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The Hardcore World of Deathmatch Wrestling

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In the world of wrestling, there’s nothing more brutal than a deathmatch: a fight where anything goes, and using weapons and spilling blood is the name of the game. New York wrestler Casanova Valentine runs a particularly hardcore circuit at the Tender Trap in Brooklyn, a bar where he and his opponents go at each other with barbed wire, fluorescent light tubes, thumbtacks, and garden tools, until there’s only one man left standing. Valentine sees the violent face-offs as performance art: He’s able to get in character, and share what makes him happiest with a roomful of folks who flock to his deathmatches for the bands he books and the paintings he makes as much as they do his fights. We met up with Valentine to find out what goes into putting on one of the wild events, and got a chance to see him duke it out with another brawler until they’d covered the place in blood and broken glass. WATCH NEXT: In the Ring with Mexico's Ultra-Violent Wrestlers -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chZViPaShHY Click here to subscribe to VICE: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideo Click here to get the best of VICE daily: http://bit.ly/1SquZ6v Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/vice Download VICE on iOS: http://apple.co/28Vgmqz Download VICE on Android: http://bit.ly/28S8Et0
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Text Comments (1065)
VICE (5 months ago)
“Either it’s a paintbrush, or my fist. It’s still an extension of me.” Watch more Wrestling, Boxing, and MMA videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDbSvEZka6GGgIgUHLvZ3_dILsHrKlRy2
Daniel Foster (3 months ago)
+alexander dornbirer can you handle pain
Red Jaxs (5 months ago)
So he isn't actually murdering people? But the risk of death is still there?
Stephen Bennett (5 months ago)
Insane fight club in Glasgow started this year's ago. They stole this idea.
ShalakumX Simba (5 months ago)
Can somebody please tell me the title of this opera??
alexander dornbirer (5 months ago)
sign me up I wanna beat him down
Domenic Brangiforte (15 hours ago)
This is not pro wrestling thay criple themselves in front of 70 people for no money no talent non of them will make it in the busyness
William Valenzuela (12 days ago)
Rangerwolf's Fishing (13 days ago)
And Mikey wild took valentine to his limit!
Karlitos Pescador (14 days ago)
What a neat guy
its narda (16 days ago)
i love his personality i thought he was going to be all mad and scary but he is funny and really nice 😂😂
Shout out G-Raver!
OG Guerrilla (23 days ago)
With my luck if I went to rob a house it’d be his
Leroy Hyde (23 days ago)
Is deathmatch wrestling similar to ecw wrestling.
OAKLAND POLICE (25 days ago)
fake casanova
Mike Hunt (25 days ago)
I like this a lot. At first I thought this would be some silly rolling around the floor roaring shit but this man is very articulate, very passionate, very humble, he has a kind voice and seems to be an all round (no pun intended) nice guy
Andre Paz (1 month ago)
Definitely a form of art
Laura Llama (1 month ago)
Bucket List item # 23: Attend a Death Match
Mr. Sotack (1 month ago)
Oh it’s that toxic masculinity again... better send him a Gillette care package!
Udo Schüller (1 month ago)
i can hit a mfer as hard as anyone with a bat and make em bleed. that dont mean i'm ric flair. thank you, f you, bye!
Simon Hutchinson (1 month ago)
People like this make the world a more interesting place.
jojolafrite90 (1 month ago)
It's as fake as real wrestling. Just a little less stupid because at least they try to be entertaining.
WhEthin (22 days ago)
You can’t look at this and say it’s fake
MightyMischa (1 month ago)
I want to see Phil Anselmo and Mike Vallely both in their prime fighting in a Deathmatch :D
Frosty Solution (1 month ago)
if this was on cable i would actually watch wrestling this is so fucking dope
made renjaan (1 month ago)
Dean from wwe did the same thing before coming famous in wwe
Alana Brogan (2 months ago)
He seems like such a cool sweet guy. but its insane that he nails himself in the head and the people who watch it is disturbing
bryan terek (2 months ago)
Hardcore/backyard wrestling....so 20 years ago....this isn't pro wrestling.
Erik Iacopelli (2 months ago)
Now I wanna go back home to NY just to see this show lol
Yoel Arenas (2 months ago)
he's probably the nicest guy ever
jay scott (2 months ago)
I like the elevator music while shopping for torture equipment
MrJBZY70 (2 months ago)
It’s a “show”
yashin mujib (2 months ago)
is this legal? if so how...
