Welcome to ECWwrestling.com – the original website for Extreme Championship Wrestling from 1998 through the end of the company’s operation in early 2001. This website will serve as a resource for both Eastern Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling during the combined company’s run from 1992 to 2001.
ECW changed the professional wrestling world as well as made an impact on many other aspects of professional sports, entertainment, and music. So much has been written about or recorded on video/audio about ECW, and one consistent aspect has been noted that helped give ECW such an intense, emotional following around the world that people still talk about it to this day… the ECW fans!
The wrestlers, managers, announcers, referees, camera crew, TV production team, musicians and everyone involved with ECW had a passion to make the product the best it possibly could be. The fans were no different as they helped spread the word about ECW on the early internet bulletin boards, promoted shows locally, created their own atmosphere at venues such as the ECW Arena in Philadelphia (early on known as Viking Hall) and the Elks Lodge in Queens (New York), and emailing television station executives to carry ECW programming.
Fans did so often at their own expense and sometimes even without any help or encouragement from the company. They loved the product that much and wanted that emotion to spread to other people so that they, too, could become loyal fans.
We welcome you to ECWwrestling.com whether you attended original ECW shows in person or if even if you first heard about ECW just earlier today. Hopefully you will enjoy what you discover on this website in terms of unique ECW trivia, amazing stories, going back in time to what this website looked like in 2000, seeing original ECW merchandise and much more.
Much will be shared about ECW fans on this website in addition to the significant amount of content pertaining to the body of work that the wrestlers and other in-ring talent, company employees and others did to help the company grow.
Requests From ECW Alumni
This section on the home page will be reserved for special requests from ECW alumni. This request came from CW Anderson on November 27, 2023 regarding his Dad.
My dad is fighting for his life and I need all the prayers, positive vibes and energy sent this way from all of my friends, family and fans from around the world. I need you to put that positive towards him. I'm a firm beliver in the power of positive thought. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/6h57nIcjWD— CW Anderson (@ECWAnderson) November 27, 2023
Please visit CW’s Twitter (X) account at this link: https://x.com/ECWAnderson
Thank You For The Encouragement
A big thank you to some ECW alumni who have helped to promote this revived website and also offer some helpful suggestions for its content and direction:
Big thank you to the “Quintessential StudMuffin” Joel Gertner! He and Joey Styles were the two who promoted this website the most during the final years of the promotion. Joel mentioned the website on ECW Hardcore TV, ECW on TNN, the pay per view events, and elsewhere from 1999 to early 2001. Since then, he has been a tremendous help in confirming accuracy of trivia & history, helping with content, and just overall positive encouragement.
On his page (click the link with his name) you will see where you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram, a link to the Wayback/archive of his original bio on the website from 2000-2001, recent videos from his two YouTube channels, links to his Cameo and PW Tees stores, and more. He updates his YouTube channels regularly so you may see all of his videos here:
Even before this domain was bought out of a domain auction, where it risked becoming a spammy non-wrestling website, RVD was very encouraging of bringing this website back to life. We discussed ideas on how to offer unique trivia, aggregating ECW history, encouraging fans new to ECW to watch shows on the WWE Network (now with Peacock), and much more. Please click the link to learn more about Rob’s YouTube channel, podcasts, upcoming appearances, eBay store with authentic memorabilia, his Tweets (X), and much more. A link to his eBay store can be seen elsewhere on this page.
Harry likely is best known for his work on ECW’s music including the ECW theme “This Is Extreme”. He has been a terrific friend and given a tremendous amount of encouragement for this website + helping to confirm trivia, credits to musicians whom most ECW fans otherwise wouldn’t know (click here), and much more. Please click the link to see his Tweets and other information about Harry – including his work behind the scenes in ECW for years which most fans don’t know.
Bay Ragni, who performed as EZ Ryder (in Eastern Championship Wrestling) and Chubby Dudley (in Extreme Championship Wrestling) has been very encouraging of this website + helpful in confirming several facts about the early days of ECW. Please click the link to see recent videos from his YouTube channels (including the “React And Chill” series where we recaps the early days of ECW Hardcore TV) + where to get his autographed ECW card, his Twitter (X) posts, and more.
