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Wrestling legend Roddy Piper described this film as "The best documentary ever made on professional wrestling."
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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 Franke "Fly Away". Sadly, three years after the completion of this film, Frankie the bird perished when the apartment building Koko was living in burnt to the ground.
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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.
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Since the release of the film, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) lost a lawsuit to the World Wildlife Fund and was forced to change their name from WWF to World Wrestling Entertainment.
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Vince McMahon was reportedly upset when neither he nor his company received any compensation after the film's success at the box office, as he had been led to believe that it was a non-commercial independent film. McMahon subsequently refused to promote the movie, even going so far as to ban the film's trailers from airing during commercial breaks of his WWE Raw (1993) broadcasts.
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Barry W. Blaustein wanted to feature Adam Copeland aka Edge in the film. But Copeland was uncomfortable with being in it. Matt Bloom was also considered. Blaustein chose Darren Drozdov because he was the most comfortable on-camera.
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Footage for this film was shot over a period of three to five years.
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Darren Aronofsky reportedly got the idea for The Wrestler (2008), after watching this documentary. Randy the Ram was based partly on Jake the Snake Roberts.
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