The Impact of ECW: The Roster
ECW was very much the “Little Company that Could”, in terms of how rapidly it grew in fan support and respect (if not in profit.) Paul Heyman could make a lot of money, but he sure could get the people interested.
ECW Wrestlers who, After ECW, Would Later Go on to be Champion:
Rob Van Dam
Rey Mysterio Jr.
That’s not all of them either, but these are the ones of the highest pedigree, guys who are to this day some of the most popular guys in wrestling.
Look at the list, all of these guys were in ECW First, before any of the success I listed, they were all spotted not by Vince McMahon or Eric Bischoff, but by Paul Heyman, who gave them an opportunity to showcase their skills and join the WWE or WCW as future champions and Superstars.
That concludes part Three of The Impact of ECW, next column will be the final in the series, taking an in depth look at how the way ECW forced the WWE and WCW to fundamentally change their product.
I have one other thing I’d like to talk about.
This weekend, and for the sake of honesty I’ll risk being sued, I downloaded some Ring of Honor Matches, Paul London Matches specifically, and one bout between London, AJ Styles and Low Ki in particular.
Also, I recently spoke to the director of the soon to be released “101 Reasons Not to Be a Pro Wrestler.” The Trailer was released, and will be re-released in the near future. I look forward to the film, and recommend you guys check it out. It should provide wrestling fans and critics alike with an interesting point of view on the business.
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