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Shane Douglas

Shane Douglas

Without Shane Douglas, there would have been no ECW World Heavyweight Championship.

It was Douglas who, on Aug. 27, 1994, won a tournament to become the new NWA Heavyweight Champion, and then threw the title down and proclaimed the death of the National Wrestling Alliance and the birth of the ECW World Heavyweight Championship.

No other competitor on the ECW roster could have pulled off such a flagrant act of defiance with the poise of the man who declared himself "The Franchise." Indeed, it was Douglas’ unflappable confidence, poison tongue and hair-trigger temper that made him both a captivating personality and a sports-entertainment outlier better suited for the uncensored world of Extreme Championship Wrestling.


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