Professional Wrestling

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Once upon a time, Chris Benoit could have been seen as an inspirational figure for the young fans of professional wrestling. The little corner of the showbiz world he made his profession was dominated by giants and flashy figures when he first broke in, leading to him being continually told that he was too small and lacked the personality necessary to make it big in the carnival sideshow turned stadium-packing phenomenon that is pro wrestling. With an unmatched work ethic and a never say die determination, he eventually proved all his naysayers wrong and reached the top of his industry by becoming the world champion of Vince McMahon Jr.’s premier wrestling promotion, World Wrestling Entertainment, however. But what came next was horrific, and it robbed Benoit’s story of any of the inspiration or good memories it may have once generated for wrestling fans. At the height of his career, Benoit and his family were found dead in their home, the victims of an apparent murder/suicide that the man himself perpetrated. It’s a terrible, tragic story—one that involves the current hotbed of controversy surrounding concussions in professional sports—so it was probably only a matter of time before someone tried to tell it in the form of a movie. Well, according to a report from Deadline, that time is now.

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WWE Studios has had an interesting history. First set up in the hopes that it would be able to develop theatrically released starring vehicles for WWE wrestlers in the action and horror genres, this fledgling wing of Vince McMahon Jr.’s empire has since gone through myriad strategy changes. It’s gone from making R rated films to making PG and PG-13 rated films exclusively, from giving its movies wide releases to giving them straight to video releases, it’s moved away from action and tried its hand at family films and comedies, and most recently it’s even teamed up with Lionsgate to re-boot the Leprechaun franchise. And today the studio announced that they’re going to be adding yet another type of film to their repertoire, by creating an animated feature. Which is an historic announcement indeed, as this new project will be the first time wrestlers have appeared in animated form since Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling hit the television airwaves in the early ’80s.

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