The Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South King of the Deathmatch is an annual professional wrestling tournament running since 1997 in 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 King of the Deathmatch tournaments have included Ian Rotten, Axl Rotten, Necro Butcher, Mad Man Pondo, Chris Hero, Balls Mahoney, Nick Mondo, and Mickie Knuckles. Many of the cards have also included non-tournament matches featuring top indy wrestlers such as Nigel McGuinness, Colt Cabana, CM Punk, Tracy Smothers, Homicide, Jerry Lynn, Jimmy Jacobs, Alex Shelley, Sonjay Dutt, B.J. Whitmer, Matt Sydal, Delirious, Arik Cannon, Ray Gordy, Low Ki, Daizee Haze and MsChif.
In 2006, IWA Mid-South introduced the concept of The Royal Weekend of Death, featuring the King of the Deathmatch tournament, as well as two new tournaments, the Queen of the Deathmatch and the Double Death Tag Team Tournaments. The 2006 & 2007 tournaments for Queen and Double Death happened in November on back to back nights, while the 2008 Queen of the Deathmatches took place on the afternoon of night 2 of King of the Deathmatches, with Double Death taking part on October 17 and 18. Notable participants of the Queen of the Deathmatch tournament include Mickie Knuckles, Lufisto, Annie Social, and Mike Levy.
October 21, 1997 saw the first annual IWA Mid-South King of the Deathmatch Tournament, held at the National Guard Armory in New Albany, Indiana.
†Doug Gilbert refused to fight in the final
After a 3-year break, the tournament returned in 2000, this time running over two nights (October 20 and 21) at the House of Hardcore in Charlestown, Indiana.Non-tournament matches included Puppet def. T.O. in a Midget Thumbtack Match, and Brain Damage def. Toby Klein
King of the Deathmatch 2001 was held over 2 nights (June 1 & 2) at the House of Hardcore in Charlestown, Indiana.
†Hido injured his arm in this match and was unable to compete in the next round. Corporal Robinson received a bye as a result.
King of the Deathmatch 2002 was held over 2 nights (July 12 & 13) at the IWA Arena in Clarksville, Indiana.Non-tournament matches included Chris Hero def. Colt Cabana (Night One) and Chris Hero def. Colt Cabana and Tracy Smothers (Night Two)
King of the Deathmatch 2003 was held over 2 nights (August 1 & 2) at the IWA Arena in Clarksville, Indiana.
Night One - Jerry Lynn def. Jimmy Jacobs, Mickie Knuckles' debut match (and victory) against Hailey Hatred, Chris Hero def. Homicide (IWA-MS World title match)
Night Two - Sonjay Dutt & Adam Flash def. Alex Shelley & Jimmy Jacobs and Nate Webb & M-Dogg 20, Bull Pain vs Jim Fannin (no contest), Nigel McGuinness def. Colt Cabana, Homicide def. B.J. Whitmer, Danny Daniels def. Chris Hero (Texas Death Match for the IWA-MS World title), The Messiah def. Corporal Robinson (CZW World Heavyweight Title)
King of the Deathmatch 2004 was held over 2 nights (June 25 & 26) at the Oolitic Community Center in Oolitic, Indiana.
Night One - Danny Daniels & B.J. Whitmer def. Matt Sydal & Delirious, CM Punk def. Ray Gordy, Chris Hero def. Arik Cannon
Night Two - MsChif def. Mickie Knuckles and Daizee Haze, Delirious def. Matt Sydal (IWA-MS Light Heavyweight title match), Chris Hero & Homicide def. Ray Gordy & BJ Whitmer
†Deranged replaced Manslaughter and J.C Bailey replaced Mad Man Pondo
King of the Deathmatch 2005 was held over 2 nights (November 18 & 19) at the Capital Sports Arena in Plainfield, Indiana.
