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  • Wrestling With Shadows directed by Paul Jay is one of the best documentaries that I have ever seen, at first glance you assume the movie is a simple production which follows a wrestler on a day to day basis and chronicles his trouble

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      Wrestling With Shadows directed by Paul Jay is one of the best documentaries that I have ever seen, at first glance you assume the movie is a simple production which follows a wrestler on a day to day basis and chronicles his trouble. However, after watching the movie you will quickly realize that this movie is so much more then that.

      It is about a morality struggle between the good and evil in society today.

      The movie follows Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart through a point in his career when he is deciding whether to stay in the World Wrestling Federation and stay loyal to his boss or jump ship and sign a multi-million


      dollar contract with World Championship Wrestling.

      He struggles with his need for money (because he is offered 9 million dollars over three years with WCW) versus his loyalty to the WWF(since he launched his carrier their) and decides that loyalty is most important to him and so he decided to stay in the WWF despite their turn toward more graphic programming (racist story lines, sexual graphic story lines and stripping women) which he does not enjoy or find suitable for his young children to watch.

      He turns down the contract(the $9 million one with WCE) only to be told later by his boss (Vince Mcmahon) that he is better off jumping ship(going ...


      • to WCW) and that the WWF could not compete for Bret(the “Hitman” character) in terms of money.

        He listens to his boss(Vince) and agrees to keep everything quiet(not revealing to the public that he was leaving) but the information is leaked out to sell tickets and at this point he and Vince script a match ending for his final match at Survivor Series 1997 (in which he was competing against Shawn Micheals) that would result in a draw( no contest) for his Survivor Series match with Shawn (since Bret had creative control in his contract).

        However, Vince had planned the ending different behind Bret’s back and does not stick to the no contest

        ending which he had scripted with Bret.

        Instead he tells the referee to declare Shawn Micheals the winner (with Bret being aware of this of course) and in the end the referee rings the bell and Bret is left surprised he has been screwed and Shawn is awarded his Championship belt.

        Later, in the locker room he is so furious that he knocked Vince out with a punch and the film comes to a great end.

        This movie is more then just about wrestling, it is about morals in society and the struggle to keep on the right path in a bad world, this is one of the best films I have ever seen




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