Extreme Rising Presents: Redemption
Pennsylvania National Guard Armory
Extreme Rising opens the show with ring announcer Steven DiAngeles welcoming everyone back. Steven then introduces one half of tonight’s broadcast team for the iPPV, Robbie Mireno. Robbie comes out to the ring to a “who are you?” reaction from the crowd here in Philly. Robbie runs down the card scheduled for tonight, the boos from the crowd getting louder and louder as he goes on. Robbie then turns his focus and tries to get more heat by using the “I’m better than you” approach but he fails miserably at it. He is saved from further embarrassment when Joel Gertner, the other half of the broadcast team, makes his way down the ring. Once in the ring, Joel rhymes for the audience which brings the audience back up from where they were when they were booing Robbie Mireno. Joel finishes his poems and the two broadcasters exit the ring so Steven DiAngeles can announce the first match.
Match #1: The Dramatics vs. The F.B.I.
Getting their shot to wrestle on the main show after having wrestled a pre-show match at Extreme Reunion, The Dramatics make their return as they take on ECW originals and fan favorites The F.B.I. From the opening bell, the much bigger and stronger Dramatics dominate. There is a brief window there where Little Guido and Tony Mamaluke manage to mount a little bit of offense but it doesn’t last long. To The F.B.I.’s credit, the veterans do manage to hang in the match for a while but one has to wonder if that was the smart move or not. After several long minutes of getting squashed, The F.B.I.’s fight finally wears out and The Dramatics finish them off, getting their first ever victory here in Extreme Rising.
Winners: The Dramatics
Match #2: CW Anderson vs. Pitbull Gary Wolfe w/ Christina Vicious
Quickly transitioning from the first match to the second match, Redemption moves on to match #2. This match tonight features two ECW originals in “The Enforcer” CW Anderson and “Pitbull” Gary Wolfe. Gary Wolfe, after having been involved in an absolute disaster of a “match” against Raven at Extreme Reunion, looks to get off on a better foot tonight as he takes on a tough opponent in CW Anderson. As you would expect from these two, the match is very physical. The two immediately proceed to beating the living daylights out of each other. Neither one really has any sort of advantage until the end of the match when Gary Wolfe decides to try and use his secret weapon, his valet Christina. Christina gets up on the ring apron to distract the referee which in turn distracts CW Anderson, enough for Gary Wolfe to get an opening that he can take advantage of. Gary Wolfe locks himself in on CW Anderson and after a brief struggle, he hits his finisher and covers CW for the 1, 2, 3.
Winner: Pitbull Gary Wolfe
Match #3: Balls Mahoney vs. ??? – Anything Goes
Once both Gary Wolfe and CW Anderson get up and make their way to the back, AC/DC’s Big Balls hits and the crowd goes wild as Balls Mahoney steps out of the entrance curtain, steel chair in hand. Recently Balls posted a video on YouTube where he called out anyone, challenging them to an anything goes hardcore match. Once in the ring, Balls grabs a microphone and starts taunting the back locker room, trying to get anyone to come out and face him. Balls doesn’t wait long, as soon as he starts taunting, his challenge is accepted when The Blue Meanie steps out of the curtain. Balls can’t believe it. The Blue Meanie steps in to the ring and extends his hand towards Balls, in a show of good sportsmanship. Balls shakes his hand and the match is on. As one would expect from these two, this was not anywhere near close to being a traditional wrestling match, but rather a bloody, violent fight. Only a minute or so in and the match has already spilled out to the floor outside the ring. Both men begin pulling weapons from under the ring or wherever they can find them and start using them on their opponent. The crowd is loving it, as they are chanting “E-C-DUB, E-C-DUB” at the first sight of blood. After having used nearly every weapon imaginable, no one knows exactly where the violence goes from here, except for Balls Mahoney. Setting up a table in the middle of the ring, with The Blue Meanie struggling to stand up at his feet, Balls pulls out a bottle of lighter fluid and sprays it on the table. He then pulls out a lighter and lights the table on fire! He struggles to get The Blue Meanie to his feet but he manages to do it just in time. With an awful looking power bomb, Balls throws the Meanie through the table. The referee then checks on The Blue Meanie and when it’s determined that the Meanie cannot continue, the referee declares Balls Mahoney the winner.
