CZW Tournament of Death

The Tournament of Death is an annual professional wrestling tournament organised by Combat Zone Wrestling since 2002, during which a number of wrestlers compete in various deathmatches in what are mostly single-elimination tournaments similar to World Wrestling Entertainment's King of the Ring tournament. These tournaments include the typical weapons used in deathmatch wrestling such as barbed wire, nails, thumbtacks, fire, tables, ladders, and light tubes, and are known for all their large amounts of blood loss.

Notable entrants in the Tournament of Death have included Necro Butcher, Ian Rotten, Corporal Robinson, Nick Mondo, Ruckus, Eddie Kingston, Jon Moxley and Mickie Knuckles (the only female entrant to date) and Japanese deathmatch legend Abdullah Kobayashi. Many of the cards have also included non-tournament matches featuring top independent wrestlers such as Sonjay Dutt, Nick Berk, Trent Acid, The Blackout and B-Boy.


Winner Date Location Tournament of Death Runner-up
Wifebeater August 31, 2002 Dover, Delaware I Nick Mondo
Nick Mondo July 26, 2003 Dover, Delaware II Ian Rotten
Wifebeater July 24, 2004 Smyrna, Delaware III Necro Butcher
Necro Butcher July 30, 2005 New Castle, Delaware IV Zandig and Nick Gage
Nick Gage July 29, 2006 Smyrna, Delaware V Brain Damage, Drake Younger, and J.C. Bailey
Drake Younger June 9, 2007 Smyrna, Delaware VI Brain Damage
Brain Damage September 15, 2007 Smyrna, Delaware Fast Forward Scotty Vortekz, Danny Havoc, and J.C. Bailey
Danny Havoc May 17, 2008 Smyrna, Delaware VII Nick Gage, Scotty Vortekz, and Drake Younger
Thumbtack Jack June 6, 2009 Townsend, Delaware VIII Thumbtack Jack, Jon Moxley, Sami Callihan, DJ Hyde, Brain Damage, Dysfunction, xOMGx, Drake Younger, and Scotty Vortekz1
Thumbtack Jack October 25, 2009 Townsend, Delaware Rewind Masada
Scotty Vortekz June 26, 2010 Townsend, Delaware IX J.C. Bailey
Nick Gage November 11, 2010 Oberhausen, Germany Tournament of Death vs. Gorefest Masada
Masada June 25, 2011 Townsend, Delaware X Masashi Takeda
Masada June 23, 2012 Townsend, Delaware XI Drake Younger
Masada November 4, 2012 Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Europe DJ Hyde, Drake Younger, and Matt Tremont
Danny Havoc June 8, 2013 Townsend, Delaware 12 Scotty Vortekz
Jun Kasai June 14, 2014 Townsend, Delaware XIII Masada
Matt Tremont June 13, 2015 Townsend, Delaware 14 Conor Claxton
Rickey Shane Page June 11, 2016 Townsend, Delaware XV Matt Tremont
Jimmy Havoc June 10, 2017 Townsend, Delaware 16 Conor Claxton
Jimmy Lloyd June 9, 2018 Berlin, New Jersey 17 Rickey Shane Page

1The finals between Thumbtack Jack and Nick Gage was ruled a no-contest due to Gage suffering an injury that required emergency surgery. Zandig won an Ultraviolent Battle Royal. After the match, Zandig awarded the win to Thumbtack Jack.

Zandig's Ultraviolent Tournament of Death

August 31, 2002 saw the first annual CZW Tournament of Death. The event was billed as Zandig's Ultraviolent Tournament of Death due to a storyline of John Zandig losing ownership of CZW to Lobo, thus promoting his own deathmatch tournament. It was held in Dover, Delaware. Non-tournament matches included Green Phantom & Arsenal defeating The Hardcore Ninjaz and a tag scramble match which saw The Backseat Boyz defeat Derek Frasier & Sonjay Dutt, Jon Dahmer & Towel Boy and The New School, as well as a Three Way Dance in which Ruckus defeated Justice Pain and Nick Berk. On winning the tournament, Wifebeater became the CZW Death Match Champion, however, the title was vacated on November 9, 2002 upon his retirement.


Round One

  1. Zandig vs. Nate Hatred went to a no contest - Barbed Wire Boards
  2. The Messiah def. Adam Flash
  3. Wifebeater def. Necro Butcher - Staple Gun & Mousetraps & Falls Count Anywhere
  4. Nick Gage def. Toby Klein - Barbed Wire Boards & Wooden Strips with Nails
  5. Nick Mondo def. Homeless Jimmy - Falls Count Anywhere

Semi Finals

  1. Wifebeater def. Nick Gage - Panes of Glass Death Match
  2. Nick Mondo def. The Messiah - Fans Bring The Weapons


  1. Wifebeater def. Nick Mondo - 200 Light Tubes and Barbed Wire Ropes Deathmatch

- Both men were attacked by Lobo, Rockin Rebel, Z-Barr, Adam Flash, & Danny Rose. Lobo then entered Flash into the tournament and challenged anyone in the locker room. The Messiah returned and defeated Flash with Carlito's Way

Ultraviolent Tournament of Death II

July 26, 2003 saw the second CZW Tournament of Death, again held in Dover, Delaware. Non-tournament matches included Trent Acid pinning Z-Barr, Johnny Kashmere pinning Nick Berk, and a tag match in which B-Boy & Messiah defeated Sonjay Dutt & Ruckus. Although Nick Mondo won the tournament, due to the injuries he sustained he had to vacate his CZW Iron Man Championship afterwards. This event would also be the last he wrestled in.


