Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
There are very few well made, compelling and truly independent documentaries about Pro Wrestling. Beyond The Mat is one of the best. Back in the days when there were three main leagues, Barry W. Blaustein looked at the careers of three different wrestlers – the retiring ECW wrestler Terry Funk, the over the hill and declining Jake Roberts and probably top of his game WWE star Mick Foley. It’s compelling stuff and focuses hard on the reality behind the fans, stadiums and cheers. It’s also heartbreaking – I grew up with Jake Roberts as one of my idols and to see his and a washed up drug addict was sad (Jake has now cleaned up) and seeing Foley’s kids in tears and The Rock beats the life out of him is something you don’t forget quickly. Beyond The Mat is a compelling watch.
Best Bit: Best? Hard to watch but Foley’s family watching on is truly shocking
Worth A Rewatch: Yes if you have any interest in pro wrestling.
If You Liked this Try: Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows, The Wrestler, Bloodstained Memoirs