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WOW (Women of Wrestling), is, of course, an American all-women's Professional Wrestling promotion. It was started by David McLane, who had previously created GLOW in the 1980s, and debuted in 2000. It closed in early 2001 after their lone PPV, WOW Unleashed on February 4, 2001. It was revived in 2012, the same time SHINE spunoff from SHIMMER, and some of the associated wrestlers were brought to WOW to compete against the established roster. The original show was syndicated, and the current version aired on AXS TV before being canceled in 2020 after two seasons. The promotion went on hiatus during the COVID-19 Pandemic, but relaunched in September 2022.

The current WOW Champion is The Beast, while the tag team championship is currently vacantnote .


"Tropes of Wrestling":

  • Afro Asskicker: Foxxy Fierce, who takes a lot of cues from Foxxy Cleopatra.
  • An Aesop: From Eye Candy's profile:
    "With big hair and an even bigger smile, the lovely Eye Candy plans to show the folks at home — and all the other Superheroes of WOW - Women Of Wrestling — that you don't have to be mean, rude or negative to get to the top in life. You just have to Be Yourself, be strong, and win."
  • All-American Face: The All-American Girls (Santana Garrett and Amber O'Neal)
  • Alliterative Name:
    • Patti Pep (who became Patti Pizzazz after her heel turn
    • Randi Rah Rah
    • Wendi Wheels
    • Stephy Slays
    • Reyna Reyes
    • Jessie Jones
    • The Dixie Darlings
    • Samantha Smart
  • Badass Bikers: Charlie Davidson, EZ Rider and Thug: Harley's Angels.
  • Batter Up!: "The Heavy Metal Maniac" Riot's Weapon of Choice.
  • Bedlah Babe: Farah The Persian Princess dressed this way.
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  • Big Applesauce: Eye Candy's hometown is listed as "The Big Apple, New York City"
  • Braids of Action: Delta Lotta Pain wore them.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: The Temptress' "Likes" are listed as "A nice, hot cup of tea, Revenge"
  • Bully Hunter: The Bully Busters
  • Captain Ersatz: The Beach Patrol (Summer and Sandy), Tanja Warrior Woman, Jane Blonde, Phantom
  • Electronic Dance Music: Chantilly Chela's gimmick. She's billed from "The Fields of the Coachella Music Festival."
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Parodied. After the woman whose name would be revealed to be Mystery stole Terri Gold's WOW Championship belt, all the Heels were being asked if they were responsible or knew who were. "The Heavy Metal Maniac" Riot said, "I'm into vandalism, not theft."
  • Everything Is Big in Texas: Bronco Billie, Abilene Maverick, Stephy Slays
  • Expy: Caged Heat were like a cross-wiring of The Gangstas (New Jack and Mustafa) and The Dudley Boys, playing wrestling convicts who used the Dudleys' Dudley Death Drop Finishing Move, calling it Capital Punishment, and their "Whazzup" Groin Attack Diving Headbutt.
  • Garbage Wrestler: Riot brought the original Razor into WOW after seeing just how much Razor was willing to bleed, deciding WOW needed more like her.
  • Genius Bruiser: Samantha Smart's gimmick.
  • Girls Behind Bars: Caged Heat, Loca and Delta Lotta Pain. They wore orange jumpsuits.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: When second generation wrestler and internationally scouted Santana Garrett came to GLOW, Lana Star feared she would be a dangerous rival and came up with several complicated plans to destroy Garrett. If Star had just left things alone it's likely Garrett would have remained in the Tag Team division, paying the singles belt and Star little mind.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: Siren The Voodoo Doll
  • Ice Queen/Emotionless Girl: The original Ice Cold's Backstory was that her parents had abandoned her, forcing her to develop her cold attitude.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Jacklyn Hyde, of course.
  • Jobber: The Asian Invasion, Lotus and Jade, big time.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Mentioned by the Narrator in Caged Heat's entrance video.
  • Kayfabe: And how! The absence of logic in the fact that Caged Heat were supposedly driven to the arena from prison, and then driven back after the match, wasn't even Handwaved away.
  • The Klutz: Wendi Wheels prematurely ended Phantom's career by breaking Phantom's jaw with her Blowout Finishing Move.
  • The Krampus: Nikki Krampus
  • Land Down Under: Princess Aussie
  • Love Makes You Evil: Paradise returned a lot meaner 2013, in an effort to make her son proud.
  • Mafia Princess: Adriana Gambino, complete with fur, jewels, and an insistance that her family is in "waste management".
  • Modesty Towel: Poison's last appearance was her wearing one after taking a shower.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Jane Blonde's British accent could come and go during her promos.
  • Parts Unknown:
    • Beckie The Farmer's Daughter, from "Hog Hollow, NE"
    • Caged Heat, from "The Nevada State Correctional Facility"
    • Poison, from "The Toxic Unknown"
    • The original Ice Cold, from "The Deep Freeze".
    • Jacklyn Hyde, from "The Sanitarium"
    • The Disciplinarian, from "The Board of Education"
    • The Beast's hometown is just listed as "Unknown", with "The Darkest Depths of Your Mind" also used.
    • Holidead, from "The Other Side of Darkness"
  • Pink Means Feminine:
    • Lana Star, to the point of even wearing a pink hat.
    • Penelope Pink, Lana's 2022 protege.
  • Pom-Pom Girl: Team Spirit, who were the good version. Patti became an evil version due to Lana Star's corruption, but Star couldn't make her evil enough and dropped her. She was peppy and enthusiastic throughout.
  • Punny Names:
  • Race Lift:
    • Type 3 (Changing The Majority). The Disciplinarian was played during the original run by the Caucasian Kristen Davidson. For the Revival, she's played by the African-American Robyn Reid.
    • Type 2 (Changing The Minority). Randi Rah Rah was played during the original run by an African-American woman. For the 2022 revival, she's played by a Caucasian woman.
  • Rich Bitch: "The Governor's Daughter" Abilene Maverick's profile lists her Dislikes as "People without means, People who disrespect the upper class".
  • Sassy Black Woman: "The Total Athlete" Roxy Powers.
  • Scunthorpe Problem: During the promotion's original run, there was a message board on the website where fans could interact with the wrestlers. Along with censoring actual profanities, it wouldn't allow the word title because it contains tit. Fortunately, this being a wrestling board, the fans could simply substitute belts or championships or gold.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Jungle Grrrl adapted to post industrial society very quickly and tended to look ready for nightclub dancing off ring. She quickly reverted to her "savage" ways when it was time to work.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Lana Star, who would proclaim WOW to be "The Lana Star Show."
  • Spelling Song: Patti Pep's theme, due to her being a cheerleader:
  • Spicy Latina: "The Latina Super Woman" Caliente. Loca to a lesser extent and Jungle Grrrl to a lesser one still.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: GLOW was a camp, cheesecake, episodic sitcom that happened to be about pro wrestling. WOW is a cheesecake sports league that while still camp compared to most pro wrestling is nonetheless much more focused on build ups and matches.
  • Strong Women Can Hunt: Jungle Grrrl talked more than a little about hunting. Jessie Jones is billed from Bardstown, KY and her "Dislike" is "People who can't hunt."
  • Superhero: The website calls the roster these.
  • The Ace
    • Terri Gold was promoted as WOW's best, and for years was the only wrestler capable of beating Jungle Grrrl. Jungle Grrrl herself became this after the revival. Garrett had some questioning if she could knock Grrrl off but Lana Star interfered with that, so Tessa Blanchard was the one to finally beat her.
    • Caged Heat in Tag Team action until The All American Girls came in the revival.
  • The Bully: "Governor's daughter" Abilene Maverick is sometimes a baby face, but has a compulsive need to torment those she sees as beneath her, especially Stephy Slays.
  • The Giant: Slam Dunk was tall with little other upside.
  • Throat-Slitting Gesture: Loca does it in Caged Heat's entrance video.
  • Traumatic Haircut: The original Ice Cold, who lost her hair to Alpha Bitch Lana Star and her Dragon Patti Pizazz after Poison abandoned her, at WOW Unleashed. The stipulation was Lana's retaliation against Poison and Ice Cold for pouring dye into her shampoo which turned her hair green.
  • Troperiffic: Its many gimmicks make it this. Seriously, just count them.
  • Unnecessary Roughness: Slam Dunk's Backstory was that she had been thrown out of the WNBA for this.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: From Eye Candy's profile:
    "Keeps healing crystals in her bra when she wrestles. Seriously."
  • Wild Samoan: Averted by Paradise. She was billed from Tonga, but didn't display any of the qualities usually associated with this trope.
  • World of Action Girls: It's a women's wrestling promotion, what else would you expect?
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay:
    • Hammerin' Heather Steele, wrestling carpenter
    • Wendi Wheels, wrestling car mechanic
    • The Beach Patrol, wrestling lifeguards
    • The Disciplinarian, wrestling teacher
    • Bronco Billie, wrestling cowgirl
    • Team Spirit (Patti Pep and the original Randi Rah Rah), wrestling cheerleaders
    • The 2022 Randi Rah Rah, still a wrestling cheerleader
    • Sophia Lopez, wrestling lawyer
    • Slam Dunk, wrestling Basketball player
  • The X of Y: Obviously.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: Jungle Grrrl