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.
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.
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!