TV shows on professional wrestling have become more popular in recent years. Last year, Viceland debuted two documentary series, Dark Side Of The Ring, and The Wrestlers, which were popular amongst both wrestling and non-wrestling fans, and the Netflix series GLOW has developed a loyal fan base ahead of its fourth and final season.
Now, former WWE Superstars Christy Hemme, Gail Kim, and Lita have revealed they have launched a Kickstarter to raise $400,000 to fund the production of a pilot for a new TV series, KAYfABE.
In a trailer for the Kickstarter, the three women revealed the series will be “about women, made by women” and will blend in-ring action with scripted drama inspired by true events.
The story of KAYfABE can be read below:
You have either stumbled into our world or you are a hard-wired rabid member of the sub-culture that is professional wrestling. As a fan you are the engine that drives the most unique and engrossing form of entertainment on the planet.
Kayfabe is a professional wrestling term derived from carnival lingo that means... to keep secret. Being that we want to keep it REAL, it is the perfect name for our show!
KAYfABE is a one hour professional wrestling show that is 50 percent story and 50 percent in ring action. It is an edgy, racy, cinematic television series about a female led professional wrestling start up. This show is a dramatization and collection of female stories inspired by real life events.
AND YES, this is still at its core, a wrestling show with world-class, in-ring action!
But, in this unique narrative, we take you behind the curtain, into the locker room and outside of the arena. So what does that even mean? What are you watching? Why are these stories worth a shit!?
Because we present them with no filter! You get drama, passion, humor, love, anger, frustration and real life challenges. Plus, we address the 800-pound elephant in the room, and in the current landscape of the world... abuse of power, manipulation, injury, addiction, inequality and the euphoric high of pursing your life’s passion that clouds every damn decision.
So who are "we"?
We are first and foremost storytellers. A collection of wrestling insiders… outsiders… outcasts… enthusiasts and renegades. Comprised of current and former wrestling talent, writers, producers, directors, cinematographers and production talent from the entertainment and professional wrestling industries. A synergistic DREAM team if you will.
At the heart of this team is Gail Kim, Amy Dumas and Christy Hemme…. the first female talent in professional wrestling to move behind the camera as producers, agents and on the creative writing team.
In the past two years, we have been working through story, budget, and related logistics… outlining the future of this project. This Kickstarter amount is the bare minimum needed to get the job done and produce the pilot. However, also outlined on this this page are our “stretch goals" for better production and more episodes.
We want you involved and have had you in mind since the beginning. This is as much yours as it is ours and we want to give you the opportunity to not only have an investment in the product, but actually help make it happen... because we are stronger together!