Nathan Hamilton Interview

Nathan Hamilton has done commentary for multiple Carnage Cups, and appeared in the critically acclaimed 10 Years of Carnage documentary.

Nathan Hamilton has done commentary for multiple Carnage Cups, and appeared in the critically acclaimed 10 Years of Carnage documentary.

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Particle Don: What got you into wrestling? Did you watch growing up?

Nathan: I actually wasn’t allowed to watch it growing up. My folks said it gave me too many ideas of things to do to my brothers. I’ve never been good at following rules, though.

I first discovered WCW in 1988 just flipping through the channels around 6:05 one Saturday. I was 8 years old, and my family had just moved to Atlanta. I discovered WWF shortly thereafter. From then on, I was hooked.

Particle Don: Who was your favorite wrestler growing up?

Nathan: When I was really young, I dug anyone in face paint. I guess they knew their market. My first favorites were Sting and The Ultimate Warrior. I also followed Road Warriors, Demolition, and the Great Muta.

I hated Ric Flair for the longest time (he was messing with my boy Sting), but I secretly thought that he was the coolest motherfucker on earth. I knew who the real world champ was.

Then along came The Undertaker, and he was the most amazing thing I had ever seen. He immediately became my new favorite, and remained my favorite for the rest of my kayfabe believing days.

Particle Don: Do you have a favorite classic WWF entrance theme?

Nathan: Here comes the Axe, here comes the Smasher…

Particle Don: Do you watch current WWE? If so, who are your favorite wrestlers?

Nathan: Right now, WWE is basically the indie wrestling all-stars from 5-10 years ago, so I’m loving it. Owens, Cesaro, Rollins, Ambrose, Styles, Zayn, and so many others are killing it. I love me some Bray Wyatt. He could be one of the greatest heels in WWE history, but creative has absolutely no clue how to use him.

I’m digging the chicks, too. You put any combination of Charlotte, Sasha, Bailey, and Becky in there, and they’ll steal the damn show.

Particle Don: When did you start getting interested in deathmatches?

Nathan: ECW. I remember watching Cactus Jack and Terry Funk (both of whom I remembered from WCW) mixing it up, and hearing Joey Styles talk about their insane exploding barbed wire deathmatches from Japan. So I went to eBay (which was new at the time) and ordered a bootleg VHS called Best of Barbed Wire Vol. 1-4.

Atsushi Onita
Atsushi Onita

The picture quality was shit, but I watched that tape a million times. It was all Japanese stuff. Onita. Pogo. Hyabusa. The Headhunters. Cactus. Funk. Gladiator. Tanaka. Leatherface. Matsunaga. All the greats bleeding all over the place. I still have that tape, actually.

Particle Don: What’s your favorite deathmatch weapon?

Nathan: Barbed wire. It’s so versatile. It allows you to be so creative.

Particle Don: How did you meet Kevin Brannen? What’s the story behind the tradition of the Nathan’s Sadistic Playground match at Carnage Cup?

Nathan: I’m gonna answer these two at the same time, because they’re basically the same story.

The first deathmatch show I ever attended live was Carnage Cup 7. I didn’t meet Kevin that night, but I did make a bunch of weapons for the Fans Bring The Weapons match, including the infamous barbed wire toilet seat. In the coming weeks, I was listening to podcasts about the show, and people kept bringing up that damn toilet seat.

It then got brought up on Facebook, and I commented that maybe there should just be a “Nathan Brings the Weapons” match at the next Carnage Cup. Some dude named Kevin Brannen responded “OK”.

I had no idea who he was, so I went to his profile. Low and behold, it was the promoter. I messaged him and asked if he was serious. He told me I could build anything I wanted. I don’t think he realized what kind of sick bastard he was talking to at the time.

I finally met him in person at the next IWA-DS show, and the first Nathan’s Sadistic Playground match took place at Carnage Cup 8. There’s been one at every Carnage Cup since, and I dare say, I’m responsible or some of the sickest weapons ever devised. They don’t call me “The Mad Scientist of Ultraviolence” for nothing. But there’s always a barbed wire toilet seat, and the original one now hangs on my bedroom wall. You’ve gotta remember your roots.

Particle Don: How did you start commentating for IWA Deep-South?

