Guest Nemesis Enforcer Posted May 10, 2006 Share Posted May 10, 2006 - Credit: WrestlingObserver.com Newsletter With the exception of Rob Van Dam as the posterboy of the new ECW promotion, who is on a downside guarantee right now of about $250,000, pretty much the entire talent roster for the new ECW is being signed to standard entry level roster contracts, which consists of a $75,000 downside guarantee. The contracts are structured for one year, with WWE having the option to extend them for two and three years. However, WWE also has the right to cut the talent on 90 day cycles if the ECW project is dropped. Despite conflicting reports, Sabu was offered the standard $75,000 downside guarantee one-year deal that all new talent for the ECW project were offered. TNA came very close to matching the offer, and if accepted Sabu would have been cleared to work Japan and other indies to add to his total income, but with the ECW project he has the potential to make more in general if the company succeeds, and would take in income from a variety of other outlets - most notably merchandising. - Credit: WrestlingObserver.com Newsletter The only two matches confirmed for the ECW One Night Stand PPV on 6/11 are Rob Van Dam vs. John Cena for the WWE title, and Dean Malenko vs. Chris Benoit as another Eddie Guerrero tribute. Both Benoit and Malenko personally asked to do the match on that show. As things stand now neither Benoit or Malenko are going to be involved with the ECW promotion after the One Night Stand show. The first ECW house show will be on 6/24 at the New Alhambra Arena, which of course is the old “ECW Arena.” That show will be two weeks after racing star Hermie Sadler promotes a TNA Wrestling show in the same building. The ECW house show will be one of five wrestling events in that area in the month of June as CZW runs on 6/10, CHIKARA Pro runs on 6/25, and Pro Wrestling Unplugged runs on 6/23. - Credit: WrestlingObserver.com Newsletter The past week has seen a lot of decisions made and attention focused on the ECW project. According to many, this is Vince McMahon’s new “pet project”, which is good for ECW fans as anything McMahon is heavily behind is something he will stop at nothing to get over. The general thought regarding the longevity of the ECW brand as a full-time returning entity is that it will start out hot due to the name value, but due to x-factors like the questionable roster, taping schedule and lack of TV, and general structure it will burn out fast. ECW will be launched as a seperate brand on 6/7 during a special live broadcast on the USA Network. The show will be held in Dayton, Ohio that night from 9-11PM, and will be billed as “ECW vs. RAW vs. SmackDown!” as the feeling is Vince McMahon isn’t confident “ECW” can draw good ratings on its’ own, but that the addition of RAW and SmackDown! “superstars” on an ECW special show will make it seem special enough to draw a good number on an unfamiliar night. The show is designed to set a few angles up for the One Night Stand PPV airing on 6/11, that weekend. - The PWTorch Newsletter reports that ECW will have their own marketing and production teams assembled to handle ECW-specific operations. All bookings however will be approved by WWE management before anything is final. Despite being under the WWE umbrella, Heyman is expected to be given quite a big of freedom, aside from some pre-set guidelines about the general tone of the shows. There you go as much ECW info as I can find right now, take from it what you will and hope you enjoy reading it all :P ps. I will add to this thread with any new info that come sup rarther then keep doing more and more ECW threads so watch out for it :) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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