That’s a lot. There have been several wrestling promotions throughout history but only a few of them have made any kind of an impact. Occasionally you will see one of them pop up to do something different enough that they stand out. Those are the places that will be remembered more than others, though not always in the best way. Now one such promotion is being brought up again with a negative context.

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Paul Heyman operated ECW from 1993-2001 and developed a reputation for not always paying his wrestlers. During an interview with the Ten Count podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer and former ECW star Rob Van Dam revealed that Heyman owed him about $150,000 just before ECW folded. Van Dam described this as “a very loose number” and said that Heyman was paying him, but not bonuses promised to him beyond his salary. He also did not say whether Heyman had paid him later or if the debt had been paid in any way. There was nothing to suggest that the two have issues today.

Van Dam did a lot of good things in ECW. Check out some of his classic days there:

Opinion: There isn’t much of a secret to the fact that Heyman wasn’t much of an accountant and stories like this are rather common. Van Dam is one of the worst situations for everyone though, and that is a lot of money no matter how you look at it. Hopefully the two are ok now and Van Dam was paid in some way, as he certainly did the work to earn it in the first place.

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