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The CZW Tournament of Death is an annual professional wrestling tournament organised by Combat Zone Wrestling since 2002, during which a number of wrestlers compete in various deathmatches in (for the most part) a single-elimination tournament which is similar to World Wrestling Entertainment's King of the Ring tournament. These tournaments include the typical weapons used in hardcore wrestling such as barbed wire, nails, thumbtacks, fire, and light tubes, and are known for their large amount of blood loss.

Notable entrants in the Tournament of Death have included Necro Butcher, Ian Rotten, Corporal Robinson, Nick Mondo, Ruckus, Eddie Kingston and Mickie Knuckles (the only female entrant to date) and Japanese deathmatch legend Abdullah Kobayashi. Many of the cards have also included non-tournament matches featuring top independent wrestlers such as Sonjay Dutt, Nick Berk, Trent Acid, The Blackout and B-Boy.

List of winners

Tournament of Death I

August 31, 2002 saw the first annual CZW Tournament of Death Tournament, held in Dover, Delaware. Non-tournament matches included a tag scramble match which saw The Backseat Boyz defeat Derek Frasier & Sonjay Dutt, Jon Dahmer & Towel Boy and The New School, as well as a Three Way Dance in which Ruckus defeated Justice Pain and Nick Berk. On winning the tournament, Wifebeater became the CZW Death Match Champion, however, the title was vacated on November 9 2002 upon his retirement.

Competitors


Round One

[1][2]Wifebeater hits Nick Mondo with a weed whacker during the final of TOD1.#Zandig vs. Nate Hatred - Barbed Wire Boards

  1. Wifebeater def. Necro Butcher - Staple Gun & Mousetraps & Falls Count Anywhere
  2. Nick Gage def. Toby Klein - Barbed Wire Boards & Wooden Strips with Nails
  3. Nick Mondo def. Homeless Jimmy - Weapons

Semi Finals

  1. Wifebeater def. Nick Gage - Panes of Glass, Lightube And Ultraviolent Barbed Wire Match
  2. Nick Mondo def. The Messiah - Fans Bring The Weapons

Final

  1. Wifebeater def. Nick Mondo - Barbed Wire Ropes, 200 Light Tubes, Weedwacker And Panes Of Glass Match

Both men were attacked by Lobo, Rockin Rebel, Z-Barr, Adam Flash, & Danny Rose. Lobo then entered Flash into the tournament and challenged anyone in the locker room. The Messiah returned and defeated Flash with Carlito's Way

Tournament of Death II

July 26, 2003 saw the second CZW Tournament of Death, again held in Dover, Delaware. Non-tournament matches included Trent Acid pinning Z-Barr, Johnny Kashmere pinning Nick Berk, and a tag match in which B-Boy & Messiah defeated Sonjay Dutt & Ruckus. Although Nick Mondo won the tournament, due to the injuries he sustained he had to vacate his CZW Iron Man Championship afterwards.

Competitors [3][4]Nick Mondo after winning the TOD2.

Round One

  1. Zandig def. Nate Webb - Panes of Glass Match
  2. Nick Mondo def. JC Bailey - Light Tubes & Ladders Match
  3. Necro Butcher def. Corporal Robinson - 4 Corners of Pain Match
  4. Ian Rotten def. Nick Gage - Barbed Wire Boards & Light Tube Table Match

Semi Finals

  1. Ian Rotten def. Necro Butcher - Fans Bring The Weapons Match
  2. Nick Mondo def. Zandig - 2/3 Light Tube Log Cabins Match

Final

  1. "Sick" Nick Mondo def. Ian Rotten - Barbed Wire Ropes, 200 Light Tubes Match

Tournament of Death III

On July 24, 2004, the third CZW Tournament of Death (subtitled Banned...My Ass) was held in Smyrna, Delaware. This year there were no non-tournament matches held, however, the number of entrants rose from eight to twelve (including representatives of Canada's International Wrestling Syndicate).

