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Abandoned: The History of the ECW World Tag Team Championship

Kyle SchadlerChief Writer IJanuary 7, 2017

Abandoned: The History of the ECW World Tag Team Championship

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    Throughout history, professional wrestling has seen many championships.

    In WWE, there are six major titles. Not many know that the company has had a total of at least 19 different titles, 13 of which have been abandoned for one reason or another.

    The other two major companies owned by WWE are WCW and ECW, which have at least 15 abandoned and forgotten titles between them.

    For as long as it takes, I will be concentrating on those forgotten titles.

    Each slide will feature the champion, who they defeated, where and when they won it, the length of their title reign, any special circumstances that happened during their reign and a bit of commentary.

    Belts with a lengthy history will get their own articles and may be broken up into two depending on the length.

    Titles with a short history may be featured in a standard article, but if they’re really short they’ll be at the end of another title.

    As voted by the readers, for this edition of Abandoned I present the ECW World Tag Team Championship.

    The titles were created for an affiliate of the National Wrestling Alliance called Eastern Championship Wrestling in 1992.

    In 1994, when ECW became Extreme Championship Wrestling after withdrawing from the NWA, the titles were renamed as such.

    The titles were abandoned in 2001, when the company went bankrupt and was bought by Vince McMahon.

    With the success of the WWE-produced ECW One Night Stand pay-per-views, WWE reinstated the ECW World Heavyweight Championship. Unfortunately, the tag titles were never brought back.

    Throughout its nine-year history, the titles have seen 51 champions. So let’s get started.

The Super Destroyers (AJ Petrucci & Doug Stahl)

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    Defeated: The Night Breed (Max Thrasher and Glenn Osbourne)

    Where: Philadelphia, PA 

    When:  June 23, 1992

    Title Reign: 283 days

    The Super Destroyers defeated the Night Breed in a tournament final to become the first Eastern Championship Wrestling Tag Team Champions.

    The Super Destroyers were mostly seen in ECW winning the tag team titles twice.

    After Petrucci turned on Stahl, they went their separate ways.

Larry Winters and Tony Stetson

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    Defeated: The Super Destroyers

    Where: Radnor, PA

    When: April 2, 1993

    Title Reign: One day

    This is the only title Larry Winters held during his time with ECW.

    After leaving the company, he found himself on the independent scene before entering into semi-retirement. He can still be seen wrestling once in a while.

    Tony Stetson was able to capture the tag titles one more time after this as well as the extremely short-lived Pennsylvania Championship.

Johnny Hot Body and Chris Candido

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    Defeated: Larry Winters and Tony Stetson

    Where: Radnor, PA

    When: April 3, 1993

    Title Reign: 42 days

    When Chris Michaels joined up with Hot Body and Candido, they formed a stable called the Suicide Blondes. They defended the titles under the Freebird Rule, which states any two of the three could defend the belts.

    Hot Body also held the Television Championship, being the inaugural champions, while Candido only held tag team gold in ECW.

    Much like Candido, Michaels also never held another title while in the company.

The Super Destroyers

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    Defeated: Johnny Hot Body and Chris Michaels

    Where: Philadelphia, PA

    When: May 15, 1993

    Title Reign: A few minutes

    This would be the final time the Super Destroyers would hold the titles.

    Both men can still be seen from time to time on the independent circuit.

    While it doesn’t happen often, they will occasionally reunite as the Super Destroyers.

The Suicide Blondes

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    Defeated: The Super Destroyers

    Where: Philadelphia, PA 

    When: May 15, 1993

    Title Reign: 46 days

    The titles were vacated in July 1993 when Chris Candido left ECW for Smokey Mountain Wrestling. Since he was still a part of the stable, Hot Body and Michaels were forced to vacate the belts.

    Hot Body also won the World Championship, thus becoming the first Triple Crown Champion of ECW.

    Candido returned to ECW a few years later after a brief stint in WWF.

    After Michaels left ECW later that year, he found himself on the independent circuit before retiring in 2002. 