Nick Mondo 8
Nick Mondo after winning the TOD2.
  • Zandig
  • "Sick" Nick Mondo
  • JC Bailey

Round One

  1. Zandig def. Nate Webb - Panes of Glass Match
  2. Nick Mondo def. JC Bailey - Light Tubes & Ladders Match
  3. Necro Butcher def. Corporal Robinson - 4 Corners of Pain Match
  4. Ian Rotten def. Nick Gage - Barbed Wire Boards & Light Tube Table Match

Semi Finals

  1. Ian Rotten def. Necro Butcher - Fans Bring The Weapons Match
  2. Nick Mondo def. Zandig - 2/3 Light Tube Log Cabins Match


  1. "Sick" Nick Mondo def. Ian Rotten - Barbed Wire Ropes, 200 Light Tubes Match

Ultraviolent Tournament of Death III: Banned... My Ass

On July 24, 2004, the third CZW Tournament of Death (subtitled Banned...My Ass) was held in Smyrna, Delaware. This year there were no non-tournament matches held, however, the number of entrants rose from eight to twelve (including representatives of Canada's International Wrestling Syndicate).


  • Arsenal
  • Evil Ninja #2
  • Nick Gage
  • Ruckus
  • Necro Butcher
  • The Green Phantom
  • JC Bailey
  • Chri$ Ca$h

Ruckus entered as a substitute for John Zandig

Round One

  1. Arsenal def. Evil Ninja #2 - 2/3 Light Tube Log Cabins Match
  2. Nick Gage def. Ruckus - Barbed Wire Boards Match
  3. Wifebeater def. Mad Man Pondo - Fans Bring the Weapons Match
  4. SeXXXy Eddy def. Ian Knoxx - Thumbtacks, Carpet Strips & Carpet Strip Board Match
  5. Necro Butcher def. The Green Phantom - Fans Bring the Weapons Match
  6. JC Bailey def. Chri$ Ca$h - Light Tubes & Ladders Match

Semi Finals

  1. SeXXXy Eddy def. Arsenal - Light Tube Ropes & Light Tube Corners Match
  2. Wifebeater def. JC Bailey - Fans Bring the Weapons Match
  3. Necro Butcher def. Nick Gage - Panes of Glass Match


  1. Wifebeater def. Necro Butcher - Barbed Wire Ropes, 200 Light Tubes, Fans Bring The Weapons, Light Tube Cage Part, Barbed Wire Cage Part, and Falls Count Anywhere Double Hell Death Match (Tons of all weapons, barbed wire ropes, cage parts covered in lightubes, cage parts covered in barbed wire, and many lots more)

SeXXXy Eddy was taken to hospital following the match after suffering a wound to the arm, and so could not compete in the final

Tournament of Death IV: Explicit Content

On July 30, 2005, the fourth CZW Tournament of Death took place in New Castle, Delaware. This year's show included a non-tournament Ultraviolent Student Battle Royal, won by WHACKS. As well as featuring Gypsy Joe as special guest referee for the tournament final. After the final, as Necro Butcher had won the finals, he was awarded the CZW Ultraviolent Underground Championship.

Competitors in the Ultraviolent Student Battle Royal

  • Scrawny Shawny
  • Andy Sumner
  • Danny Havoc
  • Blood
  • Ravage
  • Heretic
  • Rick Feinburg
  • Hellaware Assassin
  • Shawn Bishop
  • DJ Hyde


  • JC Bailey
  • SeXXXy Eddy
  • Toby Klein
  • Mad Man Pondo

Robbie Mireno and Eddie Kingston entered as one, losing to Zandig in a first round handicap match Joker came out and help Zandig

Round One

  1. JC Bailey def. SeXXXy Eddy - Barbed Wire Madness Match
  2. Toby Klein def. Mad Man Pondo - Light Tube Ropes & Light Tube Corners Match
  3. Brain Damage def. Beef Wellighton - 2/3 Ultraviolent Tables Match
  4. Necro Butcher def. Ian Rotten - Home Run Derby Deathmatch
  5. Nick Gage def. Nate Webb - Ladders And Lighttubes Match
  6. Zandig def. Robbie Mireno and Eddie Kingston - Fans Bring The Weapons Match*

Semi Finals

  1. Necro Butcher def. Brain Damage - Fans Bring The Weapons Match
  2. Zandig def. Toby Klein - 2 Out of 3 Light Tube Log Cabins Match
  3. Nick Gage def. JC Bailey - Panes Of Glass Match


  1. Necro Butcher def. Zandig and Nick Gage - Ultraviolent Boxes, Barbed Wire Canvas, Light Tubes, Squared Circle Of Fear, & Whatever The Fuck Is Left Elimination Death Match

Tournament of Death V

The fifth CZW Tournament of Death was held in Smyrna, Delaware on July 29, 2006. The format changed slightly for this show, with the first round matches being three-way elimination matches, the second round matches being 4-way double elimination matches, and the final being a single elimination 4-way match. Non-tournament matches included The Blackout (Ruckus & Robbie Mireno) defeating Drew Gulak & Jimmy Dream, and Kylie defeating former ECW star Chad Austin.


