Today in Pro Wrestling History: March 17th – ‘Beyond the Mat’ is Released Nationwide

Today in Pro Wrestling History:  On March 17th, 2000, the critically acclaimed documentary ‘Beyond the Mat,’ directed by Barry Blaustein, was released nationwide.

The film offered an unprecedented, in-depth look behind the scenes of the professional wrestling industry, featuring backstage footage from WWE, ECW, and independent events.

It intimately chronicled the lives and careers of wrestling legends Mick Foley, Terry Funk, and Jake Roberts.

Beyond the Mat Sees Major Success

Today in Pro Wrestlling History March 17

Produced over three years on a modest budget of $500,000, ‘Beyond the Mat’ became a surprising box office success, earning over $2 million, thanks to a grassroots campaign by wrestling fans.

The documentary was celebrated for its raw and honest portrayal, winning Best Documentary at the Cinequest Film Festival and receiving nominations for Best Documentary and Best Director from the Director’s Guild Association.

The film was also lauded in the book ‘The 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen,’ which praised its almost Shakespearean depth.

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