Nathan: Mad Man Pondo showed up at Carnage Cup 8 for the sole purpose of kicking the shit out of Smooth (their commentator at the time), so Smooth didn’t show up. Without someone on the mic, Kevin came up to me and asked if I wanted to do commentary on my Nathan’s Playground match. I was three sheets to the wind, but being a wrestling commentator had always been my dream, so I jumped at the chance.

I ended up doing the rest of the show, and he must have liked what he heard, because I called every IWA-DS show from then on. That’s why I always do commentary at least half drunk. I like to say that I’m the Deathmatch Gordon Solie. Not that I would ever compare my skills to the greatest of all time. It’s just that, like him, I’ve never called a match sober.

Nathan during the intro of the Carnage Cup 9 DVD.
Nathan during the intro of the Carnage Cup 9 DVD

Particle Don: Describe the construction of the Deathbed you made for Carnage Cup 10. How long did this take to make? Where did you get the bed frame?

The Carnage Cup 10 Deathbed aftermath
The Carnage Cup 10 Deathbed aftermath

Nathan: Each Nathan’s Sadistic Playground match has had a Deathbed, and I’ve had to construct all of them on site. One of those would be impossible to transport from Atlanta assembled. That last bed frame was donated by one of my best friends, Nicole. I knew I had to top the other two, so in addition to the entire spool of barbed wire wrapped around the rails, I added the dangling light tube platform. These are the kind of thoughts I have when I’m lying awake in bed at night. New ways to make people bleed.

Particle Don: What was it like announcing alongside legend Kris Kloss at the Carnage Cup? What were his thoughts on the Cup? Was it the most brutal spectacle he’d ever seen?

Nathan: Working with Kloss was awesome. I went in prepared for him to be a dick, honestly. I figured that after working with XPW, he would come in with an ego and an attitude. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

Nathan and Kris Kloss
Nathan and Kris Kloss

He was awesome. Nicest guy in the world. We had a great time. We passed a flask of whiskey and talked wrestling between matches. I thought we had pretty good chemistry on the mic, too. You know how you hear wrestlers talk about how being in the ring with more experienced veterans makes them better wrestlers? I feel the same way about commentary.

Nathan rarely calls a match sober
Nathan rarely calls a match sober

I learned things, especially about timing, from commentating with Kloss. The only bad thing about working with him is that early on day two, when you’re severely hung over, that trademark “Kloss Shriek” feels like an icepick in your brain. He told me, away from the mics and cameras, that Carnage Cup 10 was indeed the most brutal tournament he had ever witnessed live.

Particle Don: Do you have any idea when we might see a return of IWA Deep-South and the Carnage Cup?

Nathan: I can’t speak officially, but I think we’ve seen the end of IWA-Deep South. I don’t think it’s coming back. I have my own personal feelings about the way it ended, but you’d have to ask Kevin what the deal with that is yourself. I don’t think it’s something I can really speak on.

However, the Carnage Cup tournament isn’t retired. We’re planning on having another one in 2017, and some ideas are in the works that have never been done before. Carnage Cup 11 is gonna be some next level shit. I just don’t think it’s going to be under the IWA-DS name, unfortunately.

Particle Don: Have you watched any $10 Dollar Rasslin’? What is your opinion of this promotion?

Nathan: I’ve seen one show, the Softcore Cup. That was fun for what it was. I enjoyed being the deathmatch guy on a deathmatch parody show. Overall, though, comedy wrestling isn’t my cup of tea. I like it sprinkled into a show for variety, but not as the primary style. That’s just me, though. Apparently a lot of people do dig it, ’cause the houses have been damn good.

Particle Don: What are your thoughts on New Jack being announced for the $10 Dollar Rasslin’ Death Match Mafia tournament?

New Jack vs. Tracy Smothers - a rare treat
New Jack vs. Tracy Smothers – a rare treat

Nathan: It makes me wish I could be there. Kevin scheduled that show at the worst possible time for me. In the horror business, the weekend of Halloween is the busiest of the year. So, sadly, I’m not going to be involved in that show. I hate it too, ’cause I’ve always wanted to call a New Jack match.

Particle Don: Maybe New Jack will come back to the Deep-South sometime. How do you think the Death Match Mafia tourney will differ from the Carnage Cup?

