Being a pro wrestler is about more than just what happens in the ring. Nine Legends, a new documentary, gives viewers a look at the sport through interviews with some of wrestling’s biggest names, including retired boxer-cum-WWE Hall of Fame inductee Mike Tyson. The former heavyweight champ announced the news on his Facebook page Saturday and posted the film’s trailer.
The documentary, which Tyson describes as “heartwarming” has a unique storytelling approach: The film takes place in the year 2050, when a young wrestling fan is annoyed that he has to spend the night at his grandfather’s house. He thinks he’ll be bored, but it turns out that his older family member is more interesting than he ever suspected. In fact, not only does his grandfather know the sport well, he once traveled the world to interview pro wrestlers.
Nine Legends is said to profile “one of the greatest ensembles of wrestling talent ever put together.” In addition to Tyson, Bill Goldberg, Bret Hart, Chris Jericho, Dynamite Kid, Amy Dumas (Lita), Rob Van Dam, Ted Dibiase, and Randy Couture all give exclusive interviews. The documentary promises to enable fans to “relive the defining moments of the heroes you grew up with.”
Clips of several interviews are featured in the trailer, teasing the insights to come. The wrestlers tackle everything from the harsh glare of the media spotlight to how it feels to make a difference to kids. Additionally, Tyson takes the opportunity to defend the sport, saying that he’d like to see someone who says pro wrestling is fake get in the ring with a pro.
The film comes from director David Sinnott, who previously directed Bloodstained Memoirs, according to Deadline. As a wrestling fan himself, he calls Nine Legends a “labor of love.” Nine Legends is now available for streaming for $5 on its official website.
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