WWE officially unveiled the WrestleMania 40 logo during the Extreme Rules premium live event and now WWE is discussing future plans for WWE’s biggest event of 2024.
The current working idea is to feature heavy ECW influence spread throughout the WrestleMania 40 weekend.
ECW was a hardcore wrestling promotion which there were virtually no rules. The role of referees only included counting pinfalls and acknowledging submissions, and upholding rope breaks. ECW was known for making popular several types of matches, including the 3-Way Dance, Barbed wire match, Flaming Tables match, Singapore Cane match among others.
In 1995, Tod Gordon sold ECW to his head booker, Paul Heyman and shows were broadcast on a Philadelphia local cable sports station (SportsChannel America’s local affiliate, SportsChannel Philadelphia) on Tuesday evenings. After Sports Channel Philadelphia went off the air in 1997, the show moved to WPPX-TV 61. It later moved to a former independent broadcast station (WGTW 48) in Philadelphia on either Friday or Saturday night at 1 or 2 a.m. Shows were also aired on the MSG Network in NYC on Friday nights (Early Saturday morning) at 2 a.m.
Philadelphia is the home of ECW and WWE wants to celebrate the history of the promotion at WrestleMania 40.
Paul Heyman is one of the first names being discussed to be inducted into the WWE 2024 Hall Of Fame and in front of a Philadelphia crowd would be a full circle moment.
WWE is also discussing for some notable ECW stars to be involved with WrestleMania 40 weekend with WrestleMania night 1 and 2 guest appearances, interviews and possible hosts.
As WWE moves forward with planning a spectacular WrestleMania week in Philadelphia it will be great to see the WWE Universe honoring ECW in their hometown. Stay tuned to SW for the latest updates.