Game Changer Wrestling
AcronymGCW
FoundedJanuary 1999 (original)
September 2013 (revival)
StyleHardcore wrestling
Shoot style wrestling
HeadquartersNew Jersey, U.S.
Founder(s)Ricky Otazu
Owner(s)Ricky Otazu (1999–2004, 2013–2015)
Brett Lauderdale and Danny Demanto (2015–2019)
Brett Lauderdale (2019–present)
FormerlyJersey Championship Wrestling (1999–2015)

Game Changer Wrestling (GCW), formerly known as Jersey Championship Wrestling (JCW), is an American independent professional wrestling promotion based in New Jersey. The promotion was originally founded by Ricky Otazu in 1999, it was rebranded under its current name in 2015, after a sale to Danny Demanto and current owner Brett Lauderdale. The promotion specializes in hardcore and "death matches", as well as mixed martial arts-inspired shoot style matches.

GCW has since grown from running shows based in New Jersey, to holding events across the United States, as well as internationally in Japan and Mexico. Annual events include "Backyard Wrestling", Bloodsport, Joey Janela's Spring Break, the Nick Gage Invitational, and the Tournament of Survival.

History

As Jersey Championship Wrestling

Jersey Championship Wrestling (JCW) was founded by independent wrestler Ricky Otazu, also known by his ring name of Ricky O,[1] in January 1999 in New Jersey.[2][3] JCW ran their first show on January 29, 2000, in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.[4] Later that year, JCW hosted the inaugural Jersey J-Cup, which featured many of the top independent wrestlers of that period.[5] They would continue to host the tournament until 2004, when JCW was sold to rival company National Wrestling Superstars (NWS).[6]

The promotion would remain dormant for nearly a decade until September 2013 when, after the closure of National Wrestling Superstars,[7] Otazu reclaimed the rights to JCW and reopened the promotion.[6] In April 2014, JCW opened its own training school in North Bergen.[8] Later that year, JCW would return to hosting the Jersey J-Cup.[9]

2015–present: Rebranding as Game Changer Wrestling

In June 2015, Jersey Championship Wrestling rebranded itself to Game Changer Wrestling (GCW)[3] after being purchased by Brett Lauderdale and Danny Demanto.[10] Since the buyout, GCW began to predominantly feature hardcore wrestling and continued to enjoy success in the New Jersey Wrestling scene. GCW became known for producing several tournaments featuring independent wrestlers; including the Nick Gage Invitational Ultraviolent Tournament,[11] the Tournament of Survival[12] and the Acid Cup.[13]

In March 2017, GCW produced Joey Janela's Spring Break show in Fern Park, Florida.[14] This would become an annual tradition for the company.[15] GCW would begin to expand throughout the United States and hosted its first show in Los Angeles in November 2018, titled To Live and Die in LA.[16] In April 2018, GCW partnered with Matt Riddle to produce Matt Riddle's Bloodsport, a show that fused professional wrestling and mixed-martial arts rules.[17] Bloodsport would take place twice more in 2019, this time with the partnership of Josh Barnett.[18][19][20][21] In August 2019, GCW embarked on a two-day tour of Japan.[22]

In December 2020, GCW attempted to end their partnership with streaming platform Independent Wrestling TV (IWTV), later moving their content to FITE TV. In 2021, IWTV sued GCW for breach of contract.[23][24]

On January 23, 2022, GCW held the sold out The Wrld on GCW event, their debut at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The event marked the first GCW event to air on traditional pay-per-view outlets.[25][26]

On February 7, 2022, GCW had signed Nick Gage to a contract which is the first & only contract that GCW will offer. The contract was only offered to Gage because he has been a huge part for the rise of GCW. "This is a major milestone moment for both Nick and GCW. I have always been against the idea of contracts in GCW but there are exceptions to every rule. From day 1, Nick has put his body, and literally his life on the line for the fans inside the squared circle. He deserves, and has earned the right to be rewarded for 20+ years of hard work and sacrifice. This historic contract will do just that, allowing him to continue his in-ring career at a pace that is beneficial to his health, while beginning to focus on opportunities that take him towards the next phase of his career. GCW would not have achieved the level of success it has without Nick F'N Gage, and we are proud to be able to say that GCW will remain Nick's home for the rest of his career," Lauderdale said.[27]

Roster

Nick Gage
Rina Yamashita

Game Changer Wrestling's roster consists mainly of independent freelancers.

