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WWE signs ECW alumni




Confirming what has long been the buzz on various websites, WWE officially announced the signing of five stars of Extreme Championship Wrestling.

As noted on wwe.com, the Fed has signed Jazz, Axl Rotten, Balls Mahoney, CW Anderson and Sabu to contracts. Terms of these agreements were not announced on WWE's website, though Sabu's official website, officialsabu.com, noted in an April 24 posting that he had signed a one-year agreement.

Of the five wrestlers, only Jazz had previously been with WWE. The former WWE Women's Champion debuted during the InVasion as part of the WCW/ECW alliance. Jazz would have a fairly successful campaign before being released from the Fed a couple years ago, along with her husband, Rodney Mack.

Though he has never wrestled an official "WWE" match, Sabu has appeared on the Fed's programming at various times. Along with his match against Rhyno at One Night Stand last year, Sabu, a former ECW Heavyweight Champion, was also a part of the ECW group that came onto Monday Night Raw during a 1997 cross-promotion stint. He has most recently been seen on TNA programming, with his last bout for the company coming at their Lockdown pay-per-view.

Both Rotten and Mahoney made brief appearances at One Night Stand, though not in offical matches. Mahoney, whose real name is Jonathan Richner, has previously appeared in the WWE as Xanta Claus.

Anderson, the newest name of the five, joined ECW close to the end of its run. Like the other signed stars, Anderson has spent much of his time on the independent circuit. This will be his first stint on WWE TV, though he has wrestled the occasional dark match for the Fed.

Stay tuned to SLAM! Wrestling for more ECW news.

-- with files from Jon Waldman.