International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for May 13th, 2018 Takeda unifies BJW and Freedoms Deathmatch Titles, History of the Titles and Takeda, GCW explodes in Chicago, US Deathmatch tournaments take shape, IWA MS updates and much more

International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for May 13th, 2018

 

Takeda unifies BJW and Freedoms Deathmatch Titles, History of the Titles and Takeda, GCW explodes in Chicago, US Deathmatch tournaments take shape, IWA MS updates and much more

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On May 2nd Masashi Takeda defeated Violento Jack at Korakuen Hall to win the King of Freedoms championship. He also holds the Big Japan Wrestling Deathmatch Heavyweight Championship which puts Takeda in an incredibly historic spot for deathmatch wrestling where one wrestler holds the titles in the same divisions for the top companies in the style. In Japan most all of the press and fan response called it the “Deathmatch Double Crown.”

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This is in reference to the Triple Crown Championship from All Japan Pro wrestling. In 1989 they merged three major recognized world titles, the PWF World Heavyweight Championship, the NWA United National Championship and the NWA International Heavyweight Championship and created the Triple Crown which is still defended today. While not as recognized on the world stage as All Japan when it comes to deathmatch wrestling in Japan the only companies doing the style at a high consistent level in almost 20 years are Freedoms and Big Japan. Continue reading

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International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for April 30th, 2018 GCW adds Ueki to the TOS lineup, Takeda vs. Violento Jack in Freedoms and Kobayashi in BJW, IWA Midsouth suspending operations

International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for April 30th, 2018

GCW adds Ueki to the TOS lineup, Takeda vs. Violento Jack in Freedoms and Kobayashi in BJW, IWA Midsouth suspending operations

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GCW has announced that they have reached an agreement with Big Japan Wrestling to bring in Takayuki Ueki for the Tournament of Survival. This is the first time a Big Japan contracted talent has appeared in the US since Jaki Numazawa appeared at the 2015 TOD and it marks a shift in any sense of “exclusivity” CZW had with the BJW office.

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Ueki is a former policeman who resigned from his post and debuted as a wrestler in 2013 in Big Japan. He begin doing deathmatches in 2013 and had his first single deathmatch against Ryuji Ito January 4th, 2015 in an especially brutal lightbulb deathmatch where he suffered a concussion. In 2015 he would come in 2nd for Newcomer of the Year fan voting.

He is the tag team partner of Masaya Takahashi and with Sakuda they form The Bloody Brothers. He wrestled Takahashi on July 17th, 2017 for the BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Title in the main event at Sumo Hall in a nail and thumbtack deathmatch. He is more famously known for being the guy who pulls a gun on people.

As a deathmatch performer he slips under most people’s radar because he mainly does tags. In Japan you move up slowly to the higher ranks and in his 5th year he seems poised for a break out performance. Despite his funny persona that most people see he is savage in the deathmatch setting.

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He’s wrestled most every deathmatch you could imagine and has the scars from head to toe. Outside the ring he is the nicest guy in the world and it makes for a fun contrast.

The move to bring in BJW talent shows a lot of growth on GCW’s part. They have now worked with representatives of Freedoms in Masaoka, Takeda is a freelance performer and now Ueki from Big Japan. The goal is most likely to get GCW talent to Japan. It would give the performers a big chance to break out and gain exposure.

The move brought up an interesting topic which is who is contracted to where and what does it mean? Being contracted to a company in Japan, and most wrestlers are in one way or another, means you are they’re employee. Every one has a different deal but it includes salaries, allowances for housing and travel, sponsored or marketing events, appearing on sold shows, many wrestlers have office duties in one way or another and of course your companies shows come before any other.

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Wrestlers who are freelance can pick and choose their schedules generally but have their loyalties and wrestlers with smaller companies can work around the lighter schedules and appear at a lot of other shows.

This is how the company make up breaks down (only including deathmatch wrestlers).

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BJW
Masaya Takahashi
Takayauki Ueki
Ryuji Ito
Abdullah Kobayashi
Toshiyuki Sakuda
Kankuro Hoshino

Freedoms
Jun Kasai
Violento Jack
Daisuke Masaoka
Kenji Fukimoto
Takashi Sasaki

Freelance/Other
Masashi Takeda (Freelance)
Isami Kodaka (BASARA)
Ryuchi Sekine (BASARA)
Takumi Tsukamoto (BASARA)
Yuko Miyamoto (666)
Minoru Fujita (Tokyo Guentai)
Gunso (Dove Pro)

With the current climate there is little competition between companies right now. BJW and Freedoms share most of the freelance talent and Kenji Fukimoto wrestles close to full time with BJW.

GCW co-owner Brett Lauderdale made a series of statements regarding Low Ki and the GCW Bloodsport event promoted with Matt Riddle over Wrestlemania weekend. Low Ki was the originally announced opponent for Matt Riddle in the main event but just a few days before the event he was pulled and Minoru Suzuki replaced him. He claimed in Twitter at the time he had a neck injury that prevented him from working the show.

Lauderdale tweeted out this extended timeline of the event alleging that Low Ki has essentially stolen the deposit of $750 outright from them.

In February of this year, I contacted Low Ki (with the help of Homicide) to begin discussions and negotiations regarding his participation in our event, “GCW presents Matt Riddle’s Bloodsport”. I was discouraged from doing so by several wrestlers, friends, and most importantly my business partners who assured me any arrangement would not end well. I went against their wishes, citing my respect for Ki as a performer as a reason to move forward.

The Deposit:

Low Ki claims that comments I made online were “falsified”. First off, I would like to apologize because I was wrong about the amount of the deposit. It was not $800… it was $750. I have attached a screenshot of my paypal payment to this email as proof.

Any claims Ki has made regarding the “governance” of this deposit are a matter of HIS interpretation, as there was no written contract and neither party signed any documents whatsoever. In wrestling however, it is commonly understood that if for any reason the performer can not complete the full terms of the agreement for any reason other than the fault of the promoter, the deposit is to be returned in full.

“The Training Camp”

Low Ki claims that he “disclosed” a training camp to prepare for his match with Matt Riddle. I am not sure what he meant by “disclosed” but I can only assume he means he underwent some special training regimen to prepare for this event. While I can respect the seriousness of his preparation, no professional wrestling promoter that I know of enters into any agreement in which he assumes liability for injuries sustained by a performer in training.

Low Ki stated in text messages to my partner (after the fact, and included as a screenshot in this email) that GCW was in some way responsible for covering the costs of an MRI he required to diagnose his injury. If “Wrestler A” tears his bicep at the gym prior to the next GCW event, I do not believe that I, or GCW are obligated in any way to cover the costs of his treatment.

“The Call and The Compromise”

I am still not sure when the injury occured, but I was never personally informed of any injury by Low Ki. He did however contact Homicide, and then later Matt Riddle to disclose his “concerns” and pitch his ideas for a compromise. For context, Homicide is not only Low Ki’s trainer and close personal friend, but also the Head Trainer at the GCW school and was a key intermediary in my communication with Low Ki from day one. Several messages were passed back and forth through Homicide during the process of discussing and securing this booking.

I did receive a call from Low Ki on the evening of Saturday, 3/31. I also received about 30 other calls and hundreds of other messages and emails that day, and in each other day in the final days before our events in New Orleans. At the time of his call, I was at The Compound (our school) folding more than 700 shirts, many of which had his name on it.

I did not see his missed call in my log, and it was also not accompanied by any additional follow up calls, messages or emails from him indicating any urgency on his part. I proceeded with business as usual. I did not hear from him again over the next 4 days.

On Monday, April 2nd, Homicide told me (in person) that Low Ki wanted to talk to Matt Riddle about the match. I was told to text Low Ki with Riddle’s number, and I did. There was no response from Low Ki.

The following day (Tuesday, April 3rd), I spoke to Matt Riddle and he informed me that he had spoken to Ki. Matt told me in no uncertain terms as he understood them, that Low Ki was injured, and there would be no match. In addition, he revealed to me the idea that Low Ki had pitched to replace him in his match on Bloodsport. Ki’s idea was that he would appear at the event, and cut a promo in which he would remove himself from the match, and appoint MVP to take his place.

This idea, which was unsatisfactory to Matt, my partners and I was declined. MVP was not booked for this event, and would have to be added on short notice at a considerable expense. In addition, any idea that Low Ki had which would impact the budget, payroll, or “storyline” of the event would need to be pitched to the promoter himself for approval. This was not done, and this constitutes what is known as “going into business for yourself.”

At this time, there appeared to be a clear understanding that there would be no match, the alternative “pitch” had been declined, and based upon my communication with Matt and Homicide, Low Ki was not coming.

“The Bait and Switch”

In the wrestling world, a “bait and switch” commonly means that a high profile performer is booked and advertised for an event in an attempt to sell tickets. Then, before the event, the performer is secretly (without notification to the fans) cancelled and replaced with a lesser name in attempt to defraud the customer once they have already purchased tickets.

Low Ki claims in his video that this entire situation appears to be part of an elaborate “bait and switch” on GCW’s behalf. If that is the case, this was a very expensive scheme resulting in what he seems to view as a less than adequate replacement.

If this were the case, GCW invested $750 in a deposit (screenshot provided), $341 on a round trip flight (non refundable) and $165 on a (non-refundable) hotel reservation. In addition, we printed over 200 shirts, and 200 posters with either his name or face on them at a cost of close to $2000. In all, the Low Ki portion of our elaborate ruse cost us nearly $3,256 in up front investment.

In addition, his replacement whom under “bait and switch” terms and according to Low Ki is a lesser attraction was New Japan Legend Minoru Suzuki. The deal to secure Minoru Suzuki was considerably more expensive, and also received much better by the fans planning to attend the event.

Also, the deal to get Suzuki on this event was made in a hotel lobby in Downtown, New Orleans on Wednesday night (4/5), further discrediting his claim that part of the plan all along.

Arrival in NOLA

Much to my surprise, Low Ki did apparently show up in New Orleans on Wednesday night (4/5), about 30 minutes after I left my meeting with New Japan management. Ki called me and asked why there was no longer a hotel room in his name.