Nathan: I couldn’t tell you since I’m not involved with this one, but I do know that Kevin always has something interesting up his sleeve, so it’s gonna be a hell of a show.

Particle Don: Have you been keeping up with this year’s deathmatch tourneys? If so, which ones stand out to you?

Nathan: I still have a few that I need to see, like Slave to the Deathmatch and Lord of the Hardcore. I really dug Zandig’s Tournament of Survival for its old-school feel, and Milestone’s Death 2 Tag Team tourney because we haven’t had a tag team deathmatch tournament in the US for years. Those guys tore it up.

Nathan Hamilton
Nathan loves haunted houses

Particle Don: What types of horror movie convention panels do you host? What do you discuss?

Nathan: I’ve done everything from fan discussion forums, to interviews with horror icons, to panels with the hottest up and coming independent filmmakers. Those are probably my favorite, because independent horror cinema is my passion, and if I can have a little part in spreading the word about the goodness coming out of that scene, I’m a happy man. The good horror flicks aren’t the ones at the theater, folks. Dig deeper.

Particle Don: Who are a few horror movie icons you’ve met at your last convention?

Nathan: Oh man. Over the years I’ve met and interviewed Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Tony Todd, Doug Bradley, my personal hero Joe Bob Briggs, Phil Anselmo, Doyle from The Misfits, Clint Howard, the entire cast of Nightbreed, Linnea Quigley, Gunnar Hansen, Tom Towles (RIP), most of the cast of The Devil’s Rejects, Cenobites, Scream Queens, legends, cult figures, you name it.

I did a shot with Ric Flair at one of the Days of the Dead cons. Hell, I’ve even had Gary Busey pull a knife on me.

Particle Don: You used to have a YouTube web series called The Son of Celluloid where you discussed horror movies and conducted interviews. Unfortunately, the show is no longer in production. Do you think you’ll ever upload the lost episodes from season 2?

The Son Of Celluloid show
Click the image to view season one of The Son Of Celluloid show

Nathan: I may. I have a lot of footage that was supposed to comprise Season 2. It all needs to be edited, cleaned up, and the sound mastered. Honestly, I just haven’t had the time or desire to spend the necessary hours. If people want to see it, though, I’ll put it up. Let me know, folks.

Particle Don: What are a few of your top horror movies?

Nathan: My favorite of all time is Night of the Living Dead. Other than that, I’ll just toss a few out there off the top of my head.

Hellraiser 1 and 2, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1 and 2, Found, Baskin, Deathgasm, Phantasm 1 and 2, Return of the Living Dead 1 through 3, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Sharktopus, Motel Hell, Last House on the Left, From Beyond, The Devil’s Rejects, and Anything Fulci.

Others include The Corman/Price Poe flicks, Pumpkinhead, Freaks, Basket Case, Black Sunday, Videodrome, Wizard of Gore, Blood Sucking Freaks, Ilsa She Wolf of the SS, Galaxy of Terror, Serbian Film, Nightbreed, Ebola Syndrome, Private Parts, I Drink Your Blood, Anything Coffin Joe, Zombies of Mora Tao, Burial Ground, Flower of Flesh and Blood, Spider Baby, Maniac, and the Universal Frankenstein movies. The list could go on and on and on for days.

Particle Don: Do you have a favorite non-horror movie?

Nathan: A few. Clerks, Airplane, UHF, The Warriors, The Crow, Commando, and Bloodsport, among others.

Particle Don: How did you meet The Casket Creatures? How many times do you think you’ll see them play live this October?

Nathan: I met the Casket Creatures just by being in the Atlanta horror scene together. Those dudes are some of my best friends in the world. I’ve directed music videos for them, they’ve played events for me. I love partying with those guys. I’ll probably see at least 6 or 7 of their shows this October. They’re basically Atlanta’s Halloween house band.

Particle Don: Do you play any musical instruments? Have you ever been in a band?

Nathan: I have zero musical talent, but I have been the lead singer for a few bands. What can I say? What I lack in vocal ability I make up for in stage presence.

Particle Don: What are a few of your favorite metal bands?

Nathan: That’s almost like asking me about horror movies. I’ll narrow it down to the ones on my vest.

