ECCW began promoting its first shows in January 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 of 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, BC). The promotion would hold 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. 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 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, BC, 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. 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 "Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels, Nova (WWE's Simon Dean), 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.
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 abnormally high for an independent promotion, and given the time slot, it was one of the highest ranked wrestling shows outside of WWE and TNA. 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 cancelled 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.
During a training session in the fall of 2006 at ECCW's wrestling gym in Whalley, ECCW star Disco Fury suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon. The injury's severity was such that the tendon re-coiled half way up Fury's calf, requiring restorative surgery where 250 stitches inside and out were needed to re-connect the tendon tissue. Fury spent the remainder of 2006 out of action, and despite initial fears that he would never wrestle again due to his injury, he made a full recovery and returned to action in Surrey on May 4, 2007.
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 WWE and TNA, 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.
ECCW Pacific CupEdit
Since 2000, ECCW has held an annual tournament called the ECCW Pacific Cup, considered to be the Canadian equivalent of such American tournaments as the East Coast Wrestling Association's Super 8 Tournament. The first edition of the tournament took place on November 24, 2000 in New Westminster, with Asian Cougar defeating Havoc and Tony Kozina in the final. Beginning with the 2002 edition (it was not held in 2001), the event was moved closer to the start of the year, and alternated between Surrey and Vancouver in later years. As well, in 2004, ECCW held the first, and so far only, tag version of the Pacific Cup.
On day two of the 2005 Pacific Cup tournament, on April 23, 2005, Aaron Idol beat Puma and Bryan Danielson in a triple threat match in the finals of the Pacific Cup tournament that lasted 30 minutes. After the match, Danielson smashed the Pacific Cup trophy and claimed that ECCW was inferior to New Japan Pro Wrestling. Puma and Danielson then beat down Idol. Promoter Dave Republic then issued a challenge to New Japan, and gave Antonio Inoki 30 days to respond. Inoki did not reply and the challenge was then dropped as a result.
The 2006 edition of the tournament was also held to fill the vacant NWA Canadian Junior Heavyweight Championship, which Idol had given up in March that year to challenge for the NWA/ECCW Heavyweight title. Memphis Raines defeated Kyle O'Reilly in the championship final on June 23, 2006 in Surrey to win both the Pacific Cup and the NWA Canadian Junior title.
The 2007 Pacific Cup took place in Vancouver, BC, on June 16, 2007. Among the competitors who took part were Ring of Honor star Davey Richards, former NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion "Tornado" Tony Kozina, 2006 Pacific Cup winner Memphis Raines, NWA Canadian Junior Heavyweight Champion Ice, and Kyle O'Reilly. O'Reilly beat Kozina and Scotty Mac in a three-way tournament final to win the Pacific Cup. The event also featured a first-round match in the tournament to crown a new NWA World Heavyweight Champion, as former ROH World Champion "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson defeated top NWA contender "Bomber" Nelson Creed by submission.
- ECCW Pacific Cup winners
- 2000: Asian Cougar
- 2002: Black Dragon
- 2003: Scotty Mac
- 2004: Major Hardway
- 2005: Aaron Idol
- 2006: Memphis Raines
- 2007: Kyle O'Reilly
After years of doing the singles version of the ECCW Pacific Cup, ECCW added a tag team version of the wrestling tournament. To date there has only been one tag team version, held in 2004.
The 2004 Pacific Cup Tag Tournament was held over two days; May 7 in Vancouver and May 8 in New Westminster, British Columbia. It was a 12-team single-elimination tournament with a twist. After the first round, the six teams who lost their match came back to the ring. ECCW's Madison came to the ring and drew the names of two teams (which ended up being Models Inc. and The Heatseekers), and those two teams battled in a wildcard match. The winner of the wildcard match was given a bye to the semi-finals of the tournament.
- Insert Cool Name Here (Adam Firestorm & Tony Kozina)
- Models Inc. (MR2 & Memphis Raines)
- Oriental Tigers (Asian Cooger & Ueno Yukihide)
- The Heatseekers (Aaron Idol & Sweet Daddy Devastation)
- Double Platinum (Vance Nevada & Disco Fury)
- The Emergency Response Team (Vid Vain & R.A.G.E.)
