Combat Zone Wrestling held their 11th Annual Tournament of Death on Saturday 6/23 in Townsend, Delaware at the "Ultraviolent Underground" aka Markland Acre Farms.
There's always a lot of criticism on "garbage wrestling" as if its some geek show that shouldn't be considered pro wrestling. Of course, people say the same about Lucha Libre and CHIKARA and anything else they need a reason to knock, but the reality is that like ice cream, wrestling has many different flavors and this is just one of them. I can understand why someone wouldn't like the insane spots, grittiness of the atmosphere, the brawling and the out of their minds physicality that comes with the weapons and blood but under the right circumstances, I can't help but be blown and away and impressed by the sheer awe-inspiring sight of some of these spots, the work ethic and willingness to pull this stuff off and the jaw-dropping nature of these wars of attrition. I don't want to see it all the time, but at the TOD, it's the perfect setting for it - a punk rock ultraviolent Woodstock. For a $20 GA ticket, CZW is giving you a hell of a lot of mayhem.
The TOD opened with DJ Hyde bringing out the Tournament of Death trophy. He said he didn't like most of the fans but he's proud to have the best death match wrestling in the world. He said that this year hasn't been the easiest year to put on the show due to the new regulations but he promises to have the best death match show possible. He says that people don't have to like him but points out his father, Homer, and says that he, despite being in a wheelchair, busted his ass so the property was ready for the show. Hyde, admitting he was stalling because the ring announcer was late, ran down the opening card. Legend finally arrived.
Danny Havoc defeated Devon Moore and Lucky tHURTeen in a Drunken Scaffold Match. The rules were that anytime you went off the scaffold you have to take a shot...and anytime, there was a two count everyone, including the ref has to take a shot. tHURTeen took a bump onto a barbed wire board early. Moore headbutt a light tube onto Havoc then nailed himself with one. Havoc dug his face into barbed wire and nailed a clothesline for a two count. tHURTeen returned to nail a series of kicks. He was caught with a tiltowhirl backbreaker onto a light tube by Havoc. Moore missed a lariat and was caught with a backdrop driver for a two count. tHURTeen and Havoc ascended to the scaffold. Shots! Moore followed. tHURTeen dropkicked them off with Moore crashing through a barbed wire board bridged between the ring and apron. tHURTeen the hit an INSANE forward flip off the scaffold to the floor on Moore. They all battled around ringside. Back in the ring, tHURTeen hit a backstabber off the ropes on Moore. He went to the top but Mooe caught him on the ropes. They battled and Moore was drilled with a Canadian Piledriver off the top for a two count. Havoc nailed a full nelson suplex on tHURTeen with lightubes behind his neck. That was a sick spot. Moore made it to the scaffold and came off with a senton on tHURTeen, who was set up in a table. tHURTeen was eliminated. Moore set up a bunch of chairs and laid a barbed wire wrapped chair on it. He slammed Havoc on it and went to the scaffold but was caught and slammed off onto the chairs. That was only good for a two count. Jeez. Havoc was placed under the chairs and a barbed wire board. Moore went to the scaffold but Havoc shook it and he lost his footing. They met up on the scaffold, took a shot and battled. Havoc came off the scaffold with a death valley driver through the barbed wire board in the ring for the pin. Quite a spectacle to kick off the afternoon.