Eddie Gilbert and Dark Patriot

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    Defeated: The Super Destroyers

    Where: Philadelphia, PA 

    When: Aug. 8, 1993

    Title Reign: 54 days

    Eddie Gilbert and Dark Patriot defeated The Super Destroyers in a tournament final.

    Eddie Gilbert had quite the successful career wrestling for the AWA, NWA, JCP/WCW and ECW, winning many titles throughout the companies.

    While down in Puerto Rico for a match, he passed away on February 18, 1995.

    The Dark Patriot was Eddie’s brother, Doug Gilbert. Doug was never as successful as his brother but did win many titles throughout his career.

    He was last seen on a national scale at the 1996 Royal Rumble.

Johnny Hot Body and Tony Stetson

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    Defeated: Awarded

    Where: Philadelphia, PA 

    When: Oct. 1, 1993

    Title Reign: 43 days

    Johnny Hot Body and Tony Stetson were awarded the titles when Eddie Gilbert left ECW.  Why they specifically were awarded the titles is not known.

    This was the final time Hot Body held the titles. He left ECW later that year and wrestled on the independents before retiring in 2001.

    This would also be the final time Stetson would hold the title as well. He is also retired from the ring.

Tommy Dreamer and Johnny Gunn

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    Defeated: Johnny Hot Body and Tony Stetson

    Where: Philadelphia, PA 

    When: Nov. 13, 1993

    Title Reign: 21 days

    This was Dreamer’s first title win in ECW. He would go onto become one of the most popular wrestlers in the company.

    Gunn is probably best known for his stint in WWF as Salvatore Sincere, though he has spent time in WCW and territories of the NWA as well.

    Gunn can still be seen on the independents wrestling as Sincere as well as a gimmick he doesn’t have the rights to use, The Patriot.

Kevin Sullivan and Tazmaniac

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    Defeated: Tommy Dreamer and Shane Douglas

    Where: Philadelphia, PA 

    When: Dec. 4, 1993

    Title Reign: 92 days

    Shane Douglas substituted for an injured Johnny Gunn for the title defense.

    The titles were held up on February 5, 1994 after a match with The Bruise Brothers ended in a no-contest. Kevin Sullivan and Tazmaniac defeated The Bruise Brothers in a rematch a month later.

    Sullivan is best known for his time in WCW as a member of the Varsity Club and later the Dungeon of Doom.

    Towards the end of his WCW run, he spent his time trying to get rid of Hulk Hogan, then later Chris Benoit. Sullivan is now considered retired but will pop up occasionally.

    Tazmaniac later became known as Taz and went on to win the World Championship towards the end of his ECW run.

Public Enemy (Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge)

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    Defeated: Kevin Sullivan and Tazmaniac

    Where: Philadelphia, PA 

    When: March 6, 1994

    Title Reign: 174 days

    Public Enemy got its start as a team in ECW and quickly gained a following due to their rough style and passion for violence.

    Public Enemy are also the first to introduce the table, years before the Dudley Boyz made using them famous.

    Throughout their career there, they had a bloody and violent feud with the Gangstas. It is among one of the most memorable feuds for ECW fans.

Cactus Jack and Mikey Whipwreck

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    Defeated: Public Enemy

    Where: Philadelphia, PA 

    When: Aug. 27, 1994

    Title Reign: 70 days

    ECW withdrew from the NWA this night and becomes its own entity.  Cactus Jack and Mikey Whipwreck were recognized as the first Extreme Championship Wrestling World Tag Team Champions.

    Cactus Jack went on to have a huge career as Mankind while also appearing as Cactus, Dude Love and under his real name in WWE.

    He won the WWE Championship three times and was a part of some of the most memorable moments of the Attitude Era, such as when Undertaker threw him off the cage during a hell-in-a-cell match.

    Whipwreck started his career in ECW as a punching bag. After gaining support from the crowds, Whipwreck went onto win tag team and television gold.

Public Enemy

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    Defeated: Cactus Jack and Mikey Whipwreck

    Where: Philadelphia, PA

    When: Nov. 5, 1994

    Title Reign: 91 days

    The team left ECW in 1996 and signed with WCW.

