CM Punk and WWE ECW's Top 10 Best Success Stories

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CM Punk and WWE ECW's Top 10 Best Success Stories
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CM Punk makes his debut on WWE ECW.

Four years ago this month, WWE’s ECW brand was permanently shut down. It was announced by Vince McMahon in early February 2010 that the show would cease to exist and would be replaced by a revolutionary new concept called NXT, which has now become the company’s developmental territory.

Many fans are quick to point out that ECW wasn’t extreme at all in its later years following the departures of ECW originals such as Tommy Dreamer, Sabu, Sandman and others. However, they often forget that the brand featured some of the best wrestling of any other WWE show at the time.

From 2006 to 2010, a number of Superstars got their start in the Land of Extreme and eventually went on to become some of the company’s biggest names. Other established veterans such as Mark Henry, Christian and Matt Hardy used ECW as a place to rejuvenate their characters and embark on title reigns they otherwise wouldn’t have had on either of the main shows.

Here, I will list the top 10 names that benefited the most from their time on ECW and have had successful careers since their debut. Ranking criteria will include the Superstar’s list of accolades upon graduating from ECW, what they accomplished during their time on the show, lasting power in WWE and more.

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