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 stuntwomen hoping to get in to show business through wrestling.
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.
A syndicated GLOW TV show was produced for approximately four seasons (1986–1990) from the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. 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. They cast twelve girls for the show and trained them for six weeks prior to the shoot. They wrestled approximately eight matches per show, which eventually was sold. Some of the women move to Las Vegas to continue working with the promotion. 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. 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."
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.
- Lisa Moretti (aka Tina Ferrari) went on to wrestle for the Powerful Women of Wrestling (POWW) and the World Wrestling Federation as Ivory in 1999. She went on to win the women's title three times over the years before eventually leaving.
- Las Vegas native Janeen Jewett (aka Palestina) went on to POWW, LSC, and competed briefly in the AWA. She then became a singer in England.
- Tiffany Melon (Sandra Margot) got into the porn business briefly, and then went on to star in her on reality series as a bounty hunting mom for WE.
- Jeanne Basone (aka Hollywood) went to appear in several TV shows and indy films. She also created her own video custom wrestling company.
- Cheryl Rusa (aka Lightning) became a Hollywood stuntwoman.
- Eileen O'Hara (formerly Womack) aka MTV, a writer/producer/stuntwoman, owns Sisters Fierce Productions in Los Angeles, a production house and theatrical casting agency. She produces films, live shows, and written property, along with performing stunts and teaching stage fighting. She is currently working with the Theatre Ensemble: Brethren of The Coast, Historical Theatre from the Golden Age of Piracy.
- Lillian Weaver Crabtree (aka Corporal Kelly in season 3), went back to singing in LA. Her band, "The Explosive Broomhandles" played The Whisky, Troubadour and Gazzari's. She was featured along with her husband, Blackie Crabtree, in Interview magazine, showcasing "The Cream of the Scream" (a popular LA club). She still sings and can be heard with Blackie's band "The Flesh Hammers" on the song, "Apathy Park".
- Babe "The Farmer's Daughter" is still wrestling and can be seen and spoken to @ http://www.gorgeousladiesofwrestling.com.
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