2018

GCW Presents: Joey Janela's LA Confidential (2018)

Promotion: GCW

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Venue: The Hi-Hat

Attendance: ???

Rating: 77%

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GCW Presents: Joey Janela’s LA Confidential is a professional wrestling event that took place on November 16th, 2018. It was presented by Game Changer Wrestling and Joey Janela. It was held at The Hi-Hat in Los Angeles, California. The commentary was provided by the awesome Kevin Gill. Proceeds from the tickets and streams on FITE-TV are going to the victims of the devastating wildfires that are ravaging the West Coast. This event featured some pretty heavy names and promised to be one hell of an event.

The Great Sasuke vs. DJ Z - Singles Match (79%)

The Light Bright Luchador takes on a legend in the business, The Great Sasuke. This match was pretty good. DJ Z looked like he had a lot to prove, and wanted to make Sasuke sorry for accepting the bout. This match had all sorts of exciting twists and dives. If you are a fan of high-flying wrestling, then this opener would be right up your alley. Keep your eyes open for the Tornado DDT from the DJ booth to the ring.

Jungle Boy vs. Tony Deppen - Singles Match (83%)

These first two matches were very fast-paced. Tony Deppen was a good heel, but Jungle Boy’s face pop blew the roof off of the place. These two looked great in the ring. Deppen didn’t do much to stand out, aside from pissing off the crowd. Jungle Boy was very quick and agile. The crowd loved him and showed their appreciation.

Brody King vs. “Hardcore” Holly - Singles Match (75%)

Brody King is a heavy hitting mother fucker. That guy has ham-hocks and he just throws them around with reckless abandon. Bob Holly is another legend in the business. His work with the WWF/E is truly Hall of Fame worthy. This match wasn’t anything too special. Both guys laid it in pretty tightly. Holly was kicking ass. But our man Brody King was just a bit more hardcore.

Human Tornado vs. Penelope Ford - Singles Match (85%)

This was a return match, of sorts, for Human Tornado. A former PWG alum who had been wrestling part-time for the past few years. Penelope Ford is a CZW regular, and the second half of Joey Janela. We had recently seen her at the NWA 70th Anniversary Show. These two were primed and ready to have a really fun match. Tornado started things off with his usual dance-off. The match saw Tornado trying to mess with Ford both mentally and physically. He destroyed her. If you are not a fan of seeing intergender wrestling, then this would definitely be a trigger for you. Ford would eventually get a few hope spots in. This got the crowd solidly behind her while jeering the dastardly Human Tornado.

Ethan Page vs. D’Lo Brown - Battle for Ethan’s Soul (80%)

Joey Janela has been messing with Ethan Page since Joey Janela’s Spring Break. This match is no exception. “All Ego” Ethan Page has been cast into a Battle for Ethan’s Soul match against the 4x WWF European Champion, D’Lo Brown. Both guys looked crisp. D’Lo was really impressive. He looked like he had gotten old, but age gets to us all, right? Ethan Page was smarmy and easy to hate. He got under the crowd’s skin early on and didn’t do himself any favors with a laughable version of The Rock’s, People’s Elbow. I was really impressed with D’Lo in this match. It made me really miss seeing him in the old WWF. Check out D’Lo bust out a perfect moonsault and other things from his reporté.

Chase Owens vs. Delilah Doom vs. Facade vs. Jake Atlas vs. Jimmy Lloyd vs. Kikutaro vs. Takeshi Minamino - Scramble Match (68%)

Many different styles are clashing here in this Seven Person Scramble match. It’s hard to cover a match like this other than saying it’s a clusterfuck. Delilah Doom, Jimmy Lloyd, Facade and Jimmy Lloyd were all really impressive. Kikutaro was hilarious as usual and Takeshi Minamino was a tough son-of-a-bitch. It’s that damn Chase Owens that acted like a jerk the entire match. This thing had something for everyone. It was entertaining, fun, and full of botches.