LongIslandBlitz (2 months ago)
When a guy jumps off a ladder and puts a guy through a table or has a nail hammered into his head my first thought is always "Da Vinci"
Paul H (2 months ago)
Kids these days don't know about ECDubb. We were already watching this shit in the 90's. Nothing new here.
Thepaolo98 (2 months ago)
They call this art? This is redneck bullshitery tbh
Thepaolo98 (22 days ago)
WhEthin oh god..
WhEthin (22 days ago)
It’s in New York
Hobbit Bilbo (2 months ago)
Just piercing the forehead of some body wit a Ton of nails nothing to see here
justin Y (2 months ago)
Post Malone's brother?
Matt Kobale (2 months ago)
Still fake you can tell
Billy Beane (2 months ago)
I was a bouncer st a titty bar called The Tender Trap...small world.
Casanova Valentine (1 month ago)
Billy Beane This Tender Trap is actually named after that strip club! Believe it or not...
Mr. RIZZ (2 months ago)
Sounded like my time with my grandfather. Other than the crazy shit...i can relate. Cassanova seems like a genuinely nice guy
psychorealmjeditrick (2 months ago)
Where is this I want to go
hersh23 (2 months ago)
This...LOOKS SO COOL!!! If I lived in BY I'd be going to this a lot! I would LOVE to photograph something like this! The punk atmosphere and the "No Fucks Given" vibe would make for some amazing black and white photos
REX MEXICAN (2 months ago)
One of the referes looks like GG allin no lie
Joshua Hale (2 months ago)
Hmmm I wonder if Jim Cornette has seen this?
shakysyxx (2 months ago)
Jim Cornette is loving this! Lol.
sado bitch (2 months ago)
yo, he have the look and the voice of post Malone lol
_Jabøx _ (2 months ago)
one of the refs is wear pink sunglasses and a beanie 😆
THE Processor: J-Merc (2 months ago)
13:08 producersss crazy sample
Paul Anthony Vaccaro (2 months ago)
I think the wrastler is a virgin
Casanova Valentine (1 month ago)
Paul Anthony Vaccaro Lol
Maria Taylor (2 months ago)
The extreme bob Ross “it was a happy accident”
*Crouton* Bambix (3 months ago)
I look an ASMR , lol
Jayde Flores (3 months ago)
So no ring?
William Schutz (3 months ago)
This guy should get in touch with Jeff Clayton and do a show with ANTiSEEN there. It would kick ass!!!
Zoophilia Consultant (3 months ago)
wrestling was always second to santa clause when growing up. I think it is stupid, but takes skill to avoid injury
Reina Arana (3 months ago)
Only white people would do this
Daniel Foster (3 months ago)
I want to do this
billy athgate (3 months ago)
Mad respect for the dude but art? C'mon man that's pretentious as fuck. Art it's definitely not. So then I guess gymnastics is "art" too? GTFO
Casanova Valentine (1 month ago)
billy athgate to each their own, to me..... what I do is art
Ty (3 months ago)
Oh my..
Emma Jones (3 months ago)
so, it's a fight. which i'm fine with, but why call it anything else? and WHY call it an art? that word has become just as abused than "god" and "love". go testosterone!
Dæmon Græyson (3 months ago)
It’s the ballet of bloody wrestling
Jacob Mcclure (3 months ago)
this is not art lmao
Benga (3 months ago)
So seeing as how you've disabled comments on your last video: "London's Knife Crime Emergency" (I can't imagine why you would do that) I'll comment here. What do the vast majority of these crimes have in common? Black youth killing black youth yet as soon as police take steps to reduce these crimes by using stop and search powers, black people cry racism because blacks are being targeted. There's a very good reason why young black men are targeted for stop and search, you idiots. It's not baseless prejudice. These people don't want help. They want to live by their own rules. So let them kill each other off. The country is better off without this kind of scum and parasite.
Thompter S. Hunson (3 months ago)
This is stupid in so many ways.
Яaиdoм Drifтеr (3 months ago)
Wtf merica what's wrong with u? 😂
Chris BigC (3 months ago)
Cactus sac and drunk terry funk are smiling somewhere if your clueless to who I’m talking about look up stranglemania
MyFly 713 (3 months ago)
if you guys want to see REALLY hardcore deathmatch wrestling, you should interview GCW or BJW in Japan
masterfongv2 (3 months ago)
Whats the song at 11:00?
