Wrestling Isn't Wrestling is a 2015 short film written and directed by Max Landis. Released for free on YouTube, the film retells the story of WWE professional wrestler Triple H. Like Landis's 2012 short The Death and Return of Superman, it consists of an unscripted monologue by Landis on the subject matter, accompanied by sequences with actors performing the parts in the story.

Wrestling Isn't Wrestling
Wrestling Isn't Wrestling.jpg
Promotional poster parodying The Social Network
Directed byMax Landis
Produced by
  • Shyam Sengupta
  • Dave Holton
  • Matt Cohen
Written byMax Landis
StarringMax Landis
Chloe Dykstra
Ana Walczak
Lola Blanc
Andi Layne
Music byEvan Goldman
CinematographyStephen Sorace
Edited byAndy Holton
Adjacent LA
Release date
March 16, 2015
Running time
24 minutes
CountryUnited States



In response to the common saying that "wrestling isn't real", Max Landis says that its death-defying stunts make it "more real than any other show". He suggests that people who criticize wrestling on grounds of realism have probably never watched it, citing its outlandish and overtly fantastical storylines and clarifying that it is actually "a TV show about a wrestling show". In an effort to demonstrate wrestling's capacity to tell "interesting, diverse, and compelling stories", Landis recounts the story of his favorite wrestler, Triple H, and his journey from insecure aristocrat to degenerate rebel to World Champion and eventual corporate sellout.





Funded entirely by Landis, the film was shot at thirty locations throughout Los Angeles over the course of three weeks. It features a cast of close to a hundred extras, with most people involved working for free.[2] Ron Howard was intended to make a cameo appearance, as he did in The Death and Return of Superman, but was unavailable for filming.[1]


Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Michael Calia said that Landis's characterization of wrestling as "packed with the stuff of fiction, both good and terrible" was "not exactly a new insight", but said that Landis "defends wrestling in a fun, inventive way".[3]

The video was praised by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, both of whom it depicts as characters.[4] The short earned Landis a position as a creative consultant on WWE Raw.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap Lussier, Germain (2015-03-17). "VOTD: Wrestling Isn't Wrestling". /Film. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
  2. ^ Landis, Max (2015). "Wrestling Isn't Wrestling". Max Landis Writes. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  3. ^ Calia, Michael (March 17, 2015). "Max Landis Defends the Power of WWE Storytelling in 'Wrestling Isn't Wrestling'". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 30, 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ Killam, Mike (March 22, 2015). "Triple H & Stephanie Respond to "Wrestling Isn't Wrestling" Video, New WWE Creative Member on Ring of Honor TV This Weekend". wrestlezone.com. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  5. ^ Sapp, Sean Ross (February 21, 2016). "'Wrestling Isn't Wrestling' Creator Says He's Been A Consultant For WWE For The Past Year". Wrestling Inc.

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