Almost totally Useless
Bill Battershill | Canada | 12/03/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"All the matches except the main event of Masato Tanaka vs Bam Bam Bigelow were clipped. Most were clipped to the point that it was not even fun to watch. The only thing to save the DVD was the fact that the DVD extras were FULL VERSION matches, unlike ALL other FMW DVDs, even the other one released with this one, The Judgement. These Bonus matches were very cool too: Shane Douglas vs Tommy Dreamer for the ECW Title, and The Dudley Boyz vs Sabu and RVD in a great ECW Tag Title Match. Buy it for the Bonus Matches, and avoid all other FMW DVDs like I am, as they seem to be clipping everything except the main events of all their DVDs now."
ECW vs. FMW: Good For A Rental...
Mr. JKW | Honolulu, Hawai'i | 01/20/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"FMW: International Slaughterhouse DVD features 11 matches pitting the stars of ECW vs. the stars of FMW. While the billing sounds impressive, the product itself leaves a little to be desired. A majority of the matches are "clipped" with the action being about average to slightly above average. Still wrestling fans who favor hardcore wrestling, ECW or Japanese style hardcore wrestling may still find this DVD worth at least a rental or a borrow.Here are a rundown of the contents of this DVD:Your Hosts are "Straight Up" John Watanabe and Dan "The Mouth" Lovranski1. Paul Heyman promo extolling the virtues of the work ethic of ECW wrestlers, Japanese wrestlers and the Japanese fans.2. Buh Buh Ray Dudley vs. Sandman vs. Terry Funk: 3-way Ladder match. Decent spots and hard action, but nothing overly exciting. 3 stars.3. Gedo and Jado vs. the Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray and D'von): Not never really got underway as they brawled to a double DQ within minutes. DUD.4. Terry Funk, Tommy Dreamer and the Sandman vs. Mike Awesome, WING Kanemura and Mr. Ganosuke: Awesome six-man action. Tons of caning. 4 stars5. Hido/Mike Awesome vs. Dudleyz vs. Dreamer/Funk: 3-way tag elimination match. Wild match with all 6 men fighting at the same time. Lots of action. 3 1/2 stars.6. John Kronus/Ricky Fuji vs. Jado and Gedo: Short match but tons of nice aerial/martial arts spots 3 ¾ stars.7. Tajiri vs. Super Crazy: Short, but decent cruiser action from two of the best. I've seen better from them though. 3 stars.8. WING Kanemura vs. One Man Gang vs. Sabu: All-out hardcore 3-way war with tons of tables, chairs and high-flying mayhem. 4 ¼ stars.9. Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Masato Tanaka: AWESOME match. Hard-hitting, tons of psychology. Awesome work. Best match on the DVD. 5 stars10. Post-match Interview with Tanaka in the locker room.Bonus Match 1: RVD/Sabu vs. Dudleyz: Decent hardcore war. 4 starsBonus Match 2: Dreamer vs. Shange Douglas w/Francine: Ditto 4 starsTHE VERDICT: Overall, the DVD and matches were fairly mediocre with no matches being really
BAD (except the Dudleyz vs. Jado/Gedo) but again only a few matches are really of noteworthiness (Bigelow/Tanaka and the 6-man tag match). Overall, the best reason to buy the DVD is for the mere novelty of the International/promotional match-ups and not the matches themselves. Still, nonetheless, the DVD (or at least the VHS) is worth a watch if you come across it. It's entertaining enough for an afternoon rental.Recommendation to Rent/Borrow"