Van Dam takes on Cena (from WWE.com)
This isn't 2006 anymore.
ECW nostalgia is, for the most part, played out. Many fans are tired and want to move onto something else.
Maybe it was WWE's mediocre, and now cancelled, ECW show on Syfy. Or TNA's lame attempts to do their own ECW events in 2009 and 2010. And the less said about Shane Douglas' disastrous attempts to conjure up the memory of the long-dead Philadelphia promotion by running his own tribute shows, the better.
Or maybe it's the fact that, in light of all the extensive studies done by Chris Nowinski and the Sports Legacy Institute, all the head shots and crazy, reckless bumps that were the company's call card just simply don't look as cool as they used to.
Let's face it: the ECW name isn't what it once was. Something that doesn't help Van Dam, a wrestler whose legacy is so tightly intertwined with it.