Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of ECW

Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of ECW

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Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of ECW by Scott E. Williams

Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) was one extreme contradiction piled on top of another. It was an incredibly influential company in the world of professional wrestling during the 1990s, yet it was never profitable. It portrayed itself as the ultimate in anti-authority rebellion, but its leadership was working covertly with the two wrestling giants, the WWF and WCW. Most of all, it blurred the line between real life and the fantasy world of professional wrestling like no other company before it, and many of those who thought they were conning others ended up being victims of the ultimate con.

Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of ECW offers a frank, balanced look at the evolution of the company, starting even before its early days as a Philadelphia-area independent group called Eastern Championship Wrestling and extending past the death of Extreme Championship Wrestling in 2001. Writer Scott E. Williams has pored through records and conducted dozens of interviews with fans, company officials, business partners, and the wrestlers themselves to bring you the most balanced account possible of this bizarre company.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613210413
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Scott E. Williams is an award-winning wrestling columnist and criminal-justice reporter. In addition to authoring Hardcore History, Terry Funk:
More Than Just Hardcore
, and The Cowboy and the Cross: The Bill Watts Story, Williams has been a fan of professional wrestling for over twenty years. He now lives in Galveston, Texas.

Shane “The Franchise” Douglas
began his professional wrestling career in 1982. In addition to his incredible success as a five-time World Champion wrestler, he also became the NWA World Heavyweight Champion in 1994. He currently lives in New Brighton, Pennsylvania.

George Tahinos is one of the world’s premier wrestling photographers and he has photographed almost every EWC event ever staged. He currently lives in New York City.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
With the purchase of ECW by Vince McMahon, I never expected to see a balanced look on the life of one of my favorite promotions. Thankfully, people have somehow bucked the copyright laws to bring us stories that Vince and others would like to keep quiet. This book is one of these. Hardcore History touches on the subjects that the Rise and Fall of ECW didn't, namely Paul Heyman's darker side, as well as some of the other stars who didn't go to the WWE after the sale (The Gangstas, etc.). As honest as this book is, you'd expect it to just be a negative view from a bunch of disgruntled ex-employees. That isn't the case. The wrestlers interviewed here respect Paul Heyman and look on their time in ECW in a relatively good light, money issues aside. As a wrestling historian in training, I found this book to be both informative and balanced. Definitely read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real look behind the scenes. Never dull.
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Stone Cold Steve Austin Vs CmPunk At Wrestlemania 33
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended read for those who have watched ecw, wcw, or wwf (wwe) in the past
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Good book other than the lack of proof reading.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i have not yet read this book, but as a true ECW faithful, i strongly recommend it. especially to people like me, who just recently got into ECW and its magic to learn what ECW is al about.