Back in 1993, a regional wrestling outfit based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania changed the game forever. Thanks to co-promoters Paul Heyman and Todd Gordon, Eastern Championship Wrestling was re-launched as Extreme Championship Wrestling. With this product re-launch literally came a revolution. What was gimmicky and child-driven in the two other major promotions would be countered with extreme, adult-oriented content. ECW was the epitome of cult status as it could not be watched nationwide. Many fans would use the internet to figure out what was going on and trade VHS tapes via mail just to see the insane action. Other promotions began to take notice.
It was not just the matches in ECW that made the promotion great, it was the storylines. During this time when the internet was not easily made available to everyone to leak news, Paul Heyman booked some amazing stories that pushed the lines of censorship. The storylines in ECW were where the comparisons to soap operas could become abundantly seen. Add to this the issues with talent constantly coming and going unannounced and the promotion offered quite a bit of entertainment. However, let us not forget the crowd interaction. WWE and WCW wanted to keep the crowd as far and away as possible. This could be due to the size of the crowds. However, any sports crowd in Philadelphia is going be consumed with angst as that city requires the best entertainment possible.
Today’s list takes a look at the top 15 storylines that ECW had to offer. This list includes storylines spanning beyond the original product and going into the TNN and WWE days. Whatever Heyman was a part of, he usually delivered gold. He was so good at developing characters and stories that Vince McMahon got involved with the promotion by creating an invasion angle. Supposedly, Eric Bischoff was planning to do the same thing, however Heyman was unaware of this. If you have ever wondered about ECW, this list will show off some of the better segments.
14 The Network Against Paul Heyman
13 Mikey Whipwreck
12 Mike Awesome Going To WCW as ECW Champion
11 One Night Stand
10 Cactus Jack Against the Fans
8 Steve Austin
7 Three-Way Kiss
6 ECW’s Original Invasion Of WWE
5 Raven Always Getting The Best Of Tommy Dreamer
4 The Taz And Sabu Build
3 The Crucifixion
2 Blind Sandman
1 Shane Douglas Throws Away The NWA Title
While this was more of a moment than an actual storyline, nobody knew it was coming. Only Heyman and Shane Douglas had any idea. In an attempt to change up the industry, Shane Douglas would win the NWA Heavyweight Championship and praise legends from the past. However, he would flip the switch and declared that all of those guys could “kiss his ass.” Todd Gordon would go on to announce afterwards that ECW would no longer be Eastern Championship Wrestling, but rather it would be Extreme Championship Wrestling. This was more important than Madusa tossing the WWE Women’s Title in the trash on WCW. If this moment had never happened, there would probably not have been an Attitude Era.
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