  • Brandon Prophet
  • Nick Gage
  • Andy Sumner
  • JC Bailey

Round One

  1. Brandon Prophet and Nick Gage elim. Andy Sumner - Barbed Wire Ropes & Light Tubes Match
  2. JC Bailey and Drake Younger elim. Lobo - Light Tubes & Barbed Wire Spider Webs Match
  3. Brain Damage and Necro Butcher elim. Toby Klein - Barbed Wire Ropes, Fans Bring The Weapons Match
  4. Danny Havoc and DJ Hyde elim. John Zandig - Barbed Wire Ropes, Barbed Wire Boards & Panes Of Glass Match

Semi Finals

  1. Nick Gage and Brain Damage elim. Brandon Prophet and Necro Butcher - Fans Bring The Weapons Match
  2. Drake Younger and JC Bailey elim. DJ Hyde and Danny Havoc - Light Tubes, Ladders & Lemons Match


  1. Nick Gage def. Brain Damage, Drake Younger and JC Bailey - Light Tubes, Panes of Glass & Fans Bring The Weapons Match

Tournament of Death VI

Tournament of Death VI returned to Smyrna, Delaware on June 9, 2007. This was a 12-man tournament, with non-tournament matches including Team AnDrew (Andy Sumner & Drew Gulak) defeating the then CZW Tag Team Champions The Blackout (Ruckus & Sabian) in a non-title match.


  • Danny Havoc
  • Scotty Vortekz
  • Insane Lane
  • Freakshow
  • DJ Hyde
  • Mad Man Pondo
  • Brain Damage
  • Toby Klein
  • Drake Younger
  • Diehard Dustin Lee
  • Necro Butcher
  • Zandig

Round One

  1. Danny Havoc def. Scotty Vortekz - Light Tubes, Ladders, & Light Tube Log Cabin Match
  2. Insane Lane def. Freakshow - Home Run Derby Match
  3. DJ Hyde (with Maven Bentley) def. Mad Man Pondo - Shattered Dreams Match
  4. Brain Damage (with Maven Bentley) def. Toby Klein (with Billy Graham) - Barbed Wire Boards, Fans Bring the Weapons Match
  5. Drake Younger def. Diehard Dustin Lee - Light Tubes & Light Tube Table Match
  6. Necro Butcher def. John Zandig† - No Rope Barbed Wire, Barbed Wire Boards, Panes of Glass & Barbed Wire Spider Web Match

†Necrobutcher was originally scheduled to face Mitch Ryder but he could not make it due to travel issues

Semi Finals

  1. Drake Younger def. Danny Havoc and DJ Hyde - 3-Way Weedwhackers Elimination Match
  2. Brain Damage def. Insane Lane and Necro Butcher - Fans Bring the Weapons Match


  1. Drake Younger def. Brain Damage - Divide & Conquer 200 Light Tubes and Lumberjacks Deathmatch

Tournament of Death: Fast Forward

Tournament of Death: Fast Forward took place September 15, 2007. It was a mini-TOD for the vacant Ultraviolent Underground title.


  • Brain Damage
  • Hellaware Assassin
  • Scotty Vortekz
  • Danny Demento

First Round

  1. Brain Damage def. Hellaware Assassin in a Weapons Match
  2. Scotty Vortekz def. Danny Demento in a 4 Corners of Pain Match
  3. Danny Havoc def. Diehard Dustin Lee in a Barbed Wire Tables, Lightubes, and Staple Gun Match
  4. JC Bailey def. Drake Younger in a Pane of Glass and Lightubes Match

Final Round

  1. Brain Damage def. Scotty Vortez, Danny Havoc, and JC Bailey in an Ultraviolent Underground Title Match 4 Way Elimination - Fans Brings The Weapons, Thumbtacks Fire and Ultraviolent Staple Gun Death Match

Tournament of Death VII

Tournament of Death VII took place for the third year in a row in Smyrna, Delaware, on May 17, 2008 and marked the first time a female competitor had entered the tournament. It included a non-tournament match between The Blackout (Ruckus & Sabian) and Joe Gacy & Alex Colon. Attendance was reported as 527.


  • Dustin Lee
  • DJ Hyde
  • Andy Sumner
  • Nick Gage
  • Drake Younger
  • Drew Blood

Round One

  1. Pinkie Sanchez def. Danny Demanto - Ladder & Light Tubes Match
  2. Scotty Vortekz def. Mickie Knuckles - Light Tubes Match
  3. WHACKS def. Dustin Lee - Barbed Wire Boards & Light Tubes Match
  4. DJ Hyde def. Andy Sumner - Falls Count Anywhere Match
  5. Nick Gage vs. Drake Younger led to a no-contest after interference from Drew Blood and Devon Moore, leading to A VERY Bloody Match
  6. Nick Gage & Drake Younger def. Drew Blood & Devon Moore - Panes of Glass Match
  7. Greg Excellent def. Ryan McBride - Barbed Wire Madness Match
  8. Danny Havoc def. Ram - Light Tube Bundles Match

Ram was Mickey Rourke's stunt double during the taping of "The Wrestler" movie and served as Necro Butcher's stunt double in this match

Semi Finals

  1. Scotty Vortekz and Drake Younger def. DJ Hyde and WHACKS - Fish Hook Death Match
  2. Nick Gage and Danny Havoc def. Greg Excellent and Pinkie Sanchez - Fans Bring The Weapons Match


  1. Danny Havoc def. Nick Gage, Scotty Vortekz and Drake Younger - No Rope Barbed Wire, Barbed Wire Board, Barbed Wire Table, Panes of Glass, 200 Light Tubes Match

Tournament of Death VIII

Tournament of Death VIII took place on June 6, 2009 at the Ultraviolent Underground in Townsend, Delaware. Attendance was around 800.


