International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for August 16th, 2018 Takeda vs. Kasai at Tokyo Deathmatch Carnival, Takeda to tour DTU in September, Ringside Stories/リングサイド・ストーリー movie Review, Meng/Haku out of GCW Lost Summer, GCW Title defense in Freedoms, Yoshihisa Uto makes his Deathmatch debut and more

International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for August 16th, 2018

Takeda vs. Kasai at Tokyo Deathmatch Carnival, Takeda to tour DTU in September, Ringside Stories/リングサイド・ストーリー movie Review, Meng/Haku out of GCW Lost Summer, GCW Title defense in Freedoms, Yoshihisa Uto makes his Deathmatch debut and more

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International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for August 8th, 2018 GCW Announces New NGI 3 Names and Expanding the Card, Freedoms Cards, A Lot of H20 and IWA MS Announcements, DTU and Zona 23 Cards and Notes and More

International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for August 8th, 2018

GCW Announces New NGI 3 Names and Expanding the Card, Freedoms Cards, A Lot of H20 and IWA MS Announcements, DTU and Zona 23 Cards and Notes and More

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In some sad news TJ, a big wrestling fan from the Jersey area and has been involved with GCW, H20 and others, lost mostly everything in a house fire that has also affected his wife and children. There is a Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/vekdwk-fire-recovery-and-rebuild or you can donate directly at the upcoming H20 and GCW events as well as directly to Matt Tremont at Bulldozer Collectibles. They are asking for monetary help as well as toys, clothing, canned food, anything that may be helpful for a family in need.

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International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for July 30th, 2018 Interview with Masashi Takeda, 竹田誠志とのインタビュー, Tremont leaves CZW, tons of Midwest US deathmatch news, GCW title defense in Freedoms and more

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

Interview with Masashi Takeda, 竹田誠志とのインタビュー, Tremont leaves CZW, tons of Midwest US deathmatch news, GCW title defense in Freedoms and more

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International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for July 25th, 2018 Matt Tremont talks H20 and CZW, Isami Kodaka announced for GCW NGI 3, Russian deathmatch tournament goes up in flames, BJW announces tag league and so much more

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

Matt Tremont talks H20 and CZW, Isami Kodaka announced for NGI, Russian deathmatch tournament goes up in flames, BJW announces tag league, Nick Gage to Mexico and so much 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.

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

I want to give a special thank you to Taka Nakayama @FREEBIRDS_shop, my Japanese counterpart, who runs a Japanese distribution website for wrestling DVD’s at https://store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/freebirds/ as well as a Japanese language wrestling blog at http://ch.nicovideo.jp/dropkick where he foes profiles on American deathmatch wrestling. He has provided so much help that I don’t know if I’d still be doing this without him.

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

Sorry for bad formatting and possibly bad translations, I am simply collection information from a lot of sources on “Independent” and deathmatch promotions.

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article listed the March CZW Tangled Web match as Tremont vs. Kit Osbourne when it was Tremont vs. Brandon Kirk. Also CZW has stated on Twitter they are not stopping doing deathmatches at this time. I have reached out for comment that will appear in the next installment.

H2O made their debut in Ohio where they partnered with Rockstar Pro for what looked like another great card. Tremont defeated MIKAEL in a double sided no roped barbed wire match in the opener to kick things off. The rest of the card was a lot of big around the ring brawls and street fights, the Rockstar Pro guys did some tag matches and from everything I read online the fans walked away very happy.

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The big news is all of the new H2O shows and ventures that were announced as part of the show.

The first is that H20 will be doing a show called “Opportunity Knocks” on August 10th at the H20 Wrestling Center. This will be a show pitting some H20 regulars against younger and newer talent in a family friendly setting. The main event is G-Raver vs. Sean Henderson. The rest of the card is listed below. These shows will be a fixed part of the schedule like the CZW Dojo Wars.

They’ve also announce some matches for the September 14th “Written in Blood” show. Shlak and Maria Manic will face Kit Osbourne and Jimmy Lyon in a street fight based off an angle from the last show, Bam Sullivan and Aiden Baal will defend the H20 Tag Titles against Stockade and G-Raver and Mitch Vallen will begin a deathmatch trial against a mystery opponent selected by Matt Tremont.

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Other shows announced is that the “Matt Tremont and Danny Havoc’s Deathmatch Extravaganza” show will take place on October 20th and they promise a unique setting and participants.

Finally it was announced that H20 will be opening a training program with details being announced later but they have already begun to have open ring sessions.

I asked Tremont what the current goal with H20 was.

Long term growth, H20 is two years old and now I’m able to put all my time and effort into it. It’s a full time promotion now that’s just getting started.”

I’ve gotten into H20 these past few months and it feels like W*ing or IWA Japan from the 90’s with some basic feuds and angles along with straight forward hardcore and deathmatch wrestling. Tremont told me that his favorite H20 show was Christmas Classic 2 from 2017. “Top to bottom one of our best and my favorite event and representation of what H20.” If you want to see more of H20 that is a good place to start.

In other Tremont news he has his final match in a CZW ring (for the foreseeable future) on July 28th against Dan O’Hare. They haven’t announced the stipulation but it is implied to be a no roped barbed wire deathmatch. This is expected to be the last deathmatch in CZW for the current direction. It should also be noted that CZW does not even have the match listed on their front page preview on their website.

For those wondering if this is some kind of angle I am positive it is not. Tremont had this to say.

“There are mutiple reasons why July 28th is my last CZW match. I went off script in Asbury Park & shot the announment in the ring because if I didn’t & gave them any indication of my plans, they would have tried to change my mind etc.  I wanted to step away back in March but that didn’t happen of course. CZW has been a constant in my life since I was a teenager. [I have] mixed emotions but this was the time for me to do so and on my terms. This came much sooner then I thought it would, but it is what is.“

It is interesting that he said March becuase that is when he had his tangled web deathmatch against Brandon Kirk. The match was not built or hyped much at all and both men took pretty insane bumps off a scaffold in front of what is now the trend of dwindling CZW crowds.

Tremont will still be wrestling a million other promotions, winning belts and kicking ass, and putting all of his left over energy in growing H20. No word on if he’ll be returning to GCW.

Gorky City Wrestling, GCW but based in Russia, held their Slavonic Violence Deathmatch tournament on July 14th, 2018 in Noginsk, a city about an hours drive from Nizhny Novgorod where GCW is based. The show was held in what looked like a backyard and going into it the only real footage or knowledge of the company was little short cell phone videos and photos of the GCW wrestlers, with Alex Nabiev being the main wrestler, with some absolutely insane gig marks and other wild injuries. Alex Nabiev is a member of a lot of deathmatch groups on Facebook and they really promoted this show better than some American companies promote their shows (more on that at the end of this newsletter).

