Two of the top US indie promotions right now – New Jersey’s Game Changer Wrestling (GCW) and Indiana’s Black Label Pro – meet in the middle in the Hoffman Estates suburb of Chicago for a huge co-promotion calle d 2 Cups Stuffed on Friday night. Regulars from both promotions collide in some huge match-ups, which will air live on PPV on Fite.tv.
Doors, Ladder & Chairs Match: Blake Christian vs. Jimmy Lloyd vs. Alex Zayne vs. G-Raver vs. Matthew Justice vs. Kobe Durst
If you watch GCW on the regular, you’ll know the company’s love for doors – or more specifically, the wrestlers penchant for using them for anything but walking through. The stakes are upped even more as they add ladders and chairs, making this the most unpredictable match on the card. Several of GCW’s top stars of 2019 are in this one, including two recent breakout stars in Blake Christian and Alex Zayne, as well as hardcore staples like Jimmy Lloyd and G-Raver. The four GCW regulars are joined by Black Label Pro Heavyweight Champion Kobe Durst and reigning Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW) Intense Champion Matthew Justice, who has been working more GCW shows this year. This will be beautiful chaos.
Gary Jay vs. “Warhorse” Jake Parnell
Two stars of the South and Midwest, these two have been feuding for years, battling throughout Black Label Pro, Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), Freelance Wrestling, EVOLVE Wrestling, and more. Gary Jay is a hard-hitting veteran of the Southern indies who continues to make a claim as one of the US indies most underrated strikers, while his opponent, “Warhorse” Jake Parnell is making a huge name for himself in the US indies as a singles wrestler, after years of working the tag team scene. These two have only gotten more violent as each battle ensues, and this Friday could be their roughest encounter yet.
“Filthy” Tom Lawlor & Erick Stevens vs. Violence is Forever (Dominic Garrini & Kevin Ku)
Former MLW World Champion “Filthy” Tom Lawlor returns for action with BLP and he partners up with a former ROH star in Erick Stevens, who has made his return to the scene after a decade away from the sport. The two heavy hitters will be facing off against one of the breakout teams of the year in Violence is Forever (formerly Sadkampf), featuring ex-Catch Point member Dominic Garrini and Southern star Kevin Ku. Lawlor and Stevens will make for an interesting combo, as they both combine hard strikes with technical grappling, which will make a contest against similar stylings a real test of wits.
Homicide vs. Ethan Page
Homicide is a legend in the US indie scene, a former Ring of Honor World Champion and multi-tag team champion with IMPACT Wrestling in the original LAX. A 20-year veteran, Homicide is a routine grappler with GCW and continues to bring the same intensity as ever. On Friday, he faces former BLP Heavyweight Champion Ethan Page, who has been one of the most dominant members of Black Label Pro the past year. These two have met only once before in singles action, back in 2016, when Page defeated Homicide during the JT Lightning Tournament in AIW – can Page repeat that victory?
Black Taurus vs. Laredo Kid vs. Gringo Loco vs. Rey Horus vs. Arez vs. Ophidian
Black Label Pro recently showcased Mexico’s Black Taurus vs Rey Horus at last week’s McWrestling event, and on Friday the duo returns for even more lucha action. Black Taurus has emerged as one of AAA’s brightest stars, while Rey Horus continues his huge break into the US indies. Another AAA talent is in this high flying 6-way match up, in Laredo Kid, whose also breaking into the US indies the past year, including working with AEW. Gringo Loco is a Chicago native and longtime veteran of the Illinois indie scene, who has broken out as a member of the Major League Wrestling (MLW) roster. Arez is a veteran of the Mexican indies who is finally finding his footing with AAA. The final member is CHIKARA veteran Ophidian, who has increasingly been making his mark in GCW over the past year.
Orange Cassidy vs. Gangrel
“The Crown Prince of Lethargy” Orange Cassidy is en route to becoming a full-time member of AEW this fall, but for now he continues his break-out year on the indies after being a veteran for many years with the likes of CHIKARA and Beyond Wrestling. On Friday, he faces former WWE Superstar Gangrel, who has long been a veteran of the West Coast indies and continues to fight and train the next generation of grapplers.
Jerry “The King” Lawler vs. Mance Warner
Mance Warner continues his breakout year, as the former CZW World Heavyweight Champion has become one of the new faces of MLW. The hardcore Southern boy meets a Southern legend in WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, who has been known to get bloody on occasions.
GCW World Championship: Nick Gage (c) vs. EFFY
The King of American hardcore, Nick Gage, continues his monstrous reign as GCW World Champion, as he approaches 630 days and counting. He’s used to bringing the ultraviolence against some of the most violent opponents on the planet, but this Friday he’s in for a whole new kind of challenge in the flamboyant EFFY. EFFY is tougher than he appears and his unpredictability and willingness to put himself in awkward situations could be just the recipe to finally dethrone Gage as Champion.
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