Wrestlers' film takes us global

Wrestlers' film takes us global, by Nui Te Koha - 15th August 2002
(Credit: Herald Sun)

WWE superstars will promote Melbourne to the world in a documentary about their record-breaking tour.

World Wrestling Entertainment kingpins, including The Rock, Triple H, Kurt Angle and Chris Jericho, will praise Melbourne as a sports-mad city and Australia's premier destination.

The hour-long documentary, filmed during the four-day Global Warning juggernaut, will be beamed to 130 countries, WWE executive vice president, Roger Marment, said yesterday.

"The idea was not to showcase the WWE, but to showcase Melbourne as a destination city, and its wonderful people," he said. "We really aim to show the world what Melbourne is about."

WWE diva Torrie Wilson spent a day riding trams and visiting attractions including the zoo, aquarium and Rialto Tower.

Heavyweights The Rock, Triple H, Angle and Jericho are also featured in key areas of the city, talking up their impressions of the town.

Global Warning, a chaotic ballet of beefcake and beauties, played to 56,734 fans on Saturday, setting a crowd record at Colonial Stadium.

Movie hero The Rock may have been the undisputed star, but Triple H, Jericho, Angle, Edge and dynamo Rey Mysterio matched his appeal.

It was a dazzling no-rules night in a game that has no rules about its demographic, either.

Young, old, hip, uncool, famous and the repulsive played their role, hollering, booing, hissing and sneering in the right spots.

Sometimes, it got lost in the translation.

"I'm in this p--hole country with a bunch of convicts telling me I'm a wanker. I don't even know what the hell a wanker is," a puzzled Chris Jericho told a loud wave of dissent.

But they thrive on it.

"I don't know why I didn't get here earlier," The Rock said. "But I appreciate the love and support and passion of the Melbourne fans. Finally, The Rock made the 16-hour trip to Melbourne, and it was worth it."

Stephanie McMahon, daughter of WWE owners Vince and Linda McMahon, said: "The only real plan was to meet the fans and entertain them as best we can. Melbourne fans turned it on like we knew they would. We will definitely be back next year."

Yesterday, in an exclusive to the Herald Sun, WWE superstars signed a special note of thanks to their Melbourne fans.

"The success of this tour has told us there is a fan base here craving our product," said Marment. "It became a national story, we set an attendance record, we gave back to the community through our charity work, we performed and we met the fans.

"Everything we hoped to achieve, we achieved."

The Global Warning: Melbourne documentary has a potential viewing audience of 500 million.


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