Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) is an American-based promotion, based around the 'ultraviolent' style of professional wrestling. In 1999, John Zandig and four of his students, Ric Blade, Lobo, Nick Gage and Justice Pain started to run wrestling shows in places like New Jersey and Delaware showcasing a brand of hardcore wrestling called "ultraviolent". Ladders, tables, thumbtacks, barbed wire, fluorescent light tubes and fire, are common elements of "ultraviolent" wrestling matches in CZW. The company holds shows in the New Alhambra Arena, starting with their Cage of Death 3 show in the year 2001, the year ECW folded. It has been criticized by smarks and the Internet wrestling community for showcasing "over the top" wrestling, and focusing more on the hardcore aspect than anything else.

Annual events

Cage of Death

Main article: Cage of Death

CZW's biggest show is the year-end Cage of Death. It always features the infamous "Cage Of Death" match, a steel cage with various weapons, objects, and plenty of wrestling violence. Electrified cage walls, cacti, tables, light tubes, glass, thumbtacks, baseball bats, and barbed-wire have been used in it. Matches always include high risk wrestling bumps. The Cage of Death also has different formats and stipulations, as it be a singles, tag team, or gauntlet match.

Tournament of Death

Main article: Tournament of Death

CZW's yearly death-match tournament features the use of fire, weed whackers, light tubes, and other weapons. T.O.D has resulted in excessive blood loss for many of the wrestlers who have participated in it. Previous winners include Wifebeater (TOD 1 and 3), Nick Mondo, Necro Butcher and Nick Gage.

Best of the Best

Main article: CZW Best of the Best

CZW's yearly tournament that differs from other CZW events in how it emphasizes athleticism more than weapons use. 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 and Ruckus in that order.

Chri$ Ca$h Memorial Show

As of 2005 Combat Zone Wrestling annually run a memorial tribute event to Christopher "Chri$ Ca$h" Bauman title "Down with a Sickness" after Chri$ 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.


Defunct Championships

Championship First Champion Final Champion Date Retired
CZW Death Match Championship Wifebeater Nate Hatred August 9, 2003
CZW Interpromotional Hardcore Championship Lobo Lobo June 5, 2000
CZW Iron Man Championship Derek Domino Egotistico Fantastico July 11, 2009
CZW Ultraviolent Underground Championship JC Bailey Masada May 19, 2012
CZW TV Championship Franc Cruz Alan King December 4, 2007
CZW Junior Heavyweight Championship Sensational One Greg Excellent October 10, 2015

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