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Publisher's Summary

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, at various points, working covertly with the two wrestling giants, the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling. Most of all, it blurred the line between real life and the fantasy world of professional wrestling like no other company before it - many of those who thought they were conning others ended up being victims of the ultimate con.

Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of the ECW offers a frank and balanced look at the evolution of the company, starting even before its early days as a Philadelphia-area independent group called Eastern Championship Wrestling in 1992 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 listeners the most thorough account possible of this bizarre company.

The book sets out to answer several questions: Did World Championship Wrestling really try to destroy ECW by draining off its talent? Was Vince McMahon secretly as a friend to ECW, as he has claimed? What really caused the death of ECW? Who lied to whom? Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of the ECW will address all of those mysteries and many more in a story that is sure to be extremely controversial for fans and critics of both the ECW and professional wrestling.

©2006, 2007, 2011 Scott E. Williams. Foreword copyright © 2006, 2007, 2011 Shane Douglas (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Get a narrator with product knowledge

What a great book on the history of ECW! it is well written and has tons of quotes and backstage stories. As good as the book is, the narrator ruins it. His voice is flat with little intonation. I can forgive that, but I can't forgive the mispronounced names throughout. He could have jumped on YouTube to hear the names, he could have asked the author, he could have done his homework. Instead, we are treated to Chris Benoyt (Benoit) and Tony Skee-ah-voon (Schiavone) He ruined the entire book.

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terrible reading

this guy made so many mistakes in his reading. it was comical how many names he got wrong and how many times a clearly different voice was reading the odd line.

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Hardcore Resurrected

Loved reliving the glory days of one of the most influential companies in wrestling history. ECW and it's impact could be seen while watching the Big 2 engage in the Monday Night Wars. The impact is still felt in arenas today. Only drawback to this book was the lax narration, compounded with the mispronunciation of wrestlers names throughout the book.

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Well written, good coverage

I believe at some point the author notes that he's a newspaper writer, or maybe I made that up, I really can't remember. However this book reads like it was written by a newspaper journalist - which isn't bad since the book is strong on substance and structure but that also means its not strong on narrative and 'heart'. By that I don't mean it's dry but it does feel fairly detached at times.

With that out of the way I enjoyed the book as a recap of the history of ECW. It seems well researched and moves at a good pace. I knew a good part of the general history but this book fills in a ton of details. If you have any interest in the subject you'll most likely enjoy the book.

The reader does a good job even if it is a pretty straight read.

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Real Hardcore History!

Me: *Sees Sabu On Cover*
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This title can be summed up in three words:
ECW! ECW! ECW!
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pretty good

pretty good overall look especially behind the scenes will make you hate Vince more for what he did to wwes version of ECW. dude has no clue.

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great listen

great listing I love history ,from all angles. wither permission or not ,gVe new found respect for Mr dangerously.

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Compelling story

It's a big nostalgia flashback for me from behind the scenes of a show I spent my college years watching. It's an engaging story written by someone who was clearly a fan and read by someone who clearly wasn't. The three pronunciations of Sytch and the reference to Hunter "Heart" Helmsley pulled me out of three moment ever so briefly. Still worth it.

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the actual story still in question

the actual story still in question in what happened during the rise and fall of ECW. as always it lies someplace in between

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Good story. Bad story teller

Good content and behind the scenes information from that time in wrestling.
The guy who reads the book misprounces names,spots etc etc
Its very distracting. He doesn't do anything to pull me in

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  • 03-20-17

spot on !

its addictive and extreamly satisfying (pun intended) am awating more like this on auidible they cant come fast enough.

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  • Andrew White
  • 08-03-21

Mispronunciation Central

It's really interesting but the wrestler name botches are really distracting and take you out of it

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  • Brian Guilfoyle
  • 09-05-21

Bad Narrator, Good Content

A good book, and great potted history of ECW but the narrator clearly has no idea how to pronounce some of the wrestlers names. Also, there are so many obvious post script addendums which are added in after the original recording, it's really a jarring listen at times.

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  • Dylan Keville
  • 08-03-21

Awesome

Ok narrator but the story does more than make up for that the history of ECW is awesome

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  • Megan
  • 05-01-21

Droll

Can’t even get into it because the narrator is so monotone. He’s the most boring sounding person I’ve ever heard

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  • Slug
  • 11-18-20

ECW ECW ECW ECW ECW ECW

If you love wrestling history and ecw then listen to this audio book. ECW ECW ECW ECW ECW ECW

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-19

dragged on a bit at the end

struggled a bit at the end a lot was covered in ECW forever Hardcore documentary but went a bit deeper in to it. did drag a bit

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  • Paul L.
  • 05-25-18

Excellent Book

The rise and unfortunately the fall of ECW. Told truthfully instead of McMahon version of history by the WWE

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  • Mr
  • 05-15-18

Great book about a short lived star of the biz.

I'm a casual rather than dedicated wrestling fan, and wasn't around for the ECW when it was on air. But I still thoroughly enjoyed this. William's has an obvious passion for the subject, has done his research, and manages to articulately convey the promotions history, why it was popular, and its context in the broader industry and cultural landscape. I particularly enjoyed the chapters concerning ECWs weird afterlife as part of Vince McMahon's empire, and his complex relationship with founder Paul Heyman.

It's a well-written history of the company, and a warm tribute to those who made it happen. It really conveys just how dedicated wrestlers have to be, (especially the a"hardcore" variety), and how difficult it is to consistently make money in the wrestling business.

The narrator is good too.

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  • miss Laura Z Burden
  • 09-06-18

just about able to listen too!

although it was packed with intresting information the audio was very poor, not to my taste!