Competitors


  • Arsenal
  • Evil Ninja #2
  • Nick Gage
  • Ruckus
  • Necro Butcher
  • The Green Phantom
  • JC Bailey
  • Chri$ Ca$h

Ruckus entered as a substitute for John Zandig

Round One

  1. Arsenal def. Evil Ninja #2 - 2/3 Light Tube Log Cabins Match
  2. Nick Gage def. Ruckus - Barbed Wire Boards Match
  3. Wifebeater def. Mad Man Pondo - Fans Bring the Weapons Match
  4. Sexxxy Eddy def. Ian Knoxx - Thumbtacks, Carpet Strips & Board Match
  5. Necro Butcher def. The Green Phantom - Fans Bring the Weapons Match
  6. JC Bailey def. Chri$ Ca$h - Light Tubes & Ladders Match

Semi Finals

  1. Sexxxy Eddy def. Arsenal - Light Tube Ropes & Light Tube Corners Match
  2. Wifebeater def. JC Bailey - Fans Bring the Weapons Match
  3. Necro Butcher def. Nick Gage - Panes of Glass Match

Final

  1. Wifebeater def. Necro Butcher - Barbed Wire Ropes, Fans Bring The Weapons, Light Tube Cage Part, Barbed Wire Cage Part & Falls Count Anywhere Match

Sexxxy Eddy was taken to hospital following the match after suffering a wound to the arm, and so could not compete in the final

Tournament of Death IV

On July 30, 2005, the fourth CZW Tournament of Death took place in New Castle, Delaware. This year's show included a non-tournament Ultraviolent Student Battle Royal, won by WHACKS, as well as featuring Gypsy Joe as special guest referee for the tournament final. After the final, as Necro Butcher had eliminated the then CZW Ultraviolent Underground Champion Zandig, he was awarded the title.

Competitors


  • JC Bailey
  • Sexxxy Eddy
  • Toby Klein
  • Mad Man Pondo

Robbie Mireno and Eddie Kingston entered as one, losing to Zandig in a first round handicap match

Round One

  1. JC Bailey def. Sexxxy Eddy - Barbed Wire Madness Match
  2. Toby Klein def. Mad Man Pondo - Light Tube Ropes & Light Tube Corners Match
  3. Brain Damage def. Beef Wellighton - 2/3 Ultraviolent Tables Match
  4. Necro Butcher def. Ian Rotten - Home Run Derby Deathmatch
  5. Nick Gage def. Nate Webb - Ladders And Lighttubes Match
  6. Zandig def. Robbie Mireno and Eddie Kingston - Fans Bring The Weapons Match

Semi Finals

  1. Necro Butcher def. Brain Damage - Fans Bring The Weapons Match
  2. Zandig def. Toby Klein - 2/3 Light Tube Log Cabins Match
  3. Nick Gage def. JC Bailey - Panes Of Glass Match

Final

  1. Necro Butcher def. Zandig and Nick Gage - Ultraviolent Boxes, Squared Circle Of Fear & Whatever The F@#k Is Left Match

Tournament of Death V

The fifth CZW Tournament of Death was held in Smyrna, Delaware on July 29, 2006. The format changed slightly for this show, with the first round matches being three-way elimination matches, the second round matches being 4-way double elimination matches, and the final being a single elimination 4 way match. Non-tournament matches included The Blackout (Ruckus & Robbie Mireno) defeating Drew Gulak & Jimmy Dream, and Kylie defeating former ECW star Chad Austin.

Competitors


  • Brandon Prophet
  • Nick Gage
  • Andy Sumner
  • JC Bailey

Round One

  1. Brandon Prophet and Nick Gage elim. Andy Sumner - Barbed Wire Ropes & Light Tubes Match
  2. JC Bailey and Drake Younger elim. Lobo - Light Tubes & Barbed Wire Spider Webs Match
  3. Brain Damage and Necro Butcher elim. Toby Klein - Barbed Wire Ropes, Fans Bring The Weapons Match
  4. Danny Havoc and DJ Hyde elim. John Zandig - Barbed Wire Ropes, Barbed Wire Boards & Panes Of Glass Match

