I don't think there is a wrestling fan alive who didn't enjoy ECW. The counter culture phenomenon founded in 1992 by Tod Gordon and booked by (then also owned by) Paul Heyman. It was the alternative to the cartoon style that the then WWF and WCW had become. With story lines that used realism along with blood, shock, and awe, it was the company that changed the landscape of professional wrestling.
It was a short lived run, that ended when the company went under in 2001 but the memories people have live on. I for one will never forget watching WWF around the time of Survivor Series and watching Bret Hart cut a promo against his opponent at the PPV, Diesel. He gave the standard television interview and stated, "Im going to get you, you big dummy" yes fighting words for the ages. It was after the show ended I popped in a tape of the last ECW TV show, which was getting ready for there big show, The November To Remember. I saw a Guns n Roses November Rain video inter cut with all the angles leading up to the show, wrestlers saying how they were going to crucify there opponents, everything that an adult, of teenager would find exciting.
There were no count outs, no disqualifications, fans brought weapons for wrestlers to use. Matches often spilled into the crowds, and sometimes into the streets, or in one case a hockey arena with a game going on. Dives off of balcony's, glass matches, barb wire battles, and possibly the best assortment of characters you will ever see in a wrestling promotion.
Yes, I like everyone else from that time have a soft spot for ECW. The good folks at Highspots realized this and have created a show entitled Legend of the Extreme. Now in its second season, the new episode just went up on to watch on their network. The show takes you behind the scenes of the promotion and is hosted by ECW Historian Mike Johnson. The new episode is about Characters of ECW, and the guests include, The Blue Meanie, Shane Douglas, and the always entertaining New Jack.
This episode, of the documentary series is an absolute blast to watch to say the least. The entire series is great but the fact that all three of these men had such different characters made it one of the most entertain episodes to date. I cant give you a transcript, or give everything away for that matter, but it should come as no shock when I say that New Jack stole the show.
The Blue Meanie discusses how Nova, Stevie Richards, and himself were the comedy characters of the show, and at one time even did a parody of the Jackson 5. Meanie mentioned how he wanted New Jack to be mad about it and tell them not to do it, but to his chagrin was told to do it a Jack wanted to see it.
Shane, who was the face of ECW for most of its conception as "The Franchise" told a great story how all the boys in the back were marks (fans) of the others guys characters and would always be in the back watching from behind the curtain, and would often give the boys standing ovations when they came through. The comrodery of ECW was always legendary, but hearing about the bonding and brotherly love these guys had for not only each other, but the promotion as well is always amazing to hear.
And then there is New Jack, the most colorful of all ECW Characters, because if you listen to him, he was just being himself. He reflects on getting over and diving, but the highlight of the whole show is the story he tells about the USWA Owner Jerry Jarrett speaking with him to think of a name that "People like Jack use in the hood" to name a new wrestler. He decided on calling the guy "Homeboy", yes that is the name some poor guy got saddled with.
If you were, or still are a fan this is a must watch series. You can watch it on the Highspots Network. The subscription only runs 9.99 a month and the amount of shows on there is mind blowing to say the least. its a must own service for any wrestling fans.
As I consider my reviews based on a film critic I am call this a documentary review and giving it a high recommendation.
overall 3.5 out of 5 stars (Sorry I wanted it to be long)
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