Tod Gordon

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Tod Gordon (born June 19, 1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American businessman. Gordon is the president of Carver W. Reed Co. Inc, a Philadelphia jewelry store and loan office that was established in 1860. He is also the founder of defunct professional wrestling promotion Eastern Championship Wrestling (later Extreme Championship Wrestling).[1] He owned the promotion until it was sold to his head booker Paul Heyman in May 1995.[2]

Extreme Championship Wrestling[edit]

One of Gordon's most notable involvements within ECW (Eastern Championship Wrestling at the time) was a tournament branded under the NWA name and for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. After Shane Douglas defeated 2 Cold Scorpio to win the title, he was scripted by Gordon and Paul Heyman, who were trying to evolve into a separate company from NWA, to tell every person ever associated with the NWA to 'kiss my (Douglas') ass', throw the NWA title belt down, and personally declare himself as 'the new ECW World Heavyweight Champion'. Shortly afterward, it was confirmed that ECW was renamed to Extreme Championship Wrestling. Gordon would remain the figurehead commissioner of ECW until he left the company several years later.

Wrestling career following ECW[edit]

Gordon's Hardcore Hall of Fame banner in the former ECW Arena.

After ECW, Gordon booked Pro-Pain-Pro Wrestling and founded Xtreme Fight Club. Gordon was involved with Pro Wrestling Unplugged and on their September 20, 2006, second anniversary event, Gordon was announced as their new owner.

On April 19, 2008, Pro Wrestling Unplugged held a farewell show for Tod Gordon.

On February 10, 2010, Tod Gordon announced that he and Paul Heyman would be collaborating on a new project, with an announcement coming in 2011.

Tod Gordon returned to The Arena on July 10, 2010 to be a part of Acid-Fest as a tribute to Trent Acid.

On August 8, 2010, Gordon returned via satellite, to pay tribute to ECW on TNA's Hardcore Justice.

Personal life[edit]

Gordon has two daughters and a son, Alexandra, Rebecca, and Charlie Gordon. Tod has been married twice. He is currently single. He owns the Philadelphia pawnbroker shop Carver W. Reed. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania State Pawnbroker's Association. He is also a past president of The Variety Club, an international charity serving children with disabilities.

Accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scott E. Williams, Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of the ECW, 2006, p. 129
  2. ^ Williams, Hardcore History, p. 130