I'm a pretty big fan of KB's reviews here. I enjoy digging through the table of contents, and reading through some of the shows that I missed. I especially enjoy some of his opinions on the NWO storyline in the WCW, and the 2001 Invasion angle. Overall he has pretty good taste in wrestling, and I agree with him on a lot of things. I don't agree with everything he has reviewed here though. In fact, I was deeply offended by his "History of the ECW" thread of reviews. Well, "Offended" may be a strong word, but I disagreed with a lot of what he said nonetheless. That is ok though, it is ok to disagree with someone afterall. Some people grow up, and live in completely different households, with completely different lifestyles, resulting in completely different opinions of things. I've read, seen, and heard a lot of criticism of the old ECW, and I can really understand it. The tables, the weapons, the wild sloppy brawls, and even some of Paul's booking. Collar-and-Elbow purists hate the ECW, and I can really understand why. One thing most of the critics forget though, that the ECW was run out of the basement of somebody's mom's house. Those ECW flags behind Joey Styles were there to cover up the Washer, and Dryer. While guys like New Jack were cutting promo's, she would be behind the scenes ironing Paul's pants. The fact that the ECW got to where they got was amazing, inspirational, and a great american story(would make a great movie to do the Attitude era from the ECW/Paul Hayman perspective). The WWF was a Billion dollar company, and the WCW was owned by Ted "The Whole F'n Show" Turner, while little old ECW was being put together by a very small crew of people that were doing some revolutionary things. The ECW never threatened the WCW, or the WWF, but they did have a direct influence on them. The ECW had a direct influence on the greatest era in Professional Wrestling. From January of 1996 to Summerslam 98 was a great time to be a wrestling fan. The WCW, WWF, and the ECW was like a tri pod of awesomeness at one point when all 3 companies were jammin. In this thread, I'm going through the real history of the ECW. Not every single show, but most of them. I always kind of looked at Pro Wrestling a little bit differently than most people did. Here is a little background on me to kind of give you an example of what you are going to be dealing with here: I grew up watching Pro Wrestling, and MMA simultaneously, along with horror movies(Evil Dead, Friday 13th series, Romero series, Return of the living dead, Excorsist) and action movies(Chan, JCVD, Seagal, Norris, Lee et. al.). My tastes have changed quite a bit, but I still like all of the old stuff. I've always loved metal music. Old Metallica, Pantera, Slayer, mostly Pantera though. I also grew up playing(and still do!) Sega video game consoles. The Genesis, Saturn, Dreamcast. Bret Hart has always been my absolute favorite wrestler of all time. I always loved, and still love the Canadian Stampede style of Professional Wrestling. Guys like Malenko, Benoit, and the Hitman could tell a story in the ring with their grappling. That is the kind of wrestling that I enjoy the most. The kind that is more of a dramatic sport centered around THE World Championship belt, instead of a Cartoon show soap opera goof off festival. I grew up idolizing guys like Royce Gracie, Don Frye, and Mark Coleman just as much as guys like Bret Hart, Undertaker, and Sting. I started watching wrestling when I was a boy in 90/91. Purely WWF through 95 when Nitro hit, and I was all over it due to the more athletic, down to earth style of the undercards. Then, in 96, the unthinkable happened. I found out about ECW. So lets get into this. Many don't know that the ECW was the spiritual successor the Joel Goodhart's Tri State Wrestling Alliance. The TSWA put on similarly raunchy shows for the Philadelphia crowd with local wrestlers, and the occasional big name headliner. Some time in 92 Tod Gordon bought the company, and changed the name to Eastern Championship Wrestling. Todd's ECW was an affiliate of the NWA(along with the WCW until the next year). For some reason, the Eastern Championship Wrestling history usually doesn't go as far back as 1992(Joey Styles often would only go back to 93 for the beginning of the ECW). I'm going to start with 4 different compilation tapes from 1992(Best of ECW Vol. 1/ECW's Bloodiest Matches/Best of ECW Vol. 3/ECW: Best of Jimmy Snuka), and a few other shows from the Eastern days. The early days of the ECW are a bit underrated in my opinion. They weren't great, but a bid underrated. Feel free to drop in at anytime with any comments, criticism, or general ECW discussions at any time. Lets get on with the show!