Welcome back to 31 Days of Deathmatches Volume 2. The second edition of the annual deathmatch advent calendar put together by yours truly. Each day we will open another bloody door on the calendar and explore another deathmatch until we hit Halloween. We’re going to explore a ton of different companies, wrestlers, and stipulations as the days go on with a few surprises here and there. So, strap in as we prepare for another round of blood, broken glass, and barbed-wire on our road of deathmatches.

Next in this calendar of carnage is something that is going to be pretty divisive. Now people won’t think this technically counts as a deathmatch but it’s my calendar and I’ll do what I want. This match shocked mainstream wrestling fans. It offered a small taste into the violent world Jon Moxley once inhabited. A match that was considered unsanctionable, as such it was made the 3rd lights out match so they couldn’t be held liable for what would happen. It was unsanctioned, uncontrollable, and violent. This would present a side of Kenny Omega that very few were familiar with as he bled and battered Moxley as hard as he got. Anything goes when the lights go out as we’d surely find out.

After an opening stretch of fast strikes, Moxley brought out the plunder and things got ugly. We’d see trash cans and beers be used as weapons in the early goings as Omega showed he could get as unhinged as Mox. Things went up a notch once a barbed-wire bat came out and Omega took some shots from it. This is when you knew that Omega was willing to take this as far as Mox would. With many a cut across his back and arms, Omega slowly grew more and more sadistic, hitting a piledriver on a trash can and bringing out a barbed-wire broom. The Cleaner was in the building and he was going to give Mox as many cuts, bruises, and breaks as he could. This was exemplified by a Kotaro Crusher onto that barbed-wire broom and a You Can’t Escape with a trash can.

They even got creative with weaponry as we saw a mousetrap board which Omega met back-first off an X-plex. This back-centred assault continued with slams onto chains which Omega managed to kick out of. It was interesting to see that as the match went on, Mox seemed to be getting more and more violent yet also more and more respectful of Omega’s resilience. We’d see ice-pick enter the fray and more chain-centred slams, chains, and strikes. We even got a hangman spot as Mox was sent hanging over the ropes. Omega continued to up the ante as he brought broken glass into the ring and cut into Moxley. He powdered it up and littered the ring with it before hitting a devastating spinebuster into it and dragging Mox over it back-first and locking in a Sharpshooter. He too ate glass though as he got dumped into it with a German. The match moved to the ramp and Omega continued to scare everyone by stabbing the ice-pick into Mox. The rest of the Elite came out to try and reason with him but they couldn’t get through. They brought out a massive barbed-wire net and set up for the One-Winged Angel. Mox escaped and sacrificed himself to Suplex Omega into the wire net.

After that massive spot, both guys had to be pulled out of the wire. The match wasn’t stopped though and Moxley fought away staff and crew to murder Omega. This was repaid in kind though as Omega hammered Mox in the head with a pipe and V-Triggered Mox through a stage light. Both men somehow returned to their feet and fought back to the ring. Omega survived a Paradigm Shift so Mox cut away the ring canvas and exposed the ring boards. They continued to trade moves on the boards until finally Omega missed a Phoenix Splash and ate a final Paradigm Shift on the boards for a Mox win. it was a brutal bout with a long runtime and a lot of throwbacks to classic deathmatch companies. Omega went further than anyone could have expected and because of this, I accept AEW’s first foray into the deathmatch calendar. A match so extreme AEW has been scared to do it again. Come back tomorrow for the next deathmatch delight.

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