CZW Junior Heavyweight champion Drake Younger defeated Rory Mondo in an Ultraviolent Ladder match. The match was dedicated to memory of JC Bailey and Chris Cash. Odd there was no mention of Trent Acid. Rory Mondo is a younger talent here who dressed like Nick Mondo when he was a fan and now uses the gimmick as a worker. The crowd refuses to give him any nod of credibility and was all over him here. The story for much of this was that Younger was beating the piss out of Mondo. There was a ladder in every corner - one with rows of light tubes glued from top to bottom, one wrapped in barbed wire and your two standard ladders. The fans chanted for Bailey and Cash. They swung lighttubes and then crashed into each other shattering the tubes. Mondo nailed Younger with tubes. He was caught with an overhead suplex throw into the barbed wire ladder in the corner. Younger came off the top with a double stomp thru light tubes on Mondo's chest for a two count, then dragged him back-first through the broken glass. Mondo was backdropped and sideslammed on a barbed wire ladder. Mondo was slammed atop a ladder that was laid on its side. He went to the top but was nailed with a light tube. Mondo hit a rana off the top but Younger missed the ladder. The crowd booed that. Mondo placed him atop and slammed him onto the ladder. Younger was bleeding a gusher by this point. Mondo tried to suplex Younger onto light tubes but was blocked and nailed with a Michinoku Driver on the tubes. Younger looked like Batman foe Two Face with one half of his face covered in Crimson. Younger nailed a tornado DDT out of the corner then hit a death valley driver into a ladder for a two count. Younger headbutt a light tube into Mondo's head then carved him with the jagged edge. He went for the vertebreaker but Mondo slipped out and nailed a driver through a ladder bridged between two chairs. Younger came back with an exploder and a sit down powerbomb onto a ladder with light tubes glued to it. Mondo kicked out at two which surprised the crowd. Mondo set up a chair and bridged a ladder from it to the ropes. He placed Younger on it and came off the top with a legdrop across it. It didn't work. Younger killed him with the tube. They went back and forth. Mondo nailed the Assault Driver for a two. He went to the top but was beaten in the head twice with a chair. Younger stacked two ladders across the middle turnbuckle. He nailed Mondo with a light tube then hit a vertebreaker off the top dropping Mondo across the ladders. THAT WAS ABSOLUTELY SICK. He then nailed another in the middle and covered him for the pin. Younger said that he wanted to publicly apologize for questioning his loyalty to the company. He said JC Bailey loved him. He said today wasn't his day because Younger was going to win the tourney and dedicated his performance to Baileys memory. Mondo got a round of respectful applause after as the crowd respected the punishment he put himself through.
Masada defeated Scott Summers in a Panes of Glass. Summers looks like a muscled up Buzz Sawyer with tons of tattoos. He carries himself like a worker in a way that a lot of wrestlers don't today, where he doesn't waste any movements in the ring. They locked up and went back and forth, exchanging chops. Summers speared Masada. They traded back suplexes. Summers went for a belly to belly overthrow suplex but it was blocked. They went back and forth. Masada bloodied Summers' lip with a hard slap. Masada was tossed into a pane of glass. Summers worked him over in the corner. Masada fired back with hard shots and choked him in the corner. He speared Summers into a pane of glass. Masada dug a piece of glass into his forehead. Summers, now bleeding, was chopped in the corner. He reversed a whip but was backdropped to the apron. Masada knocked him to the floor. Masada hit a dive through the ropes to the floor. Masada went to the floor for a pane of glass but Summers hit a pescado through it. THAT was insane. Summers came out bleeding a ton from it. He cursed at a fan and spit at them. Back in the ring, Summers worked over Masada for several two counts. Masada came back with a powerbomb on broken glass. Masada nailed a piledriver onto two cinderblocks. Summers had a big gash in his head and had obviously smacked it on the blocks. He still kicked out at two. Masada then hit a death valley driver onto the blocks for three. Summers, obviously out of it from a shot to the head, took the mic and told Masada he needed to finish the job. He said that he didn't know what he was gonna do today but he knew he was gonna fight. He challenged Masada to come out and finish the fight, although he had been pinned. It took the crowd awhile to warm to Summers but they were into the match once it got out of your basic back and forth wrestling and power spots. Good stuff.
In an Ultraviolent Bats match, Big Japan champion Abdullah Kobayashi defeated Matt Tremont. The story was that Tremont needed to get through Kobayashi to get to DJ Hyde. Abby began eating a light tube. Tremont did the same. They are sick bastards but I can respect that. They locked up with neither getting the early advantage. They exchanged shoulderblocks and stiff headbutts. They grabbed bats embedded with tacks and began hitting each other with stiff shots. Tacks were flying everywhere. Tremont was bleeding from the forehead. Abby used a barbed wire bat to Tremont's forehead. Abby then placed tubes inside Tremont's singlet and used a karate chop to shatter them. I shudder at the idea of taking bumps with crushed glass INSIDE my tights. Tremont was slammed and hit with a Vader splash out of the corner. Kobayahi missed an elbow with a tube coming down under him. Tremont nailed him with tubes and drilled him with an elbow for a two count. Tremont drilled Abby and whipped him into the corner. He nailed a hard leaping splash into the corner. He placed a light tube collection against Abby's face. A facewash failed to break it so Tremont hit a cannonball in the corner. Nice save. He carved up Kobayashi's face with a thumb tack bat. Kobayashi was nailed with a light tube. Tremont went to the top but was nailed from behind by Hyde with this massive light tube contraption. A piece of glass hit me in the sixth row. Tremont kicked up out of a slew of offense including a shining wizard. Abby came off the top with an elbow dropping a light tube across Tremont and finally scored the pinfall. Kobayashi took the mic and said, "I come back America!" He told Tremont, who he called "young boy" that he's "strong" in the ring. He then said that DJ Hyde was a "c***sucker" and a kiss ass. Tremont chased Hyde out and to the back, trying to get his hands on him. Abby promised to win the tournament. The crowd was into him in a big way because he's a completely violent freak show attraction. This was designed to give Tremont some continued credibility and edge as a tough guy and it worked.
