The Iron Claw is a movie about the rise and fall of the legendary Von Erich family, who made a huge impact on the sport of professional wrestling in the 1960s. The title of the movie is based on Von Erich’s finishing hold. Now it appears the first impressions of the film don’t look so good.

The film is set to star Zac Efron, who will play Kevin Von Erich in the movie. Besides Zac Efron, the film will feature the likes of pro wrestling legend Ric Flair and AEW World Champion MJF.

According to a report by Dave Meltzer on The Wresting Observer Newsletter, details regarding a test screening of the film as well as spoilers and first impressions were also given.

It was reported that the film will cover Kerry Von Erich training for the 1980 Olympics, the partnership between Kevin, Kerry, and David Von Erich, Kevin meeting his wife, the deaths of his brothers, and eventually Kevin’s sons becoming a part of the wrestling industry.


It was added that the movie will not push the envelope and that there is legitimate criticism regarding some performances – namely against the actor who portrays Ric Flair. It was stated that the actor garnered laughs from the audience during the screen testing – which was not intended.

MJF’s role was also confirmed in the upcoming film. Fans are certainly quite excited about the upcoming project. We will have to wait and see how the film will turn out.

What’s your view on this story? Do you think the film will be a success? Let us know in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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