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GCW War Ready live results: Nick Gage vs. Minoru Suzuki

Minoru Suzuki's U.S. tour continues as the night after taking on Chris Dickinson at Josh Barnett's Bloodsport, he faces former GCW Champion Nick Gage for the very first time at War Ready.

The event is GCW's second straight in Los Angeles, California.

Gage is coming off a loss to champion Jon Moxley in a death match at this month's Fight Club show while Suzuki is 4-0 in GCW action the last two months.

The GCW Tag Team titles will be on the line as the Second Gear Crew of Mance Warner and Matthew Justice will face the debuting Jay and Mark Briscoe who made a surprise appearance at the Fight Club show to make the challenge.

In another debut, Mexican wrestling star Psycho Clown will take on EFFY.

The rest of the eight-match card will see former MLW Champion Jacob Fatu teaming with Juicy Finau vs. Chris Dickinson and Starboy Charlie; AJ Gray vs. Dark Sheik; Arez vs. Ninja Mack; Jordan Oliver vs. Nick Wayne, and Jonathan Gresham vs. Alex Zayne.

Our live coverage begins at 11 PM Eastern.


Eight-Way Scramble: Allie Katch defeated Gringo Loco, Lucas Riley, ASF, Matt Vandagriff, Gaston, JTG, and Eli Everfly

This match served as a shot of adrenaline to open the show, in this sense, a relatively usual GCW scramble. From bell to bell, this match was all gas, no breaks.

After all of the suspected competitors were announced, music played. Out walked Allie Katch, inserting herself in the match. 

The match opened with Katch surrounded by all of her competitors. Katch went for a knife but was promptly interrupted by the rest of the wrestlers. This is where the match broke down into a typical GCW scramble—the eight-way featured tons of individual interactions and spectacular moves integrating into a digestible sequence. After plenty of dangerous and exciting moves, the ring was cleared for Katch to land a piledriver and secure the win. 

Alex Zayne defeated Jonathan Gresham

Zayne and Gresham melded their styles into a cohesive match, it was quite fun.

The match opened with Gresham asking Zayne to arm wrestle. After Zayne rejected the offer, the match began at lightning pace. Almost as soon as it started, Zayne landed a dive on the outside. Zayne's momentum was short-lived, however, as Gresham regained control after out wrestling Zayne from the mat. 

On the mat, Gresham stretched and contorted Zayne, paying attention to multiple body parts. Zayne eventually fought to a standing position, where he gained spaced with a strike of his own. Zayne momentarily gained the advantage, but after his flipping kick, he lost control to Gresham on the mat once more.

Zayne fought under the ropes, escaping from a tight crossface. Gresham paused in his follow-up, allowing Zayne to connect with a strike. This initiated a back and forth that left both men grounded. Gresham capitalised on a prone

Zayne, landing a tope. Zayne quickly responded with a knee before the two tried for quick rollup wins. After multiple attempts, Gresham tried for a jackknife pin that Zayne stuffed, turning it into a pin of his own. Gresham was trapped, leaving Zayne with a sudden victory. Zayne outwrestled, at least in the last three seconds, the best pure wrestler on the planet. 

AJ Gray defeated Dark Sheik

Gray is fantastic, this is clear every time he steps in a wrestling ring, but Sheik’s performance was also excellent in this match. Were there moments of questionable delivery? Sure, but Sheik fully delivered emotionally. 

Gray opened the match with a headlock. From the mat, Gray lost control to Shiek but dropped her mere moments later. Gray tried for multiple strikes, but Shiek ducked them all, responding with quick kicks. Sheik then walked the top rope before delivering a rana. 

A flapjack opened Shiek up for a nasty senton from Gray. Gray chopped Shiek to the ground, mocking her pain as she fell to the mat. A spinning kick sent Shiek to the outside. Shiek played possum, allowing her to land a quick move to slip back into control. 

A leg drop from Sheik resulted in a near fall. Gray interrupted Sheik’s attempted follow-up with a chokeslam/powerbomb combination for a near fall of his own. Gray climbed to the top, where Sheik met him. Shiek landed a DDT and a pump handle, another near fall. 

