International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for January 16th, 2019 GCW’s 400 Degreez, Kasai and Masaoka out with knee injuries, Takahashi vs. Kodaka and other upcoming BJW notes, Onita prepping for surgery and more

International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for January 16th, 2019

GCW’s 400 Degreez, Kasai and Masaoka out with knee injuries, Takahashi vs. Kodaka and other upcoming BJW notes, Onita prepping for surgery and more

GCW has set the wrestling world on fire with legendary dream matches, cross country tours, international talent, resurrecting PCO but they had to remind us they’re also the most ludicrous deathmatch company in the world.

On January 12th GCW ran “400 Degreez” in Chicago. It was their first time back since the NGI 3 in August and sadly the Gali Arena is long gone. Instead they ran in the Summit Park District Building which looked like a gymnasium. It was a big change of pace from the usual dimly lit bars and arenas they’ve been running. I personally liked the Asbury Park venue for aesthetics but a few people told me they liked this place better because of the better lighting and lines of sight. The show was promoted as a “deathmatch” show from top to bottom in a callback to the Howell, NJ shows where there were very few stipulations announced but every match was designed for carnage. Continue reading

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Lucha Espectacular! A Brief Intro to Mexico

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Although not really growing up with lucha libre, I’ve certainly grown to understand what professional wrestling is in Mexico and in some ways was a reason in moving to Mexico and gaining the knowledge of what lucha libre is.

The last few years in general have been something of a renaissance for me as a wrestling fan. For a while, I was mainly keeping up with what was going on in mainstream US wrestling (so WWE and TNA) and going on-and-off with ROH. Upon moving to China, I started to watch more NJPW since it was a surging promotion and a curiosity for Japanese wrestling grew which worked out perfectly given that I was living much closer to Japan and had the ability to watch live wrestling shows there. Pretty soon I was in tune with what was going on with wrestling both in the US and Japan.

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International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for January 4th, 2019 Freedoms Bloody Christmas Report, Kasai to GCW, Toshiyuki Sakuda Interview, 佐久田俊行 インタビュー, GCW and Fight Club: Pro in Japan, BJW Reports, GCW’s The Dynasty Report and 400 Degreez Preview and More

International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for January 4th, 2019

Freedoms Bloody Christmas Report, Kasai to GCW, Toshiyuki Sakuda Interview, 佐久田俊行 インタビュー, GCW and Fight Club: Pro in Japan, BJW Reports, GCW’s The Dynasty Report and 400 Degreez Preview and More

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Going in to Bloody Christmas on December 25th Freedoms was promoting Jun Kasai challenging for the KFC title against Masashi Takeda in a rematch from August 28th which set record business for Freedoms and sold out Korakuen HAll. Takeda won the title on May 2nd from Violento Jack and had defenses against Miedo Xtremo and Jun Kasai. Kasai had headlined the 2017 Bloody Xmas losing to Violento Jack and this felt like a “redemption” story where Kasai had come back and defeated Jack in Odate earlier this year as well as defeated Daisuke Masaoka who had humiliated him by cutting his hair.

The show drew 1,376 fans, about 300 less than in August, for the card which I also found to be one of the best overall cards Freedoms ever put on. For starters the Brahmins, a comedy team that wind up on almost every indie show in some fashion who run around spitting water on everybody with a few key spots that are funny twice, were not on the card at all.

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International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for December 15th, 2018 CZW’s Cage of Death and State of CZW, GCW G-Code Review and Upcoming Shows, Kasai vs. Takeda at Freedoms Bloody Christmas and the Full Card, H20’s Upcoming Schedule, Kobayashi Injured and More

International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for December 15th, 2018

CZW’s Cage of Death and State of CZW, GCW G-Code Review and Upcoming Shows, Kasai vs. Takeda at Freedoms Bloody Christmas and the Full Card, H20’s Upcoming Schedule, Kobayashi Injured and More

David Grooms, a long time fan of a lot of the wrestlers we cover, sadly passed away this week. Wish his family and friends nothing but the best.

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Any promoters who want to send news or upcoming cards/results to be included please email me at deathmatchnews@gmail.com or contact me on Twitter @intlwrestling.

Myself and Mike from the Deathmatch Cult Facebook pages have launched a Podcast Network called the Wrestling Cult which you can subscribe to at https://anchor.fm/wrestlingcult. You can find the Deathmatch News Radio where we review shows, interview promoters and wrestlers and go over all the news in these articles in depth, The History of FMW, the new Kawasaki Dreaming show with Bahu and Mike and we have more plans in the future.

