When I began writing about wrestling it was mostly concerning
WWE and TNA. I recently discovered ROH and Chikara. I began a list of Worldwide
Wrestling Organizations and
discovered how many different organizations are out there and how much I was
missing. I vowed to begin checking out events on DVD or VHS tapes to find out
more about how each organization and see what type of entertainment they
I have done reviews of Ring of Honor and Chikara wrestling
events. My next venture into the world of professional wrestling had to be
something at the opposite end of the industry – the extreme. I had read that
Combat Zone Wrestling falls under the category of extreme. I am now going to
find out just how “extreme” CZW truly is.
Combat Zone Wrestling was established in 1999 in
Philadelphia, PA. CZW’s founder is John Zandig. CZW is known for its
“Ultraviolent” style of wrestling.
This DVD is a compilation of four CZW matches.
-Combat Zone Wrestling
Assault 2004 - Reviewed December 9, 2007
My general impression of CZW is that you will get every second worth of action that you pay for. Although only one match on this DVD was hardcore, the other matches were fantastic and worth the watch. You see true wrestling talent and no shying away from high-risk maneuvers. Sonjay Dutt was the only wrester on this DVD I was familiar with and he did not disappoint me in his match. If you are able to see a live CZW event, you may want to sit further back than the first five rows unless you are able to move fast and get out of the way. I
f you are not able see a live event, here is the website: www.czwrestling.com.
They do have Combat Zone video footage available on the site.
**If you have children who might imitate what they see, do NOT allow them to watch this DVD.
If you are a wannabe wrestler, do NOT try the things you see on this DVD. Only professional wrestlers should be doing these kinds of stunts and even they can be seriously injured.
understand that is one of the reasons “Sick” Nick Mondo made his exit from
the squared circle.**
This DVD opens with a very bright screen that informs the
audience there is Graphic Violence and Explicit Language and advises the viewing
audience NOT to try this at home!
Eric Gargiulo is the announcer that opens the video.
His announcing partner is John.
One Contender for
Heavyweight Championship Match
with an elbow off of a pipe hanging over the ring, a
moonsault off the top rope, a pin and a three count.
Sonjay is none other than Sonjay Dutt, currently with
Total Nonstop Action wrestling.
This camera shows Sonjay’s back before the match begins and
it appears he has numerous bright red marks on his back. The marks look fairly
fresh. The fans are hot for Sonjay and Ca$h gets all the heat from the fans. CZW
has a ring that doesn’t seem to have much give to it when a body lands.
Neither of these men are very large but both are quick and agile and they
don’t seem to have any fear. The announcers discuss how Sonjay previously
faced Trent Acid, who is the CZW Junior Heavyweight Champion, but could not beat
him in the ring. There is some
wrestling in the ring but it is fast and the hits and landings are hard. I’ve
seen three landings so far that made we wonder if someone was going to have a
broken neck. Both of these men did a great job working the ring and Ca$h did a
great job of working the audience in the negative. Sonjay showed his balance and
athleticism playing off the ropes. I
have not seen Chris Ca$h in the ring before and he does a good job playing the
heel. These men worked well together in the ring. And I just saw an
incredible match with Sonjay Dutt before he became “The Guru”.
5’8”, 210 lbs., from Bollywood, India
*Stats from TNA, www.tnawrestling.com
6’3”, 195 lbs., 1982-2005
*Bio from Wikipedia: http://en.Wikipedia.org
Chri$ Ca$h, real name Christopher Bauman, Jr., made his pro wrestling debut in
2001 and died in 2005 in a motorcycle accident in New Jersey. He was 23 years
old. CZW holds an annual memorial show in his memory. If you get a chance to see
a CZW DVD or VHS tape with Chri$ Ca$h footage, please do so. He was a talented
of the Best 2002 Match
Winner: Jody Fleisch
with a 720 DDT, a cover and a three count.
This is the first match in the United States for both of
these wrestlers. They are from the UK.I have not seen either one of them in
action before. Storm appears to be
the heel in this match up. Another Junior Heavyweight match and again very fast
action. Again these two men are not large but they have no hesitation, work at
wrestling and use high-risk maneuvers. Please note there is no protective mat
surrounding the ring. There is nothing but floor and that doesn’t stop these
guys from ending up out on the floor. I am unsure about the rules of this match
since Storm performs a unique but blatant low blow and isn’t called on it.
Outside the ring Storm uses a steel chair on Fleisch and isn’t called on it.
Storm sends Fleisch into the guardrail and Fleisch goes up and over the
guardrail and into the audience – the announcer tells us it is the fifth row
– and, with security surrounding both men, Storm uses a soda can he has picked
up on Fleisch. They fight in the back and the ref never leaves the ring. The two
men appear to be exhausted and I am not surprised. We have a lot of hard hits
and a lot of near falls. After the match, Fleisch offers his hand to Storm and
they shake hands and hug in the ring. Jody Fleisch will take on Ruckus in his
5’5”, 154 lbs. From Walthamstow, London
5’7”, 172 lbs., from Harlow, Essex
*Stats from IPW:UK International Pro Wrestling, www.ipwuk.com
current Jonny Storm fans he is not sporting the “shaved” look in this DVD.
He has long black hair in this match. I like the long black hair.
Junior Heavyweight Championship Match
Junior Heavyweight Champion
New CZW Junior Heavyweight Champion
with a 50/50, a cover and a three count.
