Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling

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Elite Canadian Championship
Wrestling
Acronym ECCW
Founded 1996
Style American Wrestling
Headquarters Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Founder(s) Dave Republic
Owner(s) ECCW Entertainment, Ltd.
Formerly Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling
Merged with Top Ranked Wrestling

Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (ECCW) (formerly known as NWA / Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling) is a Western Canadian-based professional wrestling promotion, operating as a member of the National Wrestling Alliance. It was the focus of the 2010 documentary This Wrestling Life, and was used as the scene for the independent movie Kayfabe.

History[edit]

Beginning[edit]

Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling (ECCW) began promoting its first shows in May 1996 under the ownership of veteran wrestler/promoter "Gorgeous" Michelle Starr, with assistance from Terry Joe Silverspoon. The promotion initially operated solely on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, running shows in towns such as Port Alberni, Nanaimo, and Campbell River. The first ECCW Heavyweight champion was The Bodyguard. The title changed hands to "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka and John Rambo, before settling for longer periods of time with Michelle Starr and Mike Roselli.

In September 1996, ECCW moved its home base to New Westminster, British Columbia in order to more directly compete with rival International Championship Wrestling (based in Cloverdale, British Columbia). The promotion held its main house shows at the Eagles Hall (the former Columbia Theatre, now the Burr Theatre). In late 1996, full control of ECCW was given to Silverspoon, who continued to operate out of New Westminster until Michelle Starr returned to Canada approximately six months later.

Joining the NWA[edit]

In late 1997, Dave Republic assumed controlling interest of the promotion and announced that it had become a member of the National Wrestling Alliance, operating under the NWA Pacific Northwest banner. This change resulted in a separation of the talent, with half the roster aligning itself with Republic and the NWA, and the other half with Starr, thumbing their collective noses at the more traditional wrestling mindset the NWA adopted at the time.

It was during this time that the company adopted a rigorous touring schedule, often running up to 15 shows a month across British Columbia. Playing in towns of all sizes in the province, many of these touring shows were fundraisers for various schools or charities. A collection of one of these tours, The Northern Hell Tour, was made available as a multiple volume set of VHS video cassettes. The company also began running an annual summertime event at the North Surrey Rec Centre in Surrey, British Columbia, the first of which saw then-NWA World Heavyweight Champion Dan Severn defeat "Ironman" Mike Roselli in the main event. During this period of the company's history, they heavily relied on rabid fans and a blend of hardcore-style veterans such as Billy Two Eagles and "Maniac" Matt Borne, young up-and-comers such as Tony Kozina, El Antorcha, Strife, and Chance Beckett, and wrestling purists such as "Rocket" Randy Tyler and Doby Gillis. Other talent used during this period included Louie Spicolli, Tommy Rogers, and Dan Severn as touring NWA World Heavyweight Champion. Owing to the promotion's very name, which was a means to ride on the success Extreme Championship Wrestling was having across the Northeastern United States, it was not rare to see chairs, tables, and barbed wire at ECCW events.

In 2000, with their main building having been sold to the Raymond Burr Society, ECCW relocated its main monthly shows to Surrey, BC's Bridgeview Hall. To this day, it splits its main shows between Surrey and the Russian Community Centre in Vancouver, BC. During this period, ECCW brought in such outside stars as Christopher Daniels, Nova, Steve Corino, Sabu, and Tommy Dreamer. They also expanded into Washington State, occasionally running simultaneous shows in the U.S. and Canada with separate crews of wrestlers. It was around this time that ECCW entered into a working relationship with the IWA Japan organization, exchanging talent. IWA wrestlers Leatherface, Freddie Kruger and Jason the Terrible would often appear for ECCW, as well as IWA freelancer Asian Cougar, while Michelle Starr, Juggernaut, Disco Fury, and Buffy appeared in Japan for IWA.

Expansion[edit]

On December 8, 2005, ECCW announced that they had purchased independent group Top Ranked Wrestling (TRW), which had a program on KVOS (Channel 23 in Vancouver) on Saturday afternoons. ECCW's take over of the Top Ranked Wrestling program (renamed NWA Top Ranked Wrestling or NWA-TRW following the purchase) took effect on January 7, 2006, in time for the promotion's tenth anniversary celebrations. However, the first TV tapings under ECCW ownership took place at its "Season's Beatings" event on December 23, 2005. TRW star Vid Vain, who was the promotion's heavyweight champion at the time of the ECCW purchase, then joined ECCW, and his title was renamed by the company as the TRW Television Championship; that title was rarely defended on NWA-TRW, however, and the belt was shelved after a brief run. Also during the run of NWA-TRW, ECCW's top two championships, the NWA/ECCW Pacific Northwest Heavyweight and Tag Team titles, began to be referred to on the TV program as the NWA Top Ranked Heavyweight and NWA Top Ranked Tag Team Championships, respectively, although the titles otherwise retained their official names in promotional material.

