Movie #1 that I saw yesterday. As my father has always said, the pro wrestling business is an extention of a rock n roll lifestyle, only crashing and burning can happen alot faster and in a much nastier fashion. The movie does a very good job showing just that. In Rourkes Randy "The Ram" Robinson we get a mix of Hulk Hogan, Jake The Snake and to an extent Chris Beniot. Here's the guy who was the big name superstar in the 1980's, but at some point everything crashed and burned so some twenty years later he finds himself working the indy circuit (ROH and I thought Jersey All Pro were shown in the movie) and high school gyms just to make a buck to both survive and feed his drug need. Along the way he's trying to have a relationship with a stripper (Marissa Tomei), patch things up with his estranged daughter (Evan Rachel Wood), and find another way to make cash by pleading with his boss at the supermarket for more hours, but none of it comes easy so he has to go back to plan A. And the problem there is that all the in ring wear and tear and the drugs are finally catching up, to the point where a doctor is telling him that he can't wrestle again because his heart may give out. All in all Mickey does a great job as the Ram, I'm not sure if it's oscar worthy but he makes you feel his struggle through life. There are some scenes where if you know the wrestling industry you won't be too surprised but for the marks there'll probably be a huge shock factor. They also try to stay as true to the business as they can, you see wrestlers going over the routine in the back and calling spots in the ring. Most importantly though (without ruining it) the ending stays with you.