Ghost, Iron Maiden, Macabre, Sleep, Crowbar, Shining, Lifelover, Testament, Pantera, Kreator, Inquisition, Deceased, Slayer, Danzig, and Motorhead.


I also like GWAR, and am interested in a lot more than just metal. I listen to horror punk, 70’s soul, old outlaw country, underground hip-hop, and all kinds of stuff.

Particle Don: Do you listen to the Insane Clown Posse?

Nathan: I used to. I was a huge fan back during the first Jokers Card deck era. Riddlebox is still my favorite. After Jeckel Brothers, however, they totally changed their sound. I did not dig said new sound. So no, not any more. I still dig other juggalo acts like Twiztid and Boondox, though. And you cannot fuck with that first Dark Lotus album.

Nathan interviewed Twiztid for Prick Magazine back in 2002
Nathan interviewed Twiztid for Prick Magazine back in 2002

Particle Don: Do you have a favorite 90’s cartoon?

Nathan: Probably Batman: The Animated Series. Animaniacs would be a close second. Actually, wait. Was Invader Zim 90’s?

Particle Don: It originally aired from 2001 to 2002.

Invader Zim
Invader Zim

Particle Don: What’s your favorite food?

Nathan: Seafood. I’m all about anything that comes out of the water.

Particle Don: What’s your favorite candy?

Nathan: I’m diabetic, so I have to go with the sugar-free stuff. The sugar-free Reeses cups are probably my favorite.

Particle Don: Do you have a preferred type of soda you like to drink?

Nathan: Diet Mountain Dew flows through my veins. Diet Grape Faygo is the shit, too.

Diet Mountain Dew
Diet Mountain Dew

Particle Don: What’s your favorite TV show?

Nathan: I don’t watch much TV. Tons of movies, but not much TV. Actually, the only (non-WWE) TV shows I watch are Walking Dead, Jeopardy, and Lucha Underground.

Particle Don: Do you watch the show Ancient Aliens? What is your opinion on the Ancient Astronaut theory?

Nathan: I’ve never seen it. I feel about aliens the same way I feel about God – no one has proven that they exist, and no one has proven that they don’t. So, until someone can show me hard evidence, I can’t say one way or the other.

Particle Don: Have you ever heard of Particle Don before this interview? If so, where?

Nathan: Yeah. We met at night one of King of the Deathmatches 2015. The one that got rained out. I couldn’t attend day two because I was working a horror convention in Indianapolis the next day.

Particle Don: Do you have a favorite Particle Don song?

Nathan: Bleed For A Living. I remember hearing Danny use it as his entrance music at Carnage Cup 7 and wondering who did it. When you gave me a CD at King of the Deathmatches, my question was finally answered.

Particle Don: Do you have a website other than your Facebook page?

Nathan: Yeah, my horror blog is called Son of Celluloid ( Also, check out the Son of Celluloid Facebook page for news on all of my appearances, podcasts, and those sorts of things.

Particle Don: Is there anything you’d like to shout out or plug?

Nathan: Check out the Picking Brains Podcast, my boys The Casket Creatures, and Milestone’s Southern Slaughter tournament on Smart Mark Video!

Particle Don: Awesome interview, Nathan! I enjoyed your responses tremendously. I would have never known that you interviewed Twiztid back in the day!

Todd McKenzie Interview

I met Todd McKenzie along with his brother Drew at King of the Deathmatches 2015!

Todd’s Facebook page

80’s Bush: Facebook, YouTube

Chix: Facebook, Official Site

Particle Don: Hi Todd! I can’t wait to find out more about your band 80’s Bush and your resturaunt Chix. It was great seeing you at King of the Deathmatches! I always use the 80’s Bush koozie you gave me! How did the concept for 80’s Bush originate?

Todd: I remember seeing Paul Stanley on the Kiss Animalize Live video from 1984. From then on, I wanted to be a rock star. Life didn’t really pan out for me to chase that goal.

I met a friend in 2008 who shared my interest in hair metal, so we started formulating a plan to start a band. In 2014, we found 2 other members ready to make a go at it. It’s been a total blast ever since.

Particle Don: Where can we see you play live?

Todd: Currently, we are playing around Central Illinois. We have played a few summer festivals and are hoping to break into the Chicago and suburban market.

Todd onstage with 80’s Bush!

