Brent Porche

Brent Porche

Brent Porche

Once the 2023 Atlantic City Beer Fest wrapped up, I took a quick walk down the boardwalk to the Showboat for some hardcore Game Changer Wrestling action! For the past 8 years now, GCW’s “Tournament of Survival” event falls right around my birthday weekend. The event features some of the craziest hardcore wrestlers from the tri-state area and  all over the country. They battle it out in very violent, death-match-style fights.

The winners of each match go on to face each other until there is one man (or woman) left standing at the end of the night. These hardcore death matches are brutal and feature barbed-wire, thumb tacks, light bulbs, large panes of glass, massive ladders and many other “weapons” that are  legal to use in each of the matches.

Game Changer Wrestling dubbed Sunday’s event dubbed “Cage of Survival 2”. It featured ‘The Badboy’ Joey Janella vs. El Desperado, Vikingo vs. Ninja Mack, Masha Slamovich vs. Rina Yamashita and more. The latter match is a Cage of Survival match. They battled through broken glass, barbed wire, light bulbs and more, including exchanging some fisticuffs atop 2-story high scaffolding.

Game Changer Wrestling (GCW) was originally founded in 1999 as Jersey Championship Wrestling (JCW) by Ricky Otazu. In 2015, Danny Demanto and Brett Lauderdale purchased JCW and rebranded it as GCW. Lauderdale has been the driving force behind GCW’s success since 1999, and he has helped to make the promotion one of the most popular independent wrestling promotions in the world.

Game Changer Wrestling  organizes  in New Jersey every year, with the next hardcore weekend coming up August 19th & 20th at The Showboat in Atlantic City.

Viewers can watch Game Changer Wrestling events live at FiteTV+.

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Joey Janella vs. El Desperado

A bunch of the pictures I took from ‘Cage of Survival 2’ are featured below, and yes, that is real barbed wire.


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