Night One - Jimmy Jacobs def. C.J. Otis (IWA-MS World title), Hailey Hatred def. Mickle Knuckles (IWA-MS Women's title), Matt Sydal & Delirious def. The Iron Saints
Night Two - Ian Rotten & Mickie Knuckles & Delirious & C.J. Otis def. Sal & Vito & Brandon Thomaselli & Josh Abercrombie, Danny Havoc def. Hellaware Assassin and Brandon Prophet in a Fans Bring the Weapons Match
The first round matches held on day one were all three-way dances with two competitors from each match advancing to the quarter finals.
King of the Deathmatch 2006 was held over 2 nights (June 2 & 3) at the Capital Sports Arena in Plainfield, Indiana.
Night One - Darrin Corbin def. Arik Cannon (IWA-MS World title)
Night Two - Trik Davis def. Arik Cannon and Darrin Corbin (IWA-MS World title), The Children of Pain (Jacob Ladder & Darin Childs) def. Insane Lane & Juggulator in a Flaming Tables Match
†Prior to the tournament, three Bunkhouse Battle Royals were held at IWA Mid-South events, with the winners being awarded a bye in the first round. Rollin' Hard won a bye at April Bloodshowers 2006 on April 21, JC Bailey won a bye at Any Given Saturday on April 22, and Hardcore Craig won a bye at Spring Heat 2006 on May 19
†Brandon Prophet replaced Hardcore Craig
King of the Deathmatch 2007 was held over 2 nights (June 22 & 23) at the Capital Sports Arena in Plainfield, Indiana.
Brandon Thomaselli def. Low Ki (IWA-MS Light-Heavyweight title), The Naptown Dragons def. Southern Rock in a Circle City Street Fight, Insane Lane & Danny Havoc def. Rollin Hard & Mitch Page and Fukimoto & Deranged in a three-way tag match (Mitch Page's retirement match)
†Drake Younger put the IWA Mid-South Deathmatch Championship up for this match, and retained
†Drake Younger put the IWA-MS Deathmatch title up for this match and lost, making Dysfunction the new champion
†Dysfunction put the IWA-MS Deathmatch title up for this match and lost, making Corporal Robinson the new champion
†Corporal Robinson put the IWA-MS Deathmatch title up for this match, and retained
King of the Deathmatch 2008 took place over 2 nights (June 20 & 21) in the parking lot of Alley Cats Lanes bowling alley in Sellersburg, Indiana, and was an 18-man tournament.
Non-tournament matches on Night One included Sara Del Rey defeating Mickie Knuckles, Dingo defeating Chuck Taylor for the IWA-MS Heavyweight Title, and Jimmy Jacobs and Tyler Black defeating Egotistico Fantastico and "Mr. Insanity" Toby Klein.
Non-tournament matched on Night Two included Jason Hades defeating Bryan Skyline to retain the IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship, Dingo's first successful IWA-MS Heavyweight Title defence against Toby Klein, and a four-way match during which Tank defeated Corey Shaddix, WHACKS and Viper.
The Round One matches were all three-way matches, with the first person pinned or submitting was eliminated from the tournament.
The Eleventh King of the Deathmatch tournament took place at the Hartman Recreation Center in Joliet, Illinois, over 2 nights: March 6, 2009 and March 7, 2009.
The twelfth KOTDM was held over 2 nights: Friday, June 4, 2010 and Saturday, June 5, 2010 in Bellevue, Illinois, at the Bellevue Plaza.
In non-tournament action one night one, Johnathon Gresham defeated Drake Younger and Jimmy Jacobs in a 3-way dance and American Kickboxer stopped by on his bike ride from Ohio to California to raise concussion awareness. In non-tournament action on night two, Markus Crane def. Simon Sezz; Tyler Black def. Johnathon Gresham and gains entry into TPI 2010; and the Hooligans and Matt Cage def. Necro Butcher, Michael Faith, and Chuey Martinez.
†Chuey Martinez wrestled with a broken leg.
