Taz had signed with the World Wrestling Federation following his championship loss to Mike Awesome on September 19, 1999. However, Awesome unexpectedly signed with World Championship Wrestling in 2000 while still being champion. As a result, Paul Heyman and Vince McMahon arranged for Taz to return to ECW and defeat Awesome for the championship.
Douglas pinned Funk in an Ultimate Jeopardy match also involving, Mr. Hughes, Rocco Rock, Johnny Grunge, Road Warrior Hawk, Kevin Sullivan, and The Tazmaniac. On August 27, 1994, the championship was renamed the ECW World Heavyweight Championship when Douglas relinquished the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. ECW leaves the NWA and is renamed Extreme Championship Wrestling. WWE recognizes the championship history beginning on August 27, 1994.
Snuka defeated Salvatore Bellomo in a tournament final to become the first NWA-ECW Heavyweight Champion. NWA-ECW Heavyweight Championship reigns are not recognized by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).