The Wrestlers

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  • 2019
  • 1 Season
  • 7.6  (147)

The Wrestlers is a documentary series that premiered on Viceland in 2018 and ran until 2019. The show follows Damian Ford Abraham, a journalist and host, as he travels around the world to immerse himself in the global wrestling culture. The series is a fascinating look at the real-life subculture of wrestling, exploring the traditions, personalities and unique experiences that come with it.

Abraham's travels take him to places like Mexico, where he meets the legendary Wrestler, Blue Demon Jr., and learns about the country's longstanding tradition of lucha libre wrestling. He then heads to the Congo, where he meets with wrestlers who perform in front of thousands of fans in improvised rings made of dirt, rocks, and even car tires. He also spends time in Brazil, where he learns about the country's unique brand of wrestling called Vale Tudo, a no-holds-barred form of fighting that is similar to mixed martial arts.

Throughout the series, Abraham explores what motivates wrestlers to perform, the sacrifices they make, and the community that surrounds them. The show's focus on real people and their stories helps to paint a picture of the larger-than-life personalities that are often associated with professional wrestling. The Wrestlers doesn't shy away from the darker side of the industry either, and Abraham also delves into issues like drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, and the systemic exploitation of wrestlers.

One of the most appealing aspects of The Wrestlers is its unflinching portrayal of the sport's global community. The show's global scope is a testament to the fact that wrestling is not just an American pastime, but a beloved art form that has been passed down through generations all over the world. By featuring wrestlers of all ages, genders and nationalities, the series is able to showcase wrestling's diversity and inclusivity without feeling contrived.

The series is also visually stunning, with gorgeous cinematography that brings Abraham's travels to life. The show's camera work is especially effective during the wrestling matches themselves, where the high-octane action is captured in a way that is both thrilling and intimate. The show's use of slow motion and close-ups during key moments also adds to the feeling of visceral excitement that comes with watching wrestling.

Overall, The Wrestlers is a deeply engaging series that provides a thorough and respectful look at wrestling culture from around the world. Abraham's passion for the subject matter is infectious, and his willingness to dive headfirst into the wrestling community is admirable. The show balances a deep respect for the sport's traditions with an eye towards the future, and is a must-watch for anyone who has ever been drawn to the spectacle of professional wrestling.

The Wrestlers is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on May 22, 2019.

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Body Slamming Homophobia in Mexico
10. Body Slamming Homophobia in Mexico
July 3, 2019
Exoticos, male wrestlers who embrace the feminine and dress in drag inside the ring, have been defying the macho side of Lucha Libre for decades.
Voodoo Wrestling
9. Voodoo Wrestling
July 3, 2019
In war-torn Congo, a cultural collision has made one of wrestling's strangest subgenres: voodoo wrestling, in which suplexes and powerbombs mix with hexes and deadly black magic.
Wrestling on Canada's Reserves
8. Wrestling on Canada's Reserves
June 26, 2019
Damian heads to northern Quebec to join a crew of wrestlers who brave weather and isolation to bring professional wrestling to remote and disadvantaged First Nations communities.
The Craziest Wrestling in Japan
7. The Craziest Wrestling in Japan
June 26, 2019
Invisible wrestlers, blow-up dolls, and waterpark matches: welcome to the weird and wild world of Japan's DDT, the world's strangest wrestling promotion.
The Next Wave of Mexican Luchadores
6. The Next Wave of Mexican Luchadores
June 19, 2019
As Mexico copes with an ever-present drug war and Trump's Wall, Lucha Libre is more popular than ever, and some wrestlers see Lucha as their ticket to America.
Powerful Women of Wrestling
5. Powerful Women of Wrestling
June 19, 2019
Damian travels to Florida and Bolivia to learn how women wrestlers around the world are using professional wrestling to battle inequality, misogyny, and domestic abuse.
Death Match
4. Death Match
June 12, 2019
On the fringe of wrestling is Deathmatch, where wrestlers battling with barbed wire, razor blades and broken glass, challenge the idea that wrestling is fake.
Japan's Finest Wrestlers
3. Japan's Finest Wrestlers
June 5, 2019
Japan boasts the finest women's wrestling in the world. Damian visits Tokyo to learn what makes these women so good and meet the upcoming generation of female wrestlers.
The Changing Face of Wrestling
2. The Changing Face of Wrestling
May 29, 2019
One generation of wrestler hands the reins to the upcoming stars.
The Best New Talent in America
1. The Best New Talent in America
May 22, 2019
Damian finds out what it takes to become a professional wrestler in America today.
Where to Watch The Wrestlers
The Wrestlers is available for streaming on the Viceland (US) website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Wrestlers on demand at Philo, Amazon, Vudu, Viceland, Google Play, Apple TV and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    May 22, 2019
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (147)