The WWE bought the assets of ECW, made a ton of money selling DVDs and making it a part of the WWE Network. The Rise + Fall of ECW is a very good WWE documentary, a bit more florid in the language, way more violent than the post-2007 WWE fare. The documentary covers the entire run, though it does gloss over the Eddie Gilbert period. The fact that this is the one that has Paul Heyman doing a full interview, and the only one that really covers Steve Austin's run, and gives the most coverage to Cactus Jack. The production is easily the most dynamic, and it's easily the sharpest. The downside is that slickness, the detatchment from the raw emotion of the fanbase. Barbed Wire City was really the story of what it means through to 2012. Forever Hardcore was about what it meant and how it changed the business. As far as footage, the WWE controlls the official ECW content, while the Forever Hardcore had the least footage, but best interviews as far as getting the emotional feeling of the promotion. What was weak for the WWE offering was they had an agenda, and they over-focus on things like the time when ECW showed up on RAW. Still, WWE understands what it takes to make a smart documentary, and this worked.
Klaus at Gunpoint
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