The documentary features socker slam, a crazy sport that debuted in Iowa

What happens when you combine soccer with the spectacle of professional wrestling? Iowans found out back in 2000 when “Socker Slam” debuted in Des Moines. The long-forgotten entertainment experiment is now the subject of a new documentary. 23 years ago, the now-retired Iowa Lottery director had a crazy idea: “Anything we could do to be a little bit over the top, we decided to throw it in, and we created Socker Slam,” said Terry Rich. Rich shuffled the wild antics of professional wrestling with the growing sport of soccer. All the drama, so it’s a very fast-paced show,” Rich said. Combined with weird characters and fake fights. Rich and his team only did four shows, and Socker Slam never really caught on. But it’s back – sort of. California-based filmmaker Corey Moss debuts a new documentary about the socker slam phenomenon. “It just happened to start in my hometown,” Corey Moss said. “I’m from Des Moines. Hopefully this documentary can spark a little interest in that.” Moss found out about the short-lived Socker Slam, returned to Des Moines and reunited with many of the original cast and players. He decided to take a look back at the crazy TV series idea. “You just look at it and you’re like, ‘I can’t believe that happened,’ they literally wrote a whole story about farting. It just keeps going,” Moss said. Moss pays tribute to Rich. “Just this amazing, unique person who wasn’t afraid to pursue his dream,” Moss said. Rich hoped Socker Slam would become the next WWE franchise. But it never caught on. “It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever seen and I love it,” Moss said. “It was so bizarre, it was so strange. It was so different, it was a bit cheesy, it was low-budget.” Socker Slam may have failed, but it’s revived thanks to the new documentary. And who knows, maybe it was an idea ahead of its time. “I’ve always realized when you have an idea, it can always be revived, but you have to execute your million-dollar idea,” Rich said.

What happens when you combine soccer with the spectacle of professional wrestling? Iowans found out back in 2000 when “Socker Slam” debuted in Des Moines.

The long-forgotten entertainment experiment is now the subject of a new documentary.

23 years ago, the now-retired director of the Iowa Lottery had a crazy idea.

“Anything we could do to be a little over the top, we decided to throw it in and we created Socker Slam,” said Terry Rich.

Rich blended the wild antics of professional wrestling with the growing sport of football.

“This show we did 53 to 51, high scores, all the action, all the drama, so it’s a very fast show,” Rich said.

Combined with weird characters and fake fights.

Rich and his team only did four shows and Socker Slam never really caught on. But it’s back – sort of.

California-based filmmaker Corey Moss presents a new documentary about the socker slam phenomenon.

“It just happened to start in my hometown,” Corey Moss said. “I’m from Des Moines. Hopefully this documentary can spark some interest in that.”

Learning of the short-lived Socker Slam, Moss returned to Des Moines and reunited with many of the original cast and players. He decided to take a look back at the crazy TV series idea.

“You just look at it and you’re like, ‘I can’t believe this happened.’ They literally wrote a whole story about farting. It goes on and on,” Moss said.

Moss pays tribute to Rich.

“Just this fascinating, unique person who wasn’t afraid to pursue his dream,” Moss said.

Rich hoped Socker Slam would become the next WWE franchise. But it never caught on.

“It’s the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen and I love it,” Moss said. “It was so bizarre, it was so strange. It was so different, it was a bit cheesy, it was low budget.”

Socker Slam may have failed, but it’s revived thanks to the new documentary. And who knows, maybe it was an idea ahead of its time.

“The one thing I’ve always realized is, if you have an idea, it can always be revived, but you have to execute your million-dollar idea,” Rich said.

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