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 2016, CZW was covered by Vice Media in the documentary Bloodlust: Tournament of Death: Inside America's Most Violent Deathmatch.[1][2][3][4][5]

Combat Zone Wrestling
Private
IndustryProfessional wrestling
Founded1998 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
HeadquartersBlackwood, New Jersey, U.S.
Area served
United States
Key people
Websitehttp://www.czwrestling.com/

History

Pro Wrestling Academy

Combat Zone Wrestling's Pro Wrestling Academy was founded in New Jersey by John Zandig in 1998. After training the classes alone, Zandig enlisted the help of Jon Dahmer, who helped train with Zandig for the next three classes. The first student trained was Lobo, who worked with Zandig before their wrestling careers. Nick Gage and Justice Pain were the next two students to be trained by Zandig. The fourth student and fifth student trained was TCK and Ric Blade. The academy relocated to The 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA and briefly merged with the Chikara Wrestle Factory. Shortly after the second class, the Academy separated from the Chikara Wrestle Factory and moved its operation back to New Jersey, then back to Philadelphia, and now to Blackwood, New Jersey.[6] Previously, Drew Gulak was the head trainer of the academy, with members of the CZW locker room joining them every session. He later joined WWE in 2016.

Japan connection

Early 2000 saw CZW establish a connection with the death match wrestling orientated company Big Japan Pro Wrestling, credited to have popularized the death match wrestling style that CZW continued to emphasize in the United States, dubbed as "Ultraviolence". Both promotions traded talent throughout 2000 and 2001, the company vs company feud was primarily based in Japan. The "CZW warriors" in BJW included Wifebeater, Nick Gage, Trent Acid, Justice Pain, Johnny Kashmere, Nate Hatred, Ruckus, Nick Berk, as well as John Zandig as the leader.[7]

Notable incidents included Zandig turning face in Japan and Jun Kasai joining Zandig as part of his Big Dealz stable in CZW. Kasai competed in a match which was later dubbed "Un F'N Believable," in reference to the shows name. During the match, Kasai was crucifix bombed over the top rope into lightubes, barbed wire and tables, causing Kasai's elbow bone to pop out of his skin, he continued the match after having his elbow taped up.[8]

During 2001 in Japan, the Wifebeater and Ryuji Yamakawa faced off in a match which ended Yamakawa's career after the Wifebeater chokensteined him off the ring apron through a table set up on the outside. In a 'shoot interview' Wifebeater stated communication difficulties between the two was a major factor which led to the incident. Wifebeater pleaded that they should not execute the maneuver, though the move went on and saw Yamakawa's head slam against the concrete. Both wrestlers have stated that it was half of each other's fault when Yamakawa did not take the move as it should be performed; back first, though some even blame the Japanese tables, which are smaller, more sturdy and harder to break, the table in this incident did not break and simply slipped from underneath of Yamakawa thus only connecting with his legs, causing his head to take the impact on the concrete.[9]

The reason for the collapse of the inter-promotional deal is uncertain. After a controversial exploding panes of glass match, between Zandig and Mitsuhiro Matsunaga in Japan, 2001, Zandig left BJW with the BJW death match title belt. Many wrestlers of both promotions at the time were confused about the collapse between the two.[9]

Champs Arena, PPV, and Fake You TV

In February 2000, the company would relocate from their home arena in Mantua, New Jersey to Champs Soccer Arena, in Sewell, New Jersey. They would remain there for two years until the state of New Jersey banned the use of ultraviolent weapons (such as glass, barbed wire, and fire) in wrestling. To counteract the ban, CZW branched out from New Jersey to Delaware, where they would host their more ultraviolent shows throughout the rest of the company's existence.

A pay-per-view taping for the June 25, 2000 show, was put in place. The event was scheduled to be main evented by Terry Funk and Atsushi Onita in an explosion match, a rematch of their FMW 4th Anniversary Show encounter. The deal fell through when Onita canceled. Although the show took place and was main evented by Nick Gage and the Wifebeater in the first ever 200 lightubes match in the United States, the show was later called 'They Said it Couldn't be Done'.[10]

