Beyond the Mat

I used to watch pro wrestling when I was a kid but haven't in a really long time. Then the "Best Match" thread on the OG brought back memories so I started looking around and saw this on Netflix Instant.

What a great documentary. And incredibly depressing. The footage of Mick Foley's family when he was having the I Quit match with the Rock, Jake the Snake smoking crack and lamenting about what a shitty job he's done as a father, the one kid who thought he was going to get big on the puke gimmick only to be paralyzed, the small promotions and how soul-crushing they must be, Vince McMahon coming across as a slimy, used car salesman type. I could go on, I'm sure.

Anyway, I'm sure the majority of you have seen it but, if you haven't and you have Netflix, I recommend checking it out. You won't be disappointed.

Oh yeah, Mick Foley comes across as a genuinely nice guy whereas Dwayne Johnston (in the brief time he was featured) seemed like an opportunistic asshole.

The Live Audio Wrestling guys reviwed it a few weeks back. I haven't seen it in forever and I found it cheap online so I ordered it. Should be here early next week.

I'm actually in the crowd on that show in the Jake the Snake match that was held in Nebraska. They show a shot of two of my cousins and I real briefly. I remember when I was there they announced that a documentary was being filmed and the crowd was excited. Then when the movie came out Jake the Snake flaimed on my hometown. It's kind of funny.

I owned this way back when it first released on VHS.

One of the best documentaries (all genres) I've ever watched, even if you're not a wrestling fan.

 What is Puke upto these days?

Puke/Droz was a quadriplegic but can move his arms a little now. He does some writing for WWE's website I think.

I remember seeing this years ago when it came out.

A couple of things that stuck out to me:

*There was a small interview segment with some promoter that had the biggest nose ever.

*The guy who kept bugging Terry Funk about refereeing a match was one of the most pathetic things ever. He was a grown man acting like a child. Phone Post

<blockquote>Hocky Balboa - I remember seeing this years ago when it came out. <br><br>A couple of things that stuck out to me:<br><br>*There was a small interview segment with some promoter that had the biggest nose ever.<br><br>*The guy who kept bugging Terry Funk about refereeing a match was one of the most pathetic things ever. He was a grown man acting like a child. <img src="/images/phone/post_tag.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/></blockquote><br /> The guy was Denis Stamp-about the referee part

lol i have fond memories of this movie. me and my friend (who isn't a pro wrestling fan) went to see it and he still brings it up as the worst movie we've seen in the theater. I actually enjoyed it, and not just because of the subject matter. you really got a look at what the wrestlers and their families go through.

not sure what my friend was expecting.

I remember seeing this in the theater. It was great.

bruddahoodaman - lol i have fond memories of this movie. me and my friend (who isn't a pro wrestling fan) went to see it and he still brings it up as the worst movie we've seen in the theater. I actually enjoyed it, and not just because of the subject matter. you really got a look at what the wrestlers and their families go through.



not sure what my friend was expecting.


 That's funny...my sister is a film snob (and definitely not a wrestling fan) and she really liked (she actually saw it before I did and reccomended it to me.)  I thought it would be pretty interesting as a documentary regardless of whether you were a wrestling fan...

Maybe his friend was expecting something funny and happy with blood and violence.

Roland Alexander was hilarious in it.

Telling the kid to start eating right, reading nutritional labels. Phone Post

BigWilliam - Maybe his friend was expecting something funny and happy with blood and violence.



i honestly don't think he knew what pro wrestling was. he was a bit sheltered when it came to sports stuff. he didn't see a real baseball game until we were both 19.

DSaint -  Poor Jones, a good sized dude who was told by Jim Ross (in a round about way) to hit a cycle of roids or two before he can get in the hunt for a WWE contract.



Colt Cabana told a story on his podcast one time about talking with JR after a tryout match and JR gave him the exact same speech, almost word for word. Cabana called it his "Tony Jones Moment"

 I rewatched it a month or so ago on netflix and you know what caught my eye?  How awesome even a cracked up Jake the Snake is with the ring psychology.  That man has it.

fryabusa -  I rewatched it a month or so ago on netflix and you know what caught my eye?  How awesome even a cracked up Jake the Snake is with the ring psychology.  That man has it.



could barely walk to the ring and he was still teasing the guy about the snake and everything. he's seriously a guy who can't function unless he's in a ring.

Waiting patiently for my copy to show up in the mail....

Post 11,000 for the record too.