2002 Awards, news and current ECW rankings as we head into ECW 18
Fighter of the Year – Affonso Villar
Company of the Year – Alpha-1
Rookie of the Year – Joe Pelham (Our guy!)
Show of the Year – SIGMA: Kanchelskis vs van den Hoogenband (March) – Second straight with K in the main
Female Fighter of the Year – Hope LeHane
Team of the Year – Halversons
(ECW fighters Hunter Scribbins and Sly Twinge currently train here)
Fight of the Year – Fjodor Kanchelskis beat Edgar van den Hoogenband (Sigma) – 2nd time here too
Worst Fight of the Year – Ken Peters beat Jon Silvers (GAMMA) – Peters second “honor”
Knock out of the Year – Jacco Landeweerd (over Bastian Neske - Sigma)
Submission of the Year – Grzegorz Boniek (over Gyokusho Fujimoto – Alpha-1)
Main Event of the Year – Fjodor Kanchelskis beat Edgar van den Hoogenband (Sigma)
Upset of the Year – Lito Alcala (over Supachai Thamsatchanan – KDM FC)
Dwayne Alleyne signs a 5 fight extension at $1,900 per fight and add 6 more lightweights to the roster, giving me 24 in the division currently. Two new signings are HW Tyler Gumble, a well respected kick boxer who has turned to MMA and signs for 5 fights at $1,450 per, along with LHW Karl Martin who I get for $500 per fight, so he gets a 7 fight deal.
Gamma is now after 5-0 LHW prospect Dean Capers, who is making just over $800 with us, so I offer a raise to $2,500 per fight, they counter, I go to $3,500 and he elects to stay with us. Next they target MW Ed Burridge, I make a single counter offer of $6,500 per fight, really more than he is worth, they counter and I let him go.
We have a main event for our February show as Sam Hoynes will defend the heavyweight strap against Randall Donnelly. Though Donnelly is only 15-8 overall, he is 3-0 with ECW and is the most worthy challenger available.
Gamma now offers our Welterweight champion Mattherson, who is woefully underpaid, so I counter with an offer of $5,000 per fight. A bidding war ensues and it eventually costs me $8,000 per fight to keep him. I also add MW and Gamma vet Dexter Darling to the MW roster to replace Burridge. The D-Man is past his prime at 35 and 18-6-1, but he brings name recognition to the company.
|HW Rankings||LHW Rankings||MW Rankings||WW Rankings||LW Rankings|
|C||Sam Hoynes 9-0||Joshua Hope 11-0||Isaiah Monroe 13-0||Felix Matterson Jr 11-1||Vacant|
|1||Leon Banks 33-15||Rupert Dreck 11-1||Carl Ratcliffe 23-7||Gus Fitzpatrick 10-0||Darren Southall 9-2|
|2||wilson Franklyn 13-2||Jerry Bogdonovich 13-1||Thomas Smith 16-5||Chad Zoff 11-0||Aaron McBroom 15-5|
|3||Fatuma Roy 23-12||Dwayne Alleyne 11-1||Ashley Ballard 13-3 (Injured)||Callum Henson 23-11||Frankie Geddon 14-0|
|4||Sylvester Collins 10-1||Cal Hillson 7-1||Wes Hersch 9-1||Agustin Gonzalez 16-6||Lazaro Campos 12-0|
|5||Sly Twinge 11-1||Adrian Pascal 8-1||Julio Gutierrez 12-0||Brock Youdale 9-2||Jose Gonzales 13-0|
|6||Nate MacReary 8-0 (Injured)||Wink Deschanel 7-2||Esteban Vega 9-1||Evan Pizzarro 9-1||Coltrane Anderson 7-4|
|7||Randall Donnelly 15-8||Tyron Malik 7-1||Hunter Scribbins 8-1||Zeke Eliot 8-1||Nicky Shapiro 20-14|
|8||Damien Jones 9-2||Brody Howles 7-1||Reed Howlett 8-1||Randy Carsley 8-2||Kyle Sagal 8-3|
|9||Taye Burnett 8-1||Brayden Behrami 7-1||Billy Russell 8-1||Lloyd McAllister 16-7||Sammy Newton 8-3|
|10||Gareth Grundy 10-8||Justin Brannagh 8-3||Bernard Blue 12-4||Joe Hinchcliffe 27-15||Kade Devine 9-3|