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To call the company “bush league” is a little underselling it. This GCW is definitely full of some untrained wrestlers just getting started who are obviously just big deathmatch fans and wanted to do what had never been done. The matches themselves aren’t that different from some of the early CZW show from the late 90’s where guys were getting set on fire and jumping off of basketball hoops cracking their heads on the floor.

There was a lot of danger with the crowd too close to the ring and they were using un-burnt light tubes for some matches which meant they would bend or break solidly instead of shattering. They set out to “do some firsts” and one of them was a female wrestler took the syringe to the tongue spot which was a bit nasty.

The main match every one will remember when this trivia note is mentioned in the future was a barefoot deathmatch between Alex and Krest Magadan. They stabbed each other in the foot with glass and syringes, they did a triple syringe to the mouth spot at one point with Alex drinking the water shooting out the other side, before the grand finale where they went to do a flaming barbed wire bat spot but instead of using lighter fluid they used straight up gasoline, or petrol, which burns much hotter and longer than lighter fluid and is more combustable.

The ring went up in flames like I’ve never, ever seen and was even worse than the Onita/Goto vs. Sabu/Sheik fire match from 1992 that was also a catastrophe. Alex lights the bat and the entire ring goes up in flames and he gets in one whack with the bat before every one leaves. During this Alex is standing, barefoot, in the middle of a flame for 3-4 seconds. After the spot he begin running while his pants were still on fire. He tried to get them off for a few seconds but it wasn’t happening so he ran to jump in a pool. Overall his lower body was on fire for at least 10 full seconds.

The show was called off at that point because basically every one was injured and the ring was in rough shape. Alex has some severe burns on his feet and legs, the skin has completely peeled off and he’s looking at a month in the hospital to recover with wound treatment. I’ve had friend with similar burns and he has much longer to recover after that.

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Despite all this he seems to be in good spirits online and is posting about his recovery. He promises to keep on wrestling and doing deathmatches.

Overall the show will be remembered as an unsafe mess that, in all seriousness, could’ve resulted in a real tragedy if that fire hit the crowd (the camera woman, Alex’s girlfriend, was hit by some fire) and going into it me and someone in the business were joking that this might be the day someone actually dies. I implore these guys to get trained in any way they can and when doing these deathmatches learn from the past: lighter fluid and not gas (although I’m not a fan of fire in general), used burnt up light tubes, tempered glass, etc.

No matter what the deathmatch scene has some new psychos.

It should be noted that Kevin Brennan of IWA Deep South has been all over these clips and has stated he wants to bring some guys in for the Carnage Cup. No word on when that’ll be and it looks like any plan to bring in Kenji Fukimoto is over with.

Any one who wants to see footage of the tournament (I don’t think it was professionally filmed or if it was I don’t think it’ll have a release) along with interviews can watch a little piece by @therealdim on Twitter which you can find at https://youtu.be/drrx1HhfkDA

***Japanese Deathmatch News***

Freedoms held their big set up show on July 15th in Shin-Kiba and it looks like the main event of Tokyo Deathmatch Carnival will be Takeda vs. Masaoka. After the main event where Kasai and Takeda defeated Jack and Masaoka they did an angle where Jack, Masaoka, Ciclope and Miedo attacked Kasai and Takeda and held Takeda down to cut his hair but it was broken up before they cut out any big chunks. Takeda said that he wants to show Masaoka how to really use scissors in a deathmatch which makes me worried they will be bringing back the scissor board again which sent Fukimoto to the hospital.

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When the show begin Tour Sugiura announced that he is expecting his first child this Autumn. Wish him and his family the best.

Speaking of Sugiura he did a few deathmatches several years ago but he has never been part of that style while in Freedoms. Lately he has been doing Mat Pro matches against Kasai and has been doing lightbulb and other deathmatch spots. He wrote on social media that it is a hard style to do and you are either in or out but it is notable that on July 29th in Osaka he will participate in a “no holds barred” 8 man deathmatch main event.

You can view an amazing slideshow of photos from the July 4th Korakuen event at https://twitter.com/i/moments/1017786128374484992

Big Japan announced the teams for the 2018 Saikyou Tag League. They will have a deathmatch and strong division and the finals are usually a barbed wire board match or a street fight between the two block winners. Of note is that Kobayashi will be teaming with Yoshihisa Uto who, to my knowledge, has never done a deathmatch before and also holds the distinction of being the first wrestling shirt I ever bought on my first trip to Japan.

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Also new is Kyu Mogami from K-Dojo who has done some basic barbed wire deathmatches in the past.

Death Match Block
Masashi Takeda & Takumi Tsukamoto
Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka
Ryuji Ito & Ryuichi Sekine
Masaya Takahashi & Kyu Mogami
Takayuki Ueki & Toshiyuki Sakuda
Kankuro Hoshino & Minoru Fujita
Abdullah Kobayashi & Yoshihisa Uto 

Strong Block
Hideki Suzuki & Daisuke Sekimoto
Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani
Ryota Hama & X
Ryuichi Kawakami & Kazumi Kikuta
Kazuki Hashimoto & Yuya Aoki
Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Kota Sekifuda
Takuya Nomura & Fuminori Abe 

In other “please stop doing that” news on July 11th Takeda defeated Sakuda in BJW in a match using the pigeon spike board as a base weapon. The only bump taken on it was throwing Sakuda off the top rope onto the board but he landed mostly with his legs and jeans on the board so guys are trying to be careful but if you can’t use a weapon in a controlled way maybe throw it to the side.

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On July 20th Kintaro Kanemura, W*ing and FMW alumni (and a bit of a skeezy perv), held his ING show which is a bit of a “tribute” as well as yet another attempt to restart the W*ing brand. Kanemura is in rough shape after all of his injuries piled up (specifically a kick from Mirko Cro Cop that knocked him out and gave him lasting issues) and he is walking with a cane. After the show he stated that they will be running more shows in the future probably in September.

Masashi Takeda posted that he had a surgery to remove some glass from his head that had been bother him for a while. The doctors noted he has a lot more that needs to be taken care of but it will have to wait. Right now Takeda is champion for BJW and Freedoms as well as participating in the Jr. Tag League for AJPW throughout August and then the BJW tag league in September so he is insanely busy at the moment.

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Having glass and other objects under the skin is not uncommon. Just a few months ago Kasai noted that he was walking around his house and a piece of wood, from a guitar shot delivered by FUMA, fell out of his head randomly. He noted that he has lots of glass and thumbtack points buried in his body and they just fall out. An old interview with Takeda had him bringing out a bag of flourescent shards that he saves that fall out of his body. Who knows what a full autopsy would really bring.

