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Hardcore Wrestling Entertainment, LLC is a defunct professional wrestling promotion that was founded in Calisota, Philadelphia on April 25, 1992 and founded and owned by Paul Heyman. The promotion showcased various international styles of wrestling, ranging to Lucha libre, Puroresu and Hardcore wrestling. ECW is considered to be the third big brand competing the billionaire-backed World Championship Wrestling and World Entertainment Wrestling. ECW was the first Hybrid wrestling company in Magisteria.

on May 13, 2001, Hardcore Wrestling Entertainment, LLC. and Extreme Championship Wrestling went bankrupt, closing the company.

History

Eastern Championship Wrestling was made on April 25, 1992, it was still in it's infamous quality, for only 1 year, It rebranded to Extreme Championship Wrestling, it showcased Hardcore wrestling, Lucha libre and Puroresu. It has been competing with World Championship Wrestling and World Entertainment Wrestling for 8 years until 2001. In 2001, ECW was the only wrestling promotion who is in it's dying legs.

Paul Heyman and cross promotion with the WEW and WCW (1996-1997)

In 1996, Paul Heyman invaded two known promotions in Magisteria, WEW and WCW.

Storyline-wise, Vincent Anderson first became "aware" of ECW in a 1996 WEW Dynamite episode in ECW's home base of Calisota. During a promo of Mabel and James Vega, the crowd suddenly started to angrly chant "ECW ECW ECW!". On September 14, 1996, at the WEW Shotgun Sunday event in Philadelphia, ECW stars: The Sandman, Taz, Paul Heyman, and Tony Screamer were in the front row with Sandman even interfering in one match.

1997 Daphnis incident

In a ECW house show on Daphnis, Saturnia in 1997, The Vampire Warrior was booked to Face the Sandman, while in a match, The Vampire Warrior accidentaly stabbed The Sandman, but The Sandman miraculously survived, The Vampire Warrior was released in ECW after the Incident. The replay was shown on ECW Hardcore TV on April 5, 1997.

Disputes with Frontier Target Wrestling (1998)

Hardcore Wrestling Entertainment, LLC sued Frontier Target Wrestling by attacking one of the security during the main event of the first edition of Living Dangerously on March 1, 1998. ECW won the lawsuit and FTW owner John Scranton was arrested for 4 months.

ECW on TNN and financial problems (1999-2001)

on January 2, 1999, Paul Heyman signed a three year contract with The National Network to show ECW on TNN.

on August 26, 1999, ECW on TNN finally aired on TNN with a rating of 5.39 and making the "Thursday Night Wars" which ECW on TNN competed in the ratings with WCW Thursday Night and FTW SlamTV. ECW gained it's highest ratings on March 10, 2000 with 10.23 against WCW Thursday Night's 4.33.

on December 30, 2000, Extreme Championship Wrestling's flagship program, Hardcore TV concluded, ECW on TNN concluded on January 4, 2001. ECW still has it's PPV deal until April 2001. Guilty as Charged and Living Dangerously was it's final pay-per-views until it closed on May 13, 2001. ECW was unable to get a another television deal.

The company was listed as having assets of M$2,500,000 (US$6,493,585). Included in that number was M$650,000 in accounts recievable owed the company by Global Sports Channel PPV (PPV), M2K Games (video games), and Action Figures Corporation, LLC. (action figures). The balance of the assets were the video tape library (M$750,000), a 1998 Ford Truck (M$25,700) and the remaining inventory of merchandise (M$10). The liabilities of the company totaled M$10,550,762.71 (US$27,413,972.89). Wrestlers and talents were listed. All assets were purchased by World Entertainment Wrestling, LLC. On February 29, 2004, Albinson Holdings, LLC. purchased ECW's assets from Hardcore Wrestling Entertainment, LLC. in court, acquiring the rights to ECW's video library.

ECW made about M$37,550 in Guilty as Charged 2001 and M$28,424 in Living Dangerously 2001 (M$65,974), It was obvious that it wasn't enough to pay ECW's liabilities.

