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2006 WWE draft
Paul Heyman WrestleMania 32 Axxess
Paul Heyman represented ECW during the 2006 WWE Draft.
Sport Professional wrestling
Date May 29, 2006
Location Tacoma, Washington
League WWE
Teams ECW
Previous 2005
Next 2007

The 2006 World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) brand extension draft, also known as the 2006 ECW draft, 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 ECW representative Paul Heyman receiving two total draft picks from the existing SmackDown! and Raw rosters for the newly created ECW brand.

Background Edit

After World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. bought all of Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW)'s assets in 2003, the company began releasing DVDs promoting the original ECW. Soon afterwards, the company promoted two ECW reunion shows for ECW alumni entitled, ECW One Night Stand in 2005 and in 2006. On May 25, 2006, WWE announced the launch of a new brand, ECW, a revival of the 1990s promotion. The new brand would later debut on the Sci Fi Channel on June 13, 2006.

Superstar selectionsEdit

Pick # 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!

AftermathEdit

Fifteen days after the draft ECW would hold its premiere episode on June 13, 2006. 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 contract.

On February 2, 2010, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon announced that ECW would air its final episode on February 16, 2010. 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. The original brand extension would end in August 2011.