I explained to him that I had been informed he was injured and was not going to be participating in the match. He seemed confused, and denied many of the statements he made to Matt Riddle and others regarding both his injury and his intentions to fulfill his commitment. Our conversation ended with him telling me that he would “call me right back.” He never did, and I never heard from him again.

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It is my belief that he got on the plane for the sole purpose that he could make the claim he “showed up” and therefore was not only able to keep his deposit, but also receive the other half of his payment for what he had hoped would essentially be “cutting a promo”.

In addition to his misleading claims, questionable timing, and seeming refusal to contact me about the urgency of the situation and the desire to seek a remedy, it is my belief that this may have been his plan all along, or one he conspired upon realizing he might not like the way the booking or plans for the match would play out.

In addition, I asked Low Ki on March 21st to fill out and return his application for the Louisiana Athletic Commission, which we were told (and I communicated to Ki) was a requirement for all performers in advance of arriving in New Orleans. He never completed and returned the document which leads me to believe he never intended to do the match or fulfill his obligations.

The Aftermath

In the days following the event, I continued to attempt to correspond with Low Ki in a polite and professional manner. He never once replied to any of my messages. He did however continue to communicate with Homicide, whom he refers to as nothing more than a “3rd partry” about his intention of keeping the deposit. He also messaged my partner (Danny Demanto) with similar messages.

In addition, it has been reported to many of my friends who have spoken to Low Ki personally since this event that he intends to “knock me out” if he ever sees me. He doesn’t like the way I do business, and didn’t like the way I talked to him.

If this was the first time Low Ki had been involved in a situation like this, I would consider giving him the benefit of the doubt. However, this follows a lengthy track record and history of unprofessional conduct from a performer who believes he is above the rules and “better than” every other professional wrestler who has ever laced up a pair of boots.

Neither I, nor my partners are desperate for a refund on our deposit. My child will still go to summer camp, and she will still get gymnastic lessons. However, the $1,256 in deposit, travel and hotel costs along with the nearly $2000 in merchandise money is not insignificant and are unfortunately lost forever.

For a person who considers himself to be an honorable man and a proud warrior, this is a striking display in cowardice and one which will only add to his already tarnished legacy.

Low Ki later made a video response confirming most everything in the story such as the MRI diagnosis but tacked on that the deposit is non-refundable in so many words.

At this point it is between them to see if a settlement is ever reached. Low Ki has been known in the past to play very hard hard ball if he feels the booking is not to his liking or that he is being disrespected some how. None of this is a surprise.

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

***Japanese Deathmatch News***

Freedoms announced the August 28th, 2018 “Tokyo Deathmatch Carnival” will also be Jun Kasai’s 20th anniversary celebration.

They also announced the stipulations for the main and semi-main for the May 2nd Korakuen Hall show. The main event, Takeda vs. Violent Jack, will be a double glass board + Fluorescent Lighttube + Alpha deatmatch. The “alpha” refers to a mystery weapon, usually like a razor cross board or a bucket of kenzans.

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The semi-main, a 3 way tag match between Kasai and Fukimoto (UNCHAIN) vs. Masaoka and Yuko Miyamoto vs. Isami Kodaka and FUMA (BASARA) will be a TLC deathmatch.

In the build up to the Kobayashi vs. Takeda May 5th match Takeda defeated Kobayashi by submission on the April 27th Shin-Kiba show.

Bahu has an awesome write up of the Mr. Gannosuke retirement ceremony you can read here http://fmwwrestling.us/FreedomsFMWNews18.html

Jun Kasai wrestled on the WWS Mr. Pogo Memorial Show on April 30th. Results will be in the next issue.

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The Great Kojika, the owner of BJW, turned 76 on April 28th and on the 27th he wrestled a barbed wire tag match, winning with a choke slam. Also on the show Takeda got a win over Abdullah Kobayashi in a tag match going into their May 5th match.

September 27th Sabu will be appearing in Shinjuku in Tokyo, Japan. No word on what he’ll be doing.

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Jun Kasai had an interview which can be read at https://www.village-v.co.jp/news/media/2465?platform=hootsuite

The Japanese website Number Web held a fan vote for the top wrestlers of the year is far. Jun Kasai ranked # 18.

At Capture Tokyo Nomura’s team of Kawamura and Kitahawa won a 2/3 falls match against Takeda, Super Tiger and Okubo.

***Japanese Deathmatch Results***

Freedoms 4/18/2018
Shinjuku Loft
1. Yuya Susumu & Dragon Libre Defeat GENTARO & Hayatada Miki (10:09) after a Missile Kick by Bar Counter by Libre vs. Miki.
2. Violento Jack defeated Tomoya Hirata (8:29) with a lariat.
3. Shinjuku Loft-Sztyle’s Mat of Pain ~ Free Weapon Death Mazch: Jun Kasai & Kenji
Fukimoto beat Takashi Sasaki & Toru Sugiura (15:46) with a package Piledriver on a chair by Fukimoto against Sugiura.

BJW “Edogawa Rising 3”, 4/21/2018 [Sat] 12:00 @ Tobu Friend Hall in Tokyo
(1) Akira Hyodo’s Debut Match: Tatsuhiko Yoshino vs. Akira Hyodo
Winner: Yoshino (6:47) with a Boston Crab.
(2) Kazuki Hashimoto & Takuho Kato vs. Yuki Morihiro & Yuki Ishikawa
Winner: Kazuki (11:01) following a Death Valley Bomb on Morihiro.
(3) Edogawa Rising vs. Kankuro Hoshino
Winner: Edogawa Rising (6:51) with the Edogawa Tornado.
(4) Battle Royal : Kankuro Hoshino, Tatsuhiko Yoshino, Yuki Morihiro, Takuho Kato, Yuki Ishikawa
Winner: Yoshino (11:44) with a Gokudo Clutch on Hoshino.
(5) Yokohama Shopping Street 6 Man Tag Championship Match: [11th Champions] Daisuke Sekimoto, Kohei Sato (ZERO1) & Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. [Challengers] Ryota Hama, Yasufumi Nakanoue & Yoshihisa Uto
Winner: Hama (11:41) with the Ookido Press on Kamitani.
~ Champions fall on their 1st title defense. Hama, Nakanoue & Uto become the 12th champions.
(6) Daichi Hashimoto & Kazumi Kikuta vs. Ryuichi Kawakami & Takuya Nomura
Winner: Daichi (14:13) following a Shining Wizard on Takuya.
(7) Fluorescent Light-tubes 6 Man Tag Death Match: Abdullah Kobayashi, Ryuji Ito & Jaki Numazawa vs. Masaya Takahashi, Takayuki Ueki & Toshiyuki Sakuda
Winner: Kobayashi (12:10) with a Diving Baka Chinga Elbow Drop on Ueki.

BJW “Osaka Surprise 36 ~ Tetsujin Densho”, 4/22/2018 [Sun] 13:00 @ Osaka City Asahi Kumin Center
321 Spectators (crowded)
(1) Yuki Morihiro & Akira Hyodo vs. Takuho Kato & Yuki Ishikawa
Winner: Kato (6:50) with a Single Leg Crab on Hyodo.
(2) Kankuro Hoshino & Toshiyuki Sakuda vs. Brahman Shu & Kei
Winner: Hoshino (8:15) via pin-fall on Kei.
(3) HUB & Billyken Kid (both FREE) vs. Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga
Winner: HUB (7:22) with the Armageddon on Senga.
(4) TLC 8 Man Tag Death Match: Masashi Takeda (FREE), Yuko Miyamoto (666), Jaki Numazawa & Takumi Tsukamoto (BASARA) vs. Abdullah Kobayashi, Ryuji Ito, Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki
Winner: Takeda (10:57) following the Reverse U-Crash on Ueki.
(5) Ryuichi Kawakami, Kazuki Hashimoto & Kazumi Kikuta vs. Yoshihisa Uto, Takuya Nomura & Tatsuhiko Yoshino
Winner: Kawakami (9:59) following a Hurricane Driver on Yoshino.
(6) Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoue
Winner: Nakanoue (21:48) with a Diving Elbow Drop on Kamitani.
(7) Special Single Match: Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Dicko Togo (Michinoku)
Winner: Sekimoto (21:48) with a German Suplex Hold.

Toshiaki Kawada Produce Show “HOLY WAR ~ prologue ~”, 4/26/2018 [Thu] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
298 Spectators (crowded)
(4) Jun Kasai & Tomoya Hirata (both FREEDOMS) vs. Yuko Miyamoto (666) & Isami Kodaka (BASARA)
Winner: Miyamoto (10:48) following a Fire Thunder on Tomoya.

BJW “GK Prestige”, 4/27/2018 [Fri] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
257 Spectators (crowded)
(1) Kazumi Kikura & Yuki Ishikawa vs. Masaki Morihiro & Akira Hyodo
Winner: Kikuta (9:23) with a Fisherman Suplex Hold on Hyodo.
(2) Ryuichi Kawakami & Takuho Kato vs. Takuya Nomura & Fuminori Abe
Winner: Takuya (10:33) with a Dojime Suplex Hold on Kato.
(3) Kazuki Hashimoto & Yuya Aoki vs. Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Kota Sekifuda
Winner: Sekifuda (9:43) with a Leg Roll Clutch on Yuya.
(4) Daichi Hashimoto, Hideyoshi Kamitani & Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Ryota Hama, Yasufumi Nakanoue & Yoshihisa Uto
Winner: Nakanoue (10:50) with a Diving Elbow Drop on Kamitani.
(5) Barbed-wire Board Tag Death Match: Great Kojika & Kankuro Hoshino vs. Jaki Numazawa & Minoru Fujita (FREE)
Winner: Kojika (13:00) following a Chokeslam on Fujita, onto a barbed-wire board.
(6) TLC 6 Man Tag Death Match: Yuko Miyamoto (666), Isami Kodaka (BASARA) & Ryuichi Sekine (BASARA) vs. Masaya Takahashi, Takayuki Ueki & Toshiyuki Sakuda
Winner: Kodaka (7:39) following an Implant with a ladder on Sakuda.
(7) Fluorescent Light-tubes Tag Death Match: Masashi Takeda (FREE) & Takumi Tsukamoto (BASARA) vs. Abdullah Kobayashi & Ryuji Ito
Winner: Takeda (14:35) witht he T Clutch on Kobayashi.

