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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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How do you tell the true story of a man who seemingly sprang forth from the mists of myth? How do you ground in reality a man whose life seemed in many ways like fantasy?

How do you do justice to a giant?

That was the daunting task laid before director Jason Hehir when he agreed to make “Andre the Giant,” the very first documentary project springing from the partnership between Bill Simmons’s The Ringer and HBO. And through well-curated archival footage and a host of interviews with people who both knew and cared deeply for the world-famous wrestler, Hehir executed that task to perfection.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 11:50

WWE lands in Bangor

World Wrestling Entertainment hits the Cross Insurance Center

BANGOR The WWE was in town this past weekend, bringing their SummerSlam Heatwave Tour to the Cross Insurance Center on Saturday night.

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Young superstars shine at the grandest stage of them all

WWE's biggest event of the year took place this past Sunday, and the show was definitely a large improvement compared to the last few. While many of the matches might have been predictable in people's eyes, they all delivered in one way or another. Every superstar fighting on the WrestleMania card deserved to be there, and didn't let the opportunity of a lifetime go to waste. This goes especially for the younger superstars that were fighting at the big event for the first time.

Fans, including myself, have been complaining about the fact that WWE hasn't been building up new wrestlers and instead has depended on its part-timers such as the Undertaker and the Rock. Don't get me wrong, all of those wrestlers are great as the Undertaker vs. CM Punk was easily match of the night, and the Rock delivered despite losing the WWE Championship against John Cena. Look at some of the past four or five WrestleMania's and you won't find too many new superstars on the card, whereas this year's featured six. Giving the new guys a chance at WrestleMania is a great way for them to make an immediate impact and get recognition in front of a large audience. 

 

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:16

The best and worst of WrestleMania

WrestleMania 29 is coming at us in two weeks. Since becoming a huge success back in 1985, there is always pressure put on the WWE to top the past year's show. 

You can look back at every WrestleMania and find at least one match that was great or special in one way or another. But the grandest stage of them all hasn't always quite delivered, with some matches making you wonder whether you were attending WrestleMania or your typical live event. I have always looked forward to WrestleMania, as it is a chance for superstars to shine and make a name for themselves. Looking back at my time as a wrestling fan since 1998, here is what I consider as the best and worst of WrestleMania.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 12:23

WWE Royal Rumble marks the road to Wrestlemania

The Rock Wins first WWE Championship in 10 years

The Road to WrestleMania 29 officially began Sunday night with the 26th annual WWE Royal Rumble event at the US Airways Center. Fans in attendance witnessed history as the Rock competed in his first WWE Championship match in 10 years against 434 day champion CM Punk. The annual over-the-top-rope 30-man Royal Rumble match also took place, in which the winner would guarantee himself a championship main event match at WrestleMania 29.

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I was lucky enough to have a seat in the building as World Wrestling Entertainment made its triumphant return to the Bangor Auditorium on March 4. While I freely admit that I'm not a huge fan of professional wrestling, there's no mistaking the very real energy of the moment when it all unfolds in front of you live and in person.

This was a big show; even a relative neophyte such as I could recognize some of these names. John Cena. Chris Jericho. Kane. WWE Champion CM Punk. These are some of the brightest stars in the WWE galaxy and they were right here in Bangor.

The night's matches all had their winners and losers, but the particulars didn't really matter. It's all about experiencing the spectacle, and even if you aren't a follower of wrestling, you can't help but be swept up in the unapologetic passion of the true fanatics. 

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