Category “Sport & Adventure”

Death Grip: Inside Pro Wrestling

The dark side, beyond the wrestling ring. A shocking murder suicide, pro wrestlers dying young and allegations of drug abuse. In the fall of 2005 following the year he wore the championship belt, professional wrestler Chris Benoit was at the top of his game. In the ring with a body of an Adonis, he was slamming opponents, being slammed and putting on a show. Outside the ring the former WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment champion was quietly spinning into depression and in a sense documenting his own mental breakdown. This CNN documentary is about the deaths in professional wrestling and...

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Choke

The fight ends when someone quits or is knocked unconscious. Don't look to the referee for help. If you get into trouble, your opponent will break your elbow, knee you in the head, or choke you out. This isn't ancient Greece or Rome. This is Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, or New York. The time is now. Welcome to the world of no-holds-barred freestyle fighting...the fastest growing "sport" in the United States, Brazil, and Japan. CHOKE follows undisputed World Freestyle Fighting Champion Rickson Gracie as he prepares to defend his title in a one-night, single elimination tournament where the winner...

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Keith: Father, Trainer, Wrestler

Winner of a Regional Royal Television Society Award. Keith is a thirty minute human interest documentary about Keith Myatt, a professional wrestler for over twenty years whose career goal is to participate in the main event of 1 Pro Wrestling, the biggest wrestling promotion in...

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Icons of Wrestling

The word "legend" is thrown around loosely these days. In fact, someone who does something for a long time is now considered a "legend" at it... I guess we're all legendary walkers and talkers, right? But, only the TRUE greats are considered icons of their craft. This documentary series features documentaries on 6 stars that have gone beyond the ring and become icons of our business. Those individuals are: Abdullah the Butcher Antonio Inoki Hard Bodied Haggerty Iron Sheik Jimmy Valiant Lou Thesz plus more. These documentaries include exclusive interviews, rare footage, and a...

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Cycling’s Greatest Fraud

This one-hour special dissects the story of the science and scheming behind what's been called "the most sophisticated and successful doping scheme in all of sports". Piece together eyewitness testimonies and delve into the illicit science to discover how the USADA says the doping plot began and then mushroomed in its complexity. With new interviews from key members of his inner circle, see how Armstrong went to great lengths to protect his secret and his legacy, by using all the powers at his command to silence and attack critics, while assuring the public that his blood was as clean...

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Mountain Men: The Ghosts of K2

A BBC documentary which explores the history of climbing K2, the mountaineers mountain, from the early days to the summit with historical footage photographs & re-enactments. The episode features: Lino Lacedelli, Achille Compagnoni, Pete Schoening, Charlie Houston, Bob Bates, Ed Webster, Bill Putnam, Dudley Rochester, Bob Craig, George Bell, Tony Streather, Dee...

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Sumo on the Steppes

In the land of Ghenghis Khan, wrestling is a national sport and a 2,000-year-old tradition. 'Bokh', as it is known locally, features annually at tournaments across Mongolia. The biggest such event is the Nadaam Festival, which sees 40,000 wrestlers compete in provinces across Mongolia. The largest of the tournaments is held in the capital Ulaanbaatar, where 500 wrestlers battle it out to be crowned champion. There are no weight or height divisions in these competitions and fighters must outmaneuvre their opponent with an array of different moves. And with no time limits, the bouts can last...

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Madness in the Desert: Paris to Dakar

In 1977 French motorcyclist Thierry Sabine was in serious trouble, lost in the Libyan desert and dying from thirst. Whilst most men would weep and think back over their lives, Thierry thought about coming back - to do a rally across the Sahara Desert. The 9,000km Paris-Dakar rally was born. The rally became a beacon for eccentric adventurers battling the terrain in customised vehicles, seduced by the romance of the desert and the extreme challenge. It soon became a victim of its own rapid success. Caught up in controversy and with a total of over 60 deaths, in 2008 this incredible event was...

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The Bowler

Meet Rocky Salemmo. He’s a ramblin’ gamblin’ man. For the majority of his adult life Rocky has hustled bowling for a living. Here is his story. A short documentary about booze, broads and...

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