World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is teaming up with the A&E network to produce five special episodes of Biography, focusing on a handful of the all-time greatest legends of the wrestling business. Each two-hour documentary will present a mix of archival interviews along with never-before-seen footage to give fans a better look at these vibrant entertainers than ever before. "We are thrilled for the tremendous opportunity to partner with WWE Studios to produce these special films that honor some of the most impactful personalities who have left a lasting imprint on pop culture," A&E Network executive vice president and head of programming Elaine Frontain Bryant says about the upcoming docs.
The five legends confirmed to be featured in the documentaries are "Macho Man" Randy Savage, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Booker T, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels. Three of the directors have been confirmed to helm the Biography specials as well. The Randy Savage story will be directed by Billy Corben while Joe Lavine will direct the Roddy Piper episode. Meanwhile, Georgy Roy will be overseeing the documentary special highlighting Booker T. These three docs are currently in pre-production, set to air in the spring of 2020. It will take another year for fans to see the Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels episodes, which won't be airing until 2021.
Sadly, two of the five subjects to be featured are no longer with us. Randy Savage passed away in 2011 at the age of 58, following a heart attack suffered while driving. Roddy Piper then left us in 2015 when he died in his sleep at just 61 years old. Something both performers had in common was their immense charisma which transcended the wrestling business. Savage achieved greater fame as the spokesman for Slim Jim, often appearing in other TV programs and movies as well. Piper also pursued creative endeavors outside of WWE, which includes a starring role in the classic John Carpenter movie They Live. Both are badly missed by wrestling fans, making these upcoming Biography episodes must-see.
Booker T is the other wrestler getting a Biography special next year, and fans might be surprised to learn more about his roots. What is known is the wrestler has won many prestigious championships in both World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and WWE, having competed professionally for decades. In the years before he became a wrestler, however, things were not easy for the wrestling superstar. He had lost both of his parents by the age of 13, and had done time for the armed robberies of multiple Wendy's restaurants by his early 20s. When Booker and his brother joined a wrestling school soon after, both of their lives were changed forever, and it's about time this intriguing story will be given a national spotlight.
These five wrestling legends won't be the first to have their life stories featured on Biography. In the past, Andre the Giant and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson have been covered as well. Because these WWE legends have lived such extraordinary lives, each one of them will make for compelling documentaries. The only downside here is the wait it's going to take until they make it to the small screen. This information comes to us from Variety.