Tales From the Territories

Tales From the Territories

A gritty pro wrestling series that almost makes you miss the wild west of the territory days

The Very Best

8.0

TV Show

English
Documentary
2022

TLDR

Bar fights, hospital escapes, attempted murders, near-homicides — ah yes, the golden age of wrestling.

What it's about

Esteemed pro wrestling legends exchange stories about the territory days of wrestling in the 1960s-1980s, when fans believed in the real life implications of the drama.

The take

This documentary series has a gritty, Western vibe stemming from the marriage between old school rasslin’ footage and the accompanying hypnotic soundtrack. Legends gather around and take turns reliving the glory days, treating every fan-driven near-death experience as a badge of honor, showing how crazy everyone was on both sides of the fence. Between the rustic location they film in and the insanely casual delivery of terrifying stories, it’s easy to be transported to another time period and find it rather relaxing (much more so than sister series Dark Side of the Ring), an era that you almost wish would return, if there was a safer way to have it.

What stands out

The perceived fragility of kayfabe really fascinates me. People get up from plane crashes to protect it.

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