Please note, these TOP 25 are MY FAVORITES, and that I am not saying that these are the BEST or anything like that. My list is composed of the ECW entertainers that left a great after taste, waaaaay after ECW (the original) have been faded away. Some of them gave me matches that I will never forget, some of them made an impact to me being a fan for the ECW brand. Some of them, are part of MY FAVORITE WRESTLERS OF ALL TIME LIST. So, just go through the list & you will see why I picked the names that I picked. Leave me some of your favorites in the comment section below. I always love to know other people favorites! Enjoy!
Snow’s Top 25 Favorites from ECW
- Rob Van Dam
- Dudley Boyz (aka 3-D) D-Von Dudley / Bubba Ray Dudley
- Al Snow
- Bam Bam Bigelow
- Jerry Lynn
- The Gangstas (New Jack/Mustafa Saed)
- The Sandman
- Balls Mahoney
- Brian Pillman (aka Flyin Bryan)
- Cactus Jack (Mick Foley)
- Chris Benoit
- Dean Malenko & Eddie Guerrero
- Chris Jericho
- Hayabusa/Shinzaki (vs RVD/Sabu)
- Lance Storm
- Sid Vicious
- Masato Tanaka (vs Mike Awesome)
- Super Crazy
- Justin Credible
- Terry Funk
- Yoshihiro Tajiri
- Spike Dudley
- Mikey Whipwreck
25. Mikey Whipwreck
Now, Mikey is on here for one reason… This dude would kick your ass… and he does not even look like a wrestler. In ECW, he had a few memorable matches; one involves both Stone Cold Steve Austin & The Sandman. Mikey was always tough & always the underdog. He got heart. If no one else, he entertained my ass & I enjoyed every bit he gave. But seriously, Mikey can WRESTLE! They don’t call him the “Upset Kid” for no reason.
24. Spike Dudley
Spike, the little one of the Dudley Family, is also one of my favorites. Yes, I know, he is small. Yes, I know he got beat down by his brothers, the Dudley Boyz, however. Spike is known as the giant killer of ECW. Hell, he has put a few people the “Acid Drop.” HE was ECW’s small treasure & I am not afraid to say that if he isn’t on the show, I am somewhat disappointed.
Yoshihiro Tajiri, gave me a great fights, even at pay-per-views. I remember him and Super Crazy going at it all the time. Before he changed his appearance, I was already a fan of his from the first 2 minutes of the fight I saw of him in the ECW ring. Then, what I like to call, Dark Tajiri, the facial hair, new hair cut (or lack), and the long dark pants… He meant business. Trust me, look him up!
22. Terry Funk
Much respect to this man right here. When ever I see him laced up & ready to fight, I hear Danny Glover’s famous line “I’m getting to old for this shit.” LOL. He brings it. Watch any ECW promo, barbwires, chairs & more. Outside of ECW, he is a legend, so when I first seen him on the program, I was like WTF is he doing here? Then I saw him do someone dirty in the ring and was like… “Oh Damn!” Then my aunt plucked me in my mouth. Yes, there was blood.
21. Justin Credible
First off, the name is DOPE! Just-In-Credible. Was he “Incredible” like the name, no, not really, was he bad, hell no. He is a favorite of mines for a reason. I feel like his persona could have been in the “big leagues.” He was athletic, he had moves, overall, I feel like he had the pending “it” factor that takes a wrestler a while to get, like Stunning Steve Austin. You see how he evolved into Stone Cold? Yes, that was awesome. I always felt that Justin would be big if he went commercial; I don’t know if he would’ve been top tier big, but maybe a contender for the Intercontinental /US Championship.
20. Super Crazy
Growing up, I realize that you need people to sell other fighters. Sometimes, the best in the business can do this by losing matches in a way where the crowd feels satisfied & connected in all aspects. Super Crazy may not have been able to do this in all areas, but in the “Cruiser Weights” matches he has had, he definitely holds his own. Entertaining during the fight, his persona, I don’t really care for. But you see he made my list. I believe his fights with Tajiri may have made me like Tajiri more than any other factor.