On June 8, 2001, the company secured a TV taping for the show Take 1. During the main event as part of a dual 20 ft balcony dive, Ric Blade suffered a broken leg after landing on Justice Pain, who laid upon two stacked tables, Nick Gage was to attempt the second dive with Lobo a few meters away. Gage slipped and fell from atop the balcony to the ground, but was able to continue, unlike Blade who had to be stretchered out. The spot was cut from TV. The TV tapings aired on WGTW-48, as a part of CZW's very own show Fake You TV, which was available in many northeastern states in the US. After many business changes by the WGTW-48 production team over the years, including a time slot change from Saturdays at 9.00PM to a weeknight at midnight slot, to compete with other promotions, this idea was a failure and Fake You TV continued to strive. CZW continued to endure every business decision that WGTW-48 formulated and executed until the channel decided not to air the June 18, 2004 episode due to its content, through negative effects on the fans and after much consideration, CZW decided to withdraw the show indefinitely.[11]

Viking Hall debut and Indy Wars

Due to their upcoming annual Cage Of Death 3 (COD) show at the end of 2001, the company needed a bigger venue and made their debut in the ECW Arena, formerly Viking Hall and currently The Arena. The venue was the first sellout in the building since the era of ECW, and hundreds were turned away from the biggest show in the promotion's history.[12]

Several promotions competed for the Northeast fan base that had been left behind by ECW in what became known as the 'Indy Wars." CZW, XPW, and 3PW were the key promotions which revolved around Viking Hall. XPW were given the lease to the arena in very late 2002 after Rob Black offered around $60,000. On December 12, 2002, as part of a triple header of wrestling in Philadelphia Ring of Honor ran shows in conjunction with CZW and 3PW in what was to be the latter two promotions last events in the arena. During CZW's event, Zandig publicly stated that they had offered $32,000 to stay in the arena, but also stating that with the $10,000 a month XPW would need to pay for the building, the lease would not last long.

Accompanied by incidents relating to Extreme Associates, XPW later folded in 2003. CZW made their return to the arena on March 8, 2003.

ECW tribute and Italy

Shortly after their return to the arena, on May 10, 2003, the company promoted a show entitled "Then & Now: A Decade of Defiance." The event was a tribute to the last ten years of wrestling in the New Alhambra Arena, or at the time; Viking Hall.

On October 25, 2003, the promotion made their debut in Italy with an attendance record of 2,000 people filled the Palasport Arena in Pistoia,[13] later on March 27, 2004, the company returned for another event which featured Sabu in a tables match this time only drawing 500 people in Parma.[14]

IWA-MS Invasion

On June 14, 2003, mid-south based promotion Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South (IWA-MS) invaded CZW as part of a kayfabe angle which led to an inter-promotional feud throughout most of 2003. During the night of the initial invasion, the crowd was so riled up that they began hurling chairs into the ring at Ian Rotten, Corporal Robinson, and J.C. Bailey of IWA-MS. The Delaware wrestling commissioner, who was in the ring at the time, was struck in the side of the head. The feud was based in both promotions and a major part led into CZW's Tournament of Death 2, five IWA-MS wrestlers and three CZW wrestlers entered into the 8-man single elimination tournament. The semi-final saw two CZW wrestlers John Zandig and Nick Mondo compete in a 2 out of 3 lightube log cabin match, a match which is said to have ended Nick Mondo's career (However, In Mondo's shoot interview he stated that T.O.D 2 was going to be his last appearance anyway). Towards the end of the match Zandig Mother F'N Bombed Nick Mondo off a 40 ft rooftop as both Zandig and Mondo crashed into tables and a lightube log cabin contraption. He continued the Tournament with 3 broken bones in his wrist and won the tournament after defeating Ian Rotten in a 200 lightubes final.

Zandig hanging incident

During John Zandig's feud with heel stable the Hi-5, Zandig was suspended in the middle of the ring by meat hooks from the roof of the arena. The incident led into the setup of the main event at Cage of Death 2003, where a cage was suspended from the roof, the event was called Cage of Death 5: Suspended. The company remained successful that year and had a sold out crowd for their annual Cage of Death show.

Later years

During 2005, CZW established a connection with local promotion Chikara, which established into a joint training school known as 'The Wrestle Factory' in the New Alhambra Arena, with head trainers Chris Hero and Mike Quackenbush. During 2007, CZW departed from the training school to form their own, much like their older school.

The company remained strong in the forthcoming years with new booker, Mike Burns, who was responsible for one of the best runs in the promotion's history. Pancoast Productions, a company which for many years was responsible for a lot of CZW's logos and TitanTron work, among other things, briefly departed from the company in late 2005 after an altercation between Pancoast Productions owner Mike Pancoast and John Zandig.