Particle Don: Are there any plans for a studio recording?

Todd: That is also a goal. I doubt we are going to try and record an entire full length LP. We do have groundwork set for a few tracks. We are excited to spend some time in a studio and get some songs out there in iTunes!

Particle Don: What are a few of your favorite 80’s bands?

Todd: Kiss, Motley Crue, and Ratt. I’m also a huge fan of Winger (they get a bad rap in the music world…great, great musicians).

Particle Don: Do you know of any “rare hair” bands from the 80’s you think people should check out?

Todd: I’m getting a chance to see one of them this weekend: Babylon AD. I also strongly suggest checking out Wildside (though technically their album came out in the 90’s) and also Spread Eagle. All great, rockin’ acts!

Particle Don: What are a few other genres of music you enjoy besides 80’s rock?

Todd: Genres? Really none. I’m a huge fan of the Stones, Led Zeppelin, and ZZ Top.

Todd during a live performance!

Particle Don: Are you aware of Major League Eating professional eater Joey Chesnut’s new record of 70 hot dogs eaten? How many wings do you think he could eat at Chix Restaurant?

Todd: Great question! I hope Joey Chestnut never comes to Chix! LOL. I can’t imagine how many wings that guy could down. We had a high school kid eat close to 70 wings in one sitting. I would imagine Joey could eat 200?!?

Particle Don: What would you recommend to someone who is new to Chix Restaurant?

Todd: The Boneless Wings and the Chicken Tenders are hugely popular. We also serve a Pot Roast Bowl (smashed potatoes, pot roast, carrots, and gravy all mixed together). Just plan for a nap afterwards!

If you’re ever near Streator, IL, make sure to eat at Chix!

Particle Don: How long have you been watching wrestling?

Todd: I started watching wrestling in 1978. I was 5 or 6 years old. My earliest memory is Cowboy Bob Orton piledriving Greg Gagne on the concrete floor during an episode of AWA Wrestling.

Particle Don: Do you have a favorite classic-era wrestler?

Todd: Ric Flair, Dynamite Kid, and Bruiser Brody are just a few that come to mind. But, I’m a huge fan of many different styles and territories. I could write all day about the classic era.

Particle Don: Who is your current favorite wrestler?

Todd: Currently, Chris Hero. He can work any style, any opponent, any crowd. It will be a travesty if this guy doesn’t get a huge pay day from some promotion at some point. He’s too good to not be seen by the masses. In WWE, I go out of my way to watch AJ Styles matches. In NJPW, I enjoy Kenny Omega and am really starting to like Shibata.

Particle Don: When did you see your first deathmatch?

Todd: On tape it was 1993. Funk vs. Onita, exploding ring match from FMW.

My first time live was in 1997. I drove 300 miles one way to go see the first IWA King of the Deathmatches in New Albany. From then on, I’ve been hooked on the style.

Particle Don: Incredible. You witnessed the first ever American deathmatch tournament live. What was your first live wrestling show in general?

Todd: I don’t recall who or when, but I know it was an AWA show at the Richwoods High School in Peoria, Illinois.

Particle Don: Do you have any notable memories from this year’s King of the Deathmatches?

Todd: I thought this year’s show really upped the ante on the violence. It was the most violent spectacle I have seen in my 19 years of going to Deathmatch wrestling shows.

Two bumps from the Suicidal Beast in the first round are really what I remember most. The guy took an incredible amount of punishment.

Particle Don: Do you have a favorite piece of wrestling merchandise?

Todd: My Wrestling Observer collection (I’ve been a subscriber since 1986) and probably my autographed “Jim Cornette and the Midnight Express” wrestling scrapbook.

Particle Don: What is your favorite sports team?

Todd: I’m a New York Mets fan since 1983. I also follow the New York Knicks and the Oklahoma Sooners.

Particle Don: Are there any other hobbies you enjoy besides rocking out with 80’s Bush and going to wrestling shows?

Todd: I have been recently working on a tabletop wrestling game to get published at some point. I also was an avid fantasy sports player, but have taken a hiatus on that as of late.

Particle Don: What a great concept. I hope your tabletop game becomes a reality! Where did you hear about Particle Don?

