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|Wrestling Isn't Wrestling|
Promotional poster parodying The Social Network
|Directed by||Max Landis|
|Written by||Max Landis|
|Music by||Evan Goldman|
|Edited by||Andy Holton|
|March 16, 2015|
Wrestling Isn't Wrestling is a 2015 short film written and directed by Max Landis. Released for free on YouTube, the film retells the story of WWE professional wrestler Triple H. Like Landis's 2012 short The Death and Return of Superman, it consists of an unscripted monologue by Landis on the subject matter, accompanied by sequences with actors performing the parts in the story.
In response to the common saying that "wrestling isn't real", Max Landis says that its death-defying stunts make it "more real than any other show". He suggests that people who criticize wrestling on grounds of realism have probably never watched it, citing its outlandish and overtly fantastical storylines and clarifying that it is actually "a TV show about a wrestling show". In an effort to demonstrate wrestling's capacity to tell "interesting, diverse, and compelling stories", Landis recounts the story of his favorite wrestler, Triple H, and his journey from insecure aristocrat to degenerate rebel to World Champion and eventual corporate sellout.
- Max Landis as himself
- Chloe Dykstra as Triple H
- Ana Walczak as Shawn Michaels
- Lola Blanc as The Undertaker
- Andi Layne as John Cena
- Lissy Smith, Clare Kramer, and Chloe West as DX Army
- Kandiss Lewis as Stephanie McMahon
- Nicole Stark as Randy Orton
- Anna Akana as Batista
- Sideara St. Claire as Ric Flair
- Anna Lore as Daniel Bryan
- Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman as themselves
- Christina Scherer as Chris Benoit
- Cat Alter as Chris Jericho
- Chris Bauer as a referee
- Jenny Becerra as Mankind
- Matt Bennett as a John Cena fan
- Shaun Brown and Moses Storm as friends watching Game of Thrones
- David Arquette as himself
- Graham Denman as Paul Bearer
- Rose Chirillo Road Warrior Hawk
- Charley Feldman as Road Warrior Animal
- Brittany Furlan as Goldberg
- Bill Goldberg as himself
- Morgan Krantz as Superman
- Hannah Landberg as Stone Cold Steve Austin
- Clare Lourdes as X-Pac
- Lissy Smith as Road Dogg
- Alita LaShae as The Rock
- Melodie Gore as CM Punk
- Shelby Steel as Sheamus
- Dani "Haystack" Manning as Kane
- Milana Vayntrub as The Ultimate Warrior
- Brad Gage and Matt Cohen as strip club crowd
- Chloe West as Billy Gunn
- Sam Witwer as Chyna
- Seth Green and Macaulay Culkin as DX fans
- Justin Roberts, Kat Leigh, Becky Bayless, DC Pierson, Matt Henderson, Adam Rifkin, Cambria Edwards, Josh Peck, Frankie Kazarian, Christopher Daniels, Ricardo Orta, David Blue, Christopher Wayne Thompson, Hannah Marks, Nicholas Braun, Haley Joel Osment, Shad Gaspard, Zack Pearlman, Stephen Lunsford, Colt Cabana, Olga Kay, Darren Criss, Ryan Nemeth, Chris Hero, Alicia Way, Marty DeRosa, Jordan Dobbs Rosa, Coy Jandeau, Brett Delby, Stephen Sorace, Rebecca Rowley, Jason Weiss, and JTG as theater audience members
- John Landis as a therapist
- Jon Schnepp as a Rabbi
- Joey Ryan as an '80s American wrestler
- John Hennigan as an '80s Russian wrestler
- Rosa Salazar, Moses Storm, and Shaun Brown as people watching Game of Thrones
- Mike Diva as Bartender 2
Funded entirely by Landis, the film was shot at thirty locations throughout Los Angeles over the course of three weeks. It features a cast of close to a hundred extras, with most people involved working for free. Ron Howard was intended to make a cameo appearance, as he did in The Death and Return of Superman, but was unavailable for filming.
Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Michael Calia said that Landis's characterization of wrestling as "packed with the stuff of fiction, both good and terrible" was "not exactly a new insight", but said that Landis "defends wrestling in a fun, inventive way".
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- Calia, Michael (March 17, 2015). "Max Landis Defends the Power of WWE Storytelling in 'Wrestling Isn't Wrestling'". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
- Killam, Mike (March 22, 2015). "Triple H & Stephanie Respond to "Wrestling Isn't Wrestling" Video, New WWE Creative Member on Ring of Honor TV This Weekend". wrestlezone.com. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
- Sapp, Sean Ross (February 21, 2016). "'Wrestling Isn't Wrestling' Creator Says He's Been A Consultant For WWE For The Past Year". Wrestling Inc.