10 Wrestling Storylines Totally Ripped Off From Movies

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It only makes sense that professional wrestling would occasionally (sometimes more than occasionally) borrow from other forms of entertainment and pop culture. After all, the very people who follow the wrestling industry are also commonly huge movie buffs or TV show enthusiasts, so having a little crossover in there can't really be considered a bad thing. Going even further, there are stories and plots from the world of film and television that are simply too good to ignore, ones which would work perfectly within the realms of wrestling or 'sports entertainment'. Pro wrestling is often acclaimed by those who favour it as the greatest form of live entertainment around, mixing everything from live theatre and pyrotechnics, to rock music and combat sports. As this list explores, perhaps due to wrestling being one of the most creatively demanding of industries, there are times when those and such as those in charge deem it necessary to borrow from other forms of entertainment. Perhaps it is the wrestlers themselves who pitched the stories featured here, or maybe it was the creative team who were influenced by a movie or TV show they watched. Hell, maybe some of these are just coincidence, but the similarities are definitely there, creating drama which directly ties in with the silver screen and its smaller counterpart in TV land.

Lifelong wrestling, video game, music and sports obsessive who has been writing about his passions since childhood.