By SnowMan Jones
Fifteen years ago, Extreme Championship Wrestling held its biggest annual event titled November to Remember. Abbreviated N2R, the 1997 edition featured the now deceased Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow taking on ECW World Heavyweight Champion Shane Douglas in a match that was talked about for years. The Pay Per View was largely considered a success, and the show's DVDs still circulate.
The event took place in the Golden Dome in Monaca, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh. Although only fifteen years later, several of the event's performers are no longer with us. Chris Candido, Bam Bam Bigelow, Chris Candido, Pit Bull #2, Big Dick Dudley, and John Kronus have all since passed away. That's why Shane Douglas and the team at Extreme Reunion are presenting Extreme Rising, which is an unofficial reunion show for the highly lauded independent 1997 event
One of the biggest challenges to the Extreme team is that the WWE owns the rights to the name ECW, November to Remember, the Dudleys and scores of associated trademarks. Vince McMahon's team also owns the image library, various themes, and video footage. Therefore, any sort of nostalgia for N2R 1997 is going to have to come from memories, old personal pictures, Internet buzz, and talk.
The staff at Wrestling911.com wish Extreme Reunion the best of luck with their November 17th reunion event at the Golden Dome. We also wish them the best of luck with their scheduled December event.