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Wrestling: GLOW

''Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, we're all champions in the ring"

Back in the 1980s when Pro Wrestling was experiencing its first proper boom, an outrageous television show produced by Johnny Cafarella and David McClane came onto the scene. An all women's show featuring mad and outlandish characters, comedy skits and of course plenty of beautiful women with some actual wrestling thrown in too, GLOW ran for four seasons and continued in various forms after it left television. The most notable alumna of the GLOW roster is Lisa Moretti who played Tina Ferrari and who went on to become 3-time WWE Women's Champion Ivory.

A documentary about the show was produced in 2012 titled GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

"Gorgeous Tropes of Wrestling":

  • '80s Hair: Oh good God yes. But then, it was the 1980s.
  • Action Mom: The Housewives technically.
  • Aloha Hawaii: The Royal Hawaiian
  • All American Face: Americana. Spanish Red was a heel that hated Americana but she would not tolerate desecration of the American flag, which gave her a (brief) face turn when a group of heels she was with started to do just that after beating up Americana.
  • As Himself: Bizarrely inverted. Each of the girls were for unknown reasons credited under false names in the show's credits, which made it very hard to track everyone down for reunion shows.
  • Ax-Crazy: The Heavy Metal Sisters, armed with a chainsaw and blowtorch. Daisy and Dementia too.
  • Badass Boast: Each GLOW girl would get a rap verse that would play over her entrance.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Not as many as you'd expect, because the singlet was still the standard wrestling garment at the time. Little Egypt however did this - she was a belly dancer after all.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Tina and Ashley, glamorous and wealthy socialites.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Played with. Sometimes injuries were shown. Once Little Egypt was bitten and blood did flow - but it was on her leg and didn't detract from her physical beauty.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Susie Spirit alludes to this in her rap.
    "They say I'm made of sugar and spice/But in the ring I'm not so nice"
    • Ditto for Ashley Cartier's:
    "I may be prissy and very rich/But get me mad and you'll see a witch"
  • Berserk Button: Don't tell Spanish Red that she isn't American.
  • Bifauxnen: Attache is quite manly looking but that's part of her charm.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Mt Fiji for Little Fiji. The latter's rap even refers to giving her big sister a call if she's in trouble.
  • Big Eater: Royal Hawaiian munches two pineapples at a time before all her matches.
  • Big Bad: Aunt Kitty
  • Big Good: Jackie Stallone
  • Biker Babe: Hollywood and Vine.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The cheerleaders. Debbie (blonde), Susie (brunette) and Vicky (redhead).
  • Blondes are Evil: Blonde heels included Godiva, Aunt Kitty, Major Tanya, Ninotchka, Spike and Corporal Kelly.
    • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Sally, Babe, Amy, Debbie Debutante, Olympia and Dallas fit. Other blonde faces were around too but aren't examples of the trope.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Major Tanya and Attache.
  • But Not Too Black: Soul Patrol.
  • Camp: So very much.
  • The Cheerleader: Debbie Debutante, Susie Spirit and Vicki Victory. Not straight examples as they were good girls.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Mt Fiji and Matilda The Hun made good uses of this.
  • Costume Porn: Lisa Moretti (Tina Ferrari) commented on this in a shoot interview. She says the girls were really lucky to get the best quality outfits available - since it was Vegas and they were surrounded by talented seamstresses.
  • Country Mouse: Sally and Amy the farmer's daughters.
  • Cute Bruiser: Tammy Jones.
  • Dance Battler: Little Egypt.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Justice is one to Shaft.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Several wrestlers such as Jungle Woman, Royal Hawaiian, and Little Egypt went barefoot.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Corporal Kelly and Attache.
  • Dumb Blonde: California Doll. Sally the Farmer's Daughter teeters quite close too.
  • Dumb Jock: California Doll is this too, as a surfer.
  • Everything's Better With Sparkles: You expected something else from Glow?
    • The GLOW championship was a tiara. And it was every bit as sparkly as you'd expect.
  • Evil Brit: Godiva.
  • Expy: Little Egypt had one with the same rap and costume called "The Egyptian".
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence: At least according to media watchdogs who tried to prevent the airing of the Nazi heels practically torturing Little Fiji.
  • Faux Action Girl: About 90% of the girls were models and actresses looking to get into show business through wrestling, and the first season had girls with only about 8 weeks worth of training competing.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: Several - Matilda The Hun (German), Godiva (British), Palestina (Syrian), Colonel Ninotchka and Major Tanya (Russian).
  • Fun with Acronyms: Melody Trouble Vixen.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Sadly a lot of the girls on the show. Most notably Susie Spirit, whose dislocated her elbow in one particularly gruesome injury.
