WARNING: STRONG VIOLENCE AHEAD
It’s spooky season once again. You know what that means. It’s time to dive into another 31 deadly, bloody, horrifying deathmatches as we go into the 3rd annual deathmatch calendar. As always, this will be a day-by-day calendar of gore as we break into some of the greatest, nastiest, and most infamous of deathmatches across the years culminating with my pick of the year so far at the number 31 spot. With the preamble out of the way, let’s see what is awaiting us in this year’s tour of wrestling terror.
One of the biggest indie feuds in recent years has been the long war between GCW and 44OH! Ever since RSP appeared on the scene he’d been terrorising the company and had taken their title. He’d held it hostage for the longest time, offering non-title matches to the occasional challenger and making sure the odds were always skewered in his favour. At RSPring Break though, the running was over, the odds were potentially at their worst but it would be Nick Gage vs RSP, one final time. They had tubes galore, glass galore, contraptions galore, and two men eager to bring the pain. It was a battle of good vs evil and GCW’s fate hung on the shoulders of Nick Gage. It was made all the worse that Gage was still coming back from injury. You knew it was going to be good because RSP was wearing white, the colour the smartest wear when they’re planning to bleed a lot.
As night fell on Florida, the violence got underway. There was instant glass action as Gage broke tubes over RSP and took out months of frustration on RSP’s back. Panes of glass exploded as RSP met more and more glass and boots courtesy of Gage. The first sick spot came from a wired board Vader elbow that sent both to the concrete floor and it just got gnarlier from there. Fans got to become weapons of destruction but it could only last for so long. RSP would not be denied and started taking back the match with tubes, chairs but that too was cut off by more glass. This personal, bloody vengeance just kept coming as both guys just kept breaking tubes and their bodies. Everything was deliberate. Gage wanted to do nothing but hurt RSP and RSP wanted to embarrass Gage on his big return. It got uncomfortable to watch at times as Gage took sickening falls and the deathmatch contraptions left their marks. Everyone erupted when Gage found new life and tried to carve MDK into Page’s back and the GCW locker room came out to make sure the 44OH! couldn’t ruin another title match with their numbers. It had gone everywhere around ringside, led to painful drops onto concrete, and a whole lot of fear for the safety of both guys but in the end, RSP fell to his death through tubes and Gage won with the Chokebreaker, reclaiming his finisher in the process. This was one of the most-hyped deathmatches of the year. It was the culmination of one of wrestling’s best stories and the chance to remake Nick Gage as the king. It was a monstrous show of blood and guts and was definitely one of the highlights of the Collective for me. May it now live on as part of the Deathmatch Calendar. Come back tomorrow for your next deathmatch delight.
All images courtesy of Earl Gardner Photography