Indie News: GCW presents events from Joey Janela, Josh Barnett, and Orange Cassidy as part of The Collective (w/Radican’s Analysis)

By Sean Radican, PWTorch Columnist


Correction: Only GCW Presents Orange Cassidy is doing Something or Whatever will air live on The other GCW events below are available on iPPV or as part of The Collective package on Fite TV. I apologize for the error.

GCW is putting on several big events as part of WrestleMania week under The Collective Banner. The headline events are Joey Janela’s Spring Break 3: Part 1 on April 4 and Spring Break 3: Part 2 on April 6, Josh Barnett presents Bloodsport on April 4, and Orange Cassidy Does Something or Whatever on April 6. Each event will air live from White Eagle Hall in New Jersey.

Here are the lineups below:

GCW Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport (April 4)

Time: 4 p.m. EST

  • Dominic Garrini vs. Phil Baroni
  • Hideki Suzuki vs. Timothy Thatcher
  • Killer Kross vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  • Frank Mir vs. Dan Severn
  • Minoru Suzuki vs. Josh Barnett
  • Simon Gotch vs. J.R. Kratos
  • Masashi Takeda vs. Jonathan Gresham
  • Andy Williams vs. Chris Dickinson

GCW presents Joey Janela’s Spring Break 3: Part 1 (April 4)

Time: 8 p.m. EST

  • Death Match: Masashi Takeda vs. Jimmy Lloyd
  • Shinjiro Otani vs. Nick Gage
  • Invisible Man vs. Invisible Man
  • Final Battle: The Battle for Ethan Page’s Soul and Dignity as a Wrestler and a Human Being: Ethan Page vs. ???
  • TAKA Michinoku vs. Orange Cassidy
  • A-Kid vs. Jake Atlas vs. Shane Mercer vs. Australian Suicide vs. Slim J

GCW Presents ‘Orange Cassidy is doing something or whatever (April 6)

Time: 12 p.m. EST

  • Jonathan Gresham vs Shinjiro Otani
  • Teddy Hart’s Reading Rainbow
  • 1 Minute Time Limit: Chuck Taylor vs. Trent
  • Ultramantis Black vs. Nick Gage
  • 5 O’Clock Somewhere Last Person Standing Match: Martina vs. Nate Webb
  • Lumberjack Swamp Monster Match: Shotzi Blackheart vs. Saraya Knight vs. Allie Kat vs. Kris Statlander
  • 7 out of 13 Falls Match: Logan Easton Laroux vs. Chris Brookes
  • Jigsaw vs Deppen vs Defarge vs Lucky vs Champion vs Atlas vs Air Wolf

GCW presents Joey Janela’s Spring Break III: Part 2 “The Greatest Clusterf–k” (April 6)

Time: 11:59 p.m. EST

  • LA Park vs. Masato Tanaka
  • The Rock’N’Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) vs. LAX (Santana & Ortiz)
  • The Greatest Clusterf–k match: Essa Rios, Parrow, Arik Cannon, Crowbar, Nate Webb, and Brendan (Lead Singer of Wheatus).

Other talent announced includes Ophidian, Jeff Farmer, and Necro Butcher.

Radican’s Analysis: These shows are going to be a ton of fun. Joey Janela’s Spring Break has become the signature independent wrestling event of WrestleMania weekend with crazy matches that you would never think would happen anywhere, but Janela and GCW manage to pull names from the past both indie and non-indie like The Rock’N’Roll Express, Essa Rios, Necro Butcher, Crowbar and more. The atmosphere for the two Spring Break events should be incredible. 

Orange Cassidy has gotten a lot of buzz on the independent scene recently and he has his own show this year as well. It’s got a crazy mix of matches that I can’t wait to see play out. UltraMantis Black vs. Nick Gage is something I never imagined I’d see on a stage like this and Teddy Hart’s Reading Rainbow should be insane. 

Bloodsport is being put on by Josh Barnett this year after Matt Riddle was the headline name putting on the show last year. This show is physical and it should be great. I’m really looking forward to Minoru Suzuki vs. Josh Barnett. Frank Mir vs. Dan Severn should be insane as well. 

You’re definitely going to want to watch these shows on or if you’re picking and choosing which indie events to watch during WrestleMania week. They’re going to be a ton of fun. 


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