R | | Documentary, Biography, Sport
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.
According to Barry Blaustein, after the presentation screening for Vince and Linda McMahon, Vince didn't have any problem with the film. It was Linda who remarked the tone of movie felt too negative of the pro wrestling industry as a whole and could have shown more positive aspects but was not phased by it overall. Once the movie got picked up for a limited theatrical release and the distributor brought add space on the USA network to air during Monday Night Raw, Vince felt the (then) WWF was being cheated because they received no compensation for their cooperation and the movie stood to potentially make big revenue. He demanded USA pull all scheduled adds and that USA not air any at anytime. Perhaps out of retaliation the distributors then created the tag line "The movie Vince McMahon does not want you to see!"
Tonight, we have a chance to say, 'Yeah, you're right. We're too extreme. We're too wild. We're too out of control. We're too full of our own shit.' Or we have a chance to say, 'Hey, fuck you, you're wrong! Fuck you, we're right!' Because you have ...
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.
The DVD edition of Beyond the Mat has several minutes of deleted footage, plus audio commentaries by Mick Foley & Terry Funk
$9,532 24 October 1999