    They brought over the same act but at the time, the ECW product wasn’t well known. 

    Despite winning the Tag Team Championship one time, their time in WCW was largely forgettable.

Sabu and Tazmaniac

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    Defeated: Public Enemy

    Where: Philadelphia, PA 

    When: Feb. 4, 1995

    Title Reign: 21 days

    The homicidal, suicidal, genocidal Sabu was without a doubt crazy at his finest. 

    Sabu went on to win the Television and World Championships as well, thus becoming a Triple Crown Champion.

    After leaving ECW, Taz made his way to WWF, where his most success came when he won the Hardcore Championship three times and the Tag Team Championship once with Spike Dudley.

    He later became a color commentator after retiring in 2002.

    You can still see Taz doing commentary during TNA’s Impact Wrestling.

Dean Malenko and Chris Benoit

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    Defeated: Sabu and Tazmaniac

    Where: Philadelphia, PA 

    When: Feb. 25, 1995

    Title Reign: 42 days

    Both Malenko and Benoit got their first US exposure in ECW.

    While Malenko would win the Television Championship, Benoit would only win this title.

    They both jumped to WCW later that year, where both had success, including teaming up together as members of the Four Horsemen to win the Tag Team Championship.

    They stuck together when they jumped to WWF in 2000.

    Malenko only won the Light Heavyweight Championship before retiring in 2001.

    Benoit, on the other hand, became a huge star by winning many titles, including the World Heavyweight Championship.

    Then, the horrible events of 2007 happened, which we won’t get into.

Public Enemy

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    Defeated: Dean Malenko and Chris Benoit, Rick Steiner and Taz

    Where: Philadelphia, PA 

    When: April 8, 1995

    Title Reign: 83 days

    This was a triple threat tag team match.

    After leaving WCW in 1998, they appeared in WWF a year later.

    They only lasted two months in the company and were “ran out” of the WWF by the APA.

Raven and Stevie Richards

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    Defeated: Public Enemy

    Where: Jim Thorpe, PA

    When: June 30, 1995

    Title Reign: 75 days

    Raven got his first big start in WCW as Scotty Flamingo, where he won the Light Heavyweight Championship.

    He also appeared briefly for WWF as a manager before heading to ECW as Raven.

    Stevie Richards acted as a lackey to Raven at this time but soon went out on his own.

    One of his most memorable story lines was the Blue World Order along with Blue Meanie and Hollywood Nova.

The Pit Bulls (Pit Bull No. 1 and No. 2)

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    Defeated: Raven and Stevie Richards

    Where: Philadelphia, PA

    When: Sept. 16, 1995

    Title Reign: 21 days

    While in ECW, both Pit Bulls would also hold the Television Championship one time each.

    After leaving ECW they continued to wrestle as a team until they broke up in 2002.

    Pit Bull No. 1, Anthony Durante passed away on September 25, 2003 and Pit Bull No. 2 now wrestles as “the Pit Bull” Gary Wolfe in honor of the team and his partner.

Raven and Stevie Richards

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    Defeated: The Pit Bulls

    Where: Philadelphia, PA 

    When: Oct. 7, 1995

    Title Reign: a few minutes

    While in ECW Raven, won the World Championship two times before heading to WCW, where he won the US and Tag Team Championships.

    Richards showed up in WWF in 1999 as a comedy act but soon became the leader of the Right to Censor.

    After the stable broke up, he returned to the hardcore style of wrestling and won the Hardcore Championship 21 times.

    He left WWE in 2008 and found himself in TNA until he left earlier this year.

Public Enemy

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    Defeated: Raven and Stevie Richards, The Gangstas (New Jack and Mustafa)

    Where: Philadelphia, PA 

    When: Oct. 7, 1995

    Title Reign: 21 days

    This was a triple threat tag team match.

    After leaving WWF, they appeared in the independents until the passing of Rocco Rock on September 22, 2002.

    Johnny Grunge then formed the New Public Enemy with a story line brother named Joey Grunge until Johnny’s passing on February 16, 2006.

