The hardcore history of ECW

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March 05, 2012

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Feb. 25, 1992
Beasts from the East
Tod Gordon, a pawnbroker and jewelry store owner, promotes the first Eastern Championship Wrestling card in front of around 100 fans at the Original Sports Bar in Philadelphia. The opening bout is a 20-minute draw between longtime ECW staple Stevie Richards and historical footnote Jimmy Jannetty. In the weeks to come, the company brings in big names like Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart and Don Muraco, while “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka is crowned the first ECW Champion.

Sept. 18, 1993
Dangerous Mind
The controversial Eddie Gilbert publically quits his behind-the-scenes role with ECW. As his replacement, Tod Gordon hires former World Championship Wrestling manager Paul E. Dangerously. Now identified by his birth name, Paul Heyman, the mad scientist of sports-entertainment draws inspiration from MTV and pop culture to point ECW in a groundbreaking new direction.

Aug. 13, 1994
Take a Seat
Following a brawl pitting Cactus Jack and Terry Funk against “Flyboy” Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge of The Public Enemy, an iconic scene in ECW history occurs. After Funk tells an audience member to toss him a chair, the crazed Texan makes the mistake of asking for more. Obliging their hardcore idol, the ECW faithful begin to launch steel chairs into the ring from all directions, covering the canvas and knocking Funk silly. ECW’s reputation as sports-entertainment’s outlaw promotion begins to spread.

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