There are some excellent videos available for those interested in learning more about the political and cultural significance of professional wrestling in the world – whether you’re just getting into pro wrestling, or a long-time fan. Here are a few:
The Wrestlers is a superb series that sees hardcore musician Damian Abraham document the vibrant subcultures of pro wrestling around the world in a way that few documentarians have before — his adherence to journalistic principles in capturing these important stories without interfering or influencing the narratives is refreshing in media anywhere today, never mind in covering pro wrestling. This series can’t be recommended enough. It’s available in the UK here and North America here, but you can find it elsewhere as well.
Omega Man: A Wrestling Love Story spotlights Kenny Omega in order to examine the powerful positive impact pro wrestling stories can have on people, particularly marginalised communities — looking at his beginnings in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to rejecting WWE and making a name for himself in New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he became known as “The Best Bout Machine” before going on to become a crucial part of the formation of All Elite Wrestling. The documentary is difficult to get hold of, but there’s a starting point here.
Dark Side of the Ring is an incredible documentary series looking at the largely unregulated, dangerous and indeed dark side of the professional wrestling business, covering numerous individuals and events across several decades – many tragic examples of the mistreatment, abandonment, and exploitation faced by so many stars of the industry. You can find it here.