REWIND-A-WAI #55: The Wrestler (1974)

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John Pollock and Wai Ting review The Wrestler, a 1974 film about a wrestling promoter (Ed Asner) who faces pressure to replace his aging champion (Verne Gagne) with a new contender (Billy Robinson) ahead of the inter-promotional “Super Bowl of Wrestling”.

Featuring an incredible cast of cameos from: Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Dick Murdoch, Vincent J. McMahon, “Superstar” Billy Graham, Dan Gable, Ken Patera, Jim Brunzell, Wahoo McDaniel, Don Muraco, Nick Bockwinkel and many more.

Promoting the world of professional wrestling at the expense of the plot itself, Frank Bass (Ed Asner) takes a stand and defends what he thinks is right. Gamblers, mobsters, unscrupulous wrestlers, money-grubbing promoters, and fixers conspire to corrupt the industry, but Frank tries to make the game as honest and fair as it is his idealized vision. Frank’s efforts climax as he promotes an over-the-hill champion in the final matches of his career. (IMDb)

This edition of the Rewind-A-Wai is presented by Espresso Executive Producer, Robert Holzhammer.

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Just starting this, I don’t think I’ve ever heard the voice of Vince Sr., it is scary how much they sound alike

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This made me want to review The Wrestler (2008).