Jacob Fatu vs. KTB - Singles Match (65%)

Jacob Fatu is a tremendous professional wrestler here in California. He has fought for promotions like Hoodslam, APW, PCW and now GCW. KTB, or Kyle the Beast, is a regular at GCW and has been for a very long time. This match got pretty hardcore, but the stream kept skipping and wouldn’t allow me to enjoy the match. It’s a bummer since it looked like a great bout. From what I saw, Jacob Fatu is going to be going places. He looked awesome out there. Far from the guy I saw last year at the All-Pro Wrestling Cow Palace show.

Eli Everfly vs. Marco Stunt - Singles Match (50%)

Both of these guys went hard as fuck! Maybe a little too hard AF. Eli Everfly and Marco Stunt showcased some death-defying aerial stunts that really kept you on the edge of your seat. Watch when they start diving onto chairs on the outside of the ring. It’s nuts! Marco would start to get an advantage, but Everfly would dive onto him and squash it. Most of the match took place outside of the ring and unfortunately it wasn’t really happening on camera. It was a bad ending for the match and looked even worse for poor Marco Stunt. Apparently, he broke his fibula after a bad Canadian Destroyer on the outside. The match was stopped and he was immediately rushed to the hospital.

Nick Gage vs. David Arquette - Death Match - GCW Heavyweight Title Match (55%)

I had no idea what to expect. Deputy Dewey from the Scream franchise is in the ring against a recently released felon, and GCW Champion, Nick Gage. I wouldn’t go anywhere near Nick “Fucking” Gage, let alone get in a ring with him. Arquette got in a few shots, but Gage is a stiff as nails fighter. The champion. Nick Gage took Arquette to a level that he had never been too. But that isn’t to say that Arquette wasn’t impressive. He had some really good moves. He shows a lot of heart, and it looks like he really wants to be a wrestler. David Arquette has a long way to go, but it wasn't that horrible. He looked better than he did in WCW. This turns out pretty much the way we all expected it to go. Arquette gets his ass kicked three ways from Sunday. He gets bloodied and destroyed with tables, chairs, light-tubes, a pizza-cutter… the whole nine yards. We even get run-ins from Joey Ryan and The Messiah. THE MESSIAH!

I live in California and it’s really tough to see the state I love on fire. A lot of people had lost their lives and even more, are still missing while the Woolsey and Camp Fires are raging on. I hadn’t expected to order this event, but couldn’t pass it up when I saw that some of the proceeds were benefiting fire relief charities here in Cali. It’s a really nice thing for a wrestling promotion to do. I love independent wrestling and these GCW shows are fantastic. Star-studded and full of great matches.

This whole thing was really interesting. I loved seeing some of these younger fighters taking on so many veterans of the ring. It was great seeing Bob Holly and D’Lo Brown kicking ass. I had a great time watching the comedy spots in the scramble match. But the match of the night had to go to Human Tornado and Penelope Ford. Those two really wowed the crowd and put on a hell of a match. I was disappointed by the Hardcore Holly/Brody King match, but it still had some good spots. The double Main Events were not the greatest. Better than average. But so many unnecessary risks. What the hell was Marko Stunt and Eli Everfly thinking when they took the match out into the crowd and away from the cameras? Why did Stunt agree to take that Canadian Destroyer through a door and onto the bar floor? What the hell was with Everfly’s tongue! Then in the Arquette/Gage Deathmatch, why did Gage take it to that level? The announcer made reference to the Mass Transit Incident, that’s almost exactly what this was. Arquette is pretty green and still has a long way to go. Gage knows this. I know he is a bad motherfucker, but come on. Who the hell does he think he is? New Jack? David Arquette loves wrestling and has the heart for the business. He respects it and wants to succeed. There was no need whatsoever for Gage to take it to that level. The light tubes should have never been introduced. It could have been a good enough affair in the ring and with the chairs at ringside. Nick Gage had no regard for Arquette whatsoever. It was kind of gross.

