Preview: GCW Nick Gage Invitational 7 (11/12/22) – Card, Start Time, How to Watch

GCW Nick Gage Invitational 7 (NGI7)

This Saturday, Game Changer Wrestling revisits a company tradition with the Nick Gage Invitational 7 tournament. As a love letter of sorts to deathmatch wrestling, this tournament features many established and up-and-coming wrestlers alike, all of whom share the common goal of advancing to the finals and overcoming 8 other competitors to win. The NGI7 is set to take place at the Summit Park District Building, located in Chicago, Illinois. For fans unable to attend the show live, it will be airing as part of the FITE+ subscription service; further details can be found below. Without any further delay, let’s take a deeper dive into the GCW Nick Gage Invitational 7 event.

GCW Nick Gage Invitational 7 Card

The NGI7 Participants

  • Toshiyuki Sakuda
    • First-Time Nick Gage Invitational Participant
    • GCW Tournament of Survival 4 Participant
  • Sawyer Wreck
    • First-Time Nick Gage Invitational Participant
    • Made Official GCW In-Ring Debut at Planet Death (March 2022)
  • Big F’n Joe
    • First-Time Nick Gage Invitational Participant
    • Made Official GCW In-Ring Debut at Liverpool Event (September 2022)
  • John Wayne Murdoch
    • First-Time Nick Gage Invitational Participant
    • 2x GCW Tag Team Champion (1x w/Reed Bentley, 1x w/Alex Colon)
    • Former GCW Ultraviolent Champion
    • GCW Tournament of Survival (2016) Finalist
  • Hunter Freeman
    • First-Time Nick Gage Invitational Participant
    • Made GCW Debut at LA FIGHTS Vol. 1 (November 2021)
  • Ciclope
    • Nick Gage Invitational 2 Participant
    • Current GCW Tag Team Champion (3x w/Miedo Extremo)
    • GCW Tournament of Survival 3 Winner
  • Miedo Extremo
    • Nick Gage Invitational 2 Semifinalist
    • GCW Tournament of Survival 3 Finalist
    • Current GCW Tag Team Champion (3x w/Ciclope)
  • Alex Colon
  • Cole Radrick
    • First-Time Nick Gage Invitational Participant
    • GCW Tournament of Survival 7 Participant
    • 2x GCW Acid Cup Participant
    • Former GCW Extreme Champion

The Opening Round Matches

  • John Wayne Murdoch vs. Big F’n Joe
  • Ciclope vs. Toshiyuki Sakuda
  • Miedo Extremo vs. Cole Radrick
  • Alex Colon vs. Sawyer Wreck vs. Hunter Freeman

What is the Nick Gage Invitational?

Presented by Game Changer Wrestling, the Nick Gage Invitational is a tournament featuring several competitive deathmatch wrestlers in a single bracket. The NGI has been a GCW staple since 2015, becoming a yearly event for the independent wrestling promotion since then. The first tournament took place in September 2015 and was won by MASADA. Tournament victors that followed include Matt Tremont, Masashi Takeda, Nick Gage, Mance Warner, and Alex Colon.

This year’s NGI is notable in that it’s the first GCW event to be offered as part of the company’s new partnership with FITE+; for $4.99/month, subscribers will have access to upcoming GCW events as well as the company’s back catalog of content.

The Favorites to Win the Tournament

This year’s Nick Gage Invitational features many first-time competitors in the tournament including Toshiyuki Sakuda, Sawyer Wreck, and Hunter Freeman. The NGI7 presents a platform for these competitors to not only showcase their abilities but advance to the finals before winning it all. However, on paper, there are clear favorites to win. These are the competitors that have years of deathmatch wrestling experience, but more importantly, they boast success in not only GCW but other wrestling organizations as well. As former GCW titleholders, Los Macizos, Cole Radrick, and John Wayne Murdoch could be considered favorites to win the GCW Nick Gage Invitational 7.

However, the biggest argument for the favorite to win the NGI7 is Alex Colon. After all, he won last year’s NGI, defeating Masashi Takeda in the finals and securing the GCW Ultraviolent Championship in the process. Furthermore, Colon stands as the company’s only threepeat Tournament of Survival victor, which speaks to his seasoning as a tournament competitor. Whether he can win his second NGI this Saturday remains to be seen, but in a promising lineup, Alex Colon stands as a strong favorite to take home the victory.

The GCW Nick Gage Invitational 7 will take place in Chicago, Illinois on November 12, 2022.

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. The GCW Nick Gage Invitational 7 is set to air Saturday at 6 PM GMT on FITE. Tickets are also available via Eventbrite.