Experience the originators! Before pretty boy commercialism found wrestling in the U.S., FMW was writing the book! Technically more advanced matches! Athletically and acrobatically more talented wrestlers! Innovators in st... more »yle and technique!« less
"This tape really shows you the skill of Hayabusa. It is a great introduction to both FMW and the wrestler. American fans will recognize both Tanaka and Mike Awsome and will be able to observe the abilities of Hayabusa as he wrestles against these two former ECW champions. I have become a fan of This man"
FMW Finally Reaches Their Potential
Trevor Kampfl | 08/08/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Finally, FMW has produced a DVD equal to the caliber of their talent. Gone is the unbearable commentary of earlier FMW DVDs. Finally, a well thought out DVD for the serious wrestling fan. The DVD follows the features of "The Phoenix: The Very Best of Hayabusa" video released in Japan. It covers the history behind Hayabusa's famous moves and his rivalry with former friend Gannosuke. Where this really makes its money, however, is in its three matches. Hayabusa vs Tanaka is great! The Mike Awesome/ Hayabusa match is my favorite of the three I've seen released on FMW video. The final match with Mr. Gannosuke is also very good. The one problem I have is that the DVD is under 2hours. I wished the put 2-3 extra matches in the compilation (that would have made it 5 stars easily)."
R. M. Williams | NY USA | 11/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the best Tokyopop FMW DVD release yet. The bad jokes and stupid stories that the announcing team told in the previous Tokyopop releases are gone, replaced by straight-forward and informative commentary. I salute Tokyopop for listening to the complaints of the fans in regards to the commentary and correcting this problem.As for the DVD itself- you get 3 great Hayabusa matches, a long video introduction showing highlights of him performing his most popular moves, and interesting stories telling you the background of each match. The matches are in crystal-clear DVD quality, with great stereo sound too. I'd recommend this to any wrestling fan, whether you are a long-time Hayabusa fan or are just curious to see how great a wrestler he is."
Improvement & good introduction
R. M. Williams | 09/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As Dave Meltzer from the Wrestling Observer said, the sports-style announcing on these two new FMW tapes from Tokyopop, "The Flying Assassin" and "Yokohama Deathmatch" is 100% improved-- compared to the old style ICP-like announcing on the old FMW tapes (on the "old" FMW tapes, Tokyopop hired three Hollywood scriptwriters to write jokes & bad storylines that the announcers had to read off of). There's always room for improvement, but John Watanabe and Dan Lovranski do a good job on "The Flying Assassin" and the other new tape, doing straight calling of the action, and getting over some of the history of the original FMW angles that newer fans may not be familiar with.I also agree with a DVD review on the 1wrestling site on these new style FMW tapes, that if you're a new fan or American wrestling fan who is not familiar with FMW, these new Tokyopop tapes are a good introduction to the new fan (if you're an old fan who has already seen these matches via bad quality underground tapes, these matches will seem old). These days, every wrestling fan knows that there should be more alternatives out there besides just WWF wrestling, and with Hayabusa's spectacular moves and great matches on "Flying Assassin" (Hayabusa vs. Mike Awesome is my favorite on this tape), I think this FMW tape is a good alternative, as well as an FMW initiation for the newer fan."
Hayabusa Is Amazing
R. M. Williams | 08/14/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After only seeing two previus matches with Hayabusa(With Tanaka agaist Terry Funk and Mr. Pogo and with Shinsaki against Van Dam and Sabu) I figured I'd spend the money to learn more about him. I'm glad I did as the 3 matches on this DVD are all great,and the awful commentary I heard so much about on FMW DVD's seems to be a thing of the past. Plus the mini interview with Hayabusa and where he got his moves from was very good. Definatley worth the price for any wrestling fan."