Wrestlers Review: The Wrestling Docuseries Is All Heart
Netflix‘s documentary series, Wrestlers, offers a gripping look into the Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), a small indie pro wrestling promotion based in Louisville, Kentucky. With over 30 years in the business, OVW had established a reputation as a developmental territory for aspiring wrestlers, nurturing young talent under the guidance of the renowned professional wrestler, Al Snow. The series takes viewers on a captivating journey into the heart and soul of this organization, shedding light on the raw talent, struggles, and unwavering dedication displayed by those involved.
At the core of the series are three individuals who each contribute to OVW in their unique ways. HollyHood Haley J is a fierce 22-year-old newcomer who possesses exceptional talent. Her journey is marked by the chip on her shoulder, highlighting the challenges she faces in her quest for success within the wrestling world.
Matt Jones, an unexpected addition to the OVW fold, a Louisville radio personality and restaurateur turned co-owner of the financially strained company. Lastly, Al Snow, a seasoned wrestler who gained fame in the WWE during the ’90s with his mannequin head gimmick, serves as a mentor figure guiding the stars of tomorrow.
Wrestlers gave us a rare glimpse behind the curtains of a wrestling promotion, showcasing the spectacle and the pains involved in keeping an independent promotion afloat. OVW, once renowned as a breeding ground for budding talent coveted by the WWE, now finds itself teetering on the brink of collapse. To salvage their dreams, the OVW team embarks on a summer tour of small venues and shopping center parking lots, hoping to garner name recognition that will ultimately lead to a successful pay-per-view event.
Through its behind-the-scenes footage and reality TV style, Wrestlers grants viewers an all-access pass into the world of OVW. This promotion has defied the odds, weathering the storms that have caused even the most significant wrestling promotions to crumble. In a realm dominated by formidable giant promotions, OVW has stood tall for decades, continuing to fight for its survival for years to come.
While OVW may not exemplify a picture-perfect environment, it undeniably fosters a sense of familial bonds. The squared circle they call home invites viewers into an inspiring world, even captivating those who may not consider themselves wrestling fans. Wrestlers transcends the boundaries of a wrestling documentary, putting a lens on the dedication, passion, and inspiration found within OVW.
This docu-series honors the art of professional wrestling and pays tribute to an indie promotion brimming with talent and, more importantly, heart. OVW‘s profound story and the unwavering determination exhibited by its stars serve as testaments to the indomitable spirit within the world of professional wrestling. As a longtime fan of wrestling that has seen the big brands on television for as long as I can remember.
It was very exciting to see an indie promotion steering its ship into putting over its talent and preparing them for the big show. If you are unfamiliar with the world of wrestling, this is very likened to the world we see in Starz’s drama series Heels but with the real-world struggles that these individuals have poured their soul into the profession. Both in the ring and behind the scenes.
A variety geek who enjoys geeking out with friends over video games, comics, or movies/TV shows. An avid wrestling fan since the days of the Attitude Era and N64’s No Mercy, he now spends much of his time reading and collecting comics. All of my puns are intended.