Semi Finals

  1. Nick Gage and Brain Damage elim. Brandon Prophet and Necro Butcher - Fans Bring The Weapons Match
  2. Drake Younger and JC Bailey elim. DJ Hyde and Danny Havoc - Light Tubes, Ladders & Lemons Match

Final

  1. Nick Gage def. Brain Damage, Drake Younger and JC Bailey - Light Tubes, Panes of Glass & Fans Bring The Weapons Match

Tournament of Death VI

Tournament of Death VI returned to Smyrna, Delaware on June 9, 2007. This was a 12 man tournament, with non-tournament matches including Team AnDrew (Andy Sumner & Drew Gulak) defeating the then CZW Tag Team Champions The Blackout (Ruckus & Sabian) in a non-title match.

Competitors


  • Danny Havoc
  • Scotty Vortekz
  • Insane Lane
  • Freakshow
  • DJ Hyde
  • Mad Man Pondo
  • Brain Damage
  • Toby Klein
  • Drake Younger
  • Dustin Lee
  • Necro Butcher
  • Zandig

Round One

  1. Danny Havoc def. Scotty Vortekz - Light Tubes, Ladders, & Light Tube Log Cabin Match
  2. Insane Lane def. Freakshow - Home Run Derby Match
  3. DJ Hyde (with Maven Bentley) def. Mad Man Pondo - Shattered Dreams Match
  4. Brain Damage (with Maven Bentley) def. Toby Klein (with Billy Graham) - Barbed Wire Boards, Fans Bring the Weapons Match
  5. Drake Younger def. Dustin Lee - Light Tubes & Light Tube Table Match
  6. Necro Butcher def. John Zandig - No Rope Barbed Wire, Barbed Wire Boards, Panes of Glass & Barbed Wire Spider Web Match

Semi Finals

  1. Drake Younger def. Danny Havoc and DJ Hyde - 3-Way Weedwhackers Elimination Match
  2. Brain Damage def. Insane Lane and Necro Butcher - 3-Way Fans Bring the Weapons Elimination Match

Final

  1. Drake Younger def. Brain Damage - Ultraviolent Divide & Conquer, 200 Light Tubes & Lumberjack Match

Tournament of Death: Fast Forward

Tournament of Death: Fast Forward took place September 15, 2007. It was a mini-TOD for the vacant Ultraviolent Underground title.

Competitors


First Round

  1. Brain Damage def. Hellaware Assassin in a Weapons Match
  2. Scotty Vortekz def. Danny Demento in a 4 Corners of Pain Match
  3. Danny Havoc def. Diehard Dustin Lee in a Barbed Wire Tables, Lightubes, and Staple Gun Match
  4. JC Bailey def. Drake Younger in a Pane of Glass and Lightubes Match

Final Round

  1. Brain Damage def. Scotty Vortez, Danny Havoc, and JC Bailey in an Ultraviolent Underground Title Match 4 Way Elimination - Fans Brings The Weapons, Thumbtacks Fire and Ultraviolent Staple Gun Match

Tournament of Death VII

Tournament of Death VII took place for the third year in a row in Smyrna, Delaware, on May 17, 2008 and marked the first time a female competitor had entered the tournament. It included a non-tournament match between The Blackout (Ruckus & Sabian) and Joe Gacy & Alex Colon. Attendance was reported as 527.

Competitors

  • WHACKS
  • Dustin Lee
  • DJ Hyde
  • Andy Sumner
  • Nick Gage
  • Drake Younger
  • Drew Blood
  • Devon Moore

Round One

  1. Pinkie Sanchez def. Danny Demanto - Ladder & Light Tubes Match
  2. Scotty Vortekz def. Mickie Knuckles - Light Tubes Match
  3. WHACKS def. Dustin Lee - Barbed Wire Boards & Light Tubes Match
  4. DJ Hyde def. Andy Sumner - Falls Count Anywhere Match
  5. Nick Gage vs. Drake Younger led to a no-contest after interference from Drew Blood and Devon Moore, leading to A VERY Bloody Match
  6. Nick Gage & Drake Younger def. Drew Blood & Devon Moore - Panes of Glass Match
  7. Greg Excellent def. Ryan McBride - Barbed Wire Madness Match
  8. Danny Havoc def. Ram - Light Tube Bundles Match

