Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. G.L.O.W.

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"From England, Beatrice and Penelope, The Bristols..."

We had a few odd names in our Wrestling careers, 'The Sisters of Virtue' anyone?? But once we found Hannah and Holly Blossom, we were quite content and happy. It was cute, flowery and represented us well. Beatrice and Penelope Bristol were definitely not who we were,  but we were being given an opportunity that seemed like a lot of fun, albeit way out of our comfort zone and a little odd to us, but fun non the less.


We had our Union Jack wrestling outfits, our very 'proper' British names and we even had our very own rap...yes you read that right, we had our own little rap. You see, we weren't getting ready for your typical wrestling show, we were preparing to be part of a cast of colourful characters for a TV show called Wrestlicious. Wrestlicious was a promotion founded by a guy who had just won the lottery. He decided to hire actresses and a few wrestlers to build a show, full of stereotypical characters, gorgeous ladies and lots of pink. Very similar to that of a TV show, created by David McLane, in the 80's - G.L.O.W: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

Up until being cast for Wrestlicious*, we had never heard of G.L.O.W. So of course we did some research and what we found was a very interesting show indeedLadies of all different shapes and sizes, race and backgrounds were taking part in matches and comedy sketches and each of them had very simple characters and came with their own rap! It was the first all women's wrestling show on TV back in 1986, that in itself is pretty cool. It was also different from any other wrestling promotion out there. Fast forward to 2017 and Netflix has come out with it's own Original series, based on G.L.O.W, but with it's own story and characters. We kept hearing about it and being asked if we had seen it, so this past weekend I (Kelly) finally got round to watching it.

Why the hesitation? I'm not going to lie, after seeing the stuff from the 80's it didn't necessarily scream girl power and sit right with us in certain ways; when we wrestled we were huge on the wrestling aspect of being a wrestler, which meant we weren't thrilled with actress's, models and just any pretty girl stepping into the ring because of how they looked. We didn't like the eye candy roles and women getting into it for the wrong reasons. You may think, what's the big deal? But when you work your butt off for years and years, watch tape after tape, study the guys and girls who came before you and travel all over the world for not a lot of money, only to be overlooked by someone prettier, it's not the greatest feeling. Unfortunately that's just life and in all honesty, over the years we've learnt to accept it in wrestling. Now, we don't actually get so annoyed at girls who may not start out as the biggest wrestling fans in the world. After all, wrestling isn't easy. They still train, learn, travel and preform in front of thousands weekly. So, we have to give credit where credit is due.

Carmen, AKA Machu Picchu is one of my favourites on the show.
Picture credit:Netflix, found on Google.

After binge watching the ten, thirty minute episodes of G.LO.W, I have to say that I was very impressed. I got goosebumps, I became hooked and I smiled. Each episode had me feeling a sense of pride for the crazy world that I love so much and was once apart of. It didn't matter that these women weren't wrestlers because they all worked their asses off. This series shows the hard work and dedication that goes into training. It shows the fun and often crazy side of coming up with characters and how yes, sometimes it really is the most obvious of characteristics that work best. It gives you a behind the scenes look at how matches can be put together and how wrestling shows work; the tiny hall, the dirty bathrooms, the do it yourself sound systems, yep they all come with the territory. Most of all it shows how a group of misfits can become close, and almost dependent, on each other. How people from all walks of life, with different interests, different backgrounds and different cultures, but all with one common goal and passion, can form friendships to last a lifetime.

The women of G.L.O.W had me laughing out loud as they discovered wrestling and what they were becoming a part of, but they also gave me all the feels each time they had each others back, didn't give up and pushed themselves. Whether it was Ruth's determination, Carmen standing up for herself, or Sheila finding a group she could fit into, each women had a quality to either admire or relate to. I loved it.

Wrestling plays the perfect backdrop for a show that portrays the importance of believing in yourself, for fighting for what you want, for getting back up when life knocks you down and for accepting each other for who we are, despite our differences.

It also portrayed a hell of a lot of GIRL POWER after all! :)

Have you guys seen the show? What did you think?

Whatever obstacles you face today, don't back down. You can do anything you set your mind to!

Love


*Unfortunately, we never actually got to appear on the the show, because they never ended up filming season two. 


8 comments :

  1. OMG I love this show! I finished the whole season in two days!
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    samantha
    www.thenewyorkblonde.com

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    1. I did that too!! I watched 2 episodes one day and then proceeded to watch the rest the next!!! :p Thank you for reading!
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  2. I loved this! I actually haven't got round to watching it yet, but definitely will now. I feel like you guys were definitely the best people to recommend it hehe x

    lifewithmaria.co.uk

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    1. Aww thank you Maria! :) You will definitely have to let us know what you think, if you do get round to watching it! :)

      xx

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  3. Really enjoyed it finished in three days best series ever xx

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it. We can't wait for the next one! :) xx

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