#Preview: GCW Presents Orange Cassidy is doing something, or whatever who knows

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Every year during Wrestlemania week, a number of wrestling promotions both large and small converge on the city where WWE’s big event is happening and present numerous events for fans of the grappling game to enjoy. This year the annual show is taking place in New Jersey, the home state of Game Changer Wrestling, and so GCW is taking the opportunity to present a number of shows, some of their own and some in coordination with other organizations. One of them is creatively titled ‘Orange Cassidy is Doing Something, or Whatever, Who knows?’, and is taking place at noon on Saturday, April 6th.

The title is meant to imply the show is just being thrown together, and to an extent that may be accurate, as this show is taking the spot of another event that GCW was co-promoting with NOVA PRO. The reasons for NOVA PRO canceling their planned show don’t need to be rehashed here, but the result is that a hole was left in the schedule when the announcement was made just three weeks ago that the show was canceled. So GCW has put together this event, which will take place at the same venue as the one that was canceled, and will honor all tickets to that show. The event, though, is being ‘run’ by Orange Cassidy and looks like it will be a unique, fun card in the spirit of Joey Janela’s Spring Break show that has become an annual Wrestlemania week tradition. A number of interesting matches have been announced on social media over the last three weeks, and it looks to be a fun card that GCW regulars or fans traveling from out of town can enjoy. It will also be available for streaming via the FiteTV app. Here is Pro Wrestling Post’s preview for Orange Cassidy Is Doing Something, or Whatever, Who Knows?

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It is unknown as of this writing if the plan is for Hart’s two cats Mr. Velvet and Caspian to engage in in-ring combat. After all, Tom of Tom and Jerry can be looked at as a key influence on hardcore wrestling with his frequent use of weapons in creative fashion. Should that not take place, though, fans in attendance or watching online can look forward to have a few moments of relaxation as they listen to Teddy Hart tell stories, perhaps the kind his grandfather Stu told in his famous Dungeon.

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Best Friends collide in another match with a unique stipulation. It is likely that some of their friendly hugs that take place during their tag team bouts last longer than the time limit for this match. The question is, if this match goes match goes to a time limit draw, as seems inevitable, how much time might be added? 5 seconds? 15? Or will it be called a draw and the one minute match will be followed by a five-minute hug? Another question is if this match will be slated back to back with the best 7 out of 13 match, in order for the fans in attendance to a little bit of everything. NOTE: it took longer than a minute to write this preview.

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Frankly, the title of this match suggests that the victor will not be the one still standing after brutal combat, but the last one standing after many, many alcoholic beverages are downed. Lending support to that speculation is that Martina ‘The Session Moth’ is not only known for being a rising star who has performed all over her native UK, for wXw in Germany and for Stardom in Japan, she is also known for her fondness for imbibing. Nate ‘Spyder’ Webb is a veteran of hardcore and death matches over his 20 year career, so the opportunity to dull his aches and pains with alcohol could be appealing. It will bear watching to see how this match actually plays out. Those in attendance should beware, though, as Martina is known for some poor behaviour after overindulging, so all the men in attendance, besides Webb, best beware.

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Right off the bat, it should be noted that GCW has publically made the caveat that this match is not actually endorsed, approved or sanctioned by Jansport; perhaps some of the competitors carry their ring gear in bags made by the company though. That being said, the winner will receive the prestigious prize of a gift certificate to the Friendly’s restaurant chain. It is certainly an interesting mix of characters in the match. Jake Atlas has been standing out all over the independent circuit and is a rising star destined for big things. Air Wolf, who is only 19 years old, has also been making a name for himself. Conversely, Dan Champion and Lucky 13 are long-time indie veterans. 13 is best known for his matches in CZW, and the ‘NeoShooter’ is no stranger to brutal matches both there and in H20 Wrestling. 

