The road to Game Changer Wrestling (GCW)‘s second Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport, a hard-hitting shoot style tournament that began last year with Matt Riddle’s Bloodsport during WrestleMania week, heated up this week with three more names added to a field that currently includes host and former UFC Champion and NJPW star Josh Barnett, AEW and NJPW star Jon Moxley, IMPACT Wrestling‘s Killer Kross, and NWA World Women’s Champion Allysin Kay.
With it being a shoot-style tournament, Bloodsport has always attracted former MMA fighters into the event. The first one in 2018 saw Matt Riddle, “Filthy” Tom Lawlor, Dan “The Beast” Severn, and Pancrase founder (and NJPW star) Minoru Suzuki, while the first Josh Barnett incarnation this past spring saw the Bloodsport debuts of former UFC fighters Frank Mir, Phil Baroni, and the debut of Barnett. This year’s next former MMA fighter is Matt “Weapon X” Makowski, who competed professionally from 2007 to 2010, fighting for EliteXC and Bellator amongst others, compiling a 6-2 record.
“The God of War” JR Kratos is a West Coast indie talent who has been a powerhouse since he started out in 2012. A regular with All Pro Wrestling (APW), he’s a 2x APW Universal Heavyweight Champion who has also worked with Alternative Wrestling Show (AWS), Supreme Pro Wrestling (SPW) (he’s a 3x SPW Heavyweight Champion) and various other West Coast indies, including PCW ULTRA, where he’s been featured in the tag team Border Patrol alongside Colt Stevens. This marks Kratos’ second Bloodsport appearance, defeating Simon Grimm (formerly Simon Gotch in WWE) this past April.
A surprising announcement, as Zachary Wentz is best known today as one of the fun-loving Rascalz in IMPACT Wrestling. But before he became a professional wrestler, Wentz was himself an amateur MMA fighter, so it will be interesting to see how he fairs in a more shoot-style environment. But he’s got the backing of several pro wrestlers who now just how tough Wentz actually is.
Past Life. 👊🏼
(Can’t wait for Bloodsport) pic.twitter.com/mtKBRiUEgH
— Zachary Wentz (@zachary_wentz) August 8, 2019
This is Awesome.
People have zero fucking clue about @zachary_wentz in real life.
Stand out Amateur Wrestler, could have been a pro MMA fighter.
Zach's gonna kick someones head in. https://t.co/jcGL935dJh
— ₮ⱧɆ ĐⱤ₳₩ (@TheSamiCallihan) August 8, 2019
Read this VERY carefully and remember these words:
Everyone is in for a pleasantly violent shock from this guy.
Very pumped to have him here: https://t.co/59MhztIZp8
— Karrion Kross (@WWEKarrionKross) August 8, 2019
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