At their Cage of Death 7 show at the end of 2005, former CZW Ironman Champion Chris Hero cut a promo challenging "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson to a match at the next show. Backstage during this promo, CZW owner John Zandig was furious. Zandig did not know of the deal that CZW booker, Mike Burns arranged with Ring of Honor (ROH) Booker, Gabe Sapolsky. The news of CZW working with ROH made Zandig go into a frenzy. Zandig was approached backstage by Mike Pancoast, after a very vocal argument Zandig pushed him down a flight of stairs. One worker quoted Zandig telling Pancoast, "Make sure to grab the rail on your way down."

D.J. Hyde ownership

Wrestler D.J. purchased CZW from Zandig in 2009. The first show booked by DJ Hyde was Tangled Web 2. Since then, CZW has held its first shows in Germany,[15] Massachusetts,[16] Ohio, South Carolina and Indiana.[17] They also returned to Japan and has brought back previous stars like Homicide,[18] The Briscoe Brothers,[19] Derek Frazier, and BJ Whitmer.[20] In 2014 CZW toured England as part of a cross promotion with Tidal Championship Wrestling.

In January 2012, CZW & ECW's arena was sold and was later temporarily closed, not reopening until December 2013. The closing of the venue forced CZW to look for a new home, now running monthly events at Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, New Jersey. After 13 years in business together, in 2013 Combat Zone Wrestling and Smart Mark Home Video ceased partnership after a falling-out. As of February 2013 all Combat Zone Wrestling events are filmed, edited, and distributed by RF Video. On July 12, 2017, it was reported Dave Marquez had bought into Combat Zone Wrestling as part-owner of the company.[21]

GCW Incident

On December 9, 2017, CZW's Cage of Death 19 show ended with Nick Gage and Brett Lauderdale from rival promotion Game Changer Wrestling invading the ring. Reportedly, CZW booker Giancarlo Dittamo had pitched an invasion angle to DJ Hyde, but was shot down. Without telling anyone, Dittamo decided to go through with the angle regardless. Police were called to the arena, but Dittamo, Gage and Lauderdale had all left the venue by the time they arrived. Hyde was reportedly "beyond furious" over the incident, firing Dittamo from CZW.[22]

Other activities

CZW also partners with other promotions like: wXw for their Germany promotions, and FMW, in a one-time match between Matt Tremont and Atsushi Onita.

CZW Studios

CZW Studios
Owned byCombat Zone Wrestling
Websitewww.czwstudios.com

CZW Studios is a video-on-demand service owned by Combat Zone Wrestling. In 2015, CZW signed a deal for pay-per-views on In Demand.[23][24] All major CZW events air live on the service, which also features matches from the promotion's archives, dating back to 2002. The service has a current monthly subscription price of $9.99.[25]

Maven Bentley Association

Maven Bentley Association
Private
IndustryProfessional wrestling
Founded2005
HeadquartersPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Key people
Maven Bentley
(2009–present)
ProductsOfficial distributor
WebsiteMaven Bentley Association, LCC.

The Maven Bentley Association (MBA) is Combat Zone Wrestling's sister company, run by Maven Bentley. The MBA is the sole owner of the Maven Bentley character. It provides promoter services to independent wrestling companies as well as the character Maven Bentley for acting and other entertainment endeavors. Half of the roster are mainly from CZW.[26] The MBA LLC has provided services for some of the top names in the wrestling business such as Ring of Honor (ROH), World Xtreme Wrestling (WXW), World Sumo League (WSL), and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).[27]

In 2007, CZW had a short lived feud with the MBA, who had been running amok in CZW for the past few months with the power-mad Bentley abusing his authority. Bentley "hired" a few of CZW's own wrestlers to help him take over the company. Those wrestlers included Diehard Dustin Lee, Scotty Vortekz, Brain Damage, and DJ Hyde. Bentley himself got involved as he was scheduled to face Lobo in a lumberjack strap match, which he lost at Cage of Death 9. The MBA returned to the CZW Arena for its "Economic Crisis" event on January 31, 2009.[28]

Championships

Championship: Champion(s): Defeated: Date Won: Location:
MBA Heavyweight Championship Andy Sumner DJ Hyde June 6, 2008 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
MBA Tag Team Championship BLKOUT (Eddie Kingston & Sabian) Cory Kastle and Jon Dahmer June 21, 2006 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
MBA A-Maven-Can Idol Heavyweight Championship Daunte Sweet Derek Frazier April 16, 2005 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Annual events

