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.

We now return to Australia for part two of our look into the world of Australian Deathmatch. With deathmatch wrestling all but dying for the longest time, it took a new company taking the style by storm and forming a new hub for gender-neutral strong style and deathmatch wrestling. I am of course talking about Deathmatch Downunder. After establishing themselves as a new power player with And Out Come the Wolves, they wanted to make even more waves with Smashing Sandcastles. Cue their next main event featuring part of the ownership team and deathmatch veteran Joel Bateman and the Violence Artist Charli Evans. This match had been brought to life by Bateman throwing out a challenge and Evans accepting. It would be a battle between two fighters that are highly passionate about wrestling and highly passionate about deathmatches. With the Last Drinks stipulation, they even had some fun fuckery to kill each other with. The pieces were in place and the players were all set to deliver. York, Callen Butcher, Gweedo, and Vixsin had already put on a massacre, now it was time to up the ante.

The match itself kicked all the ass you’d want it to. It shouldn’t be understated just how good both of the wrestlers in play here are. Both boast skill and passion that made it an easy main event to get involved in. Alongside the tubes and the usual deathmatch murder toys, there were lemons, salt, and horrific condiments to light up any wound into a firestorm of pain. There was even a glass pool table. However, the deathmatch toys were only a small part of a much bigger story being told. Joel Bateman was out to prove he could still hang with a younger brasher generation. He thought Evans had been running her mouth and she all but showed she could back it up. The pair bled buckets and by the end in a ring full of broken glass and spilled crimson, the pair found a mutual respect for one another. They’d shared drinks, half-killed each other with throwbacks to Strong Style, King’s Road, and some of their favourite legendary wrestlers. Both Bateman and Evans are hybrid wrestlers in the best way and put on the main event to remember. It had graphic violence, great wrestling, and told one hell of a story. This was the escalation of DMDU and since then they’ve been getting bigger and better, driving onwards towards their own deathmatch tournament, D.R.E.A.M. With all the talent they have, that is something I’m really looking forward to. Come back tomorrow for the next deathmatch delight.

All images courtesy of DMDU, Jake Hurdle, Digital Beard, Kayden, DMDU YouTube

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