Championships

Name Date established Date retired Status
ECW World Heavyweight Championship April 25, 1992 May 13, 2001 Deactivated
ECW World Television Championship August 27, 1994
ECW World Tag Team Championship
ECW FTW Heavyweight Championship May 3, 1998 January 9, 2000 Unified

Programming

Television

Program First aired Last aired Network Notes
ECW Hardcore TV April 3, 1993 December 30, 2000 Syndication Aired from 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm every Saturday
ECW on TNN August 26, 1999 January 4, 2001 The National Network Aired 6:00pm to 6:50 pm every Thursday

Pay-Per-Views/Supercards

Supercards

1992
  • ECW World Title Tournament (April 25, 1992)
  • ECW We Rise For Greatness (August 21, 1992)
  • ECW Super Summer Sizzler (August 28, 1992)
  • ECW When Worlds Collide (September 6, 1992)
  • ECW November to Remember (November 27, 1992)
1993
  • ECW The Night The Line was Crossed (January 3, 1993)
  • ECW Hostile City Showdown (October 24, 1993)
  • ECW November to Remember (November 27, 1993)
1996
  • ECW Beer, Blood, Babes and Barbed Wire (February 24, 1996)
  • ECW We Ain't Fresh (November 14, 1996)
  • ECW CyberSlam (November 16, 1996)
1999
  • ECW Wrestlepalooza (May 16, 1999)
  • ECW Hardcore Homecoming (May 23, 1999)
  • ECW Extreme Jeopardy (August 14, 1999)

Pay-Per-View

1994
  • ECW Mid-town Massacre (October 23, 1994)
  • ECW November to Remember (November 27, 1994)
1995
  • ECW Wrestlepalooza '95 (August 5, 1995)
  • ECW November to Remember (November 26, 1995)
  • ECW Holiday Hell (December 24, 1995)
1996
  • ECW Wrestlepalooza '96 (February 11, 1996)
  • ECW Hardcore Heaven (May 26, 1996)
  • ECW Heatwave (August 18, 1996)
  • ECW November to Remember (November 17, 1996)
1997
  • ECW Barely Legal (March 9, 1997)
  • ECW Hardcore Heaven (May 11, 1997)
  • ECW Wrestlepalooza '97 (July 6, 1997)
  • ECW Heatwave (August 17, 1997)
  • ECW November to Remember (November 30, 1997)
1998
  • ECW Living Dangerously (March 1, 1998)
  • ECW Hardcore Heaven (May 3, 1998)
  • ECW Heatwave (August 2, 1998)
  • ECW November to Remember (November 1, 1998)
  • ECW December to Dismember (December 20, 1998)
1999
  • ECW Guilty as Charged (January 10, 1999)
  • ECW Living Dangerously (March 21, 1999)
  • ECW Hardcore Heaven (May 9, 1999)
  • ECW Heatwave (July 18, 1999)
  • ECW Anarchy Rulz (September 19, 1999)
  • ECW November to Remember (November 7, 1999)
  • ECW December to Dismember (December 5, 1999)
2000
  • ECW Guilty as Charged (January 9, 2000)
  • ECW Living Dangerously (March 12, 2000)
  • ECW Hardcore Heaven (May 14, 2000)
  • ECW Heatwave (July 16, 2000)
  • ECW Anarchy Rulz (September 3, 2000)
  • ECW November to Remember (November 5, 2000)
  • ECW December to Dismember (December 3, 2000)
2001
  • ECW Guilty as Charged (January 7, 2001)
  • ECW Living Dangerously (March 11, 2001)

Pay-Per-View produced by World Championship Wrestling

  • ECW One Night Stand (October 14, 2001)

List of former Extreme Championship Wrestling personnel

Wrestlers

  • The Sandman (1994-1998; 1999-2001)
  • Taz (1995-2001)
  • Jonathan "Hardcore" Pallies (1998-2001)
  • Timebomb (1998; 1999; 2000-2001)
  • Razor Williams (1997-2000)
  • Justin Crude (1997-2001)
  • Simon Emerald (1993-1999; 2000-2001)
  • Dan Rotten (1993-2001)
  • O-Dogg (1999-2001
  • Silver Jet (1998-2001)
  • Brakkus (1998-2001)
  • Johnny Gunn
  • Devon Thunder
  • John Storm
  • Seth Gill
  • Grim the Giant
  • Cole Quinn
  • Barron Blade
  • Bruiser Mastino
  • Grimm Richardson
  • Yuko Nakagawa
  • Riiko Tomagashi
  • Mr. Meaner
  • El Mago
  • Justin Pain
  • King Pinz
  • Quicksilver
  • Rocco Rock
  • Gweedo
  • Diamond Donovan Douglas
  • Bart Douglas
  • Wolfie G
  • Shadow Blade
  • Lecko Zandig
  • Lord McGore
  • Master Quantum
  • The Blue Meanie
  • Body Bag
  • Big Slam
  • John Mercury
  • Gio-B
  • Dragon Van Dam
  • Luke Cena
  • Jake Obcene
  • Martino Mas
  • The Crasher
  • Bull Pain
  • Chris Walker
  • JM Donovan
  • Sledgehammer
  • Sabu
  • Abyss
  • Carlton Hardcore
  • Tommy Fork
  • Masato Tanaka Jr.
  • Mike Awesome
  • Gatcha Mitsubishi
  • DJ Hype
  • Tajiri
  • The Brawler