19. Sid Vicious
Flipping through late night, I came across MSG (in NYC this is the channel that showed us ECW), I saw the iconic view of Sid Vicious, whom I had known as Sid Justice/Sycho Sid in another organization. I was a fan… now he was evil in an Extreme environment that I love. Love it more. He destroyed Kronus, if I am not mistaken. Wish he could’ve stayed longer. He made my list because of his impact, though short, I believed it helped my ECW life span.
18. Masato Tanaka & Mike Awesome
Tanaka had a good run as well. Tanaka & Mike Awesome had a great feud going on. I will never forget those matches. I barely remember Tanaka/Awesome having great matches with anyone else… that is why I have them here together. One memorable thing I remember, besides Mike’s power bombs on Tanaka, is this dude getting hit in the head with a chair & basically powering up, this also meant no suplex-moves could work… lol. It was silly, I know, but it was different. Yes, I know, Awesome fought Taz… but really son? Really?
17. Lance Storm
You know what? Lance Storm was a great fighter in my eyes. He deserved a lot of big opportunities that he ended up getting in the WCW, which they downsized him in WWF/WWE to be a jobber & a joke. Though, he did win the Intercontinental Championship. Any way. I always felt that Lance had a great persona & move-set to be a big player in ECW. Shout out to him & Chris Candido (R.I.P.). I later learned that Chris Jericho & Lance Storm, graduated together from Stu’s Dungeon.
16. Hayabusa/Shinzaki (vs RVD/Sabu)
This was a dynamic tag team squad in an epic fight with RVD & Sabu. But, if I can get serious for a minute (ha ha ha), don’t Hayabusa & Shinzaki look like they would be dope villains in G.I. Joe & would then be dope action-figures? No? Damn, it’s just me. Okay, so H&S fight RVD/Sabu a few times on ECW, to be honest, they didn’t need to fight anyone else. I remember watching a pay-per-view, I believe Heatwave, and these dudes fought for almost a half hour… and I was NOT PISSED. I mean H&S was ruthless & their style of wrestling is very entertaining to me. Before ECW, I only knew Hayabusa & Shinzaki due to game WCW vs nWo: World Tour. You might be like… “Snow, they were not in the fucking game?” and I’m like “Yuh Huh! They were! Hannibal & Shaolin, Look it up!” So when I saw him in real time, I was like, Holy Shit! Holy Shit! Holy Shit! ECW! ECW! ECW! You get the idea.
15. Chris Jericho
The Lion Heart Chris Jericho. Now I have always been a fan of Chris. By the time he hit my radar, he was already on WCW. Then I had the chance to see his time with ECW that lead to his WCW deal. He won the TV-belt during his ECW time and wrestled four of my favorite ECW wrestlers; Taz, Sabu, RVD & Cactus Jack. Those weren’t the only ones; he also faced 2 Cold Scorpio and Shane Douglas. Chris Jericho had that “IT” factor, I only wished he stayed a little longer to be worked in different angles, but lucky him.
14. Eddie Guerrero & Dean Malenko
Let me start by saying “Rest in Peace” to the legend Eddie Guerrero, one of my favorite wrestlers. In his ECW time frame, this guy was very impressive to me. His single matches against Dean Malenko are some of my most memorable matches’ period. With no prior knowledge of him, I had to judge by the eye, not by the hype. I was impressed with the way he carried the match & sold the story in the ring. He gave it his all, plus, when he messed up, he could sell it too.
Dean Malenko, the man known as “Man of a Thousand Holds,” and “The Shooter,” is another favorite of mines. In his ECW bouts with Eddie Guerrero, I learned a lot by watching these two be technical & direct with out the theatrics. They were high-flyers too, but they were also electric in the ring. To me, they were more entertaining that a lot of wrestling matches I have ever watched. He’s one of my favorites because he took care of business & don’t flap his mouth. Like an assassin, but as a hero.
I have them listed together because most of their fights were with each other.