2 Cold Scorpio and Sandman

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    Defeated: Rocco Rock

    Where: Philadelphia, PA 

    When: Oct. 28, 1995

    Title Reign: 62 days

    2 Cold Scorpio defeated Rocco Rock in a match where his ECW World Television Championship and Public Enemy’s ECW World Tag Team Championship were on the line. 

    When Scorpio won, he became the sole ECW tag team champion until he chose Sandman as his partner.

    Scorpio went on to win the Television Championship a total of four times, but the World Championship is something that always eluded him.

    He was last seen on a national scale in WWF as Flash Funk in 1999 and also appeared as the character during the 15th anniversary of Raw.

    The Sandman epitomized ECW in every way, shape and form.

    When you heard Metallica playing, you knew you were in for a beating with that kendo stick.

    After winning the World Championship five times, he had stints in WCW, TNA and WWE during its ECW revival.

    He was last seen in TNA last year.

Mikey Whipwreck and Cactus Jack

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    Defeated: 2 Cold Scorpio

    Where: New York, NY

    When: Dec. 29, 1995

    Title Reign: 36 days

    In this match, both the Tag Team and Television Championships were on the line. When Whipwreck won the match, he won both titles.

    When Cactus Jack declared himself Whipwreck’s partner, they were recognized as the tag team champions.

    Foley left WWE for a few years in 2008 and showed up in TNA, where he won the Legends and World Heavyweight Championships.

    Foley has recently returned to WWE and has made some appearances on both Raw and SmackDown.

    Whipwreck’s biggest moment came when he defeated Sandman for the World Championship.

    With that win, be became a Triple Crown Champion.

The Eliminators (Saturn and Kronus)

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    Defeated: Cactus Jack and Mikey Whipwreck

    Where: New York, NY

    When: Feb. 3, 1996

    Title Reign: 182 days

    The Eliminators began teaming up in the United States Wrestling Association but didn’t achieve fame until their move to ECW in 1995.

    Upon winning the titles, they entered into a violent feud with The Gangstas.

The Gangstas

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    Defeated: The Eliminators

    Where: Philadelphia, PA

    When: Aug. 3, 1996

    Title Reign: 139 days

    The Gangstas got their start in Smokey Mountain Wrestling in 1994 but found their way to the land of extreme in 1995.

    They remained a team until Mustafa left ECW in 1997.

The Eliminators

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    Defeated: The Gangstas

    Where: Middletown, NY

    When: Dec. 20, 1996

    Title Reign: 85 days

    Neither Saturn nor Kronus achieved much as singles wrestlers in ECW, as they remained a tag team right up until Saturn’s departure for WCW.

The Dudley Boyz (Buh-Buh Ray and D-Von Dudley)

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    Defeated: the Eliminators

    Where: Philadelphia, PA

    When: March 15, 1997

    Title Reign: 29 days

    The Dudley Boyz began teaming in ECW and became one of the company’s biggest acts.

    They then became one of the most decorated tag teams in the history of the business.

The Eliminators

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    Defeated: The Dudley Boyz

    Where: Philadelphia, PA

    When: April 13, 1997

    Title Reign: 68 days

    Saturn left ECW for WCW later that year, where he would capture the Tag Team Championship twice with Raven and Chris Benoit as well as the Television Championship.

    He soon found his way to WWF and won the European and Hardcore Championships before getting stuck with the Moppy gimmick.

    After making a few appearances for TNA, he can now be seen on the independent circuit.

    Kronus stayed with ECW until 1999, joining forces with his once great enemy, New Jack.

The Dudley Boyz

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    Defeated: The Eliminators

    Where: Waltham, MA

    When: June 20, 1997

    Title Reign: 29 days

    The Dudleyz won the ECW Tag Team Championship a record eight times before making the move to WWF in 1999.

The Gangstas

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    Defeated: The Dudley Boyz

    Where: Philadelphia, PA

    When: July 19, 1997

    Title Reign: 29 days

    The titles were vacated in August 1997 when Mustafa left ECW.

