Everyone is ramping up with match and competitor reveals for the flurry of amazing shows happening WrestleMania Week in Tampa, Florida this year. As usual, Game Changer Wrestling (GCW) is in the thick of it, and one of their cornerstones is Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport. Lots of great names already announced, including Davey Boy Smith Jr., Jeff Cobb and Killer Kelly, plus the first two matches, in Josh Barnett vs. Jon Moxley and NJPW’s Minoru Suzuki vs. Beyond ace Chris Dickinson. Over the past week, Josh Barnett has revealed for more combatants, include one making his debut.
“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’ third Bloodsport, defeating Simon Gotch last spring in New Jersey, and then losing to Erik Hammer at this past fall’s edition.
Erik Hammer is a legit catch wrestler who has competed globally in Catch Tournaments. The official training partner of Josh Barnett, he’s also competed for Antonio Inoki‘s Inoki Genome Federation (IGF) from 2008 through 2015. Hammer is returning for his second Bloodsport, after defeating JR Kratos this past fall.
Former IMPACT Knockouts Champion Allysin Kay – also known as Sienna – becomes the first woman to enter the franchise. A scrappy and intense competitor her entire career, the former NWA World Women’s Champion and former Shine Champion will be looking to make continue her win streak at Bloodsport, having defeated former SHIMMER Champion Nicole Savoy at the last Bloodsport last fall.
A 19-year veteran, Thomas Santell proved to be one of Beyond Wrestling‘s breakout stars from the first two seasons of Uncharted Territory. A master technician, to many Santell is best remembered as being former WWE Superstar Antonio Thomas, one half of The Heart Throbs. Santell will probably shock a lot of people over his underrated ring work.
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