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Myself and Mike from the Deathmatch Cult put a lot of effort into this newsletter and the Deathmatch News Radio podcast. We are trying to expand this brand as we are doing more in depth interviews with legends and current stars in deathmatches such as Mad Man Pondo, Todd Gordon, Matt Tremont, Brett Lauderdale, Japanese stars like Masashi Takeda and more.

This is all done out of our love for the genre of deathmatch wrestling but the more support we get the more invested we can be! We have started a Patreon account with multiple tier levels of support that give access to interview archives, early podcast access and more.

HTTP://PATREON.COM/DEATHMATCHNEWS

Shaheen from the THT Network has launched a website at https://www.nuclearheatgraphics.com/ for his graphic design work. He sells artwork and also takes commissions. He will also have a booth at CZW and GCW Jersey shows.

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This newsletter is compiled with a lot of help. I get results of shows from @BahuFMW at bahufmw.com, pro-wrestling365.com, purolove.com and puroresuspirit.com, Dramatic DDT at https://dramaticddt.wordpress.com/, IWA Midsouth Results from https://chadsanidiot.com/, news and notes from @strigga, @brothermort and a ton more people as well as the promotions websites. I have a network of friends on Facebook including the Deathmatch Cult Page owner Mike Pedroncelli, @BuckyHinz, @therealdim and many more.

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International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for December 4th, 2018 PCO signs with ROH, Masashi Takeda gets married, Hayabusa’s 50th Birthday, H20 Bloody Burgers, Big F’n Joe in a Taipei Deathmatch and more

International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for December 4th, 2018

PCO signs with ROH, Masashi Takeda gets married, Hayabusa’s 50th Birthday, H20 Bloody Burgers, Big F’n Joe in a Taipei Deathmatch and more

Any promoters who want to send news or upcoming cards/results to be included please email me at deathmatchnews@gmail.com or contact me on Twitter @intlwrestling.

Myself and Mike from the Deathmatch Cult Facebook pages have launched a Podcast Network called the Wrestling Cult which you can subscribe to at https://anchor.fm/wrestlingcult. You can find the Deathmatch News Radio where we review shows, interview promoters and wrestlers and go over all the news in these articles in depth, The History of FMW, the new Kawasaki Dreaming show with Bahu and Mike and we have more plans in the future.

PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO CONSIDER SUPPORTING US

Myself and Mike from the Deathmatch Cult put a lot of effort into this newsletter and the Deathmatch News Radio podcast. We are trying to expand this brand as we are doing more in depth interviews with legends and current stars in deathmatches such as Mad Man Pondo, Todd Gordon, Matt Tremont, Brett Lauderdale, Japanese stars like Masashi Takeda and more.

This is all done out of our love for the genre of deathmatch wrestling but the more support we get the more invested we can be! We have started a Patreon account with multiple tier levels of support that give access to interview archives, early podcast access and more.

HTTP://PATREON.COM/DEATHMATCHNEWS

Shaheen from the THT Network has launched a website at https://www.nuclearheatgraphics.com/ for his graphic design work. He sells artwork and also takes commissions. He will also have a booth at CZW and GCW Jersey shows.

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This newsletter is compiled with a lot of help. I get results of shows from @BahuFMW at bahufmw.com, pro-wrestling365.com, purolove.com and puroresuspirit.com, Dramatic DDT at https://dramaticddt.wordpress.com/, IWA Midsouth Results from https://chadsanidiot.com/, news and notes from @strigga, @brothermort and a ton more people as well as the promotions websites. I have a network of friends on Facebook including the Deathmatch Cult Page owner Mike Pedroncelli, @BuckyHinz, @therealdim and many more.

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International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for November 28th, 2018 Lucha Star Injured in Cinderblock Incident, Interview with ICW’s Dysfunction, GCW’s G-Code, CZW’s Cage of Death Preview, BJW’s Upcoming Matches, Onita News and More

International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for November 28th, 2018

Lucha Star Injured in Cinderblock Incident, Interview with ICW’s Dysfunction, GCW’s G-Code, CZW’s Cage of Death Preview, BJW’s Upcoming Matches, Onita News and More

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The real unsung heroes of deathmatch wrestling are the friends and families of the wrestlers who are there to take care of them when the dust settles. If there was a mascot for them it would be Matt Tremont’s long time girlfriend and fiance Crissy Scafiro. She has been a visible part of Tremont’s life and career for years, she helps him in operating the Bulldozer Collectible’s memorabilia store and other facets of Tremont’s octopus of operations.

Going into the G-Code GCW show Tremont posted that he would be missing the show with a family emergency.

Crissy has been in the hospital in Pamonda, NJ for a few days going through renal issues. She is in rough shape but on the mend after a successful surgery and everything is looking positive for a full recovery. She is accepting visitors however please contact Matt in advance as she can only have a few guests at a time.