Danny has helped with confirming trivia questions and encouragement of this website. Please click the link to find his Twitter, Pro Wrestling Tees page, and more about him – including a link to the Wayback/archived version of this website from back in 2000-2001 to his original bio.
Tom was instrumental in the “Cyberslam” annual fan Q&A sessions for many years which preceded the evening shows at the ECW Arena with the same name. He has been helpful with accuracy and confirmation on many ECW topics, especially during the early days of Eastern Championship Wrestling. He also ran ECWnews.com when that website was active during the company’s run.
What You Will Find On This Website
During the late-1990’s it was rare to find any wrestling promotion with an active, updated website. ECWwrestling.com not only was one of the first wrestling company websites, but it offered a significant amount of content for its growing fan base. This included match results, commentary, storyline-based bios for each wrestler & manager, photos of the wrestlers and the women, TV listing information, insights, championship history and much more.
Some of that content was archived by the Wayback Machine, so we will add content from those snapshots over time.
We also will attempt to secure content which promoted the company from the 1990’s internet archive. Should we be able to do so, then it will be added in the appropriate sections throughout the site and shared on social media.
Not Sure Where To Start?
Please go through the navigation of this site to find topics of interest to you. Should you want a recommended starting point then visit the Alumni page. It lists virtually everyone who was associated with Eastern Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling.
Over time more names will be added, including the “behind the scenes” employees who made the company actually run so that fans could enjoy live shows, pay per view events, syndicated TV content, the ECW video games and more.
Each bio page, over time, will feature content about that person (or team / stable) and each page has the most recent ECW trivia question located near the top of the page. Some pages already have that person’s Twitter embedded so that you can find out what that person is discussing on social media today.
You are welcome to share the pages of interest to you on social media, email or elsewhere in order to grow interest in the history of ECW – just like the loyal fan base did back in the 1990’s.
Click this link to listen to ECW alumni who have current or recent podcasts and video channels dedicated to ECW, professional wrestling, and other topics of interest to them & their listeners:
Some Content Lost To History
Some of the original content on this website, going back to the 1998 to 2001 era, was not archived by the Wayback Machine nor alternatives. We will continue to look for the content which appeared on this site during that time frame, and we have reached out to some of those who worked for/on the website during that time frame.
Should we be able to recover, and confirm the accuracy of, the original missing information then it will be added in the appropriate sections of the site; and updates will be posted on the blog and/or shared on social media.
Please contact us if you have archive snapshots of the missing information from the time the domain was registered in late-1997 through the final weeks that the website operated before being redirected to another wrestling news site in 2001.
WWE And ECW
First, WWE has some great content on its website section devoted to the original ECW. Click this link to see that content.
Note that this website will only post WWE-owned videos from its official public YouTube channels or other social media properties. While many ECW matches, promos and other video content (which is owned by WWE now) exist on public websites, this website will honor WWE’s intellectual property (video footage, trademarks, etc.) and not upload any content without permission. Please respect that and please support WWE by watching the Network, its live TV shows, attending live events and purchasing merchandise through WWE’s Shop.
We also encourage fans to watch ECW on WWE’s Network; and you may do so by starting at this link: ECW on WWE Network
Please note that while this website occasionally may reference ECW events which took place in 2005 through 2010, happening after WWE’s successful 2004 DVD “The Rise And Fall of ECW”, this website will focus on the 1992-2001 era of Eastern/Extreme Championship Wrestling.
You may watch full ECW matches from 2005 (starting with the first “One Night Stand” pay-per-view) through the 2006-2010 television matches era on the WWE Network: Start Here
More About ECW
A documentary with footage filmed of ECW talent during the company’s original run was called “Barbed Wire City”. This is the link to the Amazon page and below is the YouTube channel’s official trailer:
We want all professional wrestling (and, yes, sports entertainment!) fans to enjoy learning more about the people and stories and emotions which made up ECW. Those who attended live events often will comment on social media or when with other wrestling fans how passionate the fan base was.
This website wants you to feel some of that same passion for what took place during that era and, if possible, experience much of that same high emotion in today’s wrestling/sports entertainment product.
More information will be coming soon on this website, so please subscribe to the email newsletter, RSS feed, social media, YouTube channel and other properties listed on this site.
Thank you for being a fan of ECW and welcome back to what was the official online home during the company’s original final years!
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