FMW at E3 2000 (partially found footage of professional wrestling at gaming trade event; 2000)

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Screenshot of the six-man tag team match.

Status: Partially Found

From 11th-13th May 2000, the 2000 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) convention occurred at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Among organisations in attendance included TOKYOPOP, who showcased a number of new Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling (FMW) DVDs. To promote the DVDs, professional wrestlers from FMW competed in matches at the convention.

Background[edit | edit source]

In the early 2000s, TOKYOPOP were responsible for releasing English-language DVDs of various films and television in Japan, including FMW wrestling.[1] To promote a new set of upcoming FMW DVDs, TOKOYOPOP decided to make a presentation at E3 2000, which is the largest annual computing game trade event,[2] but is also a convention that showcases other new media. Similar with Acclaim presenting various ECW matches to promote ECW Anarchy Rulz, the organisation had FMW talent compete in various matches throughout the convention.[3] Matches commenced between 12th-14th May, meaning some occurred the day after E3 2000 finished.[4][5]

According to IGN, around ten FMW wrestlers competed in matches throughout the event.[3] This would be the first time that FMW wrestlers competed in California since 1992.[6] Based on information from Socal Uncensored, the fights included Kodo Fuyuki and Koji Nakagawa facing Ricky Fuji and Flying Kid Ichihara, while Hayabusa, Tetsuhiro Kuroda, and Hisakatsu Oya faced Mr. Gannosuke, Hideki Hosaka, and Yoshinori Sasaki in six-man tag team action.[7] In total, 3 hours and 47 minutes of footage was recorded.[8] According to prominent FMW collector and historian Bret FMW, the majority of matches were unremarkable, but did note fans in attendance were allowed to get into the ring and take pictures with the wrestlers.[9]

For Hayabusa, this would not only allow him to promote the new DVDs, but to also film a scene in Los Angeles for Backyard Dogs.[10] This would ultimately mark Hayabusa's final performance in the United States, as he would end up paralysed during a match against Mammoth Sasaki on 22nd October 2001 at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.[7][11]

Availability[edit | edit source]

A few highlights of the E3 2000 matches were included as part of the Story of the F - Stage IV DVD collection.[12] Based on a comment from Botchamania's Maffew regarding TOKYOPOP's FMW DVDs, the footage may have been interrupted by multiple replays.[13] However, the uncut matches remain scarce. The uncut Hayabusa six-man tag team match would be uploaded to YouTube by Web of Hair on 4th March 2006. According to the YouTuber, he recorded another FMW match at the final day of the convention, and promised to upload it as well. However, seeing as the video is no long available on the channel, it has likely since been taken down.

No other footage is currently publicly available. On 4th May 2022, Bret FMW revealed that he had purchased the full uncut tape of the event.[14] However, he stated that part of the deal meant he was not allowed to publicly release it.[14] Were he to break said deal, it would prevent him from establishing further negotiations with the original seller.[14] He did however provide two screenshots from the tape.[14]

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Video[edit | edit source]

Uncut footage of the six-man tag team match.


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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Shoot Angle detailing some FMW DVDs TOKYOPOP released. Retrieved 22nd Dec '21
  2. Archived E3 Expo About E3 page. Retrieved 22nd Dec '21
  3. 3.0 3.1 IGN reporting on the FMW matches occurring during E3 2000. Retrieved 22nd Dec '21
  4. Bret FMW noting the FMW matches took place between 12th-14th May. Retrieved 24th Jul '22
  5. FanCons noting when E3 2000 occurred. Retrieved 24th Jul '22
  6. FMW Wrestling noting this was the first FMW event in California for eight years. Retrieved 22nd Dec '21
  7. 7.0 7.1 SoCal Uncensored detailing the E3 2000 matches and noting this was Hayabusa's final match in the United States. Retrieved 22nd Dec '21
  8. Bret FMW Twitter post confirming that a full 3 hour 47 minute tape does exist, and was purchased by him. Retrieved 24th Jul '22
  9. Bret FMW summarising the matches and noting fans were allowed to enter the ring and take photos with the wrestlers. Retrieved 24th Jul '22
  10. FMW Wrestling detailing Hayabusa's motivation for competing at the show and how his accident would contribute towards FMW declaring bankruptcy. Retrieved 22nd Dec '21
  11. Archived SunSentinel reporting on Hayabusa being paralysed during a match. Retrieved 22nd Dec '21
  12. Story of the F - Stage IV containing highlights of the matches. Retrieved 22nd Dec '21
  13. Twitter post from Maffew criticising TOKYOPOP's FMW DVDs, which were continually interrupted by replays that could affect the length of the E3 2000 matches being shown. Retrieved 22nd Dec '21
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Bret FMW explaining the deal that prevents him from publicly releasing the uncut tape. Retrieved 24th Jul '22