Event Year(s) active Notes
CZW Cage of Death 1999 Cage Match Gimmick
CZW Best of the Best 2001 Junior Heavyweight Tournament
CZW Tournament of Death 2002 Ultraviolent Tournament
CZW Night of Infamy 2002 Ultraviolent Event
CZW Deja Vu 2002 Ultraviolent Event
CZW Down With the Sickness 2005 Chri$ Ca$h Memorial Show
CZW Tangled Web 2008 Barbed Wire Spiderweb Match Gimmick
CZW High Stakes 2002 (1st) 2014 (5th)
CZW Down With The Sickness Ladders and Scaffold match gimmicks

Cage of Death

Combat Zone Wrestling's biggest show is the end of the year Cage of Death. It always features the "Cage of Death" match, a steel cage with various weapons, objects, and plenty of wrestling violence. Electrified cage walls, cacti, ladders, tables, steel folding chairs, barbed wire, light tubes, fire, glass, thumbtacks, and baseball bats have been used in it. Matches that also always include the high risk wrestling stunts and bumps. The Cage of Death also has different formats and stipulations: singles, tag team, or gauntlet.

Tournament of Death

Combat Zone Wrestling's yearly death-match tournament features the use of fire, weed whackers, light tubes, and other weapons. Previous winners include Wifebeater (TOD 1 and 3), Nick Mondo (TOD 2), Necro Butcher (TOD 4), Nick Gage (TOD 5 & TOD vs. Gorefest), Drake Younger (TOD 6), Brain Damage (TOD: FF), Jimmy Havoc (TOD 7), and John Zandig who gave the trophy over to Thumbtack Jack who lost the Tournament of Death trophy at Best of the Best to DJ Hyde (TOD 8). Due to the incidents at TOD 8 another event named TOD 8.5 Rewind took place in the same year which was won by Thumbtack Jack. Scotty Vortekz won TOD 9. Masada won TOD X, XI and TOD: Europe.

Best of the Best

Combat Zone Wrestling's yearly tournament that differs from other CZW events in how it emphasizes athleticism more than the use of weapons. The Best of the Best tournament is, by design, a Junior Heavyweight Tournament. In 2005, however, the tournament was formatted as an open weight tournament. The next year, it returned to its original format. Previous winners include Winger, Trent Acid, B-Boy, Sonjay Dutt, Mike Quackenbush, Ruckus, Joker, Sabian, Egotistico Fantastico, Adam Cole and Sami Callihan in that order.

DeJa Vu

The first show featured a bloody barbed wire match between Zandig and Lobo. Since then the Deja Vu card has been held on an almost yearly basis.

Chri$ Ca$h Memorial Show

As of 2005 Combat Zone Wrestling annually run a memorial tribute event to Christopher "Chri$ Ca$h" Bauman titled "Down with the Sickness" after Chri$ Ca$h's theme song from the band Disturbed. The show originally started as a double header afternoon show, with another CZW event taking place later in the evening. Many former CZW trainees have made appearances on past events, including longtime friend GQ, who has wrestled on all of the events.

Tangled Web

Every year since 2008, CZW has held this event in which a barbed-wire "spiderweb" is used.

Combat Zone: Beyond Wrestling

CZW launched this program for non-hardcore fans, which involves technical wrestlers fighting it out.

Dojo Wars

CZW launched this program to train future CZW stars.

Roster

Championships

Current champions

As of May 23, 2019

Championship Current champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes
CZW World Heavyweight Championship John Silver 1 April 13, 2019 40+ Voorhees, New Jersey Defeated David Starr in the finals of the Best of the Best tournament.
CZW World Tag Team Championship The House of Gangone
(Anthony Gangone and The Amazing Red)
1 March 2, 2019 82+ Voorhees Township, New Jersey Defeated The REP (Dave McCall and Nate Carter) at Trifecta Elimination 2019.
CZW Wired Championship Jordan Oliver 1 October 13, 2018 222+ Voorhees, New Jersey Defeated Eddy Blackwater at Better Than Our Best 2018.
CZW Medal of Valor Championship Eran Ashe 1 October 19, 2018 216+ Voorhees Township, New Jersey Captain Dojo Wars (Ari Abbott) won an opportunity to name the stipulation in a title match. He chose to have Pennington defend against Ashe.

