Review: Wrestlers, Season 1 (2023)

Synopsis: Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), based in Louisville, is one of the last remnants of the old territory days of professional wrestling and the only independent promotion with a weekly live television show. However, despite having a stable of talented wrestlers and intriguing storylines written by former wrestling star Al Snow, the promotion is struggling financially and unless things can be turned around, may be forced to close its doors.

Review: I saw previews for this Netflix docuseries and thought it seemed interesting. As a casual pro wrestling fan, especially classic matches from the territory days, I found a behind-the-scenes show about an independent promotion intriguing. I finished watching the first seven episodes and it exceeded my expectations.

The show provides a good mix of storylines, whether it is the relationships of the individual wrestlers, both in and out of the ring or the constant back and forth between Snow and investor Matt Jones over the company's direction and the fact it is bleeding money. There were also quite a few twists and turns that built up the suspense. 

The thing that surprised me most was how much I enjoyed some of the wrestlers. Many of them, like HollyHood Haley J, seem like they could be big-name stars in the business if given the right opportunities while others were clearly meant for the independent scene but could still put on a show. That death match between Haley J. and her mom was intense enough for me to want to replay it for my wife to see and now I kind of want to go to Kentucky just to watch one of the shows live.

In fact, my only real complaint about this series is I wish Netflix would have found a way to maybe merge it with OVW itself, showing an episode leading up to a wrestling event with the next episode being that wrestling event. It seems like something that would be a win/win for both Netflix and OVW.

Final Opinion: This was a show that was more interesting and entertaining than I thought it would be and I hope there will be a second season. I highly recommend watching it.

My Grade: A


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