A summary: it was initially intended to track the progress of the whole clan, but ended up following 18-year-old Saraya-Jade as she transforms into WWE Diva Paige. She leaves behind her parents Ricky and Julia, but also her older brother Zak, who was at the same WWE tryouts but was told to shape up before they’d consider signing him.
I was disappointed on Sweet Saraya’s behalf that the programme didn’t bother mentioning her own stellar wrestling career too much, focusing instead on her daughter’s, but with an hour to fit in so much narrative, I suppose it was an understandable choice. (Kudos to her for managing to sneak a SHIMMER t-shirt in to shot, though.)
A few observations, though:
- Those who feared it would ‘damage’ the UK wrestling scene were mistaken. The Knight women came across as great ambassadors, although their menfolk let them down on occasion.
- Admittedly the documentary makers were trying to juxtapose tragedy and comedy (Britani leaving for the US balanced against the dog rolling in a dead rabbit), but I’m not ashamed to say I did weep a little bit as Sweet Saraya and Ricky waved goodbye to their little girl.
- I had to laugh at Zak Zodiac, ever so slightly bitter and jealous, complaining that getting signed by WWE is easier for girls. And then we followed his teenage sister relocating alone to the other side of the world and crying with homesickness and desperation to fulfil her dad’s dream for her. And then, inevitably, lots of UK-based wrestling fans who’ve never even heard of WWE’s Paige let alone Britani Knight took to the internet to proclaim whether or not they would “do her”. Compared with that, Zak, I’d say losing the fat, building some muscle, and motivating yourself not to be “a lazy twat” (in your dad’s words) would be relatively simple.
- It’s a shame this show was a one-off. The Knights would seem ideal material for some kind of docusoap – they’re honest, they’re eccentric, they’re outspoken but what keeps them compelling is their love for each other. (Some mentioned the Osbournes as a comparison, but it is to be hoped they wouldn’t go quite that far.)
Did you see the show? What did you think?