Preview: GCW The Aftermath (10/10/21)

GCW The Aftermath

Game Changer Wrestling wraps up its time in New Jersey with the appropriately named event, GCW The Aftermath. This is a major show for the independent wrestling powerhouse, as it features a main event encounter between two unlikely opponents. Furthermore, fans in attendance at The Showboat and those watching from home will see the debut of a women’s wrestling veteran. There is plenty more to anticipate and enjoy, but to know more of what’s to come, you needn’t look any further than right here. Let’s take a deeper dive into The Aftermath.

GCW The Aftermath Full Card

  • Tony Deppen vs. Dante Leon
  • AJ Gray vs. Colby Corino
  • Atticus Cogar vs. Nick Wayne
  • Alex Colon vs. Jimmy Lloyd
  • Starboy Charlie vs. Alex Zayne
  • Calvin Tankman vs. ASF
  • Mercedes Martinez vs. Allie Katch
  • Minoru Suzuki vs. Joey Janela

Starboy Charlie Alex Zayne

Taking to the Skies in Jersey

For wrestling fans longing for high-flying action, GCW The Aftermath has things covered. Live, from New Jersey, Starboy Charlie and Alex Zayne will face off in a first-time encounter. To say that Starboy Charlie has been making waves would be an understatement. Throughout 2021, he became a favorite among the GCW loyalists, not only for his fast-paced offense but his heart, bringing everything he has to each match, no matter how much the odds may be stacked against him. The night prior, at GCW Fight Club, Charlie will have teamed with Chris Dickinson against All Elite Wrestling stars Joey Janela and Marko Stunt. At The Aftermath, however, the up-and-coming Starboy stands alone.

Also in action at Fight Club was Alex Zayne, who will have taken on Ninja Mack in another first-time encounter. Since his release from WWE earlier this summer, Zayne hasn’t hesitated in getting back into the independent wrestling scene. From Violence X Suffering to Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, “The Sauce” is driven to make the most of his time across various promotions. Heading into this match at The Aftermath, it’s easy to pin Zayne as the favorite. Compared to Zayne’s wrestling experience, which accounts for over a decade and a half of his life, Charlie has roughly 6 years of experience under his belt. Regardless of the outcome, expect this match to wow viewers.

Mercedes Martinez Allie Katch

Mercedes Martinez Makes Her GCW Debut

Making her Game Changer Wrestling debut, at GCW The Aftermath, is Mercedes Martinez. “The Latina Sensation” boasts over 2 decades of wrestling experience and is still going strong. The Waterbury, Connecticut native is perhaps best known, by younger wrestling fans, for her time in WWE. It was here where she competed in 2 Mae Young Classic tournaments, challenged for women’s championship gold, and even competed in the 2020 Women’s Royal Rumble. This doesn’t even begin to touch on her independent wrestling accomplishments; from RISE Wrestling to World Xtreme Wrestling to SHINE Wrestling, Martinez has held gold and left countless opponents reeling in the process. At The Aftermath, she makes her GCW debut against a company stalwart in Allie Katch.

Given how entrenched both Martinez and Katch are in independent wrestling, especially given the former’s extensive wrestling career, it may surprise fans to know that they’ve never locked horns before. Furthermore, the former Allie Kat boasts a fraction of her opponent’s experience, having started wrestling in 2011. Nonetheless, Katch makes for a fitting opponent. Much like Martinez, Katch isn’t afraid to deliver punishment and, if need be, take matters to the extreme. Furthermore, the pink-haired grappler will enter this match with a purpose. Simply put, her aim is to continue to build her legacy, even if it’s at the expense of a respected opponent. Mercedes Martinez vs. Allie Katch is a first-time encounter not to miss at GCW The Aftermath.

Minoru Suzuki Joey Janela

The Violent King Versus The Bad Boy

If there’s anyone bold enough to step up to one of the most dangerous men in professional wrestling, it would be “The Bad Boy,” Joey Janela. It would be fair to say that Janela is one of the pillars of Game Changer Wrestling, not only wrestling countless matches for the promotion but being involved on the production side of things as well. It would be even fairer to say that there are few limits he wouldn’t go to. In this year alone, he overcame Atticus Cogar at GCW Homecoming in a hellacious deathmatch, as well as put the importance of his Spring Break show on the line against GCW villain Rickey Shane Page. Win or lose, Janela isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. However, at GCW The Aftermath, he may have met his match.

Minoru Suzuki’s tour of American wrestling continues at The Aftermath. Since his All Elite Wrestling debut at All Out this past September, “The King” has steadily created a path of terror. Not only has this been true for AEW but NJPW Strong and, of course, GCW. In the latter promotion, throughout 2021, he remains undefeated, having picked up wins over Jonathan Gresham and Homicide. In fact, Suzuki’s match against Homicide became such a violent affair that the referee had no choice but to stop the bout, awarding it to the former 2x NEVER Openweight Champion. Suzuki’s aggression knows no bounds and what makes it even scarier is that he takes glee in punishing opponents. While a victory over “The King” would be noteworthy for “The Bad Boy,” Janela may find it challenging to simply survive.

GCW The Aftermath will take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey on October 10, 2021.

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