Preview: GCW 400 Degreez (1/12/19)

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Game Changer Wrestling (GCW) returns to PPV this Saturday night on Fite.tv, as it presents 400 Degreez live from Summit, Illinois! Some great first-time match ups, some returns of some previous GCW debuts, and a whole lot of action confirmed for this Saturday night, coming just 24 hours after GCW goes to battle with Freelance Wrestling!

G-Raver vs. Orin Veidt

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Vicious Outcast Wrestling (VOW) veteran G-Raver has been feuding with Markus Crane and SHLAK over the past few months in GCW, but on Saturday he faces a new face for GCW in 4-year pro Orin Veidt out of Massachusetts. Veidt has been working with Minnesota’s Midwest All-Star Wrestling (MAW) for most of the year, but has also competed for IWA Mid South, VOW and H20. G-Raver is an 11-year veteran who has worked for IWA Mid South, Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), Beyond Wrestling, Blackcraft Wrestling, and more, and will be looking to put the young Veidt in his place.

DJ Z vs. Jungle Boy

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DJ Z recently became a free agent after departing IMPACT Wrestling, but the former 2x IMPACT X-Division Champion and reigning 2x All American Wrestling (AAW) Heritage Champion is still in his prime. He went 0-3 in Game Changer Wrestling in 2018 and will be looking to show he’s still got it but he’s facing one of the West Coast’s rising stars in the “Jungle Boy” Nate Coy. A star with California’s All Pro Wrestling (APW) and other West Coast indies, Jungle Boy made his Game Changer Wrestling debut at November’s Joey Janela’s LA Confidential, a loss to Tony Deppen, but he picked up his first win a few weeks back at GCW The Dynasty over KTB. This will be an athletic contest for the ages and a potential show stealer.

Markus Crane vs. “Spyder” Nate Webb

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Markus Crane has been a force the past year in GCW, but the past few months has worked more as a tag team specialist with his new partner SHLAK. He returns to singles action on Saturday night taking on an American hardcore legend in “Spyder” Nate Webb, an 18-year veteran of IWA Mid South (and 2x IWA Mid South Junior Heavyweight Champion) who has also wrestled for Ring of Honor, CZW, and others, before making GCW his new home.

MJF vs. Jimmy Lloyd

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Hot off his announcement that he’s part of the First Class for All Elite Wrestling, Maxwell Jacob Friedman (MJF) makes his Game Changer Wrestling return on Saturday to face a man determined to wipe that smirk off his face with barbed wire and hambone fists, in the Prince of American hardcore, Jimmy Lloyd.

Daisuke Masaoka vs. Alex Colon

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One of the veterans of Japanese hardcore promotion FREEDOMS, former King of FREEDOM Champion Daisuke Masaoka makes his first GCW appearance since the 2017 Nick Gage Invitational and he’s looking for blood. Masaoka will be facing current 2x H20 Champion Alex Colon, an 11-year veteran of CZW and Rockstar Pro, who has brought his fight game to GCW in the past two years. Hard hitting and intense, this match will be a treat.

Matt Tremont vs. Reed Bentley

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Two of the nastiest men in American hardcore go one on one for only the second time in their careers. Former GCW and CZW World Champion Matt Tremont is a force of nature. He’s guaranteed to bleed first, but that isn’t a sign of weakness for the “Bulldozer” – it’s a badge of honor. He’s facing former 3x IWA Mid South Heavyweight Champion Reed Bentley, another nasty bastard, for the first time since their last encounter at IWA Mid South The Juice Is Worth The Squeeze event this past October, which Tremont won. If either man escapes without being soaked red, it’ll be a New Year’s miracle.

GCW World Championship: Nick Gage (c) vs. Eric Ryan

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Nick Gage’s resurgence the past few years has been nothing short of remarkable. He’s gone from being just a “Deathmatch guy” to becoming one of the top draws in the US indie scene. He’s held the GCW World Championship for over 380 days now and the former 4x CZW World Champion is now working more diverse promotions as Beyond Wrestling, CHIKARA, Bar Wrestling, Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW), and Black Label Pro. But he’s by no means calmed down. To fight Gage is still a death sentence. Yet he’s found a willing opponent in 2x AIW Champion Eric Ryan, who’s fast becoming a GCW staple the past two years.

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