- Explicit Content (Major Hardway & Dropkick Murphy)
- The Dark Horses (Cole Bishop & Dave Richards)
- The Ballard Brothers (Shane & Shannon Ballard)
- Club International (Skag Rollins & Seth Knight)
- Team MatRats (Scotty Mac & Jack Evans)
- Team All Star (Machette Singh & Fade)
Cool Name------| |Cool Name--| Models Inc.----| | |Oriental---| Oriental-------| | | |Oriental---| | Heatseekers----| | |Platinum---| Platinum-------| | | |Platinum---| | | E.R.T.---------| | | | |Platinum---| | E. Content-----| | | |Content----| | Dark Horses----| |Ballard Brothers | Ballards-------| | |Ballards---| | International--| | | |Ballards---| | MatRats--------| | | | |MatRats----| | | All Star-------| |Ballards---| | Heatseekers---| | |Heatseekers--------| Models Inc.---|
|NWA Canadian Heavyweight Championship||Scotty Mac||March 28 2008|
|NWA Canadian Junior Heavyweight Championship||Kyle O'Reilly||December 28 2007|
|NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship||Damian Styles & Drake Styles||November 30 2007|
|NWA Canadian Women's Championship||Vacant||June 6 2005|
|NWA/ECCW Heavyweight Championship||Scotty Mac||December 28 2007|
|NWA/ECCW Tag Team Championship||SuperFunk|
(Fast Freddy Funk & Volcano)
|February 2 2008|
|NWA SuperGirls Championship||Nicole "Nikki" Matthews||March 1 2008|
|ECCW Hardcore Championship||The Cremator||August 24 2007|
|ECCW Pacific Cup holder||Kyle O'Reilly||June 16 2007|
|NWA Vancouver Island Heavyweight Championship||Rockford 2000|
|NWA Top Ranked Television Championship||Vid Vain|
|NWA Pacific Northwest Junior Heavyweight Championship||Harv Sihra|
- Amazing Halo
- "Mr. Showtime" Chance Beckett
- Cole Bishop
- "Southern Comfort" Ray Brooks
- "Bomber" Nelson Creed
- Nasty Nate Daniels
- "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson
- Mikey D
- "Dastardly" Danni Deeds
- "Untouchable" Jamie Diaz
- Disco Fury
- El Phantasmo
- Fast Freddy Funk
- Aaron Idol
- Seth Knight
- Rebecca Knox
- Scotty Mac
- Moondog Manson
- Nicole Matthews
- Azeem "The Dream" Mohammed
- Johnny Obsession
- Kyle O'Reilly
- Todd Quality
- Memphis Raines
- Davey Richards
- DK Roc
- "Golden Lion" Gurv Sihra
- "Bollywood Don" Harv Sihra
- Kurt Sterling
- CJ Strongheart
- "Brilliant" Billy Suede
- "Mad Dog" Marty Sugar
- "Punk Rock Kid" Sid Sylum
- "Rocket" Randy Tyler
- Veronika Vice
- Tony Tisoy
- Asian Cooger
- The Ballard Brothers (Shane & Shannon Ballard)
- Brian Bedlam
- Machette Brown
- Cheerleader Melissa
- Black Dragon
- Matt Borne aka Doink The Clown
- "Loverboy" Johnny Canuck
- Steve Corino
- The Count
- Christopher Daniels
- Jack Evans
- Adam Firestorm
- Mr. Gillis
- Major Hardway
- The Honky Tonk Man
- "Tornado" Tony Kozina
- Penni Lane
- Dr. Luther
- Jim Neidhart
- Nattie Neidhart
- Steve Rizzono
- Skag Rollins
- "Ironman" Mike Roselli
- Tito Santana
- Gama Singh
- "Gorgeous" Michelle Starr
- Billy Two Eagles
- Vid Vain
- "Showtime" Eric Young
- Tommy Dreamer
- Rick "The Weapon" X
- ECCW.com- Official website of Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling
- SuperGirlsWrestling.com- Official website of SuperGirls Wrestling
- Solie.org ECCW title histories
- ECCW title histories at Wrestling-Titles.com