IT'S been dubbed the bloodiest sport in the world - where men and women beat each other to a pulp with glass lighting tubes, fan-made barbed-wire bats and other deadly weapons. This is hardcore death-match wrestling and, according to fans, it's per cent more brutal than anything you've seen on WWE. With a large and loyal following, these fighters travel across America - and the world - taking part in ultra-violent wrestling events - such as barefoot thumbtack matches - before patching themselves up with superglue and hitting the road. Others hurl themselves off rooftops or scaffolding into pits of fire, glass, barbed wire - or all three - in front of wild, cheering crowds. These graphic pictures were taken by photographer Marc McAndrew who spent two years following the wrestlers and documenting their lives.
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Many types of wrestling matches , sometimes called "concept" or " gimmick matches" in the jargon of the business , are performed in professional wrestling. Some of them occur relatively frequently while others are developed so as to advance an angle and such match types are used rarely. Because of professional wrestling's long history over decades, many things have been recycled many match types often being variations of previous match types. These match types can be organized into several loose groups. The singles match is the most basic of all professional wrestling matches, which involves only two competitors competing for one fall. Victory is obtained by pinfall , submission , knockout , countout or disqualification. Matches are often contested between two or more teams, most often consisting of two members each.
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