ECCW later announced that NWA-TRW had been picked up for a second season. ECCW constantly had a rating of around .3, which is high for an independent promotion, and given the time slot, it was one of the highest ranked wrestling shows outside of World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Originally a one-hour show, NWA-TRW was cut to a 30-minute program in the spring of 2006. Despite being picked up for a second season, NWA-TRW aired its last episode on November 4, 2006. It is unknown whether the show was canceled by KVOS or by ECCW. Mauro Ranallo, who got his start on-camera with All Star Wrestling's CHAN-TV program in the late-1980s, was the original host of the program (starting with the then-independent TRW), with heel commentary provided by The Count and later Ladies' Choice (and occasionally Vance Nevada); after Ranallo left, ECCW ring announcer Scotty Sweatervest became the new TV host and held that job until NWA-TRW ended its run.

Following the cancellation of NWA-TRW, former color commentator Ladies' Choice was named as the new General Manager of ECCW on December 16, 2006 in Vancouver. Not surprisingly, following the lead of previous heel authority figures in major promotions like World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, LC has shown blatant favoritism toward heel wrestlers and abused the power of his office, in particular actively attempting to protect the title reign of NWA/ECCW Champion Randy Tyler (who had held the title since January 27, 2006, when he was awarded the belt without wrestling for it, after tricking Sweet Daddy Devastation into signing a contract giving the championship to Tyler if SDD defeated then-champion Juggernaut) from the challenges of popular contenders like Aaron Idol by doing all in his power to prevent those contenders from receiving title shots. LC's luck in keeping the championship on Tyler finally ran out on June 22, 2007 when Idol defeated Tyler in a steel cage match in Surrey to win the title, thanks in part to the involvement of the returning Sweet Daddy Devastation, who slammed the cage door into the escaping Tyler as payback for Tyler's duplicity. Not long after Idol's title win, Ladies' Choice resigned as General Manager and left ECCW.

Change in ownership[edit]

In 2010, Republic decided to focus on outside interests and sold the company to Scotty Mac, Mary Diaz, and The Natural who formed the company ECCW Entertainment, Ltd.. From November 2010 till April 2012, Michael Sweetser took the role as owner in a storyline as part of "The Administration" with Scotty Mac, but he was not an actual owner of the company.

Renaming[edit]

On January 7, 2012, Scotty Mac and Michael Sweetser announced that ECCW had been renamed to Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling, and unveiled a new ECCW championship belt. The belt is similar in design to the vanity "Elite championship" used by the Elite faction in DOA Pro Wrestling in Portland in 2011, of which Sweetser was also a member. The new ECCW logo is a modified version of the Elite logo. The previously used NWA/ECCW heavyweight championship belt was symbolically dropped into a trashcan, signifying the end of the "Extreme" era.

International Success[edit]

Many of Western Canada's brightest and best young talents have either started with ECCW, or used the promotion as a proving ground to build on their own skills and abilities. Harry Smith (2006, 2014), Tyson Kidd, (2005, 2006), Natalya (2005, 2006), & Becky Lynch (2005-2006) spent time with ECCW before eventually signing on with the WWE, as did Tyler Breeze (as Mattias Wilde, 2009-2010) and Emma (Tenille Tayla, 2009-2011), with Natalya briefly holding the SuperGirls championship (now the ECCW Women's Championship) and Tayla holding the belt on two occasions. Former NXT Womens Champion Bayley appeared in ECCW in 2012 as "Davina Rose", losing to then-ECCW Womens Champion KC Spinelli. Nicole Matthews is a former SHIMMER Champion, and is regarded as a star on the North American independent wrestling scene. Tenille Tayla and KC Spinelli were featured on the wrestling-based World of Hurt television show's first season, with KC Spinelli, Bishop, Nick Price, "Ravenous" Randy Myers, and Sammy Hall being featured in the second season. KC Spinelli and Veronika Vice appeared on the Wipeout Canada game show. Kyle O'Reilly appeared in the 2010 edition of the CHIKARA Young Lions Cup before signing a contract with Ring of Honor. He now wrestles exclusively for New Japan Pro Wrestling and ROH.

Throughout 2014-2015, Nick Price, The American Gunz, Kenny Lush, and referee Scooter Q. Hanson all appeared on West Coast Wrestling Connection television airing in Oregon, and Paragon Pro Wrestling airing nationally across the United States and Canada. The Bollywood Boyz defeated Reno Scum in the finals of the GFW Tag Team Championship tournament on October 23, 2015, held in Las Vegas, to become the first GFW Tag Team Champions. As of writing (June 2016) they remain champions.