NWA 70th Anniversary Show (2018) - Nashville, Tennessee

Promotion: NWA

Date: October 21st, 2018

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Network: FITEtv

Rating: ★★★¼

NWA 70th Anniversary Show is a National Wrestling Alliance professional wrestling event that took place on October 21st, 2018. It was held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Featuring an NWA Heavyweight Title rematch between the champion, Cody Rhodes and challenger, Nick Aldis. The NWA Women’s Champion Jazz will be defending her title. And a single night tournament for the vacant NWA National Heavyweight Championship. The commentary was provided by Jim Cornette, Tony Schiavone and lead man, Joe Galli. I am watching the replay copy on FITE TV.  

This was the first NWA SuperShow in ten years. It’s a low-budget production so I expected a good deal of sound and camera issues. The NWA didn’t disappoint. A lot of silent promos and audio issues. The camera work was alright but the overall production seemed rushed. The downtime in between matches seemed chaotic and unorganized. There was a random music video for some jabroni wrestler named Ricky Starks that seemed weird and out of place. But, it was funny to see Jim Cornette almost have a coronary over his segment. The Penelope Ford promo was great too. That had a fun production slip-up.

Sammy Guevara vs. Colt Cabana vs. Scorpio Sky vs. Sam Shaw - Four-way elimination match, NWA National Heavyweight Championship Tournament Round 1 (72%)
This was a fantastic bout that could have gone to any competitor. Sammy Guevara looked amazing. He showed off tremendous high-flying skills. Scorpio Sky and Colt Cabana were filler. They had some fun spots, but nothing that counted as any serious offense. Sam Shaw had the most to prove and he did it. At some points, it looked like Cabana, Sky and Guevara would gang up on Shaw, but he overcame it.

Barrett Brown vs. The Laredo Kid (75%)
The second match on the card is a fast-paced light-heavyweight bout. The Laredo Kid from AAA looked great. His moonsault plancha to Barrett Brown on the outside looked crisp. Barrett Brown looked good too. Both guys showcased some interesting offense.

Ricky Starks vs. Willie Mack vs. Mike Parrow vs. Jay Bradley - Four-way elimination match, NWA National Heavyweight Championship Tournament Round 1 (68%)
This was the second four-way elimination match of the evening. This one had less star power with Starks, Parrow, and Bradley, but it didn’t really matter. It was heavy-hitting. Parrow and Bradley started things off by belting each other with bricks and putting their strength on display before Parrow was eliminated by that slimy vermin, Ricky Starks. Bradley wasn’t much outside of that slobberknocker with Parrow. He was quickly dispatched. Then it came down to Willie Mack and Ricky Starks. You knew Starks wasn’t going to make it.

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Peter Avalon vs. Tim Storm - Kiss My Foot Match (76%)
If you have been keeping up with the NWA series, 10 Pounds of Gold, then you might be familiar with this feud. “Professional” Peter Avalon stole a victory from Tim Storm on a past episode. Tim Storm “...is built like a brick outhouse,” according to Jim Cornette. He looked great in this WWE style comedy match. Peter Avalon got in some good offense and actually showcased some decent wrestling. But Tim Storm is The Perfect Storm. The after match antics were good. I loved seeing the referee make a decision that if Avalon doesn’t kiss Tim Storm’s foot, then he would have to pay $10,000.

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Jazz vs. Penelope Ford - NWA Women’s Title Match (70%)
Woah! Earl Hebner is the referee for this match! Jazz looked badass in her entrance. I loved it. She even had a working pre-match hype video. It made me a fan. Penelope Ford had a boring entrance. But she still looked ready for NXT. This was a hard hitting match that both women looked great in. Jazz was bringing the heat, but Ford had the moves. Seriously impressive gymnastic moves from her. I liked this match so far the most. Then the ending happened. Yikes. Hebner needs to retire. He ruined the whole thing.

