Netflix’s new docuseries, Wrestlers, is set for release on September 13th.
From the creator of Cheer, Greg Whiteley, the show follows the Ohio Valley Wrestling promotion, which is now run by former WWE wrestler Al Snow.
Best known to wrestling fans as a former Hardcore Champion who would clutch a mannequin head as he walked down to the ring, Snow has also worked for other promotions like TNA and ECW throughout his career.
Based in Louisville, Ohio Valley Wrestling was originally an indie promotion, eventually morphing into a developmental territory for WWE, with stars like CM Punk, John Cena, and Brock Lesnar passing through its doors before it reverted back to an independent.
“Once a proud finishing school for aspiring pro wrestlers, the gym has since hit hard times,” states the official synopsis. “Acclaimed wrestler Al Snow clings to an old school wrestling philosophy with a heavy emphasis on storytelling, but in spite of the love of a few diehard fans, the gym struggles week to week to stay relevant enough to keep its doors open.”
It continues: “Things have become so dire financially that [Snow] has to sell a majority stake to a group of local businessmen including Matt Jones, the most popular radio personality in the state of Kentucky. Matt and the new ownership group have infused the struggling gym with much-needed cash, but it still operates at a staggering loss.”
The show chronicles the efforts of Snow to turn the promotion around, looking at the individual ambitions of the wrestlers working for the promotion as everyone bands together to save the historic gym.
Watch the trailer for Netflix’s Wrestlers below: