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GCW “The Art Of War Games 2” (2022) (Wrestling Review)


The Art Of War Games 2

Hoffman Estates, IL

Sept. 3rd, 2022


DDT Extreme Title Two Ring Ladder Scramble Fuckfest Match
Joey Janela (c) vs. Gringo Loco vs. Mike Bailey vs. Shane Mercer vs. Tony Deppen vs. Cole Radrick vs. Drago Kid vs. Dante Leon

A fun scramble match but also with its fault. Started off a bit wonky and had a lot of sloppy moments. Some really big spots in the final minutes of it though helped a lot. Felt like some guys sort of went in a lot of this a lot compared to others though. 

3 / 5

Singles Match
Alex Shelley vs. Blake Christian

Some good story telling with Alex working over Blakes arm. The issue is that I just find Blake, especially since his return to the Indies, to be a complete bore to watch. Alex sadly is the same way. The final moments were good until Blake won with a roll up after this all. 

1.5 / 5

Tag Team Match
Jordan Oliver & Nick Wayne vs. Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis)

Great finishing move to end the match. Everyone held their own here and made Oliver not incredibly boring. Wayne is really good but his moves just rarely look like they connect. Some really brutal looking spots here too. Shocked at the ending too which was a nice surprise. 

3 / 5

Internet Title Match
Matt Cardona (c) vs. Jimmy Lloyd

Cardonas promo to this took way too long. A boring squash match mostly. Crowd didn’t care.

.5 / 5

Singles Match
Charli Evans vs. Sawyer Wreck

For being a death match this had a super slow start and most of the match was that same way. Once it became a normal deathmatch it was solid and both women are great in them. Both bled a bunch from a gusset spot. Just the pacing sort of killed this. 

2.5 / 5

GCW Tag Team Title Five Way War Games Match
The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe) (c) vs. Alex Colon & John Wayne Murdoch vs. BUSSY (Allie Katch & Effy) vs. Los Mazisos (Ciclope & Miedo Extremo) vs. The Second Gear Crew (Mance Warner & Matthew Justice)

This was just a bloodbath spot filled match. Every team had their time, every team got insane spots and took insane damage, and every team earned the right to call themselves great deathmatch wrestlers. Justice doing a flip off of the railing of the scaffold was just insanity. The falls off of scaffolds, the tubes, the doors, everyone just pouring blood, and people legit rag dolling off the scaffold. This was well worth the 45 minute intermission. 

4.5 / 5

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