All-Time Deathmatch Tourney List

This is an attempt to list information on every deathmatch tournament that has ever taken place.


1995

Federation/Event
Winner
Links
Other Info (Location, Participants)
IWA Japan/King of the Deathmatch
Cactus Jack
Amazon DVD
Alternate Amazon DVD Release
This event was called "Kawasaki Dream". It took place on August 20th, 1995 at the Kawasaki Baseball Stadium. This was the first ever 8-man single elimination deathmatch tournament. The main event featured the legendary Barbed Wire Rope, Exploding Barbed Wire Boards & Exploding Ring Time Bomb Deathmatch between Cactus Jack and Terry Funk! This was IWA Japan's only deathmatch tournament.
Tiger Jeet Singh, Mr. Gannosuke, Leatherface, Terry Funk, Cactus Jack, Terro Gordy, Shoji Nakamaki and Hiroshi Ono

1996

No known tournaments


1997

Federation/Event
Winner
Links
Other Info (Location, Participants)
IWA Mid-South/King of the Deathmatches
Ian Rotten
MP4
This was the first ever American deathmatch tournament. It took place in New Albany, Indiana.
Bull Pain, Rollin Hard, Ian Rotten, Axl Rotten, Cash Flow, Balls Mahoney, War Machine #1, War Machine #2, Tower of Doom, Doug Gilbert, Ox Harley, and Mad Man Pondo


1998

Federation/Event
Winner
Links
Other Info (Location, Participants)
Big Japan/Tournament to Crown the Death Match Champion
Mr. Pogo
Unknown
Unknown
Mr. Pogo; Unknown


1999

Federation/Event
Winner
Links
Other Info (Location, Participants)
Mid-American Wrestling/Hardcore Cup
Corporal Robinson
VHS
Event Page
This event took place on April 17th, 1999 in West Allis, Wisconsin at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
Ian Rotten, Hardcore Craig, Corporal Robinson, Mean Mitch Page


2000


The first year we see multiple tourneys.

Federation/Event
Winner
Links
Other Info (Location, Participants)
Big Japan and Combat Zone Wrestling/Extreme World Cup
Shadow WX
Unknown
Unknown
Shadow WX; unknown
IWA Mid-South/King of the Deathmatches 2
Rollin Hard
MP4
DVD
This tourney took place on October 20th and 21st, 2000 in Charlestown, Indiana. The Smart Mark MP4 contains both nights for the price of one. A non-tourney midget thumbtack match took place, Playtoy T.O. vs. Puppet the Psycho Dwarf. Also, Brain Damage fought Toby Klein on night 2.
2 Tuff Tony, Suicide Kid, Todd Morton, Alister Fear, Manslaughter, Richard X, Uncle Honkey, Ian Rotten, Axl Rotten, Mark Wolf, Delilah Starr, Corporal Robinson, Rollin Hard and Cash Flo
Mid-American Wrestling/Hardcore Cup 2
Mad Man Pondo
VHS
The second Hardcore Cup took place on May 27th, 2000.
Rev. Axl Future, Harley Lewis, Corporal Robinson, Mean Mitch Page, Hardcore Craig, Referee Scott DeMarc, Angel and Mad Man Pondo
XPW/Baptized in Blood
Supreme
Highspots DVD
Amazon DVD
June 20th, 2000 was when the first XPW deathmatch tournament took place. Highspots has the DVD available for $5.
Supreme, Kid Kaos, Messiah, Johnny Webb, Kronus, Carlito Montana, Axl Rotten and Homeless Jimmy


