ECW

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ECW
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Premiere June 13, 2006
Finale February 16, 2010
Creator Vince McMahon
Network Syfy
Style 60-minute professional wrestling program
Company World Wrestling Entertainment
Seasons 4
Episodes 193
Origin USA

Extreme Championship Wrestling was an American professional wrestling promotion which had presented a one-hour program Tuesday nights on Syfy in the United States. ECW was a no-holds-barred, hardcore-themed wrestling show which featured wrestlers competing in the hardcore style, while the ECW Divas entertained the crowd. See also WWE Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown!

ECW began in 1992 as a regional promotion called Eastern Championship Wrestling, founded by Tod Gordon and affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance. ECW withdrew from the NWA on August 27, 1994 and changed to its current name at the same time following a dispute with the NWA Board of Directors over booking and control of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. After this, ECW, by then under the leadership of new owner Paul Heyman (aka Paul E. Dangerously), soared to new heights among wrestling fans seeking a harder-edged alternative to the "sports entertainment" style of wrestling being promoted by WWE (then known as the WWF).

In 1995, ECW's syndicated TV program, which first began on April 5, 1993 (when the company was still known as Eastern Championship Wrestling), was renamed ECW Hardcore TV. In 1999, ECW gained a national cable TV contract with The Nashville Network (now Spike TV) to present a one-hour show on Friday nights at 8 p.m. EST beginning on August 27, 1999. ECW on TNN was fraught with problems from the start, however, due to interference by TNN executives, who often censored the show and rarely promoted it in their schedule. The show was eventually cancelled by TNN (with the final episode airing on October 6, 2000) in favor of bringing the WWF's Raw is War to the network. The final edition of ECW Hardcore TV aired on December 31, 2000.

ECW's final pay-per-view show (and their final show as an independently-owned promotion), Guilty as Charged, took place on January 7, 2001. Financial trouble led to ECW declaring bankruptcy and ceasing operations in April 2001. ECW's assets, including its video archives, were bought by WWE in 2003. After two ECW-themed PPVs called One Night Stand in June of 2005 and 2006 that were well-received by traditional ECW fans, WWE relaunched ECW on Sci-Fi on June 13, 2006, but the show drew criticism from fans for presenting a watered-down product having little to do with the original ECW and for WWE chairman and owner Vince McMahon appearing on the show frequently and getting himself over at the expense of the wrestlers (as he has also done on Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown!), and has derogatorily been referred to by traditional ECW fans as "WWECW".

Final Roster

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Brianna Garcia Brie Bella 2009-2010
Jason Reso Christian 2009-2010
Steven Lewington DJ Gabriel 2008-2009
Rycklon Stephens Ezekiel Jackson 2009-2010
Dustin Runnels Goldust 2009-2010
Gregory Helms Gregory Helms 2009-2010
Josh Lomberger Josh Mathews 2009-2010
Katarina Waters Katie Lea Burchill 2008-2009
Matthew Kaye Matt Striker 2008-2009
Nicole Garcia Nikki Bella 2009-2010
Paul Burchill Paul Burchill 2008-2009
Shelton Benjamin Shelton Benjamin 2009-2010
Taryn Terrell Tiffany 2008-2010
Thomas Laughlin Tommy Dreamer (ECW Champion) 2006-2010
Anthony White Tony Atlas 2008-2010
Tony Chimel Tony Chimel 2007-2010
Oleg Prudius Vladimir Kozlov 2009-2010
Darren Matthews William Regal 2009-2010
Matthew Cardona Zack Ryder 2009-2010

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