​Drama Alert! – Extreme Rising Headliner Quits

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Partial Source: Pwinsider.com

Extreme Rising main eventer Luke Hawx has walked away from the
promotion after an online dispute with promoter Steve O’Neill. Hawx and O’Neill
got into it on Facebook when Hawx, who was schedule to main event the
promotion’s Philadelphia events, posted the following to Facebook. Hawx told a
source that he made the comments half in jest because O’Neill had not responded
to several attempts to talk and was becoming frustrated because he had to
arrange transportation and the like for his students,
who were booked for the
undercard:

Does anyone know if these April 25th and 26th Extreme
Rising are happening or not?!?!?! I just talked to Stevie Richards and neither
he nor I have any travel info yet….. We’d really like to fight til the death
in Philadelphia for this belt but we may just settle it over a game of “Words
with Friends”. If all else fails, the belt will be sold online and I will split
the money with Stevie cause that’s only fair!

O’Neill then responded with the following:


I can tell you tell this. The shows will happen. Luke
Hawx and Michael Manna (Note from Mike: Stevie Richards) will both get their
travel –like they always do when I do shows –sometimes not til the week of at
times (like before!). AND everyone can say GOODBYE TO LUKE HAWX FOR GOOD. How is
that SHANE DOUGLAS PART 2? F**king a**hole posting sh** like this. YOU ARE NOT A
TEAM PLAYER. YOU DONT HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A CHAMPION ANYWHERE, CERTAINLY
NOT IN WWE. AND if you sell the belt I WILL sue you. Dumbass.


He added on his own Facebook page:

Kevin Kleinrock I hate to admit Shane Douglas was 100%
right on about Luke Hawx. His true colors have been shown. He is not loyal team
player for Extreme Rising. Explain to me again why I’ve been promoting
pro
wrestling filled with egomaniacs with low self-esteem? Why have I wasted
my time and my money on promoting people to make them “a star” in my company,
AND increase their overall marquee value when no one else wasted this much (or
in a lot of cases ANY) time, money, and effort BUT ME!?!? Please remind me why I
do this with and for ungrateful people? SOME OF MY OWN PLAYERS DON’T HAVE FAITH.
I don’t need un-loyal people in my camp, this sh** is hard enough with out
blowhards like LUKE HAWX. Someone whose ego had to take the belt home with him
to show it off when he knows he didn’t win it through ER. And thankfully so,
because the match was not that good at all. If that match would’ve been in front
of a loyal ER crowd they would’ve sh** on that match and it being a title
change. LOYALTY is something you just can’t teach people unfortunately. Speaking
of teaching, this guy supposedly teaches guys how to wrestle. Teach them about
the wrestling business, AND THIS IS HOW YOU SHOW THEM HOW TO DO BUSINESS BY
POSTING SH** LIKE YOU DO. You should really think about how you act, what you
say. YOU ARE NOT A GOOD ROLE MODEL FOR PEOPLE WANTING TO GET IN WRESTLING
–PERIOD!

Hawx then then posted an extended explanation on why he decided to
quit, noting that he had previously said publicly that he would leave the
company if there were any problems with pay or canceled shows and there have
been many times where a majority of talent and crew have been shorted, along
with last-minute canceled shows. He added, “Steve has lied over and
over to talent and others about multiple things and has been caught in many
lies. He just recently tried to pull bullshit with RF video and lie to them
about not having them at the shows because another vendor didn’t want them
there. When they asked the other vendor, emails were shown and it was all Steve
just trying to manipulate things. (I read EVERY email)”


Hawx claimed that O’Neill never returns phone calls or texts about
important promotion-related topics “because he feels he doesn’t need
to”
and that he hasn’t refunded fans for past canceled shows and
“can’t tell us where the money has gone, he hasn’t paid the talent what
they are owed from past events.”
He said that “as a promoter he feels
(as has done this several times) he can pay talent what he feels they were worth
after a show, after they agreed on a price.” Here is Hawx’ full explanatiopn
from Facebook:


Just to clear up any “rumors” on why I have decided to
quit Extreme Rising.

1. I said in an interview with Mike Johnson on PWInsider when the company started back up that if there
was ANY problems backstage with pay (not just me but any wrestlers) or canceled
shows then I would leave the company.

2. There have been MULTIPLE times so far where MAJORITY of the talent and
others like security,etc have been shorted on money, trans, and even “unbooked” last min.

3. Shows have been canceled last min several
times which cost me A LOT of money from other bookings I was offered like
overseas tours, movie bookings, and wrestling bookings in the United
States. I have lost out on well over $10,000 because of Steve. O’Neill’s bad business.

4. Steve has lied over and over to talent and others about multiple things
and has been caught in many lies. He just recently tried to pull bullshit with
RF video and lie to them about not having them at the
shows because another vendor didn’t want them
there. When they asked the other vendor, emails were shown and it was all Steve just trying to
manipulate things. (I read EVERY email)


5. Steve never returns phone calls or text about important things like
travel info and show info. He just doesn’t respond because he
feels he doesn’t need to. So talent like myself wonders if the shows are even
happening or will the get canceled. For instance, We are a week out of a show that has been booked for over 3 months
but no one has travel info or told anything
about it. (But he is quick to get on social media several times a day and argue with fans)

6. He hasn’t refunded the fans for past shows that were canceled, he can’t
tell us where the money has gone, he hasn’t paid the talent
what they are owed from past events. AND GET THIS,as a promoter he feels (as has
done this several times) he can pay talent what he feels they were worth after a
show, after they agreed on a price. He has shorted many guys due to (low
attendance or they didn’t have a good spot on the show). My question is: WHERE
HAS ALL THE MONEY GONE??? My answer: he’s been living
off it because he doesn’t have a normal job. So fans and wrestlers that are owed
money, your money has been used for Steve O’Neill to
pays his own bills or whatever he see fit. It’s a shame!

7. He doesn’t know how to talk to talent or treat them. He thinks you
should just do what he says or thinks and that’s that (And I’m not talking about
booking wise, look at the pics below that I posted where he had a crazy idea of
me to pass out flyers for him in New Orleans during Wrestlemania week. This was
the busiest week of my life as I was promoting 10 shows and Working on 13 of them)


8. And one of my BIGGEST aggravations is that my students were booked for
the last show. They wanted the opportunity to wrestle at the ECW arena so they
bought their own flights to Philadelphia because they believed they were getting
a big opportunity. I had to call them the day before to let them know that the
shows were canceled, not only did it break their hearts(which really upset me)
but they lost out on their money they spent on flights and hotels for that
weekend. My guys work VERY hard so to see them get screwed over and have to let
them down just killed me inside!

I could go on and on for days about the guy but I think this is enough.
Sorry to the fans that wanted to see me next week. I just can not put myself in
a position to be screwed again by this company and I ask that they stop
promoting me immediately. They are also falsely promoting Sabu as he is booked
in Pittsburgh on those same dates and it has been confirmed that Sabu will be in
Pittsburgh. Just another example of Steve lying to the fans to try and lace his
own pockets with money. I want to thank all those
who have supported me during my time at ER and I can promise that you have not
seen the last of the Southern Stomper! See y’all soon.”

He also included screenshots of text messages.


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