In a non-tournament Fans Bring the Weapons match, Joe Gacy defeated Ryan Slater in a Fans Bring the Weapons match. They beat the living hell out of each other with a ton of of crap people brought to the show.
In a Semi-Final, Drake Younger defeated Danny Havok in what was billed as a Caribbean Spider Web Death Match. They went nose to nose at the bell and then exchanged forearms. They did some wrestling early. It was weird to see that under these circumstances. Younger was hit with a suplex into a wood and barbed wire structure, crushing some light tubes in the corner. Havoc covered him for a two and then nailed an quebrada for another two count. He slammed Younger on tubes for another near fall. He poured out a bucket of light bulbs and broken glass. They went back and forth until Younger nailed a spinebuster on the glass then turned him over in a sharpshooter on the glass. Ouch. Younger nailed a standing vertical suplex into the glass for a two count. Younger nailed an Angleslam on tubes for another two count. Younger bulldogged him for another near fall. He went for the vertebreaker but Havoc escaped and rolled him up for a two count. They tumbled over the ropes to the floor and battled on the outside. Younger was nailed with a chair and sent into the rail. Havoc brought another wood and barbed wire structure into the ring. Younger swept his leg onto some tubes and then piledrove him on a tube outside on the apron. Younger bridged the wood and barbed wire structure between two chairs in the ring. He forced Havoc's face into the barbed wire and went to the top. Havoc battled to the top but was nailed with a twisting sit-down slam through the wood and barbed wire. Younger beat him over the head with a tube. They battled back and forth until Younger drilled him with a Death Valley Driver over the tubes. Havoc came back to use Younger's own finisher in a frightening vetebreaker on tubes for a near fall. Havoc placed a wooden structure made up of carpet strips and barbed wire between the ring and the guard rail. They battled on the top until Younger nailed a driver off the top through the structure. They finally returned to the ring but Havoc kicked up after two. A final structure made of tubes and barbed wire was brought into the equation. Younger blew a fireball at Havoc for a two. Havoc came back to hi a back suplex through the final structure for a two. Younger placed some light tubes bridged two chairs and lit them on fire. He nailed a vertebreaker thru them for the pin. That was sick. Awesome, brutal match.
In a semi-final, CZW champion Masada defeated Big Japan champion Abdullah Kobayashi in what was billed as a Big Japan Death Match. They brawled right out of the ring and into the crowd, around the crowd and towards the production truck before returning to the ring, with the audience surging as they chased them. When they returned, Masada used acupuncture needles and stabbed them in Abby's head, leaving him looking like a punk rocker with a wooden Mohawk. Quite the sight to see. Masada ripped at his face and locked in a camel clutch. The crowd chanted for Kobayashi. They went back and forth until Masada stuck the needles inside Abby's face and cheek. He drilled him with a chair and then threw another in his face. Abby fired back but was cut off. Masada pulled out a bed of nails from one of the corners. Kobayashi fired back and used the needles on Masada's head, then tossed others out across the crowd. Souvenirs! He then beat the needles into Masada's head, like Abdullah the Butcher would do with a fork. Obviously, the plasma was flowing. They battled around the bed of nails until Masada nailed a monkey flip onto it and Kobayashi's arm and shoulder landed hard on the nails. OUCH. Abby shoves Masada's head into it. Masada came back and worked Abby into a corner. He placed a glass pane in front of him and after a failed effort, shattered it into Kobayashi with a roaring elbow. The glass ripped up Masada's arm, similar to how Sabu's arm was ripped open in the barbed wire match against Funk. They ran and got masking tape to tape up the wound with a towel but the blood was just gushing from underneath. Abby backdropped Masada onto the bed of nails for a two count. He headbutt a tube into Masada's face and then placed the bed of nails upside down with the nails driving into Masada's body. He came off the top, smashing it down with a forearm into Masada. He went for the Vadersplash out of the corner but missed. Masada brought the board of nails and bulldogged Abdullah onto it. He placed it nails down on Abdullah, then slammed a cinder block down on it, driving the nails in. He then smashed a second cinder block onto the first, shattering it. Masada finished off Abby with a moonsault onto the board, driving them into Kobayashi and scored the pin. Awesome, sick match. Afterward, Kobayashi challenges Masada to a rematch down the line, only for their belts. Sounds good to me.
