Preview: GCW – The Last Ones Left (5/4/19)

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Game Changer Wrestling (GCW) heads into Saturday in Summit, Illinois a day removed from The Block is Hot from Asbury Park, New Jersey, but they’ve got another great card to keep the action flowing. Not listed below but announced to appear also includes KTB, Isaias Velazquez, Ego Fantastico and AJ Gray. The Last Ones Left airs live on Fite.tv at 9pm EST.

Orin Veidt vs. Eric Ryan

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He’s only 24-years old, but Orin Veidt is coming into his own as a tough-as-nails grappler perfect for GCW’s vision. A regular with Minnesota’s Midwest All-Star Wrestling (MAW) who also fights with IWA Mid South, Freelance Wrestling and more, he clashes with Midwest veteran Eric Ryan, a longtime star with Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW). Ryan has found a rougher edge to his character in GCW the past few years and will be looking to keep his momentum going.

Markus Crane vs. John Wayne Murdoch

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Two intense dudes lock horns in what is sure to be a physical contest. Markus Crane recently won the Unsanctioned Pro Hardcore Championship for the second time in Ohio, and the beast has been causing carnage in GCW since 2016. He’s stepping into a violent realm when he tangles with 16-year pro and longtime IWA Mid South veteran (and 5x IWA Mid South Heavyweight Champion) John Wayne Murdoch. There’s a lot of potential for blood and violence on this card, and this match, in particular, will be one of the least pretty of them all.

Alex Colon vs. Jimmy Lloyd

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A 2x Hardcore Hustle Organization (H2O) Champion, Alex Colon has been gaining huge strides in GCW of late, with a big win over former Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) World Champion Joe Gacy and strong recent showings in losses to FREEDOMS Champion Jun Kasai and GCW World Champion Nick Gage. Colon is looking to continue a strong 2019 by facing “The Prince of American Hardcore” Jimmy Lloyd, who has gone from early show upstart to one of the top emerging stars on the US hardcore/deathmatch scene.

Shane Mercer vs. Jake Atlas

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Another longtime IWA Mid South veteran and former IWA Mid South Heavyweight Champion, Shane Mercer made his GCW debut earlier this year and he’s facing one of the West Coast’s fastest rising stars in Jake Atlas, the reigning PCW ULTRA ULTRA Light Champion. He’s taking off on the West Coast with PCW ULTRA, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), Bar Wrestling and more, and made his own GCW debut last year. Easily one of the names to watch in 2019, and a real clash of styles who could potentially steal the show.

Marko Stunt vs. Tony Deppen

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Marko Stunt made his huge return from injury at Joey Janela’s Spring Break 3 over WrestleMania week, with a victory over Janela himself, and since then has faced his brother Logan Stunt, Jimmy Lloyd, and MJF (whom he defeated last night at The Block is Hot). One of 2018’s breakout stars, Stunt faces a different kind of opponent in Tony Deppen. Deppen has been a GCW staple the past year, as well as strong work with CHIKARA, and last night had arguably match of the year (and maybe the month already) against Jonathan Gresham at The Block is Hot.

Joey Janela vs. Orange Cassidy

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Joey Janela fell just a bit short in his attempts to end Nick Gage’s 500+ day reign as GCW World Heavyweight Champion, but it showed Janela back in his entertaining stride. On Saturday night he’s facing the Independent Wrestling Champion Orange Cassidy in a non-title match, but it’s a match-up of two of the US indies biggest cult stars. The Clown Prince of Hardcore and the Crown Prince of Lethargy run on two very different speeds, but it has all the makings of an absolute classic.

GCW World Championship: Nick Gage (c) vs. Mance Warner

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Nick Gage managed to hold on to his World Championship against Joey Janela on Friday night, but he’s one of the indies most fighting champions, putting it right back on the line tonight. It’s going to be a bloody masterpiece as he faces off against former CZW World Champion Mance Warner in an absolute stunner of a main event. Warner is now competing on TV with Major League Wrestling (MLW) and is a star in the making.

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