Sunday, June 14, 2015

On The Air: E:60 (2007)

E:60 is a periodic series of documentaries airing on ESPN. Six years after profiling Vince McMahon, and showing the world what fans already knew, that McMahon, now pushing 70, is nuttier than a case of walnuts, Jeremy Schaap visits the Performance Center in Orlando for a look at NXT.

As we've documented in the past, Michael Cole worked in the home district under the name Sean Coulthard for a local radio station as a newsreader in the late 80's. The earlier episode with McMahon was also part of the E:60 series, as was a profile piece on Scott Hall that followed a few years later. ESPN uses E:60 to cover a wide range of sports topics, not just wrestling.

Behind the Curtain comes across as WWE's----and ESPN's, for that matter----answer to Barry Blaustein's controversial film, "Beyond The Mat", which spotlighted Terry Funk, Mick Foley, and Jake "The Snake" Roberts, back in 1999. The big difference is in the production values. A second generation reporter, Schaap knows to keep the spotlight on the subject matter throughout.

Behind the Curtain merits an A+. E:60's grade is incomplete, pending future reviews.

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