In 2015, Scotty Mac, KC Spinelli, Drexl, and Jason Sullivan were regarded as some of the founding members and stars of the first season of Luchando, filmed and aired in Paraguay. Also in 2015, Kenny Lush competed for Irish Whip Wrestling in Dublin, Ireland, while ECCW Womens Champion Cat Power defended (and eventually lost) her championship in Japan to Syuri, which she regained in February 2016 during another tour.

In June 2016 WWE.com listed Harv and Gurv Sihra as participants in the Cruiserweight Classic tournament that summer. In the same month Chelsea Greene of Tough Enough fame announced she had signed with Impact Wrestling.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Championship Champion Previous Date won Days Location
ECCW Championship El Phantasmo Scotty Mac January 16, 2016 254+ Vancouver, British Columbia
ECCW Tag Team Championship The Good Brothers (Nick Pesky & Mike Everett) Nelson Creed & Alex Plexis May 14, 2016 135+ Vancouver, British Columbia
ECCW Women's Championship Cat Power Syuri February 28, 2016 211+ Tokyo, Japan
NWA Canadian Heavyweight Championship Mike Santiago Ethan HD July 16, 2016 72+ Vancouver, British Columbia
Pacific Cup Champion Ethan HD Alex Plexis March 12, 2016 Vancouver, British Columbia

Defunct[edit]

Championship Final champion
NWA Top Ranked Television Championship Vid Vain
NWA Canadian Junior Heavyweight Championship Nick Price
NWA Pacific Northwest Junior Heavyweight Championship Harv Sihra
ECCW Jobber Championship Danni Deeds
ECCW "Classic Tag Team Championships" The Greedfather & Red Dinero

Roster[edit]

Male wrestlers[edit]

  • Alex Plexis
  • Andy "the Dreadful" Bird
  • Artemis Spencer
  • Bishop
  • Carl "The Catch" Cunningham
  • Daniel Adonis
  • Don Hellion
  • El Phantasmo
  • Ethan HD
  • Gurv Sihra
  • Harv Sihra
  • Jack Cunningham
  • Jamie Diaz
  • Jordie Taylor
  • J_SIN Sullivan
  • Kenny Lush
  • Kingpin Flynn
  • King Khash
  • King of the Yukon
  • Ladies Choice
  • Lucky Strike Flynn
  • Mike Santiago
  • Nelson Creed
  • Outlaw Vegas Ricter
  • Pete Powers
  • "Ravenous" Randy Myers
  • Scotty Mac
  • Sid Sylum
  • Tony Baroni
  • Xavier Galaxy

SuperGirls[edit]

Tag Teams[edit]

  • The Bollywood Boyz (Gurv and Harv Sihra)
  • Amerikan Gunz (Mike Santiago and Ethan HD
  • The Vörös Twins (Chris and Patrick Vörös)
  • The Cunninghams (Jack Cunningham and Carl Cunningham)
  • The Wisemen (Tony Baroni and Billy Suede)
  • The West Coast Express (Alex Plexis and Nelson Creed)
  • Air Yukon (King of the Yukon and Air Adonis)
  • The Bowlers (Kingpin and Lucky Strike)
  • Kings of the Galaxy (King Khash and Xavier Galaxy)

Stables[edit]

House Of Hell[edit]

  • Rigor Von Slasher
  • Lak Siddartha
  • Hellion
  • "Dastardly" Danni Deeds
  • J-SIN Sullivan

DTA[edit]

  • Jordie "The Greedfather" Taylor
  • Daniel Adonis
  • Uncky Synn

The Amerikan Gunz[edit]

G.O.D.S[edit]

  • Bishop
  • Sid Sylum
  • The Natural
  • Mandy

The RIOT[edit]

  • Andy the Dreadful Bird
  • Nicole Matthews
  • Ravenous Randy

Referees[edit]

  • Scooter Q. Hanson
  • Mitch N. Impossible
  • Jeff the Ref

((Inactive))

  • Robert Mitchell
  • Bill Taylor
  • "Insane" Bill Coltrane
  • Beautiful Bruce
  • Steven Smirfitt
  • Tyler Terrance
  • X

Ring announcers[edit]

  • Mr. Xavier
  • Scotty Sweatervest
  • Patrick McClorey

((Inactive))

  • Tyler Terrance

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Mother Diaz
  • Archie Henderson
  • Paige O'Connell
  • Vince Havok

((Alumuni))

  • Tom P

Alumni[edit]

Male wrestlers[edit]

SuperGirls[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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