The forgotten stars of ECW

On Aug. 27, 1994, the wrestling world changed forever when ECW Superstar Shane Douglas threw down his newly won NWA World Heavyweight Championship and denounced the prestige of so-called "technical wrestling." The "E" in ECW was changed from Eastern to Extreme and former WCW manager Paul Heyman led the direction for an organization that revolutionized sports-entertainment.

Over the following seven years, hardcore icons like Tommy Dreamer, The Sandman and Sabu represented a new generation of Extreme competition. But for all of ECW's notable main-event performers, many others who also had their moment in the Philadelphia spotlight. Some were local wrestlers who the fervent fans embraced as their own. Others were managers and broadcasters who defined ECW's voice alongside "The Extreme Announcer" Joey Styles. And then there were the freakishly talented athletes who just barely eluded major championships and further stardom.

These men who sacrificed their bodies for the entertainment of a temperamental ECW audience don’t always get the adulation they deserve, so WWE Classics spoke to ECW architect Paul Heyman about some of the organization's forgotten stars.

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