2001

Federation/Event
Winner
Links
Other Info (Location, Participants)
Big Japan/Death Match Title Tournament
John Zandig
Unknown
Unknown
John Zandig; Unknown
IWA Mid-South/King of the Deathmatches 3
Ian Rotten
Night 1 MP4
Night 2 MP4
DVD
The event took place June 1st and 2nd in Charlestown, Indiana.
Suicide Kid, Richard X, Uncle Honkey, Mark Wolf, Rollin Hard, Deranged, Tower of Doom, "Rugby Thug" Trent Baker, Chris Hero, Corporal Robinson, Bull Pain, Bad Boy Hido (of FMW fame), Shank Dorsey, Axl Rotten, Mean Mitch Page, Paul E. Smooth, 2 Tuff Tony, Toby Klein, Necro Butcher, American Kickboxer, Peter B. Beautiful, Ian Rotten, Cash Flo and Sick Nick Mondo
XPW/Baptized in Blood 2
Supreme
Amazon DVD
February 24th, 2001 was when the second XPW deathmatch tournament took place.
Kraq, Vic Grimes, Homeless Jimmy, Kronus, Supreme, Pogo the Clown, Nosawa and Johnny Webb
Mid-American Wrestling/Hardcore Cup 3
Ian Rotten
DVD
This was the first two-night Hardcore Cup, taking place on April 20th and 21st, 2001.
Skullkrusher, Mean Mitch Page, Mad Man Pondo, Mark Wolf, Colt Cabana, Dino Bambino, Corporal Robinson, Dysfunction, Alister Fear, 2 Tuff Tony, Leatherface, Peter B. Beautiful, "Sick" Nick Mondo, Necro Butcher, Ian Rotten and Rollin Hard
Xtreme Championship Wrestling/Battle Box
Epi the Fat Samoan
Unknown
The event took place at the TCW Slam Shack in Plano, Texas.
Epi the Fat Samoan, Big Van Johnson, Bryan Ryder, Chuck West, Pendragon, Hellkid, Ciclone, Kevin Dark, Tony Blair, Il Duce Italiano, Jeff Brown, Shaun Reagan, The Beast, David Fuller, Khris Wolfe and Sparky

2002

Federation/Event
Winner
Links
Other Info (Location, Participants)
Big Japan/Extreme World Cup
Ryuji Yamakawa
Unknown
Unknown
Ryuji Yamakawa; Unknown
Combat Zone Wrestling/Tournament of Death
Wifebeater
DVD
The first TOD took place on August 31st, 2002 in Dover, Delaware.
Wifebeater, Zandig, Nate Hatred, Necro Butcher, Nick Gage, Toby Klein, "Sick" Nick Mondo and Homeless Jimmy
IWA Mid-South/King of the Deathmatches 4
Necro Butcher
Night 1 MP4
Night 2 MP4
DVD
July 12th and 13th were the days the 2002 King of the Deathmatches took place in Clarksville, Indiana.
"Spyder" Nate Webb, Chuck E. Smooth, Mad Man Pondo, Adam Gooch, Ian Rotten, Hugh Rogue, Alister Fear, Corporal Robinson, Mean Mitch Page, Dave Donovan, Necro Butcher, Mark Wolfe, Dysfunction, Rollin Hard, 2 Tuff Tony and Cash Flo
Mid-American Wrestling/Hardcore Cup 4
Mean Mitch Page
DVD
On May 26th, 2002, the Hardcore Cup took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Mean Mitch Page, Dino Bambino, 2 Tuff Tony, Ian Rotten, Necro Butcher, Hardcore Craig, Mad Man Pondo, "Spyder" Nate Webb, Corporal Robinson, Carmine DeSpirito, and Jerry Maywald
Xtreme Championship Wrestling/Battle Box 2
Striker
Unknown
The event took place in North Richland Hills, Texas at the Texas Indoor Arena.
Striker, Pendragon, Striker, The Flying Jobber and others (unknown)
XPW/Baptized in Blood 3
Supreme
Amazon DVD
July 20th, 2002 was the date of Baptized in Blood 3.
Supreme, GQ Money, Angel, Altar Boy Luke, Pogo The Clown, The Sandman, Vinny Massaro, Steve Rizzono, Crimson

2003

Federation/Event
Winner
Links
Other Info (Location, Participants)
Combat Zone Wrestling/Tournament of Death 2
"Sick" Nick Mondo
MP4
DVD
July 26th, 2003 in Dover, Delaware is where this legendary tournament took place. Not to take anything away from any other tournament, but Sick Nick's performance at this show is one of the most awe-inspiring in deathmatch history.
"Spyder" Nate Webb, Zandig, JC Bailey, "Sick" Nick Mondo, Necro Butcher, Corporal Robinson, Nick Gage and Ian Rotten
IWA Mid-South/King of the Deathmatches 5
Mad Man Pondo
Night 1 MP4
Night 2 MP4
DVD
Clarksville, Indiana was the location of KOTDM 5. It took place on August 1st and 2nd, 2003.
"Spyder" Nate Webb (with Becky Bayless), Mad Man Pondo, Mean Mitch Page, Rollin Hard, Balls Mahoney, Horace the Psychopath, 2 Tuff Tony, JC Bailey, Corporal Robinson, Axl Rotten, Dysfunction, Nick Gage, Toby Klein, Necro Butcher, Messiah and Ian Rotten
Mid-American Wrestling/Hardcore Cup 5
Mad Man Pondo
DVD
The fifth Hardcore Cup took place on May 25th, 2003 and was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Horace the Psychopath, Ian Rotten, Mad Man Pondo, Bad Boy Hido, J.C. Bailey, Corporal Robinson, "Spyder" Nate Webb, Dysfunction
Xtreme Championship Wrestling/Battle Box 3
Jeremy Sage
Unknown
The event took place in Denton, Texas at the XCW Arena.
John Allen, Gemini, Jeff Brown, Khan, Jeremy Sage, Brad Michaels, Gary Tool, Krusher Kong, Striker, Pendragon, Seth Shai, Tyler Bateman, Epi The Phat Samoan, Drunk Adam, Scott Phoenix and The Bull

