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Beyond the Mat (1999)

A heartfelt documentary focusing on the day-to-day lives of professional wrestlers, some on the rise, some on the wane, and others fighting for their lives.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry W. Blaustein ...
Himself - Sr. VP of Talent
Jim Bell ...
Himself - Sr. VP of Merchandising
Darren Drozdov ...
Roland Alexander ...
Tony Jones ...
Himself - XPW Wrestler
Michael Modest ...
Danny Zucker ...
Himself - Childhood Friend
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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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The movie Vince McMahon does not want you to see! 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 USA:

$9,532, 24 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,047,570, 14 May 2000
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Former WWF mid card wrestler Koko B. Ware is briefly featured in the movie. In his scene he speaks about letting his trademark mascot, a bird named Frankie "fly away." Sadly, three years after the completion of this film, Frankie perished when the apartment building Koko was living in burnt to the ground. See more »


[after a match]
Barry W. Blaustein: So where are you going next?
Jake Roberts: My daughter's. She's, uh, doing her master's in psychology. So she's a real freak.
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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 »


Referenced in King of Carnage: Fatal Fourway (2003) See more »


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Written and Performed by Phil Rosenthal
Courtesy of Cherry Lane Music Publishing, Inc.
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Watch it, even if you hate wrestling
28 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

This great documentary goes behind the scenes and shows us a side of wrestling that we rarely get to see. In particular, it focuses on three legendary wrestlers, and their stories should provoke a wide range of emotions from every viewer. There are other stories as well, but these were generally much less interesting, and the film works best when the focus is on Mick Foley, Terry Funk, or Jake Roberts. Their stories were all compelling, and wrestling-haters who are usually so quick to dismiss this business as "fake" should take a look at this movie and see just how real it can be.

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