Over the past year I’ve written and talked quite a bit about professional wrestling’s move back into mainstream cinema. It’s happened because of films like Fighting with My Family, and The Peanut Butter Falcon, both critically-acclaimed and box office success stories. And now we see WWE tag teaming with Netflix on The Main Event, a light-hearted family movie that looks like the pro wrestling version of Like Mike.
The Main Event centers on an 11-year-old wrestling fanatic who discovers a magical luchadore mask which gives him super speed and super strength. Using his newfound abilities he not only turns the tables on school bullies but enters the WWE and takes on the best Vince McMahon has to offer. Interestingly, it look like there’s intergender wrestling in this, too; something WWE hasn’t had in years.
Since The Miz has been running his mouth about the movie on TV for weeks, you will indeed find the Miz & Mrs. star in the cast, joined by fellow WWE superstars Kofi Kingston (on a shirt, anyway) and Sheamus. Damn, that’s three world champions in one movie. Other wrestling stars include Keith Lee, Mia Yim, Otis Dozovic, Rene Young, and Corey Graves. Leading the film is Seth Carr, along with Tichina Arnold, Adam Pally, and Ken Marino. Jay Karas (Teachers) is behind the camera.
So yeah, I’m all over this for obvious reasons. The Main Event hits Netflix on April 10th.