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  • Scenes for this movie were shot in the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California after WWE Monday Night RAW on March 20, 2017. The scene included a re-creation of a match between Paige (Saraya-Jade Bevis) and A.J. Lee (A.J. Mendez).
  • Scenes were filmed before and after WWE Raw (1993) on February 20, 2017. Scenes were also filmed after WWE Smackdown! (1999) and WWE: 205 Live (2016) on February 21, 2017.
  • Filming took place in Paige's home city of Norwich, England and the nearby coastal town of Great Yarmouth on April 3 and April 4, 2017.
  • On April 9, 2018, Paige was forced to retire from wrestling at the age of twenty-five, after suffering a stinger during a match with Sasha Banks in December 2017, which aggravated a neck injury Paige first sustained in June 2016.
  • Some of the side characters, while not specifically named, are meant to resemble sports entertainers and Paige's WWE coworkers Charlotte Flair and Pete Dunne, among others.
  • Stunt doubles for the wrestling scenes were done by Thea Trinidad (ring name: Zelina Vega), who portrays AJ Lee, and Tessa Blanchard, who portrays Paige, in ring. Vega made her own debut in WWE shortly after the filming of this film. Blanchard performed in WWE's inaugural Mae Young Classic all-women's wrestling tournament in 2017. And then went on to become one of the most respected female wrestlers on the independent scene.
  • Dwayne Johnson and Stephen Merchant also appear in Tooth Fairy (2010).
  • Dwayne Johnson was filming Fast & Furious 6 (2013) in the UK when he discovered the 2012 Channel 4 documentary "The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family" on TV in his hotel room about a crazy English family of wrestlers. The 'underdog' aspect of it instantly appealed to him, prompting him to contact British writer Stephen Merchant about developing the story into a feature-length biopic. Writer-director Merchant, who also plays Hugh in the film, is actually 2" taller than 'The Rock' with whom he'd earlier co-starred in Tooth Fairy (2010).
  • Before being signed to NXT, Paige and her mother (known as Sweet Saraya) made several trips to the United States to work independent shows for promotions like Shimmer in Chicago, where many of the current women of WWE and NXT have been discovered.
  • There is another Knight sibling who is not represented in the film, but is briefly featured in the documentary on which it's based. She is the only member of the Knight family who is not a wrestler. She is a dentist.
  • While Vince Vaugn's character sees the new recruits through all facets of training, there are individual coaches for each individual aspect of the wrestlers' development at the WWE Performance Center. During Paige's training days, the promo class was taught by the late wrestler Dusty Rhodes.
  • Saraya-Jade Bevis said that her Dad was disappointed he was going to be played by Nick Frost because he didn't know who Nick Frost was and he wanted to be played by Ray Winstone, but when he saw Nick Frost performance he said "he's actually pretty good ain't he."
  • The first film to be released by United Artists in close to a decade.
  • The Divas championship replaced the women's title in 2011.
  • Vince Vaughn's character doesn't exist in real life, although he seems to be based around former NXT Wrestling Trainer Bill Demott, along with other trainers that WWE tends to hire.
  • While the film portrays the NXT crowd as somewhat against Paige, there were actually a lot of people who cheered her and recognized her from her family's independent wrestling promotion.
  • The character of Jerry Lynn is somewhat fictional. But it's believed that The Rock/Dwayne Johnson may have 'ribbed' (to mess with a wrestler) real life wrestling legend Jerry Lynn, who playfully responded to The Rock on Twitter; asking "Who is behind this rib?"
  • The opening scene features a montage of The Rock winning the WWE Championship from Triple H; which actually happened in King Of The Ring 2000 in a 6 way tag team match featuring The Rock, The Undertaker & Kane against Triple H, Shane McMahon & Mr McMahon.
  • Zak was originally the first person in the family to have try-outs with WWE.
  • The real-life Zak Knight appears in the film as a gang lieutenant.
  • During Zak and Saraya's tryouts in London, professional wrestler "Bomber" Dave Mastiff (David Minton) is also trying out. He currently performs on NXT UK, WWE's UK developmental division.
  • While Hutch is a fictional character, he is mentioned by Dwayne Johnson as having fallen 30 feet off a steel cage just to make Johnson look good. This may be a reference to wrestler Mick Foley, who was famous for performing such stunts in the ring. In addition, Johnson nicknames Hutch "Sex Tape", which may be a jab on Paige's leaked sex video in 2018.
