The forgotten stars of ECW

Chris Chetti & Nova

Not many fans remember Long Island, N.Y.'s Chris Chetti, but his pedigree stacks up against nearly every other ECW competitor. Chetti became the first graduate of The House of Hardcore and was trained to wrestle by his cousin Tazz. His list of opponents reads like a "who's who" of hardcore history: The Dudley Boyz, Shane Douglas, Chris Candido, Bam Bam Bigelow, Justin Credible and Stevie Richards.

In 1999, the New York native received his greatest level of fame when he formed a fan favorite tag team alongside Nova. Formerly known as Hollywood Nova in The bWo and as a member of Raven's Nest, Nova hardly fooled anyone into thinking he was a Hollywood Hogan copy, and his partnership with Chetti gave the former funnyman new life. Together, the duo defeated teams like Danny Doring & Roadkill and Da Baldies with their impactful Tidal Wave maneuver, which featured the team jumping off the top rope together.

Despite their success, Nova and Chetti started a rivalry of their own, and were scheduled to face each other at November to Remember 2000. Immediately before the matchup, Chetti, in his thick Nassau County, N.Y., accent, demanded the bout be made a Loser Leaves Town Match. Nova agreed and defeated Tazz's relative to send Chetti packing. ECW filed for bankruptcy four months later.