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Beyond The Mat (1999) – A Rewatched Quick Capsule Review

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

8 out of 10 stars


 

Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...

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