Ram was Mickey Rourke's stunt double during the taping of "The Wrestler" movie and served as Dylan Summer's stunt double in this match

Semi Finals

  1. Scotty Vortekz and Drake Younger def. DJ Hyde and WHACKS - Fish Hook Death Match
  2. Nick Gage and Danny Havoc def. Greg Excellent and Pinkie Sanchez - Fans Bring The Weapons and Panes Of Glass Match

Final

  1. Danny Havoc def. Nick Gage, Scotty Vortekz and Drake Younger - No Rope Barbed Wire, Barbed Wire Board, Barbed Wire Table, Panes of Glass, 200 Light Tubes Match

Tournament of Death VIII

Tournament of Death VIII took place on June 6, 2009 at the Ultraviolent Underground in Townsend, Delaware. Attendance was around 250.

Competitors

First Round

  1. Nick Gage def. Deranged - Fire Death Match (No Rope Flaming Barbed Wire)
  2. Jon Moxley def. Brain Damage - Dining Death Match
  3. Whacks def. Toby Klein - Barbed Wire Boards & Light Tube Bundles Match
  4. Danny Havoc def. Dysfunction - Pane in the Glass Death Match (Barbed Wire Glass, Light Tube Glass & Panes of Glass)
  5. Scotty Vortekz def. xOMGx and Drake Younger - Thumbtack Kickpads Match
  6. Thumbtack Jack def. DJ Hyde - Jack In The Box Death Match (Pane of Glass, Cinder Blocks, Light Tubes & Syringes)

Semi-Final Round

  1. Nick Gage def. John Moxley and Scotty Vortekz - Fans Bring The Weapons Match
  2. Thumbtack Jack def. Whacks and Danny Havoc - Fans Bring The Weapons Match

Final Round

  1. Thumbtack Jack vs. Nick Gage went to a no contest. Gage was seriously injured after being thrown through lighttubes which were propped between the ropes and had to be air lifted out for emergency surgery - "200 Light Tubes, Panes of Glass, and All the Other Shit in the Back We Could Find" match
  2. Thumbtack Jack def. Zandig, John Moxley, Sami Callihan, DJ Hyde, Brain Damage, Dysfunction, xOMGx, Drake Younger, and Scotty Vortekz - Ultraviolent Battle Royal

TOD Championship Defense @ BOTB 2009

  1. DJ Hyde def. Thumbtack Jack, John Moxley, and Danny Havoc

Tournament of Death: Rewind

Tournament of Death: Rewind took place on October 25, 2009, after being postponed due to weather issues from the day before, at the Ultraviolent Underground in Townsend, Delaware. The Ultraviolent Underground title was on the line throughout the tournament. Attendance was about 150.

Competitors

First Round

  1. Sami Callihan def. Danny Havoc in a Caribbean Pits of Death Match (Caribbean Spider Web Style: Carpet Strips/Broken Glass, Barbed Wire/Broken Glass & Barbed Wire Light Tube Platform) to become the new Ultraviolent Underground champion
  2. Thumbtack Jack def. "Streetdog" Jon Moxley in a Four Corners of Fun Dog Collar Match (Lego Bricks, Staple Gun, Mouse Trap Board & Cinder Blocks)
  3. Masada def. Brain Damage in a New Age Texas Death Match
  4. Nick Gage def. Zandig in a Pane in the Glass Match

Second Round

  1. Thumbtack Jack def. Sami Callihan in a Transylvania Death Match (Light Tube Casket) to become the new Ultraviolent Underground champion
  2. Masada def. Nick Gage in a Home Run Derby Death Match

Finals

  1. Thumbtack Jack def. Masada In A House Of Pain Deathmatch (Barbed Wire Ropes, Light Tube Ropes, Cinder Blocks, Barbed Wire Platform & Home Run Derby Weapons)

Tournament of Death 9

[5][6]Scotty Vortekz after winning the Tournament of Death 9Tournament of Death 9 was held on June 26, 2010, at the Ultraviolent Underground in Townsend, Delaware.Non Tournamentmatches were Brain Damage defeated Drake Younger in a "sit and hit" deathmatch and Sami Callihan and Joe Gacy defeated Greg Excellent and DJ Hyde. Attendance was around 1,000.

