WWE released the outstanding two-disc documentary The Rise and Fall of ECW in November 2004. The doc looked at the life of the Philadelphia-based organisation, over three years after it had closed its doors and had been bought by WWE. The two and a half hour long feature looked at everything and was a major critical hit.
Fans raved about the doc, which was honest and open and featured interviews with many ECW personalities. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter awarded it the DVD Of The Year Award. Other reviews were similarly glowing. Importantly, the DVD was a commercial hit, too. At that point it was one of the biggest-selling WWE DVDs of all time, behind only WrestleMania 21.
The success of the DVD took many by surprise. It just kept growing and growing. Clearly there was still an audience for ECW. An audience that WWE could capitalise on.
Plans were made in early 2005 to stage a one night only ECW reunion show. Put together by Paul Heyman and Tommy Dreamer, the event did a massive $340,000 PPV buys. It was a home run all around. But not everything went to plan and not everybody was happy on the night.
Let's take a look at some backstage goings-on from the 2005 and 2006 ECW One Night Stand events.