  • Genki Girl: The Cheerleaders of course, since they weren't quite what this site calls the cheerleader.
  • The Giant: Mt Fiji, Matilda The Hun and Big Bad Mama.
  • Girl Posse: Aunt Kitty and her "Tigers".
  • Girlish Pigtails: Tammy Jones.
  • Godiva Hair: Clearly Godiva's hair was meant to evoke this but she's wearing as little as possible since she can't exactly wrestle naked on the show.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Ninotchka was considered a "good girl" after she got fed up with the Soviet Union, moved to France and started wearing pink instead of red.
  • Gratuitous Rap: The show opened with the girls in the ring rapping the show's song.
  • Hair Decorations: Tammy Jones has her hair ribbons and lace.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: Big Bad Mama.
  • Hot Gypsy Woman: Little Egypt.
  • Hyper Competent Sidekick: Attache for Corporal Kelly.
  • The Ingenue: Tammy Jones though played with since she is still a wrestler.
  • Jail Bait: There was such a character who was injured before she could ever appear on TV. Footage of her appeared on the 1993 Reunion PPV.
  • Joisey: The Housewives.
  • Jungle Princess: Jungle Woman.
  • Kayfabe: Behind the scenes it was heavily enforced. The girls had to be in character whenever they were out in public. Faces and heels couldn't be seen together and they even had to room with each other - only good with good etc.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Tammy Jones, Thunderbolt & Lightning and the Farmer's Daughters.
  • Leotard of Power: Not for Fanservice (ok not just for that), that was the standard garment for female wrestlers in the 80s. There were actually restrictions on how much skin could be shown at the time.
  • Lovely Angels: Heavy Metal Sisters, The Housewives, Corp Kelly & Attache, the list goes on.
  • Magical Native American: Little Feather.
  • The Mentor: Aunt Kitty to the Bad Girls, Jackie Stallone to the Good Girls.
  • Non-Action Guy: No wrestling males were on the show.
  • Nubile Savage: Jungle Woman, Little Feather.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Godiva wavers between a British cockney accent and a generic Australian one..
  • Opera Gloves: Ashley Cartier favoured black ones.
  • Parts Unknown:
    • The Princess of Darkness was billed from there.
    • Star, from "The Far Reaches of the Galaxy"
  • Perky Goth: Evil perky but Chainsaw and Spike do fit.
  • Pretty in Mink: Ashley and Tina's shawls.
  • Power Hair: Ninotchka.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Godiva, Chainsaw, Hollywood and Vine all had waist-length hair.
  • Refugee from TV Land: Thunderbolt and Lightning were comic book heroes.
  • Rich Bitch: Averted. Tina and Ashley were Spoiled Sweet, playing faces the entire time.
  • Ricky Morton: Little Fiji, in contrast to Mountain Fiji who would have been virtually unstoppable if she was not always having to save Little Fiji from all her enemies.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The Royal Hawaiian
  • Salt and Pepper: A tag team with a white girl and black girl, with this very name.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Ebony. Soul Patrol too.
  • Self-Deprecation: David McClane was apparently very tight with money - so a gag was written in that his office was actually a public phone booth.
  • Sexy Whatever Outfit: It turns out The Housewives are the exception to this rule. The girls playing them couldn't find a way to make them sexy and so they created the Heavy Metal Sisters instead.
  • She-Fu: The cheerleaders mostly, for obvious reasons.
  • Slasher Smile: Both the Heavy Metal Sisters in their opening rap.
  • Socialite: Tina and Ashley, though they were heroic examples.
  • Southern Belle: A team of them, Tara and Scarlet.
  • Spicy Latina: Spanish Red. And if you want a loose definition of Latin, then there's Tina's rap...
    "All my opponents know I'm a stud, what can I say, it's the Italian blood"
    • Lisa Moretti did have a Spanish grandmother and she referenced her Hispanic heritage a couple of times in WWE, so she does fit.
  • Spiritual Successor: The show's three most notable successors were Powerful Women of Wrestling (POWW) which was more wrestling-based, Women of Wrestling (WOW) which was a trainwreck that went dormant after one year in 2001 but made a surprising return in 2012 and Wrestlicious which was a little bit of both, airing for one year and being very silly but also putting on better matches more consistently than WWE's Divas or TNA's Knockouts were that year. Others include LPWA and CRUSH. POWW and WOW were also run by David McLane.
  • Sublime Rhyme: All the time.
    "Tina Ferrari, the capitalist dream. She won't look so good face down in the ring! She's thinks she so tough and so strong! I will destroy her, it won't take long"
  • Subverted Trope: Nature Boy was nothing like the other three wrestlers to use that moniker.
  • Team Mom: Big Bad Mama was a villainous example.
  • True Companions: The girls on the show became these.
  • Undermined By Reality: The documentary revealed a lot of behind the scenes stuff that tarnishes the show's happy-go-lucky camp factor. For example the girls had to wrestle in a boxing ring (much harder than a wrestling ring), there were fines for staying out late and the director loved to yell.
  • Woman Bites Woman: Attache, to Tina Ferrari in their submission match to break Tina's figure-four leglock. Dementia bit Little Egypt's leg until it bled but since everyone expected her to bite, technical wrestlers like Tina just put her in holds where she could only chomp on air.
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