Tuesday, March 24, 2009

E-C-DUB-YA


Without the Extreme Championship Wrestling, you'd never have heard of Raven, the Sandman, the Dudley Boyz, Cactus Jack, Tommy Dreamer, Sabu and all those hardcore guys you see busting their balls just to give you a good show. Without the Extreme Championship Wrestling, the WWF Attitude Era would never have even existed. Without the Extreme Championship Wrestling, the WWE would never have even attempted to hit one of their wrestlers across the skull with a steel chair.


Paul Heyman's ECW is responsible for every hardcore match you've seen post-1993. Every time a wrestler has bled real blood, ECW is responsible. And why do I love ECW so much? Because of it's authenticity. Because of it's brutal realness. Because ECW was the only brand with balls big enough to stand up to their competitor's and say "FUCK YOU", because ECW was the fucking greatest sports entertainment show ever put on.

If you despise wrestling, I don't blame you. It's a bunch of middle-aged men grappling with each other on a raised canvas. I mean, who would want to watch that? Exactly.


ECW changed that. It put a stop to grappling and it brought the Philly street brawl type of fight straight from the street and into the squared circle. Steel chairs, ring announcer tables, ten-foot ladders, VCR players, irons, shopping carts. You name any inanimate object and I'm sure someone has been on the receiving end of one in the ECW.

Sadly, ECW only ran from 1993-2001 when the owner (Paul Heyman) went bankrupt, but that didn't stop the spirit of any of the wrestlers. The downfall of ECW just allowed everyone to really take notice and appreciate the influence one man and his brood of men and women really had on the sports entertainment world.

I'm sorry to rant and rant and rant about a subject that anyone reading this is probably far from interested in, but something this amazing and influential on all that follows simply cannot be overlooked.



For proof of what I'm talking about I'll link you to some classic matches:





Many apologies for the quality, but ECW TV shows were never filmed with Hollywood cameras. And that just simply adds to the beauty of it.



Thanks for reading. And stay tuned for more AAARONZ!

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