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Let’s Say Nice Things About... The Original ECW

In an effort to bring some positivity to professional wrestling—and the world for that matter—Cageside Seats and its community will say nice things about people and things in wrestling every single day throughout 2017.

A reminder of the rules: only positivity allowed here. No back-handed compliments, and CERTAINLY NO NEGATIVITY. If you don’t have something nice to say, keep it to yourself, or take it elsewhere. Negative comments will be deleted and you may be subjected to a ban. Cool? Cool.

Today’s subject: the original ECW, the Philadelphia-based promotion that lasted from 1992 to 2001.

The original ECW had a fan base that some professional sports teams wish were that passionate. It introduced new wrestling styles to an American audience. It was so different from everything that was presented on a wrestling show. It had no business making it, but it did on the strength of being different.

Perhaps its biggest contribution is it forced the two big feds, WWF and WCW, to grow up. Marketing to kids is fine, but there’s an older audience that can enjoy wrestling too. Paul Heyman and company had a lot of influence on the business, and you can still see it today.

Your turn now. Say something nice about the original ECW.

And if you have a suggestion for a future “Let’s Say Nice Things About...”, hit me up on Twitter @notoriouseddie. I promise I won’t bite.

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