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Today is the release date of the ECW Unreleased Volume 2 DVD. A production coming from WWE who currently owns the rights to the entire ECW library. A library rich with wrestling history both good and bad. A history itself was born with one man putting down the history of the NWA. By taking the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and throwing it down. Declaring it dead. Calling for the birth of ECW. That man is the Franchise, Shane Douglas.
For those of you who are not familiar with this incident go check it out on YouTube. I would have loved to embed it so you could have easily viewed the video, but for some reason WWE has requested it to be blocked. For you and I not to be able to embed it into this post or any other.
A ploy to WWE so that you A, not steal from them. And B so you go out and buy stuff from them. Yet in this world of professional wrestling slash sports entertainment we have learned that things aren’t always good and good. They’re not always right and wrong, that sometimes there is an option C. And I think, hell, I strongly believe that this is all a ploy by WWE to make wrestling fans and people alike to forget the name Shane Douglas.
A name that can be considered one of the greatest names in ECW history. With being the man with the balls big enough to take the risk of burning a company such as NWA that had such long history. All for the sake of putting a entire company on his back and obviously becoming the Franchise.
There is a huge list of reasons why Shane Douglas should not only be introduced into the WWE Hall of Fame, but why he should at least be acknowledged on a constant basis by The E. And by that I mean he should be at least acknowledged he has existed in the universe known as WWE.
For a man to be left out of WWE that has such a strong history in ECW as World Champion. A man who had spent some time in WWE’s other owned library formerly known as WCW and a man who even spent time in WWE itself. For this man not to be listed in WWE.com’s alumni section is beyond me.
Didn’t know Douglas was in WWE? Well, yes. If you go back to look at the 1991 Royal Rumble you will see him. And not as some security guard or enhancement talent, but you will see him last over 26 minutes in the Rumble itself. He then returned to WWE a few years later where he played Dean Douglas.
Where he was a school teacher, college teacher of sorts. Starring in videos which featured him using a chalkboard to teach wrestlers and fans who he was and what he was about. At In Your House 4 he was set to wrestle Shawn Michaels for the Intercontinental Championship. But due to Michaels getting beat up earlier in the night, he was actually declared the champion. But after holding the title for 11 minutes he lost it to Razor Ramon, you know Scott Hall.
And maybe this is where the death of Douglas making it to the Hall Of Fame began. But maybe it started years earlier when he threw down the NWA title and claimed all those wrestlers could kiss his ass. You know Lou Thesz, Jack Brisco, Dory Funk Jr., Terry Funk, Harley Race, Barry Windham, Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, Kerry Von Erich, and Buddy Rogers.
Could it be one of those guys who has enough power to help hold Douglas out of WWE’s lime light?
Oh, yeah, that’s right. It’s because of his hatred towards Ric Flair. Or in his words Dick Flair. A man who WWE’s owner loves. Well, I should say the son in law loves. Yes, we all know of Triple H’s love with Ric Flair. Could this be the major reason?
Flair, who Douglas believes held down his career as well as others such as Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Perry Saturn and Eddie Guerrero. While those four would later jump ship to WWE, Douglas didn’t. Solidifying the belief that it wasn’t only Flair that was holding down Douglas and others.
While remaining in WCW he associated himself with another man who hated Ric Flair. Eric Bischoff of course.
While we could list all of the reasons why he’s not in the Hall Of Fame, we could also list the great reasons why he should be in. Or at least acknowledged on WWE’s website. Like so many other people that are not deserving. Why Drew Carey and Pete Rose be in a Hall Of Fame built for wrestlers is beyond me.
Why one of the greatest groups of all-time is not honored any where is beyond me. That being the Triple Threat, the grouping of Bam Bam Bigelow, Chris Candino, Francine and of course Douglas. A group at one time held every single title in ECW. A group the signified greatness, a group that gave ECW credibility. Why aren’t they recognized?
Now don’t get me wrong and don’t start thinking that WWE has completely written off Shane Douglas. No, they haven’t. They haven’t given him the Chris Benoit treatment. After all he is indeed in that previously mentioned ECW DVD. He has two matches in fact. He wrestles 2 Cold Scorpio for the Television Title and battles Al Snow for the World Heavyweight title.
But please…. Paul Heyman, Vince McMahon, Paul Michael Levesque and who ever else has power over there. Think about Shane Douglas. He may have burnt a bridge or two. He may have pissed off a person or two. But he’s a legend. And he should be honored like one.
So take a chance and look over Douglas once more.
Heck, at least put him on the alumni list! You have former Chicago Bear William “The Fridge” Perry on it!? Come on! And then get half of the other people I mentioned. And what about Eddie Gilbert? Don’t let Jerry Lawler get his way!