Managers and valets

  • James Mitchell
  • Gem Valentine
  • Joe Alfonso
  • Mr. Gore
  • Matthew DeMonaco
  • Corson McDemota
  • Damon Alfonso
  • Beulah McGillicutty

Producers

Commentators

  • James Styles (1992-2001)
  • Jay Seno (1999-2001)
  • Burt Tolbert (1999-2001)

Referees

  • Joseph Cones
  • Dan Flanagan
  • Brian McHullenberg
  • Eric Tuttle
  • Danny Villajin
  • Jerry Swift
  • Arend LoMonascia

Other personnel

  • Michael Ortese (Ring announcer)
  • Nick Muscovado (Timekeeper)
  • Louis D'Angeli (Ring announcer)
  • Tod Nunes (Ring announcer)

Alumni

  • The Hardcore Boy (1998-2000)
  • Jack Inferno (1995-1999)
  • Atsushi Onita (1997)
  • Hayabusa (1998-1999)
  • Crystal (1996-1999)
  • The Vampire Warrior (1993-1997)

Inter-promotional events

  • ECW-HCW Supershow (1995)
  • ECW-CZW Torture Chamber (October 1, 1996)
  • ECW vs. FTW: The Battle of the Hardcore (August 1, 1999)
  • ECW-RCW When Hardcore Wrestling Collide (2000)
  • WCW-ECW: For the First Time (2015)

Weapons and Objects used in ECW

Common

  • Table
  • Steel Folding Chair
  • Ladder
  • Kitchen Sink
  • Stop Sign
  • Baseball Bat
  • Barbed Wire Board
  • Cinderblocks
  • Car Hood
  • Singapore Cane/Kendo Stick
  • Thumbtacks
  • Trashcan
  • Trashcan Lid
  • Staple Gun
  • Broomstick
  • Sledgehammer
  • 2x4
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Brass Knuckles
  • Barbed Wire
  • Drawing Pin

Banned

  • Kenzan
  • Gusset Plate
  • Buzzsaw
  • Lighttubes

Video Games

ECW One Last Stand

ECW One Last Stand is a professional wrestling video game released and developed by M2K Games, based on the Magisterian professional wrestling promotion Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). The game was released for the PlayStation, the Original Xbox later in 2000 and Nintendo 64 in 1998. The game was released in 1997.

ECW One Last Stand: Day of Reckoning

ECW One Last Stand: Day of Reckoning is a professional wrestling video game released and developed by M2K Games, and the sequel of ECW One Last Stand. The game was released for the PlayStation, It was released in 1998. It was released on Xbox and in Nintendo 64 in 2000.

ECW Hardcore Redemption

ECW Hardcore Redemption is a professional wrestling video game released and developed by M2K Games. The game was released for the PlayStation, and for the Xbox and Nintendo 64 later in 2000, It was released in 1998.

Enter the Sandman

Enter the Sandman is a 1999 video game for the PC, developed and published by M2K Games, It is a story adventure game with ECW's ace The Sandman in it.

Positive reviews

Enter the Sandman had a lot of Positive reviews due to the Sandman's story before going to the wrestling industry.

ECW Hardcore Redemption 2

ECW Hardcore Redemption 2 is a professional wrestling video game released and developed by M2K Games. The game was released for the PlayStation, Dreamcast, and for the Nintendo 64 on February 17, 2000 and the sequel of ECW Hardcore Redemption from 1998 and it's the company's final video game before filing for bankruptcy in 2001.

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