Hi there, I’m Fowl Original and I’m writing this while I watch the main event of Jimmy Lloyds Degeneration F. An event which featured a wide range of different styles of wrestler and wrestling matches.
The match I’m watching as I write this is a Deathmatch between Colby Carino and Atticus Cogar. I have not seen these 2 fellas before but have seen many Deathmatches in my time. This kicked off with Colby Carino piercing a hypodermic syringe through the throat and neck of his opponent Atticus Cogar. It was uncomfortable to watch but I’m pretty enthralled by the match. Colby is adept at dealing out the damage. Atticus is a bloody mess pretty quickly. His bleached blond hair and face drenched in blood early into this contest. Deathmatches aren’t for everyone but this is a great one in my opinion. Light-tubes, thumbtacks, flaming tables and all the extravagance that a deathmatch fan like me wants. The quips and enjoyment from commentary are the icing on the cake. Atticus would come out the victor even if he didn’t look like it by the end.
This show also featured many other match ups which immediately made me pay attention. Calvin Tankman was just phenomenal as usual and when I first saw him on GCW’s The Wrld On 2 earlier this summer. That feels like a lifetime ago now. Charlie Starboy was just an ball of pure energy and really shone tonight. He has a bright future even if he didn’t win the match tonight, he put on a stellar performance. Another surprise win of the night for some was Jimmy Lloyd, the event booker and one it was named after against AJ Gray. This absolute firestorm of a match also impressed me and even more surprising was that AJ Gray would come away the victor.
AJ Gray is the booker, organiser and one, if not the driving force behind the For The Culture event. This event will help to showcase and give a platform to underrepresented black talent. I’ll be talking more about that show tomorrow as it will help to cap off the first night of this weekend long affair.
The banner of The Game Changer Wrestling or GCW Collective 2020 weekend behemoth. There are 12 events in this showcase of the best of the independent wrestling scene of 2020.
The Collective was originally due to happen over WWE WrestleMania 35 Weekend earlier this April but of course due to the global pandemic they could not go ahead with the event. This would have been almost a one week event running in tandem with the WWE events. With the WWE events becoming empty arenas the opportunity was gone until further notice. This was a major blow to fans, promoters, wrestlers and the whole industry which helps to bring independent wrestling to the public. The event was never cancelled and fans have been patiently waiting for its return even in a slightly different format to allow for current social distancing and safety precautions. This weekend it makes it’s return.
Game Changer Wrestling has been pivotal in helping talent to have a platform, with sometimes marginalised and forgotten members of the wrestling fandom see wrestling they want to see. They were the first promotion in North American to bring fans back in a safe and responsible way earlier this summer. Their GCW The Wrld 2 event in an open air setting, masks enforced and monitored was the blueprint for many others today.
The Collective, 12 event weekend long festival of sorts helps to represent the smorgasbord, that independent wrestling has to offer in 2020. From Effy’s Gay Brunch to Joey Janela’s Spring Break 4 to Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport to Shimmer Women’s Wrestling to Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport. There’s something for every taste of wrestling fan and a chance to sample something you may not have ever gone out to watch before too. The eyes of the wrestling world will be on these shows and I’ll be watching aswell.
I’ve been looking forward to The Collective for sometime now and the first event hasn’t disappointed. With the WWE 2020 Draft starting tonight on Smackdown. I’m sure many will be upping their games all over the wrestling world to make sure they have the highlight GIF. We’ve got some delightful action to look forward too this weekend. As a wrestling fan I’m very happy, as someone who just worked a very stressful week at a new job, I’m ecstatic.
I’ll be posting quick updates on here every now and then over this weekend. Work has been quite the adventure recently, learning a lot of how to time manage so I will be challenging myself to get out as much as I can. If not here I’ll be tweeting over on @fowl_original on twitter.
Also shoutout to JPQ who I saw with his name on the Canvas during the show. Big Paws On A Pup, this is frickin’ awesome dude. You can follow him on Twitter @BigPawsOnAPup
Enjoy the shows and I’ll type to you soon,