Former wrestler Ricky and his wife Julia make a living performing with their children Saraya and Zak. When brother and sister get the chance to audition for WWE, they learn that becoming a WWE Superstar demands more than they ever imagined possible.
Vince Vaughn's character doesn't exist in real life, although he seems to be based around former NXT Wrestling Trainer Bill Demott, along with other trainers that WWE tends to hire. See more »
In the movie, Paige is too nervous to speak when she gets in the ring with AJ Lee. A fan shouts "do something" and the crowd begins to boo. Then AJ slaps Paige.
In reality Paige stepped into the ring and congratulated AJ Lee for winning at Wrestlemania the night before. This prompted Lee to slap her Paige for "interrupting" her. See more »
The scenes over the end credits come from the 2012 UK Channel 4 documentary 'The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family'. This is supposedly the documentary The Rock saw that got him interested in producing a film about Paige's story. See more »
In order to obtain a PG-13 rating in the US, some swearing was edited out of the film. The Blu-ray included an R-rated 'director's cut' which restores the edits. See more »
Although I'm a casual wrestling fan of over 20 years, I wasn't really planning on seeing this. Paige was a good wrestler, but her life story wasn't something I had any interest in. However, even if a lot of stuff might of been "enhanced," the movie doesn't fail to be entertaining. There's a surprisingly good amount of sharp wit and one-liners without being too screwball and keeping the drama intact. All the cast is great, especially Vince Vaughn as the coach who has to dash the recruits' dreams.
But I thought it glossed over too much of what made her special enough to rise in the first place. Sure she had the talent, but if you want to know how she made jump to champion then you're going to be disappointed. So they could've expanded a bit more on that.
Overall, it was a fun time and I can give a hearty recommendation even if you don't care for wrestling.
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