Wrestlers

Ring name Real name Notes
1 Called Manders Steve Manders
2 Cold Scorpio Charles Bernard Scaggs
AJ Gray Addison James Gray
Alex Colon Alexander Colon
Alex Zayne Alex Brandenburg
Allie Katch Allison Woodard
Arez Jonathan Gonzalez
ASF Antonio Garcia
Axton Ray Unknown
Bandido Unknown
Blake Christian Christian Hubble
Bobby Beverly Unknown
Calvin Tankman Christopher Heyward III
Ciclope Unknown Tag Team Champion
Charlie Tiger Unknown
Chris Dickinson Christopher Torre
Cole Radrick Joey Hodge
Dante Leon Unknown
Demonic Flamita Unknown
Eddy Only Unknown
Effy Taylor Gibson
Ellis Taylor Unknown
Eric Ryan Unknown
G-Raver Brandon Graver
Gregory Iron Gregory Allen Smith
Grim Reefer Michael Corcoran
Gringo Loco Charles Santos
Homicide Nelson Erazo
Jack Cartwheel Jack Cartwright
Jimmy Lloyd James Lloyd
Joey Janela Joseph Janela Extreme Champion
John Wayne Murdoch Unknown
Jordan Oliver Jordan Oliver, Jr.
Josh Barnett Joshua Lawrence Barnett
Miedo Extremo Unknown Tag Team Champion
Mance Warner Unknown
Mark Briscoe Mark Pugh
Matt Tremont Matthew Tremont
Marko Stunt Noah Nelms
Matthew Justice Matthew Hannan
Nate Webb Unknown
Nick Gage[28] Nicholas W. Wilson World Champion
Nick Wayne Unknown
Ninja Mack Brenden McAleavey
PCO Carl Ouellet
Rickey Shane Page Unknown
Rina Yamashita Unknown UltraViolent Champion
Shane Mercer Shane Goode
Starboy Charlie Charlie Hilder
Tony Deppen Anthony Deppen
Yoya Unknown

Championships and accomplishments

Current championship

As of January 21, 2023

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes Ref.
GCW World Championship
Nick Gage 2020.jpg
Nick Gage 3 October 8, 2022 105 Atlantic City, New Jersey Defeated Jon Moxley in a title vs. career match at GCW Fight Club: Night 1. [29]
GCW Tag Team Championship
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Los Mazisos
(Ciclope and Miedo Extremo)
3
(3, 3)
October 22, 2022 91 Detroit, Michigan Defeated Mega Bastards (Alex Colon and John Wayne Murdoch) at GCW Drop Dead. [30]
GCW Ultraviolent Championship
山下りな2020
Rina Yamashita 1 August 13, 2022 161 Atlantic City, New Jersey Defeated Alex Colon at GCW Homecoming: Part 1. [31]
GCW Extreme Championship
Joey Janela Oct 2019 (cropped).jpg
Joey Janela 1 October 9, 2022 104 Atlantic City, New Jersey Defeated Cole Radrick in a winner takes all match, where Jenela defends his DDT Extreme Championship at GCW Fight Club: Night 2. [32]

Former championships

Championship Date of entry First champion(s) Date retired Final champion(s) Years active Event
GCW Women's Championship November 23, 2003 April Hunter June 3, 2016 Deonna Purrazzo 13 GCW
JCW Light Heavyweight Championship April 14, 2000 Judas Young April 10, 2004 Kahagas 4 JCW
JCW Six Man Tag Team Championship November 4, 2000 CJ Brock, Crazy Ivan and Dave Greco November 4, 2001 CJ Brock, Crazy Ivan and Dave Greco 1 Payback Time
JCW Television Championship April 14, 2000 Kevin Knight February 22, 2004 Moondog Wenzel 4 JCW

