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CZW TANGLED WEB Death Match Features Legendary Ambition

Brandon Kirk believes he’s the future of the hardcore wrestling scene showcased by Combat Zone Wrestling in New Jersey.

The future gets his shot this weekend against a legend from the past. Kirk will face three-time Tournament of Death Champion Masada in a death match at CZW Tangled Web. The show takes place on Saturday at the Colossal Sports Academy at 333 Preston Avenue in Voorhees, NJ. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the first bell set for 8 p.m. You can click here to purchase tickets.

For those unfamiliar with death matches, you can view the below video of a recent Kirk match against Jimmy Lloyd.

Break Out the Barbed Wire for Kirk-Masada

Over the past 17 years, few hardcore wrestling talents can claim the type of success Masada’s achieved. Though he’s best known with Ring of Honor, Masada once worked a match on WWE Heat against Maven. He’s also won numerous titles across eight different promotions. He also starred internationally with Big Japan Pro Wrestling.

You could say he’s the type of guy wrestlers can use as a measuring stick for the progress of their careers. That’s exactly what Kirk intends to do this Saturday.

“He’s the young guy wanting to make a name for himself against one of the best. He called out the legend. It’s one of the matches people are talking about the most. The barbed-wire contraption will factor heavily in the match.”CZW Owner DJ Hyde

The 26-year-old Kirk teamed with Kasey Catal for a victory in his last death match against Mitch Vallen and Maria Manic at CZW 20 in February. Kirk also defeated Conor Claxton, Dan O’Hare and Kit Osborne in a Barbed Wire Madness Four Corners match at Tournament of Death. However, a win on Saturday would go down as one of the biggest of his career to this point.

Highlights of the Tangled Web Card

CZW World Champion John Silver makes his first title defense in another feature match against Matt Tremont. Silver defeated David Starr for the CZW gold last month at Best of the Best 18. Ironically, Starr also will wrestle for gold on Saturday at Take No Prisoners against AAW Champ Sami Callihan in Chicago.

“These are both two very loved guys by our fans. Matt is a big, beefy hardcore guy getting his first shot at our champion. John is a meaty, muscly guy. This match should get a pretty big reaction from the fans.”CZW Owner DJ Hyde

Meanwhile, a pair of ring technicians, Fred Yehi and Gary Jay, will square off in another featured match. Yehi recently scored a big victory over Eddie Edwards at AAW Hell Hath No Fury in March.

For those unfamiliar, Yehi twice won the FIP World Heavyweight title with wins over Joey Janela and Tracer X. Yehi also has wrestled against the likes of current NXT UK Champion WALTER, Austin Theory, Matt Riddle, Shane Strickland, Jordan Devlin, and Low Ki.

In the other corner, Jay challenged ZERO-ONE USA X-Division Champ Jake Parnell at EVOLVE 110 last August. In addition, Jay took on Matt Riddle at the IWA-MS Revolution Strong Style Tournament last summer.

“These guys should give us a masterpiece of technical wrestling, they are two very gritty guys.”CZW Owner DJ Hyde

Hyde said the other two matches he can announce are Casanova Valentine against Dan O’Hare and tag team action pitting IMHY against Young, Dumb & Broke.


Where: Colossal Sports Academy, 333 Preston Ave., Voorhees, NJ
When: Saturday, May 11, doors open 7 p.m., first bell 8 p.m.
Tickets: Available here
Match Card: 
World Championship – John Silver (c) vs. Matt Tremont
Death Match – Masada vs. Brandon Kirk
Singles Matches – Casanova Valentine vs. Dan O’Hare; Gary Jay vs. Fred Yehi
Tag Team Match – IMHY vs. Young, Dumb & Broke
Plus: The Platinum Honeys.

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By Joseph Spencer

I'm a former newspaper sports journalist and avid pro wrestling follower. Huge fan of The Man, Becky Lynch. Personally, a survivor of stage 2 colon cancer who is now in remission and currently works full time as an emergency 9-1-1 police, fire and ambulance dispatcher in central Illinois. Proud graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.