Hardcore History by Scott E. Williams
The Extremely Unauthorized Story of ECW (Second Edition)

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Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) was one extreme contradiction piled on top of another. It was an incredibly influential company in the world of professional wrestling during the 1990s, yet it was never profitable. It portrayed itself as the ultimate in anti-authority rebellion, but its leadership was working covertly with the two wrestling giants, the WWF and WCW. Most of all, it blurred the line between real life and the fantasy world of professional wrestling like no other company before it, and many of those who thought they were conning others ended up being victims of the ultimate con.

Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of ECW offers a frank, balanced look at the evolution of the company, starting even before its early days as a Philadelphia-area independent group called Eastern Championship Wrestling and extending past the death of Extreme Championship Wrestling in 2001. Writer Scott E. Williams has pored through records and conducted dozens of interviews with fans, company officials, business partners, and the wrestlers themselves to bring you the most balanced account possible of this bizarre company.
 

About Scott E. Williams

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Scott E. Williams is an award-winning wrestling columnist and criminal-justice reporter. In addition to authoring Hardcore History, Terry Funk: More Than Just Hardcore, and The Cowboy and the Cross: The Bill Watts Story, Williams has been a fan of professional wrestling for over twenty years. He now lives in Galveston, Texas. George Tahinos is one of the world's premier wrestling photographers and he has photographed almost every EWC event ever staged. He currently lives in New York City. Shane "The Franchise" Douglas began his professional wrestling career in 1982. In addition to his incredible success as a five-time World Champion wrestler, he also became the NWA World Heavyweight Champion in 1994. He currently lives in New Brighton, Pennsylvania.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Sports Publishing. 272 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, History. Non-fiction

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