***Japanese Deathmatch Upcoming Shows***

Shonana Beach Pro Wrestling 4/28/18
Kanagawa
Freedoms talent

WWS 4/30/18
Kumagaya
Jun Kasai

K-DOJO “GWSP7”, 4/30/2018 [Mon] 13:00 @ Blue Field in Chiba
Yankee Nichokenju vs DinoStones Chiba Festival Special Tag Match: Kotaro Yoshino & Dinosaur Takuma vs. Isami Kodaka (BASARA) & Yuko Miyamoto (666)


Freedoms 5/2/18
Tokyo, Korakuen
Exhibition Match: Hayatada Miki vs. Trainee K
Opening Special Brass Knuckle Street Fight Match: GENTARO vs. Gunso
Chikara, Tomoya Hirata & Dragon Libre vs. Mitsuo Momota, KAZMA SAKAMOTO & Masamune
Hardcore Match: Kamui vs. Minoru Fujita
 UWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [31st Champion] Yuya Susumu vs. [Challenger] ‘brother’ YASSHI
~ 6th title defense.
KING of FREEDOM WORLD TAG CHAMPIONSHIP Match: [13th Champions] Mammoth Sasaki & Toru Sugiura vs. [Challengers] Takashi Sasaki & Gurukun Mask
~ 11th title defense.
KING of FREEDOM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Death Match: [9th Champion] Violento Jack vs. [Challenger] Masashi Takeda
~ 3rd title defense.

BASARA, 5/3/2018 [Thu] 18:30 @ Korakun Hall in Tokyo
 Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu vs. Ikuto Hidaka (ZERO1) & Minoru Fujita (FREE)
 Count Down to Extinction ~ Hardcore Tag Match: FUMA & SAGAT vs. Jun Kasai (FREEDOMS) & Kunso (DOVE)
 Union MAX & DOVE World Heavyweight Double Championship Match: [9th MAX Champion] Isami Kodaka (6th title defense) vs. [10th DOVE Champion] Naoki Tanizaki (1st title defense)

Freedoms 5/4/18
Yokohama
(0) Takashi Sasaki vs. Trainee M
() Kamui & Tomoya Hirata vs. KAZMA SAKAMOTO & Dragon Libre
() Shuichiro Katsumura vs. Chikara
() Yuya Susumu vs. Yuko Miyamoto
() Jun Kasai & Kenji Fukimoto vs. Isami Kodaka & FUMA
() Hardcore 3WAY Tag Match: Violento Jack & Daisuke Masaoka vs. Masashi Takeda & Minoru Fujita vs. Mammoth Sasaki & GENTARO
() Takashi Sasaki vs. Toru Sugiura


BJW 5/5/2018
Yokohama
BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Title: Masashi Takeda vs. Abdullah Kobayashi

K-DOJO “GWSP7”, 5/5/2018 [Sat] 13:00 @ Blue Field in Chiba
Chiba Festival Special Hardcore Match: Kyu Mogami vs. Jun Kasai (FREEDOMS)

Freedoms 5/6/18
Shizuoka
() Dragon Libre vs. Keisuke Goto (WAVE)
() WAVE Offer Match:
() Toru Sugiura vs. Chikara
() Masashi Takeda & Kenji Fukimoto vs. Yuya Susumu & Shuichiro Katsumura
() Mammoth Sasaki & Kamui vs. GENTARO & Tomoya Hirata
() Death Match: Violento Jack & Daisuke Masaoka vs. Jun Kasai & Takashi Sasaki


BJW 5/13/18
Korakuen Hall


LION’S GATE PROJECT 12, 5/15/2018 [Tue] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo
Shota Umino vs. Daisuke Sekimoto (BJW)

Freedoms 5/20/18
Miyagi

Freedoms 5/24/18
Tokyo, Shin-Kiba

Freedoms 6/2/18
Fukuoka

Freedoms 6/9/18
Yokohama

Freedoms 6/10/18
Yokohama

Fortune Dream 5, 6/11/2018 [Mon] 17:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) Kaito Kiyomiya (NOAH) & Ayato Yoshida (K-DOJO) vs. Toru Sugiura (FREEDOMS) & Takuya Nomura (BJW)

Freedoms 6/14/18
Tokyo, Shin-Kiba

BJW 6/20/18
Korakuen Hall


Freedoms 6/28/2018
Shizuoka
Dazzbar
3 Matte Pro wrestling Matches

Freedoms 7/4/18
Tokyo, Korakuen

Freedoms 7/22/18
Tokyo, Iwate

Freedoms 7/29/18
Osaka

Freedoms 8/6/18
Korakuen Hall
Indie Showcase

Freedoms 8/11/18
Tokyo, Shin-Kiba

Freedoms 8/19/18
Hiroshima

Freedoms 8/28/18
Tokyo, Korakuen

Freedoms 9/17/18
9th Anniversary
Korakuen

Freedoms 9/22/18
Akita

Freedoms 9/27/18
Shin-Kiba

Freedoms 10/24/18
Tokyo, Shin-Kiba

Freedoms 11/21/18
Tokyo, Shin-Kiba

Freedoms 12/6/18
Tokyo, Shin-Kiba

Freedoms 12/25/18
Bloody Christmas
Tokyo, Korakuen

***North American Deathmatch News***

The Untouchables, GCW’s show on May 12th in Chicago, has added Shlak vs, Eric Ryan and several other matches you can find below. Also on the show will be The Rejects defending the tag titles against a mystery team.

After the May 11th GCW/Freelance Pro show Crane and Shlak will be hosting a bar event at “The Exit” bar in Chicago, IL.

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GCW has added a pig roast BBQ and an ice cream truck to the Tournament of Survival. To go along with the food they have announced Erik Ryan and Takayuki Ueki to the list of tournament participants. In non-tournament action will be PCO, fresh off his JJSB2 performance, vs. Joey Janella.

The Savage Stash, a merchandise retailer, lists that they will be at TOS.

Deadspin did an article on the Joey Janella Spring Break show you can find at https://deadspin.com/how-joey-janelas-spring-break-became-pro-wrestlings-big-1825340372

Mad Man Pondo and 2 Tuff Tony will be reuniting the Baka Gaijin tag team on May 11th in Jeffersonville, IN to face the Carnies for Pro Wrestling Freedom.

At the April 26th IWA Midsouth show it was announced that May 30th would be the final show for IWA MS and they will be shutting down. JC Rotten, Ian Rotten’s son, said he hoped to reopen as soon as possible after the shutdown. This is not the first time IWA MS has suspended operations and in the past Ian Rotten has made blanket statements that IWA MS was going away for good but this time they’re not putting a nail in the coffin.

Also on the April 26th show Nick Gage missed his flight and could not attend the show.

On April 27th Casanova Valentine defeated G-Raver in a no-ring bar deathmatch. These shows looks awesome and Casanova is like a Bruno Sammartino style hero to the crowd. You can see the match at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6NlfNngbOs&feature=youtu.be

CZW has added several names to the TOD lineup to round it out including Brandon Kirk, Dale Patricks, Josh Crane, Mance Warner, Dan Ohare, Stockade, Connor Claxton, Casanova Valentine and Ricky Shane Page. Thats 10 names and the likely lineup will be somewhere between 12-16. While GCW is focusing on their own up and coming talent (Eric Ryan) and bringing in foreign stars (Ueki and Ciclope) CZW seems to be trying to bring in a lot of first time or older talent who hasn’t been seen in a while such as Josh Crane. It is good for the fans that both tournaments are separating themselves and using different talent.

CZW has also added a 4 way deathmatch to their May 12th show in Vorhees. It is listed below.

Matt Tremont, when listing his schedule on Twitter, included that he is appearing in some form at Tournament of Death but not TOS.

H20 is adding some new shows to their schedule. They will be in Atlantic City on August 24 and 25 and they will be expanding into Ohio on July 20th with a show in Dayton.

The May 5th Survival of the Sickest OPW Deathmatch tournament will have a ladder match for a weedwhacker in the main event.

In some less than stellar news Adam Bueller has been diagnosed with lymphoma and has a GoFundMe to help with medical bills and other expenses you can find at https://www.gofundme.com/save-bueller

Drew Chaos, Pheonix Kidd and Gweedo has been announced for the Crimson Cup 2. As the event approaches I’ll have more to cover on this event.


***North American Deathmatch Results***

IWA 4/19/18
Memphis, IN
Miss Independent Women’s Tournament
First Round
Nevaeh def Delilah Doom & Christi Jaynes
Kikyo def Dementia D’Rose
Shotzi Blackheart def Hudson Envy & Facebrooke
Allie Kat def Amazing Maria & Ruby Raze
Second Round
Kikyo def Nevaeh
Shotzi Blackheart def Allie Kat
Non Tournament
Rain def Shazza McKenzie
IWA Women’s Title Tournament Finals
Contested under Old School IWA Rules (no DQ & no countout)
Shotzi Blackheart def Kikyo by submission to win the IWA Women’s Championship


Bar Deathmatch 4/27/2018
Casanova Valentine defeated G-Raver

IWA Deep South 4/27/18
Kellyton, AL
Super Stiff Iron Man Tournament, Night 1
Chewy Martinez def. Aidan Blackheart via KO (corner strikes)
“Juicy” Jeremy Flynt def. Izzy Rotten via submission (bow and arrow)
Corporal Robinson def. Keylo Green via KO (right hand) in about 20 seconds
Freakshow def. Jay Impact via KO (several powerbombs)
Larry D def. Bruiser? (didnt catch the name) via KO
Anthony Henry def. Brad Cash via submission (ankle lock)
Gary Jay def. Jake Parnell via KO
John Wayne Murdoch def. Reed Bentley via KO

IWA 4/28/18
Memphis, IN
Sage Phillips defeated Eddy Only and Chase Holliday
Sage Cainan defeated Rob Killjoy
MJF defeated Steve Sanders
IWA MS Women’s Title: Shotzi Blackheart defeated Allie Kat
IWA MS World Title: Calvin Tankman defeated Shane Mercer
Indian Strap Match: JC Rotten defeated Shane Bender
IWA MS Tag Title: Gymnasty Boys defeated Firearms
Frans Bring the Weapons: Dale Patricks defeated Brad Cash and Mance Warner

