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The word going around right now is that there will be little to no promotion by WWE on their programming (including RAW and SmackDown!) to the ECW "One Night Stand" pay-per view, at least within the context of on-air storylines leading into the PPV. The plan is to have it pretty much stand alone as its' own brand, and not promote it based on angles on WWE television. WWE basically wants ECW fans to find it and buy it the same way they did with the DVD, which was a huge success.

 

The current plan is for the PPV to be an "ECW" style show, with hardcore wrestling, extreme women spots, and great technical wrestling. As of right now, WWE wants a very pure ECW feel for the show. There has been talk that it will be produced ECW style, meaning a lot less of the glits and glamor of WWE production and fewer camera-angles during the matches. The goal right now is for WWE to "stay true to what the brand was."

 

WWE is making attempts at getting Joey Styles to do the announcing for the PPV. We have yet to hear anything official on where those negotiations stand right now, but if they want to "stay true to the brand," then Joey Styles in the broadcasting booth is necessary.

 

Someone who is expected to show up at the PPV is Mick Foley. Sources close to the situation claim that Vince McMahon would like Foley to work as Cactus Jack and wrestle a "Cactus Jack style match." Foley is apparently against the idea, as seemingly through getting older he's realized his body can't take the kind of abuse he put it through early on and would like to do more comedic promo style work than hardcore style matches that will damage his body. A classic ECW style Mick Foley promo definitely works. Those were a big stand out when he was in the company originally.

 

Tommy Dreamer has been the main point man for the show, with a great deal of input from Paul Heyman. Obviously, Vince McMahon has all final say on the process, and John Laurinaitis and Jim Ross are both involved as well.

 

As we noted earlier, Vince McMahon has talked with Mick Foley about a possible return at the ECW PPV for a Cactus Jack style match. Several sources have told us that Foley is trying to tie his ECW run with his current WWE contract, including a possible full-time return to the company. The problem right now is that Foley has told Vince that he wants complete creative control over his storyline. Vince has always been reluctant to give anyone complete control over their character and this is where the standoff begins.

 

From what we've been told, Paul Heyman is the main guy behind creative for the PPV. Several scripts done by Heyman for the PPV have already been submitted to the writing team. Tommy Dreamer is in charge of contacting all of the talent scheduled to appear. Jim Ross is also involved as a consultant to Vince McMahon should any issues arise.

 

As it stands right now, there will be an "ECW" logo at the bottom of the screen and we wont see any "WWE presents" anywhere on the PPV. The feeling is that the more authentic it looks, the better. Vince apparently agrees and feels this should seem just like a real ECW PPV, production wise to talent.

 

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As it stands right now, there will be an "ECW" logo at the bottom of the screen and we wont see any "WWE presents" anywhere on the PPV. The feeling is that the more authentic it looks, the better. Vince apparently agrees and feels this should seem just like a real ECW PPV, production wise to talent.

 

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