WWE: Remembering ECW, and Why We Miss It a Lot More Than We Think

Micah ChenAnalyst IIISeptember 10, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - JUNE 22:   Vince McMahon attends a press conference about the WWE at the Austin Straubel International Airport on June 22, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Mark A. Wallenfang/Getty Images)
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Way back in the glory days of wrestling, ECW was one of the most exciting wrestling programs on television. Sure, it may have not been as popular as WWE, but it gave us all the goods when it came to extreme action, before it came to a close.

Then Mr. McMahon bough ECW, and everybody was getting excited, wondering if this could this be the true revival of ECW.

For a couple short years, it was about what we expected—maybe not as hardcore as the early ECW— but it satisfied us with the solid story lines and extreme rules matches.

But as the WWE was becoming more and more PG, the blood and violence of ECW quickly disappeared. Pretty soon, ECW was nothing more than just a name; it didn't mean anything.

By the end of 2010, the IWC was begging to put ECW out of its misery. Even I was.

Then it happened. On February 3, 2010, Mr. McMahon made a revolutionary announcement:  ECW was to be canceled and to be replaced by an exciting new program known as NXT.

Don't lie, you were excited for the first season, you were somewhat into the second season and in the third season you may have caught a episode, but ever since then, NXT has become more and more unbearable, eventually leading to it being pulled off television.

Now that we reflect, was ECW really that bad?

I mean, it wasn't on the same level as RAW and SmackDown, but for a one-hour show, it got the job done (well at least the story lines made sense).

It's hard to develop story lines on NXT because the story lines are seemingly already set in stone. The rookie feuds with the pro or the rookie and pro becomes best friends forever.

It's boring and repetitive, and the Divas NXT just might have been the lowest point in WWE history, with their ridiculous competitions, lackluster matches and horrible mic work.

ECW may have been hard to take seriously, but now that I reflect on it, it wasn't that bad. It featured decent main events, such as Matt Hardy vs. Mark Henry and Christian vs. Jack Swagger. And who could forget Tommy Dreamer?

Then there was Gold Dust, Yoshi Tatsu, Zack Ryder, Vladimir Kozlov, Sheamus, heck, even the Abraham Washington show was good now and then.

Was it perfect? No, but compared to NXT, it was good fun. And that's all anybody really wanted it to be; nobody expected it to be on the same level as RAW and SmackDown.

It didn't have to be.