2004

Federation/Event
Winner
Links
Other Info (Location, Participants)
Combat Zone Wrestling/Tournament of Death 3
Wifebeater
DVD
MP4
This event took place on July 24th, 2004 in Smyrna, Delaware. Many gruesome things happened in this tournament, among them the infamous Sexxxy Eddy blood fountain that shot from his arm.
The Arsenal, Evil Ninja, Nick Gage, Ruckus, Mad Man Pondo, Wifebeater, Sexxxy Eddy, Ian Knoxx, Necro Butcher, The Green Phantom, JC Bailey and Chri$ Ca$h
IWA Mid-South/King of the Deathmatches 6
Corporal Robinson
Night 1 MP4
Night 2 MP4
June 25th and 26th, 2004 were the dates of the sixth edition of King of the Deathmatches. The tourney features Low Life Louie Ramos' only KOTDM appearance. It also featured current UFC fighter CM Punk in non-tourney action. The event took place in Oolitic, Indiana.
Homicide, Low Life Louie Ramos, Ryan Boz, Smokey C, Manslaughter, Trik Davis, Tank, Deranged, Ian Rotten, "Spyder" Nate Webb, Dysfunction, Corporal Robinson, JC Bailey, Mad Man Pondo, Necro Butcher and "Mr. Insanity" Toby Klein
Xtreme Championship Wrestling/Battle Box 4
Gabe Roach
Unknown
The event took place in Denton, Texas at the XCW Arena.
Gabe Roach, Jerry Brown, Kit Carson, Mike Thunder, Seth Shai, Pendragon, Striker, The Bull, Khris Germany, Brad Michaels, Jeff Brown, Krusher Kong, John Allen, Drunk Adam, Epi The Phat Samoan and Scott Phoenix

2005

Combat Zone Wrestling/Tournament of Death 4
Necro Butcher
DVD
MP4
This event took place on July 30th, 2005 in New Castle, Delaware.
JC Bailey, Sexxxy Eddy, Mad Man Pondo, Toby Klein, Beef Wellington, Brain Damage, Ian Rotten, Necro Butcher, Nick Gage, Nate Webb, Zandig and Eddie Kingston
IWA Deep-South/King of the Deathmatches
No Winner
MP4
This was the first IWA Deep-South tournament. It took place on October 22nd, 2005 in Childersburg, Alabama. The show was shut down early by the police due to the graphic nature of the tournament. Multiple competitors were taken to the hospital, which upset some of the Deep-South locals, and the show was cancelled before it could be completed.
Brandon Prophet, Diehard Dustin Lee, Spidar Boodrow, Marty Shiftbower, Tank, Freakshow, Iceberg, Johnny 8-Ball, Mad Man Pondo, Insane Lane
IWA Deep-South/Carnage Cup 1
Tank
MP4
The event took place on December 3rd, 2005 in Elkmont, Alabama.
Necro Butcher, Brandon Prophet, Insane Lane, Freakshow, Ian Rotten, "Mean" Mitch Page, Tank and Hellaware Assassin
IWA Mid-South/King of the Deathmatches 7
"Mr. Insanity" Tobey Klein
DVD
Night 1 MP4
Night 2 MP4
The event took place on November 19, 2005 in Plainfield, Indiana.
JC Bailey, Nate Webb, Josh Abercrombie, Mitch Page, Brain Damage, Tank, Bull Pain, Deranged, Hillbilly Jed, Necro Butcher, Brandon Prophet, Corporal Robinson, Danny Havoc, Dysfunction, Toby Klein, Nick Gage, Mad Man Pondo and Hellaware Assassin
Xtreme Championship Wrestling/Battle Box 5
John Allen
Unknown
The event took place in Denton, Texas at the XCW Arena.
John Allen, Bullman Downs, Craig Jerikho, Steve Dane, Jared Steele, Jack Drastic, Mike Thunder, The Bull, Khris Germany, Adam Arson, Brett Barnes, Gabe Roach, Kit Carson, Drunk Adam, Hugh Rogue and Scott Phoenix


