Randy is an awkward groundskeeper who is obsessed with professional wrestling. Longing for a sense of belonging with grandiose dreams of becoming a wrestling superstar, Randy is only met with abject humiliation and alienation. A brutal shaming at a local wrestling school coupled with a bizarre encounter with a demonic stranger pushes Randy over the edge and lights the spark for his blood lust.
Donned in wrestling gear and armed with homicidal rage, Randy sets out on a blood soaked rampage to punish those who wronged him. With each ghastly kill, Randy takes a trophy from his tormentors to add to a wrestling title belt crafted from human flesh. The only hope of putting an end to his reign of carnage lies with Becky, an understanding client who is one of the only few to ever show him kindness.
I purchased this film a little over a year ago and I feel bad for just now getting around to watching it. This film is absolutely stacked with wrestlers, it’s amazing how many are in this low budget slasher with a wrestling spin. Some of the wrestlers include; René Duprée (WWE, various independents, Hustle, All Japan Pro Wrestling, and Wrestle-1), Richie “Cuban Assassin” Acevedo (Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling, Stampede Wrestling, World Wrestling Council of Puerto Rico, Appalachia Pro Wrestling, NWA Mountain State Wrestling, AWA Apex Wrestling, Mason Dixon Wrestling), Jimmy Valiant (WWE, Jim Crockett Promotions, USWA, CWA, and more), his manager Captain Joe, Sandman (Extreme Championship Wrestling, WCW, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, Xtreme Pro Wrestling), Nikolai Volkoff (WWE,AWA, New Japan Pro Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling), Tony Atlas (WWE, WCW, AWA) and Jimmy Flame.
Every once in a while a movie comes around that I feel was made with me in mind, even though there’s no possibility it was. That is how I feel about Wrestlemassacre, as much as I will pop for a wrestler just having a cameo in a film, having a film that features them so prominently will always make my heart glow.
Richie Acevedo plays the main character Randy, a down on his luck groundskeeper who aspires to be a professional wrestler like his father. He wants to win the heart of Becky, who is one of his clients. Randy is one super awkward dude, he seems to mean well but he just cannot catch a break. One night while watching a television preacher, he falls asleep, and dreams the preacher is telling him to start killing. The preacher gives way to a cackling demon. The effects of the demon were excellent.
Randy tries out to be a wrestler at Boogie’s (Jimmy Valiant) wrestling school, but is laughed out of the building after a small bout with Boogie himself. Randy eventually ends up completely losing his shit after an encounter with his father, played by Nikolai Volkoff, who belittles the ever loving daylights out of him and his mother. He accidentally kills his father which makes him snap and go on a murderous rampage.
There is also a storyline about Becky’s significant other, Owen, being a total douche who owes 14,000 some odd dollars to a Mr. Valentine because of fantasy football. Mr. Valentine is played by the wrestler Shovelhead Chuck, he has some truly hilarious lines. Mr. Valentine’s cronies include Jackie, a complete nut bag portrayed brilliantly by Jimmy Flame, and Brutus played by the wrestling personality known as Captain D. Capitate.
Seriously that’s not even all the wrestlers in this film; Becky’s brother Shawn, a struggling alcoholic, is depicted by René Duprée, one of the victims that Randy massacres is Preston Quinn (TNA), and two of Jackie’s heavies are played by Sandman and Andy Vineberg. In this same scene we see Live Wire Ryan Vox playing a storeroom worker. Tony Atlas plays a hilariously over the top bruiser that Jackie brings to terrorize Owen outside of a bar. Also Manny “The Raging Bull” Fernandez plays Randy’s friend and coworker, Tito.
I had so much fun with this movie, it is wild. There is some nudity and the gore is a-plenty. It takes some time to get to the killings but it is never boring getting there. I had so much to look at and take in that I was happy to wait until Randy snapped. Richie did a wonderful job as Randy and I will look for some of the other stuff he has been in as well. He had a recurring role on the TV series Outsiders, he was in Milfs vs. Zombies, Bigfoot!, and much more so I have an interesting filmography to dig through. Richie Acevedo is also currently working on a film titled The Mountaineer which you can read more about and support here on gofundme.