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

    5 days ago

    This was such a fun Doc to watch! Great to see the friendship of James and Lawrence transfer into the ring!   jameslawrence

  • apistul01 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    Watching this was so much fun because I am a guy who's been in the business as a ring announcer/referee for three years now. I know that excitement they felt and I'm sure it felt awesome to take those bumps in front of the crowd!

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

    2 weeks ago

    as someone who worked in SAWF (South austrlian wrestling federation) for a short time i have to say, both lawrence and james have so much potential given what they could perfect in such a small time.

  • sev07gw FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I was really excited during the entire wrestling match part! James and Lawrence did a great job!

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

    2 weeks ago

    I'm a little jealous that roosterteeth has become the place for living any little stupid childhood dream you had-- and get paid for it.

    • AutumnOnFire FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold How may I be of service?

      2 weeks ago

      That's true, but that's also slightly the point. The documentary is made to look good for us so that we are happy and inspired and entertained. We don't get to see all the bruises, hard work, and mental effort it took for them to do these things. Sure we got glimpses, but we get an hour long peak while they have to do all that stuff for DAYS. So yes, it's their childhood dream, but don't forget that it took a tonne of effort that most people would give up on. Plus, it's not like they're paid any more. They made content just like anything else.

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

    2 weeks ago

    Lawrence, that double clothesline was fantastic! You guys did fucking great!

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

    2 weeks ago

    I'm late to this, and I don't know how I missed it, but it was great! Both of you guys did great, and it was cool to see. I get that Lawrence has his FunHaus self-deprecating character he has to maintain, but I hope he had more fun than he had to show for the documentary.

  • SasquatchCrusher21 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold SasquatchCrusher21

    2 weeks ago

    Awwh. I wish Lawrence was a little less harsh on himself, He did wonderfully! He sacrificed his pride (and his body) to give his friend his lifelong dream of being the spotlight star in the middle of the ring, if only for a few fleeting moments. This whole thing touched me, and the raw emotion sticks out so well. You can tell that they have formed an irreplaceable memory together.

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

    2 weeks ago

    This was so much fun to watch. I was really impressed with how well they did at, well, everything. And damn James, that homemade ring was legit!

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

    2 weeks ago

    Ahaha! that handprint on Lawrences chest is so well defined @53:55

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

    2 weeks ago

    I feel like the character of Lawrence was even stronger, than James'. James was good, but Lawrence really brought the troll out - the stance, the look, the voice - everything worked well. You guys both did great, had a lot of fun watching this. Keep it up :)

  • BitCloud21 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    This was fantastic.  You had me laughing and cheering.  Thanks for doing this James and Lawrence.

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

    2 weeks ago

    That. was. AWESOME! Loved it!

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

    2 weeks ago

    Lawrence you did amazing!! shouldn't be so hard on yourself bud <3 

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

    3 weeks ago

    Wow, I can really relate to Lawrence. Not being super confident in your body or in your skills. But in reality Lawrence is amazing! Like dang. He looks amazing, and for someone who was never into wrestling, he got right into it and actually looked like a pro. I got a new found love for Lawrence, and I already loved him so. And of course James is great! This was epic.

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

    3 weeks ago

    Loved this! James Angel is my new favorite wrestler.

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

    3 weeks ago

    This is so incredibly inspiring, I've been having some doubts, but I'm more sure than ever that pursuing my dreams is the right thing to do. I'm really happy for them and I'm pretty sure I had the biggest smile on my face for the entire fight, Thanks for making this doc! Loved every second of it

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

    3 weeks ago

    These Docs are interesting I am a fan from youtube and became a first member to directly support the content. I honestly just watch from youtube but come to the roosterteeth website for these Documentaries. I'm looking forward to more.

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

    3 weeks ago

    Lawrence needs to stop beating himself up over nothing. The worst critic someone can have is themselves. I thought he was funny and they made a great tag team.

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

    3 weeks ago

    just amazing, nothing more

  • jkmayo96 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    Finally became a first member because of this. Thanks, rooster teeth, for taking in the amazing people at funhaus and giving them the creative freedom to do this. You've got my money

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

    3 weeks ago

    Look at those baby blue eyes... lol

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

    3 weeks ago

    Became a first member just to watch this doc. Totally worth it. So much more respect for James and Lawrence (as if I didn't have any already). They truly put their bodies, hearts, minds and souls on the line and it turned out great. 

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

    3 weeks ago

    First sponsor-exclusive thing I watched when I joined. Definitely an amazing documentary on the journey of two men to complete a dream. Go Funhaus! 

  • Dannicus523 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    Absolutely fantastic. So proud of both you fellas for giving it your all. 

  • Bjorn63 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    Every moment of this was entertaining. Loved the devotion from James and Lawrence both.  Would love more like this.

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

    3 weeks ago

    Amazing. Loved every second of it

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

    4 weeks ago

    LOVED IT!! really hope to see more Fun Haus docos in the future! 

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

    4 weeks 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 month 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

    1 month 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

    1 month 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

    1 month 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

    1 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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

    1 month 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

    1 month 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 The Ageless One

    1 month 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

    1 month 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

    1 month 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

    1 month 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

    1 month 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

    1 month 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

    1 month 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

      1 month 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

    1 month 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

    1 month 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

    1 month 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

    1 month ago

    My fave RTDoc yet <3