Thoughts, prayers, wishes and good will go out to Matt, Crissy and their family during this time.

Any promoters who want to send news or upcoming cards/results to be included please email me at deathmatchnews@gmail.com or contact me on Twitter @intlwrestling.

Myself and Mike from the Deathmatch Cult Facebook pages have launched a Podcast Network called the Wrestling Cult which you can subscribe to at https://anchor.fm/wrestlingcult. You can find the Deathmatch News Radio where we review shows, interview promoters and wrestlers and go over all the news in these articles in depth, The History of FMW, the new Kawasaki Dreaming show with Bahu and Mike and we have more plans in the future.

PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO CONSIDER SUPPORTING US

Myself and Mike from the Deathmatch Cult put a lot of effort into this newsletter and the Deathmatch News Radio podcast. We are trying to expand this brand as we are doing more in depth interviews with legends and current stars in deathmatches such as Mad Man Pondo, Todd Gordon, Matt Tremont, Brett Lauderdale, Japanese stars like Masashi Takeda and more.

This is all done out of our love for the genre of deathmatch wrestling but the more support we get the more invested we can be! We have started a Patreon account with multiple tier levels of support that give access to interview archives, early podcast access and more.

HTTP://PATREON.COM/DEATHMATCHNEWS

Shaheen from the THT Network has launched a website at https://www.nuclearheatgraphics.com/ for his graphic design work. He sells artwork and also takes commissions. He will also have a booth at CZW and GCW Jersey shows.

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This newsletter is compiled with a lot of help. I get results of shows from @BahuFMW at bahufmw.com, pro-wrestling365.com, purolove.com and puroresuspirit.com, Dramatic DDT at https://dramaticddt.wordpress.com/, IWA Midsouth Results from https://chadsanidiot.com/, news and notes from @strigga, @brothermort and a ton more people as well as the promotions websites. I have a network of friends on Facebook including the Deathmatch Cult Page owner Mike Pedroncelli, @BuckyHinz, @therealdim and many more.

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International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for November 19th, 2018 BJW’s Sumo Hall, Masashi Takeda’s BJW Title Reign Retrospective, GCW’s LA Confidential with Gage vs. David Arquette, CZW brings in Onita and tons more

International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for November 19th, 2018

BJW’s Sumo Hall, Masashi Takeda’s BJW Title Reign Retrospective, GCW’s LA Confidential with Gage vs. David Arquette, CZW brings in Onita and tons more

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Any promoters who want to send news or upcoming cards/results to be included please email me at deathmatchnews@gmail.com or contact me on Twitter @intlwrestling.

Myself and Mike from the Deathmatch Cult Facebook pages do the Deathmatch News Radio where we review shows, interview promoters and wrestlers and go over all the news in these articles in depth and you can find it on the THT Network at http://shoutengine.com/THTPodcast/

I also do the History of FMW Podcast that you can find in iTunes and most other podcast apps by searching “FMW” where we discuss the history of Japanese deathmatches from start to finish as well as tons of information about the business of Japan which remains illusive to most fans. You can find the podcast at the THT feed at http://shoutengine.com/THTPodcast/

PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO CONSIDER SUPPORTING US

Myself and Mike from the Deathmatch Cult put a lot of effort into this newsletter and the Deathmatch News Radio podcast. We are trying to expand this brand as we are doing more in depth interviews with legends and current stars in deathmatches such as Mad Man Pondo, Todd Gordon, Matt Tremont, Brett Lauderdale, Japanese stars like Masashi Takeda and more.

This is all done out of our love for the genre of deathmatch wrestling but the more support we get the more invested we can be! We have started a Patreon account with multiple tier levels of support that give access to interview archives, early podcast access and more.

HTTP://PATREON.COM/DEATHMATCHNEWS

Shaheen from the THT Network has launched a website at https://www.nuclearheatgraphics.com/ for his graphic design work. He sells artwork and also takes commissions. He will also have a booth at CZW and GCW Jersey shows.

Screen Shot 2018-09-12 at 11.09.19 AM.png

This newsletter is compiled with a lot of help. I get results of shows from @BahuFMW at bahufmw.com, pro-wrestling365.com, purolove.com and puroresuspirit.com, Dramatic DDT at https://dramaticddt.wordpress.com/, IWA Midsouth Results from https://chadsanidiot.com/, news and notes from @strigga, @brothermort and a ton more people as well as the promotions websites. I have a network of friends on Facebook including the Deathmatch Cult Page owner Mike Pedroncelli, @BuckyHinz, @therealdim and many more.

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