Beyond the Mat is a 1999 documentary directed by Barry W. Blaustein which offers an in-depth look at the world of professional wrestling. The movie focuses on the lives of three professional wrestlers: Mick Foley, Terry Funk and Jake Roberts, as well as some up-and-coming wrestlers. Through these stories, viewers get a unique perspective into the life of a pro wrestler and all its highs and lows beyond the ring.
The documentary follows WWF and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) during their rise in popularity, along with independent wrestlers and organizations from around the world. It’s a raw peek into the personal struggles these athletes face while competing in an industry that puts them through gruelling physical tests. But it also shows how they form strong bonds within their communities through camaraderie and loyalty to one another, even when things don’t go their way in the ring or out.
From tales of health issues to mental resilience to financial struggles – Beyond the Mat is an honest portrayal of life as a professional wrestler. It takes viewers on a journey through this fascinating subculture and provides insight into what drives these brave men and women to keep going despite all odds. If you’re intrigued by this unique world, then Beyond the Mat is a must-watch for any fan of wrestling or anyone looking for an inspiring story about overcoming struggle and achieving success against all odds.