Steve Corino entered ECW as an anti-hardcore crusader. Dubbing himself “The King of Old School,” Corino led a one-man rally against extreme warfare in favor of a more traditional, mat-based style of wrestling. His campaign put him on a collision course with “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. “The King of Old School” bravely took on Rhodes at his own game, a vicious Bullrope Match at Living Dangerously 2000, earning the respect of the WWE Hall of Famer and the ECW faithful in the process.
Later that year, Corino surprisingly reached the top of the extreme mountain, emerging from a Double Jeopardy Match as the new ECW Champion. Corino held the title until ECW’s final pay-per-view, Guilty as Charged 2001, when he lost it to The Sandman. Still, the hardworking grappler’s evolution from pure wrestling enthusiast to expert brawler remains one of the highlights of ECW’s dying days. — B.M.