The WWE is all about spectacle and illusion, so the idea of putting out a real look at the lives of its superstars sounds, on paper, like a cheesy bore. Surprisingly, Before They Were WWE Superstars
is hardly boring; in fact, it's the best non-pay-per-view DVD the organization has ever released. The documentary details the rise of 12 midlevel names (Kurt Angle is the only huge figure profiled) and the strange, often brutal roads they took to make it as pro wrestlers. Besides Angle, William Regal, Edge and Christian, Lita, Spike Dudley, Mighty Molly, the Hardy Boyz, Bradshaw, Stacy Keibler, and Billy Gunn tell their stories (often punctuated by comments from their parents or siblings), and all are fascinating vignettes. Say what you want about pro wrestling, but the drive and determination displayed by these people is not only impressive, but uplifting. --Dave McCoy
From the Back Cover
In no-holds-barred interviews, backed up with tons of exclusive footage, learn what Kurt Angle, Stacy Keibler, Christian, Edge, Lita, Spike Dudley, Mighty Molly, the Hardy Boyz, Bradshaw, William Regal, and Billy Gunn did before joining the WWF and becoming world-famous celebrities and WWF superstars. Which two WWF Superstars have been best friends since sixth grade? Who preceded his WWF career as a bull rider in a rodeo? Which WWF Superstar has pursued a show biz career since the age of 3? DVD extras include rings debuts and early matches as well as Edge & Christian's winter fun, Bradshaw's bear wrestling days, Spike's hardcore childhood, and a story where Kurt Angle gets 50 cents. Approx. 2.5 hours.