Eastern Championship Wrestling was founded in 1992. When one of pro wrestling's all-time managers, Paul Heyman, took over promoting for the brand, Heyman rebranded the fledgling organization; thus, Extreme Championship Wrestling was born.
The ECW built a following through the 1990s, rivaling, and in some cases cross-promoting, with the WWF. Known for wild, no-rule matches like the Flaming Tables match or the Singapore Cane match, the ECW brought some of pro wrestling's biggest names to stardom.
After almost 10 years, the ECW filed for bankruptcy and was purchased by the WWF, which was later renamed World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., or the WWE. Now, the WWE is a multi-million dollar company, traded on the New York Stock Exchange, and brings professional wrestling into the homes of millions.
In a recent photoshoot, WWE superstars brought some of the ECW's legends back to life. Checkout the highlights and take a walk down memory lane:
Sonya Deville kills it as 36-time WWE title holder Raven.
Becky Lynch flexes as two-time ECW World Champ Tommy Dreamer.
Shinsuke Nakamura doubles as hardcore ECW great Terry "Sabu" Brunk.
Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston honor WWE Hall of Famers Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley.
Lana shows off as five-time ECW World Champion, The Sandman.
Aiden English pokes fun at Paul E. Dangerously (aka Paul Heyman).
Smackdown Women's Champion Carmella throws it back to Al Snow and "Head."
Xavier Woods takes on the street-fighting persona of ECW Tag-Team legend New Jack.
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