2006

Combat Zone Wrestling/Tournament of Death 5
Nick Gage
DVD
MP4
This event took place on July 29th, 2006 in Smyrna, Delaware.
Brandon Prophet, Andy Sumner, Nick Gage, Drake Younger, JC Bailey, Lobo, Brain Damage, Toby Klein, Necro Butcher, DJ Hyde, Danny Havoc and Zandig
FREEDOMS and Apache Pro/Still Crazy
The Winger
Unknown
This event took place on December 25th, 2006 in Tokyo, Japan at Shin-Kiba 1st Ring.
The Winger, Jun Kasai, BENTEN, Takashi Sasaki, Hi69, Mad Man Pondo, Tomoaki Honma and Yuko Miyamoto
IWA Deep-South/Carnage Cup 2
Necro Butcher
MP4
The event took place on November 25th, 2006 in Cullman, Alabama.
Insane Lane, Ric Hayes, Mitch Page, Necro Butcher, Dysfunction, Freakshow, Mickie Knuckles, Ian Rotten, Diehard Dustin Lee, Drake Younger, Bull Pain and Corporal Robinson
IWA East Coast/Masters of Pain 1
Jun Kasai
MP4
DVD
The event took place on September 16th, 2006 in Charleston, West Virginia.
Jun Kasai, "Mr. Insanity" Toby Klein, Mad Man Pondo, "The Deranged One" Coke Hane, Corporal Robinson, Drake Younger, JC Bailey and 2 Tuff Tony
IWA Mid-South/Double Death Tag Team Tournament 1
Baka Gaijin (Mad Man Pondo & 2 Tuff Tony)
MP4
The event took place on November 4th, 2006 in Plainfield, Indiana.
Diehard Dustin Lee & Scotty Vortekz, Drake Younger & Ian Rotten, Chuey Martinez & Hugh Rogue, Tough Crazy Bastards (Necro Butcher & Toby Klein), Corporal Robinson & Dysfunction, Freakshow & Insane Lane, Baka Gaijin (2 Tuff Tony & Mad Man Pondo), The Children of Pain (Darin Childs & Jacob Ladder)

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2014


2015

Federation/Event
Winner
Links
Other Info (Location, Participants)
IWA Deep-South/Carnage Cup 10
John Rare
Night 1 MP4
Night 2 MP4
DVD/Blu-Ray
I've heard many people, including Yan and Tyler Becker say this was among the most brutal tournaments they've ever seen live. It took place on February 28th and March 1st, 2015. Kris Kloss from XPW joined Nathan Hamilton at the commentary booth, marking Kris' first ever appearance in the Deep South. This was the first Carnage Cup filmed in HD for release on Blu-Ray. Historically, the Carnage Cup is known for all-out brawls and heavy tube usage. This year was no different; nowhere in the arena was safe. Click here to read Tyler Becker's review of the show.
John Rare, Colt 45, Spidar Boodrow, Terry Houston, Insane Lane, Bryant Woods, Moshpit Mike, Ruben Steel, Chuey Martinez, Freakshow, El Nino Problema, Tank, Corporal Robinson, John Wayne Murdoch, Belton Creedmore, Dale Patricks and Josh Crane.
IWA East Coast/Masters of Pain
Ron Mathis
MP4
DVD/Blu-Ray
This tournament is historically significant because it hosted Nick Gage's first deathmatch back on the scene after his 5 year hiatus. This match was everything I hoped it would be. Gage absolutely slaughtered Sid Fabulous, and Sid (with Woody Numbers) did an excellent job taking the beating.

The event took place on Saturday, May 2nd at the Haunted Barn (426 Beauregard St, Charleston, West Virginia). Originally, John Wayne Murdoch was scheduled to appear. His name was listed on the official event shirt. However, he was replaced by Elkview Adam. Viper sustained a knee injury during his first round win, which gave Nick Gage a bye for the second round.

Click here for prediction brackets from myself, Kenny and Tyler Becker. These predictions were posted to the site during the days leading up to Masters of Pain.