Willie Mack vs. Sam Shaw - NWA National Heavyweight Title (79%)
This one was hot right out of the gate. Willie Mack ambushed Sam Shaw during his entrance as revenge for a beatdown that Mack took earlier in the evening. Both guys put on a hell of a match. Sam Shaw is going to go places if he can develop a personality. He was impressive. He beat the hell out of Willie Mack. It looked vicious. He was mean and calculating. While Willie Mack was high-impact and fleet-footed. He looked amazing. It’s crazy to see someone that’s his size, moving like that. He wins the title with a stunner. Great match.

The War Kings (Jax Dane & Crimson) vs. The Kingdom of Josephus (Shannon Moore & Crazzy Steve) (63%)
This is another match that had hijinks setup on 10 Pounds of Gold. Josephus had challenged The War Kings and created a ruse to help debut his new team, The Kingdom of Josephus, Crazzy Steve & Shannon Moore. I was surprised. This turned out to be an okay match. A few flubs and botches, but nothing major. Jax Dane is a powerhouse. I had always been interested in seeing his matches. I wasn’t that impressed with Crazzy Steve. Shannon Moore did alright. I think The War Kings work well together. I like them being managed by Road Warrior Animal.

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Cody vs. Nick Aldis - Two-out-of-Three Falls Match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (79%)
All of the former NWA World Champions had come out to the ring before the competitors. It was a cool detail, but it was kind of weird to see Jax Dane out there, sweating up the joint. Nick Aldis had an amazing entrance with Kamilla Kaine. The champion, Cody Rhodes, came out to a great pop. I am a big Cody Rhodes mark. The match was average. They went through the usual spots and worked for the crowd. Crisp looking moves. Aldis delivered some awesome looking suplexes. Nick Aldis wins the first pinfall and then the action really picks up. The fight moves outside in deep into the crowd. The crowd goes nuts as things get a bit hardcore. The shenanigans pick-up too. It’s unfortunate. The table spot was a bit cool, but the manager interference was not needed. Cody picked up the second fall after that table spot. It looked nasty. Their fight for the third fall was intense. They traded finishers before Nick Aldis pulled out a surprise victory.

  1. Colt Cabana vs. Sam Shaw vs. Sammy Guevara vs. Scorpio Sky
    NWA National Title Tournament - First Round
    ★★★

  2. Barrett Brown vs. The Laredo Kid
    ★★★¼

  3. Ricky Starks vs. Willie Mack vs. Mike Parrow vs. Jay Bradley
    NWA National Title Tournament - First Round
    ★★¾

  4. Tim Storm vs. Peter Avalon
    Kiss My Foot Match
    ★★★¼

  5. Jazz vs. Penelope Ford
    NWA Women's Title
    ★★★

  6. Willie Mack vs. Sam Shaw
    NWA National Title Tournament - Final
    NWA National Heavyweight Title
    ★★¾

  7. The War Kings vs. The Kingdom of Jocephus
    ★★½

  8. Cody vs. Nick Aldis
    Two-of-Three Falls Match
    NWA Heavyweight Title Match
    ★★★¼

The night was so much fun. I liked seeing James Ellsworth and legends like Blue Demon Jr., Road Warrior Animal, Magnum T.A., and Dory Funk Jr. Jeff Jarrett’s speech was cringy and the NWA National Title looked horrendous, but the matches were great. Willie Mack is really deserving of the gold. He has been on the independent scene for years. Sam Shaw was really impressive. As was The Laredo Kid and Penelope Ford. The whole damn night was impressive. It was an average show, but it had some great surprises and treats for true wrestling fans.

If you are a fan of the WWE product (RAW, Smackdown, NXT, etc....) then there are a few matches for you. But please forgive the production. I know it’s hard. The silent gaps are weird and awkward. But this show has heart and it carries a lot of weight. The NWA has been on an upswing ever since Billy Corgan bought it. The web series 10 Pounds of Gold started this resurgence. If you aren’t familiar, please do yourself a favor and watch that. It helps develop a storyline that can assist fans in identifying with the competitors. This is a must watch for true wrestling fans.