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Have you ever wondered where pro wrestlers come from? From what kind of environment does a professional wrestling star spring?

“Fighting with My Family” tells the story of how one particular wrestler – WWE star Paige – came to reach the pinnacle of her chosen pursuit. Written and directed by Stephen Merchant (yes, THAT Stephen Merchant), the film is based on Max Fisher’s 2012 documentary “The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family.” It’s the story of an English family and their devotion to the world of professional wrestling – a devotion that would help one of them reach the top of the heap.

It’s also a funny and surprisingly heartwarming story about what it means to be a family and about how those family ties can both help and hinder efforts at self-betterment. Sure, it’s a bit of on-brand fantasy courtesy of WWE, but instead of feeling calculated and cynical, there’s an unexpected sincerity to it that proves quite engaging.

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CARMEL – A local indie wrestling impresario is bringing his promotion to his hometown to mark its first birthday.

Pro Wrestling Takeover will mark its first year with “Almost Home,” a show taking place on Sept. 22 at the Carmel Elementary School – in tandem with the town’s Carmel Days celebration – at 7 p.m. The bill will feature eight matches and include a wealth of up-and-coming wrestling talent.

The promotion has operated largely in southern Maine since its inception; this is their seventh event overall, but “Almost Home” marks the first PWT show in the greater Bangor area.

PWT is the brainchild of Ryan Waning, a longtime resident of Carmel and veteran stand-up comedian. It was born of a time when he was away from the stage, caring for his ailing father, and searching for a creative outlet. PWT – in many ways the culmination of a lifelong dream – was born of that search.

Waning was kind enough to spend a few minutes answering questions about “Almost Home,” Pro Wrestling Takeover and what it means to bring something he loves to his hometown.

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