  • DJ Hyde
  • Toby Klein
  • Dysfunction
  • Danny Havoc
  • Thumbtack Jack
  • xOMGx
  • Scotty Vortekz
  • Drake Younger

First Round

  1. Nick Gage def. Deranged - Fire Death Match (No Ropes Flaming Barbed Wire)
  2. Jon Moxley def. Brain Damage - Dining Room Deathmatch (Tables, Chairs, Silverware, and more)
  3. WHACKS def. Toby Klein - Barbed Wire Boards & Light Tube Bundles Match
  4. Danny Havoc def. Dysfunction - Panes of Glass Death Match (Barbed Wire Glass, Light Tube Glass & Panes of Glass)
  5. Scotty Vortekz def. xOMGx and Drake Younger - Thumbtack Kickpads Match
  6. Thumbtack Jack def. DJ Hyde - Jack In The Box Death Match (Panes of Glass, Cinder Blocks, Light Tubes, Syringes, & more)

Semi-Final Round

  1. Nick Gage def. Jon Moxley and Scotty Vortekz - Fans Bring The Weapons Match
  2. Thumbtack Jack def. WHACKS and Danny Havoc - Fans Bring The Weapons Match

Final Round

  1. Thumbtack Jack vs. Nick Gage went to a no contest. Gage was seriously cut under his armpit after being thrown through lighttubes which were propped between the ropes and had to be air lifted out for emergency surgery - "200 Light Tubes, Panes of Glass, and All the Other Shit in the Back We Could Find" deathmatch
  2. Zandig def. Thumbtack Jack, Jon Moxley, Sami Callihan, DJ Hyde, Brain Damage, Dysfunction, xOMGx, Drake Younger, and Scotty Vortekz - Ultraviolent Battle Royal. After the match, Zandig awarded the win to Thumbtack Jack.

TOD Championship Defense @ BOTB 2009

  1. DJ Hyde def. Thumbtack Jack, Jon Moxley, and Danny Havoc

Tournament of Death: Rewind

Tournament of Death: Rewind took place on October 25, 2009, after being postponed due to weather issues from the day before, at the Ultraviolent Underground in Townsend, Delaware. The Ultraviolent Underground title was on the line throughout the tournament. Attendance was about 150.


First Round

  1. Sami Callihan def. Danny Havoc in a Caribbean Pits of Death Deathmatch (Caribbean Spider Web Style: Carpet Strips/Broken Glass, Barbed Wire/Broken Glass & Barbed Wire Light Tube Platform) to become the new Ultraviolent Underground champion
  2. Thumbtack Jack def. "Streetdog" Jon Moxley in a Four Corners of Fun Dog Collar Death Match (Lego Bricks, Staple Gun, Mouse Trap Board & Cinder Blocks)
  3. Masada def. Brain Damage in a New Age Texas Death Match
  4. Nick Gage def. Zandig in a Panes of Glass Match

Second Round

  1. Thumbtack Jack def. Sami Callihan in a Transylvania Death Match (Light Tube Casket) to become the new Ultraviolent Underground champion
  2. Masada def. Nick Gage in a Home Run Derby Death Match


  1. Thumbtack Jack def. Masada In A House Of Pain Deathmatch (Barbed Wire Ropes, Light Tube Ropes, Cinder Blocks, Barbed Wire Platform & Home Run Derby Weapons)

Tournament of Death IX

Winner of CZW's Tournament of Death 9
Scotty Vortekz after winning the Tournament of Death 9

Tournament of Death 9 was held on June 26, 2010, at the Ultraviolent Underground in Townsend, Delaware.Non Tournament matches were Brain Damage defeated Drake Younger in a "sit and hit" Tai Pei deathmatch and Sami Callihan and Joe Gacy defeated Greg Excellent and DJ Hyde in an Ultraviolent Tag Team Fans Bring the Weapons Falls Count Anywhere Deathmatch. Attendance was around 1,000.


Round One

  1. JC Bailey def. Danny Havoc in a Havoc's Happyland Death Match (Light Tube Bundles & Structures)†
  2. Abdullah Kobayashi def. Nick Gage in a Weapons of Mass Destruction Death Match (Kenzans and more)‡
  3. Scotty Vortekz def. Dysfunction in a Thumbtack Kickpads and Panes of Glass Death Match
  4. Masada def. Devon Moore in a Fans Bring the Weapons Death Match

Round Two

  1. JC Bailey def. Abdullah Kobayashi in a 3 out of 5 Barbed wire board and Light Tube Log Cabin Death Match
  2. Scotty Vortekz def. Masada in a Boards of Death Deathmatch (Barbed Wire Boards Death Match with Light Tubes, Ladders, and many more)


  1. Scotty Vortekz def. JC Bailey Tables, Ladders, Light Tubes, and Anything Else Still Left in the Back Death Match
Promotional Poster of TOD vs. GoreFest

Tournament of Death vs. Gorefest

Tournament of Death vs. Gorefest was held on November 11, 2010, in Oberhausen, Germany.Non Tournament matches were Jon Moxley defeated Devon Moore in a match for the CZW World Heavyweight Title, Big van Walter defeated 2-Face in a match for the wXw World Heavyweight Title, Adam Cole, Drew Gulak, Karsten Beck & Blk Jeez defeat Zack Sabre Jr., Greg Excellent, Bernd Föhr & Rich Swann in an 8-man tag inter-promotional showcase, and Sami Callihan defeated Carnage. Attendance was around 356.


Round One

  1. Jon Ryan defeats Danny Havoc in a Thumbtack Stuff Death match
  2. Drake Younger defeats DJ Hyde in a Cinderblocks & Barbed Wire board Death match
  3. Masada defeats Jimmy Havoc in a Ultraviolent Tables Death match
  4. Nick Gage† defeats Adam Polak in a Polish Punishment Death Match

Round Two

  1. Masada defeated Drake Younger in a 2/3 log Cabins Death match
  2. Nick Gage‡ defeated Jon Ryan in an Unlucky 13 Death match

Round Three

  1. Nick Gage± defeated Masada in a No Ropes Barbed Wire Death match

†Nick Gage received the Ultraviolent Underground Title after defeating Adam Polak

‡Nick Gage successfully defended the Ultraviolent Underground title against Jon Ryan

±Nick Gage successfully defended the Ultraviolent Underground title against Masada

Tournament of Death X

Tournament of Death X took place on June 25, 2011 at the Ultraviolent Underground in Townsend, Delaware. Non tournament action saw Devon Moore and Little Mondo lose to Philly's Most Wanted, and DJ Hyde vs. Greg Excellent vs. Sami Callihan became Sami Callihan def. Greg Excellent the loser became DJ's slave.


