suicide-straight-edge asked: Thoughts on ECW back in the 90's ?
Some of the best shit that’s ever been on television. Paul Heyman’s idea of making wrestling mirror reality created an entire generation’s worth of television and he gets little to no credit for it. Dude’s a pure genius, and I’m not just saying that because it’s cool. I had the pleasure of getting to know Paul for about a year and it was one of the best relationships I’ve had with a person.
In the 1990’s, when everything was “cute” or “cool”, Heyman made it real. He was taking drunken fathers and making them lose their sons. Taking weaklings and making them legends. Taking short guys and making them icons. Without Paul Heyman, there would be no CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler… Heyman made it ok to be a “small” guy and to still be a company giant. I’d even say that without Heyman, there wouldn’t be a Shawn Michaels. Believe that.
A lot of people snub ECW since it was hardcore, but was it really? Was it ALL hardcore? No. There was goofy shit, but nothing compared to the goofy shit today. ECW was edgy, like the music of the 90’s that was popular. Like the TV shows that focused on real life. Like the movies about drama and deceit. ECW was a revolution, and it was televised.