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Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of ECW

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  350 ratings  ·  22 reviews
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 in 1992 and extending past the death of Extreme Championship Wrestling in 2001. Writer Scott E. Williams has pored through records and cond ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Sports Publishing (first published March 1st 2006)
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May 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Riddled with spelling mistakes, this really could have done with a couple more proof reads but a compelling account of ECWs life nonetheless. Won't be of any interest to people not into the "sport" but I raced through it happily and has several good little backstage tidbits - the author has done his homework here. ...more
Chip Rickard
I have to say, I don't think I've ever read a book with this many spelling and punctuation errors. "Rie" Flair? Getting past that, I thought the content of the book was excellent. The author traced the entire history of the promotion through the WWE days. Reading the book you will see that there was no one person or event that led to ECW's downfall. It was actually amazing it lasted as long as it did. It was one of the most competitive eras in wrestling history and this little company operating ...more
Stephen Holtman
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the story of how the innovative wrestling company (ECW)went from being a small federation to a somewhat contender. I have to say that as a wrestling fan I enjoyed the memories and inside stories that this book provided. I thought that the writer did a fantastic job of bringing the facts along with the fans and talent who experienced this fantastic time in Pro Wrestling history. The way that the group of insiders know how they felt about the downfall of the historic federation. If yo ...more
Michael Knolla
Listened to Audiobook after listening to “Nitro” as ECW a neglected aspect (unsurprisingly given the latter book’s focus on the business and TV side where ECW was never as influential as it was on the booking/creative and style sides).

Biggest issue is it never fully decides what type of history it wants to be. There is a strong central spine to the book in its analysis of Paul Heyman. The author however is always more than willing to take multiple detours, many of which seem highly influenced b
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audio book....Good overview of the history of ECW.If your at all familiar with the company it’s not going to put out too much new information for you.But if your a novice with the company it’s a great history.
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
One of my favorite wrestling books. My only slight criticism is that the narrator mispronounces names several times. The aside, it's packed with information that any fan of the original ECW will love to relive. ...more
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a pretty good book about the history of ECW. It leads in the WWECW era and ends around 2005.
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is awesome.Its a true and unfiltered look at all the sides ECW had.Innovation,trailblazing,money problems,interaction with fans...basically read this if you want an unbiased look at ECW.
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book, I loved ECW.
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the history of one the 1990s most innovative wrestling promotions, Extreme Championship Wrestling or ECW. It covers the time from their "pre-history" as Tri-States Wrestling through to the WWE run ECW. It contains quotes from many of the different people who were around ECW through its existence.

This book I would say is the counterpoint to the WWE written The Rise and Fall of ECW. Whereas that book makes Vince McMahon out to be the person who financially backed the "revolution," thi
Mar 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a moment of sheer dorktitude (I don't care if it's not a real word...I like it), I took this book out from work and read it over the span of three days. I enjoyed it well enough - probably more for the memories of how awesome ECW used to be that it envoked than the actual quality of the book itself. Don't get me wrong, it's a fairly well-done book - very well-researched...even if the publishers did allow some glaring grammar mistakes to get by. All in all, it was a fun and interesting read fo ...more
I have been a pro wrestling fan since I was a kid. My interest in pro wrestling has waned over the years but I remember my interest in ECW which was a local wrestling organization (Philadelphia) that tried and failed to go national in the late 90s. Nonetheless the style of wrestling it portrayed (hard core and violent) did spread into the two big wrestling organizations WWE and WCW. Very few surprises for me in the book...good portrait of Paul Heyman and how he tried to expand the ECW brand but ...more
John Hardin
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best history of Extreme Championship Wrestling. Unlike the book written through WWE, many wrestlers who refused to wrestle for Vince McMahon offer their insights and opinions about hardcore wrestling. After reading this book, I gained a new respect for the grapplers in ECW for putting their bodies on the line night after night in an old Bingo hall in South Philly. Every other hardcore federation that's come after ECW are just sub-par imitations.
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent and complete overview with indepth views and words about how ECW came to live and how it ended - twice. After reading this book i fell in love even more with the wrestling of the early 90ies and especially ECW because i was a fan in these days and so am i nowadays but with more wiseassing and more fun.
Apr 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has good content, that is basically like what you would find in the video documentary "Forever Hardcore." This book is to that video what WWE's "Rise and Fall of ECW" is like to their "Rise and Fall of ECW" book. I think if you add parts of both together you get a complete picture. One thing that is bad about this book, as others have pointed out, is the lack of editing. ...more
Oct 14, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, wrestling
This was an excellent history of ECW, the promotion that reinvented wrestling in the 1990s. Full of behind-the-scenes stories, it fills in the blanks that the documentaries on the promotion did not cover. Fans of wrestling will love it, especially anyone who followed the real ECW or those who love to learn more about the reality behind the action in the ring.
Robbie Holmes
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Was a fun and in-depth look into the inner workings of ECW and the wrestling scene from the mid-late 90s through the about 2005. Was fun and a little sad, reminding me of my deep love for this timeperiod in wrestling's history, and my beloved ECW ...more
Feb 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wrestling
This was a great supplement to other ECW history books...Interesting, filled some holes that the WWE left and also brought a different perspective. I am a fan f wrestling and this book is for the fan.
Josh Liller
Mar 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wrestling
Very thorough and well researched book.
Michael Frost
The only book about ECW that matters! So good!
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