East Coast Wrestling Association

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East Coast Wrestling Association
AcronymECWA
Founded1967
StyleProfessional wrestling
HeadquartersNewark, Delaware
Founder(s)Jim Kettner
Owner(s)Joe Zanolle
WebsiteECWAprowrestling.com

East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) is an American professional wrestling promotion, founded in 1967 by promoter Jim Kettner.[1] It is home to the annual Super 8 Tournament, one of the longest-running independent wrestling tournaments in the country,[1] as well as the annual Super 8 ChickFight Tournament. In 2010, Kettner announced his retirement and turned the promotion over to Mike Tartaglia and Joe Zanolle. Mike Tartaglia officially put the company on hiatus on June 5, 2019.[1] In December 2019, Tartaglia sold the promotion to Zanolle.[2]

Championships

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Current champions

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Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Defenses Location Event Previous champion(s) Notes
ECWA Heavyweight Championship Travis Lee 1 November 5, 2022 625+ 0 Morganville, NJ 55th Anniversary Show Vacated
ECWA Tag Team Championship The Marvelous Ones
(Greg Spitz and Teddy Fine)
1 September 19, 2020 1,402+ 4 Morganville, New Jersey 24th Annual Super 8 Tournament Jay D. Luscious and Mr Ooh LaLa
ECWA Legacy Championship LA Vin 1 November 5, 2022 625+ 0 Morganville, NJ N/A Vacated
ECWA Territory Championship Abs Armstrong 1 N/A, N/A, N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Matt Vertigo

Retired championships

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Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Defenses Location Event Previous champion(s) Notes
ECWA Women's Championship Gabby Ortiz 2 July 31, 2021 273 0 New Castle, Delaware ECWA Super 8 Chickfight Tournament 2021 Vacant During this reign the title was deactivated making Gabby Ortiz the final champion.

ECWA Hall of Fame

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Established in 1982, the East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) Hall of Fame honors performers and staff members alike for their contributions to the organization. Though there is no physical location for the Hall of Fame, the organization acknowledges all inductees on its website.[3]

