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Back in the Summer of 2005 the WWE made the decision to go into the annals of their tape library. The WWE opened the door for an ECW reunion show lead by Paul Heyman and Tommy Dreamer and the show felt very authentic sort of like an original ECW event. A former home base for of the company in the Hammerstein Ballroom and that played host to both events. One Night Stand the first time around was amazing with a large number of former ECW talent featured on the show including a Main Event lead by the Dudley Boys facing Dreamer & Sandman.
One year later everything changed as the WWE decided against having Dreamer and Heyman have complete control over the event and they took more control. This likely had to do with the fact that soon after the event the ECW brand was introduced as a third brand on television. But with names like Rey Mysterio, Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, and Big Show featured on the show it didn't have the same nostalgia as the first One Night Stand.
Due to the fact that a number of stars worked on the show that never worked in ECW and that affected the event, because it didn't feel small and it felt more like a WWE PPV than the type of PPV that the first one felt like. The nostalgia, intimacy, and small budget feel were all missing from this event which hurt the event as those characteristics is what made the first One Night Stand so special.