Big Japan added new items to their Korakuen Hall exhibit including that damn pigeon board.

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Onita is back in the news as he will be teaming with Tam Nakano, a Stardoms wrestler with a growing following, to create a new promotion called Stardom Idols on December 2nd with a show at Shin-Kiba. Onita famously started the first mixed gender league with allowing FMW women to wrestle on the cards from the start of the promotion in 1989. Megumi Kudo went on to be a big star with FMW and drew over 20,000 fans for her retirement match.

Jun Kasai will be wrestling in Taiwan on August 4th for NTW replacing Kaz Hayashi.

Jun Kasai will face Super Crazy on September 12th for J-Stage.

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Sabu will be appearing on the September 23 DDT show at Korakuen Hall.

Violento Jack wrestled for Fukumen Mania #40, a small indie in Japan that features masked wrestlers only (even non-masked wrestlers donning masks) at Shin-Kiba on July 16.

Kazuki Hashimoto won the finals of the BJW Jr. Heavyweight Title #1 Contendership tournament against Banana Senga (Senga lost a name vs. name match in BASARA) and will thus face champion Shinobu on 8/12 in Korakuen Hall. It will be Hashimoto’s 3rd attempt to beat Shinobu.

Masashi Takeda and Takumi Tsukamoto were on Breaking Battlemen! on Samurai TV and at the end of the show he mentioned going to the US for the GCW NGI 3. Takeda’s picture is supposed to be a middle finger (and he said “fuck it!” when he revealed it).

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Footage from the Mr. Pogo WWS show from July 1st was on Occupation of the Indiez, you can find it here https://www.dailymotion.com/video/k4R1WfC66eFv4NrmF9k starting at the 48 minute mark.

DNA, an offshoot of DDT for the lowest level of trainees, will be going dark for a while and the wrestlers will choose between DDT, BASARA, Gunbare Pro and other DDT affiliated companies. Tomoya Hirata wrestled with DNA a lot so we may see him popping up elsewhere soon.

***Japanese Deathmatch Results***

BJW, 7/11/2018 [Wed] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
190 Spectators
(1)  Takuya Nomura & Yuki Morihiro vs. Takuho Kato & Akira Hyodo
Winner: Takuya (8:26) with a Dojime Sleeper Hold on Hyodo.
(2) Kazuki Hashimoto & Yuki Ishikawa vs. Kota Sekifuda & Yuya Aoki
Winner: Sekifuda (8:33) with a Frog Splash on Ishikawa.
(3) Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Kazumi Kikuta
Winner: Sekimoto (11:25) with a Sasorigatame (Scorpion Death Lock).
(4) Ryota Hama, Yasufuni Nakanoue & Yoshihisa Uto vs. Ryuichi Kawakami, Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani
Winner: Nakanoue (12:10) with a Diving Elbow Drop on Kawakami.
(5) Barbed-wire Board Death Match: Abdullah Kobayashi & Ryuji Ito vs. Jaki Numazawa & Kankuro Hoshino
Winner: Kobayashi (10:01) with a Small Package on Hoshino onto a barbed-wire board.
(6) Anti-Bird Spike & Thumbtack + Death Weapon Invisible Death Match: Masashi Takeda (FREE) vs. Toshiyuki Sakuda
Winner: Takeda (13:03) with a Reverse U-Crash.
(7) Shinkiba “Hot-Blooded” Our Way of Life – Salt, Lemon, Fluorescent Light-tubes, Remaining Debris, Remaining Blood, Death Match: Masaya Takahashi vs. Takayuki Ueki
Winner: Masaya (17:07) with a Jackhammer.

Pro-Wrestling FREEDOMS “Shinkiba Death Match Carnival 2018”, 7/15/2018 [Sun] 18:30 @  Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo

375 Spectators (overcrowded)
(1) Yuya Susumu & Dragon Libre vs. Shinobu & Koju Takeda (both 666)
Winner: Shinobu (11:12) with a Single Leg Crab on Libre.
(2) Takashi Sasaki & Tomoya Hirata vs. GENTARO & Heisenberg (New Taiwan)
Winner: GENTARO (13:54) with a Diving Elbow Drop on Hirata.
(3) Mammoth Sasaki, KAZMA SAKAMOTO (FREE) & Chikara (Riki Enterprise) vs. Toru Sugiura, Kamui & Sugiuraman Great
Winner: Toru (12:13) with the Raging Tornado on Chikara.
(4) Thumbtack Death Match: Minoru Fujita (FREE) vs. Miedo Extremo
Winner: Extremo (12:18) with a Figure Four on Thumbtacks.
(5) Barbed-wire + Alpha Death Match: Kenji Fukimoto vs. Ciclope
Winner: Ciclope (11:50) following a Shining Wizard w/ barbed-wire.
(6) Fluorescent Light-tubes Death Match: Masashi Takeda (FREE) & Jun Kasai vs. Violento Jack & Daisuke Masaoka
Winner: Kasai (14:57) with the Pearl Harbor Splash on Jack.

BJW “BJW Junior Heavyweight Championship Next Challenger Decision Tournament”, 7/17/2018 [Tue] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
(0) Tsutomu Oosugi (FREE) vs. Frank Atsushi
Winner: Oosugi (5:17) via pin-fall.
(1) Junior Tournament 2nd Round Match: Kazuki Hashimoto vs. Kota Sekifuda
Winner: Kazuki (6:57) with an Onryo Clutch.
(2) Junior Tournament 2nd Round Match: Banana Senga (FREE) vs. Yuya Aoki
Winner: Senga (5:49) with a Cancun Tornado.
(3) Daichi Hashimoto & Yuki Morihiro vs. Hideyoshi Kamitani & Akira Hyodo
Winner: Kamitani (11:00) with a Boston Crab on Morihiro.
(4) Ryota Hama, Yasufumi Nakanoue & Yoshihisa Uto vs. Ryuichi Kawakami, Kazumi Kikuta & Takuho Kato
Winner: Nakanoue (13:33) following a Lariat on Kato.
(5) Barbed-wire Board 6 Man Tag Death Match: Abdullah Kobayashi, Ryuji Ito & Kankuro Hoshino vs. Masaya Takahashi, Takayuki Ueki & Toshiyuki Sakuda
Winner: Masaya (12:11) with a Jackhammer on Hoshino.
(6) Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuki Ishikawa vs. Takuya Nomura & Fuminori Abe (BASARA)
Winner: Takuya (13:36) with a Dojime Sleeper Hold on Ishikawa.
(7) Junior Tournament Next Challenger Decision Match: Kazuki Hashimoto vs. Banana Senga
Winner: Kazuki (11:57) with a Death Valley Bomb Hold.

