In what will go down as one of the strangest stories I can ever remember writing about, Extreme Rising emailed current champion Stevie Richards today, demanding he return their title belt (which he has kept since winning and has taken overseas and to independent shows to defend as a way to raise the profile of the promotion) or else…because of Richards said he would defend the belt via a videogame.
Over the course of the weekend, Richards and former ECW star Danny Doring, who are close friends, were writing each other back and forth via Twitter and Facebook.
Richards, a videogame and technology aficionado, posted a photo of the Rising belt and his copy of the latest Madden videogame on his Twitter account, jokingly offering to defend his belt via the game online since he lost his bookings over Wrestlemania weekend.
Doring then posted a photo of the old ECW World Tag Team belt (which has been in his possession since the company closed in 2001) on his Twitter account and responded that he would put up that belt as well, joking it would be “defunct promotion vs. defunct promotion.”
Shortly after, Richards received an email from the promotion, upset over the two friends “blowing off steam online”, as Richards termed it, demanding the return of the belt by the end of this week, noting they were “disappointed” over the description of the promotion as defunct.
Richards noted that what really upset him the most was that the promotion “doubted his ability as a Madden player.” He noted that Rising was upset over something that “20 people saw on Twitter” and said he’s tried to help the company by carrying their belt and was amazed they saw the comments as anything more than two people goofing off online.
He also noted that it was silly no one just called him, especially since he hasn’t had any communication with anyone at Rising beyond a text announcing the cancellation of the Wrestlemania weekend shows.
One Extreme Rising official noted they were upset over the promotion being described as “defunct”, which is something Doring, not Richards, wrote.
Despite the threat, Doring and Richards intend to play the game after all and Richards is looking for a way for the game to be streamed online for whoever cares to watch it. The two intend to build up their “new rivalry” online. Stay tuned to their Twitter accounts (linked above) for more.
ECW star Danny Doring sat down with Justin Henry of WrestleCrap.com this week to take part in the new, but popular, weekly interview segment, “Count of 10″. The interview asks 10 questions that range from pro wrestling to some unique questions that the interview subject may not expect from just about any topic possible.
Thus far, all of these “Count of 10″ interviews have been pretty laid back and fun, with some pretty interesting tidbits thrown in along the way. This is the first interview that included some quotes that are rather newsworthy. In this interview, Doring was asked about the animosity that he’s shown towards Paul Heyman over the years and if those bad feelings led to any awkward situations when he came back for the “One Night Stand” shows. Doring told WrestleCrap:
“There’s this misconception of being being “bitter”, and blaming this man, for what happened to me. That’s pretty far from the truth. I do know for a fact he buried me every chance he got. I know he didn’t believe in me. I hear these from very reliable sources. My issues are many.
First, how can a man legally get away with bouncing as many checks as he did? Who knows. Second, he never called us to tell us it was over; he just took a job to save his ass, and didn’t care enough about anyone to man up and at least tell the truth. For him to preach ECW loyalty, and buried EVERYONE else for leaving for “greener pastures”, is hypocrisy incarnate.
I will never be able to prove it, and he’d never admit it, but we have reason to believe he hurt Chris Chetti’s chances to get hired in 2000. I also know for a fact that while Roadkill was in OVW, he had this huge speech where he praised Kill and (from what I heard from several people), said I had no idea how to sacrifice, and I had no heart, and that’s why I wasn’t under contract and Roadkill was. That’s was puzzling considering the night my mother died, I was supposed to be home. It was my first week off ring duty, but I filled in because the guys weren’t there. Subsequently, instead of being home, I traveled to Philly to get a early start, setting the building up for TV.
The night my mother died, I should’ve been home. I wasn’t. I was doing what needed to be done for ECW. I live with that everyday. Every f–king day. I never even took time off. I went right to work. So this man who lived with his parents while running a company, and being an “Evil Genius,” can now tell a group of hopefuls that I’m this and that and paint a false picture of me. After all the miles I drove for free, the bounced checks, the ring and TV and PPV set-ups? I don’t know sacrifice? Wow. That’s disrespect to me, and my family. I’ll leave it at that, because everything else I can say isn’t even THAT nice.”
Later on in the interview, Doring was asked how he looks back upon his ECW career. After listing some of the good things about the company, Doring mentions some of the negative things and takes aim at the new popular reference of being a “Paul Heyman Guy”. Doring quipped:
“The unfortunate thing is a lot of us were labeled as “ECW Hardcore wrestlers”, “Kool-Aid drinkers” or, God forbid, a “Heyman Guy” (which by the way is a worse term than the “N” word. OK, maybe not, but close).”
