Nobody knows deathmatches quite like Nick Gage knows deathmatches but the ‘The King Of Ultraviolence’ does have his issues with the match he has become synonymous with.
Deathmatch wrestling usually provides a smorgasbord of weaponry and mayhem with light tubes, tables, thumbtacks, and even cheese graters being used to inflict pain and suffering on one’s opponent.
Now Game Changer Wrestling Champion Nick Gage in a conversation with Sam Roberts on the Not Sam Wrestling podcast has explained his issue with one weapon that has become increasingly used in the dangerous matches – the staple gun.
“The key to the staple gun is…some guys like to put no staples in there. They’ll shoot the staple gun and you’ll hear the noise, but I’ll never do any of that stuff. That’s like me cutting barbed wire and using fake barbed wire or fake glass. I don’t do any of that stuff. Guys started stapling dollar bills to their heads [just to prove it’s real]. Where I’m at, I think the staple gun is cheesy. I’m tired of seeing it. I’m tired of seeing guys staple stuff on their face. I watched this one bum do it and he was the worst. It ruined it for me. He didn’t know how to wrestle or do anything, but he grabbed a staple gun and stapled dollar bills to people’s faces and I was just done.”
Gage went on to say that he isn’t a fan of wrestlers jumping on the deathmatch bandwagon just because it has become popular. For Gage, the style of match he is trying to make an art form is just plain “sh*tty” when in the wrong hands.
“It p*sses me off. It also p*sses me off when guys try to get over by doing a deathmatch and saying, ‘Oh, this sh*t is on fire so let me get over by doing a deathmatch.’ I don’t like that sh*t. Sh*tty deathmatches, I hate it. In 2017, I was taking every booking I could take and I just watched some garbage and it p*ssed me off. I’m trying so hard to make this an art form and another style of wrestling that isn’t garbage.”
Nick Gage does not have his troubles to seek as he has recently caught the attention of deathmatch aficionado turned AEW megastar Jon Moxley as well as a more unlikely enemy, Matt Cardona.