ING 7/20/18
Tokyo Shinjuku FACE
Yu Iizuka d. H II & Tetsuya Ido when Iizuka pinned H II (5:02) in a Triple Threat Match.
Shingo Garyu d. Bomber Ryoku (3:54) via TKO.
Takahiro Tababa d. Yuta Suzuki (7:07)
Motosugu Shimizu & Amigo Suzuki d. NENE mugen D.a.i & Yuiga when Shimizu pinned Yuiga (10:06)
Kazushi Miyamoto & Nobuhiro Tsurumaski & Gajo d. Tetsuhiro Kuroda & Masao Orihara & Mototsugu Shimizu when Miyamoto pinned Kuroda (12:36)
Jiro Kuroshio & Naoki Tanizaki & Onryo & Yuko Miyamoto vs. Kengo & Yuya Susumu & Shinobu & Koju Takeda when Kuroshio pinned Takeda (13:52)
Jun Kasai & Yuji Hino d. Mammoth Sasaki & Hideki Hosaka when Kasai pinned Hosaka (15:08) in a Hardcore Match.

Big Japan Pro-Wrestling “Osaka Surprise 38 – STRONG WORLD 2018”, 7/21/2018 [Sat] 17:00 @ EDION Arena Osaka, 2nd Stadium

475 Spectators
(0) Yuichi Taniguchi vs. Akira Hyodo
Winner: Yuiichi (6:28) with a School Boy.
(1) Kazuki Hashimoto & Yuki Morihiro vs. Takuho Kato & Yuki Ishikawa
Winner: Kazuki (7:12) with a Manjigatame.
(2) Junior Special 6 Tag Match: Tsutomu Oosugi, Hercules Senga & Kota Sekifuda vs. Dick Togo (MichiPro), HUB (FREE) & Tsubasa (FREE)
Winner: Togo (10:32) following a Diving Senton on Sekifuda.
(3) Barbed-wire Board Tag Death Match: Ryuji Ito & Jaki Numazawa vs. Abdullah Kobayashi & Kankuro Hoshino
Winner: Ito (11:04) with a Dragon Splash on Hoshino, on a barbed-wire board.
(4) Special 6 Tag Match: Masaya Takahashi, Takayuki Ueki & Toshiyuki Sakuda vs. Kendo Kashin (FREE), Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei
Winner: Ueki (8:46) with the Uroboros on Kei.
(5) Ryota Hama, Yasufumi Nakanoua & Yuya Aoki vs. Ryuichi Kawakami, Kazumi Kikuta & Hideyoshi Kamitani
Winner: Nakanoue (12:36) with a Diving Elbow Drop on Kikuta.
(6) Special Tag Match: Daisuke Sekimoto & Kazuyuki Fujita (FREE) vs. Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani
Winner: Sekimoto (11:42) following a Lariat on Kamitani.
(7) BJW Tag Championship BLC (barbed-wire, ladders & chairs) Death Match: [46th Champions] Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka vs. [Challengers ] Masashi Takeda & Takumi Tsukamoto
Winner: Miyamoto (12:38) with a Moonsault Press on Tsukamoto.
~ 3rd successful title defense.
(8) BJW World Strong Heavyweight Championship Match: [12th Champion] Hideki Suzuki (FREE) vs. [Challenger] Yoshihisa Uto
Winner: Hideki (15:09) with a Double Wrist Lock.
~ 3rd successful title defense.

FREEDOMS, 7/22/2018 [Sun] 14:00 @ Ichinoseki Sogo Taiikukan U-Dome, Main Arena in Iwate
(1) Yuya Susumu, Masamune & Aizawa #1 vs. Kamui, Dragon Libre & Heisenberg
Winner: Masamune (10:47) following the Raikiri on Libre.
(2) GENTARO & Tomoya Hirata vs. Shinobu & Koju Takeda (both 666)
Winner: Shinobu (9:56) with the S.E.X. on Tomoya.
(3) Joshi Match: Tsukasa Fujimoto & Makoto vs. Hamuko Hoshi & Ibuki Hoshi
Winner: Fujimoto (13:50) with the Japanese Ocean Cyclone Suplex Hold on Ibuki.
(4) Kenji Fukimoto, Minoru Fujita & Chikara vs. The Great Sasuke, Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei
Winner: Sasuke (10:37) with a Jacknife Hold on Chikara.
(5) FREEDOMS vs NOAH Tag Match: Mammoth Sasaki & Toru Sugiura vs. Go Shiozaki & Hi69
Winner: Hi69 (14:21) with the Jikiden GENTARO Cluctch on Toru.
(6) FREEDOMS vs The Nomads Bring Your Own Weapons 8 Man Tag 3 Fall Death Match: Masashi Takeda, Takashi Sasaki, Jun Kasai & Yuko Miyamoto vs. Violento Jack, Daisuke Masaoka, Miedo Extremo & Ciclope
~ Jack (8:56) following a Package Piledriver on Takashi, onto an empty can board.
~ Kasai (5:35) with the Pearl Harbor Splash on Masaoka, on top of fluorescent lights and saws.
Winner: Takashi (4:43) following the Migashi-ashi, with a fluorescent light bundle, on Miedo.

DDT “MajiManji #12”, 7/24/2018 [Tue] 19:30@ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
240 Spectators (crowded)
(4) Special Hardcore Tag Match: Shigehiro Irie & Jason Kincaid vs. Jun Kasai (FREEDOMS) & Daisuke Sasaki
Winner: Irie (16:02) following the Best Bomber on Daisuke.

