You might love pro wrestling and find documentary films tiresome — or vice versa. Either way, the new trailer for the upcoming Monster Factory documentary series on Apple TV+ may be for you. It tells the stories of those yearning to get into the ring.
Just the fact that a school trains aspiring pro wrestlers on every aspect of getting into the business is interesting. And so are some of the contenders trying to change their lives.
Monster Factory documentary series debuts March 17 on Apple TV+
Apple TV+ dropped the new trailer Thursday, saying Monster Factory premieres Friday, March 17 on the streaming service. There will be six episodes.
Here’s how Apple TV+ describes the series, seeming to go for both body slams and a bit of heart-string tugging:
Monster Factory is the story of misfit dreamers at a wrestling school on the outskirts of a gritty New Jersey factory town who, with the help of their tough yet loving coach, fight for their big break as professional wrestlers.
And in an unusual move, the streaming service gave a description of each person in the series. They’re undeniably interesting. One guy hopes to use his Tourette syndrome to his advantage as a wrestler. Another has panic attacks he wants to control through wrestling. Will they succeed? Will it make for great TV? Who knows.
Meet the whole group as described by Apple TV+:
Danny Cage: Owner and the charismatic coach of the Monster Factory. Danny, a former wrestler himself, needs to keep the veterans and the new recruits motivated if they want to survive the training, and the potential rejection that is to come in this business.
Twitch: Wrestling saved his life … literally. When Twitch entered a dark time in his life, he found wrestling to be a safe space. As the only member of Monster Factory who suffers from Tourette syndrome, he used what could be seen as a hindrance to his advantage. But will his inner demons get in the way of him making it to the next step?
Bobby Buffet: The quiet, unassuming New Jersey native is more than meets the eye. By day, he flips burgers at a local fast food restaurant, but when he walks into the Monster Factory, he is the insatiable Bobby Buffet. Can he find the inner discipline and leadership skills needed to drop the apron and get in the ring full time?
Gabby Ortiz: Gabby, a Philadelphia native who has worked in the mayor’s office, rose to fame fast in the wrestling scene but, because of a personal tragedy, was forced to step away. Now she is back, but can she let go of the past and embrace the wrestling world as it is today?
Goldy: The pretty boy. But what lies underneath this chiseled, bad-boy exterior is someone who has crippling social anxiety who is using wrestling as a way to control his panic attacks. In the ring, he becomes someone else, someone invincible. But will the pressure of being in the spotlight ultimately be too much?
Watch the trailer:
Vox Media Studios and Public Record produce the series, which is directed by Galen Summer and Naiti Gámez.
Max Heckman, Jeremiah Zagar, Galen Summer, Chad Mumm, Mark W. Olsen and Jeremy Yaches serve as executive producers. Marina Stadler co-executive produces. All six episodes are available to stream on Friday, March 17.
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Source: Apple TV+