NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling (ECW) became the most televised wrestling show still within the NWA, hence the vacated title and the tournament for it was held at the ECW Arena in 1994 and won by ECW Heavyweight Champion Shane Douglas. (At the time, the ECW title was considered a regional title) Shane Douglas looked as if he was proud to become NWA World Heavyweight Champion until he turned and threw the belt down and started slandering the NWA, then picked up the ECW Heavyweight title and proclaimed himself ECW World Heavyweight Champion. Douglas was still recognized as NWA Champion until ECW withdrew from the NWA, where he was officially stripped of the NWA title. In the 2005 ECW documentary Forever Hardcore, Shane Douglas claimed that part of the reason that he decided to toss down the NWA World belt was because of derogatory and slanderous comments that then NWA head Dennis Coralluzzo had allegedly been making regarding Shane's professionalism.
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