GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling will have its national television debut on March 19, 2013 on the LOGO Channel. It chronicles the rise and influence of the women’s wrestling phenomena. It should not be missed.
GLOW came into the world as a syndicated 80s sitcom. It was filled with offensive and politically incorrect humor. It characters included terrorists, angry housewives, farmer’s daughters, an evangelist, a Samoan priestess and a Nordic warrior called ‘Matilda the Hun’. All doing battle at the Rivera Hotel in Las Vegas.
GLOW became a phenomena that, while largely panned in the world of professional wrestling, created its own following without any help from Vince McMahon. Offended viewers wrote angry letters to local television affiliates.
Matt Cimber, producer/director of the television series, reveals the most popular audience for GLOW was young girls. Sally Jesse Raphael does not appear to buy this, but the documentary gives Cimber and all the women of GLOW the last laugh. Young women, from the worlds of roller derby, wrestling and fetish entertainment flock around Matilda the Hun at every screening of GLOW that I have attended. They either want autographs, pictures, or a chance to say thanks for providing another view of non submissive womanhood.
Women have not had an easy time in the world of wrestling. Deanna Booher, aka Matilda the Hun, mentions that reason she wrestled a bear in the Olympic auditorium is because women were not allowed to wrestle men. Now that wrestling is no longer recognized as a legitimate olympic sport, what is a male wrestler to do? Brush up on your microphone work and maybe you can valet one of these wrestling divas!
Yes, folk! Even in the 21st Century, there are wrestling magazines and sites that refuse to grant credibility to the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Why? Contrived plots? Not enough wrestlers taking their lumps? Or, maybe ‘it’s not real’? The hypocrisy of the male wrestling establishment is not the focus of this movie, but it’s pretty obvious.
Is a revival of GLOW in the works? An effort certainly seems to be made. Last year, a GLOW inspired match took place in Las Vegas while wrestling’s exclusive Cauliflower Alley Club assembled at the Gold Coast. David McLane, a former producer of GLOW, is promoting Women of Wrestling.
If anybody could truly be channelling the ‘spirit’ of GLOW, it would be Matt Cimber who adopted ‘the spirit of woman’ as the flagship image for his new show, Femme D’Action. It features GLOW stalwarts; Matilda the Hun, Little Egypt, Roxy, Godiva, Hollywood and a new generation ready to take on the world. It promises to bring back political incorrectness into its characters and scenarios.
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Women of Wrestling might not be enough for some GLOW fans. It does create a legend with its own tall tales and innuendos. Did fan mail ever reach the stars? Was Pia Zadora responsible for halting the production of GLOW? And what’s the deal with Jacqui Stallone? How’d she get in this mixture in the first place?
Many of these questions are answered in additional material on the DVD. Billy Corgan, of Smashing Pumpkins (and GLOW fan extraordinare) , interviews Matilda the Hun, Hollywood, and Little Egypt about behind the scenes happenings of the cult TV show. If that is not enough, further shocks and revelations may be found in GLAMAZON QUEEN KONG: MY LIFE OF GLITTER, GUTS, AND GLORY! by Deanna Booher.
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling begins and ends with Matilda the Hun. The movie reveals she is working on her autobiography. It is now available for purchase. If we are at the threshold of a GLOW revival, consider GLAMAZON QUEEN KONG to be its bible! The fact that both have been simultaneously released is synchronicity in action.