For as much as its detractors tried to portray ECW as the land of barbaric blood-and-guts fighting and nothing more, nobody could deny some the world’s best technical wrestling took place in the ECW Arena — thanks, in large part, to Eddie Guerrero. Alongside Dean Malenko and 2 Cold Scorpio, the WWE Hall of Famer helped establish the ECW Television Championship as the prize of choice for wrestling purists in the mid-1990s.
Amid the broken tables and dented chairs, Latino Heat — who had already found championship success in Japan and Mexico by the time he arrived in ECW — Frog Splashed his way to two separate TV Title reigns, as well as prominence in the United States for the first time. Guerrero’s series of matches with Malenko, particularly their 2-out-of-3 falls send-off in August 1995, set the standard for a hybrid mat wrestling/high-flying style of action that inspired an entire generation of future Superstars. — JOHN CLAPP