Round 1

  1. Fans Bring the Weapons: Masada def. Dysfunction (10:10)
  2. Get Hit... With Shit Match (Water Jug Bats & Anything You Can Swing at Your Opponent): “Bulldozer” Matt Tremont def. Necro Butcher (15:33)
  3. Light Tube Celebration (Light Tube Bundles & Pits of Christmas Bulbs): Jaki Numazawa def. Danny Havoc (09:30)
  4. Barbed Wire Boards,Thumbtack Kickpads and Taipei Glass Death Match: Masashi Takeda def. Scotty Vortekz (09:20)

Round 2

  1. Kenzans, Whips and "Anything Else Whatever the Fuck We Can Find in the Back" Match: Masada def. "Bulldozer" Matt Tremont (14:49)
  2. Barbed Wire Boards, Light Tubes, and Thumbtacks Match: Masashi Takeda def. Jaki Numazawa (07:58)

Non-Tournament Matches

  1. Sami Callihan def. Greg Excellent (04:23)
  2. Philly's Most Wanted (Joker & BLK Jeez) def. Devon Moore & Rory Mondo (13:40)

Final Round

  1. Barbed Wire Ropes, Light Tubes and Panes of Glass Match: Masada def. Masashi Takeda (14:00)

Tournament of Death XI

The tournament was held June 23, 2012 in Townsend, DE.


First Round

  1. Drunken Scaffold Match: Danny Havoc def. Devon Moore and Lucky tHURTeen
  2. Ultraviolent Ladders and Light Tubes Match: Drake Younger def. Rory Mondo
  3. Panes of Glass Match: MASADA def. Scott Summers
  4. Light Tube Bundles and Ultraviolent Bats Match: Abdullah Kobayashi def. Matt Tremont

Non-Tournament Matches

  1. Fans Bring the Weapons Match: 'Chainsaw' Joe Gacy def. Ryan Slater

Second Round

  1. Caribbean Spiderwebs of Death & Light Tubes Match: Drake Younger def. Danny Havoc
  2. Big Japan Death Match (Nail Board, Kenzans and more): MASADA def. Abdullah Kobayashi


  1. Non-Sanctioned Ultraviolent Double Hell Death Match (No Ropes Barbed Wire, Barbed Wire Nets, Light Tubes ): MASADA def. Drake Younger

Tournament of Death: Europe

This tournament was held November 4, 2012 in Germany in front of an audience of 357. In non-tournament action Jay Skillet def. Karsten Beck taking Match 5 of the Jay Skillet Trial Series, OI4K def. Gridiron, Are$ def. Robert Dreissker, and Jonathan Gresham def. Alex Colon qualifying for the 2013 wXw 16 Carat Gold Tournament.


Round 1

  1. Light Tube Hell Death Match: Drake Younger def. Jimmy Havoc
  2. Ruhrpott Death Match: Matt Tremont def. Mike Schwarz
  3. Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match: DJ Hyde def. Toby Blunt
  4. Fans Bring the Weapons Match: MASADA def. Greg Excellent


No Ropes Barbed Wire, 200 Light Tubes Elimination Death Match: MASADA def. DJ Hyde, Drake Younger and Matt Tremont

Tournament of Death 12

Happened June 8, 2013 in Townsend, DE @ the Ultraviolent Underground. In Non- Tournament action Drake Younger defeated Devon Moore in a Scaffold Match, Drew Gulak vs. Chris Dickinson went to a no contest as both men attacked Masada, & Sami Callihan vs. Greg Excellent ended with DJ Hyde getting a watermelon smashed over his head and was Callihan's last match in CZW.


Round 1

  1. Fans Bring the Weapons Dog Collar Match: Ron Mathis def. Joe Gacy
  2. Mummified in Barbed Wire Match: Danny Havoc def. Rory Mondo
  3. Ultraviolent Ladders Match: Scotty Vortekz def. Lucky tHURTeen
  4. International Panes of Glass: Takumi Tsukamoto def. DJ Hyde

Round 2

  1. Fans Bring the Weapons Match: Scotty Vortekz def. Ron Mathis
  2. Light Tube Madness: Danny Havoc def. Takumi Tsukamoto

Round 3

  1. 444 Light Tube Match: Danny Havoc def. Scotty Vortekz

Tournament of Death XIII

This event was held on June 14, 2014, and was cited as being a "BJW vs. CZW" show.


Round 1

  1. Fans Bring the Dildos Death Match (Dildo Ladder): Lucky 13 def. Jaki Numazawa
  2. Barbed Wire Madness Death Match: MASADA def. Aero Boy
  3. Ultraviolent Pits of Hell Death Match: Danny Havoc def. Masashi Takeda
  4. Light Tube Bundles Death Match: Jun Kasai def. Matt Tremont

Round 2

  1. Panes of Glass Death Match: MASADA def. Lucky 13
  2. Light Tubes, Gusset Plates and Razorboard Death Match: Jun Kasai def. Danny Havoc


  1. No Ropes Barbed Wire, Light Tube Bundles & Scaffold Death Match: Jun Kasai def. MASADA

Tournament of Death 14

The 14th annual Tournament of Death took place on June 13, 2015 at the Ultraviolent Underground. Non tournament matches had Dave Crist def. Devon Moore in an Scaffold Match and Lucky tHURTeen def. Eric Ryan in a LOL (Ladders, Orange Sacks and Legos) Match.

