The Story of Brian Pillman in ECW

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"The Loose Cannon" Brian Pillman was a true breakthrough character and gimmick in professional wrestling. When "Flyin'" Brian Pillman joined The Four Horsemen in WCW, his demeanour and attitude slowly changed into an unhinged loose cannon that Arn Anderson had trouble keeping under control. What we didn't know is that Brian Pillman and Eric Bischoff had been talking behind the scenes about letting this "Loose Cannon" character go to other wrestling organizations; the end goal being the eventual WCW return of Brian Pillman.
Brian Pillman showed up in ECW in February of 1996 while still under contract with WCW. Pillman would make appearances in both companies the following month, the plan here being to keep Brian as a member of the Horsemen while feuding with Shane Douglas in Extreme Championship Wrestling. In the end, Brian wouldn't return to WCW when his ECW run came to an end, instead deciding to sign with the WWF after his car accident.
This video takes a look at Brian Pillman's transformation into the Loose Cannon gimmick, the infamous kayfabe-breaking "I Respect You, Booker Man" incident with Kevin Sullivan, and Brian's short but eventful run in ECW.
00:00 - Brian's problems in The Four Horsemen
03:03 - "I Respect You, Booker Man"
06:59 - Pillman works for WCW and ECW at the same time
10:47 - Brian Pillman at ECW CyberSlam 96
13:44 - Pillman begins his feud with Shane Douglas
17:22 - A Career threatening injury
19:42 - What could've been....
- Much More!
#WCW #ECW #Wrestling


  1. christophermarang.
    3 ditë më parë

    I strongly feel like if Pillman didn’t fall asleep that night he would have been Steve Austin.

  2. Dominique
    11 ditë më parë

    2pac of wrasslin. He embraced it. Coveted it. True icon. Miss him.

  3. Dominique
    11 ditë më parë

    Pillman, the unpredictable GOD

  4. Dominique
    11 ditë më parë


  5. Rio Ducci
    Rio Ducci
    11 ditë më parë

    His son looks just like him and hes ina tag team in AEW called the varsity blondes like how austin n pillman were the hollywood blondes

  6. SlaX
    16 ditë më parë

    Dave Meltzer probably don't admit it today, but if you read his Wrestling Observers at the time, he definitely bought the Pillman thing as a shoot, at least at first. Though, in hindsight, Pillman definitely seemed to be working the long con on Bischoff here.

  7. Jon Malbrough
    Jon Malbrough
    28 ditë më parë

    I feel like Brain Pillman is our Magnum TA

  8. andrew korner
    andrew korner
    Muaj më parë

    Just imagine if Shane douglas and Brian Pillman had a real feud in ECW that would have been so good

  9. Fred Miller
    Fred Miller
    Muaj më parë

    It’s amazing that him a stone cold basically had the same gimmick after their Hollywood blonde days

  10. Matthew Brooks
    Matthew Brooks
    2 muaj më parë

    Moxley is a rip-off of pillman

  11. Jawa 2
    Jawa 2
    2 muaj më parë

    1:48, that's the 2nd time I've seen rick flair with reptillian eyes. The other one is on his "greatest promo ever". You will see my comments on that one too bc when he gets into it, his eyes glitch like that

  12. Sweet Tasty Balls
    Sweet Tasty Balls
    2 muaj më parë

    He could’ve been WCW’s Stone Cold

  13. Daddyscowgirl
    2 muaj më parë

    This episode... i'm a countrygirl who grew up watching wrestling with her daddy... and this... wow you nailed it. your channel is my everything.

  14. SkinCarver
    2 muaj më parë

    The ecw fans were all happy to see Pillman then he made them look stupid.

  15. Justin Figgins
    Justin Figgins
    2 muaj më parë

    Flyin' Brian is my most luv variation of Brian Pillman.... Flyin' Brian is awesome due to being a "smiley baby-face" from Ohio, having a more realistic smaller muscular physique, wearing Cincinnati Bengals print ring-gear & being one of the greatest fast high-flying cruiserweights....

  16. BrankoP85
    2 muaj më parë

    Brian alone had more charisma then the entire WWE roster nowadays!!!

  17. Sola Scriptura
    Sola Scriptura
    2 muaj më parë

    He made noise, buzz, and worked three wrestling companies....without raising a single fist. Amazing

  18. Russell Harrison
    Russell Harrison
    3 muaj më parë

    I didn't get the pencil reference until just now. What a genius.

  19. The Random One
    The Random One
    3 muaj më parë

    When Shane Douglas and the entire ECW crew hit the ring to prevent Pillman from "urinating" in the ring, you can actually hear Shane saying "he's shooting, he's shooting". After that you see Paul E taking him aside probably telling him no it's fine. So much great work (no pun intended) there.

  20. Chris Akane
    Chris Akane
    3 muaj më parë

    Philmans ecw debut promo is like how kenny omega new japan promos would be sad he isn't getting pushed in AEW.

  21. Chris Akane
    Chris Akane
    3 muaj më parë

    Philman in ECW was awesome tge crowd was so hot that night when he debut. Omega reminds me of philman if kenny jumped ship to wwe NXT and does the sort of same type of debut philman did it would be awesome

  22. LeeX Vang
    LeeX Vang
    3 muaj më parë

    Pillman should have been known as The Madness and Macho Man should have been known as The Loose Canon.

  23. William
    3 muaj më parë

    the guy with the sign was the original ecw sign guy who paul heyman stole the idea for sign guy dudley, he i think worked with heyman at one point but once the sign guy dudley thing started he stopped with the signs.

  24. Dan Hammonds
    Dan Hammonds
    3 muaj më parë

    Great vid. There are so many questions about how his WWF career would have turned out. I always wondered how he and Steve Austin would have played out long term or if Pillman would have reached the levels of the Stone Cold character.

  25. ryuno2097
    3 muaj më parë

    I remember there was a time Dean Ambrose did the "loose canon" gimmick in WWE. I immediately that of Brian Pillman because I could see a lot of similarities .

  26. SONNET with Phil Arnold
    SONNET with Phil Arnold
    3 muaj më parë

    Yes, lots of things are sadly lost in to days Athletes, I mean Wrestling (Thanks McMahon). Great show Bro.

  27. Ricky Anderson
    Ricky Anderson
    3 muaj më parë

    Brian pillman wcw

  28. Stuart Sutton
    Stuart Sutton
    3 muaj më parë

    I hated Flyin Brian growing up but looking back now he was a great wrestler. The loose cannon gimmick was awesome pity it never came to it full potential. RIP Brian

  29. David Jackson
    David Jackson
    3 muaj më parë

    Not a Bishoff Fan because he had a Great Situation and didn't plan for the future. He let Hogan work him as did the the warrior and many others. What the didn't do is develop all that talent they had and a lot of that talent ended up with Vince and became household Names.

  30. P Walls
    P Walls
    3 muaj më parë

    If Bischoff had had any sense, he would have given Pillman his job back in the summer of 1996. Pillman could have been HUGE in the nWo. Pillman, Hall, Nash, Hogan. That would have been awesome

  31. Mr. Scary
    Mr. Scary
    3 muaj më parë

    If you can cover Dustin Rhodes in full depth or in parts that would be cool within watching alot of his antics. It seems he's brought up alot of truth. But he was one superstar that was overlooked by many organizations. It seems he is like the. 90Ss CM PUNK F-Bomb. It would be cool if we could get more encite on him.

  32. James Taylor
    James Taylor
    3 muaj më parë

    Is this flying Brian who done the phenomenol clothesline instead of forarm

  33. Jeremy Frate Frate
    Jeremy Frate Frate
    3 muaj më parë

    It's not fair life really isn't fair

  34. king lord
    king lord
    3 muaj më parë

    Brian Pillman is the ECW version of Heath ledgers Joker he was insane and a genius

  35. Ayman Ashley
    Ayman Ashley
    3 muaj më parë

    Bio on careers of new jack, RVD, aj lee would be good. Even the evolution of women's wrestling, Trish , lita, molly, Victoria, jazz were great. TNA WAS BETTER FOR WOMEN'S WRESTLING AT FIRST, Kong vs gail was great

  36. Gzus peterson
    Gzus peterson
    3 muaj më parë

    I respect you wrestling bios man

  37. jerry janik
    jerry janik
    3 muaj më parë

    The Kenny Omega cleaner gimmick reminds me of Brian pillman's Loose Cannon gimmick even hangman Adam page right now is loose cannon Brian pillman

