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Genesis 32:24 - Louis Theroux TV - Timeshift TV - Dwayne Johnson - Hulk Hogan - Misha Glenny - Freedom to Die 1961 - Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows 1997 - 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 -

 

 

94,118.  And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.  (Wrestle & Jacob)  Genesis 32:24

 

 

94,119.  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

 

94,120.  The athletic prowess of the wrestlers was undeniable.  ibid.

 

94,121.  There was so much blood around I couldn’t help wondering if one of the fighters was really hurt.  ibid.

 

94,122.  Louis:  What you been up to?

 

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

 

94,123.  WCW Power Plant: Where the Big Boys train.  cited ibid.

 

 

94,124.  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

 

94,125.  But by the 80s wrestling seemed out of step with popular culture: the bubble burst.  ibid.

 

94,126.  1967: Pallo v McManus: their dislike of each other was notorious.  ibid.

 

94,127.  Wrestling’s origins are appropriately in the music hall.  ibid.

 

94,128.  The first official world heavyweight was George Hackenschmidt, the Russian Lion.  ibid.

 

94,129.  Weapons were part of the spectacles.  ibid.

 

94,130.  Joint Promotions were in total control.  ibid.

 

94,131.  Wrestling was accessible and cheap entertainment in their back yard.  ibid.

 

94,132.  When ITV launched World of Sport in 1965, Wrestling became a weekly prime-time fixture: ‘Welcome, grapple fans’.  ibid.

 

94,133.  Klondyke Kate: Hell in Boots.  ibid.

 

94,134.  The exotic Adrian Street.  ibid.

 

94,135.  Joint Promotions knew TV was a cash cow.  ibid.

 

94,136.  The most notorious masked wrestler of them all: Kendo Nagasaki.  ibid.

 

94,137.  Big Daddy would change the face of wrestling ... the first of the super-heavyweights.  ibid.

 

94,138.  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.

 

 

94,139.  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

 

 

94,140.  You have to be consistent, work main events every night and have matches that people really believe in and want to see.  Hulk Hogan

 

 

95,326.  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.  (Wrestling & Bulgaria)  Misha Glenny, McMafia

 

 

98,474.  We’re going to see some wrestling.  Some say I’m crazy.  (GBH Films & Wrestling)  Freedom to Die 1961 starring Paul Maxwell & Felicity Young & Bruce Seton & Kay Callard & T P McKenna & Laurie Leigh & James Neylin & Dermon Tuohy & Charlie Byrne & James Fitzgerald & Desmond Perry et al, director Francis Searle, him to her

 

 

104,791.  I loved being a hero to people around the world.  Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows, 1998, Hitman

  

104,792.  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.  

 

104,793.  The one thing I won’t do is lie to my fans.  ibid.  

 

104,794.  It takes a lot of skill and a lot of talent to make it all look real.  ibid.

 

104,795.  The key to being a great good guy is being able to work with a great bad guy.  ibid.

 

 

108,246.  We have to discuss that a man was shot, was killed on your property yesterday.  (Murder & Wrestling)  Team Foxcatcher, 2016, rozzer 

 

108,247.  Team Foxcatcher was the brainchild of John Du Pont approximately thirty years ago … and paid them [wrestlers] a salary to be on his team.  (Murder & Wrestling)  ibid.  commentary    

 

108,248.  He was so needy.  (Murder & Wrestling)  ibid.  wrestler      

 

108,249.  Fuck the world.  Kill them all!  (Murder & Wrestling)  ibid.  John

 

108,250.  He said that black was the colour of death.  (Murder & Wrestling)  ibid.  Wrestler

 

108,251.  There were a growing number of incidents.  (Murder & Wrestling)  ibid.  rozzer

 

108,252.  Charged with killing Dave Schultz.  (Murder & Wrestling)  ibid.  news 

 

 

109,850.  Uzbekistan produces many champions of Greco-Roman wrestling.  (Uzbekistan & Wrestling)  Simon Reeve: Holidays in the Danger Zone: Meet the Stans: Uzbekistan & Tajikistan 

 

 

114,461.  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, captions

 

114,462.  ‘I thought it was very empowering.’  ibid.  Glow wrestler

 

114,463.  ‘First let’s make ’em good looking, then let’s see if they can wrestle.’  ibid.

 

114,464.  ‘Glow was a character-driven show.’  ibid.

 

114,465.  ‘We set stuff on fire and cut stuff up – who gets to do that?’  ibid.

 

114,466.  ‘We were constantly in character.’  ibid.  

 

114,467.  ‘I didn’t realise the impact it would have on my spine.’  ibid.

 

114,468.  ‘It hurt.  It was painful.  It was emotionally draining.’  ibid.

 

114,469.  ‘One of the most exciting times of my life.’  ibid.

 

 

117,169.  ‘If Shakespeare were alive today, he’d be writing wrestling shows.’  Monster Factory, 2017, short 16.51, Chris Jericho

 

117,170.  ‘Despite all that, I know I’m gonna be a star in this business, all right.’  ibid.  hopeful

 

117,171.  ‘It’s a cool fucking thing and the payoff is unbelievable.’  ibid.  trainer

 

 

119,231.  26 year old Kimberley Benson is Viper, Scotland’s hottest female wrestler.  Fight Like a Girl, BBC 2018

 

119,232.  Kim’s been beaten and it’s been bruising but this is what she lives for.  ibid.

 

119,233.  ‘Oh, Viper, we love you!’  ibid.  crowd chant

 

119,234.  After fifteen minutes of punishing competition Kim is world champion.  ibid.

 

 

119,479.  He was the living manifestation of our childhood dreams.  (Wrestling & Giant)  Andre the Giant, Sky Atlantic 2018, commentator

 

119,480.  … weighing 477 pounds, the Eighth Wonder of the World …  (Wrestling & Giant)  ibid.  announcer

 

119,481.  He was a beautiful baby.  He was normal.  (Wrestling & Giant)  ibid.  villager

 

119,482.  Like going toe to toe with a god.  (Wrestling & Giant)  ibid.  commentator #2

 

119,483.  He transcended wrestling.  (Wrestling & Giant)  ibid.  Hulk Hogan

 

119,484.  He enjoyed the party afterwards.  (Wrestling & Giant)  ibid.  commentator #3

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