  • Thea Trinidad who plays Divas champion A.J. Lee was trying to break into the wrestling scene with no success. Desperate she called Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson who she was friends with asking for his advice. The Rock responded by putting her in the movie.
  • Professional wrestler Alex Cupid is one of the tryout participants along with Dave Mastiff. He currently performs in the UK independent scene and has traveled to Japan for 2AW.
  • During the tryout scene, the performer that Zak pokes fun at for looking like a girl is a lookalike of NXT and former NXT UK champion Pete Dunne.
  • While wrestlers such as Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) and Paul Wight (Big Show) portrayed themselves in the film, A.J. Mendez (AJ Lee) was not invited to play herself, as she and her husband, former WWE champion C.M. Punk, were not on good terms with WWE at the time.
  • Vince Vaughn and Dwayne Johnson also appear in Be Cool (2005).

Spoilers

  • During filming of the WWE wrestling scenes between Paige and A.J. Lee, fans kept chanting the name of "C.M. Punk" (A.J.'s real-life husband, who left the WWE on less-than-amicable terms in 2014). In response to the chants, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson called Punk on his phone from the middle of the ring, and left a voicemail, telling Punk that fifteen thousand fans were chanting his name at the Staples Center. Backstage, WWE Producer Paul Levesque was said to be seething at Punk's non-pre-approved mention, reportedly telling audio technicians, "Cut his mike, cut his mike. Doesn't he realize we're in a lawsuit with this guy?" A visibly annoyed Rock was then heard telling a crew member at ringside, "Tell them, they better not cut my mike." Soon afterwards, Levesque and Vince McMahon sent out a referee to tell The Rock to stop making C.M. Punk references, even though this was taking place after Monday Night RAW had gone off the air. Dwayne later said of the incident, "I work off instinct, always listen to the people, and try to give them something special. Huge positive feedback from the fans. Fun night."
  • The film makes it seem as though Paige was brought up from basic training in NXT and made Divas Champion practically overnight. When in fact, Paige has been the NXT Women's Champion for quite some time and made her main roster debut while still holding the NXT Women's title. So to the many die hard wrestling fans in the building that night, she was not at all an unknown performer.
  • In the film Paige dyes her hair blonde and gets a fake tan. She did this in real life for her first WWE tryout, but the scouts were not impressed. They were looking something different. On Paige's 2nd WWE tryout, she embraced the iconic "goth" look which she had been known for and got the job.
  • The Divas Championship that Paige wins at the end of the film is now called The WWE Women's Championship. This was done out of respect for the women's division, which Paige helped in the successful fight for women's equality in the industry.
  • The main purpose of the meeting the Rock has with Paige at the end of the movie was to tell Paige that he was making this movie about her.
  • During Paige's debut match on Raw, the movie depicts the crowd as being silent and not knowing who she was. In the real match Paige was met with loud cheers by the crowd as she was very well known to wrestling fans due to her time in NXT.
  • Near the end, when Dwayne Johnson (playing himself) introduces himself to Ricky Knight (Nick Frost) over the phone, Knight doesn't believe it is The Rock, and cynically states "Yeah, and I am Vin Diesel". Johnson laughingly replies with "I hope not", a likely reference to the public feud between Johnson and Diesel that occurred on the set of The Fate of the Furious (2017).
  • The movie makes out that Paige had moments of stage fright on the microphone. This never happened. Paige was the NXT champion and had been for several months when she made her RAW debut to loud cheering fans chanting her name, knowing exactly who she was. A.J. Lee knew who she was too, and did not say "Who are you?" She said "What are you doing here" to which Paige replied quick and confident on the microphone why she was there. Also during this event A.J. Lee was accompanied by Tamania Snuka, who is nowhere to be seen in the film. Paige also wore a purple two piece outfit, not her traditional black stockings or attire as shown in the film.
  • Paige never gave any heartfelt in-ring speech about winning for her family or outcasts. She exited the ring and headed towards the stage entrance giving no speech at all.
  • In the scene during WrestleMania, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is with Paige and calls her family to tell them she will be wrestling for the title the following night. However, the way the scene plays out, in the ring it seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment match that was offered by AJ Lee. This is either a plot hole or an admission that the match was set-up and predetermined.
  • In the scene where the three women are sitting next to the swimming pool one of those women is C.J Perry who later went on to become Lana
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