Saturday Mar 09, 2024

THE IRON CLAW (2023): Movie Review & Analysis + Von Erichs in Japan

This week Fumi Saito & Justin Knipper offer up a thorough review of the film, 'Iron Claw - The Von Erich Family Story.' They highlight the movie's retelling of tragic tales plus the vital historical moments that may have been left out of the film, and the challenges of recreating events from wrestling history. Discover how the film captures significant events, including fatal accidents and victories that shaped the Von Erich's wrestling legacy. Their analysis covers major characters from the World Class territory in Dallas who played a large role in the Von Erich family story, talking Bruiser Brody, Chris Adams, and Gino Hernandez, among others.

Fumi & Justin's review acknowledges the film's remarkable reconstruction of the Dallas Sportatorium as well as its authentic soundtrack, capturing the late '70s and early '80s era charm. It's not just a wrestling movie, but an emotional story about family, tragedy, and survival. It is a testament to the passion for the sport and the legacy of the wrestling family, the Von Erichs. Today's show offers a unique perspective on the remarkable, yet tragically brief, careers, the controversies, and the unique elements of the Von Erichs' story not generally covered in mainstream media.

The two also uncover lesser-known details of the story, like Kerry Von Erich's resilience in the face of adversity, his reputation as an instant sensation as fan favorite "Texas Tornado" in WWF. They also explored the Von Erichs' stint in New Japan and their global tours during their WWE tenure, their friendship with other superstar wrestlers, and their tragic family saga. The film  demystifies the backstage world of wrestling which culminates in a bittersweet reunion in the afterlife – a metaphorical representation of the family's long-awaited peace. Despite the heartbreaking history, Fumi & Justin's discussion ends on a positive note, encouraging listeners to watch this eye-opening depiction of the Von Erichs' legacy.

(AI + JK)

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