When I was a wee strange kid, my knowledge of pro wrestling consisted solely of the World Wrestling Federation and its stable of (mostly male) athletes. Superstars like Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Legion of Doom and Macho Man ruled my tiny universe while performers like Miss Elizabeth and Sherri Martel were simply seen as arm candy. Little did I know of the Great Moolah, Luna or Alundra Blayze. Really, it wasn’t until the past decade that female wrestlers (NOT “divas”) have begun to have a mainstream impact on the industry… or so I thought.
That’s what makes Brett Whitcomb’s new documentary, GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, so interesting. Placing a spotlight on GLOW, “the first ever all-female wrestling show on television,” the doc profiles the series through its rise and fall, which peaks in 1989 with an abrupt cancellation. According to the trailer there looks to be a plethora of original footage from the series as well as more recent interviews with its former stars. It’s a pretty cool and nostalgic look at a forgotten corner of the wrestling universe.