Sheik and Gray travelled to the top rope once more. This time Gray connected with a superplex, and again, Sheik kicked out. Gray hit his lariat; Sheik kicked out at one. Gray tried for another lariat, but was met with a groin punch. Gray responded with a spinebuster, lariat, and splash. This time Sheik failed to kick out. 

Chris Dickinson and Starboy Charlie defeated Jacob Fatu and Juicy Fatu 

This was up to the mark. A tag team match with all the fundamentals with an excellent feel-good ending followed by a brutal post-match beatdown. I.E. textbook pro wrestling. 

This match started with a brawl before the bell. Charlie hit a dive, Dickenson a dropkick, Juicy a tackle. The opening moments were action-packed. 

Carlie interrupted attempted interference with a rana to Jacob. Juicy responded with a double lariat. With Charlie and Juicy alone in the ring, Juicy was in total control; this continued after Jacob entered the fray. 

After minutes of total domination, Charlie escaped a powerbomb to tag in Dickenson. Dickenson unloaded on Jacob and Juicy. Dickenson hoisted Jacob up and delivered a brainbuster for a near fall.  

A fatigued Charlie tagged back into the match. A deadlift German suplex from Dickenson allowed Charlie to lock in a crossface that Juicy was forced to break up. This time, Dickenson didn’t allow Charlie to be destroyed by his opponents; no, he had a door. Dickenson tried to fight off both Juicy and Jacob, but Jacob put him through his own door. 

Jacob pulled Charlie onto his shoulders and delivered a Samoan drop; Charlie kicked out. Charlie was lined up for a chair shot but avoided the attack, allowing the chair to crash into Jacob. Charlie then grabbed the remnants of the table and levelled Juicy. Charlie then hooked the leg and pinned Juicy for an upset in his favour. 

The victory celebration was cut short by Juicy and Jacob, who left the victors laid out before leaving the ring. Charlie was the focus of the attack; he required help out of the ring.

Jordan Oliver vs Nick Wayne

Oliver, in an untypical fashion, almost played the veteran in this match over his younger opponent. As Wayne tried to toy with Oliver, Oliver avoided the bait. Oliver also used his size to his advantage, delivering powerful moves on the smaller Wayne. A backbreaker/suplex combination left Oliver with a near fall. 

After chopping Wayne across the ring, Wayne connected with a quick headbutt. A back elbow, enziguri, seated dropkick, and fisherman suplex lead to a two count for Wayne. Wayne, perhaps in desperation, climbed to the top rope. Enter Atticus Cogar.

Cogar pushed Wayne to the floor, but his main target was Oliver. Cogar dropped Oliver with a low blow before walking to the back. Cogar returned to the ring with barbed wire wrapped furniture. He flattened Oliver with the weapon before cutting a promo where he declared GCW was “built on the blood of deathmatch”, as opposed to the style of Oliver and Wayne. Cogar then announced his participation in the upcoming Nick Gage Invitational Tournament. 

GCW Tag Team Championships: Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe defeated Mance Warner and Matthew Justice (c) 

This was madness. The absolute insanity of this match makes it hard to evaluate. At the very least, it was high-intensity wrestling that one couldn’t look away from. 

Warner and Mark opened the match with back and forth striking. Jay tagged into the match and levelled Warner. Justice met a similar fate as the Briscoes connected with a double shoulder tackle. 

After securing an early lead, the Briscoes went to the outside to toss chairs into the ring. Warner and Jay traded share strikes before the match broke down into a four-way chair war. Justice tried for a dive but missed; he took a disgusting fall into a chair. With their opponents down a man, the Briscoes destroyed Warner with a chair, now dawning a crimson mask. 

Justice managed to interrupt the Briscoes only to receive an insane dive from Mark moments later. However, this was enough of a distraction as Jay was driven face-first into a chair moments later by Warner. Warner caught Mark with a chair on his way back into the ring, cornering him with a chair in a corner. Justice came off the top to deliver coast to coast. Very soon after, Justice landed a second cost to cost, this time with a flip.  

