Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of the ECW

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Sports Publishing LLC, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 246 pages
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ECW was one extreme contradiction piled on top of another. It was an incredibly influential company in the world of professional wrestling during the 1990's, yet it was never profitable. It portrayed itself as the ultimate in anti-authority rebellion, but its leadership was, at various points, working covertly with the two wrestling giants, the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling. Most of all, it blurred the line between real life and the fantasy world of professional wrestling like no other company before it ? many of those who thought they were conning others ended up being victims of the ultimate con.Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of the ECW offers a frank and balanced look at the evolution of the company, starting even before its early days as a Philadelphia-area independent group called Eastern Championship Wrestling in 1992 and extending past the death of Extreme Championship Wrestling in 2001. Writer Scott E. Williams has pored through records and conducted dozens of interviews with fans, company officials, business partners, and the wrestlers themselves to bring readers the most thorough account possible of this bizarre company.The book sets out to answer several questions: Did World Championship Wrestling really try to destroy ECW by draining off its talent? Was Vince McMahon secretly as a friend to ECW, as he has claimed? What really caused the death of ECW? Who lied to whom? Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of the ECW will address all of those mysteries and many more in a story that is sure to be extremely controversial for fans and critics of both the ECW and professional wrestling.
 

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Contents

EASTERN CHAMPIONSHIP
8
HOT STUFF
14
RAISING THE BAR AND SLAMMING
26
THE BIRTH OF EXTREME
37
QUOTH THE RAVEN
47
EXTREME DEFECTIONS
59
HOUSE PARTY 1996ENDINGS
80
A MATTER OF RESPECT
93
THE SPLIT AND OTHER
129
THE WHOLE FN SHOW
144
TAZ ON TOP
153
ECW ON AND OFF TNN
161
EXTINCT CHAMPIONSHIP
186
BANKRUPTCY
193
INVASION
199
EXTREME NOSTALGIA
217

GROWING PAINS
100
MASS TRANSIT
106
BARELY LEGAL
112
WWF VERSUS ECW?
121
LASTING IMPRESSIONS
232
EPILOGUE
242
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