Todd: I saw you perform live at KOTDM 2014. I’ve been a fan of your music since and also got to speak with you at KOTDM 2015 and immediately liked you.

Particle Don: Do you have a favorite Particle Don song?

Todd: Without question, Oklahoma Stampede from Volume 3. I also liked Always Makin’ Big Waves from Volume 3. I’m a fan of Bleed for a Living (Danny Havoc theme) also.

Particle Don: Who should I write a song about?

Todd: I think you should write a song about Jim Cornette and perhaps it could get used as an opening on his podcast.

Particle Don: Do you have a favorite candy?

Todd: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, without a doubt.

Particle Don: What’s your favorite food?

Todd: Pizza. I could eat it 7 days a week. I owned a pizza restaurant from 2006-2009. I think I did eat it 7 days a week!!

Particle Don: What is your preferred beverage?

Todd: Pepsi from the fountain or a cold Michelob Ultra.

Particle Don: Do you have a favorite 80’s TV show or cartoon?

Todd: I was never into cartoons much. My favorite TV show from the 80’s would probably be Different Strokes. As I got older, I really liked Cheers.

Particle Don: Do you have a favorite 90’s TV show or cartoon?

Todd: Seinfeld. No question.

Particle Don: Do you watch Ancient Aliens? What’s your opinion of the Ancient Astronaut theory?

Todd: Never heard of it.

Particle Don: Do you watch South Park? What’s your favorite episode?

Todd: I’m not into cartoons. I’ve only seen 1 or 2 episodes.

Particle Don: What are a few of your favorite movies?

Todd: Planes, Trains and Automobiles is my favorite film. I’m also a fan of the original Batman movie from 1966.

Particle Don: Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Todd: The few times we’ve met, I really enjoyed talking with you. I look forward to seeing you at future wrestling events and I hope that you continue writing and creating music. You have a great talent.

I wish Todd the best with his band and restaurant!

Anthony Mossow Interview

Anthony Mossow with Nick Gage at IWA Mid-South King of the Deathmatches 2015
Anthony Mossow with Nick Gage at IWA Mid-South King of the Deathmatches 2015

I briefly met long-time wrestling fan Anthony Mossow at IWA Deep South’s Carnage Cup 9 in 2013. However, it wasn’t until the next year at CZW’s Tournament of Death 13 that I found out he creates awesome-looking custom wrestling figures. While in the parking lot, he came up to the car and showed me his Jun Kasai and Jaki Numazawa figs.

Particle Don: I’d like to thank you for taking the time for this interview. Please, tell the readers a little bit about yourself. What are some of your hobbies?

Anthony: Hello, my name is Anthony Mossow. I make custom deathmatch figures as well as old school territory figures. I’m also into boxing, MMA, and lacrosse.


Particle Don: What got you into wrestling?

Anthony: My father had received free tickets to a show at the Syracuse War Memorial. The main even was B. Brian Blair vs. Swede Hanson.

FMW deathmatch legends Atsushi Onita and Megumi Kudo
FMW deathmatch legends Atsushi Onita and Megumi Kudo

Particle Don: What got you into deathmatch wrestling? Around what time did this happen?

Anthony: To be honest, I always look at the WWC as the first deathmatch promotion. The barbed wire and fire matches, were to me, the originals. Don’t get me wrong, there were no light tubes or toothpick jumbo bats, but what they were doing paved the way for today’s athletes. I’d say the late 80’s is the time when deathmatch wrestling originated.

Mitsuhiro Matsunaga custom fig, complete with packaging and alligator from the infamous alligator deathmatch
Mitsuhiro Matsunaga custom fig, complete with packaging and alligator from the infamous alligator deathmatch

Particle Don: Who are some of your favorite deathmatch wrestlers, and why?

Anthony: I have so many favorites of the deathmatch style. I’m afraid that if I start naming them, I would leave out too many. I’ll say anyone that’s willing to put their body on the line for us is my favorite. I’d like to thank them for doing so.

Rory Mondo
Rory Mondo

Particle Don: You create highly-detailed custom action figures for independent wrestlers. First off, I’d like to personally thank you for doing this. I understand it takes many hours and lots of work to make just one custom figure.

Anthony: Yes, as we all know, I enjoy making deathmatch figures. I’d like to thank all of you that like them, and even the ones that don’t! Hahahahaha.