Hunter Driscoll (3 months ago)
Why he look like husky post malone
Liam Foskett (4 months ago)
He's so fuckin calm and smart
Samuel Hernandez (4 months ago)
He kinda sounds like Post Malone😂 like if you agree🤘🏼
gh05tsnacks (4 months ago)
I'm not into wrestling at all. But this dude seems real af. I'd love to go to one of those shows and meet him.
Ross Andrew Donnachie (4 months ago)
Soundtrack from 3:34?
ARM v7-M (4 months ago)
Crystal L (4 months ago)
Brutal! Looks awesome
Eric Myless (4 months ago)
Still looks fake.
FAQ with K. R (4 months ago)
Evvie Potter (4 months ago)
i wasn't expecting him to be so sweet when he spends his spare time fucking up himself and other people
ElectricFeedBack (4 months ago)
I believe in was in TOD this year?
Casanova Valentine (1 month ago)
ElectricFeedBack i was brother
suspectTV (4 months ago)
G-RAVER!!! Big Ups 2 GCW, FREEDOMS, BJPW & DTU!!! can't forget bout OG promotions CZW/IWA-MS although their both completely different from their glory days 20 years ago. HELL even 10 years ago! (deathmatches/deathmatch tournaments)... R.I.P W*ING, IWA JAPAN, FMW!!! even though these 2 promotions are still going: wXw (germany) & IWS (canada), their deathmatch days are' long gone. R.I.P IWA-EC & IWA'-DS???
Casanova Valentine (1 month ago)
suspectTV this guy knows what’s up
Ferdaws Barak (4 months ago)
At 13:06 when he had those needles sticking out of his head i was gonna be sick🤢🤢🤮
Sharpshotz Gaming (4 months ago)
LOL *Swizzle Tits* 😂
User 42069 (4 months ago)
Also I did not know bray Wyatt and post Malone had a son who is a hardcore wrestler
User 42069 (4 months ago)
And yet people will still call it fake smh
JC (5 months ago)
When the earlier footage was shown with him with no beard he looked like jake baldino from gameranx 😂
Brett F (5 months ago)
Brandon Do (5 months ago)
Ahhhh I've finally found you Shiah Labeouf !
Gus Smith (5 months ago)
Don't like deatchmatch without death
Jose Ryan Quiatchon (5 months ago)
Fluorescent tubes. good luck with lead dumb headz.
Med Otaku (5 months ago)
This kind of makes me want to move to NYC... Or just start my own at Annabelle's in Highland Square (Akron).
Mimi days (5 months ago)
What happens if someone dies in a death match
Käfa Käfaa (5 months ago)
PLEASE somebody tell this guy how poisonous these neon lights are!
MySpeedmetal (5 months ago)
lmao the guy is super chill
MrEpicDB (5 months ago)
This guy looks like a Shia LeBoeuf with 30 extra pounds!! He’s epic!
AMR WRESTLER (5 months ago)
I lov Deathmatch!!!! But watching dis made me luv it more
Jay (5 months ago)
This might be his studio 54 moment.
hhaaart (5 months ago)
Hi guys I'm Ian proffesional... (My thoughts) tech administrator Insurance manager Critic Etc.... Nope he's a wrestler
Presh (5 months ago)
This was incredible. I would absolutely love to see this done on an even larger scale for a wider range of audience.
Sabrinia Ninis Cavanda (5 months ago)
bagas.c.p (5 months ago)
Fatty Post Malone :)
The Scranton Strangler (5 months ago)
Why are the comments on the London Knife video disabled? Are they really that sensitive over there?
Ryan Ulrich (5 months ago)
Its GG Allin, meets pro wrestling, meets nightlife. That is the best description of deathmatch wrestling ever.
Brent J. Cooper (5 months ago)
Exactly my idea of a Saturday night out.
Retro • (5 months ago)
You Niggas Good?
Bolt (5 months ago)
He looks like the pipped version of Post Malone.
Steven Chea (5 months ago)
Inhaling that many mercury vapors from those broken bulbs over time can cause harm to the central nervous system and organ failures. Please do more!

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