Defunct championships

Championship Last champion(s) Reign Date won Days
held
Location Notes
CZW Death Match Championship Nate Hatred 2 August 9, 2003 N/A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Defeated Nick Gage at Aftermath – The Wounds Run Deep!.
CZW Interpromotional Hardcore Championship Lobo 1 May 29, 1999 343 Malaga, New Jersey Defeated John Kronus and TCK in a three-way match for the vacated title at a live event.
CZW Iron Man Championship Egotistico Fantastico 1 June 13, 2009 28 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Defeated Sami Callihan at Best of the Best 9.
CZW Ultraviolent Underground Championship Masada 1 July 9, 2011 315 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Defeated Danny Havoc at New Heights.
CZW World Junior Heavyweight Championship Greg Excellent 2 March 14, 2015 210 Voorhees Township, New Jersey Defeated Alexander James at Deja Vu.

See also

References

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Adam Cole

Austin Jenkins (born July 5, 1989), better known by his ring name Adam Cole, is an American professional wrestler. He is signed to WWE, where he performs on the NXT brand and is a member of The Undisputed Era (alongside Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly, and Roderick Strong).

Cole was the inaugural NXT North American Champion and the co-winner of the 2018 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic with O'Reilly; he was also recognized as NXT Tag Team Champion with Fish and O'Reilly, with WWE recognizing him at the time as the first ever double champion in NXT history. Cole is widely known for his tenure with Ring of Honor (ROH) where he became a three-time ROH World Champion and was the first wrestler to achieve this feat. In addition, he is a one-time ROH World Television Champion.

Cole has also wrestled for several independent promotions, including Chikara, Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), where he was a one-time and the longest-reigning CZW World Junior Heavyweight Champion, and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), where he was a one-time PWG World Champion, holding the record for the longest reign in the title's history. He is also known for his time in New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) where he was part of the Bullet Club stable.

B-Boy

Benito "Benny" Cuntapay (born December 29, 1978) is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name, B-Boy. He is best known for his work in the independent circuit, where he worked in promotions like Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), Jersey All Pro Wrestling (JAPW) or Wrestling Society X (WSX). He is a CZW World Heavyweight Champion, one-time CZW Iron Man Champion and three-times PWG World Tag Team Champion (once with Homicide and twice with Super Dragon). He also won the CZW 2003 Best of the Best tournament and the PWG 2004 Tango & Cash Invitational tournament with Homicide. He also wrestled as Bael for Lucha Underground, but was killed by Matanza as part of the storyline.

Brain Damage (wrestler)

Marvin Lambert (December 14, 1977 – October 18, 2012) was an American professional wrestler best known by his ring name Brain Damage.

Brain Damage competed for a number of different promotions throughout his career, but is best known for his work in Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South (IWA Mid-South) and Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW). In IWA Mid-South, Brain Damage formed a tag team with Deranged, known as the Vulgar Display of Power. They won the IWA Mid-South Tag Team Championship once and also won the IWA Mid-South Double Death Tag Team Tournament in both 2007 and 2008. In CZW, Brain Damage is a two time CZW Iron Man Champion and a two time CZW Ultraviolent Underground Champion. He held both the Iron Man Championship and the Ultraviolent Underground Championship simultaneously.

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 Scoopswrestling.com, 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 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 House Of Gangone (Anthony Gangone & Amazing Red), are the current champions in their first reign.

Chri$ Ca$h

Christopher John Bauman Jr. (July 13, 1982 – August 18, 2005) was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Chri$ Ca$h. Bauman wrestled in many independent promotions, but is known for his time in Combat Zone Wrestling, where he was a CZW World Tag Team Champion. On August 18, 2005, Bauman was killed in a motorcycle accident.

J. C. Bailey

Joseph Carl Bailey Jr. (August 23, 1983 – August 30, 2010) was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name J. C. Bailey. He wrestled for numerous American-based professional wrestling promotions including Combat Zone Wrestling, IWA Mid-South, and IWA East Coast.

John Zandig

John Corson (born April 4, 1971), better known by the ring name John Zandig, is an American professional wrestler and promoter. He is the founder and former owner of the promotion Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW).

Joker (wrestler)

William Posada is an American independent professional wrestler best known under the ring name Joker. He worked for the Combat Zone Wrestling promotion, IWA Mid-South, Chikara and UWA Hardcore Wrestling.