Announced Competitors:

Round One

  1. Fans Bring The Weapons Match: Conor Claxton def. DJ Hyde & Nick Gage
  2. Pits & Strips Match: Matt Tremont def. Josh Crane
  3. Barbed Wire Boards Match: Jake Crist def. Ron Mathis
  4. Light Tube Bundles & Ultraviolent Boards Match: Danny Havoc def. Rickey Shane Page

Round Two

  1. Carsenogenic Carnage: Matt Tremont def. Danny Havoc
  2. Panes of Glass: Conor Claxton def. Jake Crist


  1. No Ropes Barbed Wire, Barbed Wire Death Webs & Panes of Glass Match: Matt Tremont def. Conor Claxton

Tournament of Death XV

The 15th annual Tournament of Death took place on June 11, 2016 at the Ultraviolent Underground. Eat The Turnbuckle, the band of Dojo War's wrestler Shlak, played songs during Intermission of the event. Announced Competitors:

Non-Tournament Matches

  1. Rockstar Death Match: Aaron Williams defeats Ron Mathis
  2. Devon Moore Invitational Scaffold Match: Dale Patricks Vs. Devon Moore - No Contest
  3. Tag Team Tornado Scaffold Match: Nation Of Intoxication (Devon Moore & Lucky 13) defeats Dale Patricks and G-Raver
  4. Panes Of Glass Match: Josh Crane defeats DJ Hyde

Round One

  1. Fans Bring the Weapons/Falls Count Anywhere Match Match: Rickey Shane Page defeats Tim Donst
  2. Barbed Wire Madness Match: Conor Claxton defeats Masada
  3. Lightubes Bundles Match: Alex Colon defeats Danny Havoc
  4. Home Run Derby Match: Matt Tremont defeats Jeff Cannonball

Round Two

  1. Barefoot Rites of Passage Match: Rickey Shane Page defeats Connor Claxton
  2. Sharp Shit Death Match: Matt Tremont defeats Alex Colon


  1. Ring of Fire and Wire Deathmatch: Rickey Shane Page defeats Matt Tremont

Tournament of Death 16

The 16th annual Tournament of Death took place June 10, 2017. This tournament marked the debut Tournament of Death for John Wayne Murdoch, Shlak, G-Raver and Clint Margera. This is also the first mainstream Tournament of Death Jimmy Havoc competed in, having wrestled in ToD Europe as a member of Westside Xtreme Wrestling.

  • Shlak
  • Jeff Cannonball
  • John Wayne Murdoch
  • Masada
  • Clint Margera

Non-Tournament Match

  1. Four Corners Of Pain: Dan O'Hare defeats George Gatton and Jimmy Loyd and Kit Osbourne
  2. Fans Bring The Weapons Match: Matt Tremont defeats Mad Man Pondo
  3. Scaffold Match: Danny Havoc & Alex Colon defeats Notorious Inc (Devon Moore/Kit Osbourne and Drew Blood)

First Round

  1. Pain in the Glass Match: Jimmy Havoc defeats John Wayne Murdoch and Rickey Shane Page
  2. Lightubes and Cinder Blocks Death Match: Jeff Cannonball defeats G-Raver
  3. Doorway To Hell Death Match: Masada defeats Shlak
  4. Barbed Wire Craziness Death Match: Conor Claxton defeats Clint Margera

Round Two

  1. Summertime Fun Death Match: Conor Claxton defeats Jeff Cannonball
  2. Light Tubes Treachery Match: Jimmy Havoc defeats Masada


  1. No Ropes, No Canvas, Barbed Wire & Light Tube Deathmatch Match: Jimmy Havoc defeats Conor Claxton

Tournament of Death 17

The 17th annual Tournament of Death took place June 9, 2018.

  • Rickey Shane Page
  • Drew Parker
  • Brandon Kirk
  • Casanova Valentine
  • Mance Warner
  • Mr. Claxton
  • Dan O'Hare
  • Dale Patricks
  • Stockade
  • Josh Crane
  • Jimmy Lloyd
  • Kit Osbourne

Non-Tournament Match

  1. Fans Bring The Weapons Match: Matt Tremont def. Jeff Cannonball and Toby Klein

First Round

  1. Blocks, Bats and Bundles Elimination Death Match: Jimmy Lloyd def. Casanova Valentine, SHLAK, Stockade and G-Raver.
  2. 4 Corners of Pain Elimination Death Match: Mance Warner def. Dale Patricks and Josh Crane
  3. Lotsa Lotsa Light Tubes Death Match: Rickey Shane Page def. Drew Parker
  4. 4 Corners of Pain & Barbed Wire Madness Elimination Death Match: Brandon Kirk def. Conor Claxton and Dan O'Hare and Kit Osbourne