Confirmed Competitors

Round One

  1. JC Bailey def. Danny Havoc in a Havoc's Happyland Death Match†
  2. Abdullah Kobayashi def. Nick Gage in a Weapons of Mass Destruction Death Match ‡
  3. Scotty Vortekz def. Dysfunction in a Thumbtack Kickpads and Panes of Glass Death Match
  4. Masada def. Devon Moore in a Fans Bring the Weapons Death Match

Round Two

  1. JC Bailey def. Abdullah Kobayashi in a 3 out of 5 Light Tube Log Cabin Death Match
  2. Scotty Vortekz def. Masada in a Boards of Death Match

Finals

  1. Scotty Vortekz def. JC Bailey in a Tables, Ladders, Light Tubes, and anything else they can find Death Match


†Havoc's Happyland involves Light tube bundles and structures. ‡Weapons of Mass Destruction involves Japanese kenzan and much more!


Tournament of Death vs. Gorefest

Tournament of Death vs. Gorefest was held on November 11, 2010, in Oberhausen, Germany.Non Tournament matches were Jon Moxley defeated Devon Moore in a match for the CZW World Heavyweight Title, Big Van Walter defeated 2-Face in a match for the wXw World Heavyweight Title, Adam Cole, Drew Gulak, Karsten Beck & Blk Jeez defeat Zack Sabre Jr., Greg Excellent, Bernd Föhr & Rich Swann in an 8-man tag inter-promotional showcase, and Sami Callihan defeated Carnage. Attendance was around 356.

Competitors

Round One

  1. Jon Ryan defeats Danny Havoc in a Thumbtack Stuff Death match
  2. Drake Younger defeats DJ Hyde in a Cinderblocks & Barbed Wire board Death match
  3. Masada defeats Jimmy Havoc in a Ultraviolent Tables Death match
  4. Nick Gage† defeats Adam Polak in a Polish Punishment Death Match

Round Two

  1. Masada defeated Drake Younger in a 2/3 log Cabins Death match
  2. Nick Gage‡ defeated Jon Ryan in an Unlucky 13 Death match

Round Three

  1. Nick Gage± defeated Masada in a No Ropes Barbed Wire Death match

†Nick Gage received the Ultraviolent Underground Title after defeating Adam Polak

‡Nick Gage successfully defended the Ultraviolent Underground title against Jon Ryan

±Nick Gage successfully defended the Ultraviolent Underground title against Masada


Tournament of Death X

Tournament of Death X took place on June 25, 2011 at the Ultraviolent Underground in Townsend, Delaware. Non tournament action saw Devon Moore and Little Mondo loose to Philly's Most Wanted, and DJ Hyde vs. Greg Excellent vs. Sami Callihan became Sami Callihan def. Greg Excellent the loser became DJ's slave.

Competitors

[edit] Round 1

  1. Fans Bring the Weapons: Masada def. Dysfunction
  2. Get Hit Match (Water Jug Bats & Anything You Can Swing at Your Opponent): “Bulldozer” Matt Tremont def. Necro Butcher
  3. Light Tube Celebration (Light Tube Bundles & Pits of Christmas Bulbs): Jaki Numazawa def. Danny Havoc
  4. Thumbtack Kickpads and Taipei Glass Match: Masashi Takeda def. Scotty Vortekz

[edit] Round 2

  1. Kenzans, Whips and Whatever the F*** We Can Find in the Back Match: Masada def. "Bulldozer" Matt Tremont
  2. Barbed Wire Boards, Light Tubes, and Thumbtacks Match: Masashi Takeda def. Jaki Numasawa

[edit] Round 3

  1. Barbed Wire, Light Tubes and Panes of Glass Match: Masada def. Masashi Takeda

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