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    Posted: 15/June/2011 at 17:35
I know that the ECW brand from WWE was only a former shell of its existence in the 90's. But I've been thinking lately that what they had going was a pretty efficient set up. They had a delicate yet good mix of veterans and new guys. This provided an opportunity to not completely bury oder veterans (i.e William Regal and Goldust) while also giving younger guys to showcase their talents and simultaneously give them working experience against veterans who could coach them along without as much pressure as being on one of the major shows. 

It was a stepping stone for at least five now main branded wrestlers: 

Sheamus (former WWE Champion)
Kofi Kingston (former IC Champ and current US Champ)
Evan Bourne (well, he's at least recognizable)
The Miz (got most of his start with JoMo with The Dirt Sheet segments and Tag Teamship, now former WWE Champ)
Ezekiel Jackson (his big push came with his ECW Championship win)

The big difference between this reincarnation of ECW and a show like Superstars or NXT is because they actually devoted storylines (to an extent) to the show and promoted it (again, to an extent). I remember the New Breed vs The ECW Originals feud, and I also remember CM Punk smashing Chavo Guerrero over the head with the guitar after Chavo's ECW Championship celebration. Feuds like these weren't half bad.

 WWECW at least gave an opportunity to advance up the ladder a little bit, while Superstars and NXT are more often than not WWE purgatory. Also, they get little to no commercial promotion: when's the last time you've seen a WWE Superstars or NXT commercial? Exactly. 

My question is whether or not you would bring back the WWECW brand and get rid of Superstars and NXT?


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I would bring it back but I dont think they will be able to get a timeslot anywhere
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No, theres already way too much wrestling on TV.
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Corrected for coherence, I forgot to say "Get rid of NXT and Superstars and bring back WWECW" sorry guys.
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No ecw has been tarnished enough and they have no more originals left.

Wwe have 2 brands for their stars they want to build them then cena and many others need to stop getting so much air time and give it to some of the other guys or at least let the younger guys speak so they can develop their Mic skills.
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They can't handle two brands let alone 3! I want to see better build ups, better matches before they even think of expanding further.
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So you're saying that Superstars and NXT provide BETTER feuds and storylines? 
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No because I said two brands. The brands are Raw and Smackdown. NXT and Superstars are not brands they are SHOWS.
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I honestly wouldn't even call Smackdown or Raw a brand any more. They're both just different shows, technically, because now wrestlers frequently cross over and have matches on the other show. Superstars and NXT are also shows: my point is that ECW was a much better "show" than Superstars or NXT.
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Originally posted by HBKDX97 HBKDX97 wrote:

I honestly wouldn't even call Smackdown or Raw a brand any more. They're both just different shows, technically, because now wrestlers frequently cross over and have matches on the other show. Superstars and NXT are also shows: my point is that ECW was a much better "show" than Superstars or NXT.

I myself never did see them as separate brands; all I ever did see them as being was two different TV shows. I've been saying that since the brand extension in 2002 and on here since I joined. 

But you bring up some good points about the merits of WWECW. They provided a place where veterans could be taken seriously as well as a platform for newer stars. And I agree that ECW had better storylines than NXT or Superstars. If I had the choice, would I get rid of NXT and Superstars and bring back ECW? 

I have a biased, as I liked ECW, both the original version and the WWE version of it. Well, right now, as far as what is on television in the States, there is neither. Both NXT and Superstars are exclusively on the net. But, if I could get a descent television time slot for it, I would; on certain conditions, and I would run it a certain way. 

First, I would make sure it is indeed "extreme". Fuck the PG rating. I know it can never go as all out as the original ECW; but as long as there can be some free leeway, use of weapons, and no phobia about showing blood I would have something to go on and proceed from there.

Next, I would seek out as many ECW originals as I could. Rob Van Dam, Tommy Dreamer, and the Dudleys seem to be locked up in TNA; but there is Sandman, Raven, Jerry Lynn, Justin Credible, Balls Mahoney, Nunzio (Little Guido) as well as a few who have never worked for WWE like Steve Corino and New Jack; AND there is the last Champion of the original ECW, Rhyno. 

Then, I would take some WWE people and put them in ECW. It doesn't really matter to me who, preferably some people who have spent time in the WWECW before such as Yoshi Tatsu, Evan Bourne, and CM Punk. But I would make sure I had Ezekiel Jackson, the last ECW Champion. I would try to get some ECW alumni like Stone Cold Steve Austin for special appearances.  

Then I would take some of the best who have appeared on the last couple of seasons of NXT and put them there; maybe some Tough Enough contestants, too, such as Matt Cross; and put them in ECW. 

Then I would seek to hire Paul Heyman as, as both a storyline owner/booker and a real creative person. I would also (awaits the disagreements) hire the previous WWECW GM, Tiffany, to continue her storyline GM role as I liked her. 

I would make it clear that ECW would be truly separate entity from the rest of WWE; both creatively as well as storyline wise. ECW "Extremists" would not appear on WWE shows; and visa versa; save for something like WrestleMania. I would also seek to have some ECW exclusive pay per views such as November To Remember. I would not be so quick to move guys "up" to WWE as they were before. Once a guy was established as an ECW guy, I would keep him there for a while unless he was "wantaway". I would present ECW as a near equal company to WWE and not as a feeder fed. 

I would also make it clear that ECW is indeed a more hardcore brand; but I would also have no delusions that it could be as extreme or exactly the same as it was before. 

I would have a big extravaganza, kicking it off, having a Champion vs Champion match between Rhyno and Ezekiel Jackson for the ECW "World" Title; then eventually seek to build a legit tag team division and eventually rekindle the ECW Tag Team Championship. Then, I would let it ride from there, not interfere with Heyman creatively, and continue to promote and grow ECW. And when someone from the original ECW became available; I would seek to sign them. 

I know none of this will happen; but you asked what I would do if I was in charge, I am assuming. This is what I would do if I were in charge. 


Edited by Kondor - 16/June/2011 at 09:19

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