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Genesis 32:24 - Louis Theroux TV - Timeshift TV - Dwayne Johnson - Hulk Hogan - Misha Glenny - Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows 1998 - Team Foxcatcher 2016 - Simon Reeve TV - Glow: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling 2012 - Monster Factory 2017 - Fight Like a Girl TV - Andre the Giant TV - Trailer Park Boys 2001-2018 - Fightworld 2018 -   

 

 

 

And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.  Genesis 32:24

 

 

I was travelling through the American south on a mission to find out about the most popular sport in America – which isn’t really a sport: professional wrestling.  Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends: Wrestling, BBC 1999

 

The athletic prowess of the wrestlers was undeniable.  ibid.

 

There was so much blood around I couldn’t help wondering if one of the fighters was really hurt.  ibid.

 

Louis: What you been up to?

 

Independent wrestler: Barbed-wire death-match.  ibid.

 

WCW Power Plant: Where the Big Boys train.  ibid.

 

 

Britain was once a place where villains wore silver capes, the good guys were faking it, and the most masculine man in the country was called Shirley.  At 4 p.m. every Saturday the UK was enthralled to the wrestling.  Timeshift: When Wrestling Was Golden: Grapples, Grunts and Grannies, BBC 2012

 

But by the 80s wrestling seemed out of step with popular culture: the bubble burst.  ibid.

 

1967: Pallo v McManus: their dislike of each other was notorious.  ibid.

 

Wrestling’s origins are appropriately in the music hall.  ibid.

 

The first official world heavyweight was George Hackenschmidt, the Russian Lion.  ibid.

 

Weapons were part of the spectacles.  ibid.

 

Joint Promotions were in total control.  ibid.

 

Wrestling was accessible and cheap entertainment in their back yard.  ibid.

 

When ITV launched World of Sport in 1965, Wrestling became a weekly prime-time fixture: ‘Welcome, grapple fans’.  ibid.

 

Klondyke Kate: Hell in Boots.  ibid.

 

The exotic Adrian Street.  ibid.

 

Joint Promotions knew TV was a cash cow.  ibid.

 

The most notorious masked wrestler of them all: Kendo Nagasaki.  ibid.

 

Big Daddy would change the face of wrestling ... the first of the super-heavyweights.  ibid.

 

Big Daddy v Giant Haystacks at Wembley Arena in 1981 was the biggest wrestling even of the 80s.  But the cracks were beginning to show.  ibid.

 

 

Wrestling was like stand-up comedy for me.  Every night I had a live audience of 25,000 people to win over.  My goal was never to be the loudest or the craziest.  It was to be the most entertaining.  Dwayne Johnson

 

 

You have to be consistent, work main events every night and have matches that people really believe in and want to see.  Hulk Hogan

 

 

In Bulgaria, the greatest heroes were not soccer or tennis players, but muscle-men ... the successful wrestler could expect public acclamation (and fringe benefits such as casual sex on tap), money, an apartment and a car (the last two being out of reach of all but the most feted youngsters).  Pavlov would have anticipated this when he was picked out to attend the Institute for Physical Culture in Sofia), Bulgaria’s elite breeding ground for future Olympians.  Misha Glenny, McMafia

 

 

I loved being a hero to people around the world.  Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows, 1998

  

I’ve been a professional wrestler for the last twenty years.  Most of that time I’ve worked for Vincent McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation.  ibid.  

 

The one thing I won’t do is lie to my fans.  ibid.  

 

It takes a lot of skill and a lot of talent to make it all look real.  ibid.

 

The key to being a great good guy is being able to work with a great bad guy.  ibid.

 

 

We have to discuss that a man was shot, was killed on your property yesterday.  Team Foxcatcher, rozzer, 2016 

 

Team Foxcatcher was the brainchild of John Du Pont approximately thirty years ago … and paid them [wrestlers] a salary to be on his team.  ibid.  commentary    

 

He was so needy.  ibid.  wrestler      

 

Fuck the world.  Kill them all!  ibid.  John

 

He said that black was the colour of death.  ibid.  wrestler

 

There were a growing number of incidents.  ibid.

 

Charged with killing Dave Schultz.  ibid.  news  

 

 

Uzbekistan produces many champions of Greco-Roman wrestling.  Simon Reeve: Holidays in the Danger Zone: Meet the Stans: Uzbekistan & Tajikistan, BBC 2003

 

 

Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling premiered in 1986 as the first all-female wrestling show on television.  The women of Glow wrestled in over 500 matches and were watched by millions of viewers worldwide.  At the height of its popularity Glow was abruptly cancelled in 1990.  Glow: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, 2012

 

I thought it was very empowering.  ibid.  Glow wrestler

 

First let’s make ’em good looking, then let’s see if they can wrestle.  ibid.

 

Glow was a character-driven show.  ibid.

 

We set stuff on fire and cut stuff up  who gets to do that?  ibid.

 

We were constantly in character.  ibid.  

 

I didn’t realise the impact it would have on my spine.  ibid.

 

It hurt.  It was painful.  It was emotionally draining.  ibid.

 

One of the most exciting times of my life.  ibid.

 

 

If Shakespeare were alive today, he’d be writing wrestling shows.  Monster Factory, Chris Jericho, short 16.51, 2017

 

Despite all that, I know I’m gonna be a star in this business, all right.  ibid.  hopeful

 

It’s a cool fucking thing and the payoff is unbelievable.  ibid.  trainer

 

 

26-year-old Kimberley Benson is Viper, Scotland’s hottest female wrestler.  Fight Like a Girl, BBC 2018

 

Kim’s been beaten and it’s been bruising but this is what she lives for.  ibid.

 

‘Oh, Viper, we love you!’  ibid.  crowd chant

 

After fifteen minutes of punishing competition Kim is world champion.  ibid.

 

 

He was the living manifestation of our childhood dreams.  Andre the Giant, commentator, Sky Atlantic 2018

 

… weighing 477 pounds, the Eighth Wonder of the World …  ibid.  announcer

 

He was a beautiful baby.  He was normal.  ibid.  villager

 

Like going toe to toe with a god.  ibid.  commentator #2

 

He transcended wrestling.  ibid.  Hulk Hogan

 

He enjoyed the party afterwards.  ibid.  commentator #3

 

 

Holy fuck!  A wrestling ring!  This is awesome, Ricky … I’m gonna get my green bastard suit on.  Trailer Park Boys s4e4: The Green Bastard, Bubbles  

 

 

Senegal’s national sport – Laamb wrestling – is a sport of combat and violence in a welcoming and peaceful nation.  Fightworld s1e4: Senegal: If I Should Fall from Grace with God, Netflix 2018

 

He is 260 lbs and moves like he’s 160 lbs.  ibid.

 

For the most part Greco-Roman grappling in sand, no gloves, giant strong human beings, and they get to punch each other.  ibid. 

 

‘That’s the charm, the charm off the fight … there is dance, culture and other things.’  ibid.  commentator