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If there is one thing you can count on in the film industry, it’s you can find a movie for almost any occasion. In the MMA world, the growing success has lead to several films for it’s own genre. Unlike traditional martial arts films which glorified highly scripted fight sequences, MMA films look and feel more real. Mix in real fighters and you have a recipe for success. Cagefighter: Worlds Collide is a wonderful example of that recipe. The movie stars several former MMA fighters and professional wrestlers as a Mayweather-McGregor-esque crossover.
“Reiss Gibbons is on the cusp of cementing himself as the greatest to ever step inside the Legends cage,” The movie describes.
“With five title defenses under his belt and the support of coach and mentor Marcus, Reiss has it all. But when savvy promoter Max Black pits him against pro wrestling superstar Randy Stone in the company’s first ever cross-promotional event, Reiss finds himself in the toughest fight of his life,” it continues.
While the majority of the cast features fighters and wrestlers, probably the most notable actor in the movie in Gina Gershon as the aforementioned promoter, Max Black. This movie was certainly enjoyable to watch even as someone with little knowledge of professional wrestling. The antagonist, Stone, was beautifully portrayed by former AEW *and* WWE Champion Jon Moxley.
The film lends several insights to the life of a fighter, taking us places not traditionally seen on screen. It shows us us the fall from grace that felt heavily inspired by Ronda Rousey’s MMA career. The trials of a bad weight cut which were too similar to Julija Stoliarenko’s cancelled bout. The movie even takes some not-so-subtle shots at Jon Jones in a scene where an agent is talking to a troubled fighter.
Cagefighter: Worlds Collide also features Jay Reso, better known as his stage name Christian who was a champion in both WWE and TNA (now Impact wrestling).
This movie certainly does not lack in entertainment as it follows almost every trial a professional fighter, athlete could run into in a career. So for those who may have missed the movie for it’s release, Crackle Plus has announced they will be airing the movie for free. Crackle Plus, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (Nasdaq: CSSE) company and one of the largest operators of streaming advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) networks, announced today that action film Cagefighter will be exclusively available for free on Crackle beginning Thursday, April 1.
Written and directed by Jesse Quinones (Secret Lives of Cage Fighters, Calloused Hands) The film was produced by Trilight Entertainment’s Shayne Putzlocher and Jessica Gaube, Anamorphic Media’s Sara Shaak, Jesse Quinones and Lorianne Hall and executively produced by Joe Ferraro, Dave Duckett, Bob Harris, Al Morrison, Craig Lothian, Gary Drummond, Glenn Paradis, Jean Pierre Magro, Pedja Miletic, Arron Briffa and Jay Reso.