Inductees
ECWA Hall of Fame Inductees
# Year Ring name
(Birth name)[Note 1]
Notes[Note 2]
1 1982 Red Devil First ECWA Champion
2 1982 Jim Kettner Founder of the ECWA
3 1982 Super Smenkowski
4 1982 Tiny Tom
5 1982 Captain Tom Managing
6 1982 George Koukedis Announcing
7 1982 Mike Schroeder
8 1983 Big Bill Page
9 1983 The Maniac
10 1983 Mr. Funk
11 1984 Mad Dog Celli
12 1984 Barry Page
13 1985 The Baron Managing
14 1985 Dirty Dirk Dunlap Managing
15 1985 Ruffhouse Rivera
(George Rivera)
16 1985 The Bulldog
17 1985 Sweet Chocolate Thunder
18 1985 Jim Russum
19 1986 The Wild Sheik
20 1987 Mike Clark Announcing
21 1988 Lord Vito Leone Managing
22 1992 The Viper Won the ECWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time) and ECWA Tag Team Championship (1 time)
23 1992 The Commando
(Mark Miller)
24 1992 The Commanding Officer
25 1992 Dazzling Donny Love
26 1992 Billy K Announcing
27 1994 Dr. Destruction
28 1994 Nigel Fair Service
(George Rivera)
29 1994 Thunder
(Carl Fisher)
30 1994 Boogie Woogie Brown
(Delance Clifford Wright)
Won the ECWA Mid Atlantic Championship (2 times) and ECWA Tag Team Championship (1 time)
31 1995 Simon Diamond
(Patrick Kenney)
Won the ECWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time), ECWA Mid Atlantic Championship (1 time), ECWA Tag Team Championship (2 times), and ECWA Super 8 Tournament (1998)
32 1995 Cheetah Master
(Mike Womer)
Won the ECWA Heavyweight Championship (3 times), ECWA Mid Atlantic Championship (1 time), and ECWA Tag Team Championship (1 time)
33 1996 Ace Darling
(Michael Maraldo)
Won the ECWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time), ECWA Mid Atlantic Championship (4 times), and ECWA Tag Team Championship (3 times)
34 1996 Inferno Won the ECWA Heavyweight Championship (1 times) and ECWA Mid Atlantic Championship (1 time)
35 1996 Ravishing Ronny Roberts
(Chuck Jones)
Won the ECWA Mid Atlantic Championship (1 time)
36 1996 Glen Osbourne Won the ECWA Heavyweight Championship (2 times) and ECWA Mid Atlantic Championship (2 times)
37 1996 Mr. Ooh La La
(Mike Houghton)
Won the ECWA Mid Atlantic Championship (2 times)
38 1996 Big Al Napier Announcing
39 1996 Bob Densmore Refereeing
40 1996 Richard Naegele ECWA Commissioner
41 2000 Jeff Peterson Super 8 competitor
42 2001 Christopher Daniels[4]
(Daniel Covell)
Won the ECWA Heavyweight Championship (2 times) and ECWA Super 8 Tournament (2000, 2004)
43 2001 Crowbar[4]
(Chris Ford)
Won the ECWA Tag Team Championship (1 time)
44 2001 Reckless Youth[4]
(Tom Carter)
Won the ECWA Mid Atlantic Championship (1 time)
45 2002 E.S. Easton Managing
46 2002 Kevin Kelly
(Kevin Foote)
Won the ECWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
47 2004 Charlie Haas Won the ECWA Tag Team Championship (1 time)
48 2004 Russ Haas Won the ECWA Tag Team Championship (1 time)
49 2004 Billy Kidman Won the ECWA Tag Team Championship (1 time)
50 2005 Scoot Andrews
(Andrew Warner)
Won the ECWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
51 2005 Chuck Ristano Announcing
52 2005 Paul Turner Refereeing
53 2006 Billy Bax
(George Baxter)
Won the ECWA Tag Team Championship (1 time)
54 2006 Rob Eckos
(Rob Strauss)
Won the ECWA Mid Atlantic Championship (1 time) and ECWA Tag Team Championship (2 times)
55 2006 Mozart Fontaine
(Rufus Roush)
Won the ECWA Mid Atlantic Championship (1 time)
56 2006 Pete Theophall Contributing artist
57 2006 Joe Zanolle Photographer
58 2007 Low Ki
(Brandon Silvestry)
Won the ECWA Tag Team Championship (2 times), ECWA Super 8 Tournament (2001)
59 2007 Sebastian Night Managing
60 2007 The Iron Man
(Charles Hiltner Jr.)
Wrestler
61 2007 Gary McLaughlin ECWA floor director
62 2009 JJ the Crew Guy
(John Gregory Johnson)
Won the ECWA Heavyweight Championship (2 times) and ECWA Tag Team Championship (1 time)
63 2009 Mega Won the ECWA Heavyweight Championship (2 times) and ECWA Tag Team Championship (1 time)
64 2011 Michael Tartaglia Won the ECWA Mid Atlantic Championship (1 time)
66 2012 "Greek God" Papadon Won the ECWA Heavyweight Championship (3 times), ECWA Mid Atlantic Championship (1 time)
67 2013 Aden Chambers
(Scott Beach)
Won the ECWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time), ECWA Mid Atlantic Championship (1 time), and ECWA Tag Team Championship (2 times)
68 2021 John Finegan ECWA Lead official
69 2022 Joel Goodhart East Coast radio host, promoter and founder of TWA, ECWA manager
70 2022 Coach Jim Shorts Manager, and commentator for ECWA
71 2022 Bob Artese ECWA Ring Announcer
72 2022 Steve Corino Former ECWA Tag team champion, founder of WORLD-1 Wrestling
73 2023 Jay D Luscious Two time ECWA Tag Team champion
74 2023 Mad Dog Marley Former ECWA Tag Team Champion
75 2023 Brady Hicks Commentator, PWI Magazine contributor
76 2023 Chris Wylde Former ECWA Champion
77 2023 Heavyweight Sean Royal Former ECWA tag Team champion

See also

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Notes

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  1. ^ Entries without a birth name indicates that the inductee did not perform under a ring name.
  2. ^ This section mainly lists the major accomplishments of each inductee in ECWA.

References

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  1. ^ a b c "Press release" (PDF). East Coast Wrestling Association. 2010-08-19. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
  2. ^ "PWInsiderXTRA.com".
  3. ^ "Hall of Fame". East Coast Wrestling Association. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Meltzer, Dave (November 4, 2001). "First Sunday update; Helen Hart thoughts; WWF news, ECWA Hall of Fame and show news, Great reference book on wrestling comes out". Wrestling Observer. Archived from the original on December 26, 2001. Retrieved March 4, 2023.
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