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NBC Buys 1980s Wrestling Drama Pilot From Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 24th 2011 11:45AM
Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? It's a wrestling TV drama.

According to a report in Deadline, NBC has bought a pilot based on the professional wrestling boom of the 1980s, to be produced by former WWE star Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

For wrestling fans, the '80s were a golden era that gave rise to some of the sports most legendary stars, like Hulk Hogan, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, Andre the Giant, and Bret "The Hitman" Heart.

The show will be written by Brent Fletcher, who has worked as a writer for NBC on the football drama 'Friday Night Lights,' and Seamus Kevin Fahey, writer of 'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.' Jerry Bruckheimer will be one of the co-executive producers.

The Rock's first-hand experience in wrestling could give the show a unique ability to examine behind-the-curtain culture at the then-WWF. The degree to which matches were choreographed and outcomes determined beforehand have long been matters of intrigue, and the sport's subculture of illicit steroid and drug abuse could be rife with realistic human drama.

Tell us: Would you tune into an '80s wrestling drama?

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Thomas Campbell

Really surprised this isn't on SyFy (pronounced Siffy as in sissy)

August 24 2011 at 5:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dexter Morgan

There are no depths as to how LOW the major networks can bottom feed for LAME programming for their attention span challenged viewers......UGH

Thanks the Heavens above..... for
HBO
Showtime
Starz
Cinemax (Strike Back)
FX
USA
PBS Masterpiece

August 24 2011 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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