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Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling
Acronym G.L.O.W.
Founded 1986; 2001
Style American Wrestling
Headquarters Las Vegas, Nevada (1986-1992)
Founder(s) David McLane and Jackie Stallone
Owner(s) David McLane (1986–1992)
Jackie Stallone (1986–1992)
Ursula Hayden (2001–present)
Website http://www.gorgeousladiesofwrestling.com

Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, also known as GLOW or G.L.O.W., was a professional wrestling promotion for women, begun in 1986 (the pilot was filmed in December 1985) and continued in various forms after it left television. Colorful characters, beautiful women, and over-the-top comedy sketches were integral to the series' success. Most of the performers were actresses, models, dancers, and/or stunt women hoping to get in to show business through wrestling.

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History

Original promotion

GLOW was originally created by David B. McLane as an aftermath of Jackie Stallone's physical fitness gym for women only, Barbarella's. Both David and Jackie created and promoted the girls for the entire running of the program. Mando Guerrero trained all of the girls, initially.[1]

A syndicated GLOW TV show was produced for approximately four seasons (1986–1990) from the Riviera Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. During the casting for the pilot, not all of the women were taking it seriously, so Mando Guerrero put one woman in a submission hold and made her cry.[1] They cast twelve girls for the show and trained them for six weeks prior to the shoot.[1] They wrestled approximately eight matches per show, which eventually was sold.[1] Some of the women moved to Las Vegas to continue working with the promotion.[1] The show itself differed from Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation in that they had actual seasons where some wrestlers were dropped, changed, or added before the new season began.

Steve Blance was the senior referee in season two before becoming GLOW's "commissioner" in seasons three and four. He was always the recipient of a GLOW Girl beatdown in season two. Johnny Cafarella (As "Johnny C.") hosted seasons 3 and 4, was the figurehead owner (buying David McLane's "interest" in a storyline) and also served as Company Manager after the departure of McLane in 1987. Jackie Stallone (Sylvester Stallone's mother) was the figurehead owner and manager of the Good Girls, and Aunt Kitty (Kitty Burke) was the manager for the Bad Girls.

Each of the GLOW performers had her own rap song (personalized lyrics using the same backing track). It was shown on videotape prior to that wrestler's match. Similar to other wrestling promotions' use of wrestler-specific entrance themes, this gimmick may have been influenced by the Chicago Bears' "Super Bowl Shuffle".

Revival

GLOW is still in existence, though not associated in any way with David B. McLane, the promoter who started the show. It was revived by the Riviera Hotel & Casino, where it was originally filmed, in 2001. Among its directors was Tony Cimber, the youngest child of the 1960s American sex symbol Jayne Mansfield and a brother of actress Mariska Hargitay.

David McLane also was behind three subsequent women's wrestling leagues, Powerful Women of Wrestling (1988–1990), Ladies' Sports Club (1990–1991) and Women of Wrestling (2000–2001). Johnny Cafarella promoted a similar show in 2003 called CRUSH along with Steve Blance. The GLOW name is currently owned by Ursula Hayden, who portrayed Babe the Farmer's Daughter during seasons 3 & 4.

Several "Best Of" compilations of the show have officially been released on DVD by "Big Vision" and are available for purchase.


Recently, cast members from all seasons, got together for the first ever G.L.O.W. reunion, highlighting 25 years, and in honor of the promotion's most celebrated and beloved wrestlers, Mt. Fiji.

A documentary about the promotion is currently in production with interviews being conducted with several of the former wrestlers. The G.L.O.W. reunion was only a part of the documentary, which should be out by 2011.

Several of the G.L.O.W. Girls have facebook pages active, so that fans can interact with their favorite wrestlers, and a G.L.O.W fan page is also open.

G.L.O.W. still has a huge following even today. A boxed set of the entire series, was announced, but never released. A petition to bring G.L.O.W. back to the airwaves was sent, but nothing came out of it.

Currently, G.L.O.W. is producing a new version of the show to sell to televion stations, but there has not been any word if it's been picked up.

