‘The Homicidal, Suicidal, Genocidal, Death-Defying Maniac’ also known as Sabu, has seen it all over the course of blood-soaked career.
Some wrestlers thrive on technical skill, others on a larger life character, and then there is Sabu who made a career out of thriving in absolute chaos.
While Sabu might be most well known for his stints in ECW, it was in Japan’s FMW in the early 1990’s where his legend was born. The Staten Island native went from having never competed in a Deathmatch in his short career, to competing in Barbed Wire matches night in and night out, becoming adorned in his now signature scars across his arms and upper body.
Speaking to Chris Van Vliet about his death defying career, Sabu explained how he got into doing Barbed Wire matches, and how despite his reputation, he didn’t actually like doing them.
“No it’s definitely real barbed wire. I didn’t actually sign up for my first barbed wire match. It was the second tour of Japan, and it just so happened that I was having a barbed wire match. I didn’t know about it until the last minute. So I didn’t think that much about it. I just took in my stride, try hard like I do any other time and hope that people liked it. The thing was, I tried so hard that people thought I liked doing it, but I didn’t, I was just doing what was faced in front of me.”
Barbed Wire matches have been back in the news in recent weeks as Jon Moxley challenged AEW World Champion Kenny Omega in a Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch at AEW Revolution.
The match would end in controversy as rather than the ring exploding, the chaos rather fizzled out. Jon Moxley would address the live crowd as the show went off the air:
I think me and all of y’all can agree on one thing – Kenny Omega may be a tough son of a bitch, but he can’t make an exploding ring worth a s**t. I’ve seen more dangerous shit on ‘Ridiculousness’ on MTV, what the f*** was that. I’m still standing bitch! Oh… just not well.”
Meanwhile, Sabu recently revealed on Twitter that he has been interviewed for an episode for the upcoming third series of The Dark Side Of The Ring.
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