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The Rise & Fall of ECW: Extreme Championship Wrestling

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  266 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Independent wrestling promotions were once the norm all across the country. However, with the rise of World Wrestling Entertainment and the creation of World Championship Wrestling -- out of three Southern promotions -- the possibility of an independent succeeding grew fainter and fainter. As the nineties began, independents were looking for creative ways to survive. In th ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published May 22nd 2007 by World Wrestling Entertainment (first published June 6th 2006)
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Just recently finished reading The Rise & Fall of ECW, a WWE publication. So it shown the history of ECW from those who participated and at the time was also serving tenure in WWE after their takeover in 2002. I could get into more indepth information in the review here, but I've already done that on my blog post here. I advised you to check it out now.
This was an enjoyable read but not really in depth enough to make it an excellent read. It was very much a whistle-stop account of how ECW came to be, was built up and then how it fell. While entertaining a fan of this genre might feel a tad disappointed that major issues and stories don't get the amount of space they require and that the history of the federation is very much watered down.
Still on my wrestling kick I picked this one up giving some of the history of the wrestling promotion that really changed the scene of wrestling back in the 90’s. I enjoyed this one because I am a wrestling geek. This book even reviewed some of the storylines from the promotion. This filled in some of the back story to some of the wrestlers that I saw when I was watching WWE.
This was the best wrestling book in years. It brought the ECW history to a reality and used most members of the group and how they worked in this fledging wrestling organization. Maybe the The Franchise was missing but testimony was great, including Paul E.'s stuff was great.
EC dub! EC dub!
For any former ECW fan this book is a must read. I loved ECW and was sad when it folded. I know they made a DVD before this book was made but they could only fit so much of the story of ECW into a 90 minute DVD. They book filled in a lot of holes. If you loved ECW like I did you should read this.
It's a good read for people who like ECW, but not for people who like well-written books. It's a disjointed but informative book with some interesting interviews and some new insights into the company. It's nothing ground-breaking but a good summary of ECW.
Excellent book that explains the history of ECW. Includes interviews from Paul Heyman and wrestlers from ECW.
I so wanted this book to be a 5-star book, I was a big wrestling fan, still am to some extent, but I missed seeing the ECW hype in it's time, being on the wrong side of the Atlantic. This isn't a bad book by any stretch of the word, it just feels to sanitised and rushed, whether this is because it's bought out by WWE I've no idea. Certainly reading about it in the wrestling magazines there seemed to be more issues between ECW and WWF (now WWE) than are covered in the book.

At the end of the day,
This book is another one of my thrift shop finds. I was really excited to find this there. The book gives the history of ECW from it's first days in 1993 until it's last in 2001. I loved learning more about the company (How it started and what made them popular), the business side of things (merchandise, setting up shows, pay per views, etc.) and, of course, the wrestlers.

I really like that the author didn't censor the wrestlers when he interviewed them. If you don't like swears, especially the
Victor Orozco
Very Good. The history of one of the most popular professional wrestling organizations from the men and women who lived it. WWE knew there was money to be made out of this story and definitely knew that this was something that would sell. To this day the three letter chant of ECW brings great joy to fans. The story is well told, but I can't help if its facts and conclusions aren't simply revisionism by WWE. Because like it or not WWE was partially responsible in the company's downfall. ECW start ...more
Frank Gurrieri
Being a huge pro wrestling fan, ECW was something I got into later after they already closed. I went to a show when I was younger on Staten Island but I didn't know anyone back then.

This book had a lot of things that were quoted from the "Rise and Fall"documentary so that was all rehash stuff

There were a few things in the book I didn't know about

All in all it was a good read and I don't have a negative things to say about ECW. I wish it was still around today. The wrestling world needs somethi
A fun, quick read about the company which changed professional wrestling. Would be interesting to have a follow up regarding the WWE reincarnation of the brand and the continuing journey of the legend who is Paul Heyman.
Stephen Bruno
One of my least favorite wrestling books that I've read. It was essentially a work, just giving results of ecw shows in chronological order. No real "behind the scenes" dirt or anything interesting.
Frank Doosey
While it's a good read, it's essentially the DVD in book form. If you've seen the video you've read the book.
Is what it is. Poorly written, often inaccurate, and a total self-indulgent guilty pleasure with zero literary value.
Is it possible for a book to have too much information? I am easily the most enthusiastic fan of professional wrestling I know, and this book seemed to drag for me. There was definitely a great attention to detail, but I think the larger-than-life characters and their unbelievable stories were obscured by the tedium. Given the option, watch the DVD instead.
Trevor Dailey
Good read but repetitive if you have ever watched the documentary. The talking heads are basically verbatim.
Josh Liller
Decent book, but it skips over too much stuff. Also, it is a WWE sanctioned book and as a result has some revisionist history issues.

If you want to read about ECW, I recommend "Hardcore History" instead.
Michael Lighten
Very well put together book, but it is slow at spots. Just reading the names from wrestling world past was enough to keep reading. It did bring back a lot of memories. Well worth the read.
Gerald Bozenda
Really cool book. Rated highly partly because it brought back so many memories.
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