DATELINE: AUGUST 27, 1994 – PHILADELPHIA, PA
Shane Douglas sends a message to former NWA Champions and then introduces the new ECW World Title
Shane Douglas ushers in the new era of “extreme wrestling” when he defeated The Tazmaniac, Dean Malenko and 2 Cold Scorpio to win a tournament to become the NWA World Heavyweight Champion.
In an angle which only he, Tod Gordon, and Paul Heyman knew about, Douglas threw down the NWA title belt and stated that he did not want to be champion of a “dead promotion”.
Douglas raised the ECW Heavyweight Championship belt and declared it to be a world championship belt, renaming it the ECW World Heavyweight Championship.