Big Japan Pro-Wrestling, 7/24/2018 [Tue] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
930 Spectators
(1) Yuki Morihiro & Takuho Kato vs. Yuki Ishikawa & Akira Hyodo
Winner: Kato (6:15) with a Boston Crab on Hyodo.
(2) Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei & Kankuro Hoshino vs. Yuichi Taniguchi, Jaki Numazawa & Ryuichi Sekine (BASARA)
Winner: Kei (7:24) with the Whole-Body Dissatisfaction on Yuichi.
(3) Shinobu (666), Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga vs. Kazuki Hashimoto, Kota Sekifuda & Yuya Aoki
Winner: Shinobu (8:24) with the 66-Lock on Sekifuda.
(4) Ryuichi Kawakami & Kazumi Kikuta vs. Takuya Nomura & Fuminori Abe (BASARA)
Winner: Takuya (10:34) with a Sleeper Hold on Kikuta.
(5) Hideki Suzuki (FREE) & Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani
Winner: Kamitani (12:57) following a Backdrop on Sekimoto.
(6) Yokohama Shopping Street 6 Man Tag Championship Match: [18th Champions] Ryota Hama, Yasufumi Nakanoue & Yoshihisa Uto vs. [Challengers] Masaya Takahashi, Takayuki Ueki & Toshiyuki Sakuda
Winner: Masaya (13:12) with a Jackhammer on Uto.
~ Champions fall on their 4th title defense. Masaya, Ueki & Sakuda become the 19th champions.
(7) 3WAY Tag Fluorescent Light-tubes & Symbolic Weapon Death Match: Yuko Miyamot1o (666) & Isami Kodaka (BASARA) vs. Masashi Takeda (FREE) & Takumi Tsukamoto (BASARA) vs. Abdullah Kobayashi & Ryuji Ito
Winner: Takeda (13:29) following a Reverse U-Crash on Miyamoto, onto an empty can board.

***Japanese Deathmatch Upcoming Shows***

DDT 7/24/2018
Jun Kasai

Big Japan Pro-Wrestling, 7/24/2018 [Tue] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(1) Yuki Morihiro & Takuho Kato vs. Yuki Ishikawa & Akira Hyodo
(2) Brahman Shu, Brahman Kei & Kankuro Hoshino vs. Yuichi Taniguchi, Jaki Numazawa & Ryuichi Sekine (BASARA)
(3) Shinobu, Tsutomu Oosugi & Hercules Senga vs. Kazuki Hashimoto, Kota Sekifuda & Yuya Aoki
(4) Ryuichi Kawakami & Kazumi Kikuta vs. Takuya Nomura & Fuminori Abe (BASARA)
(5) Hideki Suzuki (FREE) & Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani
(6) Ryota Hama, Yasufumi Nakanoue & Yoshihisa Uto vs. Masaya Takahashi, Takayuki Ueki & Toshiyuki Sakuda
(7) 3WAY Tag Fluorescent Light-tubes & Symbolic Weapon Death Match: Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka vs. Masashi Takeda & Takumi Tsukamoto vs. Abdullah Kobayashi & Ryuji Ito

BJW “Death Market 45”, 7/29/2018 [Sun] 18:00 @ Nagoya Diamond Hall in Aichi
(1) Yuki Morihiro & Yuki Ishikawa vs. Takuho Kato & Akira Hyodo
(2) Frank Atsushi vs. Kota Sekifuda
(3) Kazuki Hashimoto Yuya Aoki vs. Takuya Nomura & Fuminori Abe
(4) Ryota Hama, Yasufumi Nakanoue & Yoshihisa UIto vs. Kankuro Hoshino, Kazumi Kikuta & Toshiyuki Sakuda
(5) Great Kojika & Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Masashi Aoyagi (FREE) & Abdullah Kobayashi
(6) Hideki Suzuki & Ryuichi Kawakami vs. Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani
(7) Death Match: Masashi Takeda, Takumi Tsukamoto & Jaki Numazawa vs. Ryuji Ito, Masaya Takahashi & Takayuki Ueki

Jun Kasai Produce ~ Osaka Death Match Carnival 2018, 7/29/2018 [Sun] 12:30 @ Tsurumi Greenland Flower Expo Memorial Park, Museum Exhibition Hall in Osaka
Drake Morimatsu & Idea vs. Dyna Mido & Dragon Libre
Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei vs. Yasu & Hide Kubota
Masashi Takeda (FREE) & Minoru Fujita vs. Mammoth Sasaki & GENTARO
Yuya Susumu & Heisenberg (New Taiwan) vs. “brother” YASSH & Tiida Heat (Ryuku Dragon)
Hardcore Tag Match: Takashi Sasaki & Tomoya Hirata vs. Gunso & Naoki Tanizaki (both DOVE)
Ultimate No Holds Barred Death Match: Jun Kasai, Kenji Fukimoto, Kamui & Toru Sugiura vs. Daisuke Masaoka, Violento Jack, Miedo Extremo & Ciclope

Jun Kasai Produce ~ Osaka Death Match Carnival 2018, 7/29/2018 [Sun] 12:30 @ Tsurumi Greenland Flower Expo Memorial Park, Museum Exhibition Hall in Osaka
~ Announced to compete: Jun Kasai, GENTARO, Mammoth Sasaki, Kamui, Yuya Susumu, Kenji Fukimoto, Toru Sugiura, Dragon Libre & Tomoya Hirata
~ Masashi Takeda, Minoru Fujita, Daisuke Masaoka, Violento Jack, Miedo Extremo & Ciclope
DOVE : Gusno, Naoki Tanizaki & ‘brother’ YASSHI
– Heisenberg (New Taiwan) & Tiida Heat (Ryuku Dragon)
– Brahman Brothers, Kubota Brothers, Drake Morimatsu, Dyna Mido & Idea

BJW “B(e) SELECT”, 7/30/2018 [Mon] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
(1) Yuichi Taniguchi vs. Frank Atsushi
(2) Yasufumi Nakanoue vs. Akira Hyodo
(3) Yuya Aoki vs. Yuki Ishikawa
(4) Death Match: Jaki Numazawa vs. Takayuki Ueki
(5) Death Match: Masaya Takahashi vs. Toshiyuki Sakuda
(6) Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. Yuki Morihiro & Takuho Kato
(7) Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka vs. Takuya Nomura & Fuminori Abe

All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2018 SUMMER EXPLOSION ~ YOKOHAMA TWILIGHT BLUES vol. 8”, 8/3/2018 [Fri] 19:00 @ Yokohama Radiant Hall in Kanagawa
Jr. TAG League Match: Atsushi Maruyama & Masashi Takeda vs. Kaji Tomato & Shiori Asahi

NTW 8/4/18
Taiwan
Jun Kasai

BJW “Death Rules 17”, 8/5/2018 [Sun] 18:00 @ Sendai PIT in Miyagi
(1) Yuki Morihiro & Yuki Ishikawa vs. Takuho Kato & Akira Hyodo
(2) Yokohama Shopping Street 6 Man Tag Tournament 1st Round: Ryota Hama, Yasufumi Nakanoue & Yoshihisa Uto vs. Daisuke Sekimoto, Daichi Hashimoto & Hideyoshi Kamitani
(3) Yokohama Shopping Street 6 Man Tag Tournament Fluorescent Light-tubes Death Match: Abdullah Kobayashi, Ryuji Ito & Jaki Numazawa vs. Masaya Takahashi, Takayuki Ueki & Toshiyuki Sakuda
(4) Ryuichi Kawakami & Kazumi Kikuta vs. Kankuro Hoshino & Takuya Nomura
(5) Ladder 6 Man Tag Death Match: Shinobu, Tsutomu Oosugi & Banana Senga vs. Masashi Takeda, Brahman Shu & Brahman Kei
(6) Kazuki Hashimoto & Yuya Aoki vs. Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Kota Sekifuda
(7) Yokohama Shopping Street 6 Man Tag Tournament Final Hardcore Match: [Winners of Match #2] vs. [Winners of Match #3]

