Glass shatters as pro wrestler Matt Tremont lands on an opponent during a "death match" held in June 2014 by the IWA Mid-South promotion. No one, of course, actually dies in these predetermined matches, but there is plenty of blood as the performers beat each other with various weapons. "It looks worse than it actually is. ... They know how to fall and get cut in a way that produces the most visual effect," photographer Marc McAndrews said.
At many of these small, independent shows, there are also more traditional pro-wrestling matches. This show was in New Albany, Indiana, in June 2014.
Audience members watch the action during the IWA Mid-South show in New Albany. McAndrews said many wrestling fans travel to follow these events.
Audience members in New Albany applaud wrestler Josh Crane as he competes in the IWA Mid-South's King of the Death Match tournament.
An ambulance is on hand at the CZW Tournament of Death, a wrestling event held in Townsend, Delaware, in June 2014. The performers are trying to prevent seriously hurting one another, but the wounds they suffer are very real.
A wrestler named Aero Boy is wrapped in barbed wire after being thrown through a wooden board during the CZW Tournament of Death.
The Hooligans sit "backstage" at the IWA Mid-South show in June 2014.
Ring announcer Larry Legend speaks to the crowd in Townsend during an intermission at the CZW Tournament of Death.
Mean Mitch Page smiles at the audience during a death match in New Albany.
"There's a creativity to it," McAndrews said. "After the matches, (the wrestlers) are all banged up, but the way that they go back and look at what they've done and try to become better at this type of performance, I see almost an artistic side to it."
Audience member Jake Heaton flexes during the CZW event in Townsend.