ECW

ECW stands for Extreme Championship Wrestling. It was a renegade wrestling promotion that competed for several years against Vince McMahon's WWE. ECW was known for a hardcore style of wrestling to go against the more traditional style of matches that took place in other promotions. ECW superstars were very strong personalities and had no problem using bad language, making sexual comments, using weapons and bleeding heavily during matches and interviews. The ECW announcer was Joey Styles who was known for his signature announcement Oh my God! The promotion had a strong cult following amongst wrestling fans that were hungry for a different type of product.

ECW was led by Paul Heyman. He had worked in several wrestling promotions using the name Paul E. Dangerously. He came to ECW as a performer but soon took over operations. He was there for the key years of the promotion. He developed many different storylines that pushed the boundaries of what fans had experienced in the world of wrestling and was considered the true innovator behind creating the ECW brand. Unfortunately for Heyman, ECW later ran low of funds and sold the rights to the name and video library to Vince McMahon and the WWE.

In the early 2000's McMahon resurrected the ECW name and debuted a new TV show. McMahon brought back many of the original ECW performers to star on the show. Some key components to the roster were ECW Hall of Famers Rob Van Dam, Sandman, Tommy Dreamer, Justin Credible, Little Guido and Tazz. He added some well known WWE talents to the ECW roster as well such as The Big Show, Kurt Angle, Bob Hardcore Holly, Matt Hardy, Gold dust and William Regal. During the run of the new ECW program, they used the show as an opportunity to debut new and young talents. Some of these talents like Sheamus, CM Punk and Evan Bourne went on to great success in wrestling and others like Shawn Spears, Brayton Walker and Marcus Cor Von disappeared into obscurity.

The ECW program would also feature guest appearances from new and old WWE superstars like John Cena, Batista, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels. The show eventually stopped production but a good number of the talents continue to work for Vince McMahon and the WWE today.

Tuesday 10:00 PM et/pt on WWE
1 Season, 102 Episodes
July 8, 2008
Sports
5.8/10
Cast: Tommy Dreamer, Matthew Kaye, C.M. Punk, Peter Senerchia
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ECW
Episodes

ECW Full Episode Guide

  • ECW Champion Christian vs. Ezekiel Jackson

  • Shelton Benjamin vs. Vance Archer

  • ECW Champion Christian vs. Zack Ryder

  • Yoshi Tatsu, The Hurricane & Goldust vs. Zack Ryder, Trent Barreta & Caylen Croft

  • ECW Champion Christian vs. William Regal

  • Eight Superstars compete in a battle-royal to determine ECW Champion Christian's opponent at the Royal Rumble.

  • Mark Henry vs. CM Punk

  • Tommy Dreamer vs. Zack Ryder

  • Yoshi Tatsu vs. Jack Swagger

  • Kane vs. Zack Ryder

  • ECW Champion Christian & Shelton Benjamin & Yoshi Tatsu vs. The Ruthless Roundtable

  • ECW Champion Christian and Shelton Benjamin vs. Ezekiel Jackson and Vladimir Kozlov

  • Yoshi Tatsu vs. William Regal

  • ECW Champion Christian & R-Truth vs. CM Punk & William Regal

  • ECW Champion Christian vs. William Regal

  • Christian and Yoshi Tatsu vs. Vladimir Kozlov and Ezekial Jackson

  • Christian vs. Yoshi Tatsu

  • Christian vs. Chris Jericho

  • Christian and Yoshi Tatsu vs. William Regal and Zack Ryder

  • Christian vs. Zack Ryder

  • Christian, Tommy Dreamer, Yoshi Katsu, and Goldust vs. William Regal, Ezekiel Jackson, Vladimir Kozlov, and Zack Ryder

  • Christian vs. Zack Ryder

  • 10 man Battle Royal

  • Christian and Tommy Dreamer vs. Ezekiel Jackson and Vladimir Kozlov

  • The Abraham Washington Show featuring Gregory Helms.

  • ECW Champion Christian vs. William Regal

  • Christian & Ezekiel Jackson vs. William Regal & Vladimir Kozlov

  • Tommy Dreamer vs. William Regal

  • Tommy Dreamer vs. Christian

  • Christian vs. Zack Ryder

  • The Abraham Washington Show

  • ECW Heavyweight Champion Tommy Dreamer vs. Vladimir Kozlov

  • Christian vs. Vladimir Kozlov

  • Christian and ECW Champion Tommy Dreamer vs. Vladimir Kozlov and William Regal.

  • ECW Champion Tommy Dreamer and Christian vs. Jack Swagger and Mark Henry.

  • Finlay makes an impact on his return to ECW.

  • ECW Champion Tommy Dreamer signs his new contract.

  • Christian takes on Tyson Kidd. Tommy Dreamer squares off against Paul Burchill.

