Paul Heyman has called for the ECW audience to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame next year.
The former ECW booker made his case on Twitter, posting a brief tweet accompanied by the ECW crowd savaging WWE stalwart John Cena at One Night Stand 2006:-
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Though ECW had been dead for several years prior to ONS 2006, it was a cathartic night for fans of the Extreme promotion, as their own Rob Van Dam rose up to become WWE Champion by defeating Cena. Very much an interloper before the partisan Hammerstein Ballroom crowd, Stamford company man Cena was the perfect foil for RVD.
Its wild, passionate, and exceedingly loyal fanbase was one of ECW's hallmarks, and one of the things fans miss most about the cult promotion. Even to this day, the slightest whiff of ECW-adjacent nostalgia is likely to work certain demographics into a frenzy.
Heyman's ECW has been out of business since April 2001, folding under crippling financial problems. WWE purchased the company's assets, including its video library, in January 2003, and revived it as a brand in June 2006. This ran until February 2010.