UPDATE x 2: PWInsider released a response from Maryland Championship Wrestling president Dan McDevitt on the earlier press release, which was issued by Steve O’Neill of Extreme Rising:
I received the Press release that you sent to me requesting my comments and wanted to respond. First and foremost I have not agreed to make any changes to my card tonight with anyone so I am really not sure where this is coming from. However I would appreciate it if you would post my response along with posting this release from Extreme Rising.
In reviewing the release there were several things that stood out to me that have made me wonder if Steve is living in the same world that we are. The first thing right away was the statement that “Extreme Rising Pro Wrestling was never contacted”. Of course they were not contacted, how would they be? Do they not acknowledge that three months ago they threw the Ninja Smoke ball down and disappeared with Hundreds maybe even thousands of fans’ money & many wrestlers’ paydays without any explanation just days before these events were to happen. It would probably be much easier to find the body of Jimmy Hoffa than it would to find him so of course no one contacted them.
My next thought was of really just of disappointment. I have been Involved with this business for over 20 years now and I can say that I still love this business as much as I did when I started in it maybe even more so now. I truly hate everything that happens in this business that end up leaving black eyes on the business as a whole. That is why I feel truly disappointed that Steve’s first public statement is about a match stipulation that is not even on one of his shows concerning a company that does not have any events scheduled in the foreseeable future. His first public statement should be to the fans that spent money on tickets, booked hotels and made travel arrangements to attend shows that never happened. It should have also been to all of the people that believed in him and the wrestlers that took his dates over others and lost money for which they most likely use to feed their families. Rather than being worried about who is recognized as the champion, he should be more concerned with making right with all of the people that were done wrong.
Concerning the stipulation for tonight’s MCW Championship TLC Match between Matt Hardy & Luke Hawx my only concern is that it is for The Maryland Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Championship. If Matt & Luke want to bring other championships, The deed to their houses, a Mountain bike, A gift card to Target and a partridge in a pear tree and put them all on the line tonight than that is on them.
I hope that clears things up Mike, Let me know if you need anything else. If anyone would like more information on tonight’s event they can visit our website @ www.MarylandWrestling.com
Maryland Championship Wrestling
UPDATE: Steve O’Neill of Extreme Rising issued the following press release:
EXTREME RISING CHAMPIONSHIP BELT REMOVED FROM MCW EVENT THIS SATURDAY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Extreme Rising World Champion and championship belt will not be appearing Saturday, July 19th 2014 for MCW in Joppa, MD thanks to Dan McDevitt and Maryland Championship Wrestling for their cooperation in this matter.
It had come to our attention that a match featuring Wrestling Superstar Matt Hardy and Luke Hawx is being promoted for the Maryland and Extreme Rising Championship World Title.
Extreme Rising Pro Wrestling was never contacted concerning this stipulation. After communicating with Dan McDevitt of MCW, the Extreme Rising title stipulation has been removed from the match. We appreciate Mr. McDevitt’s professionalism in this matter.
Extreme Rising has not sanctioned any World Title matches for its championship belt since before April 30th 2014. No one has ever defeated Stevie Richards in an Extreme Rising sanctioned title match.
STEVIE RICHARDS is –and has been the only officially recognized champion and title holder for Extreme Rising Pro Wrestling, since his winning of the title tournament dated December 29th 2012 at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory in Philadelphia, PA.
Presently, Oren Hawxhurst aka Luke Hawx has physical possession of the Extreme Rising World Title. Extreme Rising has reached out to Mr. Hawxhurst through our attorney, but has yet to receive our property. We had hope that a professional and amicable return of the World title to our office would be in order by Mr. Hawxshurt, but to date hasn’t happened.
You may read the entire back story on the Extreme Rising Title / Stevie Richards / Luke Hawx situation here http://extremerising.com/extreme-rising-world-title-turmoil
ORIGINAL: Below is the current lineup for Maryland Championship Wrestling’s 2014 Shane Memorial Cup set for later tonight in Joffa, Maryland.
* Tony Nese vs. Papadon
* The CEO Of Black WallStreet DROLIX vs. Shaun Cannon
* Bo Nekoda vs. Brandon Scott
* Shane Strickland vs. Fenix Fury
*Both team members advance Los Ben Dejos (Cruz & Rios) vs. Team Wildkat (Bolt Brady & Bu Ku Dao)
* Reby Sky vs. Shelly Martinez
* Devon & Buck Chyld & G-Fed vs “The Kings” Ryan McBride & The Hell Cats with Ken Dixon, Justin Schlegal & Jessie Kaye
*M CW Tag Team champions Napalm & Solo with Amber Rodriquez vs. Adam Flash & Ronnie Zukko
* Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup 14 Finals – Six Way Elimination Match.
TLC: MCW champion Matt Hardy vs. Luke Hawx