30 in 30 Reborn: Gold Rush Pro Wrestling’s Channel

by Daniel Johnson

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The full Gold Rush Pro Wrestling (GRPW) YouTube channel can be found here.

Here are the facts about GRPW’s YouTube channel:

Number of videos: 51

Frequency new videos are added: The channel has not had a single video added to it since July 2013, but back when the channel first launched in February 2012 eight videos were uploaded in one week.

Frequency full shows are added: Most of the full matches on the channel make up a few full shows put on the channel that were spaced out as little as a month apart at one point. The last full show added was in June 2013

Total views of the most popular video: 4,485

GRPW is a pretty cool promotion based out of Pacifica, California. The thing that makes GRPW particularly neat is that aside from promoting young talent the company has held several fundraisers for various causes around the San Fransisco Bay Area. The man behind the promotion is Sparkey Ballard, a referee who prior to forming the company had refereed more than 2,000 matches, working in the United States and Australia. Although the promotion is largely made up of local talent, workers based outside of California have worked for GRPW as well. Some talent featured on the channel to look out for are AJ Kirsch, Amber O’Neal and Will Rood. The matches on this channel are filmed in two different ways. Some are shot with multiple cameras and others are filmed from one fixed camera. No commentary or onscreen graphics are included, but the lighting and picture quality are decent. The channel passed away in July 2013. Given that GRPW’s official website was updated as recently as April 2014 it is possible the channel could be resurrected, but that is not incredibly likely.

A recommended clip:

D-Torch vs. AJ Kirsch

Despite coming out in a punk rock style jacket D-Torch declares, “Look at all these kids, I feel like Justin Bieber.” AJ Kirsch by contrast is a more serious wrestler and has no such one liners.

Kirsch gets down to business after feeling D-Torch out and takes his opponent down then follows that up with a front face lock. Despite his name and his tights AJ Kirsch is not much like AJ Styles and has a more grounded style. This leaves the high flying of the match to be performed by D-Torch.  Although Kirsch dominates for a little while inside the squared circle when the action spills outside D-Torch wallops Kirsch with a crossbody from the ring to the floor.

As soon as the match goes back inside Kirsch again takes charge until D-Torch rolls him up. When Kirsch kicks out, D-Torch delivers a neckbreaker then when that fails to win him the match D-Torch starts dolling out some stiff sounding kicks. Unfortunately for D-Torch his streak of offense ends when he runs into Kirsch’s big boot. Kirsch then executes a falcon arrow, but D-Torch kicks out at two. Will Rood then comes out prompting Kirsch to ponder allowed, “What the hell are you doing here, Rood?” This is enough of a distraction for D-Torch to finish Kirsch off with a schoolboy.



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