Ken Usen | Croton on Hudson, NY United States | 09/18/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have been an FMW fan for a few years now. I have seen most of the recent stuff 98-00 and some of the old explosion matches and stuff. I must say I prefer the recent stuff. This tape is mostly the old hardcore stuff. The tape seems like an attempt to make FMW look very hardcore...which is a good idea. Although I don't like the hardcore stuff the Pogo/Danger match is good and the Hayabusa/Gladiator match is very good. I would recommend this to any fan of hardcore wrestling."
The Legend is Over-rated
Daniel E. Short | Hull, MA USA | 11/05/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Perhaps you've heard about how great FMW is. Perhaps you've heard how they "invented" hardcore wrestling. That may be so, but this tape doesn't prove it at all. Why? Let me count the ways.1)It has Horace freaking Hogan on it. In not one but two matches. Sure, it's better than his WCW work, but that's saying very little.2)The announcers are annoying. They can't convey any emotion, and their idea of insight is to rattle off the names of some old school wrestlers. Ole Anderson wasn't the only or first wrestler to work on one body part, so why do they keep on bringing him up? And their jokes are lame.3)The ultra-hardcore Death Match with Mr. Pogo is a lights out match. Meaning you can't see what's going on. Dumb dumb dumb.There is some good stuff on this tape. The work of Hayabusa is amazing. And the women's stuff is a hundred times better than their American counterparts. But really, if you can look around on the internet you can find much better tapes than this."
FMW The Legend Dawns
kpm22 | 09/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an awesome tape. If you like ECW or hardcore wrestling in general then this is a must see! This tape has the Lights-Out Deathmatch between Matsunaga and Mr. Pogo, as well as Hayabusa, Mike Awesome, WING Kanemura and Masato Tanaka in many matches!"
FMW : Much more than Japan's version of ECW
kpm22 | Beverly, MA United States | 03/07/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"They say first impressions are important. Well this was my first FMW video and I was impressed. The action was great all-around. First it was supposed to be Comat Toyoda AKA "Mother-in- Law" vs. the Bad Nurse Nakamura. Before the match, Sub Miss Saito begged "Mother-In-Law" to let her wrestle the Bad Nurse. So "Mother -in--law" agreed. You will here the two commentators bantering so much they missed "bad Nurse" pinning Sub Miss. There was a female Muta named Megummi Kuddo she is one of the toughest female wrestlers I've ever seen. The announcers spend more time arguing that calling matches. The Gladiator/Hayabusa match was well put togather. Gladiator is Mike Awesome from ECW fame. There was a lights-out death match that would have been better if there was no lights out stip. There was a crazy tag team coffin match with Mr. Pogo and Horace (Hogan) Boulder vs Super Leather and Matsunaga. Matsunaga gets ... whopped all over this tape. This is a great intro to the world of FMW: Hardcore wrestling Made in Japan"