It was a cold, snowy day Saturday, December 29th 2012 as Extreme Rising crowned their first ever World Champion at their marquee event “Card Subject to Change”, hosted at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory.
It all started November 17th 2012 at the Golden Dome in Monaca, PA (right outside Pittsburgh, PA) at “Remember November”. Extreme Rising hosted round one of their title tournament to crown the first ever champion. Luke Hawx scored a win over ECW legend Perry Saturn, while Stevie Richards scored his spot by making the new comer, Greek God Papadon submit. Devon Storm pinned the genocidal Sabu, while Rhino slipped into Jerry Lynn’s spot (Lynn fell ill and was unable to travel to event) and defeated the Notorious 1-8-7 Homicide.
Hawx vs. Richards started things off on December 29th in Philly. Stevie Richards was the crowd favorite and made Luke Hawx tap out for the victory. Next Rhino scored a brutal win over Devon Storm to set the stage for the main event later in the evening –STEVIE RICHARDS vs. RHINO. The winner will be crowned the first-ever Extreme Rising World Champion. Both men are more than qualified to carry this title, but only one will come out the victor.
Extreme Rising packed the Armory in Northeast Philadelphia with reports of over 1,000 fans in attendance, as they continue to average 1,000 fans per the five events hosted for 2012 –a feat unheard of in today’s wrestling scene. The fans were ready for Rhino vs. Richards, both ECW originals, with Rhino being the last ever ECW World & TV Champion. Richard’s has a long storied past that includes alliances and fights with his former mentor Raven –whom looks to be playing head games with Richards already as they had an in-ring confrontation in Monaca on 11/17/12.
RHINO vs. RICHARDS ended at around 1am Saturday, December 30th –but the fans stayed and rallied both men to give it their all in and out of the ring. There was one winner. A champion crowned and showered with adoration and chants from the lively audience who witness history in the making as the first-ever Extreme Rising Champion was crowned. It truly was an amazing night! Purchase the DVD to witness this with your own eyes. In fact, witness the entire event at almost 4 hours on the DVD. If there is one DVD you MUST have from 2012 –it’s Extreme Rising “Card Subject to Change” 12/29/12 Philadelphia, PA.
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