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The Wrestling short documentary has been a favorite of mine for ages, since the WWF started releasing docs with their DVDs. I have seen a lot of 'em over the last few years, and some are great and some are awful. One that I came across this week was the wonderful Perseverance, a story of a young woman who has come to wrestle for Renegade Wrestling Alliance in New England. She's Liz B. who wrestles as Isana, and she's charismatic, at the same time as being completely authentic. It never feels like she's working the viewer, which is incredibly rare in a wrestling doc. All you have to do is watch Beyond the Mat to understand that concept.
There's footage you'd expect, wrestling, a nice promo, a snap-edited match, a segment of training, and there's Liz sitting down and talking about what brought her there and why she loves it. She mentions two of her inspirations - Sasha Banks (WWE's best-working woman at the moment) and Kimber Lee (Indy Darling and one of my favorite wrestlers) but it's another WWE star, Becky Lynch, who she instantly reminds me of. She's different, and she feels somehow honest and hard working, which is the exact combination I get from watching Lynch perform. It's a good thing.
The topic of inter-gender wrestling is a bit of a controversial one at the moment, and I'm all for it. Isana's matches are often inter-gender battles, and she looks like she could hold her own.
I hope you'll check out the RWA YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRWA4ever/videoshttps://www.youtube.com/user/TheRWA4ever/videos
Klaus at Gunpoint
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