  38. Darius Olfus
    Darius Olfus
    3 muaj më parë


  39. Duckman 1979
    Duckman 1979
    3 muaj më parë

    Brian Pillman was truly on a different level (he seen the future beat everyone to the punch then fate stepped in..... Just sad overall he seems to have had a black cloud over him his entire life even after his death his adopted Daughter Alexis Reed aka Lexi Pillman was killed in a car accident 11 years after Brian’s death! Brian was fearless and changed everything) Once both Brian Pillman & Owen Hart left this world Pro Wrestling lost its heart & soul..... without those two Pro Wrestling is empty and lacking so very much

  40. Joshin Around
    Joshin Around
    3 muaj më parë

    One of the best channels on this website. Thank you for this continually great content.

  41. kerpal321
    3 muaj më parë

    austin going to pillmans home was the beginning of the wwf attitude era in my opinion

  42. Johnny Ozone
    Johnny Ozone
    3 muaj më parë

    Titty Sprinkles

  43. salina ember
    salina ember
    3 muaj më parë

    Never understood the hype behind Brian Pillman and then I realized I only knew him from his late WWF run, after his work in WCW/ECW. Years later I realized he was one of the trailblazers for the Attitude era and everything I love about Dean Ambrose/ Jon Moxley is literally Pillman.

  44. Horror Fan 4-Life
    Horror Fan 4-Life
    4 muaj më parë

    The Dynamic Dudes...creativity at it's best lol Brian should be in the h.o.f. His early days as a cruiserweight to the days where he and Steve Austin formed The Hollywood Blondes..a great tag team, and to his final days he was entertaining to see.

  45. Ryan Smith
    Ryan Smith
    4 muaj më parë

    I remember the hype of Pillman signing with the WWF. The "contract" segment was a 2-parter iirc; first part Pillman was humble for the opportunity and he gets round of appluase from the suits there. Pillman promptly tells the suits to SHUT THE HELL UP and rips into his loose cannon personna.

  46. J Criniti
    J Criniti
    4 muaj më parë

    Glad to hear Fit Finlay narrating this.

  47. FLaRE Inc
    FLaRE Inc
    4 muaj më parë

    Brian Pillman is, interestingly enough, living proof why AEW will triumph over WWE in time.

    1. Chad Kerwin
      Chad Kerwin
      4 muaj më parë

      How is that when the most talked about wrestler today is in WWE and on Smackdown?

  48. Hive Fleet Hydrocynus
    Hive Fleet Hydrocynus
    4 muaj më parë

    I think you should do one of these Bio videos on "That Tanned Guy" ... You know who I mean, the crazy fan who appears in the front row at literally EVERY PPV from about 1990 onwards! Legend!

    1. dr. snakes
      dr. snakes
      4 muaj më parë

      Vladimir The Superfan?

  49. robbiesilverwolf
    4 muaj më parë

    Brian would of been amazing during the attitude era😢. It’s one of the biggest what could of been in wrestling for me

  50. John Branch
    John Branch
    4 muaj më parë

    This is one of my favorite channels...

  51. jwzero
    4 muaj më parë

    19:14 forgot to mention the New Jack N word incident

  52. Robert James George
    Robert James George
    4 muaj më parë

    Pillman will always be a legend. Wonder what Pillman vs Dean Ambrose would be like? Hope he finally gets inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame, as part of The Hart Foundation (1997 version). Had to see this video, as I couldn't figure out how you got a 20-minute video when Pillman was only in ECW for a few months.

  53. Golden Earz Production Studios Inc.
    Golden Earz Production Studios Inc.
    4 muaj më parë


  54. Chad Kerwin
    Chad Kerwin
    4 muaj më parë

    Pillman was the real Lunatic Fringe

  55. Kidray 78
    Kidray 78
    4 muaj më parë

    Wow. All this time has passed since Pillman's death. Just can't believe the talent he had. Can't help but wonder what his career would have been, if he hadn't had that heart problem. RIP LOOSE CANNON💯

  56. Andrew crouch
    Andrew crouch
    4 muaj më parë

    Great video upload cheers wrestling bios best wrestling channel ever 👍

  57. Liam O'Rourke
    Liam O'Rourke
    4 muaj më parë

    Should get the Pillman book I wrote called Crazy Like A Fox. Tons of details in there about the time period not reported anywhere else.

