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'The Booker' Movie Review: The art of wrestling

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'The Booker'


For some, the art of wrestling has been lost for quite some time. The people you see these days are more actors than their predecessors were back in the 1960's-70's. Wrestling has always been a fake industry. It has always in the last 100 years been something of a side show carnival production. In the last twenty plus years with the rise of Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, and the great Vince McMahon it has become more script than reality.

Steve Scarborough grew up in an era when the wrestlers actually would go out and wrestle not just throw chairs, yell, and scream at each other. Yes they practiced the moves they were to use on each other but they made it look like wrestling not just some sort of kung fu match.

Steve grew up in Hawaii and would grow up watching wrestling and playing at it all the time. He would travel to Japan where he would learn that over there they would actually wrestle and work out to be the strongest and quickest they could be. He realized these people took it very seriously.

Steve would come back to the states and would get into wrestling and would work with Jake the Snake Roberts for a couple of years traveling with the show. He would leave this to try and open up a school teaching people the art of wrestling. He always thought the southern United States were more into the wrestling that he liked. He felt this was the roots of wrestling and chose Atlanta to make his home.

He would open up his school in a theater anti-room where that the tenets had been using for storage. This would go on for some time. He would then team up with another man to start weekly shows and for a while it worked. His goal was to take his group of wrestlers to hold an event in a 2,500 seat arena.

'The Booker' is a documentary brought to us by IndiePix Films. It was released January 28, 2014. It is made in Black and White and the visual and sounds are excellent. The documentary took some four years to put together and presents just what it takes to get a show off and going.

Steve Scarborough has lived his entire life for the work he has done with this film. He has paid his dues for the knowledge he has acquired over the years and does a wonderful job with this Documentary.