Trivia for Fighting with My Family
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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).
- 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."
- Scenes were filmed before and after WWE Raw (1993) on February 20, 2017. Scenes were also filmed after WWE SmackDown Live (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.
- During production, numerous private sex videos of Paige (Saraya-Jade Bevis) were hacked and widely circulated on the internet. This was not written into the movie.
- 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.
- Despite rumours, this movie will NOT feature a behind the scenes feature on Paige's sex tape, it will also not feature any shots from the tape or recreate the tape in any way
- Dwayne Johnson and Vince Vaughn were also together in Be Cool.
- Dwayne Johnson and Steve Merchant were also 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) actually made several trips to the United States to work independent shows for promotions like Shimmer in a 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.
- The Rock gives Vince Vaugn's character the nickname "Sex Tape" in the film. Unfortunately in real life, several homemade sexual videos were leaked on to the internet after Paige's former boyfriend's phone was hacked.
- 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 Diva's championship replaced the women's title in 2011. While the film try's to pass off that the Diva's title was the main women's title when Paige grew up, which is not the case.
- Vince Vaugn's character doesn't exist in real life, although he seems to be based around former NXT Wrestling Trainer Bill Demont. Along with other trainers that WWE tends to hire.
- While the film portrays the NXT crowd as somewhat against Paige, there was actually a lot of people that 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 actually playfully responded to The Rock on twitter asking "Who is behind this rib?"
- Fighting with My Family is a 2019 comedy drama from director Stephen Merchant and is based on the career of WWE wrestler Paige and stars Nick Frost, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn and Dwayne Johnson. The film depicts teenage girl Saraya-Jade Bevis as she leaves her dysfunctional family in England and goes to the United States and fulfills her dream and becomes the WWE superstar known as Paige.
- 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.
- The paper-cut championships titles that Paige and her brother made as teens are not the actual representation of the championship titles at that time. The titles shown in the movie debuted in 2011(Divas Championship) and 2013(WWE Championship).
- Is based on WWE superstar Paige and her family.
- 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 actually 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 actually did this in real life for her first WWE tryout. And the scouts were not impressed. Saying 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.
- Paige's Raw debut and match against AJ Lee was also the last night Ultimate Warrior was on Raw. He passed away the next day from a heart attack.
- 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, the real Paige was met with loud cheers by the crowd as she was very well known to wrestling fans from 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).