Pro-Wrestling Sengoku-Jidai, 8/6/2018 [Mon] 18:45 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
FREEDOMS vs TakoSpi Tag Match: Kamui & Dragon Libre vs. Takoyakida & Ultimate Spider Jr.
FREEDOMS vs PUZZLE Promotion & New Taiwan 6 Man Tag Match: Mammoth Sasaki, GENTARO & Tomoya Hirata vs. Touyu, Senshin & Heisenberg
Damz & DEWA vs. Shi-en Ikemen Tag Match: Yuya Susumu & Aizawa #1 vs. Daisuke Masaoka & Jun Masaoka
FREEDOMS vs Gamashara Single Match: Toru Sugiura vs. Yoju
Naniwa Bonjobinasu vs Team Dera Tag Match: Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru & Hibiscus Mii vs. Kengo takai & Grandpa Sho Mask #4
The Nomads vs BADBOY (Michinoku): Violento Jack, Miedo Extremo & Ciclope vs. Ken45° & Manjimaru & Kengo
FREEDOMS vs DOVE 6 Man Tag Match: Jun Kasai, Masashi Takeda & Kenji Fukimoto vs. Naoki Tanizaki, ‘brother’ YASSHI & Kenshin Chikano
Tonogata vs Wakamusha “Gekokujo” 6 Man Tag Match: Takashi Sasaki, Gurukun Mask & Kazunori Yoshida vs. X, X & X
Tenka Toitsu Noborihata Sodatsu 6 Man Tag Match: [Champions] Churaumi Saber, Shuri Joe & Hejor Kidman (Ryukyu Dragon) vs. [Challengers] TORU, Kazuaki Mihara & Katsumi Oribe (Doutonbori)

All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2018 SUMMER EXPLOSION ~ GROWIN’ UP vol. 14”, 8/9/2018 [Thu] 19:00 @ Shinkiba 1stRING in Tokyo
Jr. TAG League Match: Atsushi Maruyama & Masashi Takeda vs. Yohei Nakajima & Black Tiger VII

Freedoms 8/11/18
Tokyo, Shin-Kiba

BJW, 8/12/2018 [Sun] 18:30 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
(-) BJW Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: [1st Champion] Shinobu vs. [Challenger] Kazuki Hashimoto
~ 7th title defense.

BJW “Death Mania VI 2018”, 8/19/2018 [Sun] 17:00 @ Nagoya International Conference Center, Event Hall in Aichi
(-) BJW Death Match Heavyweight Championship Match: [36th Champion] Masashi Takeda vs. [Challenger] Yuko Miyamoto
~ 8th title defense.

Freedoms 8/19/18
Hiroshima

All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2018 SUMMER EXPLOSION”, 8/20/2018 [Mon] 18:30 @ Juroku Plaza in Gifu
Jr. TAG League Match: Atsushi Maruyama & Masashi Takeda vs. Koji Iwamoto & TAJIRI

All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2018 SUMMER EXPLOSION”, 8/21/2018 [Tue] 18:30 @  Osaka City Miyakojima Kumin Center
Jr. TAG League Match: Atsushi Maruyama & Masashi Takeda vs. Masaaki Mochizuki & Shun Skywalker

PRO-WRESTLING MASTERS, 8/21/2018 [Tue] 19:00 @ Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
Idainaru Tatsujin vs Yomigaetta Kaizoku Gaspars Special Tag Match: Great Kojika & Kim Duk vs. Curry Gaspar & Cory Gaspar

All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2018 SUMMER EXPLOSION”, 8/24/2018 [Fri] 19:00 @ Yume Messe Miyagi, West Hall
Jr. TAG League Match: Atsushi Maruyama & Masashi Takeda vs. Atsushi Aoki & Hikaru Sato

All Japan Pro-Wrestling “2018 SUMMER EXPLOSION”, 8/25/2018 [Sat] 15:00 @ Yume Messe Miyagi, West Hall
Jr. TAG League Match: Atsushi Maruyama & Masashi Takeda vs. Shuji Kondo & Kotaro Suzuki

Freedoms 8/28/18
Tokyo, Korakuen

J-Stage 9/12/18
Tokyo, Shin-Kiba
Jun Kasai vs. Super Crazy

Freedoms 9/17/18
9th Anniversary
Korakuen

Pro-Wrestling FREEDOMS “Odate Pro-Wrestling Festival Final”, 9/22/2018 [Sat] 18:45 @ Odate Shimin Taiikukan in Akita
Joshi Offer Match: Makoto vs. Shiori Akiba
Joshi Offer Match: Yuna Manase & Mari vs. Nao Kakuda & Hikaru Shimizu
Koji Kanemoto & Kamui vs. Yuya Susumu & Masamune
Mixed Tag Match: Takashi Sasaki & Saki vs. Shiro Koshinaka & Moeka Haruhi

Freedoms 9/27/18
Shin-Kiba

Freedoms 10/24/18
Tokyo, Shin-Kiba

Machida Pro wrestling 10/28/18
Machida, Japan
Masashi Takeda, Jun Kasai

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***


Alex Colon and Jimmy Lloyd were added to the NGI card to bring it to 4 participants total (joining Takeda and Crane) however GCW really pulled something special and announced Isami Kodaka as the fifth entrant in the tournament. This is Kodaka’s first ever time wrestling in the US (and I can’t think of any time he wrestled outside of Japan in general).

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Kodaka was a K-Dojo student in the early 2000’s before rising to fame doing deathmatches in Big Japan where he won the BJW Deathmatch title by dethroning Shuji Ishikawa after his reign of terror. With Yuko Miyamoto he’s won almost every tag team title you can think of outside of New Japan and lately he’s been coming to the ring decked out in a slew of titles. A few years ago he bought the defunct Union-MAX promotion assets and rebranded it BASARA where it sits as a DDT developmental league of sorts focusing on old school garbage brawls in the main event with comedy and fast paced action on the undercard.

