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Top 20 Most Criminally Underused ECW Wrestlers of All-Time

Paul Heyman is rightfully viewed as one of the greatest wrestling minds of all time. The wrestling genius perfectly understood the pulse of what the wrestling fan wanted and had the creativity to figure out how to execute it. Heyman’s most celebrated for both his role as a manager and, of course, for the history of ECW. Not only did Paul turn the small bingo hall promotion into a huge success but he helped wrestlers grow. The greatest compliment one can give Paul Heyman is he found a group of undesired wrestlers and put them in the best position to succeed.

The Sandman was a drunk with very little athletic ability. Heyman made him a badass who would kick your ass and drink a beer while doing it. Taz was a short, stocky angry Brooklynite with a chip on his shoulder. Heyman turned him into the most unbeatable man on the planet. Tommy Dreamer was a generic pretty boy. Heyman convinced us he was the face of extreme. There are dozens of other stories like this but the morale remains the same. Heyman knew how to use most wrestlers he worked with effectively and could put them in a situation that would see them reach their full potential.

Heyman’s percentage is second to none but that doesn’t mean he was perfect. ECW saw quite a few wrestlers fail to be used to the absolute best of their abilities. There are so few spots but Heyman tended to keep the same wrestlers in the top positions. Many would argue today that Shane Douglas, The Sandman and Taz were each given too much time in the world title picture and there should have been a couple of other underutilized stars getting more opportunities. There were definitely a couple of stars not getting to hit their full potential and we’re going to break those down as we look at the top twenty most criminally underused ECW talents of all time.

20 Simon Diamond 

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19 Lance Storm 

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18 Johnny Swinger 

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17 Joey Matthews 

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16 C.W. Anderson 

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15 Mikey Whipwreck 

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14 EZ Money 

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13 Al Snow 

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12 Tony Mamaluke 

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11 Roadkill 

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10 Lita 

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9 Masato Tanaka 

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8 Cyrus The Virus 

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7 Spike Dudley

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6 Perry Saturn 

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5 Tajiri 

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4 Kid Kash 

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3 Nova 

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2 Chris Candido 

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1 2 Cold Scorpio 

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The top ECW performer that was not used as strongly as he should have been was 2 Cold Scorpio. Until Rob Van Dam started to get hot, no ECW wrestler could match the excitement and in-ring work of 2 Cold Scorpio. Between his dazzling array of moves and ridiculously cool personality, Scorpio didn’t need the weapons or a gimmick to get over. While he was indeed used as an upper card act and chose to leave the company for WWE, Scorpio should have been a world champion for ECW and it may have given him reason to stay. The ECW world title is synonymous with the likes of Shane Douglas, Taz, The Sandman and Raven, but Scorpio was flat out better than all of them. ECW missed out on 2 Cold Scorpio being their top superstar.

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