The WWE Network is a magical thing. For a young wrestling fan like me who's trying to learn more everyday, the WWE Network is such a valuable network! This week is ECW Week. Since I didn't really know anything about the original ECW, I decided to stay up and watch ECW Exposed after Raw last night. The live special was of course hosted by two legendary names, Paul Heyman and Joey Styles.
I didn't know much about Joey Styles, besides the fact that he's well-known in the world of WWE. I knew more about Paul Heyman due to his appearances on TV over the last couple years. I bought Heyman's DVD this summer and was blown away by what he has done for this business. Heyman did a lot of "evil" things to get what he wanted and I admire him for that. Heyman was the creative mastermind behind ECW. During the ECW Exposed special, Heyman and Styles talked about current WWE stars who could thrive and succeed if ECW was still here today. Brock Lesnar, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, and Dolph Ziggler were just a few names mentioned. That conversation inspired me to write about five modern day wrestlers who could thrive in ECW.
Without a doubt, Dean Ambrose could easily succeed in ECW. Before coming to FCW/WWE, Ambrose wrestled for CZW and other indie wrestling promotions where he was involved in hardcore matches. Ambrose is known as the Lunatic Fringe, so that's one indicator that Ambrose is all about being crazy. Dean's recent feud with Seth Rollins certainly brought out of his extreme side. Someone who wants to brawl on top on Hell in a Cell and go through tables or a pile of steel chairs is qualified to hang with the top dogs of ECW.
Sheamus has been known for being a brawler and wanting a fight. Being from Ireland, Sheamus is known as the Celtic Warrior. Sheamus debuted on TV in WWE ECW in 2009 and battled Goldust and Shelton Benjamin briefly before moving on to the main event scene where he won the WWE Championship twice. Sheamus has been in all sorts of brawls with Wade Barrett, Christian, Big Show, Alberto Del Rio, John Cena, and Daniel Bryan. Sheamus is a big guy who could certainly lay the smack down on any fighter who stepped in his way.
Cesaro was one name that Heyman mentioned during the ECW Exposed special. Cesaro has been known as King of Swing, the King of Extreme, and even "pound-for-pound the strongest man WWE has ever seen." Cesaro is so gifted in the ring, it's unbelievable. He's spent lots of time on the indie scene in a tag team or working alone as a singles competitor. We all know what Cesaro is capable of after his battles with John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus, and Kofi Kingston. Cesaro is just what ECW needed.
Luke Harper has been on the main roster for over a year now, but I feel like we have yet to see his best work. He's been stuck in The Wyatt Family, often teaming with Erick Rowan since their NXT days. Over time, Harper has shown us that he can do things big men his size normally can't do when he gets in the ring with the likes of The Shield, The Rhodes Brothers, The Usos, or even John Cena. Harper has that look that says he's ready for a brawl and will do whatever it takes to get what he wants.
Now I know that he's not from WWE, but this current TNA star is already on the verge of becoming the new king of hardcore. Bram used to a member of The Ascension in NXT under the name of Kenneth Cameron before he was released in 2012. Bram is currently tag team partners with former TNA World Champion Magnus. Bram recently beat hardcore wrestler Abyss in a Monster's Ball and Ladder Match involving lots of hardcore weapons. Bram certainly is fitting for the hardcore character and he would definitely thrive in ECW.
Who else would survive and thrive in a modern day ECW? Do you agree with Heyman's picks? (Lesnar, Punk, Bryan, and Ziggler) Do you agree with my picks? Sound off below in the comments or let me know on Twitter @cj_blaze24.