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WWE has abolished its version of ECW. A third brand for the comapny with a weekly one hour tv show, it was originally concieved in 2007 to be WWE owned relaunch of the infamous Extreme Championship Wrestling promotion that revitalised pro wrestling on a shoe-string budget in the 1990s and launched the careers of many stars including Rob Van Dam and Chris Jericho. However the show was soon watered down to where only the name was the same.
The show has been replaced by a new programme entitled WWE NXT. The show features eight new faces - 'rookies' being mentored by 8 WWE veterans or 'pros'. The rookies include Dainel Bryan (Bryan Danielson), who has been called the best wrestler in the world for his work outside WWE who is mentored by the Miz and the UK's Wade Barrett who is being mentored by current World Champion Chris Jericho. British veteran Wiliam Regal is mentoring Skip Sheffield, a hick.
The influx of new wrestlers mean that some existing wrestlers have been dropped. Maria, Gregory 'The Hurricane' Helms, Britian's Paul Birchhill, and Charlie Haas are among those that have been sacked.
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