Tables, steel chairs, barbed wire and even a frying pan. These are just some of the objects that would routinely get entered into an ECW match.
There was no such thing as a disqualification in the original ECW as all matches basically had no rules. That was one of the drawing points for fans, especially those that wanted to see something more "real."
Sandman, who was never a great in-ring technician, made a career out of hitting people with a Singapore cane...and drinking beer, of course.
But it was the realism seen in an ECW match where the competitors seemed to stop at nothing to brutalize their opponents.
Many matches in ECW featured blood and some incredible spots where guys went through flaming tables or smashing their opponent with a weapon.
The first time you turned on an episode of ECW, this is likely the first thing that caught your eye and made you want to tune in again.
Later, both WWE and WCW created their own divisions and championship belts dedicated to hardcore wrestling.
In WCW, their division even featured some of the guys who had excelled in ECW, such as Hardcore Hak (Sandman), Bam Bam Bigelow and Raven.