Game Changer Wrestling (GCW) is headed to Philadelphia on Monday night for Jimmy Lloyd’s Halloween Fright Fest. It’s a Monday night event and the live event itself is sold out, but you can catch it live on FITE.tv. Another huge card of great action from GCW, plus the GCW debut of rising indie star Atticus Cogar.
Scramble: Ophidian vs. Tye Hill vs. Matt Demorest vs. Sanchez vs. Colby Corino vs. Atticus Cogar vs. KTB
A seven man scramble match featuring a diverse cast of characters. CHIKARA legend Ophidian has been a GCW regular for a year or so now, and he’s only getting better with age. Tye Hill is making his GCW return, as is Matt Demorest – the two former backyard cult heroes are slowly getting into the regular indie scene, thanks in huge part to GCW. Pinkie Sanchez is having a resurgence on Beyond Wrestling the past two seasons on Uncharted Territory, and is a familiar face to GCW fans as well. Colby Corino has been working with EVOLVE Wrestling of late, but he’s still down for a couple of GCW shows a year. The aforementioned Atticus Cogar is making his GCW debut on Monday night – could he be GCW’s next great discovery? KTB is the biggest threat in this match, simply because he’s the biggest man in the match. A powerhouse brawler, he’s surprisingly athletic.
Blake Christian vs. Lucky 13
Ever since making his debut at GCW’s Lights Out in Nashville, the Tennessee native Blake Christian has exploded on the US indies, even appearing at this year’s Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) Battle of Los Angeles. The electric high flyer has had a series of outstanding encounters against another breakout star of 2019, Alex Zayne, but he’s facing a veteran on Monday night. Lucky 13 is a 15-year pro from New Jersey who is best remembered for a six-year run with Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), where he was a 2x CZW World Tag Team Champion with Nation of Intoxication with Danny Havoc and Devon Moore. More than just a deathmatch guy, Lucky 13 is also the current reigning Hardcore Hustle Organization (H2O) Heavyweight Champion, a title he’s held over 230-days.
Chris Dickinson vs. Jordan Oliver
Chris Dickinson is also having a beast of a year in 2019, as one of the biggest stars out of Beyond Wrestling‘s first two seasons of Uncharted Territory. An explosive combination of power, athleticism, and technical prowess, Dickinson has been on fire for most of the year. On Monday night, his opponent is the current reigning CZW Wired Champion, Jordan Oliver. Only 20 years old, the fearless youngster is a breakout star in CZW who has also been a regular with GCW the past year as well. This spring, he also made his debut with Major League Wrestling (MLW), where he’s been on a bit of a roll with his faction, Injustice.
SHLAK vs. EFFY
SHLAK is a monster. Nothing he does is pretty. He is a wrecking machine. Although he started out with CZW in 2016, the past two years he’s called GCW his home and he’s fought some of the most dangerous men in the game, from the US to Japan. On Monday night, he faces his most bizarre challenger in the man known simply as EFFY. EFFY is another US indie star who has had a breakout year in 2019, emerging from the Florida indie circuit to become a national star with the likes of GCW, Black Label Pro, Freelance Wrestling, RISE Wrestling, and Beyond Wrestling. A flamboyant pugilist of the most entertaining kind, it will be interesting to see how these two match up.
Rich Swann vs. Alex Zayne
This has all the potential in the world to steal the show. Rich Swann has been on an incredible streak of performances since leaving WWE in early 2018. He’s shone brightly with IMPACT Wrestling, holding the X-Division Championship for 194-days, as well as appeared for MLW, Bar Wrestling, AAA, and multiple indies around North America. The former WWE Cruiserweight Champion is facing one of the most explosive aerialists to emerge on the US indie scene in 2019 in Alex Zayne. This will be a banger.
Matt Tremont vs. Tony Deppen
Two longtime regulars of GCW, they collide in singles action for the first time in two years. Matt Tremont is an American hardcore veteran who has held both the CZW and GCW World Heavyweight Championships. Tony Deppen has had an impressive 2019, exploding in Beyond Wrestling, while being a regular gatekeeper in GCW and CHIKARA. He also participated in his first PWG BOLA this year. These two have faced each other twice before – in 2016, Matt Tremont defended his CZW World title against Deppen in Legacy Wrestling in Pennsylvania, while in 2017, Deppen defended his On Point Wrestling (OPW) Heavyweight title against Tremont. But with no titles on the line, this just may be their biggest fight yet.
Jimmy Lloyd vs. Shotzi Blackheart
With Shotzi Blackheart now NXT bound, she’ll be closing out her indie schedule this year, and on Monday, she makes her GCW return. She last appeared for GCW over WrestleMania week this past spring, where she took part in Lumberjack Swamp Monster Elimination match against Allie Kat, Saraya Knight, and Kris Statlander at GCW’s Orange Cassidy Is Doing Something Or Whatever Who Knows???. But on Monday, she faces the “Different Boy” Jimmy Lloyd in singles competition. No one in GCW has had the most transformation as Lloyd has in the past year – a former standout with CZW, the Prince of American hardcore has truly blossomed in GCW over the past two years and is now one of their most capable stars.
GCW World Championship: Nick Gage (c) vs. Ruckus
Nick Gage‘s astounding reign as GCW World Champion continues, as he approaches 700 days (he’s at 680-days total). On Monday, he puts that title on the line against former 3x CZW World Champion Ruckus. Ruckus is a 20-year veteran of the hardcore scene, and a CZW legend – he’s a 5x CZW World Tag Team Champion as part of BLKOUT, as well as a 2x CZW Junior Heavyweight Champion. He’s also a veteran of Ring of Honor and his hometown promotion, MCW Pro (formerly Maryland Championship Wrestling).
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