‡Balls Mahoney's Chairs vs. Bull Pain's Bat Match
The 13th KOTDM was held in Bellevue, Illinois, on Friday, September 16 to September 17 at the Bellevue Plaza. In non-tournament action BJ Whitmer def. Bucky Collins to claim the vacated Light Heavyweight Title on night 1. On night 2, Bucky Collins defeated Markus Crane, Neil Cutter, Devin Cutter, and Joey Grunge beat Reed Bentley, Juicy Jimmy Feltcher, and Damian Payne in a 6 Man(Losers From Night 1) Tag Match, and BJ Whitmer def. Masada.
Was held June 28, 2014 as part of a doubleheader titled "Royal Day of Death" at the Rustic Frog in New Albany, Indiana.
Was held June 26 through 27, 2015 at the American Legion Post#335 in Clarksville, Indiana.
Was held on August 6, 2016 at the Pride Bar in New Albany, Indiana.
Was held on May 20, 2017 at the Flea Market in Memphis, Indiana.
Was held May 18 through 19, 2018 at the Flea Market in Memphis, Indiana. In non-tournament action Dale Patricks def. Bryant Woods and G-Raver in a 3-Way Match at night 2.
†John Wayne Murdoch put the IWA-MS World Heavyweight title up for this match, and retained.
†John Wayne Murdoch put the IWA-MS World Heavyweight title up for this match and lost, making Nick Gage the new champion.
‡All quarterfinals matches were Total Elimination.
†Nick Gage put the IWA-MS World Heavyweight title up for this match, and retained.
†Nick Gage put the IWA-MS World Heavyweight title up for this match, and retained.
Was held July 31 through August 1, 2020 in Connersville, Indiana.
Will be held July 30 through July 31, 2021 at the Southside Turners in Indianapolis, Indiana.
November 3, 2006 saw the first annual IWA Mid-South Queen of the Deathmatch Tournament, held at the Capital Sports Arena in Plainfield, Indiana.
†Amy Lee was scheduled to fight LuFisto in the first round, who had pulled out due to a hand injury sustained fighting Necro Butcher in a Canadian Death Match tournament called Bloodstock put on by Stranglehold Wrestling. SeXXXy Eddy was brought in as a last minute replacement.
October 27, 2007 saw the second annual IWA Mid-South Queen of the Deathmatch Tournament, again held at the Capital Sports Arena in Plainfield, Indiana. This card also included a 2007 Revolution Strong Style Tournament Qualifying Match between CJ Otis and Deranged.
June 21, 2008 saw the third annual IWA Mid-South Queen of the Deathmatch Tournament, held in the parking lot of Alley Cats Lanes bowling alley in Sellersburg, Indiana.Once again there were last minute changes to the competitors, leading to a 6-woman tournament, with the winner of the first round match between Mickie Knuckles and "Glasses" Jones being awarded a bye into the Final.
Note: LuFisto had been announced as taking part, but has withdrew due to flight schedule issues.
†Rachel Summerlyn wrestled in the 2006 QOTDM as Rachel Putski
†Mike Levy came to the ring complaining that he had not been given a slot in either of the Deathmatch Tournaments, so Mickie agreed to wrestle him in the Semi Finals. During the match Levy "no sold" Mickie's offence, leading to a legitimate beatdown from Ian Rotten, Devon Moore, John Calvin, Tank and others.
Was held June 28, 2014 as part of a doubleheader titled "Royal Day of Death" at the Rustic Frog in New Albany, Indiana. In non-tournament action LuFisto beats Jordynne Grace(with Rodney Rush).
Was held June 27, 2015 as part of a doubleheader at the American Legion Post#335 in Clarksville, Indiana.
†Randi West received a bye to round 2 because her opponent Rebecca Payne no showed the show.
Will be held November 6, 2021 at German Park in Indianapolis, Indiana.
November 4, 2006 saw the first annual IWA Mid-South Double Death Tag Team Tournament, held at the Capital Sports Arena in Plainfield, Indiana.This was the first tournament of its type to be held in the United States, where both members of a team have to be eliminated. The card also included a non-tournament match in which SeXXXy Eddy & Jagged def. Mitch Ryder & Chuck Taylor.
