Welcome to your yearly installment of Combat Zone Wrestling’s version of “Apocalyse Now” meets “Passion of the Christ”… better known as the thirteenth annual Cage of Death last night before a packed, and I do mean, packed house at the historic ECW Arena..

Pre-show, Eddie Kingston and Vin Gerard got in a fight (worked?) outside The Arena. Gerard then got in line for Cage of Death, with what looks like the beginning of a Brian Pillman-type “not part of the show” campaign to work Eddie Kingston, including stopping me during COD and asking me to post that he “would wrestle Kingston in any promotion, even outside of CHIKARA”.

The Honor Guard of United States Marines (in full Marine dress blues), which included a Staff Sergeant who had sttod done it at Cage of Death 11, did tours of duty in Afghanistan, and asked to come back to work this event; stood at the multiple toy boxes at the door of The Arena with people handing over toys from seemingly every direction at some points as trhe crowd came in. The Toys for Tots collection went on all day, with hundreds of toys being donated by the day’s end for the children of the Delaware Valley.

  • Jake Crist successfully defended the CZW Wired TV title against brother Dave in the Cage of Death opener by pinfall after a super flipping piledriver.
  • In the two out of three falls tables match: BLK OUT (Ruckus, Alex Colon and Chrissy Rivera) defeated The Runaways and Kimber Lee vs First fall, saw The Runaways put Chrissy through a table with a blockbuster/powerbomb combo. Second fall saw Colon enzuigir Joe Gacy off rhe apronl through a table on the floor. BLK OUT won when Ruckus puts Kimberlee through a table with a Falcon Arrow off the apron and to the floor. Kimberlee took some hellacious bumps and actually looked fairly good in the ring.
  • In the siz-man scramble match, Drew Gulak defeated Derek Frazier, Ryan McBride, tHURTeen, Alex Payne and Dustin Rayz with the winner to gets a CZW title shot “in the future”. Dustin Rayz was reported to have broken his femur after landing bad on a twisting moonsault to the floor. Drew Blood beats up Frazier and suicide dives onto him! Gulak pins McBride earning a CZW title shot. Post-match, DJ Hyde “fired Drew Blood”, then scheduled Ryan McBride vs Derek Frazier for January.
  • Drake Younger, again returning to a loud pop, beat the living crap out of Rory Mondo finishing with a top rope copkiller through a chair.
  • in the eight-man Japanese tag match, Everyone from Indie Summit except Togo is involved. Big Japan’s Jaki Numazawa, Yoshihito Sasak, DDT’s Masahiro Takanashi, and FREEDOM’s KAMUI vs. RYUJI ITO, Takashi Sasaki, K-Dojo’s Kengo Mashimo and DDT’s Danshoku Dino after FREEDOM’s Takashi Sasakii pinned KAMUI. Lots more Dino exotico comedy through
  • Philly’s Most Wanted (Sabian/Joker) went to a non contest against Homicide and Eddie Kingston. Late in the match Philly’s Most Wanted is about to go over when Maven Bentley stops the referee from counting a pinfall by Sabian.Not exactly appreciative, Eddie Kingston backfists Maven Bentley out of the ring, follwoed by a Homicide lariat on referee Bret Lauderdale, which got one of the night’s better pops. Lauderdale then calls for bell, which the crowd crapped all over. Meanwhile, post-match, Eddie Kingston sees Vin Girard jumps the rail and chases him oiut of the building.
  • Sami Callihan successfully defended the CZW Junior Heavyweight Title against AR Fox with a Stretch Muffler. Post- match, DJ Hyde came out post-match, and says he’s booked Sami Callihan vs Tommy Dreamer for the CZW Indianapolis show in February on Super Bowl Sunday.
  • In an ultraviolet pits match (board of spikes and a pit of thumbtacks) , Matt Tremont defeated Danny Havoc by pinfall after interference by Gulak and Mr. Tofiga. In a scary moment, Tremonts boot got stuck in the nail board. Tremont challenges Gulak for the January show.
  • Greg Excellent defeated DJ Hyde in a no DQ match, with the stips being if Excellent wins, Hyde has to “give him three wishes”, and if Hyde wins, Excellen leaves CZW. After a while, the run-in parade begins, as Kylie Pierce takes down DJ, then breaks up Excellent’s pin, as if to say “Can’t you two just stop?”. DJ Hyde thanks her for her interest by spearing her. Then comes, Mia Yim whoe suplexes Excellent on his head. Kick out. Excellent proceeds to do his Hulk Hogan impression as Hogan’s “Real American”. Excellent makes with the big boot and legdrop, but unlike WWF, Hyde DID kick out of the legdrop of doom. Then, comes Greg Excellents mother (who is actually his mother who works with him in running the Ground Breaking Wrestling promotion in central Pennsylvania), who was last seen being nailed with a Tiger Driver by Excellent several months ago. Mom makes as if she’s on DJ Hyde’ side, then nails Hydfe with a charishot and a stunner.. Hyde kicks out. Then “Youth Gone WIld” cranks up, and the fans go crazy as Zandig runs in, nails Hyde with the spinning lariat, and Excellent finally pins him.

    Then, Cage of Death…

    This year’s edition, as you can see above, was a combination of suspended cage sides, glass panels, and barbed wire…and ladders reaching to a platform at the top of the Arena, with the CZW World Heavyweight Title belt hanging off of the top of the Arena..

    The Cage of Death main event (with ladder match rules) saw Devon Moore retaining his CZW Heavyweight Title (in a major surprise to everyone in the crowd) over MASADA, Scotty Vortekz and Robert Anthony. Highlights include Scotty Vortekz being peeled out of the barbed wire on the side of the ring, while stomped on by fellow Nation of Intoxication member Devon Moore…Robert Anthony back first into a pane of glass… ..sickening headbutts by Scotty Vortekz and Devon Moore …Stereo power bombs through glass panes by MASADA on Devon Moore and Anthony on Vortekz, onto a leaning supported side of the cage…Devon Moore spearing Anthony off of the upper frame of the Cage….Vortekz fighting for position on the platform on the top of the side of the cage, throwing MASADA off the side…. Anthony powerbombing Vortek though a pane of glass on the side of the Cage, falling to the Arena floor.

    The finish saw MASADA and Devon Moore going up opposite ladders to the platform just below the Title Belt hanging off of the top of the Arena. Both reach the belt. but the belt drops, just so Robert Anthony comes back into the ring, reaches through the cage, but Moore falls through the ceiling and just barely reaches the belt first to retain the title.

    Post-match, DJ Hyde called for the cameras to be turned off, which cut the iPPV feed. Hyde went out of character, was clearly happy with the show, put over all four workers in Cage 9of Death and the CZW locker room…then announced CZW will return on Saturday, January 14 in a double header with EVOLVE at The Asylum Arena in Philadelphia.