Wrestlers Featured

  • (Tina Ferrari) Lisa Moretti [Season 1,2]
  • (Ashley Cartier) Natalie Will [Season 1,2]
  • (Hollywood) Jeanne Basone [Season 1-4]
  • (Vine) Janet Bowers [Season 1-3], (Princess of Darkness) [Season 1,2]
  • (Palestina) Janeen Jewett [Season 1,2]
  • (Tiffany Mellon) Sandra Margot a/k/a Tiffany Million [Season 3,4]
  • (Lightning) Cheryl Rusa [Season 3,4]
  • (Melody Trouble Vixen, MTV) Eileen Womack ([Season 3,4]
  • (Corporal Kelly) Olympia Hightower [Season 1]
  • (Corporal Kelly 2) Lillian Weaver Crabtree [Season 3]
  • (Babe The Farmer's Daughter) Ursula Hayden [Season 3,4]
  • (Sally The Farmer's Daughter) Beckie Mullen [Season 1,3]
  • (Amy The Farmer's Daughter) Trudy Adams [Season 2]
  • (Matilda the Hun) Dee Booher [Season 1,2]
  • (Vicky Victory) Peach Janae [Season 3,4]
  • (Cheyenne Cher) Dee Chocktoot [Season 3-4]
  • (Roxy Astor) Tracey Phelps [Season 3,4]
  • (Beastie) Colleen Favare [Season 3,4]
  • (Tara the Southern Belle) Shiela Best [Season 1,2]
  • (Scarlet the Southern Belle) [Season 1]
  • (Mountain Fiji) Emily Dole [Season 1-4]
  • (Little Fiji) Nha Cham [Season 1-3]
  • (Little Feather) [Season 1]
  • (Little Egypt) Amy Lind [Season 1,2]
  • (Sara and Mabel, The Hicks) [Season 1,3,4]
  • (Godiva) Dawn Rice [Season 3,4]
  • (Zelda The Brain) [Season 3,4]
  • (Justice) Narice Crockett [Season 3,4]
  • (The Royal Hawaiian) [Season 1]
  • (Liberty) Penny Johnson [Season 2]
  • (Americana) Cindy Maranne [Season 1,2]
  • (Mona the Headhunter) [Season 1,2]
  • (Mina the Headhunter) [Season 1]
  • (Mika the Headhunter) [Season 1]
  • (The Soul Patrol, Envy and Adore) [Season 1,2]
  • (The California Doll) Jane Hamlin [Season 1,2]
  • (Sunny) Patricia Summerland [Season 3]
  • (Ebony) [Season 1]
  • (Olympia) Debbie Core [Season 1]
  • (Salt) [Season 1]
  • (Pepper) [Season 1]
  • (Tammy Jones) Tammy D'Amato [Season 1]
  • (Big Bad Mama) Lynn Braxton [Season 3,4]
  • (Stinky) Michelle Jarvis [Season 3,4]
  • (Sneaky) [Season 3]
  • (Thunderbolt) Dana Feltman [Season 3]
  • (Tulsa) Jody Haselbarth [Season 3,4]
  • (Dallas) [Season 1]
  • (Jungle Woman) [Season 1]
  • (Broadway Rose) Andrea Janell [Season 3]
  • (Colonel Ninotchka) Lori Weathers [Season 1-4]
  • (Major Tanya) Noel Tyler [Season 3,4]
  • (Evangelina) Christy M. Smith [Season 3]
  • (The Heavy Metal Sisters, Spike and Chainsaw and The Housewives, Arlene and Phyllis) [Season 1,2]
  • (Dementia, Sugar) Michelle Damon [Season 2]
  • (Dementia 2) Nancy Daley [Season 3], (The Widow) [Season 4]
  • (Brunhilda) [Season 4]
  • (Angel) [Season 2]
  • (Spanish Red) [Season 1,2]
  • (Habana) Christina Gomez [Season 3]
  • (Jailbait) Trish Casella [Season 3 (Unaired}]
  • (Attache) [Season 1,2]
  • (Star) [Season 3,4]
  • (Susie Spirit) Lauri Thompson [Season 1,2]
  • (Debbie Debutante) Ann LaBree [Season 1,2]
  • (Daisy) Helena LaCount [Season 3,4]
  • (Gremlina) [Season 3]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Oliver, Greg (April 13, 2000). "'Slop' matches haven't stopped Ivory". SLAM! Wrestling. http://www.canoe.ca/SlamWrestlingWM2000/apr13_ivory.html. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 

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