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One side of WWE that doesn’t seem to get nearly enough love or recognition these days is the company’s extensive catalog of original documentaries and docuseries, which break down everything from wrestling’s most iconic characters to its biggest events. While not every single one of WWE’s films are currently available, there are hundreds of hours of great wrestling documentaries on Peacock.
So, if you are one of millions of Peacock users who watched wrestling for the first time in years or for the very first time with the launch of WWE Network on Peacock and want to know more about the men and women who laid the groundwork for today’s stars, or want to take a look back on professional wrestling’s groundbreaking moments, you are in the right place. Below are 10 of the best wrestling documentaries on Peacock.
The Monday Night War: WWE Vs. WCW (2014)
The Monday Night War: WWE vs. WCW is a 20-part docuseries which was originally released on the WWE Network starting in April 2014. Starting with the 1995 debut of WCW Monday Nitro (WCW’s answer to the then-WWF’s Monday Night Raw) and going all the way up Vince McMahon’s purchase of his former rival in 2001, this engaging and in-depth documentary series recounts some of the era’s biggest moments — including everything concerning 2020/2021 WWE Hall of Fame inductees N.W.O. — and illustrates just how popular and exciting professional wrestling was in ‘90s.
Undertaker: The Last Ride (2020)
After 30 years in WWE (and even more outside of the company), the Undertaker hung up his proverbial boots and retired in 2020, and to honor “the Deadman’s” legacy, WWE released a six-chapter documentary series called Undertaker: The Last Ride. Similar to The Last Dance, ESPN’s celebrated documentary about the 1990s Chicago Bulls, this in-depth and oftentimes emotional exploration of Mark Calaway the performer and the man sheds light on one of professional wrestling’s most private figures.
Chances are, anyone who is interested in watching Undertaker: The Last Ride has followed the Undertaker’s career for years, but even if you haven’t, the 2020 documentary is so engaging even non-seasoned fans will have a better appreciation of its subject.
Ruthless Aggression (2020)
In the months following the collapse of WCW (as well as other rival companies like ECW) and the transition away from the controversial Attitude Era, WWE found itself at a crossroads and in need of a new direction. This period of time in the early years of the 21st Century is told in great detail in the WWE documentary Ruthless Aggression, which spends five episodes detailing the rise of wrestlers like John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton, and Batista along with the 2002 brand extension and how it helped WWE find new competition: itself.
My Way: The Life And Legacy Of Pat Patterson (2021)
Although he was featured heavily as one of Vince McMahon’s stooges throughout the Attitude Era, Pat Patterson was one of the most successful and groundbreaking wrestlers of all time. The 2021 documentary My Way: The Life and Legacy of Pat Patterson, released not long after the WWE Hall of Famer passed away in December 2020, walks viewers through the life and career of the company’s first Intercontinental Champion and creator of the Royal Rumble match.
There are few wrestling documentaries that provide as much information and history in a short period of time than My Way: The Life and Legacy of Pat Patterson, and the documentary is especially a must-watch for those who want to see how it all started for one of the sport’s biggest luminaries.
WWE Icons: Yokozuna (2020)
For a stretch there in the early 1990s, there were few wrestlers more feared than Yokozuna, a nearly 600-pound giant from the “Land of the Rising Sun,” who had two WWF Championship reigns and a Royal Rumble victory in 1993. The man behind the character, Agatupa Rodney Anoa’i (of the Anoa’i wresting dynasty), is the subject of a 2020 episode in the docuseries WWE Icons which focuses on the life and career of the iconic wrestler from his early days, and his legacy following his 2000 death.
WWE Chronicle: Bianca Belair (2021)
Bianca Belair made history at WrestleMania 37 when she and Sasha Banks became the first two black women to headline the “Showcase of the Immortals,” taking home the SmackDown Women’s Championship in the process. Released in the lead-up to the 2021 Royal Rumble where Belair secured her WrestleMania title opportunity, WWE Chronicle: Bianca Belair introduces wrestling fans to one of the most promising stars in professional wrestling and spends a great deal of time following the future women’s champion on her journey to superstardom.
WWE Chronicle: Shinsuke Nakamura (2018)
The premiere episode of WWE Chronicle focuses on Japanese wrestling sensation Shinsuke Nakamura as he prepared for his first WrestleMania match, which happened to be for the WWE Championship against former champion AJ Styles. The two had a lot of history together going into the match, including a memorable feud when both were in New Japan Pro Wrestling a few years earlier. This history, along with the legacy of the “King of Strong Style” as he transitioned to a career in WWE and life in the United States and helps introduce new fans to one of the greatest living professional wrestlers.
The Day Of: SummerSlam 2015 (2020)
The WWE Network documentary series The Day Of spends anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at how the biggest wrestling shows come together. One episode of the docuseries that stands out is the one covering SummerSlam 2015 which featured former Daily Show host Jon Stewart becoming involved in the winner take all match between John Cena and Seth Rollins. This setup is perfect for those who like to peek “behind the curtain” when it comes to wrestling.
WWE 24: Kofi Kingston: The Year Of Return (2019)
In the West African nation of Ghana, 2019 was called “The Year of Return,” in which the government encouraged the African diaspora to return to their roots. That very same year, American-Ghanian wrestler Kofi Kingston won his first WWE Championship after 11 years with the company. The WWE 24: Kofi Kingston: The Year of Return focuses on both monumental events as the New Day member returns to his ancestral homeland and captures WWE’s biggest title at WrestleMania 35.
With a great combination of cultural moments from his trip and emotional triumphs in the ring, this documentary does a tremendous job of showing what inspires Kofi Kingston both in and out of the ring.
WWE 24: WrestleMania XXX (2014)
For all intents and purposes, WrestleMania XXX was about the monumental rise of Daniel Bryan and the epic journey which ended with him becoming the WWE Champion and World Heavyweight Champion in a triple-threat match with Randy Orton and Batista. The first episode of WWE 24, titled WrestleMania XXX does an amazing job of showing everything that went down behind the scenes of one of the best WrestleMania main events in recent memory. After watching this it’s hard not to root for Daniel Bryan.
These are just a handful of the great wrestling documentaries on Peacock that are currently available to watch. As the streaming service continues to add more and more WWE content in the coming months, expect to see a few more additions on this list. But, if you want to see what else is coming to Peacock, check out CinemaBlend’s 2021 TV premiere dates for all the latest.