  58. Roy Marra
    Roy Marra
    4 muaj më parë

    His name was not Bran.

  59. Classic Wrestling
    Classic Wrestling
    4 muaj më parë

  60. billywhitewolf
    4 muaj më parë

    Pillman could've been as big as Stone Cold & The Rock had he lived

  61. Rob R
    Rob R
    4 muaj më parë

    Looking back after all these years it's plain to see now, Brian Pillman was the start of the Attitude Era in not only WWF, but pro wrestling as a whole. Big shame he didn't get to ride that wave out, just think he probably would've took Stone Cold Steve Austin's place as the face of that era had the crash not happened & Brian came into WWF when it was originally planned..... 🤔

  62. Brittney Starling
    Brittney Starling
    4 muaj më parë

    It is time for Jim Cornette

  63. Johny Two Times
    Johny Two Times
    4 muaj më parë

    To say that he was a decade ahead of his time is true but even today he would be extremely good I loved Brian Pilman as a kid was an understatement! I got to see him wrestle in Greensboro at Wrestlewar 90 and he was over but seriously underused in WCW.

  64. Paul Wallis
    Paul Wallis
    4 muaj më parë

    My god, what promos! Excellent work. Deserved better, and could have helped a lot of other people with good moves, too.

  65. Daryl Sampson
    Daryl Sampson
    4 muaj më parë

    Mike tyson

  66. Daryl Sampson
    Daryl Sampson
    4 muaj më parë


  67. bob smith
    bob smith
    4 muaj më parë

    Amazing all that Pillman did from January-March 1996. Only a mere three months and still fascinating decades later.

  68. Mark Abboud
    Mark Abboud
    4 muaj më parë

    Pillman was so good. I’m glad you did this video. I watched all this as it happened, and he had every fan guessing it was a shoot. I watched his entire career, and he was an amazing talent. The Hollywood Blondes were the best tag team WCW had in the early 90s, and his loose cannon phase was brilliant. I was so sad when he passed. We miss you Brian Pillman.....

  69. Tony G.
    Tony G.
    4 muaj më parë

    This is a fantastic video with great detail! Great job!

  70. ChillPill365
    4 muaj më parë

    Brian Pillman was Attitude.

  71. lemfest
    4 muaj më parë

    Time to do one about Jeff Jarrett. From WcW to WWF to WcW

  72. Damien Defils Sr.
    Damien Defils Sr.
    4 muaj më parë

    In the 90's I was in my early teens, I had no idea what a Booker that angle confused me...didn't understand it until recently

    1. Dominique
      11 ditë më parë


  73. Rich Diaz
    Rich Diaz
    4 muaj më parë

    @wrestlingbios can we get a Tito Santana video?

  74. MadMongol Metalhead
    MadMongol Metalhead
    4 muaj më parë

    My impression Pillman is that he was Jon Moxley before Jon Moxley. Or, perhaps I should say Jon Moxley is our generations Brian Pillman.

  75. Viola Greene
    Viola Greene
    4 muaj më parë

    The biggest "what if?" of that era. Reminds me of Magnum TA with all the unanswered questions about unrealized potential due to a car wreck.

  76. king gold
    king gold
    4 muaj më parë

    I swear this Chanel’ is amazing just wished u focused on more on stuff from 2002-on bc there is a very small mount of it on here but other than that I’m impressed with your video archive

  77. suoquainen
    4 muaj më parë

    Good that he has a son, who is able to show what could have been in his own way.

  78. steven imeson
    steven imeson
    4 muaj më parë

    You've made me a new Pillman fan with the wcw vs wwf reliving the war show

  79. The Real Talk Show
    The Real Talk Show
    4 muaj më parë

    To me it sounds like Bischoff wanted Pillman to do what Drew McIntyre did which was rebuild yourself and come back a bigger star. But the difference is there’s no bigger game than WWE so no matter how much Drew got over other places the WWE was the only place that mattered. In the 90s there were 3 major companies so if Pillman wasn’t feeling valued at WCW he could leave get more money and get over somewhere else. Plus when Pillman came to WWF It was the biggest company so going back to WCW is like a step backwards.

