WWE Hall of Famer Rob Van Dam shares Vince McMahon’s initial reaction to bringing ECW back as a brand in 2006.
Following the success of ‘The Rise and Fall of ECW’ DVD and ECW One Night Stand 2005, ECW was relaunched as a one-hour show on Tuesday nights in 2006.
talking to wrestling news, RVD said he felt McMahon brought back ECW to tarnish the legacy of Extreme Promotions.
“At the time, I really looked at it defensively from ECW. You know, I thought he was making fun of ECW. I thought maybe he brought ECW back just to ruin it because he didn’t like the fans chanting EC Dub. He took credit for it, so he took out ECW DVDs and trained him to sing EC dubs during shows.
“Then I was like, ‘Wow, man, this guy is crazy.’ Maybe he brought it back to completely remove the extreme theme from it, and they completely removed the extreme theme from it.”
WWE’s ECW would greatly reduce the level of violence fans had become accustomed to on the original show, and WWE’s ECW ended in February 2010.
RVD was the first ECW Champion of the WWE Era but lost the title a few weeks later, after being arrested by the police for speeding and possession of marijuana.