Extreme Reunion: revival of ECW or just using its blueprints?

The Franchise Shane Douglas as BTW Champion, C...

The Franchise Shane Douglas as BTW Champion, Chicopee MA, March 26, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, I know this is my first post in a while and sorry for that but I have been busy lately. So, Extreme Reunion is set to place in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory and with the event just under two weeks away I figure that I would enter my opinion on this latest attempt to revive the extreme style of wrestling, or as Shane once called it the SPORT of wrestling. If this is an attempt at another ECW reunion and is just something to top what WWE and Impact Wrestling did then I’m not sure this is a good idea. I would see it as just an attempt to rekindle what the ex-ECW wrestlers all once had but don’t have anymore. However, if this is not just a reminiscing event and is an attempt to start a new wrestling promotion then I applaud this.

Some fans out there have cried to keep ECW dead and honor the memory of it because past revivals have failed miserably but am I the only one who does not see this as a revival of ECW? ECW is dead, Shane knows that, everyone at the event know that and to think otherwise is just being blind or stupid BUT the idea behind it is alive and well. The principles that ECW stood for, the wrestling it brought you, the new and old names it gave chances to, and the extreme style it revolutionized did not die with it. I know that in the movie industry, typically, remakes do not work out but this is not a movie, this is something different. This would be no different from someone who came up with a revolutionary invention and it failed… but someone else took it over and pushed it in a new direction while using the same core plans as a foundation. It does not make that remake a bad idea; you just hope that it does not completely mirror the old one.

Where wrestling is now we do need a new ECW-type of promotion to make a splash and shake things up. WWE is back to the PG-era and gimmicks that look as if they were regurgitated from the early 90’s. I mean come on, Brodus Clay is Flash Funk and Tenishi is Kwang, what is next Man Mountain Rock or Bastion Booger? Need I say more? Impact Wrestling is not much different from WWE except with a weaker product so until they get themselves out of that shadow they will not get better in the ratings and I do not know if Hogan and Bischoff can take them, there… you would think so. So in steps Shane Douglas and his idea at reviving not ECW but what its foundation was, the core style that stood behind ECW and I think… good timing. Now it cannot fully rely on old ECW wrestlers to guide them to being a new promotion but it can slowly make that transition if it can attract some young, talented wrestlers to them. In addition, what is your name going to be? Extreme Reunion I think is a good name for the show but not the promotion so where do you take it, or do you waits to see if you can get a new promotion rolling before naming it?

I don’t know how many wrestling fans are still out there waiting for a promotion to come along and pull their attention back but I think it’s still a good amount, plus you have some current viewers who were trying to color in the lines back when ECW perished who could watch WWE and be bored with it. No doubt, the opportunity is there to grasp and capitalize on and you could make it work if you have the right vision, financial backer, and mastermind controlling it. I do not see this as an attempt of Shane Douglas’ to try and keep ECW alive at all, or him trying to hold onto his spotlight that ECW gave him but him trying to bring back what he loved in the business and something that has been missing from it since the attitude-era ended and ECW died. I myself watched all of the promotions but especially ECW and when it died I didn’t watch as much and I don’t know if I ever will get into it completely like I was since I’m older now but the idea of a new promotion with the core fundamentals behind the old ECW does intrigue me.

So, to ECW fans who don’t want this to happen: We all know this is not ECW but try it and buy your ticket. If you go to the event and go in thinking, it will be like ECW then there is a good chance you will be disappointed but if you go in thinking that this will be a good WRESTLING show then I think you will come out having been thoroughly entertained.

Be honest, the fact that the most interesting thing that happened on WWE Raw lately was that Brock Lesnar was slapped by John Cena and then forgot how to throw a “fake” punch and it landed for real… is sad. I like them bringing back Lesnar and I like that he is feuding with Cena but I am just sick of watching John Cena wrestle. I am happy that he’s from Massachusetts because so am I and like watching him cut a promo but he wrestles like Hulk Hogan trained him and it’s annoying. WWE has some good things with CM Punk, Miz, Daniel Bryan and Zack Ryder… hey maybe there are others but I do not know really, I only watch certain segments and skip the rest.

Bottomline is if this does end up being a new promotion it can work out but it might have to alter ECW’s blueprints in order to achieve the goal that ECW could not and that is long term operation. What needs to change in this plan? Well, you have to draw in a network and create a television show that is true to who you are but so extreme that nothing you tape can be on TV. What helps you in this? UFC being on Fox, because well nothing can be as bad as UFC because it’s real but you have some control of your product. You can entertain, be true to the “blueprints” and also draw in some good ratings. Yes, you might have to bend a little but in the end you will get a lot back if you’re willing to be patient and the product will still be miles ahead of the tragedy that was the WWE’s version of ECW.

If you want to check out what the event is all about go here: Extreme Reunion

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