AS I SEE IT: The Post-ECW Era at the Famous Arena
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
So given that, let’s take a look at part two of the building’s history, the post-ECW era. During those years, CZW was the primary promotion that ran shows at the ECW Arena. Here is a sample of that history. Please understand that it’s only a sample, as someone’s going to have to write a book to do the ECW era and the post-ECW era justice.
AS I SEE IT: The ECW Arena returns…
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
It started out as a warehouse at the corner of Swanson and Ritner Streets in South Philadelphia. Over 18 years, it became one of the most well-known wrestling venues on the planet.
There has not been wrestling at the ECW Arena for nearly two years. Tomorrow night, the first show is scheduled to take place in the new Arena, as Extreme Rising show, under the new ownership of Steve O’Neill, runs the corner of Swanson and Ritner. The Arena is clearly still being worked on as I write this, with completion of the renovations scheduled for April.
It’s the intent of Roger Artigiani to bring wrestling back to the Arena, but other events as well. Previous to the Arena’s closing, MMA and boxing cards (including boxing cards televised on ESPN2, Versus (now NBC Sports), and Telemundo. He wants that to return, along with bringing in other events.
Richard Boudreau, Kayfabe Kickout lead editor, is reporting there were deplorable conditions reported at the former ECW Arena for an Extreme Rising Show.
Information has been released on the sub standard conditions, with regard to the washroom facilities of the former ECW Arena in Philiadelphia, PA., which was the site for Extreme Rising’s Show earlier tonight.
We spoke to a source who was at the show, and apparently the male washroom facilities had no sinks for hand washing and were below standard with regard to hygene.
The source went on to say that there was still work to be done in the rest of the building, but there were no balconies constructed, nor were there bleachers for people to sit. The source posted a photo of the male washroom, which can be seen below and it does indeed look like the building has several major code violations.
We will have more information as it becomes available.
Former ECW personality Lou D’Angeli (aka Sign Guy Dudley and Lou E. Dangerously) recently took some time to take part in a two-part Q&A exclusively with PWMania.com. In part two D’Angeli gives his thoughts on WWE PG, if Hardcore Wrestling has a place in the world today, his regrets, comparing ECW to WWE and more. Here are some highlights:
The Unauthorized Story of ECW, “Barbed Wire City” documentary (www.barbedwirecity.com) has received very positive reviews from fans, former ECW staff, and wrestlers. We have witnessed firsthand and have been told personally that tears were shed during the viewing of the documentary.
ECW Original and former two-time ECW World Champion “The Innovator of Violence” Tommy Dreamer was one of the featured guests on this week’s all-new edition of the award-winning Monday Night Mayhem, hosted by The Big Mosh & “The Chairman of the Board” Todd Vincent. Become part of The Mayhem Nation onFacebook (at www.Facebook.com/MondayNightMayhem & www.Facebook.com/Twitter.com/FeelTheMayhem), and follow “Your Home of Wrestling Radio” on Twitter (at www.Twitter.com/FeelTheMayhem).
Courtesy of WrestlingDVDNews.com, here is the full content listing for WWE’s ECW Unreleased Volume 2 DVD and Blu-ray that comes out on July 30th:
We Are Back!
Tommy Dreamer vs. Tazmaniac
Hardcore TV • October 19, 1993
Terry Funk & Arn Anderson vs. Sabu & Bobby Eaton
When Worlds Collide • May 14, 1994
Cactus Jack vs. Terry Funk
Hardcore Heaven • August 13, 1994
“I Quit” Match
Tommy Dreamer vs. The Sandman
Hardcore TV • October 4, 1994
Ten guys who would’ve been worked well in the original Extreme Championship Wrestling.
Without a doubt CM Punk would have been a staple of ECW television for many years had Extreme Championship Wrestling continued on. The idea of a Punk/RVD feud in 2001 would surely be a money maker for the company and would probably produce matches that we would all remember for years to come. Punk’s ability in the ring and ability to get himself over on the microphone makes him the perfect guy for Paul Heyman to push ECW forward.
Resistance Pro Wrestling have officially added ECW legends RAVEN and SATURN to appear at the screening of “Barbed Wire City… The Unauthorized Story of Extreme Championship Wrestling”, Thursday, May 23rd 7:30pm at the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge, IL and both will participate in the Q&A session following the screening with the producers of the film John Philapavage and Kevin Kiernan, as well as a possible surprise addition to the panel.
A personal tale about my viewing of Barbed Wire City
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”