The hardcore history of ECW

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March 05, 2012

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Aug. 27, 1994
Going Extreme
Due to its association with the National Wrestling Alliance, ECW holds a tournament to crown a new NWA World Heavyweight Champion, which Shane Douglas wins after beating 2 Cold Scorpio. But during his victory speech, “The Franchise” throws down the title, proclaims the NWA as dead and declares himself the ECW Champion. The following week on ECW’s syndicated television program, "Hardcore TV," Tod Gordon says that the letters ECW now stand for Extreme Championship Wrestling.

Aug. 28, 1994
May I Have Another?
Despised by the ECW faithful for his grinning, good guy attitude, Tommy Dreamer earns the respect of the tough Philly crowd when he loses a Singapore Cane Match to the aggressive Sandman and takes his lashings like a man. With his back lacerated and covered in welts, Dreamer refuses to beg for mercy and instead turns to his victimizer and says, “Please, sir, may I have another?” In that moment, a hardcore icon is born.

April 15, 1995
Cane Dewey
During a brutal match against Terry Funk, Cactus Jack notices a fan in the front row holding a sign that says “Cane Dewey” — a vicious message directed towards Jack’s three-year-old son. Outraged, the dangerous competitor soon begins delivering a series of “anti-hardcore” rants wherein he verbally attacks the audiences who celebrate his suffering. Paul Heyman later calls these the greatest sports-entertainment interviews ever recorded.

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