The loaded event schedule at WrestleMania 29 weekend just got a bit lighter thanks to Extreme Rising canceling its three shows.
Fans won't see Stevie Richards take on Raven with the Extreme Rising world title on the line or Jushin Liger battle Sabu. The Extreme Rising promotion has bowed out of the frenzy that is the New York and New Jersey area wrestling extravaganza.
Wrestling Observer (via ProWrestling.net) reports that "Extreme Rising has canceled their three WrestleMania weekend shows in Philadelphia and Staten Island. No reason was given for the cancellations."
The Extreme Rising website informs fans that they can make refunds at point of purchase or by emailing the company.
With as much buzz as WWE's events received, with events like SuperCard 2013, WrestleCon and with Ring of Honor and TNA putting on shows as well, the lesser-known Extreme Rising promotion had a lot to compete with.
ProWrestling.net relays that "slow ticket sales are to blame for the cancellation."
The cancellations are unfortunate because the Extreme Rising shows were mighty intriguing. The Thursday show had Matt Hardy, Super Crazy, Ball Mahoney, Sabu, Jushin Liger and Raven on the card. The Friday and Saturday shows were set to utilize a creative booking method.
The promotion was going to let fans put the card, choosing both the matches and the stipulations. The innovative concept was sure to be a fun, a similar move to what WWE once did for its Cyber Sunday pay-per-view.
Fans headed to WrestleMania still have a glut of options from April 4 to April 7. It seems the entire pro wrestling world sans Extreme Rising is converging in New Jersey and New York.
Fans hungry to see Blue Meanie in a Singapore Cane Match or Hijo de Rey Misterio fight someone in a No Holds Barred match will have to wait indefinitely.