Championship history

GCW Extreme Championship

GCW Extreme Championship[33]
Details
PromotionGame Changer Wrestling (GCW)
Date establishedSeptember 13, 2013
Current champion(s)Joey Janela
Date wonOctober 9, 2022
Other name(s)
  • Jersey Championship Wrestling (JCW) Tag Championship
    (2013 – 2015)
  • GCW Extreme Championship
    (2015 - present)
Statistics
First champion(s)Bandido Jr.
Most reignsAlltitleholders
Longest reignPCO (1,225 days)
Shortest reignSteve Scott (42 days)
Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
<1 Reign lasted less than a day
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
Jersey Championship Wrestling (JCW)
1 Bandido Jr. September 13, 2013 Extreme Title Tournament Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 1 505 [34]
2 Steve Scott January 31, 2015 JCW Manville, NJ 1 42 This was a four-way match which also involving Frightmare and Lucky tHURTeen. [35]
3 Pinkie Sanchez March 14, 2015 JCW Howell, NJ 1 391 [36]
Game Changer Wrestling (GCW)
4 Smiley April 8, 2016 GCW Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 1 568 [37]
5 Tony Deppen October 28, 2017 Worst Behavior Howell, NJ 1 315 This was a four-way match which also involving Eli Everfly and Zenshi. [38]
6 PCO September 8, 2018 Nick Gage Invitational 3: Thy Kingdom Come Villa Park, Illinois 1 1,225 This was a four-way match which also involving Gringo Loco and Nate Webb. [39]
7 AJ Gray January 15, 2022 Say You Will Hoffman Estates, Illinois 1 195 [40]
8 Cole Radrick July 29, 2022 The People Vs. GCW Nashville, Tennessee 1 72 [41]
9 Joey Janela October 9, 2022 Fight Club
Night 2
Atlantic City, NJ 1 104+ [32]

GCW Ultraviolent Championship

GCW Ultraviolent Championship[42]
Details
PromotionGame Changer Wrestling (GCW)
Date establishedApril 10, 2021
Current champion(s)Rina Yamashita
Date wonAugust 13, 2022
Statistics
First champion(s)Alex Colon
Most reignsAlex Colon
(3 reigns)
Longest reignAlex Colon
(138 days)
Shortest reignMasashi Takeda
(19 days)
Oldest championAlex Colon
(36 years, 360 days)
Youngest championDrew Parker
(23 years, 207 days)
Heaviest championAlex Colon
(189 lb (86 kg))
Lightest championRina Yamashita
(154 lb (70 kg))

Reigns

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 Alex Colon April 10, 2021 Planet Death Ybor City, FL 1 105 Defeated Lucky 13 to become the inaugural champion. [43]
2 Drew Parker July 24, 2021 Homecoming Weekend - Night 1 Atlantic City, NJ 1 93 This was a Winner-takes-all match where Parker's BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Championship was also on the line. [44]
3 Masashi Takeda October 25, 2021 BJW Tokyo, Japan 1 19 This was a Halloween From Hell Death Match [45]
4 Alex Colon November 13, 2021 Nick Gage Invitational 6 Summit, IL 2 138 This was the Nick Gage Invitational 6 finals [46]
5 John Wayne Murdoch March 31, 2022 Joey Janela's Spring Break 6 Part 1. Dallas, TX 1 66 [47]
6 Alex Colon June 5, 2022 Cage of Survival Atlantic City, NJ 3 69 [48]
7 Rina Yamashita August 13, 2022 Homecoming: Part 1 Atlantic City, NJ 1 161+ [31]

Combined reigns

As of January 21, 2023.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 Alex Colon 3 312
2 Rina Yamashita 1 161+
3 Drew Parker 1 93
4 John Wayne Murdoch 1 66
5 Masashi Takeda 1 19

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