ECW Championship - Shane Douglas

August 27, 1994 - April 15, 1995

On Aug. 27, 1994, Shane Douglas defeated Tazz, Dean Malenko and 2 Cold Scorpio to win a tournament to become the new NWA Champion. It seemed like a lofty honor, but Douglas threw down the vaunted title in the center of the ring.

 "I am not the man who accepts a torch to be handed down to me from an organization that died seven years ago," he exclaimed. "Shane Douglas is a man who ignites the new flame of professional wrestling."

 That day, NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling ceased to exist. Extreme Championship Wrestling was born, and Shane Douglas was recognized as the first ECW World Champion.

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