    Mustafa went onto wrestle in Puerto Rico and can still be seen wrestling on the independents.

    New Jack’s most memorable moment after the breakup was when he fell 15 feet off a scaffold, suffering brain damage and permanent blindness in one eye.

    Despite that, New Jack still wrestles.

    The team was last seen together last year in TNA during their ECW reunion show, Hardcore Justice.

The Dudley Boyz

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    Defeated: Forfeit

    Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL

    When: Aug. 17, 1997

    Title Reign: 95 days

    The Dudley Boyz won the titles by forfeit since one half of the Gangstas had left ECW.

    While with WWF, the Dudleyz won the company’s tag titles nine times as well as the WCW Tag Team Championship once while the belts were under WWF control.

    This made them 18-time tag champions.

The Gangstanators (New Jack and Kronus)

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    Defeated: The Dudley Boyz

    Where: Philadelphia, PA

    When: Sept. 20, 1997

    Title Reign: 28 days

    Without partners, the once great enemies joined forces to become the Gangstanators.

    New Jack can still be seen on the independents, wrestling in the hardcore style that made him famous.

    Kronus, on the other hand, retired from pro wrestling in 2002 but still made appearances at ECW reunion shows.

    John Kronus passed away five years later on July 18, 2007.

The Full Blooded Italians (Tracy Smothers and Little Guido)

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    Defeated: The Gangstanators

    Where: Philadelphia, PA 

    When: Oct. 18, 1997

    Title Reign: 48 days

    Despite being such a large stable, the F.B.I. was mostly a comedy act.

    The Italian stable featured wrestlers who weren’t actually of Italian decent and just acted like the stereotypical Italian.

    Little Guido moved to WWE as Nunzio, where he recreated the F.B.I. multiple times to barely any success.

    Nunzio won the Cruiserweight Championship once, though.

    Smothers has had a long and successful career wrestling for WCW, WWF and many of the NWA territories.

    Smothers still wrestles on the independent circuit.

Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon

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    Defeated: The Full Blooded Italians

    Where: Waltham, MA

    When: Dec. 5, 1997

    Title Reign: One day

    Furnas and LaFon started wrestling together in New Japan pro Wrestling in 1989 but got their first big break when they were hired by WWF in 1996.

    They only lasted a year, though, and never won the tag titles.

    While in ECW, they won the belts once before leaving by the end of the year.

    Furnas retired in 2000, while LaFon followed suit in 2005.

Chris Candido and Lance Storm

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    Defeated: Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon, Axl Rotten and Balls Mahoney

    Where: Philadelphia, PA

    When: Dec. 6, 1997

    Title Reign: 203 days

    This was a triple threat tag team match.

    After leaving ECW again, Candido joined WCW in 2000.

    While there, he only captured the Cruiserweight Championship.

    Candido was last seen in TNA before passing away on April 28, 2005.

    This was Storm’s first taste of gold while in ECW.

    He would go onto win the belts two more times with a different partner.

Sabu and Rob Van Dam

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    Defeated: Chris Candido and Lance Storm

    Where: Philadelphia, PA

    When: June 27, 1998

    Title Reign: 119 days

    Due to their similar styles, Sabu and Rob Van Dam were considered a dream team. Once together, they did not disappoint as both flew around the ring and made the impossible possible.

    Sabu remained with ECW until 2000 but wouldn’t be brought in for the WCW/ECW invasion angle.

    Sabu found himself in TNA once they opened up in 2002.

    Rob Van Dam became the greatest television champion in ECW’s history. He was well on his way to becoming the world champion until he was taken down by a knee injury.

    Once ECW was bought, RVD found himself in WWF during the invasion angle.

The Dudley Boyz

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    Defeated: Sabu and Rob Van Dam

    Where: Cleveland, OH

    When: Oct. 24, 1998

    Title Reign: Eight days

    While with WWF/E, the Dudleyz went their separate ways in 2002 when Raw and SmackDown became two different rosters.

    D-Von didn't accomplish much under the gimmick of Reverend D-Von, but Bubba Ray gained success in the hardcore division, winning the Hardcore Championship 11 times.

