Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Grunt! The Wrestling Movie
Dir: Allan Holzman (Mutant)
Starring: Wally George/ Magic Schwarz/Dan Spivey/Mondo Guerrero/ " Exotic" Adrian Street/Dick Murdoch
Mad Dog Joe Decurso is the baddest man in wrestling , The hottest heel in the biz and things are looking up for the Mad Dog as he takes on Skull Crusher Johnson for the World Heavyweight Championship until a freak incident occurs during the brutal fight for the gold. While preparing to finish the match Skull Crusher gets his head caught in the ring ropes as Mad Dog goes for a dropkick that turns fatal as he decapitates the Champ, Sending his head flying into the crowd. Shocked by his actions and upset for being disqualified in his biggest match , Mad Dog goes missing and rumors of him hitting rock bottom and eventually killing himself by jumping off the Bay Bridge in Oakland California begin to surface.
Flash Forward to six years later, The commissioner has still not come to a conclusion on who will be the new champion and due to Skull Crusher not defending his title in so long due to him being dead , the Title is going to be vacated and decided in a Battle Royal. We meet Leslie Uhgums is making a documentary on a new wrestling phenomenon named the Mask, whom many people speculate may be Mad Dog Decurso under a new moniker. One of these believers is Dr. Tweed the President of the Mad Dog is The Mask Fan Club. Leslie and Tweed hit the road to investigate and get to the bottom of the speculation. After interviewing many fans , Doctors , Wrestlers and trainers they Go to question Lola , Joe's ex manager and girlfriend who wants nothing to do with the film. After hitting a dead end The film makers go to a wrestling show where Mask is taking on The Grunt brothers in a handicap match where tweed compares the move sets to further solidify his case. Afterwards the two meet up with Joe's old high school wrestling coach where they see a young Decurso dawning a mask that bares a strong resemblance to the Mysterious new wrestler.
Overall: 8 out of 10 (rating this one a bit different than usual, Mostly based on the nostalgia factor and my memories of growing up on Pro Wrestling.)