Round Two

  1. Saw Death Match: Jimmy Lloyd def. Mance Warner
  2. Death Match: Rickey Shane Page def. Brandon Kirk


  1. Barbed Wire No Ropes Lightube Death Match: Jimmy Lloyd def. Rickey Shane Page

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Break the Barrier

Break The Barrier was a professional wrestling supercard event held at Viking Hall, better known as the ECW Arena, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 15, 1999. The event was organized by the founders of, Al Isaacs, Remy Arteaga and Barbi Bistrowitz, and brought together some of the top independent wrestlers from around the country. It was one of the biggest interpromotional events in the United States and represented by 12 independent promotions including Allied Powers Wrestling Federation, Combat Zone Wrestling, Extreme Championship Wrestling, Independent Pro Wrestling, Independent Professional Wrestling Alliance, Maryland Championship Wrestling, Music City Wrestling, NWA New Jersey, New Dimension Wrestling, South's Greatest Wrestling Fans, Steel City Wrestling, World Legion Wrestling and World Wrestling Organization. Pro Wrestling Illustrated has called it "one of the greatest Supercards of all time".Tom Brandi won the main event, an interpromotional battle royal, and presented a trophy from the promoter Al Isaacs. Instead of accepting the award, Brandi instead attacked Isaac and powerbombed him through a table. The undercard featured a "First blood" match between Fang (Allied Powers Wrestling Federation) and Blade Boudreaux (South's Greatest Wrestling Fans). Ten minutes into the match, Abdullah the Butcher came out and attacked both men. Abdullah cut up Fang with a fork and then rolled him into a coffin which he rolled backstage.

Four new champions were also crowned that night. Mike Quackenbush defeated Lou Marconi and Don Montoya to become the first SCW "Lord of the Dance" Champion, Nick Gage defeated Justice Pain in an impromptu staple gun match to become the first CZW Hardcore Champion, Scab defeated Natrone Steele in a Ladder Match to become the WWO Heavyweight Champion, and Stevie Richards defeated Jimmy Cicero and Tom Brandi in a Three Way Dance to win the APWF World Title. That night also saw the reunion of The Headbangers and Shane Douglas delivering a controversial "shoot" interview which ended with his quitting ECW one day before its Hardcore Heaven pay-per-view.

CZW Hall of Fame

The CZW Hall of Fame is an American professional wrestling hall of fame maintained by the Philadelphia-based hardcore-oriented promotion Combat Zone Wrestling. It was established in 2004 to honor wrestlers who have wrestled for the promotion.

CZW Medal of Valor Championship

The CZW Medal of Valor Championship is a championship contested at the Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) training dojo.

Being a professional wrestling championship, it is not won via direct competition; it is instead won via a predetermined ending to a match. Each Medal of Valor match was a 2 out of 3 falls contest, until this stipulation was suspended by Mike Del upon his becoming champion. There have been thirteen reigns by eleven wrestlers. Conor Claxton was the first champion, who won it by defeating Ryan Galeone in a tournament final. Eran Ashe is the current champion.

CZW World Heavyweight Championship

The CZW World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship promoted by the professional wrestling promotion Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW). It was created and debuted on March 27, 1999 at CZW's The Staple Gun event.The championship is generally contested in professional wrestling matches, often with hardcore/ultraviolent stipulations. There have been a total of 50 reigns among 29 different wrestlers. The current title holder is Mance Warner, who defeated Rickey Shane Page for the vacant title on December 9, 2018.

CZW World Tag Team Championship

The CZW World Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling world tag team championship owned and copyrighted by the Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) promotion; it is contested for in their tag team division. It was created and debuted on February 13, 1999 at CZW's Opening Night event, where Jon Dahmer and Jose Rivera, Jr. were awarded the championship, becoming the inaugural champions in the process.Overall, there have been 60 reigns, shared between 77 individual wrestlers and 44 teams, and four vacancies.The Rep (Dave McCall & Nate Warner), are the current champions in their second reign.

Combat Zone Wrestling

Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) is an American independent wrestling promotion. In 1998, John Zandig and five of his students, Ric Blade, T.C.K, Lobo, Nick Gage, and Justice Pain (along with trainer Jon Dahmer) began to run professional wrestling shows in New Jersey and Delaware, showcasing a brand of hardcore wrestling dubbed as "ultraviolence". Ladders, tables, steel folding chairs, thumbtacks, barbed wire, weed whackers, light tubes, panes of glass, and fire are all common elements of "ultraviolent wrestling" in CZW. The company filled a niche for hardcore wrestling fans that had been left open by the folding of Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). CZW established themselves as the leading American hardcore wrestling promotion at the ECW Arena with their Cage of Death 3 show in 2001, the year ECW folded.

Their homegrown roster helped establish what became a top independent promotion in later years. Although they are most commonly known for their "ultraviolent" style, their shows feature almost every other style of wrestling as well. Just about any card will feature high flying, comedy, strong style, and technical wrestling. Their annual Tournament of Death show emphasizes the ultraviolent style of CZW, while their annual Best of the Best emphasizes on the technical and aerial style. CZW was broadcast on The Fight Network to viewers in the UK and Ireland as part of the Bloodbath program until The Fight Network closed in 2008. CZW now runs shows on a monthly basis at the Rastellies Kids Complex in Sewell, New Jersey; they will occasionally run shows outside New Jersey. In 2011, the Bleacher Report ranked CZW #1 on its list of the 25 worst wrestling promotions.In 2016, CZW was covered by Vice Media in the documentary Bloodlust: Tournament of Death: Inside America's Most Violent Deathmatch.

Danny Havoc

Danny Havoc is a retired American professional wrestler, best known for his work in Combat Zone Wrestling, Westside Xtreme Wrestling, Big Japan Pro Wrestling, Game Changer Wrestling, IWA Mid-South, IWA East Coast and IWA Deep-South, where he is known as an extreme or "deathmatch" wrestler. Known for mixing his technical style with hardcore, Havoc became a star for CZW, winning the Tournament of Death twice. At Tournament of Death 16 he announced his retirement and wrestled his final match against Alex Colon in Down With The Sickness the very same year.

