Friday, August 19, 2011
Card Subject to Change: Pro Wrestling's Underground takes you deep inside the underground world of professional wrestling. This compelling film follows several wrestlers as they make t heir way through local VFW halls, high school gyms and Elks' lodges grinding it out on the individual circuit where the payouts can range from $5 to $20 per match. Some do it for the love of the sport, others desperate to make it big; It is both heart-pounding and heart-wrenching. Tim Disbrow makes his directorial debut as he documents the circuit's standouts, including: Kevin Sullivan, Michael "Trent Acid" Verdi, Rhett Titus, Sabu, Kamala and Necro Butcher, who made an appearance in the critically-acclaimed film, The Wrestler.
I grew up faithfully watching wrestling on TV. It was one thing that my step-father and I had in common and could relate to and talk about. I was in awe of the wrestlers with their character traits and moves. I quit watching wrestling a few years ago when I came to realize that a lot of the storylines resembled a soap opera and that match outcomes were determined ahead of time.
After watching Card Subject To Change, released on DVD July 12th by Cinema Libre Studio, it made me rethink some of what I thought about wrestling. Although some performances are staged, there is a lot of blood, sweat and tears that come from the men and women who put their wrestling skills on the line. This film follows different wrestlers, telling their tales of highs and lows in the industry. I even recognized a couple of the wrestlers from back in the day when I watched it regularly. Card Subject To Change is an eye-opener into the underground world of pro wrestling.
I received DVD for review from Cinema Libre Studio. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products. Your opinions and results may differ.