13. Chris Benoit
When I saw Chris Benoit in ECW, he just had this look on him in the ring. Chris was intense, small, and very raw inside the ring. When he had came to ECW, I had no clue that he was in WCW already, when he left to join the WCW Cruiser Weight Era, I knew he’d be a monster there. In ECW, he had Heavy Weight Champion appeal. I mean, he would throw a chop the chest that reminds me of a “sonic boom” from Guile. When he kicked, it was like his entire body went into it. His suplex energy was awesome. I couldn’t get enough of “the crippler.” When he broke Sabu’s neck, I was like, “Damn, this dude is dangerous in the ring… I cannot wait till he fights more people.” Just to see how he would do them. One of my favorite wrestlers, that’s for sure. So sad about how his life ended. Rest in Peace to the Benoit family, no one deserved that ending.
12. Cactus Jack
Say what you want… Cactus Jack has been around the world. I was a fan of his by watching an ECW Promotional spot on MSG. He was hardcore by the word. Barbwires, check. Tables, check. Garbage cans, check… Misc, check! He had a following before, but I only heard whispers of him. When he left ECW, I followed his career. In ECW, this guy is blood, sweat, & tears entertainment. One of my favorite moments with him is the barbwire match vs the Sandman & the fire match.
11. Brian Pillman
Yes, he was better known to the wrestling world as Flyin’ Brian. Though he never actually wrestled in the ECW, I just had to add him to my list. The biggest reason for adding Brian is because when he came in with his promo, it was one of the most memorable ones ever in the history of ECW. The angle would have put him in the ring with Shane “The Franchise” Douglas for a heavy-weight title match from the start. The way he came into ECW was just awesome. Brian cursed out Eric Bischoff after being fired from WCW. Then, Brian had a few possible directions he could go in the ECW arena while using the “loose cannon” push. Sadly for ECW fans, he got called into WWF. Unfortunately, Brian Pillman died while he was signed with the WWF. It was a sad time, everyone know that Brian was about to turn it up a few notch. Rest In Peace Brian Pillman.
10. Balls Mahoney
Balls! Balls! Balls! Balls! Balls! Balls! Okay, enough of that. Mahoney is like a hero to the ECW audience. He is usually the one fighting the evil guys or siding with the good guys. Mahoney keeps a chair with him at all times, and it is bound to go right up side some ones head with out hesitation. The crowd loves him, I love seeing out there. So I have to say that I am a fan. He makes my list.
9. The Sandman
This guy here, The Sandman, beer-drinking, inside the building-smoking, kindle-kane-swinging, curse you out on a Sunday, wired-2-by-4 toting, tough S.O.B. in the ECW roster. I don’t even know if that last sentence was grammatically worth it, but I don’t care because it’s the Sandman. When I first started watching ECW, he was definitely one of my favorite characters right off the back. In your face attitude & showed love to the crowd. Sometimes, I like to think that the Stone Cold character, might have had some connection with the Sandman, but that is only me saying that. Please note, I make that assumption because they kick ass, cause havoc & drink beer. Other than that, they are both unique. The Sandman has been involved in many matches & memorable ones too. He’s done it all. He makes my list.
8. The Gangstas
Oh, Yes! The Gangstas; New Jack & Mustafa Saed are one of my favorite tag teams of all time, any stable. Now, it is not because they held any belts or anything. Simply because when you hear The Gangstas entrance music, you know someone was about to get “Fuuuuucked, Uuuup!” (Bernie Mac voice). The Gangstas used the song Natural Born Killaz by Dre. Dre & Ice Cube, EPIC. Some of the promos that ECW had on heavy rotation involve The Gangstas doing some crazy stunt. One iconic one is New Jack fighting on top of a pyramid of tables… Look that UP!
7. Jerry Lynn
Now, I have to add Jerry Lynn to this roster. He had a series of fights with Rob Van Dam & I was entertained. This guy can wrestle. He had the look, physique and the moves. I think any big ticket call would have been good for this guy because of his technical skills. As far as promo’s, I cannot really say. I wanted Jerry Lynn to be another ECW big name & I think he did before the destruction of ECW. His matches always left me satisfied.