Winner: Balls Mahoney
Match #4: Luke Hawx vs. Stevie Richards
Once all the mess has been cleaned up from the previous match, the next match can begin. Before Steven DiAngeles can even begin to introduce it, Luke Hawx interrupts. Walking down the entrance way, Luke Hawx continues his crusade against the extreme legacy by burying the previous match and all others like it, calling it a disgrace to wrestling. He then says that he is going to take out each and every one of the extreme originals, one by one starting with his opponent tonight, Stevie Richards. On cue, Stevie Richards’ music hits and he wastes no time getting to the ring, dashing from the entrance curtain to the ring area where Luke Hawx awaits. Stevie takes Luke down and starts beating on him right away but eventually Luke gets away. This is a pattern that continues throughout the whole match, Stevie catches Luke and beats on him, and then Luke manages to slither out. Luke just does not seem very focused on Stevie Richards, rather he seems more interested in arguing with the fans that trying to take out his opponent. It is this focus on the fans instead of Stevie that ends up costing Luke the match. Back in the ring, a group of fans gets Luke’s attention. With his back turned to Stevie so he can argue with the fans, this allows Stevie to lock in and wait. Once Luke turns around, Stevie nails him with the Stevie kick, following it up with the cover and the 1, 2, 3.
Winner: Stevie Richards
Stevie gets a well-deserved victory and Luke Hawx gets put in his place at the same time. As the referee raises Stevie’s hand, Luke Hawx collects himself, gets up to his feet, and blindsides Stevie from behind. Luke starts beating on him but it doesn’t last long. “Enter Sandman” starts playing and the crowd erupts as The Sandman makes his appearance tonight. Rather than come through the crowd, The Sandman makes his way to the ring via the entrance way and unlike Extreme Reunion, he does it fast. Luke notices The Sandman running towards him and quickly ducks out of the ring, exiting through an opening in the crowd. The Sandman enters the ring and points his kendo stick at Luke as the fans sing along to “Enter Sandman.” Someone from the outside hands The Sandman a beer and you know what happens after that. The Sandman then offers a beer to Stevie Richards and the two celebrate in the ring together as Luke Hawx backs his way out of the arena.
Match #5: Bestia 666 vs. Pesadilla
Back from intermission, and before match #5 can begin, the music of “The Franchise” Shane Douglas hits. The crowd goes wild as Shane, dressed in nice management style clothes, makes his way down to the ring. Shane thanks the fans in attendance and the fans watching on iPPV for supporting them even though they got off to a rough start. Shane then transitions in to talking about one of the things that made the original ECW so great, that being all the luchadors that Paul Heyman brought in from Mexico. Guys such as Psychosis, Rey Misterio Jr., and of course the late great Eddie Guerrero. Shane then introduces two guys that he says will be leading the new charge of extreme Lucha Libre, them two being Bestia 666 and Pesadilla.
Once the two luchadors are finally in the ring together, the match can begin. The crowd is a little unsure of what to make of these two, since although they come from well-known extreme bloodlines, they themselves aren’t that well known yet. But as the pace and the action of the match picks up, the crowd gets more and more in to it. As you would expect from a Lucha Libre match, there is a lot of high risk, high flying, quick moves put on display by these two. However, neither seem to be getting much of an advantage. It is very 50/50 until a slip up by Pesadilla causes Bestia 666 to take permanent control. After a couple minutes of wearing down his opponent, Bestia 666 gets Pesadilla in position for his finisher, La Valagueza. Bestia hits it and quickly covers Pesadilla, getting the win.
Winner: Bestia 666
Match #6: Blk Out vs. The Gangstas
Switching gears, and styles, Redemption rolls on with match #6 tonight, a match that The Gangstas initiated when they posted a video on YouTube calling out Blk Out for jumping them from behind at Extreme Reunion. Blk Out are first to the ring, taking the same route as Luke Hawx did, trashing the fans and trashing their opponents. They are quickly shut up when “Natural Born Killers” starts blaring throughout the armory. The Gangstas, New Jack and Mustafa, begin making their way to the ring, with a shopping cart full of weapons in tow. The Gangstas enter the ring and all hell breaks loose. Instead of trying to take control, the referee simply decides to let them go, throwing the rule book out the window. The Gangstas start empting their shopping cart, using all the weapons inside one by one on Blk Out, weapons from baseball bats to kendo sticks to hockey sticks, even using the shopping cart itself on occasion. Blk Out doesn’t get much offense at all, if any, in on The Gangstas, rather it seems that they are just simply trying to survive this beating. The brawl soon spills out in to the crowd. New Jack is battling Blk Jeez and Mustafa is battling Ruckus. Mustafa and Ruckus stay closer to the ring while New Jack and Blk Jeez move towards the back. New Jack then spots a table that has merchandise on it sitting right next to the back bleachers. He hatches an idea. Tossing all the merchandise off the table, New Jack puts Blk Jeez on the table and then proceeds to climb on to the bleachers. Once New Jack reaches the top, he jumps off, landing right on top of Blk Jeez, driving him through the table. The referee, having seen enough, declares The Gangstas the winners.
