into the crowd on Hardy. Sabu went for an Asai Moonsault but Reby Sky distracted her.
Hardy attacked Sabu but Sabu came back with a Arabian Facebuster and a triple jump moonsault. He covered Hardy for a two count. Hardy drilled Sabu with a chair to the chest. He pulled a table into the ring.
Hardy set up the table but Sabu worked him over. He placed Hardy on the table but Reby went after him. The referee stopped her so she grabbed him by the groin. The ref shoved her down so Hardy put him on the table. Sabu and Hardy both went for legdrops off the top through the table and ref Mike Kehner but Sabu slipped and Hardy didn't break the table. Sabu apologized and they did it again destroying Mike Kehner. None of this made any sense, but OK.
Another referee hit the ring as Kehner was carted out. Sabu and Hardy continued to battle. Sabu brought another table in. He and Hardy went back and forth. Sabu placed Hardy on a table. Homicide and Luke Hawx hit the ring and attacked Sabu. Reby jumped on his back. Reby was hit with a Fall Away Slam.
Hardy hit the Side Effect on Hawx. Sabu nailed a legdrop through a table on Luke. Hardy nailed a Twist of Fate on Sabu and pinned him.
Your winner, Matt Hardy!
OK match. It got a little too wacky as it went on for my taste. The run-in does make sense from a storyline basis with Hardy vs. Hawx. The work itself was fun but I wasn't a fan of the booking.
Extreme Rising Championship: Rhino vs. Stevie Richards
The crowd was solidly behind Richards. They began slugging it out in the ring. Rhino tossed him to the floor and then into the crowd. They brawled into the bleachers and all over the venue.
As they returned to the ring, a lot of the wrestlers from the promotion began coming out of the locker room watching. Raven sat in the aisle in a chair.
Rhino worked over Richards with a series of stomps. He was sent into the corner and Richards went for a leaping move but Rhino moved and Richards ate the turnbuckles. Rhino choked Richards with a chair. The crowd chanted back and forth with dueling chants for each man.
Rhino hit a belly to belly suplex and set up for the Gore. He nailed it and covered Richards, who kicked up at two. Rhino nailed another belly to belly suplex. He set up for the Gore again but Stevie nailed the Steviekick. He nailed a second, then a third.
Rhino was trapped in a submission hold and tapped out.
Your winner and first Extreme Rising champion, Stevie Richards!
All of the babyfaces and Shane Douglas hit the ring to celebrate with Richards as he was presented the belt. The crowd chanted for Stevie and gave him a standing ovation as he put the belt around his waist. The babyfaces all pounded the apron.
The crowd called for a speech so Stevie took the mic. He thanked everyone in the crowd. They chanted, "Thank you Stevie." He said that he wanted to say something he's something for the last 22 years - "I'll show you, you'll see." He said that tonight, everyone showed the world he can be a World champion. He thanked everyone and celebrated in the ring.
Nice ending to a marathon show. I thought it was a fun overall night, although some of the booking was a little erratic.