Wrestling With Satan

Wrestling With Satan

Running Time: 
85 minutes

When people talk about stereotypes there are some subjects that seem to always have the same idea thought of them. One of those topics is wrestling, or to put it another way, rasslin. It's thought of as an activity that's done by men wearing tights while being watched by crazed fans who might be classified as someone with a neck of a reddish hue. It might be or it might not be that, but one thing that it is for sure is being type cast as being just that but in reality there are all sorts of wrestling types as well as the people who watch it. Such is the case for the CWF, that's the Christian Wrestling Federation if you don't know, and they are a group of Christian faith based people who also have a love for wrestling. They have combined the two to form the CWF where they go on tour spreading the word they want to spread about Christianity by doing it with wrestling.
So here's a documentary that I didn't see coming my way. Wrestling With Satan is a documentary about the group called the CWF and how they do their thing with wrestling and with Christianity. At a glance, if you take away the sound, you would see what looks like a normal amateur wrestling documentary where you get to see some of the matches while having interviews about it. Put that audio back on and that where you will hear all about the faith based wrestling and how they use the wrestling to get their beliefs heard. It's different I got to admit to that but if you aren't a wrestling fan or someone that is into Christianity, then this documentary probably isn't quite for you.
While I do like documentaries, they are a form of information and entertainment rolled into one, this is one that I wasn't too involved in. Neither topics are one that really are ones that I get interested in much beyond a small bit of curiosity. For me the whole faith based idea wasn't the interesting topic, in fact it's just a piece of information that is used and then swept to the side. What is interesting is that the fact that the group is a Christian faith based group, the idea of them doing anything that would be unseemly or wrong, that is where the interesting moments come into play. Which this documentary touches on some of those topics where they don't paint the group out as this straight laced group going around spreading the word of God. Nope, they have their own issues that are just as common and normal as any other person.
There is dirt being spilled about the group, which like any warm blooded person, I find a bit of dirt on someone else somewhat interesting because it's not mine. Sure this documentary does keep the Christian faith based fans in mind when making it, after all, the group of wrestlers are all about Christianity, this documentary don't try to make it just for them. I got to say though I still find the combination of wrestling and religion odd. One talking about salvation while also beating up someone, fake or not, it's just seems to contradict each other. Maybe that's what they are really trying to say, that what's on the surface is not what is at the core, if so then they have a lot of work to do because no matter what I still just see a bunch of guys fake beating on each other, no matter whose name they do it in, it's still wrestling.

Lee Roberts
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