WWE produced the ECW One Night Stand pay-per-view event in June, 2005 and that show recently got a bit of attention. Tommy Dreamer made claims about the event’s production that don’t add up.

It was said that Paul Heyman “was hated” in WWE during the time, but a “last minute change” was made to get Paul Heyman on the One Night Stand pay-per-view. Ringside News has learned that is not the case at all.

A former lead WWE writer, who is no longer with the company, but was a prominent writer in WWE during Ruthless Aggression, ECW One Night Stand and the ECW re-launch opened up to us about what really happened.

We were told that “Tommy Dreamer’s account of ECW One Night Stand is fake news.” There are many points of Dreamer’s story that were corrected by our source.


Paul Heyman was not a last minute addition to the One Night Stand pay-per-view. Heyman was involved in the show as early as February. At the time, Dreamer was pushing for the ECW Arena to house the One Night Stand pay-per-view, but “both Vince McMahon and Kevin Dunn shut that down.”

The idea of the Hammerstein Ballroom came from Paul Heyman himself. We were also told that “Tommy Dreamer never wrote the show.” Our source then elaborated a bit on Tommy Dreamer’s experience as a writer.

Tommy Dreamer can’t even fill out a modern day pay per view script. All the jokes about Heyman writing shows on a napkin in ECW, but he can do a script. Dreamer doesn’t know how, and from what I hear when he did the ECW reunion show in TNA, he walked into the production meeting with a hand written show, too.

We were also told that Paul Heyman was writer on One Night Stand and he fought hard on a couple of points. He fought “to the death for Sandman’s music.” Also, we were told that Vince McMahon offered for Steve Austin to be on the show, but “Heyman pushed for Taz to come out last, even after Austin, ‘because that’s how it would be in authentic ECW.'” 

Hopefully, this new information will clear up some things about how One Night Stand really went down.

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H Jenkins

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