IWA Deep South 4/28/18
Kellyton, AL
Super Stiff Iron Man Tournament, Night 2
SSI Quarterfinals: Chuey Martinez def. Jeremy Flint via submission (Indian Death Lock/Crossface)
SSI Quarterfinals: John Wayne Murdoch def. Anthony Henry via KO (Koji Clutch)
SSI Quarterfinals: Larry D def. Freak Show via KO (Rear Naked Choke)
SSI Quarterfinals: Corporal Robinson def. Gary Jay via submission (Crossface)
Jake Parnell def. Kyloe Green, Reed Bentley, Aidan Blackheart & Thomas Munoz in a 5-Way Elimination KO or Tap Out Match.
SSI Semifinals: Larry D def. Chuey Martinez via KO (Powerbomb into a concrete wall)
SSI Semifinals: Corporal Robinson def. John Wayne Murdoch via submission
Boris Dookie, Ape Shit & The Porter Brothers def. Jay Impact, Juicy Brucie, Super America and John Rare in an Elimination Tap Our or KO Match.
SSI Finals: Corporal Robinson def. Larry D via submission (Crossface, using a chain to choke Larry)

Berwyn Championship Wrestling 4/28/18
Berwyn, IL
Fans Bring the Weapons: Alister Wilde defeated Josh Crane and Dale Patricks

 

***North American Deathmatch Upcoming Shows***

Battleground Championship Wrestling 5/5/18
Feasterville, PA
4 Corners of Pain: Matt Tremont vs. Dan Maff

OPW 5/5/18
GCW Compound
Survival of the Sickest Deathmatch Tournament
Home Run Derby: Jeff Cannonball vs. Louie Ramos vs. Marc Angel
Carpet Strips and Cinder Blocks: Devon Moore vs. G-Raver vs. Rob Marsh
Frans Bring the Weapons: Blackheart vs. John Wayne Murdoch vs. Drew Chaos
Pallets of Pain: Mike Roach vs. Reed Bentley vs. Jimmy Lloyd

VFIIIP 5/5/2018
Hardcore Super Eight Tournament
Sacramento, CA

GCW/Freelance Pro 5/11/2018
Chicago, IL

GCW 5/12/2018
The Untouchables
Chicago, IL
GCW Extreme Title: Tony Deppen vs. Gringo Loco vs. Eli Everyfly vs. KTBeast
Eric Ryan vs. Shlak
Joey Janella vs. Ciclope
Nate Webb vs. Jimmy Lloyd
Scotty Vortekz vs. G-Raver

GCW Tag Titles: The Rejects vs. X
Miedo Xtremo vs. Alex Colon
GCW Title: Nick Gage vs. Markus Crane

CZW 5/12/2018
Vorhees New Jersey
Doors, tables and chairs match: Mance Warner vs. Stockade vs. Connor Claxton vs. Dan Ohare

CZW/IPW 5/13/18
London, UK

IWA Midsouth 5/18/18
Memphis, IN
King of the Deathmatch, Night 1

IWA Midsouth 5/19/18
Memphis, IN
King of the Deathmatch, Night 2

GCW 6/2/18
New Jersey
Tournament of Survival 3
PCO vs. Joey Janella
Tournament participants: Nick Gage, Ciclope, Eric Ryan, Takyauki Ueki (BJW)

H20 Wrestling 6/8/18
Williamstown, NJ
H2O Championship: (C) Jeff Cannonball vs. Alex Colon
Fans Bring The Weapons: Mance Warner vs “Bulldozer” Matt Tremont
Lufisto vs Maria Manic
SHLAK vs “Lowlife” Louie Ramos
“Mr. Insanity” Toby Klein vs Devon Moore
Sean Henderson vs Marc Angel

CZW 6/9/18
Townsend, DE
Tournament of Death

Casanova Valentine Deathmatch 6/28/18
Brooklyn, NY

Unsanctioned Pro Wrestling 6/30/18
Columbus, OH
Lego Deathmatch: Markus Crane vs. Adam Bueller
Space Monkey vs. Myron Reed
The Rejects vs. Dale Patricks and Mance Warner
Street Fight: Shlak vs. Devon Moore

Unholy Warfare 6/30/18
Reidsville, NC
Ultra-Violent Boards: Josh Crane vs, Colt 45
Home Run Derby: Big Country vs. Bobby Yella
Death by Bamboo: Travis Dykes vs. Belion Creedmore
Bottle Cap Hell: Big Donnie vs. JW Dalton
Carpet Strip Warfare: Brad Cash vs. Terry Houston

H20 7/20/2018
Dayton, Oh

H20 8/24/2018 and 8/25/2018
Atlantic City, NJ

PPW 9/16/2018
Denver, CO
Slave to the Death Match 9

Blood Brothers Presents Crimson Cup 2 10/6/2018
Souther California

 

 

Company Websites

http://pw-freedoms.co.jp/
http://bjw.co.jp
http://www.dovepro.net/

Company Twitters

https://twitter.com/IWAMidSouth

Credit for results and upcoming news go to BahuFMW at bahufmw.com, pro-wrestling365.com, purolove.com and puroresuspirit.com, Dramatic DDT at https://dramaticddt.wordpress.com/ as well as the promotions websites. Sorry for bad formatting and possibly bad translations, I am simply collection information from a lot of sources on “Independent” and deathmatch promotions. I like to shine a spotlight and what isn’t covered elsewhere so there won’t be any NJPW, WWE, DDT, etc. talk.

Watching the Japanese deathmatch scene has never been easier but it isn’t perfect. Obviously the Real Hero Archive (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B5rK95X3mRiiSDNvTnQ0aUhWODg) has most every show you could ever imagine up there including most all Freedoms shows and a ton of classic hardcore puroresu.

The Mutton and the Ham Youtube Channel for a lot of classic FMW, IWA, BJW and also current BJW, Freedoms and odd show spots (https://www.youtube.com/user/MuttonAndTheHam)

The Official BJW Youtube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/bjwmovie) goes through moods of uploading a LOT of content. During the 2017 Ikkitousen they were uploading 2 or 3 tournament matches a day.

You can find a lot more Youtube channels by searching for the Japanese name of any of your favorite wrestlers (such as this match featuring Takeda and Kasai https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWU-NWQt_GI from an indy), a lot of handicam/phone footage or those notorious DVD only shows but there is little consistency.

BJW has a subscription streaming service called BJW Core and is 888 yen a month (about $8 USD) located at http://www.bjwcore.com

IWA Midsouth is available on http://powerbomb.tv

Bahu sells a TON of classic, hard to find hardcore puro as well as current Freedoms DVD’s. You can contact him at http://fmwwrestling.us/FMWLibrary.html

Freedoms shows are harder to get. The smaller shows, despite having crazy matches on the regular, are only filmed half the time and are only sold as DVD exclusives at shows (that I would buy if I had owned a DVD player in the past 6 years) so they rarely make it to Youtube or Real Hero. The larger shows from Korakuen are broadcast on Samurai TV on a 2-3 week delay without commentary and with muted music entrances and only 1 camera shots but for whatever reason these only appear sporadically on the normal avenues so good luck.

You can direct any questions, comments or thoughts to me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/intlwrestling

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International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for April 18th, 2018 GCW invades Mania weekend, Janella leaves CZW, Takeda’s upcoming title matches, Mr. Gannosuke retires and more

International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for April 18th, 2018

GCW invades Mania weekend, Janella leaves CZW, Takeda’s upcoming title matches, Mr. Gannosuke retires and more

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

***Japanese Deathmatch News***

Isami Kodaka and Yuko Miyamoto defeated Masashi Takeda and Takumi Tsukamoto on the April 5th BJW show at Korakuen Hall to win the BJW Tag Team Titles. Takeda took the fall, his first since winning the BJW Deathmatch title in August of 2017. No clue what this means for the upcoming Deathmatch title defense against Kobayashi on May 5th as well as his challenge for Violent Jack’s KFC title on May 2nd. It would seem to set up a match against Kodaka after Kobayashi.

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Kobayashi stated that he wants no referee stoppages in his match with Takeda. This is a callback to a match they had years ago that was an MMA gloves match where the referee stopped the match when Takeda was striking him with knees to the head relentlessly.

Ryuji Ito and Sekine will face Kodaka and Miyamoto in their first defense in a death match on the May 5th show.

On April 13 BJW wrestlers went to an elementary school for a promotional appearance and led the lunch.

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On April 12th they held their Shin-Kiba show to set up the May 2nd show at Korakuen Hall. In the main event Masaoka and Jack defeated Kasai and Takeda when Masaoka defeated Kasai. Takeda will challenge Jack in the main event.

Also on the April 12th show Minoru Fujita had a severe cut on his arm from a gusset plate.

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Unfortunately Atsushi Onita did not win the Mayorship elections on April 15th.

Mr. Gannosuke while continuing his retirement tour and teamed with Jinsei Shinzaki on April 8th to defeat Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa at Zero-1 in Tokyo.

On April 9th Kasai participated in Miyako Festival vol.1, a live DJ competition, along with talent and staff from Ice Ribbon and Basara. He had a mat match against Mr. Gannosuke at the event.

Finally on April 15th in Shinjuku Face Mr. Gannosuke wrestled his final match losing to Tatsumi Fujinami in a tag team match. In the main event, and GUTS World’s last, Guts Ishijima successfully defended the GUTS World Title against a masked challenger and then sealed the title. Gannosuke stated he will move to Kumamoto and help promote small shows there.

Jun Kasai appeared on the Out Deluxe show again on April 12th.

On April 18 Freedoms held a mat wrestling deathmatch in Shinjuku featuring a lightbulb deathmatch between Kasai and Sasaki.

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Freeodms added the Kenji Fukimoto vs. Violento Jack match from Mexico to their fanclub video service.

***Japanese Deathmatch Results***

“Hagure IGF International Hataage-sen”, 4/4/2018 [Wed] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo
500 Spectators (crowded)
(4) Special 6 Man Tag Match: FUJITA, Yuko Miyamoto (666) & Masashi Takeda (FREE) vs. Kaz Hayashi (W-1), BxB Hulk (DG) & Shinya Aoki (FREE)
Winner: Hayashi (16:45) following a Final Cut on FUJITA.

