In recent months, this Network series had lost its way a bit. It’s true that this is essentially just a repackaging of DVD content, but Beyond The Ring at least started out by looking past the matches and into the personal lives of the performers.
As WWE chewed through their back catalogue however, this section became more about truncated match compilations, often recycling matches already available on the WWE Network elsewhere. Redundancy was creeping in.
Thankfully, I’m happy to say that True Giants changes this pattern. Here we have a documentary made up of mini documentaries. Each highlighting a different giant in professional wrestling. In short, it’s superbly done.
The episode runs for approximately 108 minutes, with each performer getting a segment of 10 minutes or so. This may sound sparse, but the information is crammed in expertly, delivered to us either by the men themselves or a close friend of the individual. With each section, the man’s career and life is discussed. The key thing here is that I came away knowing something new about each wrestler discussed without exception.
For those expecting a modern lovefest; you’ll be surprised. Yes, your contemporary behemoths like Big Show, Mark Henry and Great Khali are profiled, but then so are classic big men like Gorilla Monsoon, Haystacks Calhoun, One Man Gang and of course Andre The Giant. This film covers the spectrum well. Some greats are always going to be missing from historical overviews like this though, and some missing names could be controversial to some.
If I had any criticisms, It’d be that I would have liked a few road stories sprinkled in with the talking heads and fact relaying. At 10 minutes each though, the limitations are obvious. It’s also fair to say that such strict time limits leads to bulletpoints more than deep analysis, but like I said above, not a second is wasted.
all in all, this is a great feature that shows great respect to a style of professional wrestling that is often looked down upon by modern fans today as slow and boring. This documentary reminds us that giants have long been the backbone of this industry that we love. For all those that see themselves as an open-minded fan, I highly recommend this presentation.
Final Rating: 8/10