''Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, we're all champions in the ring"
Back in the 1980s when Pro Wrestling was experiencing something of a boom, if not locally then at least on national TV. This page concerns an outrageous television show produced by Johnny Cafarella and David McClane that came onto the scene at the time. 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 ChampionIvory.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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.