Exposed! Pro Wrestling's Greatest Secrets
|Exposed! Pro Wrestling's Greatest Secrets|
Cover of the VHS version of the special.
|Written by||Dave Boone
|Directed by||Don Weiner|
|Starring||Nick Bakay (narrator)|
|Country of origin||United States|
Troy A. Norton
Bruce Nash (executive)
|Running time||52 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Nash Entertainment|
|Original release||November 1, 1998|
Exposed! Pro Wrestling's Greatest Secrets is a 1998 television special about professional wrestling. It was first aired on NBC television on November 1, 1998, and released on VHS on September 22, 1999. Nick Bakay narrates. The special was produced by Nash Entertainment, the same company that produced Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed.
The stars of Exposed! Pro Wrestling's Greatest Secrets are eight real-life professional wrestlers who wear masks and work under pseudonyms to conceal their true identities. The reason given is that, by explaining wrestling's secrets (known as "breaking kayfabe" within the industry), their livelihood was at risk. The wrestlers are featured in a series of vignettes that explain how professional wrestling matches are staged, such as how participants in a match including the referee assist each other and the how bookers plan storylines.
Exposed! Pro Wrestling's Greatest Secrets was filmed mostly at an empty Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, although an audience was present for some scenes.
The World Wrestling Federation issued a statement about the special shortly before it aired, stating that "NBC has hired a bunch of bitter, masked wannabe 'pro wrestlers' that couldn't make the cut." and that the real secret to professional wrestling was that "All of the WWF Superstars sacrifice their body and soul to entertain the fans."
A review published by the Canadian Online Explorer was heavily critical of the special and wrote that it revealed nothing that fans didn't already know and that wrestling crowds willingly suspend disbelief. They also wrote that the producers "insulted the viewers they sought to educate."
- Powell, John (November 2, 1998). "Wrestling expose insults fans". Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
- Jacobs, AJ (October 30, 1998). "The Truth Hurts". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 12, 2012.