Hot Take – Why GCW Matters
Professional wrestling is too pretty for you these days? Too many pretty lights and LED screens? Too over-produced? Too slick? Not enough realism for you? Tired of pro wrestling that sounds like bad play acting and looks like it's been over-choreographed?
Well, walk past the globally distributed, multimedia presentation that is your professional wrestling nightmare being held in a half-empty arena and walk down that dark alley, past the broken bottles and graffiti-strewn brick walls to find the pro wrestling of your dreams, GCW, as you stand shoulder-to-shoulder in a dark, gritty club where chaos is the norm and the mosh pit surrounding the ring are those like you, who live and die for smashmouth pro wrestling playing out before their eyes ..
Much like a punk band fighting its way out of the underground clubs and into the mainstream consciousness, Game Changer Wrestling has exploded like an atom bomb out of New Jersey, presenting events across the globe, from Chicago to Tokyo to Los Angeles to Texas and all points beyond.
While most pro wrestling companies have been homogenized in their presentation , GCW pushes the boundaries. They are the Blumhouse Studios of pro wrestling, bringing back the horror and the shock to a genre that has all but turned away from the violence that is its essence in its unbridled form.
In your face, bloody bluntness has allowed the promotion to cultivate a blue collar, loyal following unlike anything in the world of modern day professional wrestling. These fans scream for action, for violence, for blood, for real men and women throwing down and GCW delivers that, and more, in spades.
GCW is a mysterious enigma of a promotion
They arrive, they present their show for the true, disenfranchised, underground professional wrestling fan and then like the mighty Godzilla, storm through the town, leaving chaos and excitement in their wake as everyone marvels at what they witnessed and when they might have a chance to witness it again.
GCW is not designed to be perfect
It's designed to punch you in the face. It's designed to make you shake your head. It's designed to make you live vicariously through their combatants, to feel the rush to adrenaline and bloodlust. To be taken on a roller coaster ride, like no other. It's not meant to be pretty. It's meant to make you feel something. You aren't seeing Metallica in Madison Square Garden, you are seeing The Ramones in CBGB.
Just as important as their rise to greatness, GCW has forced themselves into the conversation as an important piece of the pro wrestling world. It has become where stars become born in the promotion's unique element – Joey Janela and Marko Stunt for example – stand mighty against the winds that are traditional pro wrestling in 2020, because they don't downplay or hide who they are in a world where slick and filtered has become the norm.
GCW has also become the Ellis Island of professional wrestling. PCO today stands atop Ring of Honor as World Champion, but that is something that never would have happened had GCW not existed. The promotion brought him back from the fringes of professional wrestling in Canada and provided a haven and a spotlight where the French Frankenstein could shock the world, push himself beyond all expectations and begin his journey back to the mainstream. Without GCW, there is no PCO as fans see him today.
It is only in GCW where battles can be waged without the ring even present. Where men and women can take to the air and to the streets at once. Where tables and chairs are mundane in a battlefield featuring doors and barbed wire. Where the biggest star is Nick Gage, the king of Murder Death Kill.
FITE has become the exclusive home for GCW, providing the only true window into the brawling, the brazen, the criminal and the majesty that is GCW.