Combat Zone Wrestling: The Revival of Tradition
For any foreigner, independent struggle is only a development for WWE Where AEW. A true fan will tell you that indie wrestling is an art form that many try to perfect, but few do it right. It’s unlike anything you’ll see on TV and that’s what makes it special. In today’s industry, you can’t throw a stone without hitting a independent wrestling companyy. Jhere are however certain names which have stood above the rest over the years. Such a name is Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW)
A brief history of combat zone wrestling
CZW was born in simpler times, in 1998, by John Zandig in Philadelphia. His goal was to create a business that met a specific need. Whereas ECW was still running aAt the time, the writing was on the wall, the end of ECW was just around the corner, and Zandig wanted to keep hardcore wrestling alive with CZW being dubbed “Ultraviolent.” Essentially, he didn’t want the end of ECW to mean the end of deathmatches, and he did.
However, the takeaway here is that CZW was never strictly deathmatch. That might be what most people think of when they hear these letters, but they were always so much more than that. They have always featured high-flying wrestling, a strong, technical and comedic style. If there is any form of wrestling, CZW did it and they did it in style.
This company that started with Zandig, five students and a trainer has grown to great heights over the years and forged many of the careers you see now. names like Mia yim, Strickland swerve, Drew Gulak, Sami Callihan, Eddie Kingston, Mercedes Martinez, Nick Gage, Les Briscoes, Jon Moxley, Adam Cole (Bay Bay) and so many others have passed through the combat zone and continued to have exceptional careers after their move to Combat Zone Wrestling.
The Renaissance of tradition
CZW may not have been on your mind since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. You might think their last show was in March 2020, headlined by running NXT star Jo Gacy. Fast forward to October 2021. It was time for a triumphant return to the squared circle and the world of independent wrestling.. It was time for the revival of tradition.
The show’s main event was Griffin McCoywhich fans will remember Young mute and brokeversus. one of the best wrestlers on the independent scene, fred Yehi. It was a great way to show off the product and remind fans who CZW was, but in reality the card was stacked top to bottom. There were guys from CZW’s past as well as people who had been growing their names in the indie scene for a while. This was really the kick off of the new vision for the combat zone and it would only get better as the months passed.
They ended 2021 with a few more shows coming out of their studio in Blackwood, New Jersey. These shows did a great job introducing new characters, reintroducing returning wrestlers, and creating storylines. For them, wrestling is as much about feuds and stories as it is the matches themselves and early shows made a phenomenal work remind the fans what wrestling should be and what CZW’s new vision will be.
From January from 2022, they added a second monthly show to their schedule. The first weekend of every month, the list travels to Havre de Grace, Maryland and presents CZW Limelight. Maryland is uncharted territory for the company, but unlike New Jersey which is littered with independent promotions, there are only a few other wrestling options in the state, which brings a huge opportunity right on their doorstep. Not only ofoh of them monthly shows give everyone on the roster more opportunities, but it gives more time to build and develop stories and characters. Not to mention the fact that the company is now exposed to a whole new audience.
What’s next for CZW?
One thing longtime fans will notice is that CZW hasn’t brought back the deathmatch style that so many associate with the company. Fear not, deathmatch fans, Ultraviolent Underground (UVU) will be back in the near future. The main difference is that UVU will now be a separate brand from the company. Aattend some of the shows since CZW came back, it’s great to see Fans this include families with their children. This shows this the company intends to strive to reach new and old fans. The separation of brands makes the question “can I take my kids there” a little less difficult to answer. There’s even a four-year-old girl who can be heard cheering and booing louder than anyone and can still be seen hanging out with the wrestlers during intermission and after shows. She’s clearly a big fan and the dressing room welcomed her as one of their own.
So there you have it folks, the combat zone is not dead. Not by far actually. They came back strong adding notable names such as Rich Swann and Dismissed Dorado to their list of new onesD return wrestlers such as The representative (Nate Wallace and Dave McCall), Rayo, CMD (Desean Pratt and Boom Harden), Action Andretti, Miami Mike Walker, Prolific (Tyree Taylor, Marcus Marquee and Isaiah Wolf) Griffin McCoy, Eran Ashe, Vinny Talotta, Fred Yehi and many others. They also started rebuilding the women’s division with names like Ruthless Lala, Zoey Skye and Trish Adora. I highly recommend making the trip to Blackwood and/or Havre de Grace so you can experience the Revival of Tradition first hand, why Combat Zone Wrestling is unlike anything else!
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