Masato Tanaka and Balls Mahoney

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    Defeated: The Dudley Boyz

    Where: New Orleans, LA

    When: Nov. 1, 1998

    Title Reign: Five days

    Tanaka is a former holder of the ECW World Championship, who spent two years in ECW.

    His most memorable moments were during his feud with Mike Awesome.

    Mahoney got his start in WWC in Puerto Rico in 1987.

    Before heading to ECW, he spent a year in WWF as Xanta Klaus.

The Dudley Boyz

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    Defeated: Masato Tanaka and Balls Mahoney

    Where: New York, NY

    When: Nov. 6, 1998

    Title Reign: 37 days

    The Dudleyz would reunite a few months later and spend the rest of their WWE careers together.

    They left the company in 2005.

Sabu and Rob Van Dam

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    Defeated: The Dudley Boyz

    Where: Tokyo, Japan

    When: Dec. 13, 1998

    Title Reign: 125 days

    Sabu was finally brought into WWE for the ECW One Night Stand PPVs and as a result, was signed to appear on the new ECW brand.

    He only lasted a year there and ended up back in TNA.

    He was last seen in TNA last year during their ECW reunion phase and can now be seen back in the independents.

    Rob Van Dam became a huge star in WWF/E, winning the Intercontinental and Tag Team Championships as well as being the final person to hold the European and Hardcore Championships.

    He won the WWE Championship in 2006 and was awarded the ECW Championship as a result.

    You can now see RVD in TNA, where he is a former TNA world champion.

The Dudley Boyz

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    Defeated: Rob Van Dam

    Where: Buffalo, NY

    When: April 17, 1999

    Title Reign: 92 days

    This was a singles match for the titles. When D-Von defeated Rob Van Dam, he became the sole ECW tag team champion.

    The Dudley Boyz were recognized as champions when D-Von chose his obvious partner, Buh-Buh Ray.

    The Dudleyz debuted with TNA Wrestling in 2005 under the name Team 3D and won the NWA Tag Team Championship in 2007.

Balls Mahoney and Spike Dudley

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    Defeated: The Dudley Boyz

    Where: Dayton, OH

    When: July 18, 1999

    Title Reign: 26 days

    When Mahoney joined ECW in 1997, he fit right in with the extreme style of the company. He was never seen heading to the ring without his trademark chair.

    He would also form a team with Axl Rotten called the Hardcore Chair Swingin’ Freaks.

    The team was going nowhere and he partnered up with Tanaka instead, then Spike Dudley later on.

    Spike was a member of the Dudley family that partnered up with Mahoney after Buh-Buh Ray and D-Von turned on him.

    Spike is probably best known for when Bam Bam Bigelow threw him into the crowd and the audience carried him back to the ringside area.

The Dudley Boyz

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    Defeated: Balls Mahoney and Spike Dudley

    Where: Cleveland, OH

    When: Aug. 13, 1999

    Title Reign: One day

    While with TNA, they won the tag titles two more times as well as the IWGP Tag Team Championship twice.

    Now 23-time tag team champions, Team 3D is without a doubt one of the most decorated teams of all time.

Balls Mahoney and Spike Dudley

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    Defeated: The Dudley Boyz

    Where: Toledo, OH

    When: Aug. 14, 1999

    Title Reign: 12 days

    Mahoney returned to ECW during WWE’s reunion specials and was signed to take part in the new ECW brand.

    He was released in 2008 and now wrestles on the independent circuit. He was last seen on a national scale during TNA’s ECW reunion.

    Spike found his way to WWF/E in 2001, where he won the Tag Team Championship with Tazz, the European and Cruiserweight Championships, as well as the hardcore Championship seven times.

    After leaving WWE, he made his way to TNA before retiring in 2010.

The Dudley Boyz

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    Defeated: Balls Mahoney and Spike Dudley

    Where: Queens, NY

    When: Aug. 26, 1999

    Title Reign: A few minutes

    The Dudley Boyz/Team 3D can still be seen in TNA, though they are no longer a team.