I have read a lot about Ruckus but have never seen him in
action. I am hoping he lives up to the hype. Trent Acid won the title from
Ruckus one year and one month before this match. Acid has been on a winning
streak since obtaining the Championship. We have some fast action in the ring
with moves and counters until Acid decides stomping is fun. There is someone
outside the ring with a towel who is busy choking Ruckus while Acid has the
referee’s attention. I believe the announcer called the guy “Kashmere” but
I’m not sure. There was not a year mentioned but the announcer just said that
Sonjay Dutt would face the winner of this match for the Championship. Acid is
getting quite a bit of help from his buddy on the floor although I did see
Ruckus grab a handful of Acid’s hair and slam him to the mat. Acid must be a
Michael Jackson fan. He’s doing a lot of crotch grabbing for the fans. Ruckus
appears to be carrying more weight than Acid by it doesn’t seem to stop him
from being quick and agile. I just saw a cameraman up on the ring apron. He
either makes a lot of money or he is certifiably crazy. Kashmere just tossed a
chair in to Acid as Acid and works for their approval. Eric, one of our
announcers, has a problem with the referee in this match, Brian Logan, for
allowing Acid to get away with using a chair in the ring. Acid doesn’t like
the count –- Ruckus kicks out – and he shoves the ref. For everyone’s
information, the refs in CZW weigh black and yellow striped shirts. Now the
announcer has give us the full name of Acid’s friend outside the ring, Johnny
Kashmere. Ruckus has been taking a big beating in this match but it hasn’t
slowed him down. Ruckus just can’t seem to get the three count. Acid finally
gets Ruckus to the mat for a pin with a little outside help from Kashmere and
the ref refuses to count Ruckus out because of the interference. Acid backs the
ref up in the corner, delivers a chop and starts to walk away but the ref has
Acid by the hair, slams him back into the corner and delivers a series of chops
to Acid, knocks Kashmere, who has climbed up on the ring apron to help Acid, off
the ring apron and on to the floor. The ref then struts across the ring and
grabs his crotch ala Trent Acid and when Acid comes after him, he ducks out of
the way and Ruckus nails Acid with a boot and goes for the cover. Ruckus gets a
two count before Kashmere is in the ring grabbing the ref and slamming him back
into the corner. Kashmere and Acid work a double team on Ruckus (our announcer
calls the maneuvers “the dream sequence”) and Acid goes for the cover. The
ref refuses to count and calls the ring announcer up to ringside to talk to him.
The ref has just banned Johnny Kashmere from ringside, which he should have done
in the first few minutes of the match (but then the match might not have been as
entertaining as it has been). Kashmere picks up a baseball bat but someone else
has come out to the ring and he kicks the you-know-what out of Kashmere, puts
him over his shoulder and carries him off to the back. I don’t know who this
guy is because I can’t understand the announcer. These wrestlers certainly
spend a lot of time shoving the refs around in CZW. Acid takes out Ruckus and
the ref and then takes the mic over and tells the fans the match is over, that
he won by knockout. Acid retrieves his title belts.
Sonjay Dutt enters the arena and stops Acid from leaving.
Acid climbs back into the ring and then Chri$ Ca$h enters the ring behind Acid
and nails him in the back of the head before sending him down to the mat with
the Ca$h Flow. Now we have a fight going on between Sonjay and Ca$h outside the
ring. In the ring, Ruckus has rolled over on Acid and a new ref hits the ring,
but by the time the ref gets to the count, Ruckus only gets a two. Ruckus hits a
spinning DDT and then goes up on the top rope and there is glitch in the DVD!
The ref says that Ruckus used the 50/50 to get the pin. Ruckus is now the new
champion! I don’t understand why the championship has two belts, but it does.
And I don’t know who won the battle that was raging on the floor outside the
ring between Sonjay and Ca$h.
5’8”, 225 lbs., from Baltimore, MD
*Stats from CZW, Combat Zone Wrestling, www.czwrestling.com
5’11”, 180 lbs., from Philadelphia, PA
*Stats from Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org
NOTE: Our announcer John must be a cousin of TNA’s Don
West. There are times he screams like a girl!
The final match is being touted as violent and high
Winner: “Sick” Nick Mondo
with an assault driver off of a Ryder truck –
yes, hardcore wrestling fans, I said R Y D E R T R U C K --
and a pin.
Jimmy appears to be carrying around an old shutter or
washboard. This match takes place in an arena outside and it appears to be
concrete outside of the ring. It
looks like there might be some shattered glass on the mat. Jimmy’s forehead is
bleeding. I don’t know anything about the backgrounds of these two men but
they seem to be quite comfortable in what I would definitely consider a hardcore
match. It looks like Mondo’s back is bleeding. This is strictly an all weapons
are a go match, including barbed wire. If Mondo’s back was bleeding before,
it’s bleeding more now. Barbed wire against a bare back will do that to a
body. No, I was wrong. Mondo’s back is bleeding a LOT more. The men are now
using trucks – big Ryder trucks and they are on top of the truck. Mondo’s
getting loud chants from the crowd. Mondo uses a move called the assault driver
and both men go off the top of the Ryder rent a truck through tables covered
with fluorescent lights – and that is one HOLY SHIT! Moment! Mondo lands like
he’s just done a power bomb and gets the pin. I can’t believe he landed
sitting up like he had just dropped down to a regular mat!
*I have been unable to locate stats for this wrestler.
“Sick” Nick Mondo
6’1”, 202, lbs., from Minneapolis, MN
*Stats from Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.com
NOTE: Nick Mondo made his debut in professional wrestling
in March 1999 and retired in November 2003. He is a member of Combat Zone
Wrestling’s Hall of Fame.
The audience is now cheering for Homeless Jimmy as attendants
try to help him to his feet. He shoves away the assistance and gets to his feet
on his own. This was one thrilling match. I’m not sure high impact is the
description you would use for two wrestlers who just dove off the back of a tall
truck onto tables filled with lights. The announcers tell us it was a 30
to 35 foot fall from the truck through those tables.