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The Best of Deathmatch Wrestling, Vol. 3: The Legendary Japanese Tournament

4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

The 1995 IWA King of the Deathmatch tournament changed professional wrestling forever! See the complete and uncut show from the legendary Kawasaki Staium in Japan with brand new English commentary! Bouts feature Gannosuke Tiger Jeet Singh Terry Funk Leatherface Terry Gordy Cactus Jack Hiroshi Ono Shoji Nakamaki The Headhunters El Texano & Silver King Dan The Beast Severn Tarzan Goto AND MORE!System Requirements:Running Time: 300 minsFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: SPORTS/GAMES Rating: NR UPC: 881737802798 Manufacturer No: 88839-7

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  • Format: Color, Full Screen, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Big Vision
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I5X7WU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,711 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Top Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
I feel very stupid. I ordered this DVD and King of the Death matches DVD. I did not realize that this DVD is a 2 set DVD with the first DVD being the King of the Deathmatches DVD. This DVD is far superior because it has audio commentary for the matches. Also this one has a 2nd DVD!

DVD 1 1995 Deathmatch Tournament

Tiger Jeet Singh vs Gannosuke- Grade C-

Leatherface vs Terry Funk- Grade C+

Cactus Jack vs Terry Gordy- Grade B

Hiroshi Ono vs Shoji Nakamaki- Grade B

Ichihara vs Okano- Grade B-

Iceman vs Kamikaze- Grade C

Terry Funk vs Tiger Jeet Singh-. Grade B

Cactus Jack vs Nakamaki- Grade A-

The Headhunters vs Silver King and El Texano- Grade B+

Dan Severn vs Tarzan Goto- Grade C

Cactus Jack vs Terry Funk- Grade A-

Overall Grade B+ (I rated this one slightly better since it had audio, and the DVD quality appears enhanced)

DVD 2

XPW best of the Death matches.- You get the whole DVD 5 solid matches that last a bit over an hour. This was a good DVD by itself. Grade A-

Random Matches

Dynamite D vs New Jack- Dynamite actually does a good job and puts up some solid offense. New Jack dominates as always. Grade B+

Kronus vs Homeless Jimmy- Just an awesome match, and Kronus really amazes me. This match had an amazing finish.. Grade A-

Kaos vs Johnny Webb- Wow what a great match. We saw light tubes, barbwire, tables, thumb tacks, kendo sticks, and chairs. The match stayed at a great pace. Neither of them wanted to give up and each took a massive beating. Both of them had so many thumb tacks in there boots they where sliding around. A sick missed moonsault and Kaos landed on the tacks and light tubes.
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The 1995 IWA King of Deathmatch tournament is a interesting pro wrestling time capsule
if you take it for what it is by '95 the Dathmatch gimmick was being over played in Japan
W*NG and FMW did much more brutal insane gimmicky type of matches earlier on (so much that the deathmatch was already over saturated by 1995
The idea of Dathmatches are cool but, these promotions beat it like a dead horse

Overall this particular Tournament is romanticized due to Mick Foley's book and the now classic Raw segments with the footage during the Mankind interviews
It's interesting but, once you see it once the whole thing seems anti-climatic
Two very cool stand out matches include
seeing former UFC Champion Dan Severn defend the NWA World heavyweight belt against Tarzan Goto
Severn would hold that same belt for four years until he lost it to Dory Funk Jr
and The Headhunters defend the IWA World Tag Team belts
all the deathmatches are a bit average (you can tell CZW was inspired by this tournament)
Both FMW and W*ING went all out
The deathmatch crutch would later be used in promotions like ECW, XPW, CZW Big Japan Pro Wrestling, Onita Pro and IWA Mid-south
If you are a die hard ultra violet fan this might disappoint
This is the second print is North America it has a much better PQ my guess it's from the original master
The audio stinks sound effects have been put in and the original Japaneses commentators are removed
(which takes a lot away from Pro Wrestling out of the far east!) If you want bad american commentators to this tournament get ICP's Stranglemania at least that super funny and has dumb entertainment value 7/10
This second print also is a two-disc set (The second disc has XPW footage since Big Vision bought XPW they pad everything with XPW stuff which isn't a terrible thing over-all XPW was a cool concept/idea brought down by a shady incident
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This is a great DVD featuring the famous deathmatch tournament from Japan. Definitely leans on the slower, more old school style, but still immensely fun to watch. The commentary is somewhat lacking, but invite some friends over, pop a few beers and you've got a world class commentary team right in your living room
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I had only seen a handful of the I.W.A. Japan tournament before this, via StrangleMania (one of my favorite wrestling tapes in my collection), and was reluctant to buy the usual Japanese import simply due to the lack of commentary and edits that I had heard about. That particular release is over 2hrs and 20mins while this version of "Kawasaki Dream" event is just over 2hrs, so this version is actually edited MORE. Don't let that fool you, however. Of the 11 matches featured on the first disc, and yes it is the entire card from 8/20/1995, only 3 of the matches are edited. All 7 of the tournament matches are here in their ENTIRETY. Likewise, the NWA World Heavyweight Championship match between Dan Severn and Tarzan Goto is also shown in its entirety, and this is, in my opinion, one of the best matches of the card; an instant classic, brutal, stiff match. The other three non-tournament matches, thankfully (IMHO), are trimmed down and made more exciting than they actually turned out being. So yes, these three matches are edited, but not in such a way as to destroy the integrity of the match. If anything, the edits make the matches watchable. Especially the dreadful Kamikaze/Iceman match. I can still smell that match from here nearly 20 yrs later. Overall, the "Kawasaki Dream" event is a must-own for any pro wrestling historian, fan, or aficionado. It truly is one of the most important events to ever happen in the history of the business.

Then there's disc 2....

Disc 2 features a DVD re-release of XPW's VHS "The Best of the Deathmatches Vol. 1". The first four of these matches are shown un-edited. The last match on the "tape", Supreme vs. Vic Grimes (2001 King of the Deathmatch Finals), IS EDITED.
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