BJW “Ikkitosen 2018 ~STRONG CLIMB~”, 4/5/2018 [Thu] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
830 Spectators
(1) Takuya Nomura & Takuho Kato vs. Fuminori Abe (BASARA) & Yuki Ishikawa
Winner: Takuya (6:40) with a Boston Crab on Ishikawa.
(2) Hideyoshi Kamitano & Yuya Aoki vs. Ryota Hama & Kazumi Kikuta
Winner: Hama (9:03) with the Okido Press on Yuya.
(3) Shinobu, Kankuro Hoshino, Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga vs. Tatsuhiko Yoshino, Kota Sekifuda, Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei
Winner: Sekifuda (8:07) with a counter pin-fall on Hoshino, Gokudo Clutch reversal.
(4) Barbed-wire Board 6 Man Tag Death Match: Abdullah Kobayashi, Ryuji Ito & Ryuichi Sekine vs. Masaya Takahashi, Takayuki Ueki & Toshiyuki Sakuda
Winner: Kobayashi (12:11) with a Boston Crab on Ueki.
(5) BJW Tag Championship ~ Death games over the wall ~ Fluorescent Light-tubes + fluorescent Wall + Alpha Death Match: [45th Champions] Masashi Takeda & Takumi Tsukamoto vs. [Challengers] Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka
Winner: Kodaka (14:52) following the Giga Ladder Break on Takeda.
(6) Ikkitosen ~ B BLOCK: Hideki Suzuki vs. Kazuki Hashimoto
Winner: Hideki (3:39) with a Double Arm Suplex.
(7) Ikkitosen ~ B BLOCK: Ryuichi Kawakami vs. Yoshihisa Uto
Winner: Uto (13:03) following a Reverse Tiger Driver.
(8) Ikkitosen ~ A BLOCK: Daichi Hashimoto vs. Yasufumi Nakanoue
Winner: Nakanoue (16:10) following a Lariat.

DNA 43, 4/5/2018 [Thu] @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo

(5) Minoru Tanaka (FREE), Mizuki Watase & Tomoya Hirata (FREEDOMS) vs. Kota Umeda, Daiki Shimomura & Nobuhiro Shimatani
Winner: Watase (12:48) following a Backdrop on Shimatani.

Super Battle FMW 4/7/18
Aomori Hamanasu Hall
500 Fans
HASEGAWA d. Naoshi Sano (7:45)
Hideki Hosaka d. Kazuki Enosawa (6:12)
Miss Mongol & Buso Mongol d. Bambi & Koyuki when Miss pinned Koyuki (12:43)
Hayate & Keiichi Sato d. Kotaro Suzuki & Takuya Nakazato when Hayate pinned Nakazato (12:02)
Ricky Fuji & The Iceman Jr. d. Masamune & Gosaku Goshogawara when Iceman pinned Masamune (10:34)

Super Battle FMW 4/8/18
Aomori Hirosaki City Kawanishi Sports Center
700 Fans
Hideki Hosaka d. Kazuki Enosawa (1:21)
Keiichi Sato d. The Iceman Jr. (9:59)
Buso Mongol & Bambi d. Miss Mongol & Koyuki when Buso pinned Koyuki (12:43)
Hayate & HASEGAWA d. Kotaro Suzuki & Tetsuya Nakazato when Hayate pinned Nakazato (11:40)
Gosaku Goshogawara & Masamune d. Ricky Fuji & Naoshi Sano when Goshogawara pinned Sano (13:11)

Big Japan Pro-Wrestling, 4/10/2018 [Tue] @ Nemuro City Sogo Bunka Kaikan, Multi-Hall in Hokkaido
(1) Takuho Kato vs. Yuki Ishikawa
Winner: Kato (6:21) with a Boston Crab.
(2) Kazuki Hashimoto & Yuki Aoki vs. Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Kota Sekifuda
Winner: Kazuki (7:50) following a Death Valley Bomb on Sekifuda.
(3) Ryuichi Kawakami & Kazumi Kikuta vs. Yoshihisa Uto & Takuya Nomura
Winner: Kawakami (9:06) following a Running Elbow Bat on Takuya.
(4) Shin Nemuro Offer Match: Andre The Giant Panda vs. Hulk Homan
Winner: Andre (5:21) with the Andre Giant Press.
(5) Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. Yasufumi Nakanoue & Ryota Hama
Winner: Nakanoue (11:52) with a Diving Elbow Drop on Kamitani.
(6) Barbed-wire Board 6 Man Tag Death Match: Abdullah Kobayashi, Ryuji Ito & Kankuro Hoshino vs. Masaya Takahashi, Takayuki Ueki & Toshiyuki Sakuda
Winner: Kobayashi (12:37) with the Diving Baka Chinga Elbow Drop on Sakuda.

FREEDOMS “GW no Shuyaku wa Oeda! 2018”, 4/12/2018 [Thu] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo

281 Spectators
(0) Hayatada Miki vs. Chikara
Winner: No Winner (7:00)
(1) Special Opening 6 Man Tag Match: Mammoth Sasaki, Toru Sugiura & Kamui vs. Takashi Sasaki, Dragon Libre & Tomoya Hirata
Winner: Takashi (8:48) with a Shonan Gorudo Clutch on Toru.
(2) Kenichiro Arai (DG) vs. KAZMA SAKAMOTO (FREE)
Winner: Arai (5:55) with a School Boy.
(3) Yuya Susumu & Masamune (FREE) vs. Gunso (DOVE) & ‘brother’ YASSHI (FREE)
Winner: Susumu (9:24) via foul, YASSHI with a chair.
(4) Barbed-wire Board & Gadget Board Tag Death Match: Kenji Fukimoto & Minoru Fujita (FREE) vs. Isami Kodaka & FUMA (both BASARA)
Winner: Fukimoto (11:12) following a Package Piledriver on FUMA.
(5) GENTARO vs. Mr. Gannosuke (GUTS)
Winner: GENTARO (22:28) with the Ashikiwame Kubigatame.
(6) Fluorescent Light-tubes + Alpha Death Match: Violento Jack & Daisuke Masaoka vs. Jun Kasai & Masashi Takeda (FREE)
Winner: Masaoka (17:14) with a La Magistral on Kasai.

BJW “Ikkitosen 2018 ~STRONG CLIMB~”, 4/14/2018 [Sat] 13:00 @ Susukino Mars Gym in Hokkaido
380 Spectators (crowded)
(1) Takuya Nomura & Yuki Ishikawa vs. Yuya Aoki & Takuho Kato
Winner: Yuya (8:33) with a Boston Crab on Ishikawa.
(2) Tatsuhiko Yoshino vs. Kota Sekifuda
Winner: Sekifuda (8:14) with a Leg Roll Clutch.
(3) Yoshihisa Uto, Hideyoshi Kamitani & Ryuichi Kawakami vs. Ryota Hama, Kazuki Hashimoto & Kazuki Hashimoto
Winner: Kawakami (10:51) following a Swing style Hurricane Driver on Kikuta.
(4) Barbed-wire Board 6 Man Tag Death Match: Yuko Miyamoto (666), Isami Kodaka (BASARA) & Kankuro Hoshino vs. Masaya Takahashi, Takayuki Ueki & Toshiyuki Sakuda
Winner: Miyamoto (8:05) with a Moonsault Press on Ueki.
(5) Fluorescent Light-tube Tag Death Match: Masashi Takeda (FREE) & Takumi Tsukamoto (BASARA) vs. Abdullah Kobayashi & Ryuji Ito
Winner: Takeda (10:47) following a Reverse U-Crash on Ito.
(6) Ikkitosen Semi-final Match: (B BLOCK #1) Hideki Suzuki vs. (A BLOCK #2) Yasufumi Nakanoue
Winner: Hideki (14:05) with a Shin-Manjigatame.
(7) Ikkitosen Semi-final Match: (A BLOCK #1) Daichi Hashimoto vs. (B BLOCK #2) Daisuke Sekimoto
Winner: Daichi (15:13) following the Rising DDT.

BJW “Ikkitosen 2018 ~STRONG CLIMB~”, 4/15/2018 [Sun] 18:00 @ Susukino Mars Gym in Hokkaido

525 Spectators (overcrowded)
(0) Exhibition Match: Tatsuhiko Yoshino vs. Akira Hyodo
(1) Kazumi Kikuta & Takuho Kato vs. Takuya Nomura & Yuki Ishikawa
Winner: Kato (9:01) with a Single Leg Crab on Ishikawa.
(2) Great Kojika & Yuichi Taniguchi vs. Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei
Winner: Kojika (10:13) via pin-fall on Kei, following a powder attack.
(3) Kazuki Hashimoto vs. Yuya Aoki
Winner: Kazuki (9:56) following a Death Valley Bomb.
(4) Barbed-wire Board 6 Man Tag Death Match: Masashi Takeda (FREE), Takumi Tsukamoto (BASARA) & Kankuro Hoshino vs. Masaya Takahashi, Takayuki Ueki & Toshiyuki Sakuda
Winner: Takeda (13:33) following a Diving Rolling Senton w/ a barbed-wire board on Ueki.
(5) BJW Tag Prelude ~ Fluorescent Light-tube Death Match: Yuko Miyamoto (666) & Isami Kodaka (BASARA) vs. Ryuji Ito & Abdullah Kobayashi
Winner: Ito (10:33) with the Dragon Splash on Kodaka.
~ Ito with the win over Kodaka before the title challenge on 5/5.
(6) Ikkitosen Special 6 Man Tag Match: Ryota Hama, Hideyoshi Kamitani & Yasufumi Nakanoue vs. Ryuichi Kawakami, Yoshihisa Uto & Daisuke Sekimoto
Winner: Sekimoto (13:32) following a Lariat on Kamitani.
(7) Ikkitosen Final ~ BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship Match: [11th Champion] Daichi Hashimoto vs. [Challenger] Hideki Suzuki (FREE)
Winner: Hideki (16:02) following a Double Arm Suplex.
~ Champion falls on his 3rd title defense. Hideki becomes the 12th champion and also wins the Ikkitosen ~ strong climb ~ 2018.

