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Top 15 Wrestlers To Succeed in Both WWE and ECW

The late 90s were the most exciting time in the history of the wrestling business. WWE and WCW were in a heated battle to be the top promotion in the industry, while ECW was the underground rising promotion feeding a fan base growing tiresome of the top two companies. While WWE and WCW were setting ratings records, ECW was creating change in the landscape. The characters were more authentic, the wrestlers were faster and the violence was hardcore. ECW amplified every aspect of what was getting hot in society and created a fan base.

As ECW started to gain steam, WWE would implement similar things into their television product that was found in the smaller promotion. Many argue to this day that the “Attitude Era” in WWE was created by following what ECW was doing at the time. WWE would never look back at any competition once the Attitude Era was born but ECW started to struggle. The two big companies would frequently sign talent from ECW causing the promotion to lose star power. Money became a big problem and wrestlers were late on getting checks. Things were getting ugly and the company went out of business in 2001 before Vince McMahon purchased the rights to the library.

Quite a few ECW stars would try their luck in the WWE but only a small percentage of them would reach success. Paul Heyman was the mind behind ECW and has a reputation for getting the best out of talent. Good wrestlers become great if Heyman is giving them direction. Once in the land of WWE, things change and most don’t make it. The few stories of the ECW stars to become success stories in WWE deserve to be told. We’re looking at the 15 wrestling stars to succeed in both WWE and ECW.

15 Stevie Richards 

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14 Dawn Marie 

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13 Rhyno 

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12 Joey Styles 

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11 Lance Storm 

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10 Tommy Dreamer 

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9 Tajiri 

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8 Al Snow 

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7 Tazz 

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6 Eddie Guerrero 

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5 Mick Foley 

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4 Steve Austin 

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3 The Dudley Boyz

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2 Rob Van Dam 

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1 Paul Heyman 

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While he’s not a wrestler, no one has achieved as much success in both WWE and ECW as Paul Heyman. As the brain child behind ECW’s rise, Heyman’s vision and intelligence created a new atmosphere in the wrestling industry that caught on. He knew what the fans of the time wanted and gave the wrestling world something special. Once the company ended, Heyman achieved plenty of success as an on-air performer in WWE. Everything Heyman has done in WWE turns into success. Playing the roles of a manager, advocate, writer, commentator and authority figure at different times, Heyman always hits home runs. Heyman is cementing his legacy today with Brock Lesnar as one of the most entertaining acts the WWE has ever seen.

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