31 Days of Deathmatches – Day 20: Death House 4 Project Mayhem 8

If you didn’t catch episode one, welcome to 31 Days of Deathmatches. This is an advent calendar-style countdown to Halloween offering you a door of deliciously gory wrestling per day. Our trip to the spookiest day of the year will take us around the world and through time. This will chronicle some of the most significant deathmatches throughout the years but will mostly consist of my absolute favourite barbed wire bouts and glass shattering matches. Without further ado, let’s open the next door.

Welcome back to the death house! The most recent Fight Club Pro event saw the return of this violent spectacle and this time it was personal. Fight Club Pro was fighting for its honour as a team of FCP’s finest took on Schadenfreude in a battle for the soul of the promotion. Schadenfreude had taken over and ruined it in the eyes of its owner, Martin Zaki. To Chris Brookes, Fight Club Pro had nothing without them. They had been the top draws and if they left, there’d be nothing left to keep the company going. Whoever won in the death house cage, would win the company or close enough anyway.

This match played out like a Lethal Lockdown match. The cage itself was mainly made of construction barriers surrounding the ring, some wrapped with barbed wire. There were weapons all over the ring from light tubes to barbed wire to scaffolding and a board covered in plugs… I’m serious. Things were going to get nasty. It started with one member of each team and then would have a new entrant sequentially until all ten men featured in the match were there. Lucky Kid opened the show for Schadenfreude against Dan Moloney. We then got in order, Kyle Fletcher, Clint Margera (who went straight for the toys), Timothy Thatcher, Rickey Shane Page, Chris Brookes, Martin Zaki (who got mauled by all of Schadenfreude), El Phantasmo and lastly Trent Seven. With all the combatants in place, things could get crazy.

This match lasted nearly an hour so I won’t summarise it all but some of the best bits include, Clint Margera being thrown into carpet grippers, Clint Margera getting a light tube low blow, Mark Davis killing Trent Seven with a crutch, Timothy Thatcher being a general badass all match, Fight Club Pro bringing in multiple death match idols to be part of its team, Schadenfreude’s complete dominance early on and the systematic torture of Martin Zaki, the emergence of Jimmy Havoc to even the odds and going John Woo with staple guns, the cameraman getting involved and being punished for it, Rickey Shane Page eating a light tube, Clint Margera breaking Chris Brookes’ back with chairs, the Driller using a literal drill, a ring of tacks and glass, Thatcher getting Curb Stomped into tacks, ELP’s super swanton, Timothy Thatcher’s barbed wire Sleeper Hold, Margera being put through the plug board, Chris Brookes killing Martin Zaki with a Senton through the construction barrier, Rickey and the wall of light tubes, Dan Moloney hulking up on light tubes and lastly the Super Piledriver finish. That’s just the highlights… imagine what you see if you watch the full match.

This was the Endgame of the Fight Club Pro Infinity War. It was a personal, bloody, chaotic brawl that ended with Fight Club Pro’s biggest underdog and top face get the big victory over the enemy of the company. Even the filming style was chaotic. There were accidents, botches and bad moments on camera but you know what, that makes even better. This felt like a DIY murder cage match so I want the cameras to reflecting that. An hour is a long time to watch but my god it was worth it. And I’ve finally got to talk about Chris Brookes in this calendar, the positives keep rolling in.

Come back tomorrow for your next deathmatch treat!

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