Haus of Pain

RT Docs: Haus of Pain

Rooster Teeth’s James Willems plays video games for a living, but he still harbors an unfulfilled childhood dream: to become a pro wrestler. That all changes when James teams up with friend and co-worker Lawrence Sonntag to enroll in a Los Angeles wrestling school, create wrestling personas (“James Angel” and “The Troll”), and train for a tag team match against a pair of vicious pro wrestlers known as “HATE.” How far will James and Lawrence push themselves to achieve James’s dream? Do they have what it takes to wrestle a pro team and not get killed?

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  • LordTychon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    38 minutes ago

    Great job guys. Really inspiring. This was a real treat.

  • chiokli FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 day ago

    If this documentary has shown me anything, it's that Fullscreen money gets you a lot more house in Texas than it does in California.

  • Antimattergizmo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 days ago

    Never been able to really get into wrestling, even knowing it as a performance art and being a theatre kid myself. It's not for everyone. That said, this RTDoc was extremely fun and let me be that much more appreciative of this artform. It probably won't matter, but I think Lawrence did extremely well coming in from no former knowledge while James at least had a foundation. Best loss I've ever seen.

  • beck5557 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 days ago

    Just another reason I love James and Lawrence. Loved it

  • tdb1726 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    5 days ago

    And personal growth is awesome. 

  • tdb1726 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    5 days ago

    This was all cool, and it was great to see how much James enjoyed it. But "Johnny Mundo" isn't exactly a Hall of Famer. 

  • KevinSandwich FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I really related to you in this documentary Lawrence. For real, thanks to all involved for sharing this with us!

  • MilesTheGreat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Zinc Saucier

    1 week ago

    the music didn't fit what was happening at all

  • Konrow FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Lawrence, you are a beautiful person, this doc just made it more obvious. James, you already love yourself too much, no compliments for you lol. Seriously though, not a wrestling fan and this was still my favorite RT Doc to date. Funhaus is life <3

  • SaltySkittle03 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Absolutely brilliant. Loved every minute!!!!!

  • TronCarter FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I got a RoosterTeeth First membership only for this show and I'm not a big wrestling fan, but it was completely worth it. This was great. I plan on keeping my membership as long as Funhaus continues to get exclusive content on here.

  • mrfishbulb FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Ageless One

    2 weeks ago

    From the creation of the gimmicks, to the planning and execution of the moves, I loved all the insight into what it takes to put on a proper wrestling show. If anybody thinks that wrestling is fake or dumb, just direct them to the Haus of Pain, see if they'll learn a thing or two.


    As an old-school wrestling fan and as a Funhaus fan, that was pretty damn fantastic.

  • 987654321987654321987654321 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    This is the greatest thing I've ever watched. Thank you guys I'm super jelly you got to meet John Morrison

  • RainbowKandy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I absolutely love this RT Doc. I can't even remember how many times I've watched it so far. I've watched it passing time while doing cardio, I've watched it to get pumped up before I go lift some weights. I've probably watched it so many times that my husband is sick of hearing it


    I love James' excitement throughout the entire doc and I love how Lawrence genuinely wants to help James' achieve his childhood dream and get through his own fitness goals. Seeing the two of them push forward really helps me focus on my own goals and know that I can eventually achieve them.


    Having absolutely no interest in wrestling until this doc, James explaining his perspective on the sport was enlightening and such a fresh new look on something I originally thought was silly and stupid. Thank you so much for such an amazing production.

  • lookus264 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I don't know if it's different lighting or something but I never realised James' eyes were THAT blue! I can almost feel my sexuality changing the longer I look into them.

  • MLPTheChad FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Awesome RT Doc. As a Funhaus fan and also a wrestling fan, this was great. Thanks for the entertainment.

  • CountMe1n FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold G

    2 weeks ago

    I lettered the last three years of HS in Georgia; started at 152, ended up at 171... I can definitively say that there is no worse smell then the sac of high school dudes

  • Mr_da_Bum FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Lawrence i feel you almost every damn day. Rewinding moments in time that i know it's that bad but it just hurts so much. You have people who love ya big guy and know the pain but also know the fun as well, thanks for all the laugh's

    • Mr_da_Bum FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      Ok if you ever do read this plz know that i think you're a really cool guy and that you're awesome and that im not laughing at you but with you.... Or that im enjoying the work you put out and that im going to get shit on in the comments and not you. Ok update not that im looking to get shit on it's just that i know that most who see this well think im crazy or that im looking for attention im not. Im just stupid. 


  • Martchelab FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    What an awesome doc. I don't even watch Funhaus videos that much, but man, you guys look like amazing people. The way James is pursuing so hard his childhood dream, and Lawrence is there to back him up even though he doesn't have the same level o passion of James, but wants to support him is beautiful. I also got really interested in wrestling now, seeing as the story and theatrics are a bigger deal than just making the fight "fake". Great, great, great job.

  • MasterRut FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I am a 21 year old heterosexual male and I really want to give Lawrence a hug. That broke my heart. Dude is SO funny and helps SO many people. It sucks that he could feel that way :(

  • ESPexplorer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ESPexplorer1992

    2 weeks ago

    Cool! So glad you guys got to do this 

  • Tomsaw FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Musician

    2 weeks ago

    My fave RTDoc yet <3

  • jgman179 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    This is by far my favorite RT Doc. It really opened my eyes to this whole culture and that end match was badass. Well done guys!