The second Double Death Tournament took place on October 26, 2007 at the Capital Sports Arena in Plainfield, Indiana.
October 18 and 19, 2008 saw the third annual IWA Mid-South Double Death Tag Team Tournament, held at the Hartman Recreation Center in Joliet, Illinois.
The fourth Double Death Tournament was held on April 3, 2021 at the Axl Rotten Memorial Hall in Connersville, Indiana.
The fifth Double Death Tournament will take place on November 7, 2021 at the Turner's Hall in Indianapolis, Indiana. It will be the first Double Death with mixed tag teams.
It was held Friday, April 23, 2010 at the Bellevue Plaza in Bellevue, Illinois. Competitors
It was held March 15, 2015 Competitors
Was held June 19, 2016 at the Pride Bar +Lounge in New Albany, Indiana. Competitors
Was held on for March 11, 2017 at the Memphis Flea Market in Memphis, Indiana. The winner of 2017 Prince of the Deathmatches gets entry into the 2017 King of the Deathmatches on May 20, 2017.
Is scheduled for March 10, 2018 at the Memphis Flea Market in Memphis, Indiana. Field expanded to 12 Competitors.
Was held September 25, 2020 at the Axl Rotten Memorial Hall in Connersville, Indiana.
Will be held July 31, 2021 at the Southside Turners in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Happened Oct. 22, 2005 in Childersburg, Alabama, but was shut down by the police.
The tournament was shut down after the fifth match. In his match, Diehard suffered a severe laceration resulting a spot with light tubes. He was rushed to the hospital where authorities were informed of the tournament's nature and then proceeded to shut it down.
Carnage Cup took place on December 3, 2005 at the Country Music Barn in Elkmont, Alabama.
Carnage Cup Tournament took place on November 25, 2006 at the Highway 69 Sports Arena in Cullman, Alabama.
Carnage Cup Tournament took place on December 1, 2007 at the Nick Gulas Sports Arena in Pulaski, Tennessee.
1.) SeXXXy Eddy got a bye because Drake Younger was unable to compete
Carnage Cup Tournament took place on October 4, 2008 outside the Red Barn Bar in Elkmont, Alabama.
Carnage Cup 2009 took place on September 26, 2009, at the National Guard Armory in Calera, Alabama.
It was held on Saturday April 10, 2010 at the Calera National Guard Armory in Calera, Alabama.
It was held Saturday February 26, 2011 at the Cullman National Guard Armory in Cullman, Alabama. In non-tournament action Freakshow defeated Chrisjen Hayme to become the new IWA-DS Heavyweight Champion, and Kornerstone won a 6-man Death Match Rumble.
Pinkie Sanchez def † "Bulldozer" Matt Tremont and Neil Diamond Cutter - Ladders, Scaffold, and Lighttubes Match
†"Bulldozer" Matt Tremont replaced Danny Havoc who sustained a laceration on his back and could not compete.
Was held on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm and Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm at Donna's Barn and Cafe in Elkmont, Alabama.
"Bulldozer" Matt Tremont def.Kody Krueger(Fans Brings the Weapons Deathmatch)
Spider Boodrow def. "Angel of Death" John Rare (SAW Deathmatch)
Freakshow def. Neil Diamond Cutter(Barefoot Pits of Hell Deathmatch)
Damien Payne def. Ron Mathis- (Death From Below Deathmatch)
Spidar Boodrow def. Matt Tremont, Freakshow, and Damien Payne- (Hellraiser Deathmatch - No Ropes Flamming Barbwire, 250 Light Tubes.)
Was held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the SWF Arena in Tullahoma, Tennessee.
Was held on February 28 through March 1, 2015 at the YBW Arena in Jasper, Tennessee.
Was held on April 29, 2017 at the Sycamore Campground and Taco Shak in Iron City, Tennessee.
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