Re: Opinions on Deathmatch wrestling.
I may rant for a while here, so sorry if I do...
I've always liked hardcore/deathmatch wrestling. As a kid, my favorite matches were the hardcore matches. I remember I got Wrestlemania X7 for Christmas, and I must have watched the Raven/Big Show/Kane match like 6 times that day. I've always sorted deathmatch wrestlers into two category's. The "Old School" DM wrestlers, and the "New Generation" of DM wrestlers. The Old School guys would be guys like Necro Butcher, Zandig, Madman Pondo, Ian Rotten, Axl Rotten etc. who can't really wrestle a good straight match, and rely on weapons for the most part for their offense. "New Generation Guys" would be guys like Masada, Danny Havoc, Drake Younger, etc. (I've excluded BJW guys from the examples because they've always been wayyy ahead of the guys in the States) Guys who use weapons WITH their offense, not as their offense.
I think as a whole, Deathmatches are getting more respectable, but at the same time you have backyarders with no training being booked so promoters can have deathmatches and save money on talent, and have more "brutal" matches to "get their name out there" (Spidar Boodrow comes to mind. The John Rare/Spidar Boodrow SAW Deathmatches are an excellent example of how a deathmatch should NOT be done), and people are always looking back on stuff that happened years ago, like the Mondo/Jimmy truck spot, the Mondo/Zandig roof spot, and Zandig being hung by meat hooks. People look at it and assume that it's filled with talentless hacks who have no real wrestling ability, which may have been true 10 years ago, but it certainly isn't true these days. Unfortunately, It's guys like Boodrow who get attention by getting stabbed, or taking ridiculous, un-necessary bumps to get their name out there, which is successful for all the wrong reasons, while the professional, trained workers with hundreds of matches under their belt get labelled in the same category as these fucks. I feel this is the fault of the promoters, who keep booking these guys, as much as it is the fault of the reputation it earned in the early-mid 2000's (Mostly thanks to CZW).