Wednesday, April 8, 2020


Almost every boy I know dreams of someday getting the chance to jump in a wrestling ring and do a smackdown on an opponent like WWE superstars Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and John Cena. For one boy that dream becomes a reality in the new original Netflix movie THE MAIN EVENT. The movie focusses on an eleven year old boy who obtains super powers and utilizes them to protect his classmates from school bullies while also attempting to become the youngest person to join the WWE wrestling circuit.

THE MAIN EVENT debuts on Netflix beginning Friday, April 10, 2020 but was invited to view an advance screening of the movie as well as have my eleven year old son and this dad blogger be part of an exclusive group of family bloggers to participate in an online press junket with Seth Carr and Tichina Arnold who star in the film.  During this Q & A session my son asks if there was any inspiration or history behind the wrestling mask that transforms Carr's character into an alter ego known as Kid Chaos and I make some references to the big wrestling match finale in THE MAIN EVENT. Here is a snippet from our conversation:

THE MAIN EVENT revolves around 11-year-old Leo Thompson (Seth Carr) discovering a magical wrestling mask that grants him super strength. Not only does he use his new found powers to tackle some bullies who are harassing him but to enter a WWE competition. With the support of his grandmother (Tichina Arnold), Leo will do whatever it takes to achieve his dream of becoming a WWE Superstar. Can one kid win it all, in the face of epic challengers in the ring?

At only 12 years old Seth Carr already has built himself an impressive acting resume. He stood in for Michael B. Johnson playing a young Killmonger in the hit movie BLACK PANTHER as well as stars in Nickelodeon's hit show KNIGHT SQUAD and Amazon's BOSCH. This followed his first acting gig appearing on DAYS OF OUR LIVES beginning at the age of 5. Other television appearances have included roles on CODE BLACK, BROOKLYN 99 and HOT IN CLEVELAND. He's also been in more than 30 TV commercials!

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Tichina Arnold also has a nice acting resume. She's has had roles in MARTIN, WILD HOGS, HAPPILY DIVORCED, SURVIVORS REMORSE, EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS, and the current CBS primetime sitcom THE NEIGHBORHOOD. Intrigued by my references to her getting in the wrestling ring and doing a "booty move" during THE MAIN EVENT? You'll have to watch the movie when it premieres on Netflix to see what I'm talking about. But you can watch the whole chat session from our THE MAIN EVENT press junket right now:

THE MAIN EVENT was produced in partnership with the WWE to help provide a family friendly aspect to the wrestling brand. It scores a takedown in achieving that goal! The movie, which also features WWE personalities including Kofi Kingston, The Miz and Sheamus, is a movie that kids and parents can enjoy together.

My son was jumping out of his chair rooting on Kid Chaos in the wrestling scenes and I found myself up on my feet cheering too. With a lot of families homebound right now this is a movie that parents can appreciate has kid-appropriate content that is also very entertaining to watch. It has earned a Geek Daddy nod of approval!


THE MAIN EVENT will be showing exclusively on Netflix beginning on April 10, 2020.

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