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Kodaka is a legend who took deathmatches to the new level along with Takeda and Miyamoto when they joined Big Japan in 2006 and 2008. His accomplishments in DDT and other “straight” promotions make Kodaka one of the biggest names in Japanese independent wrestling. I know GCW has a lot of hopes to crack into the Japanese market in the way CZW did in the 2000’s (CZW has since squandered those connections). Bringing in Kodaka not only makes this probably the most loaded deathmatch tournament in years but also will get a lot more eye balls on the company abroad.

With this GCW has brought in talent from Big Japan (Ueki), Freedoms (Masaoka), freelance talent (Takeda, Sasuke, Shinzaki) and now BASARA (Kodaka) all in one calendar year. With GCW expanding the themes of their shows and their market (New York and Chicago seem added to the loop) it really feels like most anything is possible in terms of bringing in talent whereas a year ago some of their ambitions felt like wishful thinking.

GCW has also added a “grab the brass ring” ladder match to the Lost in New York show on August 17th with Tony Deppen vs. Jimmy Lloyd vs. G-Raver vs. Gringo Loco vs. Eli Everfly. Teddy Hart vs. Chris Dickinson was addd as well.

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Brett Lauderdale keeps saying this is going to be the biggest show in GCW history with more announcements coming and I just have no idea what else they could be busting out after all the shit they’ve pulled this year.

Announced for the “Live Fast Die Young” September 21st show in Asbury Park show is Jack Evans, PCO, Teddy Hart, Rich Swann and Psychosis (the WCW-era luchador who still wrestles without his mask).

Joey Janella was on the Steve Austin podcast and the two discussed the match with Zandig at length. Joey said his injury during the match, his thumb was almost cut off, is his only major injury in his career and he sees that match as catapulting him to the next level. He said he considers himself an ECW guy and not a deathmatch guy in that he can do most all styles. He also said very bluntly his goal is NXT and WWE and his recent involvement with WWN and Gabe Sapolky is the next step towards that.

Joey Janella will face Hangman Page on the September 1st All In show in Chicago, IL which will be the biggest shows Janella (and most of the wrestlers on the card) has ever been involved in.

Brett Lauderdale has gotten his NYC Promoter’s license so hopefully we will see more GCW shows in NY.

The GCW/DTU Mexico tour from June is on Powerbomb.tv

Powerbomb.tv announced they’ve hit 10,000 users.

Markus Crane will wrestle a “GCW Rules” match (I’m guessing just piles of tubes everywhere then halfway through they bring out a monster contraption) for Freelance Wrestling in Chicago on July 27th, 2018.

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Japanese TV channel BS-Asashi, a satellite channel, aired a piece of the CZW Tournament of Death including interviews with a lot of the wrestlers. The show it aired on is famous for airing “inside looks” at American problems like drugs and other crime or extreme behavior.

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Matt Riddle looks to be WWE bound. He was always a great ally of deathmatch wrestling.

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Jimmy Lloyd, Chuey Martinez, Casanova Valentine, Big Fuckin Joe, Joey Janella, Pondo and others wrestled on the Gathering of the Juggalos on July 19th.

JC Rotten has injured his ankle and is walking around on a boot at the moment.

IWA MS is doing their TPI tournament which will have 9,422 participants in it (actually I think it is 24). I recommend going to https://chadsanidiot.com/ for updates on this as I just can’t keep track of it all.

DTU has a loaded up show on August 11th show in Arena Lopez Mateos with Nick Gage vs. Crazy King (Gage’s first time wrestling outside the US in a long time due to his probation) as well as Shlak and Jimmy Lloyd vs. Paranoiko and Ultimo Gladiador. I really don’t see the need in the Gage vs. King match as they’re both champions of their companies and it’ll be a wonky finish usually in those situations. Also on the tour will be Hana Kimora and Mary Apache from Stardom. Shlak and Lloyd will be sticking around after for a show on August 16th.

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I was able to watch a Zona 23 match, found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBJEFNDiumo, it was Ciclope vs Extreme Fear vs Wotan vs Leviatham vs Toxico vs Drako vs Lunatick Fly and Leviatham won. I don’t even know how to describe this match, it was one of the wildest things I’ve ever seen. The shows are held in some sort of junk yard and they pack a crowd of 300+ right up against the ring and do these multi person all over brawls with glass flying everywhere. Not only do they use light tubes but also car windows. At the end they just started flying onto car roofs and windows with Ciclope taking the worst of it. We’ve already “gone too far” with the violence (obviously the fire spot in Russia was… something else) but this does take it even further.

Catia Corini on Facebook does a lot of promotion for Zona 23 as well as runs the Jun Kasai fan page.

Ian Rotten announced on Twitter that they will be doing a joint show of some sort with H20 in New Jersery on October 5th. I’ll post more as it comes out.

VOW released the lineup of first round matches for the Lords of Anarchy 4 tournament on September 1st in West Virginia. The card is listed below.

Last issue I highlighted a company called Rated R Wrestling in the American Northeast who was running a deathmatch tournament with Nick Gage and others. I had never heard of it but saw a poster floating somewhere. Apparently only 15 fans showed up (some say 30) and the promoters complained before the show started. The show was not a deathmatch tournament, it was mostly comedy matches, there were only a few matches, Nick Gage apparently had a good showing but the rest of the show was rushed and the fans in attendance were very angry on social media about it. Tickets for front row (which some bought apparently) were $50. The promoter responded by saying that fans need to do more to get the word out so that every one involved can make a better effort with money in their hands.

Sorry to break it to you but its 2018 and if you can’t promote a show that is your fault. H20 and GCW get a ton of coverage in this newsletter because they make it so damn easy to find out exactly when and where their next shows are, what matches are going on, videos to hype the matches created either by the company or the wrestlers, they ship merchandise all day every day, shows are recorded professionally and distributed in a timely manner and then you have this newsletter. As long as it fits some sort of hardcore or deathmatch criteria I will highlight and plug any show I find but when all I have is a poster retweeted to me by a fan what do I have to go on? Step your game up.

