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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Low Ki scammed GCW
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.
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.
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***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.
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.
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.
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***
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
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)
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)
(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 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)
() 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
LION’S GATE PROJECT 12, 5/15/2018 [Tue] 19:00 @ Shinjuku FACE in Tokyo
Shota Umino vs. Daisuke Sekimoto (BJW)
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)
3 Matte Pro wrestling Matches
***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.
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***
Miss Independent Women’s Tournament
Nevaeh def Delilah Doom & Christi Jaynes
Kikyo def Dementia D’Rose
Shotzi Blackheart def Hudson Envy & Facebrooke
Allie Kat def Amazing Maria & Ruby Raze
Kikyo def Nevaeh
Shotzi Blackheart def Allie Kat
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
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
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
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
Fans Bring the Weapons: Alister Wilde defeated Josh Crane and Dale Patricks
***North American Deathmatch Upcoming Shows***
Battleground Championship Wrestling 5/5/18
4 Corners of Pain: Matt Tremont vs. Dan Maff
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
Hardcore Super Eight Tournament
GCW/Freelance Pro 5/11/2018
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
Vorhees New Jersey
Doors, tables and chairs match: Mance Warner vs. Stockade vs. Connor Claxton vs. Dan Ohare
IWA Midsouth 5/18/18
King of the Deathmatch, Night 1
IWA Midsouth 5/19/18
King of the Deathmatch, Night 2
Tournament of Survival 3
PCO vs. Joey Janella
Tournament participants: Nick Gage, Ciclope, Eric Ryan, Takyauki Ueki (BJW)
H20 Wrestling 6/8/18
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
Tournament of Death
Casanova Valentine Deathmatch 6/28/18
Unsanctioned Pro Wrestling 6/30/18
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
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 8/24/2018 and 8/25/2018
Atlantic City, NJ
Slave to the Death Match 9
Blood Brothers Presents Crimson Cup 2 10/6/2018
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.
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