Preview: Bar Wrestling 52 – Bar Wrestling vs. GCW (1/23/20)

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Bar Wrestling presents their 52nd show on January 23rd and this time they go to war with GCW. GCW kicks off their double-header in Los Angeles with this event as well. The best-known stars for both of these promotions will clash at Bar Wrestling vs. GCW. Which promotion will reign supreme?

Chris Bey (Bar Wrestling) vs. Blake Christian (GCW)

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In a match just made in the last days before the show, we have the Ultimate Finesser Chris Bey representing Bar Wrestling against the high-flying sensation Blake Christian of GCW. Bey was originally scheduled to take on Rich Swann, who went down with an injury. Stepping up to the plate is one of the newest stars born out of the outlaw promotion, GCW. His matches with Alex Zayne and most recently Jordan Oliver have set the Internet ablaze. Bey and Christian have crossed paths only once before, in a six-way scramble match. This will be their first singles encounter. Bey is the current Without A Cause Champion and has made appearances for ROH and IMPACT Wrestling in the last year, in addition to his many indie appearances. At Bar Wrestling vs. GCW we’ll see which of these rising stars will rise past the other.

Rust Taylor (Bar Wrestling) vs. David Starr (GCW)

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In another first-time match for Bar Wrestling vs. GCW we have Rust Taylor taking on David Starr. Brian Cage was originally scheduled to be Starr’s opponent, but had to scratch due to injury. Taylor is a 15-year veteran, based on the West Coast but has recently received some opportunities with wXw in Germany. He’s been part of Bar since their 27th show and is one-half of the Soul Burners with Tomaste. Starr will be making his Bar Wrestling debut with this show. He is mostly based in Europe these days, but he does make appearances in the US with GCW being one of those promotions. Starr’s political outspokenness along with technical wrestling prowess and some familiarity with ultraviolence makes him perfect to represent GCW. This should also be an interesting mesh of styles and could be the sleeper match of the event.

Joey Ryan & Taya Valkyrie (Bar Wrestling) vs. EFFY & Chris Dickinson (GCW)

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Joey Ryan may be more infamous for his Dick Flip antics, but he is part of the very foundation of SoCal independent wrestling. He is one of the people who founded PWG and Bar Wrestling. Joey can appreciate more than some just what Brett Lauderdale and crew have done and continue to do with GCW. That being said, he’s not going to just roll over and let another company come into his venue and rule the day. Ryan will team with former IMPACT Knockouts Champion and fellow Bar Wrestling staple, Taya Valkyrie.

These two have teamed before on several occasions, but without any success. They look to turn that around as they take on the team of EFFY and the Dirty Daddy, Chris Dickinson. EFFY and Dickinson haven’t teamed together before, but have been opponents. They’re also both familiar with Joey Ryan, both as teammates and opponents. The wildcard is Valkyrie, who has not crossed paths with either EFFY or Chris Dickinson. La Wera Loca is not intimidated by anyone, man or woman. At Bar Wrestling vs. GCW we’ll see one team finally get a win together.

RockNES Monsters (BHK & YUMA) (Bar Wrestling) vs. Eli Everfly & Tony Deppen (GCW)

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There is more tag team action in store for Bar Wrestling vs. GCW! Mainstay team for not only Bar but the SoCal indie scene, the RockNES Monsters of BHK and YUMA are a well-oiled machine. They’ve been together for over ten years as a team, through several promotions such as PWG and Championship Wrestling from Hollywood. Eli Everfly and Tony Deppen have teamed together once before and were not successful. Everfly also has tangled with the RockNES Monsters as a whole and YUMA in singles action before. Deppen has yet to come up against either BHK or YUMA, so he could prove to be the difference-maker.

Ray Rosas, Andy Brown, Heather Monroe & Dom Kubrick (Bar Wrestling) vs. Rickey Shane Page, Jimmy Lloyd, Gringo Loco & Mance Warner

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A staple of GCW shows is scramble matches and/or large multi-person tag team matches. Bar Wrestling will be keeping with that theme with an eight-person tag team match. Ray Rosas, Dom Kubrick, Andy Brown and Heather Monroe will represent the Bar Wrestling side. On the GCW side, things get more interesting. The dastardly GCW Champion Rickey Shane Page will team with other members of the GCW roster. He recently went to war with Mance Warner at Take A Picture. Warner and Jimmy Lloyd have teamed together before in Bar Wrestling and were victorious. The various unique styles in this match will prove to create a fun experience as part of Bar Wrestling vs. GCW.

WATTS (Bar Wrestling) vs. Nick Gage (GCW)

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The king himself, Nick Gage will also be in action and he will surely have some of his MDK gang members in attendance. Wherever Gage goes, members of his gang will be there to support him. To defend GCW, he will take on the big nasty WATTS. Of course, WATTS’ history on WWE’s latest Tough Enough reboot will continue to dog him. However, it should be noted that in his regular wrestling appearances, his performances are much more memorable. WATTS is the current CWFH Heritage Heavyweight Champion as well. As for Gage, he’s Nick fucking Gage. His historic reign as GCW Champion spanned 722 days before AJ Gray was finally able to topple him. Gage is also very protective of GCW as a whole, which makes him the perfect representative at Bar Wrestling vs. GCW.

The announced card may be small, but it packs a lot of potential for great matches. There is also the possibility of some added surprises and shenanigans. Anything is possible when Bar Wrestling goes to war with GCW. You can watch Bar Wrestling on-demand on Highspots, Powerslam.TV, and their own streaming service.

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