Winners: The Gangstas
Match #7: Matt Hardy w/ Reby Sky vs. Too Cold Scorpio w/ Bill Alfonso
After The Gangstas and Blk Out have been led to the back and all their mess has been cleaned up, the show can move on. Match #7 features a newcomer to Extreme Rising but certainly not a newcomer to the world of wrestling, that man being Matt Hardy. Matt, accompanied to the ring by his girlfriend Reby Sky, as expected gets a very bad reaction from the crowd in Philly. Matt is very aware of this and knows that he must put on a good showing here tonight if he is to be accepted by the extreme audience. His opponent, someone who is very accepted by the extreme audience, that man being Too Cold Scorpio, also begins making his way to the ring, followed closely behind by his manager Bill Alfonso.
Once in the ring, both Too Cold and Matt Hardy lock up. Looking like he is trying very hard not to screw up, Matt Hardy has a hard time in the early goings with regards to getting any sort of offense in. Too Cold, with the audience on his side, dominates. Too Cold continues to dominate until an argument on the outside takes his focus away. Bill Alfonso, who has been yelling at and taunting Reby Sky all match, finally gets in her face. We can’t tell exactly what they’re saying but it appears that Bill is telling her that she has no business here. The two then get in to a brief psychical altercation which only ends when Atlas Security breaks the two up. Seeing his opponent distracted and seeing his girlfriend hold her own, Matt Hardy gets a second wind which he uses to take control of the match. Too Cold stays in the match for quite some time after that but he is unable to regain the success that he had previously. Slowly but surely the crowd starts turning towards Matt Hardy which empowers him even further. Once the crowd gets as much behind him as possible, Matt decides it’s time to end it. Seeing the opportunity, Matt hits a Twist of Fate on Too Cold which he follows up with a pin attempt and the 1, 2, 3.
Winner: Matt Hardy
Following their match, Matt Hardy attempts to help Too Cold up, in a show of respect for the extreme original but Too Cold will have nothing of it. Deciding instead to blow Hardy off, Too Cold gets up by himself and heads to the back by himself. There is nothing Hardy can do but shrug his shoulders and start heading to the back as well. Once in the back, the main event can begin.
Match #8: Devon Storm vs. Jerry Lynn
In a rematch from Extreme Reunion which many people agree was the match that saved the event from being a complete disaster, Devon Storm takes on Jerry Lynn. Both men get amazing reactions from the crowd as they make their way to the ring, the crowd showing each man how much they appreciated their efforts at Extreme Reunion. Once both men enter the ring the match can begin. Early on the match is very back and forth, taking on the look of a more traditional ground and pound wrestling match with each man trading submission holds back and forth. Once they get sick of that, the action starts to pick up, eventually spilling out to the floor below. Now on the outside, the action starts to favor Jerry Lynn that is until he notices Homicide once again sitting at ringside. The two get in to an argument where Homicide attempts to try and punch Jerry but is stopped when Atlas Security intervene. This turns the tide in the match back towards Devon Storm. Devon has control until the crowd, who has been more behind Jerry Lynn, starts cheering for him even more which boosts him up enough to fight his way back in to the match. It now becomes a case of who will give first. Each man trades moves back and forth, neither giving up any ground. The match looks like it could go on forever until out of nowhere Devon Storm surges ahead and takes control, never letting it go. He struggles for about a minute to get Jerry Lynn in to the right place but once he does he hits the Eye of the Storm, following it up with a cover and the 1, 2, 3.
Winner: Devon Storm
Following the end of the match, Devon Storm gets his hand raised by the referee and then once that’s over, he proceeds to go directly towards the back. Once Jerry Lynn manages to get to his feet, the crowd cheers him as he heads to the back. The show ends with Steven DiAngeles thanking everyone.