Beyond the Mat (1999)

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A heartfelt documentary focusing on the lives of professional wrestlers and how their sport is not fake.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry W. Blaustein ...
Himself - Narrator
Vince McMahon ...
Jim Ross ...
Himself - Sr. VP of Talent
Jim Bell ...
Himself - Sr. VP of Merchandising
Darren Drozdov ...
Roland Alexander ...
Tony Jones ...
Himself - XPW Wrestler
Danny Zucker ...
Himself - Childhood Friend
Dave Meltzer ...
Himself - Journalist
Jake Roberts ...
Ed Beckley ...
Himself - Promoter


This documentary focuses on the lives of professional wrestlers Terry Funk, Mick Foley (Mankind), Jake Roberts (Jake the Snake) and Darren Drozdov (Droz). As the film progresses, the story of their lives unfolds, as we also learn how the wrestling industry is not the plastic-weapons fake-slap sideshow that many have perceived it as. We are shown how moves, although not actually injuring anyone, are not fake, and extreme training is required to be able to perform the stunts without being harmed. We are also treated to interviews with the family of Mick Foley and what it is like for them to know their father literally puts his life on the line every week and how it feels to have other children call their father a "fake". Vince McMahon, owner of World Wrestling Entertainment, also makes a few appearances, responding to criticism on various wrestling situations, including, once again, his real athletes, very real organization being called fake by sources such as USA Today and various news... Written by JoJo Mac

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There's no script for what happens outside the ring. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violent content | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

17 March 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Mat: Unrated Director's Cut  »

Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,532 (USA) (22 October 1999)


$2,047,570 (USA) (12 May 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Since the initial release of the film, Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) were closed down and purchased by World Wrestling Entertainment. See more »


Jake Roberts: I'm going to make you beg. You're going to get down on your hands and knees. You will be the one that grovels for the money. And how appropriate... that the money you grovel for is your very own. Wallowing in the muck of avarice.
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Crazy Credits

Closing dedication: This film is dedicated to my wife, Lorrie and our children, Kasey and Corey, who have stood by patiently with love and support as I blabbed about wrestling for the last five years. See more »


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I'll Be Seeing You
Written by Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal
Performed by Rosemary Clooney
Courtesy of Concord Records
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Truly Engrossing
26 June 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed Beyond the Mat because it gave us an insiders view of wrestling. But to be honest it was quite disturbing at times.

In a way it can shatter a fans illusions. We fans seem to think of wrestlers as superhuman beings-we forget that they have personal needs, families, wives, girlfriends, children etc. This movie shows us how wrestlers lives can be changed due to their devotion to keeping the fans entertained.

I won't spoil any of the film but one example is Jake "The Snake" Roberts. I watched Jake wrestle in the WWF from 1986-1992 and to me he was a brilliant wrestler who had it all-how wrong I was. It showed us another side to Jake Roberts-the human side who has sacrificed a lot to become a wrestler, including family.

This is a thought provoking movie which helps remind us that wrestlers are human after all and that they spend a lot of time away from their loved ones putting their bodies on the line purely to keep us entertained. If anything, this movie helps us appreciate the wrestlers even more.

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