I went to UEW this afternoon. They had a promotion where if you showed them you had a GCW ticket for tonight then your ticket was half priced. The show was worth $10 but yet sort of disappointing. UEW is known for their death matches yet there were none on the show. While waiting in line to use the bathroom, I heard Homeless Jimmy say the venue (not their regular place) told them to limit the out of the ring action and no blood (both hard to do for a deathmatch fed.) That was Show #12 for me for 2019.
Currently at GCW waiting for the show to start. I just signed a GCW regular to the game.
I am home now after attending 4 shows in Los Angeles this weekend.
I had so much fun at GCW- so glad I got to go- I was really disappointed that I had to miss their first show in Los Angeles back in November (but I was flying to Tokyo out of Las Vegas the very next morning so it was just not feasible to go.) Now I can finally cross attending GCW off of my wrestling bucket list.
Before the GCW show I got my Orange Cassidy card autographed. He told me he really likes his card art because it makes him looked jacked. Most of the wrestlers who were out at the time were either guys already with cards in the game or guys who are signed but no cards yet, however- as I mentioned in my previous post- I was able to sign one wrestler we needed to get for the game last night.
GCW was actually the first time I ever sat front row for a death match involving light tubes. When they brought out the light tubes for the first death match I was thinking now we're talking, especially after the disappointment earlier in the day of no death matches at the UEW show. But I soon realized just how dangerous it is to sit front row for a match with light tubes as some front row fans actually got out of their seats to move back and others put on safety goggles and/or bandanas over their mouths to protect themselves from the mercury dust. A couple of fans even had helmets with full screen protector shields. And right after the match started I had a huge broken lighttube piece flying straight at my head- but I knocked it down with my postcard envelope that I used to carry my Indy cards in their protective plastic sleeves which at the time I had wrapped up inside my Dodger blue GCW in Los Angeles event shirt I bought at the merch table before the show. Normally those plastic top loader sleeves just protect my cards, but last night an envelope filled with them also protected me. I thought sitting front row at PWG was dangerous- and it is as I saw multiple PWG fans get knocked to the ground at Friday's show- but GCW is definitely more dangerous to sit front row with having to dodge flying pieces of glass. But it was fun and I would sit front row again (but next time I might bring safety goggles.) During the second death match, my seat actually got tossed into the ring and doused in lighter fluid and covered with more broken glass. But that will not deter me from sitting front row at GCW in the future.
A quick recap of GCW:
To start the show, they showed an inviisble video highlights of the Invisible Man (he won the clusterf*ck battle royal back at Spring Break 2 last year) as it was announced a few days ago he suddenly passed away. There were some empty seats in the front row for the Invisible Man's family. The locker room surrounded the ring to pay tribute to the Invisible Man who even got a 10 bell salute.
Tony Deppen defeated Jake Atlas
KTB defeated Matt Vandegraff
Jimmy Lloyd defeated Eli Everfly
Jungle Boy defeated Rich Swann
G-Raver defeated Drew Parker in a death match
B-Boy defeated Lucas Riley, Human Tornado, Bateman, Douglas James, and Delilah Doom in a 6 person SoCal scramble
SHLAK defeated Markus Crane in a death match
Nick Gage defeated Alex Colon to retain the GCW Heavyweight Championship.
That was Show #13 of 2019 for me and it was one of my favorite Indy shows outside of PWG I have ever attended (and that is a tall statement as I go to shows all the time- if you did not see this show live on streaming last night it is worth every single cent to order and watch the replay on Fite.)
afterward, the fans who stayed went to the back room for the SFP show- all hardcore matches with no ring.
recap of last night's SFP show:
Royce Isaccs defeated KTB
Cryme Tyme defeated Jimmy LLoyd and Tony Deppen
Rich Swann defeated Orange Cassidy
Nick Gage defeated Andy Williams.
That was Show #14 of 2019 for me. Afterward it ws 1:45 AM and time to ride back with my friend to Las Vegas.
What an awesome weekend- definitely my favorite weekend of 2019 so far for me!