ECW original the Sandman by Rob Schamberger: November 8, 2012
Rob Schamberger really has been on a roll with his wrestling champions project. Here’s former ECW Champion the Sandman, not Hardcore Hak. This is acrylic on 24” x 24” wood.
I’ll be posting more of Schamberger’s work here.

ECW original the Sandman by Rob Schamberger: November 8, 2012

Rob Schamberger really has been on a roll with his wrestling champions project. Here’s former ECW Champion the Sandman, not Hardcore Hak. This is acrylic on 24” x 24” wood.

I’ll be posting more of Schamberger’s work here.

Brad Armstrong dead at age 51: November 1, 2012
WWE.com reported the former WCW wrestler’s death earlier today. Here’s WWE’s report:
"WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of Brad Armstrong, 51, one of four sons of ‘Bullet’ Bob Armstrong. Brad Armstrong last participated in the ring for the ECW brand in 2006. WWE understands that Brad saw his physician last week for a medical issue and was found unresponsive this morning. WWE extends its sincerest condolences to the entire Armstrong family."
Armstrong was a good worker but never had star charisma. WCW put him under masks several times but those characters also never got over.

Brad Armstrong dead at age 51: November 1, 2012

WWE.com reported the former WCW wrestler’s death earlier today. Here’s WWE’s report:

"WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of Brad Armstrong, 51, one of four sons of ‘Bullet’ Bob Armstrong. Brad Armstrong last participated in the ring for the ECW brand in 2006. WWE understands that Brad saw his physician last week for a medical issue and was found unresponsive this morning. WWE extends its sincerest condolences to the entire Armstrong family."

Armstrong was a good worker but never had star charisma. WCW put him under masks several times but those characters also never got over.

The ECW Zombie: June 2006
He’s hardcore … and dead by a Sandman Singapore cane to the head.

The ECW Zombie: June 2006

He’s hardcore … and dead by a Sandman Singapore cane to the head.

The Sandman added to WWE.com’s alumni section: September 27, 2012
The cigarette-smoking hardcore icon is the latest in an odd string of additions to WWE’s alumni section. Odd due to the lack of rhyme or reason to the additions. Cool to see the guy get his due. He did have one of the best ring entrances of all time.

The Sandman added to WWE.com’s alumni section: September 27, 2012

The cigarette-smoking hardcore icon is the latest in an odd string of additions to WWE’s alumni section. Odd due to the lack of rhyme or reason to the additions. Cool to see the guy get his due. He did have one of the best ring entrances of all time.

Sunny arrested three times in three days: September 12-14, 2012
TMZ is reporting that the Branford Police in Connecticut arrested 39-year-old “Sunny” Tammy Sytch three times in the last three days for “crimes related to domestic violence.” In each incident, the incidents involved the same man.
Sytch’s first arrest for disorderly conduct came at 8:55 p.m. on September 11. There was an incident involving a man who lived at a house where the altercation took place. She was released the next day (September 12) on $500 bond.
The same day that she was released, Sytch was arrested again at 4:49 p.m. This time for disorderly conduct, strangulation and violating a restraining order. She was released the next day (September 13) on $25,000 bond.
Sytch was arrested again at 8 p.m. for violating the restraining order. She was released today (September 14) on $2,500 bond.
Sytch had recently completed a stint in rehab.

Sunny arrested three times in three days: September 12-14, 2012

TMZ is reporting that the Branford Police in Connecticut arrested 39-year-old “Sunny” Tammy Sytch three times in the last three days for “crimes related to domestic violence.” In each incident, the incidents involved the same man.

Sytch’s first arrest for disorderly conduct came at 8:55 p.m. on September 11. There was an incident involving a man who lived at a house where the altercation took place. She was released the next day (September 12) on $500 bond.

The same day that she was released, Sytch was arrested again at 4:49 p.m. This time for disorderly conduct, strangulation and violating a restraining order. She was released the next day (September 13) on $25,000 bond.

Sytch was arrested again at 8 p.m. for violating the restraining order. She was released today (September 14) on $2,500 bond.

Sytch had recently completed a stint in rehab.

Unauthorized ECW documentary’s producers release eight-minute video teaser: September 4, 2012

This video features a lot of extreme icons — Sandman, Stevie Richards, Axl Rotten, Balls Mahoney — talking about the extreme violence of the promotion. This footage may not make it into the documentary in this form, but it’s fascinating to hear these guy’s thoughts on the lengths they went to get over.

With 12 days to go, the producers have raised $12, 114 of their $23,200 goal on Kickstarter.