  80. Tom Adey
    Tom Adey
    4 muaj më parë

    Pill Pillman was one of my all time favorites.

  81. Dominic Manriquez
    Dominic Manriquez
    4 muaj më parë

    best wrestling channel in the game, i thought about pillmans ecw run a bit ago then boom full break down of it from the man himself! thank you

  82. suprcrzy
    4 muaj më parë

    I respect you, Bio-man.

  83. GuyWithACamera23
    4 muaj më parë

    "You ain't runnin this interview I am, cos I'm Brian fuckin Pillman". LOVE that promo.

  84. Keith Harper
    Keith Harper
    4 muaj më parë

    And he still was the talk of wrestling in the wwf with 2 instances 1. Pillman 9mm 2. The horrible idea to interview his wife 24 hours after his death.

    1. Omega Rowley
      Omega Rowley
      4 muaj më parë

      He did get a wrestling term named after him though

  85. biggdogg35810
    4 muaj më parë

    Never was a big fan of Pillman. He just never came across to me as someone to follow.

    1. Chad Kerwin
      Chad Kerwin
      4 muaj më parë


  86. Brandon Jackson
    Brandon Jackson
    4 muaj më parë

    Brian Pillman was 20 years ahead of his time. You can see his influence in Moxley and Sammy Guevara to name a few. I thought he was legitimately crazy. He would've been huge today. He will always be one of my favorite wrestlers ever.

  87. Carl Sixsmith
    Carl Sixsmith
    4 muaj më parë

    I found the loose cannon character boring and phoney. It was totally unrealistic.

  88. Antony Bennett
    Antony Bennett
    4 muaj më parë

    Definitely prefer this intro music! Great video my friend, God bless🙏

  89. The AJ Universe
    The AJ Universe
    4 muaj më parë

    Great job!

  90. Raphael Morrata
    Raphael Morrata
    4 muaj më parë

    Pillman had talent. He would have been perfect during the attitude Era.

    1. Kenneth Flagler jr
      Kenneth Flagler jr
      4 muaj më parë

      Straight facts

  91. Curb Your Insanity
    Curb Your Insanity
    4 muaj më parë

    One of the best "what if" wrestlers of all time. The guy was money and had he lived longer I dare say he'd of been in that main event scene.

  92. BsmittyComedy
    4 muaj më parë

    Sensational Video! I was a pillman fan since Flyin Brian and the Cincinnati Bengals shorts

  93. He's a Modernaire
    He's a Modernaire
    4 muaj më parë

    Wow... I never saw the big pencil thingy before... His gimmick was truly batshit (that's a compliment, don't "@" me).

    1. Chad Kerwin
      Chad Kerwin
      4 muaj më parë

      Even Jericho said he didn't know if Pillman was working or not cause they crossed paths in ECW for a bit.

  94. Joe Kiely
    Joe Kiely
    4 muaj më parë

    Great video thought at the risk of making anyone who reads this feel old Superbrawl 6 was the day before I was born

  95. maixiu
    4 muaj më parë

    The one thing that kind of ruined the initial ECW segment was Shane Douglas screaming "He's shooting, he's shooting!" into the microphone. Nothing says "this is a work" more than having one of the workers insist it's not.

  96. Blind Terry Tucci
    Blind Terry Tucci
    4 muaj më parë

    Every time I see anything involving the Flair/Arn/Pillman/Benoit Horsemen lineup I get depressed. The potential there could have made it the best 4H lineup of all time.

  97. Darin rampage Adams
    Darin rampage Adams
    4 muaj më parë

    I always wanted to see a bio on Pillman in ecw, it was a very interesting time

  98. Solvent Based
    Solvent Based
    4 muaj më parë

    One of my fav intros

  99. jgfear
    4 muaj më parë

    I was in the “ ECW Arena” the night he cut a worked shoot promo on New Jack that never made it to air. In the promo he dropped the “ N” word and New Jack flipped out and had to led out of the building by security. Or that’s what we were led to believe.

  100. NiloNutz
    4 muaj më parë

    The Best 17:15