Someone reading that title is probably thinking something like this "What the heck is the guy talking about there is no art to a death match, it's just garbage wrestling. Well you couldn't be more wrong, from what I have been able to find the actual match type was first done in Japan back in the day. Then with the help of companies like ECW, CZW, IWA-MS, XPW, and various others the death match craft has made it's way into the states. Anyone who doesn't know what a death match is for whatever the reason let me explain it then.
In all honesty the reason you don't know what is probably has something to do with the company or companies that you watch. To be a little more specific your probably only watching companies like ROH, TNA, Lucha Underground, NJPW, or WWE where death matches have never really been seen. In these companies it is normally known as Hardcore which is really nothing more then a tone down version of the death match style. As everyone probably is aware companies like WWE & WCW had a hardcore division back during the Monday Night Wars (1997-2001). After society changed and due over saturation the idea of hardcore wrestling really went away for a few years. But then companies like CZW and IWA-MS brought some of the popularity it once had back but this time they turned up the volume and the violence.
Though you may have your opinion and I have my opinion on the situation I also have Photographer Marc McAndrew to back me up as he said "There's a creativity to it. ... I see almost an artistic side to it. They're like a musician engaging with the audience." Coming from a guy who from what I saw in the article it doesn't seem like Marc is a huge fan of wrestling, yet he shows respect for the wrestling business and what the guys are able to do in the ring. If the above quote wasn't enough Marc also has this to say "Hardcore is a style of wrestling that's a little bit nontraditional, and it can be in an unusual environment; it can have unusual weapons, ladders, things like that," McAndrews said. "Death matches are much more about taking that level of violence a little bit further. The stipulations for some of these death matches are even more bizarre than the matches themselves. McAndrews mentioned one in which, after the match, the loser is thrown -- open wounds and all -- into a kiddie pool filled with salt and lemon juice." Fact of the matter is if this random photographer can learn to respect the business then why can't other do the same. There is an art to the death match and I hope this either showed you that or maybe gave you some doubt that their could be.
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