Originally posted by Dave SchreerWWE has made the decision to bring back Extreme Championship Wrestling as a full time entity and has begun talking with former ECW talent about returning to work for the new version of the legendary promotion. As of right now, WWE is targeting a September return for the promotion. No decision has been made as to exactly how the company will be brought back yet. It's possible that it will take over the present OVW territory, that it will be a promotion that gets matches on the Raw and/or Smackdown promotions or possibly in some other manner. Sources have told us that Paul Heyman and Tommy Dreamer will be booking ECW when it starts up.
WWE has already contacted a number of ECW wrestlers and contracts will be sent out to them this week. The talents are being offered three year deals which consist of a series of one year contracts, with rollover clauses. A number of wrestlers have been contacts so far. We can confirm that WWE has talked with The Sandman, Francine and Balls Mahoney and will be sending contracts out to them this week.
We will have more information on this story later today or tomorrow.
While I'm excited at the possibility of this, I wonder how it will survive as a successful entity. And after all of the "old guard" have gone on & can no longer compete, are we to believe that, oh let's say Umaga for example only, is truly ECW?
I'm the first guy in line to bash Trips, but I think we're grabbing at straws now. WWE has all but erased that titles lineage back to WCW, so you can forget about it being the same title held by Arquette.