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.
Not every spot on the calendar goes to something old-school. Sometimes the biggest surprises come during the calendar month. Sometimes, as you’ll see later down the line, I’ll store it away for next year’s horror show, or in this case, I’ll include it now because holy shit was this one a bit of a nightmare. RPW or Ruthless Pro Wrestling is another fun deathmatch company currently breaking through the cracks with a lot of bloody violence and hard-hitting action. During ICW’s October weekend in Michigan, RPW came along for the fun and put on a show called Inked in Blood to run between Volumes of No Holds Barred. It was a stacked show but one match became a standout because of just how much blood was shed by one of its fighters. Now, Hoodfoot has fully embraced the deathmatch style but I don’t think even he was prepared for what was about to happen in this match.
Mad Man Pondo vs Hoodfoot. Sounds awesome right, like a hardcore hoss fight that should present a whole lot of fun. We could add tug of war to the list too as they were chained together through a dog collar. They started with the obligatory tug before Pondo went to the eyes and hung Hoodfoot with the chain. Hoodfoot cut Pondo off with a rope cutter and the pair brawled around the ringside. They battled around a tube bundle and Hoodfoot used the chain to pull Pondo into them. Back in-ring he nailed Pondo with a snap bat and barbed-wire crutch in the back. Hoodfoot was unstoppable as he carved Pondo up with a cheese grater but Pondo kicked low and hammered a gusset into his head, jabbing it in further with a knife. This was the turning point for the match as Hoodfoot started spurting blood out of his head, spraying crimson everywhere. It was a gnarly visual. The saw bat came into play and Hoodfoot bled more as it cut into him. Pondo brought out the tubes and the pair duelled, sending more blood and glass everywhere. Hoodfoot got the worst of the exchange yet managed to tank the bundles to the head to dump Pondo onto a trashcan. He went one step further and crushed Podo under a tube door with an elbow drop but only got two. He tried to whip Pondo into a glass pane but Pondo went to the eyes again and whipped Hoodfoot through the glass. He didn’t stop there and broke a cinderblock between Hoodfoot’s legs with a sledgehammer. He was reeling from that shot so Pondo yanked the chain and brained Hoodfoot with the stop sign for the win. It had been a monstrous little match with a lot of blood and glass shed through its runtime. For what could have been a mid-card deathmatch, it became something of legend due to the blood loss on Hoodfoot’s part. If you needed further proof of how hardcore Hoodfoot is, this should answer your question. It rocked, it was scary as hell and my Twitter timeline was full of gifs and images for days after. Come back tomorrow for the next deathmatch delight.
— Tripping Balls (@IsThisWrestling) October 2, 2021
All images courtesy of RPW, IsThisWrestling