A short documentary film that was shot from 1999-2002 capturing the passion and camaraderie of a handful of rogue friends/wrestling fans just before they sought out proper professional training to turn a hobby into way of life. Shortly after this film was finished and released a handful of us started training hard, paying dues, and ended up in promotions such as WWE/TNA/NWA/PWG/ROH/CZW and so on.
Backyard wrestling (BYW), also referred to as yarding or backyarding, is a controversial, underground hobby and sport involving predominantly 12-30 year old males in usually untrained practices of professional-style wrestling, typically in a low budget environment. Although not legitimized, backyard wrestling federations are often created and consumptive of time and finance to maintain like any organization. Most people that take part in the practice are those merely emulating their inspirations from modern day wrestling, though a small percentage have experience from enrolling in wrestling school or from referring to how-to guides on the web.
For years, backyard wrestling has been a subject of opposition to pro wrestling personnel. Its peak years of high popularity were from 1996-2001, during the boom period of professional wrestling notorious as The Attitude Era, a time where high risk stunts were a prevalent influence on the wrestling fan base, most notably those performed by wrestling legend Mick Foley. Back in the late 1980s to early 1990s, backyard wrestling was often a good-natured topic which appealed to media for coverage until it periodically turned reckless and ultra-violent, worrying parents and wrestling companies. In response, WWE began airing advertisements, stressing the dangers and deterring their fans from duplicating the actions seen in their ring.
Backyard wrestling is a loose term that can occur anywhere from a park, field, warehouse or an actual backyard, and it has become completely reliant on sharing camcorder-filmed events, matches, and videos via public-access television and the internet, sharing methods which came after distributing videos person-to-person retrospectively. Over the years, it has also broken into the media with several Best of Backyard Wrestling Volumes produced, two video games entitled Backyard Wrestling: Don’t Try This at Home and Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood, and a critically acclaimed 2002 documentary entitled The Backyard, showcasing backyard wrestling under a more mainstream light as it follows several wrestlers and federations from all over the world, detailing the different styles and portrayals of backyard wrestling. In an interview, the director Paul Hough compared The Backyard to Beyond the Mat, but with yarders.