A Pay-Per-View by GCW
Continuing my futile attempt to get through a billion wrestling shows from this past weekend, next on the block is Game Changer Wrestling – Joey Janela’s Spring Break 6 Part 2. You might be asking – “Stephen, what happened to Joey Janela’s Spring Break 6 Part 1?” – Honestly when I was looking at these I saw that there was a match between Minoru Suzuki and EFFY and figured that it had to be well worth a watch. The good news is that the two shows don’t really share any continuity other than Joey Janela being involved with both, so it doesn’t really matter too much as to how you consume this. These Spring Break shows, or at least this one, are far less serious than some of the other shows this weekend, so don’t be surprised if this is quite silly. As you will see, this is the sort of show that Jim Cornette would have a complete meltdown watching if he was forced to see it, which generally means I’ll love it.
Above is the list of all of the WrestleMania Weekend GCW shows, and so far I have watched two. Plenty more to go, I just hope they chill for the rest of the month so I can somewhat catch up!
For anyone wanting to watch this, I would recommend Fite.TV. you can get some FITE credits (10 dollars I believe) with the following code: “6m6lyyn”. I’m sure there are other ways to watch it, but FITE has a solid interface and has been worth it so far.
- Chris Dickinson w/ Missy Hyatt defeated Matt Cardona w/ Chelsea Green
- Tony Deppen defeated Biff Busick
- “Speedball” Mike Bailey defeated Jordan Oliver
- Minoru Suzuki defeated Effy
- The Second Gear Crew (Mance Warner, Matthew Justice & AJ Gray) defeated Blake Christian, Joey Janela, Buff Bagwell, George Gatton, Judas Cassidy, Yoya, Billie Starkz, Juicy Finau, Sam Stackhouse, Rhett Titus, The Invisible Man, Dante Leon, Ninja Mack, Jimmy Lloyd, Guy Steele, Kevin Blackwood, Hoodfoot, SLADE, Charlie Tiger, Ellis Taylor, 1 Called Manders, Deranged, Grim Reefer, Sandra Moone, Parrow, Big Vin, Nate Webb, Shazza McKenzie, Janai Kai, Jazzy Yang, Edith Surreal, Dark Sheik, LuFisto, Maven, Sean Ross Sapp, Josh Barnett, Nasty Leroy, Damian Drake, Matt Vandagriff, Hunter Freeman, Levi Everett, Jimmy Wang Yang, Alec Price, Cole Radrick, Brandon Kirk, Lord Adrean, Kevin Matthews, Nick Wayne, B-Boy, Jack Cartwheel and Jai Vidal in The Greatest Clusterf*** Battle Royal
As I’ve stated before, my methodology for this is to avoid giving arbitrary star ratings or anything resembling the typical ratings people give in wrestling reviews. I usually go through the show and pull a half-dozen or so things that I thought were significant or that I liked. You might think some of my choices are dumb and that’s okay – we all like different things!
Matt Cardona continues his rampage on indy wrestling as a whole with yet another insufferable attack on GCW and it’s fans. Wearing a crown modeled after that of the “Macho King” Randy Savage and his trademark anti-GCW attire, Cardona has ensured that anyone he faces will be a white-hot crowd favorite. That role was filled by the freshly returning Chris Dickinson, who suffered some kind of hip injury back in November. His re-appearance was something that made the fans super excited – not to mention the lovely Missy Hyatt by his side. Solid match, and a great return for Dickinson.
Well Worth the Purchase:
EFFY vs. Minoru Suzuki was hilarious and every bit of the zany mis-match I was hoping for. EFFY came out strong with a series of painful nipple-based moves, but it was no match in the end for Suzuki who secured the pin. It was looking rough for a bit, when EFFY managed to lock lips with the so-called “Murder Grandpa”, but alas it only seems to fire him up even more. Funny match, and a great show of versatility for both men.
50 plus person battle Royal:
A lot could be said about the so-called “Greatest Clusterf*** Battle Royal” as it had its highs and lows. For a comedy match it was pretty successful, with many spots making me laugh out loud quite a bit, although I think it was a bit long. Moment of the whole thing was when a rookie wrestler named “Early Morning Guy Steele” came to the ring as if Chuck Taylor wished on a star and one of his terrible made up wrestling names came to life. The man, donned in a paddle Carhartt and rubber mask was pretty impressive doing 450s and Canadian Destroyers left and right. “He’s allowed to use the Canadian Destroyer in this match right? Using it isn’t an automatic DQ?” was said at one point, alluding to the heavily mocked rules from another federation. It was cool to see Buff Bagwell, Jimmy Yang, and Maven randomly show up as well as the section where all of GCW’s women got to run the show for a bit. There was some pure silliness like a redux of the infamous Social Distance Rules Match from 2020, and an appearance from none other than “The Invisible Man”. Not a match for everyone, but I enjoyed it.
While not the best show I watched this weekend by a longshot, this was fun and shows that wrestling can’t be all serious all the time. Suzuki vs EFFY was hilarious and the battle royal was generally pretty solid. It was cool to see Biff Busick, who I know was on other shows over the weekend, escape the clutches of the McMahon family at last. I will look forward to seeing exactly where he ends up now that the dust has settled. If you are trying to choose only the best content for your money from WrestleMania Weekend shows, I would honestly not go with this one over about 5-6 of their other GCW PPVs, but I’m glad I watched it.
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