  • Buckles_McGee FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I never realized how cute James's face was until now!! Those blue eyes though!!   james

  • iClear

    3 weeks ago

    I almost cried at how awesome this documentary was. Follow your dreams people!

  • John77752 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    A documentary about James and Lawrence running an international. Well good!

  • gilleban FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    Awesome!  I used to know Mondo Vega and Ray Rosas when they were with Battleground Pro Wrestling (I met them because I used to work a "day job" with now-retired "Foob Dog")

  • kiraraneko FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ms. obsessed

    3 weeks ago

    This was so fun from start to finish, I loved seeing James with so much enthusiasm every step of the way, (regardless of how flattering the editing may be) he looked like he was totally in his element! Poor Lawrence though, from feeling terrible about injuring James to finally getting in the ring he just never gave himself a break! I think he did wonderfully and I loved his troll character ("I read Youtube comments every day!" lmfao). Lawrence, please leave the beating yourself up to HATE and take pride in your accomplishments! <3

  • TheWallA07 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    Wow another great RT Doc, it's really impressive what Lawrence and James were able to accomplish in just a week of practice! Well done guys, very entertaining duo!

  • Bobthemime FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    Peake spoke? lies.

  • eLJanglez FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    This was a fun doc. I don't know if I'm in the minority with this one, I would like to see the match as a whole without so much of the crowd reactions.

  • FixupSharpy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    Thank you, just thank you :)

  • CarleighBourne FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    This was amazing to watch. Lawrence, you break my heart. You are so self-deprecating and self-critical. You are a wonderful human being who entertains a whole slew of people. I had the pleasure of meeting you at RTX Sydney 2017 and you were so kind and comforting, because I was freaking the fuck out, and just chatted to me. Thank you. Thank you all of Funhaus. You all do amazing stuff. It brings light to a lot of people.

  • ZuzuRose FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    This documentary was so entertaining, I loved it! Lawrence and James had a freaking awesome performance!

  • MonkeyBrad91 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    As everyone's already said, this RT Doc was amazing. The passion James has for the sport, the dedication Lawrence has to himself and to helping James fulfill this dream, amazing. The list of trainers was impressive (Johnny Mundo!), the production and editing value, the costumes/characters. All made for an amazing hour, especially given you only had a week to train!


    I'd love to see the full uncut fight, I assume it was all recorded -- Will we firsties ever get to see that?

  • Colorfulskulls FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    seeing non-fun haus james is kind of nice, it gives me a totally different perspective on him

  • AlycDK FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    My second time watching, still gave me goose bumps. Hopefully there will be a rematch. 

  • SeanWinnett FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    Such an amazing RT Doc - James Angel for Intercontinental Champion! Book it.

  • MrJefferson FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    i wanna smack Lawrence in the face and tell him, he is a good guy, a great friend and to  get out of his own head...then give him a big bear hug.

  • Silentmax FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    I'd fully support James leaving Funhaus to pursue a wrestling career.  Loved this!

  • Justin-Thadick FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold flash

    3 weeks ago

    i really hope this is just beginning of james angel and lawence "the troll" sakamoto

  • Silentmax FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    Lawrence didn't say sorry enough.

  • RickyAS FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    I don't understand how it's decided who wins and who loses; how James new to tap out.

    • jadenedaj FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 weeks ago

      I can't tell if this is a joke- So, they scripted and rehearsed it. Although it was a bit weird they didn't show that, I guess they didn't want to spoil the ending.

  • MissKittyReaper

    3 weeks ago

    the 30 day trial is not working

  • DrunkTechSupport FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    lawrence is seriously my favourite Funhaus member 

  • chris2c2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    You guys did so well!! I LOVED the Troll, Lawrence. It was such a perfect character. The swagger, the attitude, even the voice was amazing. You absolutely contributed man. Don't be so hard on yourself! 

  • ddgt FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    honestly one of the main reason i became  first member was because of this ! Now i want to see a elyse doc about becoming a puppet master ! Or be in Sesame  street !!!

  • Mainard FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    Lawrence,


    You are amazing man. You are truly a great friend. Every person deserves a friend like Lawrence in their life. People have dreams and sometimes feel overwhelmed about attempting to even start them. James had you, you helped to push him towards his dream and ensured he would go through with it. Every time you put in effort he matched it, you pushed him to ensure he could have this, this moment in both of your lives. When you guys are old and grey James can look back and tell the story how his friend Lawrence helped make a dream come true. Good on you man, you're awesome!


    -Grant

  • sonhAthEgooD FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    This RT doc made me respect and appreciate Lawrence so much more. 

  • Durrakas FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    This doc is really making me want to get into shape. You guys' dedication is infectious.


    And Lawrence, you brought way more to the table than you give yourself credit for. I absolutely loved your character and how you played the perfect complement to James. Plus you went from knowing no wrestling moves to putting on a very convincing (and entertaining) show. Great job both of you, and I hope to God there's a rematch in your future!