Another release in the “Best On The Indies” series from Smart Mark Video. This one features the very hardcore, very tough, even more likeable Masada. I first met Masada when he worked a 2CW show in Watertown, NY. I wasn’t familiar with him at the time but was impressed right away. It wasn’t until afterward that I found out he was the CZW Heavyweight Champion and a two time CZW Cage Of Death winner. Obviously he has accomplished more in his many years in wrestling but I won’t get into it all…just look up IWA Mid-South etc.
I bought this DVD at one of the tables at National Pro Wrestling Day. It wasn’t until afterward that I noticed Masada was there. He signed the cover and I talked with him for quite a while. He’s a very laid back guy even though you can’t tell by watching this release. This 3 disc set features a “shoot” interview that is roughly five hours long taking up 2 1/2 discs! He basically talks about his career on here starting with his beginning work in Texas, his time in Japan, ROH, WWE & TNA tryouts, and right up to CZW in 2012. Masada doesn’t hold back but this isn’t a mud slinging interview, just a wrestler telling his story. There are only four matches on the last dvd but they give an all around idea as to what Masada is capable of doing in the ring. Here’s a list of the matches:
- Masada vs. Sami Callihan – CZW 11/6/10. This is the same match that is featured on the Sami Callihan set I reviewed before. I still watched it again to enjoy this stiff match. These guys are fantastic. Good stuff.
- Masada vs. Danny Havoc : Gusset Plate Death Match – CZW 7/9/11. Holy crap! To quote the mighty AC/DC, “If you want blood, you got it!” What a brutal match! I’m surprised they made it out alive! Very tough guys to put it lightly. I didn’t know what a gusset plate was but I do know they tear up flesh very easily. I found a pic of basically what they look like:
- Masada vs. Adam Cole – CZW 3/10/12. This is where we get to see that Masada isn’t just a death match competitor but an actual wrestler. Adam Cole is always fun to watch wrestle and this was a very good match to showcase both of these true talents.
- Masada vs. Yoshihito Sasaki : No Ropes Barbed Wire Match – WXW 5/20/12. Just when I start talking about Masada not being just a death match wrestler, here comes this! The one word to describe this is…OUCH!! This isn’t the gimmick barbed wire that was seen on the tv companies, this is the real deal. At one point Sasaki whips Masada with a section of wire and it gets stuck in his hair. Like I said…OUCH! Brutal match here which does feature some fine wrestling.
Overall, this is a fine DVD set that let’s us get to know Masada the man not just Masada the wrestler. My only gripe is that there should be more matches! During the interview they talk about several key matches yet they aren’t on here. If having more matches meant cutting the interview, I think it could’ve been done without taking anything away from it. I’d suggest this DVD for the hardcore Masada fan.