Initial reactions by the ECW Extremists to today’s announcement of Paul Heyman’s dismissal seem split down tenure lines. The ECW Originals appear upset and in a state of shock, whereas the new breeds seem to have a more optimistic outlook.
“I’m shocked right now,” said Tommy Dreamer. “I don’t know what’s going on right now.”
Dreamer boasts the longest tenure with ECW and has known Heyman for over ten years. Fellow ECW Original, Stevie Richards was equally shocked by the announcement.
“I have no idea what to say, except whatever Paul decides to do eventually, I wish him the best of luck in future endeavors,” said Richards.
While many of the ECW Originals were too shocked by Heyman’s dismissal to react to the situation yet, Rob Van Dam had some very strong words to say. While the two have not always gotten along over the years, RVD clearly doesn’t like the idea of Heyman not being a part of the brand.
“I think that without Paul fighting for the better direction to take ECW I fear that it’s in for some horrible changes,” said Van Dam.
“To quote a famous man, Hulkamania dies when Hogan dies, ‘Woo’ dies when Ric Flair dies, but when that man [Heyman] is gone and while he’s gone, ECW will live on,” said relative newcomer Elijah Burke.
“During a hurricane, some trees fall, others remain standing,” explained Matt Striker. “During a hurricane, some houses fall, others remain standing. But the fishing is always better after the hurricane has passed.”
In an industry where nothing seems constant, one ECW Original summed up what you can always count on.
“Well it just goes to show you, nothing ever surprises you in the world of [sports entertainment],” said Little Guido.
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