May 21st, 2022
Los Angeles, CA - Ukranian Cultural Center
GCW World Champion: Jon Moxley (since 9/4/21)
GCW World Tag Team Champions: BUSSY (Allie Katch & Effy) (since 4/9/22)
GCW Extreme Champion: AJ Gray (since 1/15/22)
GCW Ultraviolent Champion: John Wayne Murdoch (since 3/31/22)
Commentators - Kevin Gill & Veda Scott
1) Blake Christian vs. Kevin Blackwood
Blake comes to the ring with a “Chelsea Green loves Blake Christian” sign. Kevin Blackwood pays tribute to the victims of the Buffalo, NY incident last week. Bell rings and we are under way. The feed cuts out for the first 6-8 minutes of this. It cuts back in and we get a pretty awesome final 7-8 minute stretch. Some great exchanges and nearfalls. Blake Christian wins with a curb stomp. Considering the feed went out, take my rating with a grain of salt.
Match rating - **3/4
2) Titus Alexander vs. Tony Deppen
This is a nice surprise. I had no idea this was on the card, but I love both these guys right now so LETS GO. Tony Deppen pokes Alexander in the eyes to begin. Weird to see Alexander not being the heel considering he’s very much the villain in his home promotion West Coast Pro from the little I’ve seen. Alexander follows it up with a trio of insane dives to really get the energy going for this one. This was really such a blast. Deppen really rocks and Alexander was awesome with the explosive babyface fire. Titus definitely made the most of this opportunity and the crowd was behind him the whole way.
Match rating - ***1/2
3) “Speedball” Mike Bailey vs. Masha Slamovich
Wow. I anticipated this to be good, but I didn’t anticipate it to be quite possibly the best match either of these two has had all year. That’s exactly what it was, though. Beyond the stuff you’d expect like awesome strike exchanges, suplexes and spots. The laser focus of Speedball on the arm/shoulder of Masha and the selling that followed was just phenomenal. This was one of the best GCW matches of the year and well worth going out of your way to see. Just fantastic professional wrestling. Speedball wins with the flamingo driver. Amazing.
Match rating - ****1/2
4) AJ Gray (c) vs. Jack Cartwheel vs. Ninja Mack vs. Cole Radrick vs. Starboy Charlie vs. Jimmy Lloyd - Scramble Match for the GCW Extreme Championship