Guts World 4/15/18
Tokyo Shinjuku FACE
600 Fans (Sold Out)
Joji Otani & Keito Murota d. Daisuke Kanehira & Tetsuya Ido when Otani pinned Ido (7:37)
Shinobu & Naoshi Sano & CHANGO & Papillion Akemi d. Kazuhiro Tamura & Drake Morimatsu & Kazuhiko Matsuzaki & Ryan Upin when Shinobu made Upin tap (8:07)
Keizo Matsuda & Kushinbo Kamen d. Buffalo & Yuji Kito when Matsuda pinned Kito (10:46)
Masao Orihara d. Tetsuhiro Kuroda (10:50)
GWC Tag Team Championship Match: Kenichiro Arai & Shota d. TORU & Fuminori Abe when Shota pinned TORU (14:42) to become the NEW GWC Tag Team Champions.
Tatsumi Fujinami & Hiro Saito d. Mr. Gannosuke & Michio Kageyama when Fujinami made Gannosuke tap (16:41) in Mr. Gannosuke’s Retirement Match.
GWC Heavyweight Championship Match: Guts Ishijima d. Masked Mystery (19:19) to Defend the Title for the 3rd Time.

***Japanese Deathmatch Upcoming Shows***

BJW, OZ Academy 4/17/18
Sapporo

BJW “Edogawa Rising 3”, 4/21/2018 [Sat] 12:00 @ Tobu Friend Hall in Tokyo
(1) Tatsuhiko Yoshino vs. Akira Hyodo
(2) Kazuki Hashimoto & Takuho Kato vs. Yuki Morihiro & Yuki Ishikawa
(3) Edogawa Rising vs. Yuya Aoki
(4) Battle Royal : Kankuro Hoshino, Yuya aoki, Yuki Morihiro, Takuho Kato, Yuki Ishikawa
(5) Yokohama Shopping Street 6 Man Tag Championship Match: [11th Champions] Daisuke Sekimoto, Kohei Sato & Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. [Challengers] Ryota Hama, Yasufumi Nakanoue & Yoshihisa Uto
~ 1st title defense.
(6) Daichi Hashimoto & Kazumi Kikuta vs. Ryuichi Kawakami & Takuya Nomura
(7) Death Match: Abdullah Kobayashi, Ryuji Ito & Jaki Numazawa vs. Masaya Takahashi, Takayuki Ueki & Toshiyuki Sakuda

BJW “Osaka Surprise 36 ~ Tetsujin Densho”, 4/22/2018 [Sun] 13:00 @ Osaka City Asahi Kumin Center
(0) Kankuro Hoshino vs. Akira Hyodo
(1) Kazuki Hashimoto & Yuki Morihiro vs. Toshiyuki Sakuda & Yuki Ishikawa
(2) Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Kota Sekifuda vs. Brahman Shu & Kei
(3) HUB & Billyken Kid vs. Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga
(4) TLC 8 Man Tag Death Match: Masashi Takeda, Yuko Miyamoto, Jaki Numazawa & Takumi Tsukamoto vs. Abdullah Kobayashi, Ryuji Ito, Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki
(5) Ryuichi Kawakami, Kazumi Kikuta & Yuya Aoki vs. Yoshihisa Uto, Takuya Nomura & Takuho Kato
(6) Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. Ryota Hama & Toshiyuki Sakuda
(7) Special Single Match: Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Dicko Togo (Michinoku)

Toshiaki Kawada Produce “HOLY WAR ~ JOSHO” 4/26/18
Shin-Kiba 1st RING
Ikuto Hidaka vs. Junta Miyawaki
Kuishinbo Kamen & Buffalo Vs. Masao Inoue & Gabai Ji-chan
Talk Show: Toshiaki Kawada Vs. Naomichi Marufuji
Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto Vs. Jun Kasai & Tomoya Hirata
Mitsuya Nagai & Minoru Tanaka Vs. Hideki Suzuki & Takatoshi Matsumoto
Shiro Koshinaka, Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Tamon Honda Go Shiozaki , Kaito Kiyomiya & Kazusada Higuchi

BJW “GK Prestige”, 4/27/2018 [Fri] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
(1) Kazumi Kikura & Yuki Ishikawa vs. Masaki Morihiro & Akira Hyodo
(2) Ryuichi Kawakami & Takuho Kato vs. Takuya Nomura & Fuminori Abe
(3) Kazuki Hashimoto & Yuya Aoki vs. Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Kota Sekifuda
(4) Daichi Hashimoto, Hideyoshi Kamitani & Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Ryota Hama, Yasufumi Nakanoue & Yoshihisa Uto
(5) Death Match: Great Kojika & Kankuro Hoshino vs. Jaki Numazawa & Minoru Fujita
(6) Death Match: Yuko Miyamoto, Isami Kodaka & Ryuichi Sekine vs. Masaya Takahashi, Takayuki Ueki & Toshiyuki Sakuda
(7) Death Match: Masashi Takeda & Takumi Tsukamoto vs. Abdullah Kobayashi & Ryuji Ito

Shonana Beach Pro Wrestling 4/28/18
Kanagawa
Freedoms talent

WWS 4/30/18
Kumagaya
Jun Kasai

Freedoms 5/2/18
Tokyo, Korakuen
Exhibition Match: Hayatada Miki vs. Trainee K
Opening Special Brass Knuckle Street Fight Match: GENTARO vs. Gunso
Chikara, Tomoya Hirata & Dragon Libre vs. Mitsuo Momota, KAZMA SAKAMOTO & Masamune
Hardcore Match: Kamui vs. Minoru Fujita
 UWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [31st Champion] Yuya Susumu vs. [Challenger] ‘brother’ YASSHI
~ 6th title defense.
KING of FREEDOM WORLD TAG CHAMPIONSHIP Match: [13th Champions] Mammoth Sasaki & Toru Sugiura vs. [Challengers] Takashi Sasaki & Gurukun Mask
~ 11th title defense.
KING of FREEDOM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Death Match: [9th Champion] Violento Jack vs. [Challenger] Masashi Takeda
~ 3rd title defense.

BASARA, 5/3/2018 [Thu] 18:30 @ Korakun Hall in Tokyo
 Ryuichi Sekine & Ryota Nakatsu vs. Ikuto Hidaka (ZERO1) & Minoru Fujita (FREE)
 Count Down to Extinction ~ Hardcore Tag Match: FUMA & SAGAT vs. Jun Kasai (FREEDOMS) & Kunso (DOVE)
 Union MAX & DOVE World Heavyweight Double Championship Match: [9th MAX Champion] Isami Kodaka (6th title defense) vs. [10th DOVE Champion] Naoki Tanizaki (1st title defense)

Freedoms 5/4/18
Yokohama

BJW 5/5/2018
Yokohama
BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Title: Masashi Takeda vs. Abdullah Kobayashi

Freedoms 5/6/18
Shizuoka

BJW 5/13/18
Korakuen Hall


LION’S GATE PROJECT 12, 5/15/2018 [Tue] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo
Shota Umino vs. Daisuke Sekimoto (BJW)

Freedoms 5/20/18
Miyagi

Freedoms 5/24/18
Tokyo, Shin-Kiba

Freedoms 6/2/18
Fukuoka

Freedoms 6/9/18
Yokohama

Freedoms 6/10/18
Yokohama

Fortune Dream 5, 6/11/2018 [Mon] 17:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) Kaito Kiyomiya (NOAH) & Ayato Yoshida (K-DOJO) vs. Toru Sugiura (FREEDOMS) & Takuya Nomura (BJW)

Freedoms 6/14/18
Tokyo, Shin-Kiba

BJW 6/20/18
Korakuen Hall


Freedoms 7/4/18
Tokyo, Korakuen

Freedoms 7/22/18
Tokyo, Iwate

Freedoms 7/29/18
Osaka

Freedoms 8/6/18
Korakuen Hall
Indie Showcase

Freedoms 8/11/18
Tokyo, Shin-Kiba

Freedoms 8/19/18
Hiroshima

Freedoms 8/28/18
Tokyo, Korakuen

Freedoms 9/17/18
9th Anniversary
Korakuen

Freedoms 9/22/18
Akita

Freedoms 9/27/18
Shin-Kiba

Freedoms 10/24/18
Tokyo, Shin-Kiba

Freedoms 11/21/18
Tokyo, Shin-Kiba

Freedoms 12/6/18
Tokyo, Shin-Kiba

Freedoms 12/25/18
Bloody Christmas
Tokyo, Korakuen

***North American Deathmatch News***

Going into Wrestlemania weekend GCW had two of the more high profile shows with Bloodsport on April 5th and Spring Break on July 6th.

In what might have been the most serendipitous think of the week for GCW Low Ki was forced to pull out of the GCW Bloodsport event where has scheduled to face Matt Riddle in the main event. In an Instagram post Low Ki said he has a neck injury that forced him to drop out of the show. There is some question from most sides about the severity of the injury as Low Ki developed a famous reputation for backing out of matches over “creative differences.”

He was replaced on the show with Minor Suzuki, current NJPW IC Champion and overall MMA/pro wrestling legend, to face Matt Riddle in the main event. The deal was arranged with the NJPW office at 11 PM the night before with just 12-14 hours before the show. He was the originally choice for the spot but logistics got in the way that disappeared when they GCW made a push in person. They had fought once before in the UK but this still jolted a little extra juice into GCW going into the weekend.

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The reaction overall to the show was it was an interesting concept with so-so follow through but most commentators I saw were enthusiastic that the concept can work with some tweaks. Bloodsport drew over 800.

Where Bloodsport was a pretty serious show Spring Break was the goof ball after party of the weekend that drew over 2,000 fans more than doubling last year’s attendance and making it the most attended show of the weekend outside of ROH and WWE. The show even trended globally on Twitter during the event. The show started around midnight and went past 3 AM. Joey Janella appeared with Dave Meltzer for a Q&A to briefly plug the show that morning.

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The show went as you’d expect with a lot of over the top shenanigans. Despite the New Orleans athletic commission’s statements against extreme pile driver moves Eli Everfly won the opening match with a double undertook Canadian Destroyer off the top rope, PCO and Walter had match of the night in an insane slug fest leaving PCO with one of the nastiest chests I’ve ever seen and The Great Sasuke and Janella had a stunt show main event ending with both of them singing Bon Jovi songs.