Gypsy Joe

Gilberto Meléndez (December 2, 1933 – June 15, 2016) was a Puerto Rican professional wrestler better known under the ring name Gypsy Joe. While attaining much of his United States success in the Tennessee area, Meléndez also gained a following in Japan. He is perhaps best known in the wrestling industry for his remarkable longevity, with a career spanning seven decades, as well as his highly physical brawling style and tough reputation which made him an early pioneer of the hardcore wrestling scene.

Halfbreed Billy Gram

Billy Gram (born February 16, 1970) is an American musician, screenwriter, actor, professional wrestler manager, color commentator and political activist. He is best known for appearances with the Philly punk-metal band Saints in Hell and his solo project Ghostdance Tribe. He has also appeared for the professional wrestling promotions Combat Zone Wrestling and IWA Mid South as the manager of Cult Fiction.

International Wrestling Syndicate

International Wrestling Syndicate (IWS) is a professional wrestling promotion based out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Originating from the Dawson Wrestling Federation, it was formerly known as the Internet Wrestling Syndicate and World Wrestling Syndicate.

IWS is renowned as being one of the continent's longest running promotions, and one of hardcore wrestling's staunchest standouts, while evolving into a proving ground for young talent from Quebec, Ontario and Atlantic Canada.

Jimmy Havoc

James Mcahren (born 19 March 1984) is a British professional wrestler best known under the ring name Jimmy Havoc. Havoc is currently regularly working for Progress Wrestling, Defiant Wrestling, Major League Wrestling and Insane Championship Wrestling.

Between the four promotions Havoc is a former and longest reigning Progress World Champion and was one-half of the Defiant Tag Team Champions alongside Primate, and Mark Haskins. And was one-half of the Progress Tag Team Champions with Haskins. He is also the current Defiant Wrestling Hardcore Champion

Jun Kasai

Jun Kasai (葛西 純, Kasai Jun) (born September 9, 1974) is a Japanese professional wrestler, primarily competing for Pro Wrestling Freedoms. Dubbed the Crazy Monkey (クレイジーモンキー, Kureijī Monkī) for his violent and often self-harmful style of hardcore wrestling, Kasai is considered a breakthrough talent in Japanese wrestling, able to work both hardcore and technical styles. Outside Freedoms, Kasai has worked for the original Pro Wrestling Zero-One, Hustle, Ice Ribbon, CZW and Big Japan Pro Wrestling.

Masada (wrestler)

Brigham Paul Doane (born June 16, 1981), better known by his ring name Masada, is an American professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances in Ring of Honor (ROH), Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), Anarchy Championship Wrestling (ACW), Westside Xtreme Wrestling (wXw), Full Impact Pro (FIP), NWA Wildside, and his tours with Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW). He has also wrestled matches for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).

Masada is a former CZW World Heavyweight Champion, which he held simultaneously with the CZW Ultraviolent Underground Championship.

Masashi Takeda (wrestler)

Masashi Takeda (竹田 誠志, Takeda Masashi, born August 13, 1985) is a Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial artist, primarily working for Big Japan Pro Wrestling (BJW) in the Deathmatch division, where he is the current BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Champion in his first reign. Takeda also competes in Freedoms and occasionally All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) as a freelancer.

Matt Tremont

Matthew "Matt" Tremont is an American professional wrestler and promoter, who currently works for Game Changer Wrestling (GCW) where he is a former GCW World Heavyweight Championship, and Hardcore Hustle Organisation (H2O) where he is the promoter. He previously worked for Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) - where he is a former CZW World Heavyweight Champion - and Westside Xtreme Wrestling (wXw). In addition he has appeared in IWA Mid-South, IWA Deep-South and IWA East Coast where he is the winner of Masters of Pain in 2012. He also owns a store in the Berlin Farmers Market called Bulldozer's Collectibles and owns and operates his own independent wrestling company called Hardcore Hustle Organization or H2O. He is the only death match wrestler to win all the American Death Match tournaments. He is referred to as “The Grandslam Champion” of deathmatch wrestling. He also has started his own heel stable called The Awakening. Which consists of himself “Father Matthew” , Joe Stockade and G-Raver.

Nick Gage

Nicholas W. Wilson (born September 22, 1980) is an American professional wrestler, best known for his work in Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW). Wilson currently wrestles under the ring name Nick Gage in Game Changer Wrestling (GCW) and various promotions on the independent circuit.

Along with being the first-ever CZW World Heavyweight Champion, until early 2011, Gage had wrestled at nearly every CZW show and had competed in more CZW matches than any other wrestler. In addition to these accomplishments, he has held the World Tag Team, Iron Man, Ultraviolent Underground, and Death Match championships during his CZW career. Gage's brother Chris Wilson is also a professional wrestler and performed in CZW under the ring name Justice Pain.In April 2011, Gage was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to second degree bank robbery.

SeXXXy Eddy

Edward Dorozowsky (born April 13, 1978) is a Canadian professional wrestler and former promoter, best known by his ring name SeXXXy Eddy. He has competed in several North American independent promotions including Chikara, Combat Zone Wrestling, IWA Mid-South, Jersey All Pro Wrestling, Northern Championship Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, and has toured Europe with International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom and Westside Xtreme Wrestling.Eddy is also the co-founder of the International Wrestling Syndicate along with PCP Crazy F’N Manny and Nixon Stratus. As part of his controversial in-ring persona, heavily influenced by "Ravishing" Rick Rude and Shawn Michaels, he has wrestled in a considerable number of mixed and intergender matches with numerous female wrestlers.

Wifebeater (wrestler)

Matthew Prince is an American retired Marine and professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Wifebeater. He is best known for his tenure in Combat Zone Wrestling from 1999 to 2004. He is known for his ring attire (a wifebeater and jeans) and a weed whacker that he brought to the ring with him, and sometimes used on his opponents.

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