The unauthorized story of Extreme Championship Wrestling. In other words, not made by the WWE so it should be good! Guess what? It really was. I first saw this DVD being hyped on, appropriately enough, The Blue Meanie’s Facebook page. Being such a big ECW fan back in the day, I had to check it out.
I remember hearing about ECW and finding out that their big draw was Shane Douglas and thinking, “Like the Dynamic Dudes’ Shane Douglas? Really? That couldn’t be all that good.” I was a fan of Shane when he first started to wrestle in the Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF) but wasn’t too thrilled with his stint in WCW…no offense to him, Johnny Ace, or even Ricky Steamboat! As I started to see more about ECW including a picture of Terry Funk hanging “some guy from some team known as The Public Enemy” from a balcony, I got really interested! My friends and I did whatever we had to do just to see the show. Only one of us had a dish to get The Sunshine Network. Then we had to get the MSG Network. Some weeks it was on really late at night and some weeks we didn’t even see it at all! Sound familiar? Like I said, we did what we had to do. Just like ECW.
Watching this DVD brought back a lot of memories for me and I might’ve even had a tear in my eye at one point. It was just great to hear the stories from the wrestlers that lived it such as Raven, Shane Douglas, Mikey Whipwreck, The Sandman, The BWO (Stevie Richards, The Blue Meanie & Nova), Steve Corino, Jerry Lynn, New Jack, Balls Mahoney, Axl Rotten, and even Rocco Rock & Johnny Grunge…The Public Enemy! Obviously, this was a long time in the making(they started in 2000). They also interviewed wrestling journalists Dave Meltzer (Wrestling Observer), Mike Johnson (PWInsider), and Wade Keller (PWTorch) and even “superfans” like Tony Lewis and Straw Hat Guy. Some others worth mentioning are our friend Bill Apter, Lou E. Dangerously, The Smashing Pumpkins’ frontman Billy Corgan, Joel Gertner, and another friend of ours…Ronnie Lang from Atlas Security. Basically anybody that was around back in the day was interviewed. Obviously, there are a lot of big names that aren’t on here but overall I think it’s a good group of people.
Certain topics covered are the “Mass Transit” debacle, Paul E. and his payment problems, talent leaving for WCW and WWE, maybe most importantly..the dedication from everyone connected with ECW. There is also footage from the Extreme Reunion event from 2012 and newer interviews with Balls and Axl(now suffering from Bell’s Palsy) that may make us look at them in a different light. Overall, I was Extremely happy with the documentary and would certainly recommend it to any and all types of wrestling fan!!
The documentary itself has a running time of 1 Hour 57 minutes.
There is also a bonus disc featuring outtakes from interviews with Angel from Da Baldies, Tod Gordon, and New Jack; some footage of Paul Heyman talking at a meet and greet; and finally a guided tour of the former ECW Arena and the Hammerstein Ballroom.
Here’s the extended trailer:
Do yourself a favor and go buy it here: http://www.barbedwirecity.com