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Good Bye, GCW Steven Caldera 26 May 2012
So This Is It... Steven Caldera 16 May 2012
Protect you from Mayhem Bryan Mayhem 20 Jan 2012
"Baseless Assault" Grady Patrick 20 Dec 2011
International Incident Reveals Familiar Face Vivica J. Valentine 11 Dec 2011
Murray Breaks Four-Month Media Silence Andy Murray 18 Nov 2011
Eleven. Eleven. Eleven Kevin Jacobs 11 Nov 2011
A Premature Birth? TyDezno 7 Nov 2011
Alexandra Pierce Injured? Desade 5 Nov 2011
Contract Extended. Cameron Garret 25 Sep 2011
Jay Terror: Aftermath Jay Terror 19 Sep 2011
The American Dream Finds Japanese Insurance Ryuji Kamigawa 15 Sep 2011
The Newest Addition Cameron Garret 5 Sep 2011
Aaron Fujita Remains Focused on the American Dream Aaron Fujita 10 Aug 2011
K-Wolf Aims to Shatter Dreams Karina Wolfenden 3 Aug 2011
PRIME To Close Doors Steven Caldera 13 Jul 2011
GCW Signs Japanese Independent Wrestler Ryuji Kamigawa 7 Jun 2011
Trey Arbor asked to toss Ceremonial First Pitch Trey Arbor 31 May 2011
Goldy's Locks: Barry's Brackets Barry Goldstein 28 Mar 2011
Blood will be spilled Bryan Mayhem 10 Mar 2011
Caution: A Plot Afoot Ahead Franklin Faulkner 4 Mar 2011
Goldy's Locks: NC-17 Edition Garbage Bag Johnny 4 Mar 2011
Declaration of hell announced!!! Shaman 1 Mar 2011
Remembering Rich Rollins Kevin Jacobs 20 Feb 2011
NC-17 To Highlight Hall of Fame Kevin Jacobs 19 Jan 2011
Shaman included in Murder investigation with FBI Shaman 10 Jan 2011
GCW To Celebrate Birthday in NYC Kevin Jacobs 19 Dec 2010
Tempest Retires Due to Injury Tempest 11 Dec 2010
Behind the Oakley's Johnny Borealis 8 Nov 2010
Breaking Down Dangerous Games Kevin Jacobs 20 Oct 2010
The Elephant in the Room Kevin Jacobs 16 Oct 2010
A Blast From The Past Returns Jimmy Thunder 10 Oct 2010
GCW Commissioner Seizes Tape Barry Goldstein 5 Oct 2010
Newcomer Prepared to Take it Slow El Moreno 30 Sep 2010
Tracer Assaulted At North Little Rock Church Dorn Tracer 30 Sep 2010
From the Police Blotter Barry Goldstein 21 Sep 2010
Injured Murray set to miss WW Kevin Jacobs 18 Sep 2010
The Messiah: Not Feeling So Magnificent The Magnificent Messiah 31 Aug 2010
GCW Buys the Atlantic Wrestling Club! Tim Shipley 27 Aug 2010
Spencer in Another Altercation at 136 David Spencer 24 Aug 2010
Storm Set to be Released Bad Company 21 Aug 2010
The Messiah Irate With Poor Employee Management Chris Bagwell 20 Aug 2010
Tempest Donates Rampage Winnings to Aid Chinese Mudslide Victims Tempest 14 Aug 2010
Digital Mortality Retirement Rumors James Bryan 13 Aug 2010
Spencer and Wall Scuffle Backstage at WW135 David Spencer 13 Aug 2010
Gone for good? Donny Diamond 10 Aug 2010
Chris Storm Out Indefinitely Bad Company 10 Aug 2010
LeStatt Knight's Influence Remains Powerful In GCW Dominic Wall 4 Aug 2010
GCW Rookie seeks justice. Shaman 28 Jul 2010
Dangerous Games Stories: 2001 James Bryan 27 Jul 2010
GCW Signs Japanese Talent Bhava 25 Jul 2010