  • The Hart Dynasty and Jack Swagger take on ECW Champion Christian and Tommy Dreamer.

  • Hart Trilogy member David Hart Smith makes his ECW in-ring wrestling debut.

  • Christian's "Peep Show" returns with special guest Jack Swagger.

  • Jack Swagger and Mark Henry take on Christian and Tommy Dreamer.

  • Christian defends the ECW Title against Tommy Dreamer.

  • Christian and Jack Swagger take part in the official contract signing for the ECW Championship match at Backlash.

  • Christian, Tommy Dreamer and Finlay compete in a Triple Threat match as part of the Elimination Chase to a title match at Backlash.

  • Tommy Dreamer, Christian, Mark Henry and Finlay compete in a Fatal Four Way match as part of the Elimination Chase to Backlash.

  • Christian takes on Jack Swagger for the ECW Championship.

  • Christian and Finlay take on ECW Champion Jack Swagger and Mark Henry.

  • The return of Christian shakes up the ECW title picture.

  • Finlay takes on new ECW Champion, ?The All-American American,? Jack Swagger.

  • John Morrison, The Miz, Finlay and Mark Henry compete in a Fatal Four Way Match. Boogeyman takes on Paul Burchill.

  • ?The All American American? Jack Swagger defeats Matt Hardy to become the new ECW Champion. Tommy Dreamer discusses his final mission before he leaves ECW.

  • In the final edition of ECW in 2008, ECW Champion Matt Hardy takes on his year-long rival, Mark Henry. The Miz and John Morrison take on Boogeyman and Finlay.

  • ECW Champion Matt Hardy takes on Chavo Guerrero. Ricky Ortiz, CM Punk and Kofi Kingston take on Jack Swagger, The Miz and John Morrison.

  • Mark Henry and Tony Atlas take on Finlay and his son Hornswoggle. The Miz and John Morrison take on Kung Fu Naki and Jimmy Wang Yang.

  • ECW Champion Matt Hardy takes on MVP. Newcomer DJ Gabriel continues his impressive winning streak. Jack Swagger takes on the undefeated Ricky Ortiz.

  • ?The All-American American? Jack Swagger takes on Tommy Dreamer in an Extreme Rules Match. Mark Henry with Tony Atlas takes on Finlay with his son Hornswoggle in his corner.

  • Jack Swagger takes on Tommy Dreamer in an Amateur Wrestling Challenge. Mark Henry, William Regal and Cody Rhodes take on Matt Hardy, Kofi Kingston and Finlay.

  • Matt Hardy defends the ECW Title against Finlay. Jack Swagger, The Miz and John Morrison take on Tommy Dreamer and Cryme Tyme.

  • ECW Champion Matt Hardy takes on Bam Neely. Mark Henry takes on Finlay in a No. 1 contender match for the ECW Championship.

  • The Miz and John Morrison host a live edition of ?The Dirt Sheet? and discuss their upcoming match against Shawn Michaels and Triple H.

  • Finlay takes on Mark Henry and Evan Bourne in a Triple Threat match, as all three men prepare for a potential Cyber Sunday match against Matt Hardy for the ECW Title.

  • Teddy Long announces two qualifying matches to see who will join Mark Henry on the Cyber Sunday ballot to face Matt Hardy for the ECW Title.

  • CM Punk and Kofi Kingston return to ECW to team up with Evan Bourne and Ricky Ortiz to take on Ted DiBiase, Cody Rhodes, The Miz and John Morrison.

  • Mark Henry, The Miz and John Morrison face-off against ECW Champion Matt Hardy, Evan Bourne and Ricky Ortiz. In other ECW action, newcomer Jack Swagger continues to impress.

  • General Manager Theodore Long forces John Morrison to face his teammate The Miz, with the winner being forced to face Ricky Ortiz. Maryse takes on Michelle McCool.

  • Mark Henry takes on Finlay, with Hornswoggle, and ECW Champion Matt Hardy takes on Mike Knox, as both Henry and Hardy prepare for their ECW Title Match at No Mercy.

  • The hosts of The Dirt Sheet, John Morrison and The Miz will welcome Mark Henry, Matt Hardy, Chavo Guerrero and Finlay into the ring for an Unforgiven preview.

  • Four men will try to qualify for the ECW Championship Scramble at Unforgiven, in which Mark Henry will defend his title.

  • After a controversial disqualification at SummerSlam, Mark Henry defends the ECW Title against Matt Hardy in a rematch.

  • The Miz and John Morrison take on SummerSlam opponents Mark Henry and Matt Hardy. Finlay faces off against Armando Estrada and Evan Bourne takes on Bam Neely.

  • The Miz and John Morrison's guests on a live edition of ?The Dirt Sheet? are opponents at SummerSlam, ECW Champion Mark Henry and Matt Hardy.

