9/28/11

Magazines #29: GLOW


The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW), created by Sylvester Stallone's mom, hit the boob tube during the 1980s.  It didn't last long - and it case you missed it, just picture the WWF, but without the maniacal intensity. The only lure was hot 80s babes in leotards.... we didn't have the foresight to appreciate its cheesy nature.  It takes a couple decades before something this horrible can be enjoyed.

Perhaps, GLOW's most embarrassing legacy are the raps each lady wrestler would spit into the mic before the matches began.  Picture the most stilted and awkward hip hop song you've ever heard (maybe something by Ja Rule or Vanilla Ice) and then multiply it by largest number in the universe (∞ - 1), then you might be close to what it sounded like.  The GLOW rap made the Super Bowl Shuffle sound hardcore. I'm amazed Chuck D and Professor Griff didn't terminate this travesty with extreme prejudice. (You can check some of it out on YouTube).



Admittedly, I didn't watch a whole lot of GLOW. Not that I was above it - I was, after all, a loyal viewer of Dance Party USA; so, my standards were obviously not too high.  I even enjoyed my share of mindless wrestling on a Sunday afternoon - back in the days of Andre the Giant, the Junkyard Dog and the Great Kabuki.  But despite the allure of some ultra-hot eighties wrestling costumes, GLOW never really did it for me.... and evidently it didn't do much for anybody, because it was cancelled after a few short years.

I've heard that Jayne Mansfield's youngest son revived GLOW not that long ago, but I haven't seen it.  However, I did get a surprising amount of enjoyment from a few old issues of GLOW magazine.  The  unbridled pathos of the late eighties is on full display on each and every page. Take a look...

Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling magazine
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Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling magazine
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Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling magazine
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14 comments:

  1. I didn't watch it much either. I used to occasionally get a kick out of wrestiling in the old Bruno San Martino and Grand Wizard days, but it seemed to get obnoxious rather than funny sometime around the mid 1980's and I lost interest.The girls in GLOW just didn't turn me on for some reason...

    One thing I did dig was Roller Derby. I used to watch The Washington Cats as a kid on the weekend, and they had some truly smokin' babes on that team. And it goes without saying that "Kansas City Bomber" is a must see film. But Roller Derby seemed to be done in a spirit of fun, which Pro Wrestling later lost when the money started rolling in...

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  2. I had a friend who declared that GLOW would outlast (yes, outlast) the NFL. His reasoning? Hot ladies in tights. That was it. I pointed out that football appeals to latent homosexuality, so it will always be popular, while GLOW just made you want to turn the channel.

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  3. Wow. Turns out GLOW didn't even outlast the USFL.

    And whadya mean "latent homosexuality"? Pants that show every crease in a man's lower anatomy is utterly necessary to the game. I assure you, there is nothing gay about looking at the taints and ass-cracks of 22 men for an hour every weekend. Nothing gay at all.

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  4. Brigitte Nelson is the woman in red and black. Sly's former wife. At least, it does look like her.

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  5. I remember GLOW being more like Hee-Haw than anything else. Very silly and very little actual wrestling.

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  6. Colonel Ninotchka was played by a lady named Lori Weathers. Brigitte Neilson was never a GLOW girl.

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  7. Oh wow! I remember Glow! Who could ever forget Mt. Fiji!

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  8. davidfullam -

    I wonder who that is then?

    (I never saw the show. I did not really see any TV between the years late 1984-1991.)

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  9. Lori Weathers/Ninotchka was my teenage crush. Always wondered what happened to her. I've tried to find out, but to no avail. Wherever she is, I hope she's well.

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    1. She is on facebook, look up little egypt. She seems to be doing well., she looks nice though I think she works a lot.

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  10. Lori is doing well. She still lives in Las Vegas, where the show was filmed. She is a professional costumer. Still beautiful!

    My Best,
    http://www.wix.com/glowwrestling/home

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  11. Any chance of a re-upload on these GLOW Magazines? I would love to see them.

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  12. Any chance of a re-upload on these GLOW magazines? I would love to see them but the links died with rapidshare's demise.

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  13. Sorry, I've received numerous requests to re-up these, but I can't find the original scans. Rapidshare really did a number on my sharity posts.

    But I haven't forgotten, and rescanning is on my to-do list. Cheers.

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