World Wrestling Entertainment fans have long enjoyed the twists and turns of fate that await wrestling’s biggest stars in the ring. Now, fans can take a look at all the hard work that goes on outside it with Breaking Ground, a new series documenting some of the WWE’s biggest stars and the demanding training routine they undertake.
The first episode of the 10-episode series airs in its regular timeslot Monday night on the WWE Network immediately after Monday Night Raw. It first premiering on WWE’s Facebook page and YouTube channel Sunday. Just after Breaking Ground‘s debut, celebrities like Sofia Vergara, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, and former Men’s Fitness cover guys Mark Wahlberg and Joe Manganiello—along with 17,000 WWE fans—turned out in force for WWE’s Hell in a Cell at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday night.
Just as Hard Knocks did with the NFL, Breaking Ground offers WWE fans an unprecedented look inside the WWE Performance Center, the legendary forge of wrestling superstars who have battled for supremacy on (and off) the canvas. Narrated by William Shatner—yes, that William Shatner—Breaking Ground will shine a spotlight on the elite athletic talent and demanding training routines of the biggest stars in wrestling.
Shatner’s probably better known for helming the starship Enterprise than for narrating WWE specials, but the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor is also a longtime WWE fan. (He’s also a veteran voice actor, and he’s set to receive the Voice Arts Icon Award from The Society of Voice Arts and Sciences this November.)
“Ever since I tossed the legendary Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler out of the ring, I’ve been enamored with WWE,” Shatner said in a press release. “My love affair continues with the new show, Breaking Ground.”
Fans can sign up for the WWE Network online—much like Netflix or HBO—to watch the series and the rest of the WWE’s content. Produced by 3 Ball Entertainment and WWE, Breaking Ground joins a formidable roster of WWE Network shows like Legends’ House and The Monday Night War.