Top 10 Stars of the Original ECW
Eastern Championship Wrestling formed in the early 90s. ECW changed its name to Extreme Championship Wrestling.
After a long evolution, ECW formed into one of the most influential and important promotions in the history of pro wrestling.
ECW not only brought the hardcore mentality that led to matches like Hell in a Cell, TLC, and eventually the Elimination Chamber.
ECW became a stepping stone for future stars. Among some of the most popular to go through ECW are Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio, and Rob Van Dam.
Even one of the best technical wrestlers ever Chris Benoit went through the organization.
(Please don't feel the need to mention the murders, we all know about it, but I however will not question, or forget his wrestling ability and accomplishments because of it)
ECW brought weapons to a level the mainstream had never seen, and they also brought us some of the greatest stars the wrestling world would ever see. So here it is, my top 10.
--2 Cold Scorpio
--Buh Buh Ray and D-Von Dudley
10. Justin Credible
Justin Credible wasn't only a great name. Credible won the ECW World title, and was a part of one of the best tag teams in ECW history, The Impact Players.
Justin beat Tommy Dreamer in a very good Stairway to Hell match. Credible also was the ECW champion walking into the final ECW PPV, where he lost the title to Jerry Lynn.
9. The Public Enemy
Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge won the ECW tag titles four times, and held them for a combined duration of more than any other team. The Public Enemy are in my opinion the best tag team in ECW history.
The Impact Players feuded with Cactus Jack and Terry Funk, and in a match, Terry Funk asks for a chair to use from the fans, what resulted was one of the greatest moments in ECW history.
8. Terry Funk
In one of the most shocking moments in ECW history, Terry Funk defeated Raven for the ECW World title at the first ECW PPV, Barely Legal. No one expected the 50-something brawler to beat Raven for the title.
The most important thing to remember about Terry Funk is that he didn't have to wrestle for this small promotion. Terry Funk was a bona fide star when he joined ECW.
Funk brought the ruthless, hardcore southern wrestling style with him to ECW, and among other things, he mentored Tommy Dreamer.
Raven is a two-time world champion, and a four-time tag team champion. Raven is one of the few who came from one of the bigger promotions to ECW.
Raven began his career as Johnny Flamingo for World Championship Wrestling.
Raven also was one the very few who went on to win a world title at another mainstream promotions, in Total Non-stop Action (TNA).
Taz is one of the most accomplished ECW wrestlers ever. A two-time television champion, a three-time Tag team champion and a two-time World champion.
In one of the scariest moments in ECW history, Taz broke his neck. Taz managed to walk into the hospital on his own volition. Simply put: He's a bad a$$.
5. Tommy Dreamer
Dreamer was with ECW since the beginning. From 1993 to 2001, Tommy Dreamer could often be seen on the promotion.
The amazing thing about Tommy is that he didn't want to win the world title.
"I was actually pissed off. I wanted to go my entire ECW career without winning titles. The only reason I won titles is because guys left," Tommy said.
The sad thing is he was champion for less than a day, losing it to Justin Credible the same night.
Tommie Dreamer also was a part of an important feud with Raven.
Sabu was the second Triple Crown winner in ECW history. Sabu won the ECW world title two times. He won the tag titles three times, and he once won the television title.
Sabu was a part of the most vicious match in ECW history: a no-rope barbed wire match against Terry Funk. Both men bled so much even Paul Heyman said he'd never dare book it again.
3. Rob Van Dam
Rob Van Dam never won the ECW world title during his stay with the promotion, but no one will ever question his importance to the company.
Rob Van Dam carried the undercard in ECW for nearly six years. Rob Van Dam is a two-time ECW tag team champion with fellow extremist Sabu.
Rob Van Dam was in my favorite feud in ECW history, against Jerry Lynn. They were some of the best matches you could see at that time. It's a huge question to me why Paul didn't put his money behind Rob Van Dam.
2. The Sandman
One of the funniest things about The Sandman is he was originally supposed to be a surfer gimmick. Luckily, he overcame that horrible travesty.
The Sandman won the ECW world championship a record five times.
He was part of one of the greatest feuds of all time, against Raven. In the feud, Sandman's son Tyler, maybe 10, united with Raven.
Sandman was also a part of one of the dumbest, most ignorant moves in wrestling, the crucifixion. If you don't remember, look it up.
1. "The Franchise" Shane Douglas
Shane Douglas walked into Eastern Championship Wrestling as an already established main eventer from his days in the NWA, one of the most prestigious and important wrestling promotions in wrestling history.
When Shane Douglas threw their world championship down and announced that ECW would now stand for Extreme Championship Wrestling, I knew right then that wrestling would be changed forever.
Shane Douglas had two tours with ECW: from 92-95, and 96-99. Douglas is a four- time ECW world champion, which is the second highest of all time, only behind The Sandman He held the title for a combined 874 days, a record by over a year.