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Ram Jam!

thewrestlerposterxh5I caught an 8:30 showing of ‘The Wrestler’ last night and it blew me away. Not only because of the Marisa Tomei nude scenes in which she plays a stripper, but Mickey Rourke’s acting was phenomenal. Rourke does more grunting throughout the movie than a Serena Williams tennis match but with good reason. He plays Randy “The Ram” Robinson, an aged wrestler who after 20 years in the ring has fallen from greatness. He now wrestles at local gymnasiums fighting to get back to the top. Living in a trailer and working for minimal cash while wrestling, it remains to be the only career and life he knows. The movie progresses through “The Ram’s” ups and downs giving a behind the scenes look at what a wrestler’s body goes through. Rourke performed all the stunts and took the beatings(staple gun match that’s painful to watch). ‘The Wrestler’ shows the progression of Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson’s life and captures the sadness and grit of that lifestyle. Great cast from Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. Check it out, definitely not just a sports movie and worth the watch.

The movie left me with the question, what is life after wrestling for a wrestler? The Rock was one of the lucky ones with an acting career. There are more than some who experimented with steroids and other drugs who are now left beaten, bruised and scarred for life. The amount of wrestling death’s each year has skyrocketed with little notice. They range from heart attacks, overdoses, suicides and even accidents in the ring. The wear and tear wrestlers go through night in and night out for our entertainment is unimaginable. All that’s left is their legacy and signing appearances at local rec centers. Now I understand why Shawn Michaels and even Ric Flair are still in the game. It’s the only world they know.

Now after all that here’s a clip of some of the worst mistakes/injuries in wrestling.

http://sportsfly.com/VideoDetail.aspx?videoid=1295&mediagalleryid=36

Ram JAM!!
RaginRondo

January 21, 2009 - Posted by | Features & Opinions, Uncategorized | , , , , ,

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