    Devon now teams with D’Angelo Dinero and also feuds with him, while Bubba Ray now goes by Bully Ray and has become one of the best heels in the business today.

Raven and Tommy Dreamer

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    Defeated: The Dudley Boyz

    Where: Queens, NY

    When: Aug. 26, 1999

    Title Reign: 136 days

    Raven and Dreamer have been a heated rivalry for quite a while, but when the opportunity rose to win some gold, Raven jumped at it.

    The Dudley Boyz challenged Dreamer to the match and at the last second, Raven returned from WCW and got the pinfall victory.

    Raven stayed with ECW for only a year before moving to the WWF, where he won the Hardcore Championship 26 times before leaving in 2003.

    Dreamer won the World Championship before ECW shut down.

    After Vince McMahon bought the company, Dreamer found himself in the WWF.

The Impact Players (Lance Storm and Justin Credible)

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    Defeated: Raven and Tommy Dreamer

    Where: Birmingham, AL

    When: Jan. 9, 2000

    Title Reign: 48 days

    Forming in 1999, the Impact Players would be one of the most dominant teams in ECW’s history, despite only being together for a year.

    They brutalized their opponents whether they were teams or singles wrestlers.

    They were truly a force you did not want to get in the way of.

Tommy Dreamer and Masato Tanaka

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    Defeated: The Impact Players

    Where: Cincinnati, OH

    When: Feb. 26, 2000

    Title Reign: Seven days

    After signing with WWF, he was thrown in the hardcore division, where he won the Hardcore Championship 14 times.

    When ECW was re-launched by WWE, Dreamer found himself on the brand where he won the ECW title one final time.

    He was last seen in TNA earlier this year.

    After leaving ECW in 2000, Tanaka returned to Japan, where he still wrestles. He’ll also make appearances here in the States.

Raven and Mike Awesome

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    Defeated: Tommy Dreamer and Masato Tanaka

    Where: Philadelphia, PA

    When: March 4, 2000

    Title Reign: Eight days

    This was Raven’s final time with ECW gold before moving to WWF.

    After being released from WWE, he found himself in TNA, winning the NWA World Championship. He has had multiple stints there, the most recent being last year.

    Raven is now back on the independent circuit.

    Mike Awesome also won the World Championship twice and would become known as a traitor in the eyes of the loyal ECW fans.

    While reigning as ECW champion, Awesome signed with WCW but the fans got justice when Taz returned to take the title away from him.

    After redeeming himself at ECW One Night Stand in a match against Masato Tanaka, Awesome passed away February 17, 2007.

The Impact Players

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    Defeated: Raven and Mike Awesome, Tommy Dreamer and Masato Tanaka

    Where: Danbury, CT

    When: March 12, 2000

    Title Reign: 31 days

    This was a triple threat tag team match.

    The titles were vacated on April 22, 2000 when Lance Storm left ECW for WCW.

    While with WCW, Storm won the United States, Cruiserweight and Hardcore Championships before heading to WWF during the invasion angle.

    In WWF/E, he captured tag team and Intercontinental gold before getting stuck with the horrid, “If I can be serious for a minute” and dancing gimmicks.

    Storm is now retired from the ring but runs a wrestling school and is head booker of a wrestling promotion out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

    Credible won the ECW Championship a month later but ended up going to WWF right before the ECW buyout.

    There, he enjoyed eight reigns as Hardcore champion. You can still see him on the independent circuit.

Yoshihiro Tajiri and Mikey Whipwreck

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    Defeated: Tommy Dreamer and Jerry Lynn, Simon Diamond and Johnny Swinger

    Where: New York, NY

    When: Aug. 25, 2000

    Title Reign: One day

    This was a triple threat tag team match.

    Earlier that year, Tajiri won the Television Championship. When ECW folded, he found himself in WWF/E.

    While there, he gained much success by winning the Tag Team, Cruiserweight and Light Heavyweight Championships.

    He also held the WCW Cruiserweight and United States Championships while they were defending on WWF television.

    After leaving the company in 2005, Tajiri can now be seen wrestling in Japan.

