- Title: The RiseFall of ECW: Extreme Championship Wrestling
- Author: Thom Loverro
- ISBN: 9781416513124
- Page: 103
- Format: Paperback
Independent wrestling promotions were once the norm all across the country But as the nineties began, independents were looking for creative ways to survive Several banded together to share cost and talent they were known as Eastern Championship Wrestling Based out of a warehouse in Philadelphia, this promotion seemed doomed to be just one ninety day wonder TheyIndependent wrestling promotions were once the norm all across the country But as the nineties began, independents were looking for creative ways to survive Several banded together to share cost and talent they were known as Eastern Championship Wrestling Based out of a warehouse in Philadelphia, this promotion seemed doomed to be just one ninety day wonder They hired Paul Heyman, who told the company he would come in, shake things up, and leave But Heyman stayed and redefined professional wrestling in the nineties He crafted a promotion that dared to push the boundaries of sports entertainment What he created became Extreme Championship Wrestling Heyman dared to break with tradition Rather than relying on local talent and down and out veterans, he created new characters and story lines that would appeal to hardcore wrestling fans Paul knew you had to offer the fans than the match Heyman encouraged wrestlers to speak from their hearts ECW became known for the interview, the shoot As for the matches tables, ladders, chairs, barbed wire, and even frying pans were used with abandon Wrestlers not wanting to be topped put their bodies on the line, taking ever greater risks, daring to jump, leap, and fall from places never tried before ECW matches became the stuff of legend For nearly a decade, ECW redefined professional wrestling with a reckless, brutal, death defying, and often bloody style that became synonymous with hardcore Through extensive interviews with Paul Heyman, Mick Foley, Tazz, Tommy Dreamer, Rob Van Dam, and many , The Rise Fall of ECW reveals what made this upstart company from Philadelphia great.
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Just recently finished reading The Rise & Fall of ECW, a WWE publication. So it shown the history of ECW from those who participated and at the time was also serving tenure in WWE after their takeover in 2002. I could get into more indepth information in the review here, but I've already done that on my blog post here. I advised you to check it out now.
Still on my wrestling kick I picked this one up giving some of the history of the wrestling promotion that really changed the scene of wrestling back in the 90’s. I enjoyed this one because I am a wrestling geek. This book even reviewed some of the storylines from the promotion. This filled in some of the back story to some of the wrestlers that I saw when I was watching WWE.
This was an enjoyable read but not really in depth enough to make it an excellent read. It was very much a whistle-stop account of how ECW came to be, was built up and then how it fell. While entertaining a fan of this genre might feel a tad disappointed that major issues and stories don't get the amount of space they require and that the history of the federation is very much watered down.
For any former ECW fan this book is a must read. I loved ECW and was sad when it folded. I know they made a DVD before this book was made but they could only fit so much of the story of ECW into a 90 minute DVD. They book filled in a lot of holes. If you loved ECW like I did you should read this.
This was the best wrestling book in years. It brought the ECW history to a reality and used most members of the group and how they worked in this fledging wrestling organization. Maybe the The Franchise was missing but testimony was great, including Paul E.'s stuff was great dub! EC dub!
It's a good read for people who like ECW, but not for people who like well-written books. It's a disjointed but informative book with some interesting interviews and some new insights into the company. It's nothing ground-breaking but a good summary of ECW.
Excellent book that explains the history of ECW. Includes interviews from Paul Heyman and wrestlers from ECW.
This book is just ok, it doesn´t really go in depth and it seems like most of the quotes from the people involved were all taken from documentaries that were already done on the subject and that I´ve already watched.
Very Good. The history of one of the most popular professional wrestling organizations from the men and women who lived it. WWE knew there was money to be made out of this story and definitely knew that this was something that would sell. To this day the three letter chant of ECW brings great joy to fans. The story is well told, but I can't help if its facts and conclusions aren't simply revisionism by WWE. Because like it or not WWE was partially responsible in the company's downfall. ECW start [...]
This book is another one of my thrift shop finds. I was really excited to find this there. The book gives the history of ECW from it's first days in 1993 until it's last in 2001. I loved learning more about the company (How it started and what made them popular), the business side of things (merchandise, setting up shows, pay per views, etc.) and, of course, the wrestlers.I really like that the author didn't censor the wrestlers when he interviewed them. If you don't like swears, especially the [...]
I so wanted this book to be a 5-star book, I was a big wrestling fan, still am to some extent, but I missed seeing the ECW hype in it's time, being on the wrong side of the Atlantic. This isn't a bad book by any stretch of the word, it just feels to sanitised and rushed, whether this is because it's bought out by WWE I've no idea. Certainly reading about it in the wrestling magazines there seemed to be more issues between ECW and WWF (now WWE) than are covered in the book.At the end of the day, [...]
Being a huge pro wrestling fan, ECW was something I got into later after they already closed. I went to a show when I was younger on Staten Island but I didn't know anyone back then. This book had a lot of things that were quoted from the "Rise and Fall"documentary so that was all rehash stuffThere were a few things in the book I didn't know about All in all it was a good read and I don't have a negative things to say about ECW. I wish it was still around today. The wrestling world needs somethi [...]
Is it possible for a book to have too much information? I am easily the most enthusiastic fan of professional wrestling I know, and this book seemed to drag for me. There was definitely a great attention to detail, but I think the larger-than-life characters and their unbelievable stories were obscured by the tedium. Given the option, watch the DVD instead.
A fun, quick read about the company which changed professional wrestling. Would be interesting to have a follow up regarding the WWE reincarnation of the brand and the continuing journey of the legend who is Paul Heyman.
Decent book, but it skips over too much stuff. Also, it is a WWE sanctioned book and as a result has some revisionist history issues.If you want to read about ECW, I recommend "Hardcore History" instead.
Good read but repetitive if you have ever watched the documentary. The talking heads are basically verbatim.
While it's a good read, it's essentially the DVD in book form. If you've seen the video you've read the book.
Really cool book. Rated highly partly because it brought back so many memories.
Very well put together book, but it is slow at spots. Just reading the names from wrestling world past was enough to keep reading. It did bring back a lot of memories. Well worth the read.
Is what it is. Poorly written, often inaccurate, and a total self-indulgent guilty pleasure with zero literary value.
One of my least favorite wrestling books that I've read. It was essentially a work, just giving results of ecw shows in chronological order. No real "behind the scenes" dirt or anything interesting.
Albeit too formulaic and lacking of deeper analysis, it has some interesting personal recollections from main personalities and lots of minor but propedeutic anecdotes.
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