Matt Tremont
Matt Tremont

Particle Don: Can you take us through your process of creation? Obviously, you start off with some sort of store-bought figure, and customize from there. How do you choose the right figure for a given wrestler?

Anthony: It’s funny, sometimes I can look at a head of a given figure and think “Yeah, if I carve the hair, sand it down and work with it, that’s the one…”

See, it’s funny. When I make these figures, you’re kind of getting a part of me. Whether it’s a good day or a bad day, you’re getting a part of my emotions with each creation.

I can’t say I have too many favorites, because they’re all like my kids. I mean, all the time I put into them…waking up in the middle of the night to fix them, or whatever the case may be…if you get a custom figure from me, you’re not just getting a custom, you’re getting a part of my emotions as well.

Kiki Rose custom figure complete with a dollar bill stapled to her face from Queen of the Deathmatches 2014
Kiki Rose custom figure complete with a dollar bill stapled to her face from Queen of the Deathmatches 2014

Particle Don: Do you use a certain type of paint? Are there different types of paint for different situations?

Anthony: I use all types of paint, what ever I can find. The figures are not meant to look “perfect”. They are like deathmatch wrestling…gritty, cutting edge, and off the wall. Just like the wrestlers themselves.

Corporal Robinson
Corporal Robinson

Particle Don: Do you find it’s easier to customize certain brands of figures? For example, are Jakks figures easier to customize than Mattel?

Anthony: I like Jakks. I don’t like Mattel. I haven’t worked with Hasbro figures too much, either. I made a Hasbro Bill Alfonzo…it was a bit cartoonish.

Toby Klein
“Mr. Insanity” Toby Klein

Particle Don: I bet you have an impressive figure collection. How many pieces are in it? What are a few of your precious gems?

Anthony: I have well over a thousand figures. I think I have over 300 just in customs. As far as gems? My Onita, Brody, Abdullah the Butcher, and Terry Funk. I have so many at my house. Some of my customs I consider gems, as well.

Dynamite Kid (Territory Days)
Dynamite Kid (Territory Days)

Particle Don: Other than figures, what are a few pieces of wrestling merchandise or memorabilia you’d like to share?

Anthony: If I was home, it would be much easier to send pics. Because of my job, I’m only home like 20 days out of the year. I have stuff like Jun Kasai’s goggles, Sabu’s pants from the ECW Terry Funk no rope barbed-wire match, Abdullah the Butcher’s boots, and some stuff from the Headhunters. On my Facebook page you can see quite a few pics with me and the wrestlers, and my figures as well.


Masada with his trademark skewers
Masada with his trademark skewers

Particle Don: What was the first deathmatch tournament you saw on film? How did you come across the footage?

Anthony: RF Video made it possible for my deathmatch video collection to come to fruition. IWA Japan and the Ian Rotten stuff was my first. Those years are a bit fuzzy for me from partying pretty hard, hahahahaha.

Anthony Mossow with Tiger Jeet Singh
Anthony Mossow with Tiger Jeet Singh

Anthony recreated each of the 8 combatants in the original 1995 IWA Japan King of the Deathmatches tournament - complete with Cactus Jack's autograph
Anthony recreated each of the 8 combatants in the original 1995 IWA Japan King of the Deathmatches tournament – complete with Cactus Jack’s autograph

Tiger Jeet Singh signed the collection as well!
Tiger Jeet Singh signed the collection as well!

Particle Don: What deathmatch shows have you seen live?

Anthony: I’ve been to IWA Mid-South’s King and Queen of the Deathmatches and CZW’s Tournament of Death. I always enjoy when Hyde brings over the Japanese fellas. I’ve also been to an IWA Deep South Carnage Cup.

Mickie Knuckles And Ludark Shaitan
Mickie Knuckles And Ludark Shaitan

Particle Don: Where did you find out about Particle Don?

Anthony: I remember meeting you at CZW’s Tournament of Death in 2014. We talked about figures, and I showed you a few of my customs. You hit me up with a CD.

John Moxley (Now known as Dean Ambrose in WWE)
John Moxley (Now known as Dean Ambrose in WWE)

Particle Don: What are a few of your favorite Particle Don songs?