You can read the entire “Count of 10″ with Danny Doring on WrestleCrap.com. You can follow Justin Henry on Twitter @WrestleCrapJRH.
Perry Saturn makes his return to New York City for his first match in the area in years this Saturday. Saturn will take on Danny Doring in Middle Village, Queens for Showcase Championship Wrestling. Also set for the show are the following:
* Chris Harris vs. Danny Inferno
* Nunzio (w/Sal E. Graziano) vs. Josh Daniels
* Smith James vs. Matt Borne
* Appearances by Rik Ratchet, Judas Young, Kodiak Bear, The Playas Club, Bill Carr, Pat Buck, Spartan and more.
Matt Hardy announced that he has relaunched his official website at MattHardyBrand.com.
Credit – PWInsider
The current plan for the Extreme Reunion event on 4/28 is to have another 4-5 matches beyond that has been already announced. There will be some new talent debuting beyond just the ECW nostalgia matches that are booked, so they can showcase the battle plan of mixing older vets with newer names who can handle the style.
Former XPW star Altar Boy Luke Hawx has been tearing down Shane Douglas online of late, which appears to be a viral tease of him working the show.
The word making the rounds today is a former WCW name will be working 2 Cold Scorpio on Saturday at the event. There were a number of potential surprises that were being worked on in the last few days, including some other names from the original ECW. None of those surprises are Tommy Dreamer, who based on reader reaction, everyone expects to work the show. He’s actually booked in NYC for FWE that night.
The official name of the company behind Extreme Reunion is “Five Guys Wrestling” – with those five being Shane Douglas, Cody Michaels, Kevin Kleinrock (who is heading up production), and Steve and Michael O’Neill, who were involved in Urban Wrestling and Dangerous Women of Wrestling.
Unless the sides come to terms, one name that won’t be there this Saturday is Danny Doring. One half of the final ECW World Tag Team champions, Doring announced online yesterday that he would not be at the event. Doring claimed that he was never really officially booked as they had never agreed upon a price, although there were talks between the two sides. In an appearance on the Online World of Wrestling podcast, Doring explained that he was going to be doing an angle where he showed up and ran down the reunion concept, which would have led to JC Ice coming out and finally the Gangstas. Doring would have then fed Ice to the team and run off unscathed, kicking off the start of a storyline. Doring noted tha while he had helped come up with the angle, at no point was he officially booked since in his mind, they never confirmed a price and he wasn’t going to work the show without having everything in order. Doring said last night he was putting the angle out there since it was made clear that even though he wasn’t coming in, they were going to do it, including using his ideas and verbiage, so he wanted it known where they came from.
Rhino, who was booked initially for this weekend, pulled off. He is scheduled for the 6/30 date in Philadelphia. There will be some ECW talents who weren’t booked for this event booked for the June return.
Wolfie D of PG-13 will also not be appearing due to a personal issue he has to attend to. He’s booked for the return date in June.
There is talk of adding a Friday 6/29 date in the Northeast as well.
Extreme Reunion will kick off Saturday morning with a Fanfest at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory, followed by a live event at 7 PM with Shane Douglas vs. Sabu, Axl Rotten vs. Balls Mahoney, Al Snow vs. CW Anderson, Raven vs. Pitbull Gary Wolfe, The BWO vs. The FBI, Sandman, The Gangstas and more. For more on Extreme Reunion, visitwww.extremereunion.net.
A number of former ECW stars are scheduled to appear this Saturday at Baltimore Celebrity Fest 2011 (located at Best Western BWI 6755 Dorsey Rd. Elkridge, MD) including: Terry Funk, Axl Rotten, Balls Mahoney, Nunzio, Joel Gertner, Raven, Justin Credible, Blue Meanie, Chastity, Danny Doring, Mikey Whipwreck, Tammy “Sunny” Sytch, Shane Douglas, Gorgeous George, Judge Jeff Jones and Jimmy Cicero. The Headbangers, Gillberg, Baby Doll, Samantha Starr, Manny Fernandez, Nikolai Volkoff, Iron Sheik, Sonjay Dutt and Ox Baker will also be on hand for the event. Visit www.bmorecelebfest.com for more information.