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In ECW, 'hardcore' referred to a strong work ethic, high levels of effort, dedication to the fans, and lack of fluff or filler.
Their level of violence rarely equaled that of the Japanese promotions.
He then started to put opponents through tables, a relatively safe spot which looked and sounded devastating.
He brought it with him to ECW, where it became the focus of a feud involving multiple teams.
The Memphis territory featured Jerry Lawler, Terry Funk, Eddie Gilbert and Bill Dundee and introduced the empty arena match and fighting among the crowd into the concession stands, improvising attacks with whatever appliances could be found.
More specialties such as ladder matches, scaffold matches and Dog Collar matches were introduced.
A new gimmick, breaking wooden tables, was introduced to ECW through Sabu, nephew of The Sheik.
In 1989, Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (FMW) was founded in Japan, the first promotion dedicated largely to the wild brawling style.The Philadelphia-based Tri-State Wrestling Alliance held occasional supercards that featured big name stars among their own local talent, and showcased wild bloody main event brawls with Abdullah the Butcher, The Sheik, Jesse James Sr. The National Wrestling Federation (formerly known as Continental Wrestling Alliance) was based in New York state.