The Angel of Vengeance: Silenced and Sidelined AXEL Action 25 Jul 2010
Dangerous Games: Murray first first shots Kevin Jacobs 21 Jul 2010
GCW works contract with talented rookie. Shaman 19 Jul 2010
GCW Prophet? Donny Diamond 2 Jul 2010
Over Forever? Lori Equinox 2 Jul 2010
Shaman honored in China Shaman 30 Jun 2010
Shipley Third GCW Star Detained by Chinese Authorities Tim Shipley 26 Jun 2010
Tempest’s Detention by Chinese Authorities Continues Tempest 24 Jun 2010
Valentine Arrested At Airport Vivica J. Valentine 22 Jun 2010
Jay Terror Absent -- Not For Long Jay Terror 20 Jun 2010
Chris Storm Fined for Protest Chris Storm 11 Jun 2010
Tempest Responds to Frenzied Internet Speculation Tempest 9 Jun 2010
Shipley's Business in Tatters: Bankruptcy Declared, Assets Seized Tim Shipley 6 Jun 2010
Equinox Spends Time With His Mother Lori Equinox 5 Jun 2010
Windsor Out Indefinitely Tessa Windsor 29 May 2010
Roxie Sykes Released Roxie Sykes 25 May 2010
Arrest made at JFK International Shaman 15 May 2010
Knight Era Ends in GCW Kevin Jacobs 13 May 2010
Slash Nearing Mental Breakdown? Slash 27 Apr 2010
Injured Murray told to stay at home Andy Murray 24 Apr 2010
GBJ Does Japan James Bryan 23 Apr 2010
A Familiar Face with a Not-So-Familiar Look David Spencer 23 Apr 2010
PAZUZU Calls on Corporation to Mend Ways PAZUZU, THE DARKNESS 22 Apr 2010
Shockwave 2010 Preview Kevin Jacobs 21 Apr 2010
GCW Announces Two New DVDs Kevin Jacobs 21 Apr 2010
SurReal looks for Shockwave victory SurReal 19 Apr 2010
Vacant GCW Title Not Unprecedented Kimbusa 19 Apr 2010
NJJ is JUST so excited Normal John Johnson 12 Apr 2010
Rikki Roxx announces WW129 plans Kevin Jacobs 2 Apr 2010
The Rajah of Ratings Looks to Return to the Ring Kevin Jacobs 25 Mar 2010
GCW Undergoing Aggressive Expansion Kevin Jacobs 23 Mar 2010
Tempest hospitalized briefly after Dual Halo match Tempest 22 Mar 2010
Former Tag Team Champion Upset Chris Storm 22 Mar 2010
Dan Black Released From GCW Contract Barry Goldstein 19 Mar 2010
Knight's Fourth Reign Earns Applause Kevin Jacobs 18 Mar 2010
Fox Putting On The Pounds Clyde Fox 12 Mar 2010
Terror Angered by WorldWide Card Kevin Jacobs 11 Mar 2010
Cheap Labor leaves GCW Ayake Sonoda 8 Mar 2010
Commissioner GBJ Addresses GCW on GCW Radio! Kevin Jacobs 8 Mar 2010
NC-17 VII Breaks Records Kevin Jacobs 6 Mar 2010
Terror, Murray, Labor Honored in PTC February Rankings Tim Shipley 2 Mar 2010
At it again!! Mortifera 18 Feb 2010
Friends No More Bryan Mayhem 16 Feb 2010
Valentine Scare A Hoax? Vivica J. Valentine 16 Feb 2010
FanFest Schedule and Information Kevin Jacobs 15 Feb 2010
Donny Diamond To Not Attend Fanfest? Donny Diamond 14 Feb 2010
Murray Breaks Title Record Andy Murray 13 Feb 2010
GCW Signs Oliver Ranken David Yale 4 Feb 2010
Major Details About the Power Shift Kevin Jacobs 3 Feb 2010
Tempest’s charity drive for Haiti nets $100,000+ Tempest 1 Feb 2010