They took a second intermission to set up the main event and to give EMTS on hand a chance to check out Masada's injury and tape him up to go for the main event. The promotion took a long time wasting time to give themselves a chance to insure he would be OK to go, at one point teasing that they wouldn't have the final.
DJ Hyde came out and announced that as owner, he wasn't letting Masada compete as he wasn't going to allow Masada to risk his life and the promotion for the fans. Isn't that the entire point of a Death Match tournament. Hyde ripped on the fans and Drake Younger, already waiting in the ring, when Masada, selling that he could hardly move his arm, demanded to wrestle and said they could do it unsanctioned, since Hyde was claiming neither he nor the State would sanction it. Masada said this was CZW, so who cared about being sanctioned, saying he'd leave that to those "f**s, Ring of Honor."
CZW champion Masada defeated CZW Junior Heavyweight champion Drake Younger to win the 2012 Tournament of Death in a no ropes, barbed wire match that saw two sides of the ring exposed with barbed wire nets bridged between the apron and the rails.
They locked up and Younger immediately began working over Masada's bad arm, which was all taped up with crimson seeping through. Masada reserves the armwringer and tries to send Younger into the barbed wire but Younger saves himself. Younger uses a reverse rollup on Masada for a two count but when Masada kicks up, he kicks Younger into the wire hard. He shoves Younger's face into the wire. Younger fires back and sends Masada into the wire, where it nearly breaks apart under his momentum. Younger nails him with a light tube and digs the broken, jagged edge into Masada's bad arm. He nails a tube over his bad arm. Masada fires back with a series of stiff shots with a pair of water jugs connected by a stick and covered in tacks. He scored a two count. They battle over a suplex into the wire and finally Younger is draped across the wire and caught up in a scary moment. They go to cut him out but he says he can free himself. While trapped, he's beaten with a series of tubes to the head by Masada. Masada dug the broken tubes in his face but was nailed and worked over on his bad arm. Younger was whipped into the ropes and kicked in the mid-section, flipped over onto tubes, which he shattered. Younger came back to hiptoss Masada out of the ring onto one of the barbed wire nets. Masada came up with his calves all ripped up and bloody. Younger, on the floor, rams Masada's bad arm and shoulder into the ringpost and tubes. They battle on the floor and make their way around the ring to the other net. Masada pulls Younger up through the barbed wire and chokes him. Back in the ring, Younger blocked a Masada superkick and caught him with a slam on the tubes. Younger went for his DVDR but Masada kicked him low. When that happened, it was as if Younger gave up on trying to be fair to Masada due to the injury, was that he immediately nailed a double stomp onto tubes laid out over the bad arm. Younger clips barbed wire and wraps it around Masada's waist while trying to force a submission. They battle back and forth until Masada hits a high cross body on Younger, sending them out of the ring and into the barbed wire net. They needed to be pulled out of the net and back into the ring. Younger nails a series of moves on tubes but Masada keeps kicking out. A log cabin light tube structure is brought into the ring. Masada nailed him with an exploder into it. Younger comes back to lock a cross armbreaker on Masada's hurt arm but he fights his way out biting Younger's leg to break it. Masada locks on a STF. Younger fights to break free and fights off blacking out when a chair is added but finally taps.
After the match, Younger praised Masada. DJ Hyde came out but was nailed with a huge light tube contraption from behind by Matt Tremont, finally getting his hands on Hyde. Hyde recovered and entered the ring, praising Masada, then laying him out by saying that he was the baddest man in CZW, not anyone else. This led to all the other tournament competitors hitting the ring and in a wild scene, demolishing Hyde with light tube weapons. One of the shots cut him deeply under the arm and he was rushed backstage and an ambulance was called to take him to the ER. As of this writing, no update.