I assume all kids who came of age around the late ’80s to early ’90s tied fluoro tinsel to their measly biceps and yelled “I am the Ultimate Warriorrrrr!” while standing awkwardly atop their vanquished siblings, but I may be wrong. Wrestling’s golden age, it was a heck of a time.
Such a heck of a time, in fact, that in 1986 the World Wrestling Federation created an all-female answer to their male-dominated league, named G.L.O.W., the ‘Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling’, founded by Jackie Stallone, mother of Sylvester, produced in some kitschy hotel on the Vegas strip, and aired off-and-on on TV for around four seasons during the decade.
Interest in the whole thing has maintained in recent years through subsequent revival attempts, historical docos and cult YouTube clips, like this gem:
If the glittery costumes, comedy sketches, odd ethnic stereotyping, and ridiculous rap tunes with lines rhyming “tequila” and “meaner” sadly passed you by the first time, nevermind – because they’re all wonderfully coming to Netflix, thanks to Orange Is The New Black creator, Jenji Kohan.
According to Deadline, Netflix just ordered a 10-episode series from Kohan and Homeland creator Liz Flahive titled G.L.O.W., inspired by the ’80s women’s wrestling league.
“Set in Los Angeles and showcasing big hair and body slams, the series tells the fictionalised story of an out-of-work actress who finds one last attempt to live her dreams in the form of a weekly series about female wrestlers,” goes the show’s official synopsis, sounding like the greatest thing ever.
No date on it’s expected premiere yet, but I guess Netflix owns our credit cards for a while longer still, ’cause we NEED to see this.