Warner, now with a door, hoisted Jay to the top rope. A superplex drove Jay through the door just in time for a Justice splash. Mark broke up the pin that followed. 

All four men rose to a standing position and began trading strikes—the Briscoes connected with a powerbomb cutter on Justice after flattening Warner for a convincing near fall. The Briscoes then hoisted Warner to suplex him outside, but Justice interrupted the move with a spear. The spear sent Warner and the Briscoes into two doors propped up outside of the ring. 

Justice grabbed a chair and tried to hit Jay. Jay avoided the move, and Justice flattened Warner with the chair instead. Jay hit his driver for another near fall. After the kickout, Jay hit another driver on a chair. Mark then lept from the top rope with an elbow. This time there was no kick out. The Briscoes are GCW Tag Team champions. 

Effy defeated Psycho Clown

The ace of AAA, who’s also a clown, against Effy—what a bizarre matchup. It definitely acted as a unique showcase of wrestling culture. This was action dense and silly, I.E. exactly what you would expect of a Clown/Effy match.

The match started with a playful back and forth. This ended when Clown threw Effy to the outside, where he landed a tope. Clown threw Effy again, this time into the front row of chairs. 

Effy cut off Clown’s second attempt at a tope with a pump kick. Effy then tied Clown into the ropes and taunted him with erotic hip movements. Effy grabbed Clown with a double nipple twister before “dropping the bomb” for a two count. Clown responded with a spinning forearm that left Effy grounded. 

A discus lariat from Clown allowed him to climb to the top rope. From the top, Clown delivered a springboard moonsault. Effy managed to escape a slam by securing a choke mid-move, but instead of following through with the choke, Effy tried to remove Clown’s mask. Clown fought Effy off, threw him to the outside, and landed another tope, deep in the crowd. Clown then split Effy’s legs and drove him into the ring post. 

Back in the ring, Effy escaped a cradle and delivered a famouser before Clown could follow up. The two then climbed the top rope, where Clown regained control, landing a one-man Spanish fly. Clown then pulled out a strap and began to spank Effy; Effy liked it. Effy then tried to kiss Clown but missed, instead, kissing the referee. Effy then turned around and rolled up Clown for the win.  

After the match, Clown thanked the fans in attendance. 

Minoru Suzuki defeated Nick Gage

When Suzuki’s 2021 tour of the Americas was taking shape, and GCW was a more than prominent stop for him, one match stood out as a must happen. This is that match. 

The match delivered in every conceivable way. It felt like something out of WWC circa the late 80s with the passion of a Nick Gage audience. It was a brutal, unpredictable, and dramatic war. It was a genuinely special outing to fill out Suzuki’s tour of the states. 

Following the bell, Suzuki and Gage entered a staredown. Suzuki struck first, but Gage answered with a strike of his own. The pair traded blows; Suzuki won out. Gage travelled to the outside, where the men continued to trade blows, now amongst the crowd. Gage threw Suzuki into the chairs; Suzuki responded by initiating a back and forth with, not with forearms, but headbutts. Lost in the sea of fans, Suzuki hit Gage with a metal bucket. 

Gage worked his way back to the ring, where he dug his fingers into the eyes of Suzuki. Gage then used the fans, having them hold chairs that he threw Suzuki into. Back in the ring, Suzuki gained advantage, locking in a heel hook that nearly rendered Gage unconscious. Gage fought into the bottom rope in defiance of Suzuki’s submission mastery.

Suzuki tried to flatten Gage with a chair, but Gage ducked; the chair hit the referee instead. Gage hit a choke breaker, resulting in a visible pin, but with no referee, the match continued. Gage threw a chair at Suzuki after propping up a door; Suzuki caught the chair and flattened Gage with it. Gage tried punching out Suzuki, but Suzuki avoided the strike and locked in the choke. Gage again avoided unconsciousness. Suzuki hoisted Gage on top of his own door/chair monstrosity, where he delivered the Gotch piledriver. The Gotch piledriver through the door was enough for Suzuki to pin Gage and secure the win. 

After the final bell, Suzuki and Gage stared down, teasing a rematch.