Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Beyond the Mat Review

This is the Heel Heat review of the awesome Beyond the Mat documentary.


-Love the backstory about the dirctor's first experiences with wrestling. He remembers seeing one of the wrestlers getting into a car with his wife.

-Great footage of match highlights of various wrestlers.

-He decides to start off at World Wrestling Federation.

-Vince tells him they make moves. I LOVE this footage of Vince talking with Foley. VINCE RUSSO! He even has music composers.

-Jim Ross says he only cares about people in the seats. Vince is told WWF and South Park are number 1 and 2 in every merchandise demographic.

-Droz is on here and he can make himself puke. Vince wants him to be Puke This is a funny meeting.

-Vince: "Puke is good. Puke is nice." LOL

-I love when Vince has Droz puke Jim Ross backs away but Vince and Shane stay at the table, lol.

-Al Snow and Justin Incredible talking about Vince not helping them reach their goals. The VP of WWF says it's a nice place to work. Afa talks about taking the day off to see his child born and getting fired. Koko B. Ware says he wasn't honest.

-Vince talks about firing an executive over him and Koko arguing so he fired both of them.

-Now at the All-Pro Wrestling training school. I like how this guy is honest. He tells them that there's no money and to watch their fat content.

-The indy promoter says he's good at paying them but also says to be a prick if you're a promoter.

-Now I remember where I've seen Mike Modest from. He works at a funeral home and wants to work in Japan.

-The crowd is a record breaking 112 people. Some fan spits on one of the wrestlers and the wrestler challenges him to a fight.

-Jim Ross agrees to give two of the guys a tryout. It's AMAZING seeing how they set up the ring and staging for the shows.

-Interesting to hear Jim Ross and Jim Cornette's commentary on their tryout match backstage with Roland.

-Terry Funk is on here. Great footage of his wild matches. His family footage is fun to see too. One of his daughter's is getting married.

-Terry at the doctor's office and his knees are shot. Terry isn't happy about it.

-Terry is going to fight in ECW. The fans scare the director, lol.

-I LOVE it when they go to Paul Heyman's house. Interesting to see the promos being shot downstairs.

-This was filmed at the Barely Legal 1997 pay-per-view.

-Heyman's pre-show speech is awesome. The reaction to Terry winning is great. Paul is proud of his guys.

-Mick Foley and Terry Funk's relationship is interesting.

-Foley was Mankind at this time. Foley is the most normal and the one the director had the most in common with.

-Foley's friend said he always wanted to be a wrestler. Ross talking about Foley is interesting.

-Foley interacting with his kids are great.

-Foley sounded incoherant after the Hell in a Cell match and then his family's reaction to that match made it feel all the more real.

-JAKE ROBERTS! The comments about Jake are great. Jim Ross' comments about Jake and his demons hits home.

-The crowd at the show is all there for Jake. This is in North Platte, Nebraska. Interesting mix of old and new at this show.

-Jake talking about his psychology is brilliant. Jake brings a girl into the ring with a snake and talks about her ending up with 7 kids and 7 husbands, lol.

-Jake's story about being born since his dad raped his girlfriend's daughter and he was the result of that. His dad was Grizzly Adams and their hour together they rarely talked. His dad treating Jake like shit is what led to all of his problems in my opinion. Adams' comments were short.

-His story about his sister being killed also had something to do with it. His stepdad was electrocuted. This guy's had a bad life.

-Jake talking about his sex life and how bizarre it was.

-Chyna was a UN Scholar?! Chyna is very feminine, lol.

-Matt Hyson bleeding and talking about why he loves wrestling is great too.

-JESSE VENTURA! Jesse talking about his career ending and him moving on. Says politics is more cutthroat than wrestling.

-Vince McMahon becoming a performer is a fun story to hear especially from Vince.

-New Jack was a bounty hunter, lol. New Jack doesn't have knuckles in one of his hands.

-The director became friends with New Jack, lol. This is great. New Jack got some auditions.

-Terry Funk retiring. The only other wrestler from Amarillo is an exterminator and the guy is mad he's not on the show. He wanted to be on as a ref.

-WWF, ECW, and WCW people are there. The guy who is the other wrestler is training. Terry and the guy are arguing. Terry asks him to ref him and Bret. Amazing array of talent at the show.

-Jake Roberts meets his daughter who is getting a masters in psychology so he says "She's real fucked up," lol.

-Jake meeting with his daughter and their conversations is very interesting to hear. They interact good and Jake was quiet and disappears after that. The director finds him again and he's doing crack.

-Jake talks about how tough it is to talk to his daughter. He says he deserved everything he got too.

-Mick Foley is now World Champion and has brought his family to the Royal Rumble where he loses the title. Everyone talking about Foley being impervious to pain.

-THE ROCK! Foley interacting with his family before the match is great. Mick seems really nervous to the director.

-The footage of the match is great. The footage of Mick's family watching the match is surreal.

-Foley showing his kids he's okay after the match was nice. He has a nasty gash on his forehead. Foley doesn't even care about getting stitched up but cares more about his family.

-Rock and Foley interacting is great too.

-Vince is getting stitched up too when Foley talks to him.

-The director shows Mick the footage of his family watching his match. Foley says he's felt guilty after seeing that. This is AMAZING.

-I like how they talk about what happened to the wrestlers after they were filmed. Droz's spina; injury took place 3 weeks after the film was completed too.


-Overall this was AMAZING. I will HIGHLY and I do mean HIGHLY recommend watching this. This, in my opinion, might be the greatest wrestling DVD of all time.

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