Final numbers haven’t been revealed yet, but sources tell me both GCW shows topped 1000 live streams (buys) on iPPV and became a VOD hit afterwards on the Fite App and other sources.

The Great Sasuke is really one of the innovators of hardcore wrestling and Japanese lucha who, I don’t want to say has been lost in the shuffle of history, should be commended for his spirit and attitude over the years. There was a documentary movie from a few years ago that I was able to catch on a plane once chronicling his daily life as well as running for city council in a smaller town in the time right after the devastating earthquake in 2011.

Though he loses the election it is still fascinating watching him doing household chores in his mask, putting on a free wrestling show for school children while explaining his scars and more.

He was one of the founders of ULTRA which became Michinoku Pro and later Toryumon and Dragon Gate and he has been a pioneer in hardcore wrestling having explosion matches with Hayabusa and Onita as well as some absolutely insane brawls with some crazy stunts that you have to see to believe.

Coming out of the show the big winners seem to be PCO, Eli Everfly, Nick Gage and others. Going into the show you definitely got the idea PCO was going to reinvent himself and join the young dogs with a strong hoss style. He has matches booked against Matt Riddle as well as a rematch with Walter coming up in the NY and Montreal areas.

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When a show like this gets so big you see a lot of comments from people seeing GCW for the first time. The reaction to Nick Gage is always unique in that people don’t understand why he’s so over or they are taken aback by how intense his character is.

On May 11th GCW and Freelance Wrestling will kick off GCW’s 2 day Chicago event at the Baderbrau. The first night will be a GCW vs. Freelance themed show. Nick Gage, John Wayne Murdoch, Eric Ryan, Reed Bentley, Alex Colon, KTB, Jimmy Lloyd and more have been announced so far.

After the show there will be an afterparty hosted by Markus Crane and Shlak at EXIT on 1315 W. North Street in Chicago.

The next night will be at the Galli Arena on May 12th. It will be GCW’s Untouchables. They’ve been announcing matches and so far we have Nate Webb, who debuted at the Clusterfuck, taking on Jimmy Lloyd. Webb is an IWA MS mainstay. Also announced is Miedo Xtreo v. Alex Colon, Joey Janella vs. Ciclope and Scotty Vortex vs. G-Raver with Markus Crane vs. Nick Gage in the main event.

This show sounds insane as I type it.

GCW also announced Nick Gage as the first entrant in the Tournament of Survival on June 2nd. It should also be made known that Freedoms has a large Korakuen Hall show that day so Freedoms talent should not be expected for TOS.

Also over Mania weekend CZW held their Welcome to the Combat Zone show. The attendance for the show can’t be seen as a huge success especially on the heels of the Spring Break show drawing so well late at night. During the broadcast the announcers even avoided mentioning the other show during a Janella match.

On April 14th CZW held their Best of the Best tournament which was won by David Starr but the real story was in the first round when Joey Janella lost to Joe Gacy early in the show. He had a bit of a meltdown screaming at some CZW staff. Later that night on Twitter he stated that that was his final match with CZW.

It has been confirmed from multiple sources that in 2017 in the run up to the GCW Tournament of Survival and CZW’s Tournament of Death just a week away DJ Hyde, CZW owner and public face, gave several wrestlers ultimatums to choose one over the other. Jeff Cannonball and G-Raver chose CZW of the group. G-Raver continued working both but it was a long time before Cannonball reappeared in GCW but most have seemed to ignore the declaration. With the last 2 shows being the New Orleans and the Best of the Best guys like G-Raver, Shlak, Jimmy Lloyd and even Matt Tremont have not been on the shows. Shlak, G-Raver and Jimmy Lloyd are the main ones who wrestle for both companies so they would be the ones to watch. If there is a declaration from DJ Hyde they’d be the main ones to go.

From a logistical standpoint CZW generally runs about 20 shows a year, most months have one but sometimes they double up and there are occasional outside sold shows such as the upcoming split show in the UK. GCW has been expanding rapidly and with the Compound they have been running 3+ times a month and show every sign of growing right now. It really doesn’t make much sense to stay with CZW when they are falling so rapidly in attendance, impact and clout.

It seems Sami Callihan is also out of CZW as a performer and backstage. He gave his notice the same day as Joey Janella.

The next Casanova Valentine Deathmatch on April 25th will be against G-Raver

H2O Wrestling had a show in New Jersey over Mania weekend. In the main event Matt Tremont defeated Jimmy Lyon in a no roped barbed wire match. Mance Warner challenged him for the next show on 8th. Also on June 8th Jeff Cannonball will defend his title against Alex Colon, Shlak vs. Louie Ramos and more plus Mikey Whipwreck will be at the show.

IWA Midsouth will be promoting a Chris Candido Cup tag team tournament on April 20th.

Vicious Outkast Wrestling held a show on April 12th in West Virginia that looked pretty insane from the photos. They were in a new building and not the bar like before. In the main event G-Raver defeated Dale Patricks in a Glass Prison match with a dozen or so glass panes in and around the ring. Scotty Vortex missed the VOW show due to a family matter.

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Nick Gage will be taking on Sabu at ICW’s Night of Main Events on June 1st in New York City. Also on the show with be PCO (Pierre Carl Oulette) vs. Matt Riddle.

OPW announced the first round matches and stipulations for the Survival of the Sickest on May 5th. they are listed below.

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Blood Brother’s Crimson Cup 2 is rounding out their lineup. So far they’ve announced Homeless Jimmy, Aidan Blackheart, Michael Kruger, John Wayne Murdock, Anthony Rivera, Markus Crane, G-Raver. Chuey Martinez and Neil Diamond Cutter.


***North American Deathmatch Results***

GCW 4/5/18
New Orleans, LA
Matt Riddle’s Bloodsport
Dominic Garrini defeated KTB
Eddie Kingston defeated Tracy Williams
Masada defeated Martin Stone
WALTER defeated Tom Lawlor
Dan Severn defeated Chris Dickinson
Nick Gage defeated Timothy Thatcher
Minoru Suzuki defeated Matthew Riddle

H2O 4/6/18
Williamstown, NJ
1. H20 Tag Team Championship Match: Aiden Baal & Bam Sullivan def. Stockade & G-Raver & Devon Moore.
2. H20 HYBRID Championship Match: (C) Conor Claxton defeated Mike Del
3. Mance Warner def. Brandon Kirk
4. (3) Way Falls Count Anywhere Women’s Match: Maria Manic def. Terra Calaway & Mickie Knuckles –
5. FMW Street Fight: Chainsaw Tony def “Lowlife” Louie Ramos
6. Boards of Brutality Deathmatch: Dale Patricks def. Josh Crane
7. H20 Championship Match: (c) Jeff Cannonball retained the Championship over Steve “Monsta” Mack
8. No Rope Barbwire: “Bulldozer” Matt Tremont def. Jimmy Lyon

IWA 4/5/18
Memphis, IN
Darius Lockhart defeated Justin D’air
JC Rotten defeated Lord Crewe
Roni Nicole defeated Faye Jackson
Cold Radrick and Sage Phillips defeated Austin Manix and Brandon Edwards
Elliott Paul defeated Pat Monix
Gary Jay defeated Dale Patricks
Calvin Tankman defeated Larry D and Kongo Kong
Mance Warner defeated Sugar Dunkerton

GCW 4/6/18
New Orleans, LA
Joey Janela Spring Break2
Eli Everfly defeated DJZ, Tony Deppen, Gringo Loco, KTB and Teddy Hart in a six way match
Matt Riddle defeated James Ellsworth
PCO defeated WALTER
Nick Gage defeated Penta 0M
David Starr defeated Mike Quackenbush
The Invisible Man won the Clusterfuck
Joey Janela defeated The Great Sasuke

IWA 4/6/18
Memphis, IN
Matt Gilbert def Jaden Newman
Wayne Moxxi & HEX Cross went to a double pin.
Legendairy (Alexander S Kirk & Matt O’Hare) def Tank & Fireball
Ritchie Rotchild def Dick Davis
Ethan Cage def Nate Wilde
Dakota Bostock def Chad French
Marko Stunt def Walker Hayes
Lou Crank def Freedom Ramsey
Beauty & the Big Motherfucker (Will Huckaby & Fantasy) def Defiance (Chris Cayden &
Maximo Suave)
Ace Diamond def Lee Johnson
David Anthony def Skyler Sage
Lucio Deever def Big Dre Parker
Los Chicanos (Jonathan & Jeff Castro) def The Cross Brothers (Aden & Christian Cross)
Jordan Lawrence def Murphy Costigan
Mr Grim def Mike Law
Sugar Dunkerton def Menace

EVOLVE 4/6/18
New Orleans
Matt Riddle defeated Daisuke Sekimoto

EVOLVE 4/7/18
New Orleans
Keith Lee defeated Nick Gage


CZW 4/7/18
New Orleans
Douglas James, Matt Knicks, Peter Avalon, Stevie Fierce & Suede Thompson defeat Ace Austin, Dan Barry, Dan O’Hare, Josh Briggs & Kit Osbourne (9:05)
Maxwell Jacob Friedman defeats Kyle The Beast (4:48)
Three Way Tag Team: Myron Reed & Trey Miguel defeat Bandido & Flamita and oVe (Dave Crist & Jake Crist) (5:24)
Team Janelope (Joey Janela & Penelope Ford) defeat Joey Ryan & Laura James (11:44)
David Starr defeats Juice Robinson (9:40)
Four Way: Zachary Wentz defeats Ace Romero and Adam Brooks and Jason Cade (8:02)
Joe Gacy defeats Jeff Cobb (10:57)
CZW World Heavyweight Title: Rickey Shane Page (c) defeats Ethan Page (9:08)
Will Ospreay defeats Dezmond Xavier (13:38)

IWA 4/7/18
Memphis, IN
Sage Philips def Lee Johnson
Mike Law def Ace Diamond
Roni Nicole def Hawlee Layne & Allie Kat in a triple threat match.
Alister Wilde def Billy Mattern
Will Huckaby def Mr Grim
Barbwire Madness: Mike Roach def Justin Storm
Thumbtack Deathmatch: Calvin Tankman def JC Rotten

