Preview: GCW – I Can’t Feel My Face (1/11/20)

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Game Changer Wrestling (GCW) returns to its spiritual home in Asbury Park, New Jersey for the first time since October’s No Sleep event with another huge card, I Can’t Feel My Face. As per usual, this Saturday’s event is available on PPV on FITE.tv.

SHLAK vs. Gregory Iron

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Two very different styles clash in this bout. SHLAK has been a deathmatch monster for years now, and was one of the most over stars from GCW in their Japan tour last year. On Saturday, he’s facing off against a Midwest veteran in Gregory Iron. Iron was a regular with Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW) for years and now finds himself one of the vets of the Canadian indie scene with Alpha-1 Wrestling. Iron is a well rounded competitor who will have make sure his technical side can overturn the beastial ferocity of SHLAK.

Scramble Match: Oswald Project vs. Cole Radrick vs. Blake Christian vs. Ophidian vs. AJ Gray vs. Treehouse Lee

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A huge scramble match featuring a plethora of young talents looking for breakout years in 2020. The lone veteran is CHIKARA mainstay Ophidian, who has really broke out of the CHIKARA mold in the past year. The veteran is facing a lot of emerging stars, such as Midwest standout AJ Gray, who won the GCW World Championship last month from Nick Gage (but was scammed out of it a few minutes later). AJ is also helping produce For The Culture for GCW over WrestleMania Week. Blake Christian was one of GCW’s breakthrough discoveries of 2019 and continues to shine brighter each and every week. Treehouse Lee is a regular of the Florida indie scene, working for the likes of FEST WrestlingAmerican Combat Wrestling (ACW), and more. He made his GCW debut on December 26 at their Christmas special event, Jimmy All The Way, where he won a 6-man scramble, and now returns in April at For The Culture. 22 year old Cole Radrick has been wrestling since 2015, cutting his teeth with IWA Mid South, Rockstar Pro, EMERGE Wrestling, and GCWOswald Project is another new face (in relation) who has worked for Pizza Party Wrestling in the past – could he be GCW’s next big discovery for 2020?

Jimmy Lloyd vs. EFFY

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EFFY continues to bring his charisma into the hardcore scene with GCW, this time facing “A Different Boy” Jimmy Lloyd. EFFY has already faced the likes of Nick Gage, Mance Warner, Eddie Kingston, SHLAK, and Chris Dickinson in a GCW ring, and on Saturday he’s facing one of GCW’s most improved performers. Jimmy Lloyd has taken over as the spirit animal of GCW (something he took over after defeating Joey Janela at Curtain Calland is now hosting more and more GCW events. Should be a fantastic match-up.

Matt Tremont vs. KTB

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Two former GCW World Champions collide in a battle of two of the most dangerous big men in the game. KTB is GCW veteran and former GCW World Champion who has become one of the most violent big men in the sport. On Saturday, he faces one of the toughest men of the American Hardcore scene the past decade in former Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) World Champion “The Bulldozer” Matt Tremont. There will be blood.

Jake Atlas vs. Tony Deppen

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Last time these two GCW stars faced off one-on-one was at GCW To Live and Die In LA last March, and since then both men have only gotten better. Jake Atlas became one of the top prospects from the exploding West Coast scene, leading to a reported deal with WWE/NXTTony Deppen continues to be one of the most underappreciated hands in the US indies, due to his extraordinary work with GCW, Beyond Wrestling, and CHIKARA, as well as appearing in his first Battle of Los Angeles for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) last fall. Strong bet this is the match of the night.

Alex Zayne vs. Chris Dickinson

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Another instant classic in GCW, as another of their 2019 discoveries, who has now become an international breakout after touring Japan with CIMAAlex Zayne has become of the most gifted aerialists on the scene, he’ll need more than an air game to face his opponent. A veteran of the US indie scene, Chris Dickinson‘s lethal combination of strength and agility makes it easy for the “Ace” of Beyond Wrestling’s Uncharted Territory to become one of the most versatile grapplers in the US.

Alex Colon vs. Matthew Justice

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Alex Colon has been one of GCW’s MVPs and often goes unheralded for his contribution to the company, but this year he had several huge match-ups, including winning GCW’s Tournament of Survival in the summer. Matthew Justice was trained by Ohio indie legend JT Lightning and starting off in Lightning’s Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling (CAPW) in 2006. He began working with AIW in 2007, but in 2010 headed out to other promotions, working with Pittsburgh’s International Wrestling Cartel (IWC), New York City’s New York Wrestling Connection (NYWC), as well as working as enhancement for the WWE. He’s had a great year with Ohio’s AIW, where he’s the reigning AIW Absolute Champion and 2x AIW Intense Champion. Two men who never back from a fight, this will be an extremely physical affair.

Non-Title Match: Rickey Shane Page vs. Nate Webb

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New GCW World Champion Rickey Shane Page has found a way to keep the belt – don’t defend it. After months of holding the stolen World title from Nick Gage, he finally won it late last year and is determined to keep it around his waist, as he travels the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan, cementing his legacy as one of the toughest hardcore guys around. He’s facing a hardcore veteran in Nate Webb. Webb has had a career resurgence in GCW since heading over in 2018 and his excellent work in GCW will surely continue on Saturday as he looks to defeat the champion in a non-title match and get into the title picture.

Nick Gage vs. Killer Kross

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An absolute dream match for those who love their wrestling hard and aggressive. Nick Gage is still furious over losing his GCW World title last month and the undisputed King of American Hardcore is hoping to take it out with some ultraviolence on his opponent on Saturday night. It may be tougher than it seems, as he’s facing one of the most sought after free agents in the game right now, former IMPACT star Killer Kross. Kross is an intimidating specimen who only gets better the more aggressive his opponent is, and in this case, there aren’t many more aggressive than Gage. This will be an all out war.

Stay tuned to the Last Word on Pro Wrestling for more on this and other stories from around the world of wrestling, as they develop. You can always count on LWOPW to be on top of the major news in the wrestling world, as well as to provide you with analysis, previews, videos, interviews, and editorials on the wrestling world. You can watch GCW – I Can’t Feel My Face live on PPV on FITE.tv.


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