WARNING STRONG VIOLENCE AND LANGUAGE AHEAD

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

Now for the main event. I save this spot for the matches that really stand out. We’ve spent a long time now in lockdowns. The US, UK, and Japanese wrestling markets all suffered under lockdown but some companies found the best ways to deal with it and started running shows with no fans in attendance. To traditional wrestling, this is bad. It drains the life from a building and leaves a lot of wrestlers struggling to fill the void. For BJW, this wasn’t as much of a problem and made the best of a bad situation. They put on a match that couldn’t be done if fans had been in attendance. This was beyond the 200 light tubes match. There were glass and fighting everywhere. So, it made sense to make it a three-way dance. I present to you, Toshiyuki Sakuda vs Abdullah Kobayashi vs Yuki Ishikawa from BJW Crisis Survivor Volume 2.

We opened up on a ring with no canvas and light-tubes as far as the eye could see in some kind of abandoned warehouse. We have two of the most prolific deathmatch wrestlers in Japan in Kobayashi and Sakuda and a new face to me in Ishikawa all more than ready to put all this glass to the test. Kobayashi couldn’t even get in the ring because there were too many tubes in the way. Well, that and the pair of younger fighters were pelting him with chairs. They filled the ring with broken glass and turned on each other, bouncing one another of the tubes. Ishikawa bombed Sakuda onto a pile of tubes and Kobayashi returned to the fight by pelting Ishikawa with tubes. We got a three-way tube throwing contest and Kobayashi tanked a barrage of tubes to start beating down on the younger guys. He broke a bundle on Ishikawa with a back chop and another with an elbow drop. Sakuda rushed to make the save and started attacking Kobayashi with more tubes.

By this time, I’m pretty sure everyone had blood in their eyes. There was glass everywhere and it continued to build like this as the trio continued to fight around the warehouse. There were tubes in the rafters and boxes of the deadly deathmatch toy left around at random. Wherever the fighting went, the glass followed. Everyone fought like their life depended on it and tanked blows that would fell normal people. Kobayashi was always dealing with double-team as the young guys were determined to steal the spotlight. Everyone got their spots in, with Ishikawa being the unfortunate recipient of a skewer through the face. Sakuda would use that to incapacitate Ishikawa and take the win over Kobayashi with a 450 Splash. Whilst I haven’t gone into too much detail with this match, I hope I’ve painted a picture of what was happening. This was the best lockdown wrestling match in my opinion. They put on a deathmatch that could only be done without fans around and didn’t have to make it cinematic. It was just violent and wild with all three guys going hell for leather against each other. Be sure to check it out on BJW Core.

So, there we have it, another year of Halloween build and deathmatch horrors. I love covering deathmatches and am going to continue to do so for a long time to come. This year I tried to vary it up more and spotlight companies both new and old. It’s been a blast to revisit some old favourites and hopefully bring more eyes to companies. Enjoy your Halloween and thank you for reading. The deathmatch world is ever-changing and I for one will always be happy to watch it evolve. Keep it tuned to SteelChair for more deathmatch delights as more emerge.

All images courtesy of BJW, BBM, Superluchas