Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW)

ECW ECW! Three letters that changed wrestling in the 90s and forever. In the early 90s wrestling fans found them unsatisfied with the WWF turning to increasingly cartoony characters like clowns, garbage men, and hockey players. This led Tod Gordon to form Eastern Championship Wrestling which had a more serious presentation and put together matches more appealing to serious wrestling fans. By 1994 things were not improving on the general wrestling scene as WCW  lost its unique southern style wrestling flavor with the arrival of Hulk Hogan. However, ECW  had already started the ball rolling in a much different, more exciting direction. Following a tournament for the vacant NWA  World Title (which had lost its prestige), Shane Douglas threw down the belt, declared himself the "ECW  World Champion" with Eastern now becoming "Extreme". Under the leadership of Paul Heyman ECW  went from a small promotion running out of Philadelphia to getting their first Pay-Per-View event Barely Legal in 1998. With edgy storylines, a mixture of great talent, including the legendary Terry Funk  ECW was the talk of the wrestling world. So much that the bigger companies began to notice and started almost continuously raiding the company's talent. WWF moved from their usual fare to the fondly remembered "Attitude Era" which brought adult storylines and memorable characters like Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, & DX. Meanwhile, WCW  was also going a hot new direction with the introduction of the New World Order (NWO). While Paul adapted as long as he could the constant talent exodus and challenges of operating on a national scale eventually proved to be too much. That said ECW  continues to be celebrated and deservedly so as they gave the fans what they wanted every time out and ultimately changed the course of the industry at a time when it was desperately needed.

 

ECW main Display

ECW main Display

ECW main display featuring event poster, 8 x10's, and rare candid photos

Beulah M. ECW top

Beulah M. ECW top

Top worn by Beulah McGillicutty.

ECW Event Poster

ECW Event Poster

Original ECW Cardboard event poster from 1997. Features several misspelled names such as "Ravishing Rick Pride (Rude) and "Mickey (Mikey Whipwreck.

Dudleys Original ECW promo

Dudleys Original ECW promo

Dudley Boys original ECW promo signed by Bubba Ray Dudley

Tommy Dreamer/Beulah signed photo

Tommy Dreamer/Beulah signed photo

Classic signed 8 x10 of Tommy Dreamer & Beulah McGillicutty.

Sandman signed promo

Sandman signed promo

Sandman signed ECW promo (WWE version).

Taz signed ECW promo

Taz signed ECW promo

Taz signed official ECW promo photos. Features the ECW World TV Title.

Shane Douglas ECW Promo

Shane Douglas ECW Promo

"The Franchise" Shane Douglas signed official ECW promo photos. Features the ECW World Title.

Francine ECW Promo

Francine ECW Promo

"The Head Cheerleader" Francine Official ECW signed promo.

Sabu Signed Promo

Sabu Signed Promo

Sabu signed promo photo (WWE/ECW version)

Raven Signed Photo

Raven Signed Photo

Raven signed from "the Raven Effect" website.

Rob Van Dam Promo Photo

Rob Van Dam Promo Photo

Rob Van dam signed WWE promo. Used due to the clean, full signature.

Perry Saturn Signed Candid

Perry Saturn Signed Candid

Rare signed candid photo by Perry Saturn of The Eliminators. Only saw these for sale at one show I attended in the late 90's

John Kronus signed candid

John Kronus signed candid

Rare signed candid photo by John Kronus of The Eliminators. Only saw these for sale at oneshow I attended inthe late 90's/

ECW "Exteme" vintage shirt

ECW "Exteme" vintage shirt

One of the early ECW shirts. Original , bought at a house show.

ECW "Extreme' Shirt Back

ECW "Extreme' Shirt Back

Back the "Extreme" shirt declaring "Join The Revolution!"

WECW 'Hardcore' T-shirt

WECW 'Hardcore' T-shirt

Vintage ECW "Hardcore T-shirt". Original Issued in the late 90's

Back of Hardcore Shier

Back of Hardcore Shier

Back of the "Hardcore" shirt declaring "Fueled by Revenge, The Movement Goes On!"

ECW 'Hardcore' Hat

ECW 'Hardcore' Hat

One of the earliest ECW "Hardcore Wrestling" hat. You could say it's "event worn" as it shows it's age!

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