Tribal War Machine to miss Worldwide SurReal 1 Feb 2010
The Onslaught Jay Terror 31 Jan 2010
GCW Reveals NC-17 Weekend Kevin Jacobs 30 Jan 2010
Just Wrestling Booker in Line for WorldWide Appearance? Tim Shipley 30 Jan 2010
Terorrible Commodity Jay Terror 30 Jan 2010
Rikki Roxx to make announcement at WorldWide Markus Stone 25 Jan 2010
O'Neil-Terror War Escalating Kevin Jacobs 25 Jan 2010
Caldera Also Out for WorldWide Kevin Jacobs 24 Jan 2010
Murray to miss WW125? Andy Murray 22 Jan 2010
2009 Awards Round-up Kevin Jacobs 12 Jan 2010
Caldera Nixes US Title Rematch Kevin Jacobs 30 Nov 2009
Cheap Labor: A Pawn In The Chess Game? Cheap Labor 29 Nov 2009
WorldWide Main Event Announcement Kevin Jacobs 20 Nov 2009
SurReal update, ally points finger at Equinox Jay Terror 18 Nov 2009
Terrorible Clouds Loom Over GCW Jay Terror 9 Nov 2009
Murray Set For Historic Defense Kevin Jacobs 29 Oct 2009
GCW stars taste GTT7 success Kevin Jacobs 27 Oct 2009
Bagwell Confirmed Out For PPV Kevin Jacobs 14 Oct 2009
GCW Signs Two Just Wrestling Stars Kevin Jacobs 30 Aug 2009
The Scottish King of GCW Kevin Jacobs 16 Jul 2009
Brad Jackson Released Before WorldWide Kevin Jacobs 13 Jul 2009
White Leads List of Releases Kevin Jacobs 3 Jul 2009
Terror Dismal after Dismissal Jay Terror 30 Jun 2009
Rampage Finalists Near History Kevin Jacobs 17 Jun 2009
Caldera Speaks on Eve of Rampage Steven Caldera 16 Jun 2009
Night of the LIVING Dead Chris Bagwell 8 May 2009
Bagwell Found Dead in Hotel Room Chris Bagwell 10 Apr 2009
Knight to Name Number One Contender Kevin Jacobs 5 Mar 2009
WW106: Invasion of Troy Kevin Jacobs 1 Mar 2009
GCW Signs Six Vivica J. Valentine 26 Feb 2009
GCW Releases Lia Ambrosi Kevin Jacobs 23 Feb 2009
Remembering Rich Rollins Kevin Jacobs 20 Feb 2009
The Conchairto Heard 'Round the World Kevin Jacobs 18 Feb 2009
Legacies, Gold On The Move After NC-17 Kevin Jacobs 4 Feb 2009
Taylor Bent On Making An Impact Kevin Jacobs 8 Dec 2008
At NC-17, The Champion is the Challenger Kevin Jacobs 2 Dec 2008
Throwbacks Find GCW Tougher Than Ever Kevin Jacobs 24 Nov 2008
Winners Knight, White Have Date With Destiny Kevin Jacobs 1 Nov 2008
Dangerous Games: ACWF Kevin Jacobs 22 Oct 2008
Dangerous Games: Major Storylines Kevin Jacobs 19 Oct 2008
Dangerous Games: Handicapping the Field Kevin Jacobs 16 Oct 2008
Terror Agrees to Match With White Kevin Jacobs 5 Oct 2008
Ranking the Dangerous Games Winners Kevin Jacobs 1 Oct 2008
Spotlight On: Jason Dread Kevin Jacobs 30 Sep 2008
Blockbuster WorldWide 100 Card Announced Kevin Jacobs 28 Sep 2008
Dangerous Games: First Look Kevin Jacobs 27 Sep 2008
Two Steps Until The Big Show! Chris Bagwell 16 Sep 2008
Dangerous Games Flashback: 2001 Kevin Jacobs 18 Aug 2008
WorldWide 95: A Bad Night for Valentine Kevin Jacobs 16 Aug 2008
WorldWide #95 Preview Kevin Jacobs 11 Aug 2008
Ranking The Champions Kevin Jacobs 9 Aug 2008
Breaking Down The Establishment Kevin Jacobs 24 Apr 2008