    Whipwreck stayed with ECW until its demise and found himself in the independents afterwards.

    He considers himself semi-retired now but will still wrestle.

The Full Blooded Italians (Little Guido and Tony Mamaluke)

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    Defeated: Yoshihiro Tajiri and Mikey Whipwreck

    Where: New York, NY

    When: Aug. 26, 2000

    Title Reign: 99 days

    Now a more serious group, the F.B.I. won tag team gold one last time, then held by Guido and Mamaluke.

    Mamaluke has mainly wrestled on the independents since ECW went under but appeared as the entire F.B.I stable reunited at the ECW One Night Stand PPV. 

    The team was last seen together during TNA’s ECW reunion show last year.

    Mamaluke can still be seen on the independents, while Nunzio was last seen as a referee for WWE.

Danny Doring and Amish Roadkill

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    Defeated: The Full Blooded Italians

    Where: New York, NY

    When: Dec. 3, 000

    Title Reign: 129 days

    Financially, ECW wasn’t doing so well. TNN cut the ECW program in favor of WWF Raw and the WWF bought and shut them down in April 2001. 

    Even though ECW joined WCW and invaded the WWF, and the WCW Titles were defended, the ECW titles were not. 

    So the ECW World Tag Team Championship was considered abandoned.

    Doring and Roadkill were an unlikely team that formed in 1997.

    They had some major feuds with other teams but wouldn’t win the titles until later.

    Unfortunately, they wouldn’t hold them for long.

    Doring can still be seen on the independent circuit, while Roadkill retired in 2008.

Statistics and Final Thoughts

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    Most Reigns: The Dudley Boyz (8)

    Longest Single Reign: The Super Destroyers (283 days)

    Longest Combined Reign: Public Enemy (369 days)

    Shortest Reign: The Super Destroyers, Raven/Steve Richards, the Dudley Boyz (a few minutes) 

    Extreme Championship Wrestling was certainly one-of-a-kind.

    It showed wrestlers with a passion for the business beating the hell out of each other to give us a great show.

    ECW proved to be a great place to get your start. Once you became a star there, WWF and/or WCW took notice of you.

    The tag team titles were great belts that here held by many great wrestlers.

    It’s a shame it wasn’t brought back alongside the World Championship when ECW was revived by WWE.

    Perhaps the brand would have been seen as more legitimate if it at least had one other title.

    At the same time, though, WWE destroyed the ECW name.

    The titles would have entered into obscurity, much like WWE’s own tag titles until the brand was shut down.

    ECW’s legacy was tarnished by the revival, and the titles would have ended up tarnished as well. Thankfully, people that grew watching the company will always remember the land of Extreme and the ECW Tag Team Championship. 

    Thanks for reading! Advance to the next slide to vote on the next edition!

     

    Previous Installments 

    WWE Women’sWWE EuropeanECW TelevisionWCW HardcoreWCW US Tag TeamWWF Martial ArtsWWF InternationalWCW Women’sECW WorldWWE CruiserweightWWF Light 

     

    Sources 

    http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/ecw/ecw-t.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ECW_World_Tag_Team_Champions

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Candido

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Gilbert_(wrestler)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Public_Enemy_(professional_wrestling)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kronus

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Awesome

    Photos: onlineworldofwrestling.com unless noted otherwise

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    After today, there will be 10 titles left in the series and I want you, the readers, to vote on which one you want to see. Unfortunately, you’ll only get to vote for five of them.

    Here are your choices for the next edition.

    The Million Dollar Championship

    WWF Junior Heavyweight Championship

    WWF Women’s Tag Team Championship

    WCW Six-Man Tag Team Championship

    ECW’s FTW World Championship

    The other five titles are WWE’s World Tag Team and Hardcore Championships and WCW’s Tag Team, International and Television Championships.

    Due to the length of their histories, they will take more than one article to complete and therefore will be done last.

    So cast your vote! The edition will not appear on Sunday due to the TLC PPV, so the title with the most votes will be seen this coming Saturday or next Wednesday!

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