February 28, 2006
The SLAM! Wrestling Movie DatabaseMovies about wrestling ... wrestlers in movies!
Partnering up boots and tights with the camera and lights, wrestling and the film business have a long and storied relationship; the differences between performance art and performance sport, after all, lie largely in the execution.
Ronald Bergan, author of Sports in the Movies, wrote that "No need for stand-ins in wrestling scenes. Any actor can be taught to wrestle; after all every wrestler is taught to act." In truth, though, if it were that easy for an actor to step into the ring, and for a wrestler to step in front of the camera, then anyone could do it and be met with success.
Instead, the film and wrestling connection has created some classics along with some turkeys, and some performers make the transition with ease while others stick out like sore thumbs. In other words, itís no different than the gamble you take when you attend any matinee show, be it in an arena or in a theatre.
The SLAM! Wrestling Movie and Wrestler/Actor Databases are your sources for tracing the connections between the ring and the silver screen. These two sections break down the info like this:
1. The SLAM! Wrestling Movie Database lists and reviews movies that are either about pro wrestling (Alias the Champ, The Wrestler), or movies that feature pro wrestling as a prominent part of the story (Man on the Moon, Rocky III). This section also features documentaries about pro wrestling.
2. The SLAM! Wrestler/Actor Database lists the wrestlers who have plied their trade in film, either supplementary to their in-ring work or as a fully-fledged career change.
Pop some corn and get ringside for the most extensive chronicle of wresting and the movies.
Dave Hillhouse, SLAM! Wrestling's Movie Database Director and Greg Oliver, SLAM! Wrestling Producer