Anthony: We love the Havoc jam! My son digs it as well. He always plays it on YouTube, hahahaha. I like the Kabuki Quantum Fighter song too (Binary Code mix, Scott O’ Conner mix). I love old school video games. Sometimes I still live in a time warp.

IWA legend Iceman
IWA legend Iceman

Particle Don: What wrestler would you like to hear Particle Don write words for?

Anthony: I think you should do a Josh Crane or a Bryant Woods jam. Hell, how about a Mitch Page song?

The Bruise Brothers
The Bruise Brothers

Particle Don: What would be your dream match?

Anthony: Jun Kasai vs. Jd Horror, Bryant Woods vs. Danny Havoc and Masada vs. Atsushi Onita.

"The Crazy Monkey" Jun Kasai
“The Crazy Monkey” Jun Kasai

Particle Don: What are some of your favorite bands?

Anthony: Das EFX, The Doors, Van Halen, Pantera, Type O Negative, and a lot of 80’s stuff.


Particle Don: What are you looking forward to with deathmatch wrestling in 2015? Do you plan on attending any shows?

Anthony: I will definitely be at King of the Deathmatches. I’ll also be at Queen of the Deathmatches. Ian is a genius for this concept. I mean, bitches and blood? Hahahaha. Also, Nick Gage is a free man!

Violento Jack
Violento Jack

Particle Don: Anything else you’d like to say to the readers?

Anthony: Support deathmatch wrestling, and go to all of the shows you can. Just my opinion! Go to Tournament of Death and support those guys, they always put on one hell of a show.

I appreciate you giving me the chance to tell all and speak about my hobbies! To everybody, please support deathmatch wrestling, period. It was great to be interviewed. Thank you and God bless.

Particle Don: One of the things I like most about Anthony’s customs is the references to certain matches, gimmicks and time periods. For example, the JC Bailey figure has the syringe in his foot from the Thumbtack Jack match. He’s also holding a thumbtack bat, JC’s favorite weapon. Piper’s figure has the beer bottle that he broke over his head in Portland. Kiki Rose has a dollar bill stapled to her face, and her outfit is impressively detailed. John Moxley is wearing his Tournament of Death attire, complete with Masada’s skewers in his head.

Roddy Piper with Anthony Mossow's figure in-hand
Roddy Piper with Anthony Mossow’s figure in-hand

The Dynamite Kid figure is wearing attire from his territory days. The IWA-Japan King of the Deathmatch 1995 set is incredibly detailed, down to the trophy in Cactus Jack’s hand. Rory Mondo is wearing the gear and facepaint from his final match. Trent Acid has the robe from his JCW “Altar Boy” gimmick. The John Rare figure has a box cutter in his hand. Mitsuhiro Matsunaga has a barbed-wire halo, and the alligator from his Alligator Deathmatch with Shadow WX in 1998.

IWA Japan's King of the Deathmatches 1995
IWA Japan’s King of the Deathmatches 1995

JC Bailey with a syringe in his foot from the infamous CZW deathmatch against Germany's Thumbtack Jack
JC Bailey with a syringe in his foot from the infamous CZW deathmatch against Germany’s Thumbtack Jack

IWA Deep South's John Rare
IWA Deep South’s John Rare

Gordon Solie and Bruiser Brodie
Gordon Solie and Bruiser Brodie

Pampero Firpo
Pampero Firpo

Trent Acid's Altar Boy gimmick from JCW
Trent Acid’s Altar Boy gimmick from JCW

Chris Youngblood
Chris Youngblood

Rebecca Payne
Rebecca Payne

Sami Callihan
Sami Callihan

The Headhunters
The Headhunters

Drake Younger
Drake Younger

JD Horror
JD Horror

Kouhiro Kanemura with flaming barbed wire bat
Kouhiro Kanemura with flaming barbed-wire bat

Pogo The Clown
Pogo The Clown

The Original Sheik with snake and fireball
The Original Sheik with snake and fireball

Mr. Pogo spitting fire while holding a sickle
Mr. Pogo spitting fire while holding a sickle

Mad Man Pondo with razor saw bat
Mad Man Pondo with razor saw bat

Lufisto with light tube
Lufisto with light tube

Aja Kong
Aja Kong

Tank with a bloody pane of glass
Tank with a bloody pane of glass