Autograph-seeking Tommy Dreamer gets dissed by Bob Backlund in the latest Art of Wrestling Animation: September 7, 2012

Mr. Backlund goes heel on a 9-year-old Tommy Dreamer by snubbing him for an autograph in 1979 and making the future Innovator of Violence cry.

Bubba Ray, Big Dick and D-Von Dudley: May 1999 Wow Magazine
The eight-time ECW World Tag Team Champions with brother Big Dick Dudley.

Bubba Ray, Big Dick and D-Von Dudley: May 1999 Wow Magazine

The eight-time ECW World Tag Team Champions with brother Big Dick Dudley.

The latest tease of the independent ECW documentary features a lot of the guys who will be featured in the film, including the Sandman, Raven, Jerry Lynn, Blue Meanie and more.

Filmmakers Kevin Kiernan and John Philapavage are looking to raise $23,200 through a Kickstarter campaign; they’re up to $6,587 with 23 days to go.

Raven wins the ECW Championship from the Sandman: January 27, 1996
Raven’s 252-day, first ECW Championship reign began when he defeated Sandman. Raven and the Sandman engaged in a hell of a feud that saw Raven brainwash the Sandman’s son and crucify the beer-guzzling brawler.

Raven wins the ECW Championship from the Sandman: January 27, 1996

Raven’s 252-day, first ECW Championship reign began when he defeated Sandman. Raven and the Sandman engaged in a hell of a feud that saw Raven brainwash the Sandman’s son and crucify the beer-guzzling brawler.

(Source: spears-and-ladders, via wrestlingchampions)

WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon turns 67 today: August 24, 2012
I’d forgotten that Mr. McMahon was a former ECW World Heavyweight Champion. He’s hardcore!

WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon turns 67 today: August 24, 2012

I’d forgotten that Mr. McMahon was a former ECW World Heavyweight Champion. He’s hardcore!

(Source: wrestlingchampions)

Chris Candido and Sunny: May 1999 Wow Magazine
Candido died way too early at age 33 (his brother, Johnny, wrote that Candido died from a blood clot, a complication of surgery) on April 28, 2005.
At the time this photo was taken, Candido was wrestling for Extreme Championship Wrestling, where he was known as “No Gimmicks Needed” and a member of the Triple Threat with Shane Douglas and Bam Bam Bigelow. He was already a former WWF World Tag Team Champion (as Skip in the Bodydonnas). He’d go on to win the WCW Cruiserweight Championship. Prior to his death, he wrestled for TNA.
Sunny (Tammy Lynn Sytch) has lived a troubled life. She’s reportedly checking out of WWE-sponsored rehab on Thursday.

Chris Candido and Sunny: May 1999 Wow Magazine

Candido died way too early at age 33 (his brother, Johnny, wrote that Candido died from a blood clot, a complication of surgery) on April 28, 2005.

At the time this photo was taken, Candido was wrestling for Extreme Championship Wrestling, where he was known as “No Gimmicks Needed” and a member of the Triple Threat with Shane Douglas and Bam Bam Bigelow. He was already a former WWF World Tag Team Champion (as Skip in the Bodydonnas). He’d go on to win the WCW Cruiserweight Championship. Prior to his death, he wrestled for TNA.

Sunny (Tammy Lynn Sytch) has lived a troubled life. She’s reportedly checking out of WWE-sponsored rehab on Thursday.

Al Snow gets and gives a little head at ECW House Party: January 10, 1998

The fans in the ECW Arena showered Snow with mannequin heads after he disposed of Roadkill. Snow returned the favor, chucking the heads back into the crowd. “I guess everybody got a little head tonight,” Snow told the crowd and left to Prodigy’s “Breathe.”

Independent ECW documentary looking for funding: August 21, 2012

Filmmakers Kevin Kiernan and John Philapavage started a Kickstarter to fund the project; they want $23,200 (backers have already chipped in $1,729). They have another 29 days to pull the cash together.

The documentary was started in 2001, so there’s footage that’s more than a decade old. Here’s the filmmakers’ description of the film:

"We like to call this the study of a subculture’s subculture. Pro Wrestling is a world that is an odd island to most people. In the 1990s, Extreme Championship Wrestling was the bizarre underground of that subculture. We wanted to bring the fascinating behind-the-scenes story of this promotion to the mainstream, its ups and its downs, from its beginning in the early 90s all the way into 2012. We’ve shot over50 hours of footage and conducted over 60 interviews to give context and accuracy to this oral history."

Looks like they expect the project to be done by December … if they get funding.

"If you want this belt, you’re gonna have to win it" - Tazz in a 1999 ECW Magazine
Via droptoehold.

"If you want this belt, you’re gonna have to win it" - Tazz in a 1999 ECW Magazine

Via droptoehold.