Just over a year ago, New Jersey’s Game Changer Wrestling (GCW) made their West Coast debut with Joey Janela’s LA Confidential in Los Angeles, California, and since then, they’ve returned twice, most recently with Joey Janela’s Escape from LA this past August (not including two additional after-show events with LA’s Suburban Fight Pro). The move solidified GCW as a national US indie, and helped expose West Coast stars like Jungle Boy, Jake Atlas, Eli Everfly, and Chris Bey, and bring back West Coast legends like B-Boy and Human Tornado. They return to LA again this coming Friday, with Slime Language live on FITE.tv.
Alex Zayne vs. Blake Christian vs. Jimmy Lloyd vs. Eli Everfly vs. Jordan Oliver vs. Arez
A huge 6-man scramble featuring some of the brightest young stars of GCW. Alex Zayne and Blake Christian continue to shine as two of GCW’s breakout stars of 2019 and they’ll once again face off again in the confines of the scramble. Jimmy Lloyd has become a ring general with GCW, despite still being quite young. “The Different Boy” has really elevated his game over the past year. Eli Everfly is a West Coast star who’s a regular with Bar Wrestling and Santino Bros Wrestling, who has continuously made a mark with his GCW appearances. Jordan Oliver is another young stud who has found his mark in GCW and Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), and is also a member of INJUSTICE in Major League Wrestling (MLW). Mexico’s Arez made his GCW debut this past August at the Black Label Pro co-event, 2 Cups Stuffed, and the AAA Lucha Libre star returns to GCW in Los Angeles.
Toshiyuki Sakuda vs. Orin Veidt
Big Japan Wrestling and Pro Wrestling FREEDOMS‘ Toshiyuki Sakuda is a deathmatch specialist returning to GCW to bring some pain from the Far East. He’s facing off against another of GCW’s young guns in Orin Veidt. Veidt made his GCW debut this past January and continues to show his violent tendencies, and on Friday, he steps in the ring with a Japanese grappler who will equal the challenger.
B-Boy vs. Chris Dickinson
One of the West Coast legends appearing on the card on Friday is B-Boy. B-Boy is a 21-year veteran who came through Ultimate Pro Wrestling in the late 1990s/early 2000s with the likes of Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Samoa Joe, and John Cena. He would become one of the stars of a young Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), helping put the West Coast offense on display to the country and the world. He became a 3x PWG World Tag Team Champion and brought his game to CZW where he won the CZW World Heavyweight Championship. He was part of Lucha Underground’s first season and is seeing a career resurgence as the US indies are finally catching up to some of the innovation from an original. B-Boy has been in a match with Chris Dickinson once before, but it was a battle royale with Jersey All Pro Wrestling (JAPW) in 2009. A lot has happened since then. In the past few years, Dickinson has risen from amazing tag team specialist with Jaka in Doom Patrol to becoming a singles juggernaut in the past year, especially with Beyond Wrestling and GCW. This is a dark horse for the match of the night.
Mance Warner vs. Matthew Justice
Two of the most dangerous men in the US indies tangle, in the next step of a rivalry that has spanned the past year and multiple promotions. Mance Warner has made a name for himself the past year as one of the most explosive tough guys in the US, earning a spot on the Major League Wrestling (MLW) roster. Ohio’s Matthew Justice has dominated the Midwest and beyond, as the 2x and reigning Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW) Intense Champion. The two have locked horns throughout the past year, with wars in AIW, AAW, IWA Mid South, and even in GCW, and this time they take their bloody war to the West Coast.
Kikutaro vs. Human Tornado
Japanese legend Kikutaro returns to GCW for another West Coast showcase, as the Las Vegas resident brings his comedic combat style to Los Angeles. He’s locking up with another West Coast veteran in Human Tornado, who, much like B-Boy, helped establish the West Coast offense style that helped propel PWG in the early days of the company. A former 2x PWG World Champion and PWG World Tag Team Champion alongside El Generico (WWE’s Sami Zayn), Human Tornado is a sight to behold.
Eddie Kingston vs. EFFY
EFFY sure does have a deathwish. The extroverted personality doesn’t look like your regular wrestling tough guy, but over the past year, he’s found himself in battles against the likes of SHLAK, Chris Dickinson, Jordynne Grace, Casanova Valentine, and even GCW World Champ Nick Gage. He continues his wars in GCW by challenging one of the toughest men in the US indies from the past 20 years in the “Mad King” Eddie Kingston. Kingston is no stranger to violence and he’ll be the next monster to step into the ring to face EFFY in a breakout year.
Tony Deppen vs. Chris Bey
Tony Deppen has become one of the US indies most underrated workers the past year, as a workhorse for the likes of GCW, Beyond Wrestling, and CHIKARA, not to mention entering his first PWG Battle of Los Angeles. An inherent toughness and unpredictability that allows Deppen to transition from hardcore to technical, he can face anyone and have a great match. His opponent on Friday is one of the absolute best unsigned prospects from the West Coast in Chris Bey. Bey has worked for the likes of WWE, IMPACT Wrestling, and Ring of Honor in some capacity the past year, all while becoming one of the most dominant wrestlers in the West, as the reigning Future Stars of Wrestling (FSW) Champion in Las Vegas, Without A Cause (WAC) Champion in Washington state, and Maverick Revolution Champion in California. This has all the makings of a match of the year candidate in the US indies.
GCW World Championship: Nick Gage (c) vs. Jake Atlas
In the main event, GCW World Champion Nick Gage continues his road to 700-days as World Champion, but he has to face one of the top stars of the West Coast indies (and reportedly recent NXT signing) Jake Atlas. Gage is normally accustomed to fighting more hardcore in nature opponents, but Atlas brings a toughness to his unbridled athleticism. While he may not be a deathmatch specialist, he can hold his own. And with the recent events surrounding Gage’s actual World title belt, the outcome may not be as concrete as we expect.
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