Combat Zone Wrestling returned to action Saturday night at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ for the promotion’s 15th Anniversary show. CZW drew a huge standing room crowd, the largest non-Cage of Death crowd ever for the promotion since their 2012 return to New Jersey, and one of their largest overall in years; estimated at over 1,000 fans.
Before you just read the match results below, consider what 15 years of continual operation means. It means making payroll. It means fighting with venues, and State Athletic Commissions, and other promoters who don’t like you,and a thousand other things. If you’d like to read in detail about that, check out the article on the Philadelphia Inquirer website at this link for a surprisingly honest story from David Markland (aka DJ Hyde) on the trials and tribulations of running an independent promotion.
Now for the results…
Tommy Dreamer came out to welcome the crowd. He announced that Ruckus wasn’t there, and that Biff Busick injured his knee won’t be in the four way, which is set up to establish a #1 contender for a title match next month. Dreamer also announced an unannounced free main event. DJ Hyde came out, told Dreamer he was the boss, and Dreamer’s boss. Hyde got the usual “d%$#@bag” chants and was described by Dreamer as “Charlie Brown in a nice suit”.
DJ Hyde then got on the mike andannounced 2 Tournament of Death 13 participants: Danny Havoc and Big Japan’s Jun Kasai. DJ Hyde then acknowledged that he had promised an induction into the CZW Hall of Fame; and then proceeded to induct himself into the CZW Hall of Fame; comparing himself to Chris Hero and Sick Nick Mondo. BLK Jeez came out, in a sort of face turn, called him a “biggest piece of shit” and slapped DJ. BLK Jeez then added himself to the four way.
Late match saw Hyde DJ interfere by beating up BLK Jeez (followup to the earlier confrontation). Move of the match was Drake Younger hitting a death valley driver onto the ring apron on AR Fox Post-match, Younger said to Dickinson and Fox that this is “their CZW and it’s their time”.
Nice, fast-paced match with Gulak working Styles’s legs and ribs.Gulak clearly kept up with the former TNA Champion, which was ruined to an extent with a DQ finish as Kimber Lee nailed Styles with a belt shot as Styles had Gulak set up for a Styles Clash. This match ended in a DQ which caused post-match clustermess and AJ Styles nailing Kimber Lee and Drew Gulak with the Styles Clash.
Until next time….
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