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Hall of Fame: Bryan Mayhem Steven Caldera 2 Jul 2012
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WorldWide Rumor Roundup Steven Caldera 15 Jun 2012
Hall of Fame: Andy Murray Steven Caldera 3 Jun 2012
Hall of Fame: Vivica J. Valentine Steven Caldera 29 May 2012
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

I have been with this company since its inception, nearly ten years ago. We're nearing yet another edition of Dangerous Games, perhaps our most anticipated event of the year. This time of year is always special for me, because I had the privilege of calling the very first Dangerous Games in 2001. In the nine years since that event we've had some amazing and memorable moments, and made some superstars in the process. But, for me, nothing will ever match the excitement of that first one in 2001, despite the fact that it went down as one of the most infamous moments in GCW history.

In June of 2001, GCW was just four months old. Of course, its roster had plenty of history together, but the GCW brand was just beginning to take shape. We had opened to a tremendous reception and the audience continued to grow each week. Led by President Steven Caldera's aggressive business plan, GCW began to generate significant buzz almost immediately. Despite the rave reviews of GCW's first two Pay-Per-View events, President Caldera wasn't satisfied. Seeking a catalyst for something event bigger, Caldera brought in former mentor Mr. Danger.

Danger never quite gets the credit he deserves for inventing Dangerous Games, but the event carries his name even if modern fans don't remember who it's named for. President Caldera has certainly left his stamp on the event since its inception, but Danger must be credited as the event's father.

One could also argue that Danger had created Caldera himself, though Caldera had very quickly grown into his own man. Caldera and Danger had long since ceased to see eye to eye, but, perhaps out of loyalty, Caldera allowed Danger a voice in the direction of his new company. Danger looked at the exciting but young roster and decided that GCW needed a way to stratify its cluttered ranks. Though some of the top names had been well established during their CWU days, GCW was primarily built out of exciting but unproven talent.

Danger's plan: put the entire GCW roster in the ring together and let them battle it out for superiority.

Thirty of the world's most hungry wrestlers were in line for the match. There was a buzz in the locker room from the moment Dangerous Games was announced. Everyone knew the stakes right away. Remember, in 2001 the professional wrestling landscape was dramatically different. This was a time when there were literally thousands of hopeful wrestlers dotting the landscape, most of whom would never make it big. For that matter, there were scores of hopeful wrestling promotions trying to scrape together enough talent to make a mark and hit the big time. We knew that giving these talented youngsters this opportunity was our best bet to create the new generation of stars needed to break through and challenge the established companies.

With a shot at the GCW World Title on the line, and with major stars The Jhub and Rich Rollins locked in a war for the gold, the winner was guaranteed an opportunity to become a major player. There were a few favorites going in, though it was anyone's guess who would emerge from the pack. I thought Luke Hanson had a great chance; at 19 years old he was extremely raw, but at over seven feet he had the size and skill to pull it off. He was a real freak of nature, but more than that, he was a genuinely good kid. He was loved by the fans, admired by his peers and we couldn't have asked for a better representative for GCW's future.

And then there was Shane Lane.

Lane was a little older, he'd been around for a while, and he'd become a big name on the independent circuit. When he started touring with GCW, it became clear that he had the skill to compete with the best. But there were plenty of talented wrestlers in GCW; what made Lane stand out was his personality. He demanded the spotlight. He demanded the respect of his peers, but rarely got it. He had this inexplicable chip on his shoulder, but despite his abrasiveness he was truly magnetic. The fans hated him, but he always drew them in.

When the night arrived, I took my place at ringside and waited through some excellent matches. Despite the high quality of the wrestling, it seemed like the reactions were more muted than usual. GCW had developed a devoted and vocal fanbase, but on this night they seemed subdued. Dave and I began to feel a bit of panic, but once we came to the battle royal, we realized what had happened. Caldera and Danger had done such a tremendous job building the anticipation for the Dangerous Games match that nothing else the fans saw that night would get them going.

The match was a tremendous success. Hanson and Lane had developed an intense rivalry, and they had battled it out for the United States Title earlier in the night. Hanson had retained the belt, giving him the momentum coming into the match. It came down to the first final four: Hanson, Lane, John Reed and Trash. Reed and Trash, who would later change his name to Twizzy, were both future stars, but this night was about Lane and Hanson. But the match ended in what some consider to be a fluke; Hanson seemed to have Reed eliminated, but a desperate Lane was able to intercede and eliminate them both. Lane captured the match and the win. What followed was one of the most bizarre and infamous sequence of events in GCW history--events that shaped President Caldera's approach to GCW for years.

Lane had been characteristically vocal about what he thought to be his proper spot in GCW before the Dangerous Games match. Lane's victory was a body blow to locker room morale, but some became optimistic that he might dial down the rhetoric now that he'd hit the jackpot. Instead, Lane did the exact opposite; even with a guaranteed title shot in his pocket for the following month's Pay-Per-View, Annihilation, Lane wasn't satisfied. He began making demands, and threatened to leave the company unless he received his shot the very next week.

This put President Caldera in a bind. The Jhub had just won the title from Rollins, and Caldera had hoped to spend several weeks building the anticipation for what surely would have been a top selling Pay-Per-View main event. However, he had just spent many millions of dollars promoting Dangerous Games as the event that would allow a new star to emerge; if that star were to depart the company without appearing again, it would have been disastrous. Combined with pressure from Mr. Danger, Caldera was forced to relent and serve The Jhub up on Meltdown.

The Jhub was game, but after a brutal war with Rollins he was perhaps even more tired than the young and excited Lane. Caldera tried to insert himself into the match on The Jhub's behalf, but found himself neutralized by Danger. To the shock of the GCW World, Shane Lane defeated The Jhub and won the GCW World Title just four days after surging into the spotlight for the first time.

And then, just like that, Lane seemed to check out. He began mailing in his performances, showed up late and left early every night, and became even more insufferable than before. The only reason he survived with the company despite his attitude was his work ethic, but that seemed to evaporate once he won the title.

Caldera booked a six-man title match for Annihilation to stack the odds against Lane, who ultimately lost the belt to Rich Rollins. But significant damage had been done to the image of the belt, and only through the brilliance of Rollins did it recover. It was a blow that could have crippled GCW's rise, and we were lucky to have survived it.

Still, Dangerous Games itself remained a staggering success, and the event propelled GCW's name further into the ranks of the renowned. It did leave a scar, however; I truly believe that this event was the real motivator behind Caldera's creation of The Establishment. True, The Establishment had been created on the very first Meltdown, but the Lane incident spurred Caldera to become even more militant about protecting his investment. The GCW World Title was everything to him, the ultimate symbol of the success of his company. Lane's Dangerous Games win and title reign remain a black mark on the history of GCW, and Caldera resolved never to allow it to happen again.

Since then, the stakes have continued to grow around Dangerous Games time. Even now, working behind the scenes, Caldera vets each and every wrestler before they're even allowed to compete in Dangerous Games. Anyone who has ever participated in Dangerous Games knows that there are many hoops to jump through before they are allowed to enter. And the hype machine that revs up before each event is such to motivate the top players in the game to the point that the competition is almost crushing.

Seven more Dangerous Games events have come and passed since 2001, but none have been quite as important as the first one. For my money, Dangerous Games 2001 was the landmark moment of GCW's initial run. We'll take a look back at each of the Dangerous Games matches between now and Dangerous Games 2010, but none quite stick in my memory like the first one.