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 Posted: Mon Mar 16th, 2020 07:36 pm
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So in reading all the articles that Kriss sent me and doing my own research, it looks like the ECWA as we know it began in 1979-1980, mostly using gym mats and providing free entertainment for children, and the wrestlers barely qualify as more than children themselves. They also run fundraisers and claim that they have been generating $10,000 a year in donations in the mid-'80s, with the talent all working on a volunteer basis for free. Kettner doesn't get involved a few years later, some time before 1985. The ECWA name also develops in the early '80s at some point, but isn't there at the very beginning, although the talent is the same. Around 1992-93, the promotion starts charging a small fee, bringing in a few ex-WWF guys as attractions, and actually having real indy talent work alongside their mostly self-trained weekend warriors. Between 1985-1992, it's unclear how often they were running shows or if they took a hiatus, but prior to that it seems they were regularly doing something every 1-3 months.

Kettner than retro-fits his own personal experience with the ECWA to get these weird 1967 start date. That date is based on Kettner wrestling in his backyard as early as 11, and maybe running some small shows as a teen. But that is not connected to ECWA at all.

So you can make the case that ECWA is actually celebrating its 40th anniversary, which is impressive enough without the exaggerations. The lineage goes back to 1980, but ECWA as a legitimate company probably goes back less than 18 years.



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