***North American Deathmatch Results***

Gorky City Wrestling 7/14/2018
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Non Tournament Deathmatch: Mike Noble def Nick Blood
Non Tournament Deathmatch: Vladimir Kulakov def Denis Maximov
First Round
Lighttubes Deathmatch: Alexey Khitrykh def Spike Daisman
Wolf Shepherd def Anastasia Grase
Wolfgang Storm def Edgar Rice
Barefoot Deathmatch: Alex Nabiev def Krest Magadan

H20 7/20/2018
Dayton, OH
Double Sided Barbwire Hell: Matt Tremont def MIKAEL
Pomano Joe & Kyle Maverick defeated Ron Voyage & Jimmy Llyod.
Larry D def Steve “Monsta” Mack
Maria Manic def Samantha Heights
Up Shit’s Creek Street Fight: Dan O’Hare def SHLAK
HYBRID Championship: Conor Claxton (c) defeated Aero Boy
Stockade & G-Raver def The Hooligans
H20 Championship: 3 Way Fans Bring the Weapons: Ron Mathis (c) defeated Alex Colon & Jeff Cannonball

No Limits Wrestling 7/21/18
Ontario, CA
Boards of Death:Casanova Valentine defeated Shlak, Tyler Hill and Matt Cash

***North American Deathmatch Upcoming Shows***

Freelance Wrestling 7/27/18
Chicago, IL
Freelance Underground Title Match, GCW Rules: Craig Mitchell vs. Markus Crane

CZW 7/28/18
Asbury Park, NJ
Deathmatch: Matt Tremont vs. Dan O’Hare

Beyond Wrestling 7/29/18
No rope barbed wire: Joey Janella vs. David Starr
Nick Gage/Matt Tremont vs. Matt Riddle/Tom Lawlor
PCO vs. Brian Cage

H20 8/10/18
Williamstown, NJ
Stefan Pennington vs. Blackwater
Chris Volta vs. Connor Claxton
G-Raver vs. Sean Henderson

DTU 8/11/18
Shlak and Jimmy Lloyd vs. Paranoiko and Ultimo Gladiador
Nick Gage vs. Crazy King

GCW 8/17/18
Joey Janella Lost Summer
Ladder Match: 
Tony Deppen vs. Jimmy Lloyd vs. G-Raver vs. Gringo Loco vs. Eli Everfly
Chris Dickinson vs. Teddy Hart
Nick Gage vs. Meng
PCO vs. Matt Riddle
Joey Janella vs. Hakushi

H2O 8/19/18
Williamstown, NJ
Subterranean Violence #3

VOW 9/1/2018
Shinnston, WV
Lords of Anarchy Deathmatch Tournament
Josh Crane vs. SHLAK
G-Raver vs. Conor Claxton
Jewels Malone vs. Alex Colon
Bryant Woods vs. Maria Manic
Ron Mathis vs. Dale Patricks
Dan O’Hare vs. John Wayne Murdoch
Sage Sin vs. Markus Crane

GCW 9/8/18
Chicago, IL
Nick Gage Invitational 3
Masashi Takeda, Markus Crane

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

H2O 9/14/2018
Williamstown, NJ
Deathmatch: Mitch Vallen vs. X
Falls Count Anywhere: Kit Osbourne/Jimmy Lyon vs. Shlak/Maria Manic
H20 Tag Team Championship, Devil’s Den Deathmatch: Bam Sullivan/Aiden Baal (c) vs. Stockade/G-Raver

GCW 9/21/18
Live Fast, Die Young
Asbury Park, NJ

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

H20 10/20/18
Williamstown, NJ
Matt Tremont and Danny Havoc’s Deathmatch Extravaganza

H2O 12/21/18
Williamstown, NJ
Christmas Classic 3

 

 

Company Websites

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

Company Twitters

https://twitter.com/IWAMidSouth

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 July 10th, 2018 H2O Debuts in Their Own Arena, Takeda vs. Miedo Xtremo and other Freedoms news, more GCW shows, IWA Results, Mad Man Pondo and more

International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for July 10th, 2018

H2O Debuts in Their Own Arena, Takeda vs. Miedo Xtremo and other Freedoms news, more GCW shows, IWA Results, Mad Man Pondo and more

H2O, the company owned by Matt Tremont, had their big debut in their home building, the Kevin Hogan Memorial Hall, now called the H2O Wrestling Center on July 7th. The hall is owned by the group so there will be no issues getting a building anytime soon.

The first big announcement was that Danny Havoc, a deathmatch legend in the US who retired last year but currently does commentary for GCW, will be the acting commissioner of H2O. They did a lot of storylines and angle on the show to build up to future events and I think it really makes H2O stand out and be different.

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International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for July 2nd, 2018 Matt Tremont leaves CZW, GCW announces Joey Janella Lost Summer, NGI 3 in Chicago,  Takeda vs. Kodaka, new H2O events, CZW TOD 2018 review, Ciclope and Miedo Xtremo returning to Freedoms and more

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

Matt Tremont leaves CZW, GCW announces Joey Janella Lost Summer, NGI 3 in Chicago,  Takeda vs. Kodaka, new H2O events, CZW TOD 2018 review, Ciclope and Miedo Xtremo returning to Freedoms and more

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Game Changer Wrestling announced some massive shows over the week. Their Lost Summer show will be the New York show for August 17th at the Melrose Ballroom. This show is modeled after the Spring Break series with less emphasis on deathmatches up and down the card and instead a mix of dream matches and legend matches. Announced for the show was PCO (who had his new revitalization that has led to him being on PWG’s 2018 BOLA that started with a match against Walter at the JJSB2 event over Mania weekend) vs. Matt Riddle, Nick Gage vs. Meng (wild match in the making) and they finally announced the main event being Joey Janella vs. Jinsei Shinzaki doing his Hakushi gimmick.

They announced the main event with a Giancarlo video package that was made like a kung-fu mafia movie with Janella fighting off some mafia men while asking who their boss is. Shinzaki revealed himself as the next challenger but it was made apparent he’s not “the boss”. I would imagine this angle will play out over Mania weekend for JJSB3 with anther Japanese henchmen. They’ve also announced other wrestlers like Jimmy Lloyd, Stokely Hathaway, MJF, Teddy Hart and more.

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The other massive announcement is that the NGI 3, subtitled Thy Kingdom Come, will be in Chicago at the Gili Arena. They held their Untouchables show in March of 2017 there and it was one of the most insane shows I’ve ever seen with practically standing room only. There were initially goofballs online saying that GCW burnt a bridge with the arena but obviously that is not the case. Given the success of the previous show it was inevitable they were coming back. Moving the show to Chicago also differentiates it from the TOS and brings it to a new crowd and audience. Continue reading

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International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for June 5th, 2018 GCW TOS 3 and IWA KOTDM 2018 reports, Shlak injured, CZW releases statement on changing directions

International Deathmatch and Hardcore Wrestling Update for June 5th, 2018

GCW TOS 3 and IWA KOTDM 2018 reports, Shlak injured, CZW releases statement on changing directions

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On May 18 and 19 IWA Midsouth ran their King of the Deathmatches tournament. This is the oldest US deathmatch tournament going back to 1997 when Ian Rotten defeated Axl Rotten in the finals. It has had various hiatuses but it has been back for the past few years. I am going to give my brutally honest opinion of the event.

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