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GCW Don’t Tell Me What To Do Review & Results

GCW Don’t Tell Me What To Do show was the second show of another doubleheader weekend in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The ‘Believe Me show, which took place the night before, was an enjoyable show all-around. Don’t Tell Me What To Do had the much weaker card on paper, so I was interested to see if the show would even come close to how I felt about Believe Me.

Let’s not waste anymore time, here’s the full recap/review for Don’t Tell Me What To Do.

GCW Don’t Tell Me What To Do Review/Recap

Jordan Oliver defeated Alec Price

I thoroughly enjoy Alec Price’s work and I hope to see him on more GCW shows in the future. He had a great showing against Oliver here, but I would have preferred if the match went a bit longer. 

Price targeted the head of Oliver throughout the bout, hitting multiple DDTs and attempting to hit a few different pile drivers. Oliver countered with his standard offense, with some of it not landing all the way. 

The match definitely had some low points here and there, but Oliver scored the win in about nine minutes after hitting the ‘Orange Crush’. 

Match Rating: 2.5/5

ASF defeated Drago Kid 

This was a good fast paced crash match that lasted about eight minutes. It featured your standard collection of insane dives, counters, and fast paced wrestling. All of it was really good and jaw-dropping, so much so that I couldn’t do any of it justice in my own words. 

ASF won via pinfall after hitting an avalanche sit out powerbomb, followed by his signature butterfly piledriver. 

Match Rating: 3.25/5

Blake Christian defeated Ninja Mack 

I was worried this match would be too similar to the last one, but it differentiated itself by adding some good striking from both guys. The match spent a good duration on the outside, with both guys getting in cool moves involving chairs. 

In the final minutes, both guys stopped the big move sequence and started trading nasty forearms in the center of the ring. The end of the bout saw Mack attempt a big move from the top rope, but being stopped dead in his tracks with a knee strike from Christian, which essentially scored him the victory. 

I’m really liking the new intense side of Christian. It reminds me of Lio Rush’s alter ego, the “Blackheart.” 

Match Rating: 3.5/5

Cole Radrick defeated Orin Veidt

Radrick didn’t want to introduce weapons immediately, but had his hand forced after Veidt smashed him in the back of the head with a light tube. Radrick got rid of his boundary quickly, diving onto Veidt who had been placed on a chair with a bundle of light tubes. 

Radrick seemingly had full control of the match as he sliced open the head of Veidt with a barbed wire door, but that turned out to not be the case as Veidt dodged a dove shortly after and sent Radrick back-first into the door. 

Veidt was in the driver’s seat for the rest of the match. The end of the match had Veidt slam Radrick through a bundle of tubes in the corner, but had his cover reversed quickly with Radrick coming out on top in a surprise win. 

Match Rating: 2.75/5

Jack Cartwheel defeated Bryan Keith, Billie Starkz, Jimmy Lloyd, Marcus Mathers & Colby Corino 

If you’ve seen one GCW scramble match, you’ve essentially seen all of them. Everybody got some good offense in, but Corino felt like the focus of the match per say as he took a lot of moves but also dished them back out. 

Cartwheel would go on to win in about six minutes after pinning Keith with a Shooting Star Press. 

This wasn’t bad, but rather predictable and followed a tired formula. 

Match Rating: 2/5

The Second Gear Crew (AJ Gray & Matthew Justice) defeated Joey Janela & Marko Stunt 

This was practically a street fight. The two teams brawled around the arena and used trash cans, wheelchairs, and hot sauce. Janela takes himself out after running through a door, while Stunt gets out through a table. 

Stunt and Janela recovered eventually and the match would find its way back in the ring. Lots of chairs being used here with Gray and Justice dishing out damage. The SGC’s onslaught of offense would eventually pay off after the duo hit a Doomsday Device on Stunt for the win.

This was fine, nothing more nothing less. 

Match Rating: 2.25/5

2 Cold Scorpio defeated Gringo Loco

This match didn’t really work for me. The two didn’t have much chemistry, which is excusable because they’ve never worked together to my knowledge. 

Scorpio also slowed the lucha-style of Loco way too much, so much that it made the match borderline boring. Scorpio is usually pretty good in these GCW matches, but this one didn’t click for me although he picked up the win with a double-stomp moonsault. 

Match Rating: 1.75/5

GCW Tag Team Champions The H8 Club (Nick Gage & Matt Tremont) defeated The Rejects (John Wayne Murdoch & Reed Bentley) in a title defense 

Tag team deathmatches aren’t a frequent attraction, so when they happen, they’re usually memorable. This one was no different. 

Gage and Tremont went toe to toe with The Rejects as the two duos just went bonkers with the usage of glass and light tubes. Gage got his signature pizza cutter spot on Murdoch’s forehead, and twice, for that matter! All four men were carved up on the forehead area by light tubes at one point or another. 

There were a few points where The Rejects looked like they were gonna score the victory, but Tremont and Gage picked up the win after Tremont poured a pile of thumbtacks on Bentley and hit a splash. 

Great stuff from all involved, although the bout dragged at some points. The contract that Gage received a few weeks ago is well-deserved.

Match Rating: 3.5/5

Final thoughts:

Just as I thought, Don’t Tell Me What To Do ended up being the weaker show compared to Believe Me. The difference wasn’t massive or anything like that, but I much enjoyed the highlights of ‘Believe Me’ than I did the highlights of this show. It was nice to see Nick Gage in his first real match (that wasn’t five minutes) since October. Meanwhile, give flowers to Blake Christian, as he has been an MVP of GCW thus far in 2022.

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