VOW 4/12/18
Shinston, West Virginia
G-Raver def Dale Patricks
Bryant Woods def Shlak
Conor Claxton def Markus Crane
Josh Crane def Mike Roach
Corp def Dan O’Hare
Devon Moore def MV Young
Colt 45 def Alister Wilde

CZW 4/14/18
Vorhees, NJ
Best Of The Best 17 First Round: Matt Riddle defeats Curt Stallion and Wheeler YUTA
Best Of The Best 17 First Round: Zachary Wentz defeats Myron Reed and Trey Miguel
Best Of The Best 17 First Round: David Starr and Tessa Blanchard defeat Peter Avalon
Best Of The Best 17 First Round: Joe Gacy defeats Brandon Kirk and Joey Janela and Rich Swann
Best Of The Best 17 Semi Final: Zachary Wentz defeats Joe Gacy (w/Blackwater)
Best Of The Best 17 Semi Final: David Starr defeats Matt Riddle and Tessa Blanchard
CZW Tag Team Title: The REP (Dave McCall & Nate Carter) (w/Maven Bentley) (c) defeat The Storm Of Entrails (Dan O’Hare & SHLAK)
CZW World Heavyweight Title: Maxwell Jacob Friedman defeats Rickey Shane Page (c)
Best Of The Best 17 Final: David Starr defeats Zachary Wentz

***North American Deathmatch Upcoming Shows***

IWA 4/19/18
Memphis, IN

IWA 4/20/18
Memphis, IN

IWA 4/26/18
Memphis, IN

IWA 4/27/18
Memphis, IN

IWA Deep South 4/27/18
Kellyton, AL
Super Stiff Iron Man Tournament, Night 1
1. Gary Jay vs. Jake Parnell
2. Anthony Henry vs. Reed Bently
3. John Wayne Murdoch vs. Brad Cash
4. Jeremy Flynt vs. Mance Warner
5. Insane Lane vs. Chuey Martinez
6. Freakshow vs. Blaine Evans
7. Corporal Robinson vs. Keylo Green
8. Larry D vs. Izzy Rotten
9. Brandon Lee vs. Chip Day

IWA Deep South 4/27/18
Kellyton, AL
Super Stiff Iron Man Tournament, Night 2
Non Tournament: John Rare vs. Jay Impact vs. X

Battleground Championship Wrestling 5/5/18
Feasterville, PA
4 Corners of Pain: Matt Tremont vs. Dan Maff

OPW 5/5/18
GCW Compound
Survival of the Sickest Deathmatch Tournament
Home Run Derby: Jeff Cannonball vs. Louie Ramos vs. Marc Angel
Carpet Strips and Cinder Blocks: Devon Moore vs. G-Raver vs. Rob Marsh
Frans Bring the Weapons: Blackheart vs. John Wayne Murdoch vs. Drew Chaos
Pallets of Pain: Mike Roach vs. Reed Bentley vs. Jimmy Lloyd

VFIIIP 5/5/2018
Hardcore Super Eight Tournament
Sacramento, CA

CZW/IPW 5/13/18
London, UK

IWA Midsouth 5/18/18
Memphis, IN
King of the Deathmatch, Night 1

IWA Midsouth 5/19/18
Memphis, IN
King of the Deathmatch, Night 2

GCW 6/2/18
New Jersey
Tournament of Survival 3

H20 Wrestling 6/8/18
Williamstown, NJ
H2O Championship: (C) Jeff Cannonball vs. Alex Colon
Fans Bring The Weapons: Mance Warner vs “Bulldozer” Matt Tremont
Lufisto vs Maria Manic
SHLAK vs “Lowlife” Louie Ramos
“Mr. Insanity” Toby Klein vs Devon Moore
Sean Henderson vs Marc Angel

CZW 6/9/18
Townsend, DE
Tournament of Death

Casanova Valentine Deathmatch 6/28/18
Brooklyn, NY

Unsanctioned Pro Wrestling 6/30/18
Columbus, OH
Lego Deathmatch: Markus Crane vs. Adam Bueller
Space Monkey vs. Myron Reed
The Rejects vs. Dale Patricks and Mance Warner
Street Fight: Shlak vs. Devon Moore

Unholy Warfare 6/30/18
Reidsville, NC
Boards of Death: Josh Crane vs. Colt 45

PPW 9/16/2018
Denver, CO
Slave to the Death Match 9

Blood Brothers Presents Crimson Cup 2 10/6/2018
Souther California

 

 

Company Websites

http://pw-freedoms.co.jp/
http://bjw.co.jp
http://www.dovepro.net/

Company Twitters

https://twitter.com/IWAMidSouth

Credit for results and upcoming news go to BahuFMW at bahufmw.com, pro-wrestling365.com, purolove.com and puroresuspirit.com, Dramatic DDT at https://dramaticddt.wordpress.com/ as well as the promotions websites. Sorry for bad formatting and possibly bad translations, I am simply collection information from a lot of sources on “Independent” and deathmatch promotions. I like to shine a spotlight and what isn’t covered elsewhere so there won’t be any NJPW, WWE, DDT, etc. talk.

Watching the Japanese deathmatch scene has never been easier but it isn’t perfect. Obviously the Real Hero Archive (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B5rK95X3mRiiSDNvTnQ0aUhWODg) has most every show you could ever imagine up there including most all Freedoms shows and a ton of classic hardcore puroresu.

The Mutton and the Ham Youtube Channel for a lot of classic FMW, IWA, BJW and also current BJW, Freedoms and odd show spots (https://www.youtube.com/user/MuttonAndTheHam)

The Official BJW Youtube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/bjwmovie) goes through moods of uploading a LOT of content. During the 2017 Ikkitousen they were uploading 2 or 3 tournament matches a day.

You can find a lot more Youtube channels by searching for the Japanese name of any of your favorite wrestlers (such as this match featuring Takeda and Kasai https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWU-NWQt_GI from an indy), a lot of handicam/phone footage or those notorious DVD only shows but there is little consistency.

BJW has a subscription streaming service called BJW Core and is 888 yen a month (about $8 USD) located at http://www.bjwcore.com

IWA Midsouth is available on http://powerbomb.tv

Bahu sells a TON of classic, hard to find hardcore puro as well as current Freedoms DVD’s. You can contact him at http://fmwwrestling.us/FMWLibrary.html

Freedoms shows are harder to get. The smaller shows, despite having crazy matches on the regular, are only filmed half the time and are only sold as DVD exclusives at shows (that I would buy if I had owned a DVD player in the past 6 years) so they rarely make it to Youtube or Real Hero. The larger shows from Korakuen are broadcast on Samurai TV on a 2-3 week delay without commentary and with muted music entrances and only 1 camera shots but for whatever reason these only appear sporadically on the normal avenues so good luck.

You can direct any questions, comments or thoughts to me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/intlwrestling

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International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for April 2nd, 2018 Takeda vs. Violento Jack in Freedoms and Takeda vs. Kobayashi in BJW, GCW with big shows over Mania weekend, more

International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for April 2nd, 2018

Takeda vs. Violento Jack in Freedoms and Takeda vs. Kobayashi in BJW, GCW with big shows over Mania weekend, more

We are approaching Wrestlemania weekend and I want to give GCW just a little more praise in putting together 2 of the stand out cards of the weekend. I was listening to WOR Dave Meltzer running down all the shows he was hyped for: The WWN supercars, the Progress cards, Wrestlecade, even the Impact vs. Lucha Underground shows and I kept waiting for the mention of the two GCW cards but it never came. I don’t understand how he can scan over these.

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International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for March 25th, 2018 Violento Jack returns to Freedoms to challenge Masashi Takeda, GCW rounds out Wrestlemania cards, new Super Battle FMW shows, more

International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for March 25th, 2018

Violento Jack returns to Freedoms to challenge Masashi Takeda, GCW rounds out Wrestlemania cards, new Super Battle FMW shows, more

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

***Japanese Deathmatch News***

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The March 22nd Korakuen Hall show ended with a few angles and challenges being shot.

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International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for March 19th, 2018 Matt Tremont interview about Japan and Onita, GCW’s Read Means Green, CZW vs. GCW keeps on going, Freedoms and GCW in Mexico, Fukimoto vs. Violento Jack, IWA MS KOTDM finalized with multi-man format and tons more

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

Matt Tremont interview about Japan and Onita, GCW’s Read Means Green, CZW vs. GCW keeps on going, Freedoms and GCW in Mexico, Fukimoto vs. Violento Jack, IWA MS KOTDM finalized with multi-man format and tons more

For those who don’t know I live in China as an English teacher and I love traveling the world. I’ve been to over 20 countries in the past 3 years, I go to Japan every chance I get to watch wrestling (hoping to add Mexico this Summer) and I think the two hobbies go hand in hand.

One of my favorite stories of wrestling is Matt Tremont’s ability to get the dream US deathmatch against Onita. I’m sure we’ve all seen the hype video that sends chills up my spine when I listen to it. I am a big proponent of self-help and motivational media to keep me on the right path and Tremont’s story fits right in there.

I reached out to Tremont, also the promoter of H2O in New Jersey, and wanted to do an interview not so much about the wrestling stories he’s told a few times but more about his experience traveling to Japan and wrestling for the Onita company. I hope this inspires a few people to not give up on their dreams and keep going.

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International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for March 12th, 2018 IWA Midsouth’s Deathmatch season starts, Masashi Takeda defends successfully, GCW announces tons of new matches and much more

International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for March 12th, 2018

IWA Midsouth’s Deathmatch season starts, Masashi Takeda defends successfully, GCW announces tons of new matches and much more

Edit: An earlier version said that Tom Lawler would be pulling out of the Bloodsport show but that is not the case. Sorry for any confusion.

IWA Midsouth really seems to be on fire in a lot of ways at the moment. They have  a secure location and have been putting on 6-8 shows a month and a streaming deal with Powerbomb TV that broadcasts twice a month. Because they can put on multiple shows a weekend your seeing more 2-day storylines to set up matches and attendance seems to be up while they’re bringing in larger stars like Michael Elgin.

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