Preview: GCW Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport 4 (2/13/21)

GCW Josh Barnett's Bloodsport 4
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What’s more hard-hitting than one Bloodsport event this month? Try two. In an unprecedented move, Game Changer Wrestling is set to hold Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport 4 and 5 this month, with the latter event set to take place on February 20th. The full card for Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport 4 was the first to be unveiled and based on what’s set, this promises to be another hard-hitting installment in this series of events under the GCW banner. Take a deep dive into the full card, as well as a few highlights, to prepare for the show to come.

  • Chris Dickinson vs. Jeff Cobb
  • Harry Smith vs. Calvin Tankman
  • Simon Grimm vs. “Filthy” Tom Lawlor
  • Kal Jak vs. Nolan Edward
  • JR Kratos vs. Alex Coughlin
  • Superbeast vs. Bad Dude Tito
  • Royce Isaacs vs. Calder McColl
  • Diego Perez vs. Gil Guardado

Dirty Dickinson Takes a Tour of the Islands

One of the big stories heading into Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport 4 is the GCW debut of Jeff Cobb. Originally, Cobb was set to take part in the third-ever Bloodsport event. However, these plans had to be changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic that shook the wrestling world. Currently, Cobb is one of the premier superstars of New Japan Pro Wrestling. Earlier this year, at Wrestle Kingdom 15, the “Hawaiian Juggernaut” battled NEVER Openweight Champion Shingo Takagi in what many fans considered the match of the night, if not the entire two-day show. The powerhouse of The United Empire will make his first GCW appearance at Bloodsport 4, and to say that he’s in for a challenge would be an understatement.

Chris Dickinson is no stranger to NJPW, either. Earlier this year, he made a few appearances for NJPW STRONG, picking up victories over the likes of Rocky Romero and Brody King. He’s also been a prominent player for the United Wrestling Network last year, specifically in the UWN World Championship picture. Dickinson’s work in GCW can’t be denied, either. During the Fight Forever block known as The Wrld on GCW Part III, Dickinson picked up a hard-fought victory over up-and-coming powerhouse Juicy Finau. At Bloodsport 3 last year, Dickinson took former AEW World Champion Jon Moxley to the limit. Can Dickinson do the same against Cobb and pick up a win in the process?

When Legacy Meets Indestructibility

Speaking of Bloodsport veterans, enter Harry Smith. Also known as Davey Boy Smith Jr., the 2019 Opera Cup winner has wrestling in his blood. He has been a tag team titleholder in several organizations, including Major League Wrestling and, more prominently, World Wrestling Entertainment. Smith is a three-time Bloodsport competitor. At the third event in the series, he picked up a knockout victory over current IMPACT Wrestling star Josh Alexander. In fact, Smith is undefeated in Bloodsport events. If his goal is to maintain this spotless record, he will have to overcome an indie powerhouse on the rise.

Calvin Tankman is one of the fastest rising stars on the independent scene, both in GCW and elsewhere. At the recent Fight Forever event, during the For the Culture block, Tankman picked up an impressive victory over PB Smooth. The following day, during the 24-hour event, Tankman bested D-Rogue. The “Indestructible” star looks to continue his good fortune in GCW as he heads into Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport 4. Tankman has seen his own Bloodsport success; last year, he successfully knocked out Alexander James. This weekend, Tankman endeavors to build his own winning streak at the expense of Smith’s.

CONTRA Unit vs. Team Filthy at Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport 4

For MLW fans, this match can be looked at as gang warfare. Simon Grimm is one of the longer-standing members of the nefarious CONTRA Unit, assisting the likes of current MLW World Heavyweight Champion Jacob Fatu in terrorizing the organization. He’s also a three-time Bloodsport competitor, most recently besting Matt Makowski at last year’s event. Grimm is not only a wrestler with two decades plus in the business, but he boasts a martial arts background to boot. In other words, the former NXT Tag Team Champion would be a favorite to win. However, given the quality of his opponent, a victory is not guaranteed.

“Filthy” Tom Lawlor is the leader of Team Filthy, which includes such names as Kevin Ku and Dominic Garrini, the two collectively known as Violence is Forever. Lawlor has led his group of arrogant yet capable fighters through a path of destruction in MLW, though this isn’t to say that Lawlor’s work is exclusive to said promotion. As a former MLW World Heavyweight Champion himself, Lawlor is a three-time Bloodsport competitor, having picked up a win over Homicide at last year’s event. Lawlor is a legitimate mixed martial artist who has seen considerable success in the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization. To say that the leader of Team Filthy is an obstacle to overcome would be an understatement.

GCW Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport 4 will take place at Electric Pony Studios in Los Angeles, California on February 13, 2021.

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