The incident caused ECW to come under major scrutiny and almost cost them their first big pay-per-view spot until Kulas' lying to the booking team came to light. Once the colorful supermen the WWF had built their company on started to fail and they found themselves chasing WCW's lead, its rise back to dominance came through mimicking the ECW style.Both the WWF and WCW raided ECW's talent rosters with varying levels of success (the biggest success being "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, whose firing from WCW led him to go to ECW for a brief period before entering the WWF and becoming the most famous pro wrestler since Hulk Hogan).
The fans were also allowed to bring their own weapons to the show in its early days, and wrestlers would use them during matches (infamous weapons included a cactus, a ladder, an NES, a VCR, a and a cast-iron skillet, whose use by Mick Foley against The Sandman brought "Bring Your Own Weapons" nights to an end).
The promotion was not without its share of controversy, either - in 1996, two incidents marred the company almost to the point of ruination.
(Amongst the ECW alumni that left the company to go on and have memorable careers were Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Mick Foley, Rey Mysterio Jr., Lita, Chris Jericho, Raven, Rob Van Dam, and - arguably the most famous of them all - "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.)Even the ECW crowds had a big influence on other wrestling fans. " when one wrestler chops another (a homage to Ric Flair), the "This is awesome! " chant for a particularly impressive move, and the "You fucked up!
" chant when a wrestler misses a spot were born in ECW, and almost all of these chants remain ingrained in wrestling crowds to this day.
Backyard CZW would take over ECW's territory, projecting itself as a successor, but proved to be a very different promotion; Pro Wrestling Guerilla opened in a different territory and is typically seen as a more "proper" successor to ECW, though it's still not quite the same.
ECW also brought back old-school technical wrestling and high-flying spot-wrestlers, and thus served as a big influence on Ring of Honor.
I’d also totally be using my Ricky Schroeder connection to bang hot chicks.
) According to James Caldwell of PWTorch.com, Tiffany from ECW (Teddy Long’s hot assistant) is dating Alfonso Ribiero, aka Carlton from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” I don’t know where James got this information, but if I were Carlton, I’d be spreading that rumor even if she wasn’t spreading those legs.
This incident caused many fans to go silent as it happened, marking the first time even the ECW Mutants (as the fans came to be known) were left speechless.
Fearing possible backlash, Raven was ordered to apologize for the act to the crowd.
At High Incident on October 26, ECW World Heavyweight Champion the Sandman defeated his former tag team partner 2 Cold Scorpio.