Champion meanwhile has laced his boots for too many promotions to name, with Excellence Professional Wrestling out of Pennsylvania being his most frequent venue. Sonny DeFarge, Tony Deppen and of course Jigsaw all have the common thread they have been prominent members of the CHIKARA roster, which should tell everyone the element they bring to this match. So throw together rising stars, veterans of hardcore wrestling and some that will bring a humorous element and you have the recipe for a very interesting match. Perhaps an interesting enough recipe to be served at Friendly’s

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This should prove to be another distinct contrast in styles. Nick Gage is likely the current wrestler most deserving of the title ‘King of the Death Match.’ He first built that reputation in CZW, unsurprisingly, but has wrestled in hardcore combat all over North America, with GCW being is primary home. Conversely, UltraMantis Black has been involved in CHIKARA from its very beginning, and brings a very different approach and presentation to the ring. If you’re wondering why ‘Yuletide’ is contained within the title of a match that is taking place in April, it is because Black is a renowned Christmas aficionado who has Christmas symbols tattooed all over his arms. It may prove traumatizing for fans to see those tattoos bloodied after Gage uses his trusty fluorescent light tubs and barbed wire baseball bat, but perhaps Black will be able to get him in the spirit of the season.

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This fatal four-way match features four prominent female stars on the independent circuit. Blackheart has performed all over, including in SHIMMER and in Impact Wrestling, impressing crowds wherever she has gone. Allie Kat has similarly travelled all over during her seven year career, and has also competed in SHIMMER. She is also another mainstay of NOVA PRO, but wherever she goes she is able to irritate crowds and elicit vociferous reactions. ‘The Alien’ Statlander is the least experienced of the bunch, but this graduate of Pat Buck and Curt Hawkins‘ Create-A-Pro Wrestling Academy has already begun to make a name for herself. And the final competitor, Saraya, needs no introduction as she has appeared in rings around the world for three decades, and of course has gained additional notoriety for having her family’s life in the wrestling business portrayed in the biopic ‘Fighting With My Family.’ The stipulation for this match will prove interesting, since many four way matches will have extensive periods where two competitors face off in the ring while the other two are outside, fighting or recovering. But in this match the combatants will presumably be contained within a squared circle that could prove to be crowded. The Swamp Monster, a past ally of ‘promoter’ Orange Cassidy will be at ringside ensuring they keep it in the ring.

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This could very well turn out to be the most vicious, brutal event on the card. The reason being, one of the participants will suffer the ignominious, horrific fate of being the last one picked for Dodgeball. The mind reels at the possible reaction of MJF should ever other man and woman be picked before him. In the end, though, despite the title, the end result will be a five on five tag team match and once all of the hurt feelings are put aside fans will get to see rising star Wheeler YUTA, hardcore veteran Jeff Cannonball, long time veterans like  Royal and Scott, as well as notable competitors from Australia (McKenzie), Canada (Makabe) and Portugal (Red Eagle). In the end this intergender 10 person tag match should feature lots of action, even if team cohesion may not be too prominent.

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‘The Champion of the 1%,) LaRoux is a regular with the aforementioned NOVA PRO, so his presence here is not surprising. He is clearly taking the opportunity to class up the event, even if he will doubtless treat the crowd like they are beneath him. He is opposed by a rising star from the UK scene, Chris Brookes. Brookes is a tall, lean technical specialist who has a burgeoning reputation in his home country. Both of these men are perhaps better known for their respective tag team exploits (Brookes was in a team for quite a while with Jonathan Gresham, who is in the card’s main event), and are also known to be quite heelish. So the dynamics of this match should prove to be interesting, as should the stipulation, which may very well be a first. Fans can expect more than one fall taken by Brookes’ arsenal of submission holds, and others captured through LaRoux’s underhanded tactics. It will be interesting to see if it goes the full 13 falls.

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And finally there is the main event, a bout that was actually scheduled to be on the card for the aforementioned NOVA PRO event. It should be an outstanding match as it features a junior heavyweight legend and 27 year veteran in Otani facing off with a rising young junior in Gresham. Both of these men are highly skilled technical wrestlers, so this should prove to be very compelling for fans of grappling and submission focused combat. It may also prove a great learning opportunity for Gresham as his opponent has faced some of the most renowned scientific wrestlers of the last three decades. While the rest of this card is filled with unique, fun and unusual matches, this will prove to be a classic bout. Definitely not to be missed.