2006 WWE brand extension draft

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2006 WWE draft
Paul Heyman represented ECW during the 2006 WWE draft.
General information
SportProfessional wrestling
Date(s)May 29, 2006
LocationTacoma, Washington
LeagueWorld Wrestling Entertainment
Raw (outgoing only)
SmackDown! (outgoing only)
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The 2006 World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) brand extension draft, also known as the 2006 ECW draft,[1] was the fourth WWE draft that took place at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington, on May 29. The draft aired on WWE's flagship program Raw. The draft featured former Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) owner Paul Heyman receiving two total draft picks from the existing SmackDown! and Raw rosters for the newly created ECW brand.[2][3]


After World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. bought all the assets of Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) from its parent HHG Corporation in 2003, the company began releasing DVDs promoting the original ECW.[4] Soon afterwards, the company promoted shows for ECW alumni entitled, One Night Stand in 2005 and in 2006.[4] On May 25, 2006, WWE announced the launch of a new brand, ECW, a revival of original promotion.[5] The new brand would later debut its television show on the Sci Fi Channel on June 13, 2006.[6] In preparation for the launch of the new ECW television show, ECW representative Paul Heyman would receive two draft picks from the existing Raw and SmackDown! rosters.


Pick No. Brand (to) Employee
(Real name)
Role Brand (from)
1 ECW Rob Van Dam
(Robert Szatkowski)
Male wrestler Raw
2 ECW Kurt Angle Male wrestler SmackDown!


Fifteen days after the draft ECW would hold its premiere episode on June 13, 2006.[6] Although not drafted, Tazz later defected from SmackDown! to ECW, Big Show from Raw to ECW, and Randy Orton from SmackDown! to Raw. In August 2006, after a few appearances, Kurt Angle requested and was granted his release from his WWE contract.[7]

On February 2, 2010, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon announced that ECW would air its final episode on February 16, 2010.[8] The ECW brand was disbanded after the final show, with every ECW wrestler becoming a free agent, eligible to join either the Raw or SmackDown brands.[9] The original brand extension would end in August 2011.[10]


  1. ^ "2006 ECW Draft". YouTube. May 29, 2006. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  2. ^ Williams III, Ed (May 29, 2006). "Heyman gets Draft picks". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved February 23, 2008.
  3. ^ Williams III, Ed (May 29, 2006). "Will Triple H join the Mr.McMahon Kiss my Ass club". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved February 23, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Cohen, Eric. "Top Ten Moments of WWE in 2005". About: Pro Wrestling. Archived from the original on March 16, 2008. Retrieved February 23, 2008.
  5. ^ "WWE Launches ECW As Third Brand". Archived from the original on December 23, 2008.
  6. ^ a b "WWE brings ECW to Sci Fi Channel". WWE. Retrieved 2006-06-02.
  7. ^ "The Chairman speaks on Kurt Angle". WWE. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  8. ^ Caldwell, James (February 5, 2010). "WWE Officially Announces NXT's Debut Date Replacing ECW, Only Two Episodes Remaining". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved February 9, 2010.
  9. ^ Adkins, Greg (February 8, 2010). "Raw's pit stomp". World Wrestling Entertainment. Archived from the original on May 14, 2008. Retrieved February 9, 2010.
  10. ^ "Raw: August 29, 2011 - WWE.com". WWE. Retrieved December 30, 2016.