Justice Pain

Christopher Wilson (born May 16, 1978) is an American retired professional wrestler better known by his ring name, Justice Pain. Pain is best known for his time in Combat Zone Wrestling, as well as Xtreme Pro Wrestling and Pro Wrestling Unplugged. He held numerous titles in his CZW stint and is the real life brother of CZW wrestler and former tag team partner Nick Gage.

List of CZW World Heavyweight Champions

The CZW World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship owned and copyrighted by the Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) promotion. The championship was created and debuted on March 27, 1999 at CZW's The Staple Gun event. The first time the championship changed hands on foreign soil was on April 15, 2001, when Wifebeater defeated John Zandig for the championship in Birmingham, England at a live event.Title reigns are determined by professionally wrestling matches, usually of the hardcore/ultraviolent type. All title changes happen at live events, which are usually released on DVD. The inaugural champion was Nick Gage, whom CZW recognized to have become the champion after defeating twenty other men in a battle royal on March 27, 1999 at CZW's The Staple Gun event. As of May 2019, John Zandig holds the record for most reigns, with six. At 567 days, Drake Younger's only reign is the longest in the title's history. The current champion is John Silver, who defeated David Starr for the title on April 13, 2019.

List of CZW World Tag Team Champions

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. The championship was created and debuted on February 13, 1999 at CZW's Opening Night event. Although the title is a world tag team championship, supposedly only intended for tag teams, a wrestler has held the championship by himself – Justice Pain. He held the championship on his own from November 20, 1999 to January 8, 2000, when he lost it to Diablos Macabre and Midknight, who are known as The Thrill Kill Kult, the same team he defeated to win the championship.

The inaugural champions were Jon Dahmer and Jose Rivera, Jr., who were awarded the championship on February 13, 1999 at CZW's Opening Night event. As of May 2019, The Backseat Boyz which consist of Johnny Kashmere and Trent Acid hold the record for most reigns, with four. Sabian holds the record for the most individual reigns with 7. The Best Around's one reign is the longest in the title's history, at 392 days. At less than one day, Dahmer and Rivera, Jr.'s only reign and 2 Girls, 1 Cup (Beef Wellington and Greg Excellent)'s first reign are tied for the shortest. The House of Gangone (Anthony Gangone and The Amazing Red) are the current champions, who are in their first reign. They defeated The REP (Dave McCall and Nate Carter) on March 2, 2019, at CZW Trifecta Elimination 2019 to win the titles. Overall, there have been 66 reigns, shared between 83 individual wrestlers and 47 teams, and four vacancies. )

Lobo (wrestler)

Joseph Eubanks (born 1975) is an American professional wrestler best known by the ring name Lobo. He wrestled primarily in Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), where he won every major championship and was the first inductee into the CZW Hall of Fame in 2004. He was formerly the CZW Commissioner/Talent Coordinator.

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.

Rich Swann

Richard Allen Swann (born February 15, 1991) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to Impact Wrestling, where he is the current Impact X Division Champion in his first reign. He also currently wrestles for Major League Wrestling and various independent promotions. Swann is also known for his time in WWE, where he is a former WWE Cruiserweight Champion. Additionally Swann has competed for promotions such as Evolve, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), Chikara, Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) and Dragon Gate. He is a former RevPro British Tag Team Champion, Open the United Gate, Open the Owarai Gate and Open the Triangle Gate Champion.

Ruckus (wrestler)

Claude Marrow is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Ruckus. He performs in Combat Zone Wrestling, Ring of Honor, Maryland Championship Wrestling, Chikara and Jersey All Pro Wrestling. While often appearing at a number of other independent promotions, Ruckus is a member of the Blackout/BLKOUT stable with Eddie Kingston, Sabian, Joker, and Robbie Mireno.

Sabian (wrestler)

Darnell Kittrell (born April 25, 1979) is an American professional wrestler. He currently performs for Combat Zone Wrestling under the ring name BLK Jeez, where he was a founding member of The Blackout / BLKOUT while under the ring name Sabian. In addition to CZW, he also competes for several other American independent promotions under either the Sabian or BLK Jeez ring names.

Trent Acid

Michael Verdi (November 12, 1980 – June 18, 2010), best known by his ring name Trent Acid, was an American professional wrestler. He worked as a tag team wrestler for most of his career, primarily as part of The Backseat Boyz with Johnny Kashmere, in several American independent promotions, including Combat Zone Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Unplugged, National Wrestling Superstars, also known as NWS based out of New Jersey and Ring of Honor. He also worked a singles career with several promotions, including Juggalo Championship Wrestling.

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