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Top 10 ECW Alumni Who Succeeded In The WWE... And 5 Who Didn't

For many years Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) was recognized as the undisputed king of the hardcore circuit of wrestling, aided by the brilliance of Paul Heyman. Backed with the voice of the Philly crowd in their own ECW Arena, it became the platform for some of the most hardcore matches in wrestling while at the same time churning out some of the future top stars for Vince McMahon’s WWE. Heyman kept the promotion alive for many years, slyly competing with the big bucks of WWE and WCW with their unique version of wrestling and controversial segments which seemed to reap audiences and disgust some talent.

What made ECW stand out from the other promotions of its time was that it basically had no rules. No rope-breaks, no DQ and anything goes in every single match with death-defying stunts being performed as well as brutal objects being used on a daily basis. But Heyman didn’t seem to have the business sense of running a wrestling promotion and saw his company fall into the hands of the WWE in 2001 along with WCW. Many ECW talent were now the property of Vince McMahon, who started them off with the underwhelming “Invasion” angle and let themselves get over on their own.

Meanwhile, some talent had already left the sinking ship years before to join WWE and were slowly developing themselves to be what it needs to be a top superstar for the company. While others found it difficult to blend into the “rulebook” of the WWE, some other superstars seemed to fit right in to have a successful stint with the company and even achieving the highest of honors in it. Vince’s gamble on buying out ECW seemed to have paid off, as he received the services of some of the most talented, hard-working men in the industry and while some of them thrived under the conditions of the WWE, the others couldn’t fit in with the “rules” of the company.

17 Those Who Succeeded

16 Rhyno

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15 Raven

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14 Rey Mysterio

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13 Chris Benoit

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12 Eddie Guerrero

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11 Chris Jericho

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10 Stone Cold Steve Austin

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9 Mick Foley

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8 The Dudley Boyz

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7 Rob Van Dam

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6 Those Who Failed

5 Balls Mahoney

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4 The Sandman

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3 Terry Funk

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2 Tommy Dreamer

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1 Sabu

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Sabu was like the mythical creature of the ECW. Like The Undertaker for WWE. Like Sting for WCW. He was one of the star attractions for the promotion, slowly building up the support of the fans with some scintillating stunts which others couldn’t even dream off. Sabu saw his popularity rise when he tagged with Rob van Dam and would take this momentum to catapult into becoming a main eventer for the promotion. Sabu would soon become ECW Television Champion and quickly became ECW Heavyweight Champion and the guy who attracted millions to watch the product. After it folded up, Sabu did get a call from WWE years later debuting in the One Night Stand PPV. He would quickly get a title shot against John Cena which he would lose, and was then shoved to the ECW brand of WWE. Here he would attempt at winning the ECW Championship, before making sporadic appearances in the main roster and wrestling in stipulation matches. But his ECW glory would never be replicated, as he didn’t win a single title in the WWE and his temperamental behavior has seen him get into many controversies ever since, as the ECW Legend has never been the same after the promotion folded up.

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