6. Bam Bam Bigelow
The Beast of the East: Bam Bam Bigelow was my favorite wrestler in other organizations. So naturally, when he disappeared, I was pissed. Then one late night, channel surfing, I came across MSG & saw him throwing fiery haymakers, I was like “oh shit!” Some, Bam Bam is a monster. I love his energy & he makes an impact. I believe he was the first wrestler I saw to ever to the flying head-butt, I remember saying “That’s a big mother-fucker to be doing that… That must really hurt!” I will continue to miss Bam Bam. RIP Bam Bam Bigelow.
5. Al Snow
I will keep this one short and easy. I loved the bit he had about “head” and all that, but I seriously think this dude can wrestle. He didn’t have a great career post-ECW, but he was a big dawg in ECW. Might be under rated to a lot of majors, but I think he performed well in the ring. Sometimes, I believe that “head” persona may have killed his potential big gains.
“Survive if I let you” that is all I really have to say. If you are a fan of wrestling, then you know what that is about. Taz was a favorite of mines because he was like a short man in a big man body. He fought big, I mean he suplexed, power bombed, etc like a big man. Not to mention, this is the same dude that Suplexed Bam Bam bigelow over the guard rail into the crowd. Also, the creator of the FTW Belt (loved that), Taz was always a heavy card in the ECW arena. This dude was about business & he didn’t hesitate to enforce it day in and out. Taz is a big favorite of mines. Sorry he didn’t get the big call push he could’ve had with the WWF. Plague by a neck injury & some politics, kept him from being a WWF great. I mean we all wanted to be a WWF Heavy Weight Champion.
You have got to be crazy if you cannot legally wrestle in more states than you can tour. Sabu was dangerously entertaining. I never felt like he would back down from any one. The only time I ever seen Sabu in an ill state was when Chris Benoit dropped him on his neck. In some way, I thought he was going to get up and just wrestle, because we’ve seen Sabu go through visually worse. That incident let me know he was still a human. Sabu has had many epic fights. He was in barbwires, tables, ladders and so many more with so many of the best of ECW. He’s been a tag team champion with RVD, fought RVD and had great matches with Taz & so many others. Sabu is the kind of fighter where you were not sure if he was on your team. Does any one else besides me remember Sabu being escorted out like a dog by 911? LOL.
2. Dudley Boyz
The brothers D-Von & Bubba Ray Dudley, better known to the commercial world as 3-D, were with out a doubt a reason to watch ECW by themselves. These guys entertained non stop action with them around. I mean you can’t call them bad guys, nor good guys, but you know they come to whoop some ass. Their finishing move, in my opinion, is the best tag team finishing move ever. What move, the 3-D. YouTube it! Okay, that was rude, but it’s lame for you to not watch it. In the event that you can’t look for it, think the flap jack, topped off with the diamond cutter. Yes. I know, the Steiner brothers move is dope too. The Dudley Boyz brought extreme to a new level when they fought, right along with the rest of the ECW roster. But these guys made it look so good that other promo’s wanted it.
1. Rob Van Dam
Wait, RVD is my favorite out of all these guys? Uh, yes! The Whole F’n Show! Mr. Monday Rob Van Dam! He goes by RVD for short. I mean look at this guy. When I first seen him, I thought to myself, damn he reminds me of Shawn Michaels, the HBK. Then, I saw this guy, RVD wrestle. Oh hell no! Rob Van Dam was amazing. He was in a weird place to me. He had the charisma and body of a heavy weight, but this dude flew around the ring like a cruiser weight. When he fought, he carried matches, even when he was losing. He sold you the fight either way. In many ways, he was a great champion. Not to mention, he held the TV-belt for like a year. He made some stars in the process. I always wondered why he did not make it to the big screen. By the time he made it to the big league, it was a bad time. You take all the tiers from 2 other organizations and mash them with the already existing roster; of course people were going to get phased out. RVD was one of them. I can go on all day about RVD, but the purpose of this is to be short. If you have never seen him wrestle, I would say look for him vs Bam Bam Bigelow, or vs Sabu, or vs Jerry Lynn. You cannot go wrong.
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