With Dangerous Games now just over two weeks away, GCW continues its look at the year's most anticipated event. Today we break down the previous five winners of the Dangerous Games battle royal, looking for the common traits that enabled them all to win the biggest match of the year and applying that trend to this year's entrants.

#5: 2001 Winner Shane Lane

Dangerous Games 2001 is famous as the first edition of the exciting event, and infamous for crowning one of the most maligned champions in GCW history. Lane topped Trash and longtime rival Luke Hanson to win the 2001 games, and would go on to capture GCW Championship gold just four days later on Meltdown.

Lane's victory also started one of the most powerful trends in the event: earlier in the night, Lane wrestled Hanson for the United States Title. In the years that followed, a United States Title contender tended to fare very well in the battle royal.

Lane also started another trend that seems to defy logic. At 6'1" and 215 pounds, Lane was quite undersized. Despite the seeming disadvantage smaller wrestlers would seem to have in the match, larger wrestlers never seem to be able to capture the final victory.

Still, Lane's dramatic victory doesn't earn him any more credit in the eyes of GCW historians. He ranks number five in our power rankings of the Dangerous Games winners.

#4: 2005 Winner Michael "Spitfire" Stevens

Michael Stevens at number four? Stevens occupies a spot in the hearts of all GCW fans, but in this case, Stevens falls near the bottom of the list. His victory, in which he last eliminated United States Title rival Trey Tremendous, was one of the most impressive in Dangerous Games history. It's what he did afterward that keeps him down here: he ran into LeStatt Knight.

Stevens became the first (and remains the only) Dangerous Games winner to fail to capture the GCW World Title after winning the battle royal. Stevens got two consecutive shots at LeStatt Knight, and in both instances Knight defeated Stevens to retain the title. It was only after some time off to heal that Stevens returned and finally dethroned Knight.

Unfortunately for Stevens, the war took such a toll on his body that he suffered injuries shortly after winning the belt that have kept him out of the ring ever since.

Stevens, another undersized athlete at 6'3", 249, certainly put on a tremendous performance. Renowned for his opportunistic nature, Stevens was able to stick and move, wrestling a conservative game before finally topping Tremendous for the victory.

#3: 2002 Winner Twizzy

Bizarre fan favorite Twizzy won the 2002 Games, the only event where the GCW Title itself was on the line. Twizzy last eliminated Toxic to win the match and the belt, launching him to number 3 in our rankings.

Twizzy would ultimately lose the title to Toxic the following month, but this is another David-over-Goliath story. Toxic, far younger, more athletic and towering over Twizzy at 6'11", fell short against a smaller, weaker opponent.

Twizzy absorbed an extreme amount of punishment at the hands of Toxic before finally eliminating him. At the time, many criticized Toxic for trying too hard to wound Twizzy when he should have been trying to win the match. But Twizzy receives credit for toughing out a major victory.

#2: 2006 Winner Lia Ambrosi

That Lia Ambrosi ranks second speaks volumes about our number one winner. Ambrosi won the 2006 Games in impressive fashion, even eliminating a dominant Bryan Mayhem when the entire roster failed to do so.

Ambrosi then went on to defeat LeStatt Knight and Dawn MacFarlane in a triple threat match at NC-17, and her reign with the belt lasted nearly all of 2007. Ambrosi's reign was interrupted only by the aforementioned Mayhem, who had never forgotten Ambrosi's stunning elimination. Ambrosi made a name for herself as a giant killer, able to topple anyone regardless of the size differential.

How does someone so small win such a chaotic matchup populated by men much larger than her? Ambrosi's acrobatic ring ability worked to her advantage, as she was able to outmaneuver and outrun her larger opponents. She escaped certain elimination several times thanks to her superior balance and ring savvy. Still, Ambrosi's win remains a stunning achievement, even for someone with the record she has compiled.

#5: 2007 Winner Vivica J. Valentine

Is there any way Valentine can't be seen as the top Dangerous Games winner of all time? She is by far the smallest wrestler ever to win the match, in a year when the competition was arguably stiffer than it had ever been before. And she topped it all off by beating Ambrosi for the title at NC-17 and embarking on the greatest World Title reign in GCW history.

If Ambrosi's victory defies logic, Valentine's is positively baffling. With wrestlers like Shaman, Mayhem, Jimmy Thunder, Brad Jackson and others involved, Valentine was up against some intimidating size. But Valentine didn't back down, even when faced with the 2007 runner up, LeStatt Knight. Valentine eliminated an intense and focused Knight to win the match, a man over twice her size.

Valentine no doubt learned quite a bit by studying tape of Ambrosi's performance the previous year. And she surely proved her talent by beating Ambrosi and holding the title for over six months. But there is certainly a skill set that continually flies under the radar and guides these undersized superstars to Dangerous Games victory.

Shane Lane over Luke Hanson. Twizzy over Toxic. Ambrosi over Mayhem. Valentine over Knight. Somehow, larger GCW wrestlers keep falling short in the biggest of all matches. While most agree that bigger, more powerful wrestlers should have an edge, this has not been the case.

Perhaps it is the face that taller wrestlers are simply closer to the top rope. Perhaps it is the agility and balance that smaller wrestlers possess. The truth behind the Dangerous Games match is probably much more simple: in a match with thirty people, the best wrestler always wins.

Except 2001.

They overcome impossible odds to do it, but each year the best wrestler has emerged from the pack to win the entire thing. Fate, it seems, is on their side. So who will it be this year? Everyone's got their own theory. But for Dangerous Games hopefuls like LeStatt Knight, Andy Murray, Bryan Mayhem and Shaman, they can only pray that size, in fact, doesn't matter.