  • Matt Hardy confronts his opponent at SummerSlam, ECW Champion Mark Henry. Hardy takes on Colin Delaney, while The Miz and John Morrison face Finlay and Hornswoggle.

  • Matt Hardy, Finlay, John Morrison and The Miz will compete in a Fatal Four Way Match to determine the No. 1 contender to Mark Henry's ECW Title at Summer Slam.

  • The new ECW Champion Mark Henry takes on Colin Delaney. Armando Estrada takes on newcomer Atlas Ortiz.

  • Mark Henry takes on ECW Champion Kane in a non-title match. CM Punk teams with newly-drafted Matt Hardy to take on The Miz and John Morrison.

  • Kane and Big Show discuss their upcoming ECW Title Match at Night of Champions. Hornswoggle takes on Armando Estrada and CM Punk faces John Morrison.

  • The Miz and John Morrison take on Kane and CM Punk for the WWE Tag Team Titles. Kelly Kelly takes on Victoria, and Evan Bourne makes his ECW debut in tag team action.

  • Theodore Long is announced as new ECW GM. CM Punk takes on Tommy Dreamer, John Morrison and Chavo Guerrero in a Fatal Four Way Match where the winner faces Kane later in the night.

  • WWE Tag Team Champions The Miz and John Morrison take on ECW Champion Kane. Chavo Guerrero takes on CM Punk and Big Show takes on Tommy Dreamer.

  • Armando Estrada creates a Singapore Cane Match at One Night Stand to determine the No. 1 contender to the ECW Championship. All active former ECW Champions will compete, including Big Show.

  • CM Punk takes on The Miz and John Morrison takes on ECW Champion Kane. These bouts are a prelude to their WWE Tag Team Championship Match at Judgment Day.

  • Chavo Guerrero and Bam Neely take on ECW Champion Kane and CM Punk. Colin Delaney tries to earn an ECW contract as he faces General Manager Armando Estrada.

  • The Big Red Machine Kane takes on Chavo Guerrero and his bodyguard, Bam Neely, in a Handicap Match. Mick Foley is the guest on Matt Striker's Classroom.

  • With less than one week away from Backlash, ECW Champion Kane is the guest on the Rated-R Superstar's Cutting Edge. Chavo Guerrero and his family attack the Big Red Machine.

  • The Brothers of Destruction, Kane and The Undertaker, take on the WWE Tag Team Champions, John Morrison and The Miz.

  • The Big Red Machine, Kane and Chavo Guerrero sign the contract for their rematch at Backlash. Colin Delaney is forced to face his mentor, Tommy Dreamer, for an ECW contract.

  • WrestleMania XXIV crowned a new ECW Champion, Kane. The Big Red Machine & CM Punk take on the former champion Chavo Guerrero & Shelton Benjamin.

  • Chavo Guerrero faces Tommy Dreamer in a Lumberjack Match. The ECW Championship Battle Royal participants from WrestleMania XXIV are the lumberjacks.

  • CM Punk, Jesse & Festus take on The Miz, John Morrison & Shelton Benjamin in a Six-Man Tag Team Match. Chavo Guerrero takes on Colin Delaney in preparation for his ECW Championship match at WrestleMania XXIV.

  • Tommy Dreamer and Colin Delaney challenge John Morrison and The Miz for the WWE Tag Team Titles. CM Punk takes on Big Daddy V in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match.

  • The Straight Edged Superstar takes on Chavo Guerrero for ECW Title. The Miz and John Morrison defend the WWE Tag Team Titles versus Colin Delaney and Tommy Dreamer.

  • CM Punk takes on Shelton Benjamin and Elijah Burke in a Triple Threat Match for an ECW Title Match. Stevie Richards takes on Mike Knox.

  • Future WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair makes an appearance on ECW. CM Punk and the Nature Boy take on Shelton Benjamin and Elijah Burke.

  • Kelly Kelly and Michelle McCool take on Victoria and Layla. CM Punk gets a chance at vengeance when he takes on Chavo Guerrero in the first ever Gulf of Mexico match.

  • Kane faces Shelton Benjamin and CM Punk squares off with Elijah Burke, one week after losing the ECW Title.

  • Presented from the University of Virgina, ECW Championship match between CM Punk and Chavo Guerrero.

  • Presented from Birmingham, Alabama, CM Punk, John Morrison, The Miz, The Highlanders, Kelly Kelly, and Collin Delaney.

  • Matt Hardy became the new ECW Champion at Unforgiven. He teams up with Finlay and Hornswoggle to take on Mark Henry and Mike Knox.

  • The Hardy Boys reunite to take on The Miz and John Morrison. Evan Bourne takes on Chavo Guerrero. Tommy Dreamer attacks Mark Henry with a frying pan.

  • Mark Henry takes on Tommy Dreamer with Tony Atlas as special guest ring announcer. The Miz takes on Finlay, and Evan Bourne faces off against Nunzio.

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