-- Harry Smith was crowned the first Resistance Pro Heavyweight Champion at the finale of RISE last Friday night. Smith overcame both The Almighty Sheik and Kevin Steen to win the title. RISE was the second wrestling show produced by Resistance Pro, a partnership between Smashing Pumpkins singer/songwriter Billy Corgan and brothers Jacques and Gabriel Baron. Corgan was ringside to present the championship belt to Smith.
"I was very pleased with RISE, and I felt as a company we took a big step forward in showing to our fans why we have a vision that will matter long term," says Corgan. "The match between The Almighty Sheikh, Kevin Steen, and winner of our first heavyweight title match was fantastic. Melanie Cruise, our Woman's Champion, looked strong in her first outing, and the match between El Generico, PAC, The Canadian Destroyer and Matt Cross was the best match we've
had in Resistance Pro so far."
Other notable names featured at RISE were Colt Cabana, The Daivari Brothers and local names like "Mr. 450", Da Soul Touchaz, Robert Anthony and Serenity. The third event, VICIOUS CIRCLE, will be held Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 at Excalibur in Chicago.
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