home in ECW after his release from WWE, and went to great heights by winning the ECW TV Title twice. He also went onto win the ECW World Title a second time from Terry Funk, and was always at the thick of things in the ECW as his heel-ish nature brought a lot of eyes on the product. Douglas went onto leave ECW in 1999 due to differences with Paul Heyman, and went onto have a short stint at WCW before going onto wrestle for Xtreme Pro Wrestling for a bit and helped it move from California to Philadelphia and brought many ECW alumni’s to feature in it. Douglas also went onto work for TNA, where he was a backstage agent for a point of time, but didn’t really get the attention he got in ECW. Douglas continued to appear in Extreme Reunions, and in 2014 stated that he had partnered with a wealthy investor in 2014 and was looking to set up another promotion, even though that hasn’t been resolved yet. Douglas was named in the class-action lawsuit filed by former WWE wrestlers for concussion damages, as The Franchise hasn’t been seen wrestling much nowadays either as we can hope he sets up his new promotion soon enough, so that the vibe of ECW could return in some form.

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