July 16, 1994
The Battle for the Future
Eastern Championship Wrestling
In professional wrestling, Heat Wave was an event held by the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States-based professional wrestling promotion Eastern Championship Wrestling/Extreme Championship Wrestling annually from 1994 to 2000. The 1998, 1999 and 2000 iterations of Heat Wave aired on pay-per-view (PPV), while the 1997 iteration was an Internet pay-per-view (iPPV). The footage from the seven Heat Wave events is owned by WWE.
Heat Wave (1994): The Battle for The Future was a live event that took place on July 16, 1994 in the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The commentator for the event was Joey Styles.
Heat Wave (1995): Rage In The Cage! was a live event that took place on July 15, 1995 in the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The commentator for the event was Joey Styles.
Heat Wave (1995) is known for the aftermath of the cage match between Stevie Richards and Luna Vachon, which saw Tommy Dreamer handcuff Raven to the cage and break a folding chair over his head in what was described as "the chair shot heard around the world".
Heat Wave (1996) took place on July 13, 1996 from the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This was internet only.
Heat Wave (1997) took place on July 19, 1997 from the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This was an internet pay-per-view (iPPV).
Heat Wave (1998) took place on August 2, 1998 from the Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first edition of Heat Wave to be broadcast on pay-per-view.
Heat Wave (1999) took place on July 18, 1999 from the Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
Heat Wave (2000) took place on July 16, 2000 from the Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Prior to the main event, six wrestlers from the LA-based Xtreme Pro Wrestling promotion, who were given front row tickets by promotion owner Rob Zicari, donned shirts of their promotion, which caught the attention of Tommy Dreamer and ECW security and were promptly ejected. A brawl in parking lot between XPW ring crew and the ECW locker room followed, based on false reporting that Francine had been touched by someone from XPW.