This tournament took place the same night as the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight.


Nick Gage, Sid Fabulous (with Woody Numbers), Elkview Adam, Josh Crane, Ron Mathis, Mad Man Pondo, Matt Tremont, Smokey C and Viper
Coliseum Championship Wrestling/Jay Grunge King of the Coliseum
John Wayne Murdoch
MP4
DVD/Blu-Ray
This event took place at the Evansville Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Evansville, Indiana. This was the first ever deathmatch tournament to take place in a six-sided ring.

Click here to see the flyer. Click here for the event page.


John Wayne Murdoch, Reed Bentley, Nick Doepp, Andrew Hunter, JC Rotten, Josh Crane, Ron Mathis, Dale Patricks and Matt Tremont
Combat Zone Wrestling/Tournament of Death 14
Matt Tremont
MP4
DVD/Blu-Ray
This event took place on Saturday, June 13th, 2015. It was Nick Gage's first Tournament of Death back after his hiatus. Matt Tremont declared victory and solidified himself as the only man in history to win Masters of Pain, Carnage Cup, King of the Deathmatches and Tournament of Death.
Conor Claxton, DJ Hyde, Nick Gage, Matt Tremont, Josh Crane, Ron Mathis, Jake Crist, Ricky Shane Page and Danny Havoc
IWA Mid-South/Queen of the Deathmatches 2015
Ludark Shaitan
MP4
DVD/Blu-Ray
The tournament took place on Saturday, June 27th, 2015 at the Charlestown American Legion in Charlestown, Indiana. After being defeated in the 2014 Queen finals, Ludark Shaitan made it through three deathmatches to become the 2015 Queen of the Deathmatches.
Thunderkitty, "The Pumpkin Queen" Sage Sin Supreme, Randi West, Sabrina Sixx, Kathy Owens, Mistress Burgandi and Ludark Shaitan
IWA Mid-South/King of the Deathmatches 2015
Matt Tremont
Night 1 MP4
Night 2 MP4
DVD/Blu-Ray
The event took place on Friday, June 26th and Saturday, June 27th at the Charlestown American Legion in Charlestown, Indiana. Night one was cut short due to rainfall and lighting issues, so the second half of round one took place on day two. Matt Tremont became the first to win back-to-back King of the Deathmatches.
Adam Bueller, Dale Patricks, Sexxxy Eddy, Insane Lane, Corporal Robinson, John Wayne Murdoch, Nick Gage, Markus Crane, The Green Phantom, MASADA, JD Horror, Bryant Woods, Devon Moore, Reed "By God" Bentley, Tank and "Bulldozer" Matt Tremont
Milestone Wrestling/Southern Slaughter
Corporal Robinson
The event took place on Saturday, August 22nd at the Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was the first deathmatch tournament ever held in North Carolina.
"Bulldozer" Matt Tremont, Tristen Ramesey, Matt Raby, Colt 45, Spidar Boodrow, Belton Creedmore, Corporal Robinson, Mike Levy, Insane Lane and Terry Houston.
Game Changer Wrestling/Nick Gage Invitational
MASADA
FLYER
The event took place on Saturday, September 5th at the American Legion in Warren, New Jersey. To my knowledge, this was New Jersey's first deathmatch tournament. Nate Hatred had a huge second round showing against MASADA, who bled buckets the whole tournament.
"Bulldozer" Matt Tremont, "Lowlife" Louie Ramos, MASADA, Nate Hatred, Jeff Cannonball, Kyle the Beast, Danny Havoc and Corporal Robinson.
Viscous Outcast Wrestling/Lord of Anarchy
Matt Tremont
MP4
DVD
FLYER
The event took place on Sunday, September 13th at the YWCA in Fairmount, West Virginia. This was VOW's inaugural deathmatch tournament. MASADA vs. G-Raver received rave reviews from my correspondent Tyler Becker, who was in attendance. Yuki Kasai made the trip from Japan to see this show!
Conor Claxton, Derek Direction, Patrick Hayes, "Bulldozer" Matt Tremont, Tripp Cassidy, Eric Ryan, Super Beast, Smokey C, G-Raver and MASADA.
Primos Professional Wrestling/Slave to the Deathmatch 6
?
FLYER
It took place on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 at The Watering Bowl, 5411 Leetsdale Dr, Denver, CO. The show time was 6 pm.
The first round consisted of four tag team matches. If a team won, they advanced to the next round to face each other in a singles match.
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